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need to rinse new tanks before first use?

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  1. sunnata

    sunnata Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2013

    so most of the stuff I ordered arrived today, I am going to charge the batteries and it'll be vape time!

    anyway, I'll be starting out my vaping journey with an ego-twist and a kanger t3. my question is, do you guys recommend a full rinse (warm water, don't have vodka handy), before using the t3 or can I just fill it up out of the box and vape away?

    could anyone please describe the steps if any? rinse > dry burn > enjoy? dry burn and fill? just fill?

    any advice is appreciated. thanks!
  2. Mark Anthony

    Mark Anthony Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 4, 2013
    Scranton, Pa USA
    I would rinse it in hot water.... no need to soak in vodka since the coils are new and not gunked up with juice. You can either let them air dry or do a dry burn. Fill and enjoy!!
  3. Ryedan

    Ryedan ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 31, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    You can rinse in warm water and gently dry burn to get most of it out. I've never done this with new clearos and never experienced any funny tastes. Just depends on how you feel about it.
  4. sunnata

    sunnata Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2013
    Mark, great point about vodka only being need for gunked coils, point taken, much appreciated.

    Ryedan, since I am a noob and never vaped, this is how I feel:

    - I sort of feel like filling out of the box would avoid possible mistakes from someone that never rinsed one before, but then again I am not afraid of it, will have to do it soon anyway. just trying to get a good impression from that very first vape without noobish mistakes to get in the way.

    - without previous experiences, in my mind, it sounds like if I am not willing to wait for the wicks to be completely dry, the taste of the first vapes would be pretty lacking. maybe I am over exaggerating the importance of the first impression and should instead focus in tweaking the vape to taste as time goes by.

    - not rinsing is lazy, and I like lazy. whenever available. I ordered 2 identical T3's. Maybe rinse one and not the other and find out for myself if I can taste any difference is a good way to go.

    thanks a lot guys!
  5. DetraMental

    DetraMental Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Mar 31, 2013
    United States
  6. heroinesick

    heroinesick Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 28, 2013
    Louisville, KY
    I do this with replaceable heads. I soak all heads first before I use them the first time ( I always seem to get a funny taste.. might just be me, though.) and I always rinse new tanks out before I use them.
  7. Topwater Elvis

    Topwater Elvis Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Dec 26, 2012
    Only rinsed with water? not me, do you know where that thing has been.

    Could have machine oils in/on it, could have rancid primer fluid on the coil/wicks, could be contaminated by rodent & insect contact, might have been handled by someone with a flu / virus or worse.

    I rinse delivery devices (except carto's) with PGA before use takes about 30 seconds each, sterilizes, removes any residue and evaporates quickly.
  8. Vapoor eyes er

    Vapoor eyes er ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ont.
    When clearos were first released some were found to contain oil. Manufacturers responded that the oil was there to stop them from rusting while in storage or being shipped. When this occured a few Vendors started placing some PG on the coils. Regardless as to whether or not you believe their explanation I always wash my clearos before using them.
  9. jodamon

    jodamon Full Member

    Oct 15, 2013
    MA, USA
    I rinse with pga, let dry.
  10. sunnata

    sunnata Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2013
    I am looking for alternatives to everclear but the highest % I can find locally so far would be vodka with about 40-45%, not sure if it's a proper alternative. when does it become 'too weak' to do any sterilization? any possible alternatives to PGA?

    I understand the concern with machined devices, makes perfect sense. so does the rest of the issues Topwater Elvis brings up, but if one can't get proper sterilization, all that's left is hoping that the sealed plastic bags + a good rinse can be somewhat safe.

    thanks a lot for all the feedback
  11. Harlen

    Harlen Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 14, 2013
    Charlotte Nc

    Alcohol doesn't sterilize it just cleans and kills some germs
    If I wish to sterilize I us UV light to do it
    Good luck
  12. Vapoor eyes er

    Vapoor eyes er ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ont.
    I CAREFULLY place mine in the sink strainer and run hot water in the sink for a minute. If there's any oil it should be washed away.
  13. gingersnaps

    gingersnaps Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 3, 2010
    I use the cheapest vodka I can find all the time for cleaning and it works fine. To me vodka does have a taste though. I don't get how people call it flavorless. So I soak in vodka then dry burn. Next just a quick swish in water to remove the alcohol flavor and one more dry burn.

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  14. Ryedan

    Ryedan ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 31, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    LOL, when I read that the first thought I had was 'now I know why those first few pulls on a new clearo taste so good'! I know, sick puppy :facepalm:

    Very interesting Vapoor eyes er! I've never heard that before. I used to use eGo-C attys and they had a nasty tasting primer in them so I always flushed them with PGA. Oil needs more than water to clean out too.

    People do use Vodka to clean vaping hardware. I have no data on how well it handles disinfecting though. I'm pretty sure that most people do not clean their clearos before first use, so anything you do with Vodka will be better than that :thumb:
  15. obsolete4now

    obsolete4now Full Member

    Oct 31, 2013
    Defiance, Ohio
    Wow, I wish I had found this forum earlier. I've just been stumbling thru, figuring all this out by trial and error,which had gotten a bit expensive. Closest vape shop is an hour away.

    Last week I learned the difference in PG/VG.. vape strength..throat hit and so on. AND that I have to change the innards every couple weeks. -->yes I said innards<--

    I was recently hooked up with the kangertech evod.. finally had nice throat hit without the 'burn your face off' feeling. But i was told not to rinse the tank when changing flavors?? That leaves me tasting coffeesnozbanananutberries... ewwww

    Can anyone give me a bit more advice? what is a dry burn? and should different flavors be smoked at different levels on my Ego Twist?
  16. obsolete4now

    obsolete4now Full Member

    Oct 31, 2013
    Defiance, Ohio
    Ohh.. one more thing. I have my twist turned up to just before 4.0 but the throat hit is not near as good as in-store. i seem to be holding the button down too long now..Current juice is Banana Nut 50/50...

    Happy Vape-A-Ween
  17. carolinafog

    carolinafog Full Member

    Jun 4, 2013
    Hickory, NC
    I always give new clearomizers and/or wicks both a hot water and PGA flush to remove any contaminants that might be in there.

    Doing a hot water flush every few fills also seems to help prevent wicks from gumming up.
  18. Vapoor eyes er

    Vapoor eyes er ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ont.
    Yes I'm prolly inhaling oil vape...maybe the FDA should regulate it/ oil :laugh:
  19. Vapntime

    Vapntime Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 22, 2013
    Brisbane, Australia
    + 1 but I use vodka not PGA. No dry burn ever always taste burnt. The wick doesn't have to be dry just add a juice and a few quick puffs brings through the liquid.
  20. Ryedan

    Ryedan ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 31, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    Hi obsolete4now and welcome to ECF! On the Evod, here's a video on how to clean and dry burn it. Yes, you certainly can rinse it out every time you change juices. Won't hurt it a bit. I expect that with flavors that are not that strong, you won't have to. Some like menthol or cinnamon can be really hard to get rid of and a dry burn will help with that. If you find a juice flavor you just can't get rid of you'll just have to dedicate a Evod to it.

    Yes you will find that different juices will be best with different voltages. Experiment and you'll figure it out :thumb:

    Hope this helps.
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