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Wish me luck.. Cleaning 3 atomizers for 1st time

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  1. Catanonia

    Catanonia Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    UK
    Using the boiling water method and cooker to dry them.

    They are currently in the oven getting dry right now..

    Fingers crossed it works, should have seen the rubbish that came out of them..

    So wish me luck I have 3 working ones and not dead ones...
     
  2. Sun Vaporer

    Sun Vaporer Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2009
    Florida
    Catanonia--we do wish you luck and be sure to re-prime and let the e-liquid soak back into the mess before firing them back up. Many do not and think that the atomizer died after boiling it when in fact they just did not reprime it enough for it to fire up and vape. So boiling, while it may not help sometimes----it surely does not kill an atomizer IMO---Sun
     
  3. chuck7403

    chuck7403 Full Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 22, 2009
    USA
    Much luck to you...you should be good to go...please let us know how it went!
     
  4. The Wiz

    The Wiz ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Feb 14, 2009
    Whiskeyville USA
    Good Luck my friend.....Please post your results here for all to see:)The Wiz!
     
  5. Catanonia

    Catanonia Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    UK
    DON'T DO IT


    Well not with 901 atomizers.

    All 3 are goosed.

    The boiling for about 3 mins somehow has caused an air flow blockage in the atomizer. When you suck in, very limited air gets through.

    They vapped a bit, but restricted airflow, pretty bad, oh and completely ruined the outer paint work (white).



    I can only guess the heat has melted something in the atomizer and restricted the air flow.
     
  6. kinabaloo

    kinabaloo Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    There is a small plastic part inside which could feasibly melt if the atomizer was in contact with the bottom of a saucepan. Also possible is that the jostling of the atty or by the bubbles could move the mesh parts out of line.

    I have never recommended boiling for these very reasons. Instead, heat the cleaning solution on a coffee-maker keep warm plate. Also, always try one first.

    With luck though, maybe you simply have water stuck inside somewhere; perhaps they will get better ...
     
  7. Catanonia

    Catanonia Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    UK
    here is hoping..
     
  8. Sun Vaporer

    Sun Vaporer Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2009
    Florida
    Catanonia--you may very well have backsided flooding where the water is inbetween the back of the ceramic holder and the battery threading. It will dry out --give it some time and then reprime. I have lost many an atomizer, but never one to boiling. The water is not hot enough to do anything to the contacts, mesh, or wires. I have witnessed far to many opened to see that there is no issues with this--so give it some time and also try baking them in the oven at 150 degrees for about 15 minutes----Sun
     
  9. Idahojo

    Idahojo Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 3, 2009
    Bonners Ferry, ID
    What kind of atomizers are you boiling? Does this work on 801's? I wouldn't think it would because of the small plastic orings on the backside of the nipple on the 801.
     
  10. Sun Vaporer

    Sun Vaporer Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2009
    Florida
    Idaho--all I use for the most part is the 801's and do not worry about the plastic ring as the water is no where near hot enough to melt plastic-----Sun
     
  11. kinabaloo

    kinabaloo Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    I wouldn't recommend baking either. It would be possible for the the metal parts to get too hot. A short time with a hair-dryer would be better IMO.

    Sun - the water might not be but the bottom of the pan might be. Paople might not keep the atty off the bottom and sides.
     
  12. Sun Vaporer

    Sun Vaporer Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2009
    Florida
    Kinablaloo--no issues at 150 degrees --as a matter of fact it would get hotter sitting on a coffee decanter warmer. In the stove only the convection heat is getting to it--for petes sake it was almost 100 degress here today!!!!!!!!!--Sun
     
  13. kinabaloo

    kinabaloo Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    You're talking old money? Not centigrade?

    The atomizer goes in the glass pot with the solution then on the coffee warmer.

    Metal parts in a saucepan or oven can get hotter than the air or water.
     
  14. Sun Vaporer

    Sun Vaporer Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2009
    Florida
    At 150 degrees Fahrenheit, I can take it out with my bare hand so I doubt you can hurt it --as a matter of fact, after boiling over 100 of these over the last 6 months and heating them in the oven I will state for the record that it is totally benign and can not hurt an atomizer--not that it will necessary help either----Sun
     
  15. kinabaloo

    kinabaloo Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sun - didn't know anyone still uses Faranheit ;)

    How's the plain VG / water going? Converted to the ascetic life yet ?

    Any sign of any deposit ??
     
  16. Sun Vaporer

    Sun Vaporer Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2009
    Florida
    Kinabaloo--I have been vaping VG and water straight on and off now for 2 days (nasty) and the PG straight atomizer is ready to go---so testing will begin tomorrow---we should see whether in fact VG or PG clean easier if their is any difference at all--All tests will show before and after pictures--I suspect there will be a difference, but the test will confirm or deny this hopefully---posted results and pictures to come in a few days---Sun
     
  17. kinabaloo

    kinabaloo Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Can you see if there's any sign of a deposit formed in plain VG+water? Or can't see in there till take apart ? So curious!
     
  18. Sun Vaporer

    Sun Vaporer Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2009
    Florida
    Kinabaloo--You can not see in the atomizer really at all until I take them apart. So we will see shortly here and I will post pictures as well as impressions---Sun
     
  19. kinabaloo

    kinabaloo Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sun - ok, I'll check back later.

    This might have implications for juice composition and health concerns, as well as atomiser life/cleaning. Hence my avid interest.
     
  20. Catanonia

    Catanonia Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    UK
    Ok guys, just got my juice from wicked. Dipped and soaked them to prime them.

    They still work, but there is some restriction in them to stop clean vapping. Ie restricted air flow.

    The air hole is clear, but I have noticed that the inner core of the atomizer is now loose in both units and it was not before boiling.

    It seems boiling has loosened the internals of the atomizers from the outer casing.

    Not sure what is causing the restriction in airflow. I suspect the rubber valve at the battery connection end.

    So in summary, they do work, but no where as effecient due to air restrictions and they are completely discolour.

    Will keep them as emergencies as can just about vap on them, or could direct drip if I am caught completely short.
     
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