So you got yourself a weed vaporizer, and after a few sessions, something’s not right…
… your device is all caked and gunky…
… the flavor from before is nowhere to be found…
… and you go through even more dry herb material than usual.
What now? The Kind Pen is here for you:
There’s no need to panic. In most cases, when the performance of a dry herb vaporizer falls off, it’s down to the fact that you’re not maintaining it right.
Cleaning a dry herb vape pen is an essential skill, especially if you want to get the most out of it every single time. These little buggers get notoriously gunky, and your cleaning game needs to be on point.
So in this post, we’re going to go through a couple of things:
- 4 reasons why it pays off to clean your weed vaporizer regularly;
- how much is enough — the optimal cleaning schedule;
- what tools do you need to keep your marijuana vape pen squeaky clean;
- a 5-step process that will ensure you always have a clean vape device.
Ready to get into it?
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Why Do You Need to Clean Your Weed Vaporizer?
I believe you can already put together some reasons why you should always keep your cannabis vaporizer clean. Like I mentioned earlier, more gunk equals bad taste and lots of consumed product with lesser effects.
Here are a few more reasons why you should always find the time to clean your dry herb vaporizer:
- Extended device life — let’s be real here, a vaporizer is an investment. It does not matter if you are a beginner or an expert; you should take care of your device. Cleaning a marijuana vape pen on a regular basis will extend its life significantly.
- Better flavor — I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve told someone that vaping weed allows me to experience so many good and awesome flavors. Now, imagine if they don’t clean their weed vape, the flavor will be shitty, and that would make me a liar, right? Well, I don’t want to be a liar. If you want to have consistent flavor every session, clean your device.
- Better airflow and vapor — this one is a no-brainer, and I assume you figured it out already. All residue from the previous sessions will clog your airflow, you will need to suck on that vape like you are stealing gas from a neighbor’s car. Don’t be that person. How can you enjoy vaping your weed if every puff will spike your heart rate? It’s a vape session to help you relax, not a marathon. You want good airflow and nice vapor every time. Guess what… yeah, you know it!
- Less product waste — you see how everything is connected, every session will leave residue inside your device making it harder for you to get what you want from your weed. This will lead to using more weed per session. The bottom line, you will burn through your stash faster than ever and that is not cheap. Want to save some cash, and enjoy using your herb more? Cleaning your setup will accomplish just that.
How Often Should You Clean Your Vape
This one completely depends on you. I would suggest cleaning a weed vape after every use. That could be a quick clean, nothing fancy. Just to remove the residue and debris.
But, thorough scrubbing should be done at least once a week. I personally follow this cleaning schedule and it became a ritual of mine. After my last session on Sundays, I usually do this to get everything ready for the next week.
To determine how often you should clean your device, it’s more about how often you vape rather than how many days have passed. A good rule of thumb is to clean your cannabis vaporizer after 15-20 uses.
Cleaning Your Weed Vape Pen — The Toolkit
There are a few things you always need to have near you when cleaning your setup. Most devices come with a small cleaning brush, and it’s super helpful. Especially if it’s with firm bristles. However, keeping a box of cotton swabs or chenille stems, also known as pipe cleaners next to you will be grand.
The solution you want to use is isopropyl alcohol. This is a perfect cleaning product because it won’t damage any key parts of your device, and at the same time, it won’t have any negative effects on your skin.
5 Easy Ways to Clean Your Dry Herb Vaporizer
Most devices come with a concise guide on how to clean a weed vaporizer, so before you start with anything check that out.
So, why do I need this you may ask. Well, the guide will be more specific on what you need to clean, and here I’m telling you how to clean it. Also, some nice tips and tricks never killed someone.
Remember one crucial thing, cleaning a weed vape is not like cleaning your dishes. Do not use water or wash it under the open stream as it may damage electrical parts.
Clean Lightly After Every Use
After a quick session just empty out the cashed herb and run a cleaning brush around the chamber. It’s better to do this right away because the oven will be warm and you will be able to remove leftover residue easier as it will still be soft and supple. Doing this only takes somewhere between 30 sec and a minute, but will make your thorough cleaning easy-peasy.
Clean Your Weed Vape Pen Thoroughly Every 15 to 20 Uses
Before you start your first thorough cleaning, make sure to read everything inside the guide you received with your device. This cleaning process involves taking apart all removable parts, so knowing which is which will make your cleaning experience that much better.
Once you have everything, in theory, let’s get to the practical part. After you disassemble your dry herb vaporizer, rub down every part with a pipe cleaner or cotton ball soaked in isopropyl alcohol. You may get an idea to leave all parts in the solution overnight to soak a bit, but I advise you not to do that. There is a huge risk of discolouration or damage. Trust me, I (the idiot) have tried it. Like I said before, this is more of a ritual than anything else. Get up and close with your device and clean everything by hand. If you don’t have time for that, then follow my lead and dedicate one part of the day to do this. As you get better at it, you will be able to watch TV and do this with ease.
One trick you might want to take with you. After you assemble everything, leave your vape on the highest temperature setting for at least 5 minutes completely empty. This process will burn any cleaning solution that hasn’t dried and you will avoid inhaling a material that will aggravate your windpipe.
Clean Your Herb Chamber & Coil
This one is a piece of cake. Simply take your brush and go to town on it. Since the brush you’ll be using has firm bristles it will get all the stray buds out. But, before you do that, it would be a good idea to turn your device upside down and give it a little shake. Try to avoid hitting it on hard surfaces, but the palm of your hand will do the trick.
Clean Your Mouthpiece
Cleaning the mouthpiece can be tricky, especially if you have one that doesn’t disconnect. Not to worry, there is a solution for that too. Use a cotton cloth to navigate your way into the mouthpiece and wipe everything around it as much as you can. The best scenario would be if that mouthpiece is transparent which will allow you to see if there is anything left inside.
On the other hand, if your mouthpiece is detachable simply brush it off with a cotton swab dipped in the isopropyl solution.
Clean Your Device & Battery
In case your device has a removable battery, simply take it out and give it a nice wipe. The same goes for the screens or mesh areas since the sediment accumulation here has the most notable impact on the taste.
Ready to Enjoy Dry Herb Vaping Again?
And here you go, in a few minutes, you learned how to clean a weed vaporizer. Following this cleaning routine, you will extend your device life, the flavor will be consistent. You won’t have any trouble with vapor and airflow, and on top of that, you will be using less weed with the same results.
I know that by now I sound like a broken record but clean your device regularly. It only takes a few minutes but it results in a far better experience.