Fixing a Clogged Vape Cart

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When you have a vape pen cartridge with no airflow, you need a quick and easy solution. Vaping is the preferred delivery method for THC users. An alternative to combustible smoking, people love this form of high-tech inhalation. This convenient but intricate way to enjoy THC can result in frustrating technical problems.

A clogged cartridge is a common problem that can happen with this popular way to inhale THC. A clog renders your vape unusable, and always seems to happen at the worst time. Without airflow, it cannot produce vapor, and you must fix it before you can get back to vaping.

Why Does My Vape Feel Clogged?

Many factors can cause a clog, resulting in a vape pen cartridge with no airflow. The oils and concentrates used in vape carts have different thicknesses or viscosities. The thicker a substance is, the more likely it is to clog your cartridge. Other factors can increase your chances of a clogged filter.

Cold temperatures can cause the concentrate or oil to thicken. Clogs are more likely to occur if the weather is cold or you like to keep your home on the chillier side. The ideal temperature for your vape pen is 70℉. Sun exposure may darken vape oil and cause it to lose its potency.

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How to Recognize a Clogged Vape Cart

Begin by checking to see if your device is working properly. If you see the device light up when you take a drag, then your device is working, and it is not the source of the problem. If your device works, but there is no airflow when you take a pull, then you have a clogged vape cart. Luckily, there are several methods for addressing this common problem.

Fixing a Clogged Vape Pen Cartridge with No Airflow

Try each of our methods on the cartridge until you find a technique that works for addressing your clogged vape cartridge. If none of these methods help unclog your vape, then you may need to switch to a new vape cart.

Method 1: Manually Dislodge Clog

To start, locate a thin, pointy object. There are several household objects that could work:

  • Sewing needle
  • Paper clip
  • Sewing needle
  • Toothpick

Next, locate the holes of the mouthpiece. Stick the pointy object into the holes to remove any residue that might be causing the clog. If the clog is near the top, this method should work well.

Method 2: Apply Heat

If you cannot find anything to dislodge, applying heat may work. This helps thin out the oil or concentrate when it has become too thick. Simply use a hairdryer, directing the airstream at the vape cart from a few feet away. Be sure to apply the heat evenly. You can gradually move the hairdryer closer to the cart until you start to see the concentrate thin out.

Method 3: Blow into Mouthpiece

Gently blow into the mouthpiece. Avoid blowing too hard because this can cause your cartridge to leak. The force of your breath may be enough to dislodge the source of the clog. This method also works best for clogs near the top.

Other Reasons Your Vape Has No Airflow

A clogged vape pen cartridge is a common cause of airflow problems with your vape. There are a few other potential causes.

Wrong Airflow Setting

One of the best things about vaping is that it is a customizable experience. You can adjust the airflow setting to suit your preferences. If you pull too hard, however, flooding can occur, and you may have issues with leakage and airflow.

Solution: Inhale gently.

Vape Cartridge Is Too Tight

Are you the type of person who screws on the pickle jar lid too tightly? If so, you may be doing the same thing to your vape cartridge. Twisting it closed too tightly may block the holes designed to facilitate airflow.

Solution: Be gentle when you screw the cartridge into the vape battery.

My Vape Is Not Clogged, but Why Do I Have to Pull So Hard?

The most likely culprit is that you have flooded the tank. Flooding occurs when you pull too hard on your vape. Pulling too hard results in the wicks absorbing excess oil. This occurs when you pull more concentrate than the coils can vaporize. It results in a flooded tank and clogs that cause airflow problems.

Solution: Disassemble the vape pen, taking care not to break anything. Next, clean the parts:

  • Threading on the battery
  • Mouthpiece
  • Tank
  • Air holes

Reassemble the device and test it with a gentle pull. In the future, take care to inhale more gently.

Why Does My Cartridge Keep Getting Clogged?

If you have regular problems with your vape carts getting clogged, there are a few tips you can follow to prevent this from occurring. It is easier to prevent a clog than to fix one.

Tips for Preventing Clogs

  • Avoid leaving your vape cart in a cold place (lower than 70℉)
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for voltage, wattage, and temperature settings
  • Pull gently whenever you take a draw
  • Use high-quality vape carts

Not all vape carts are created equal. Low-quality vape carts are more likely to cause clogs. You may find that the mouthpiece is too narrow, causing airflow problems. The vape cart may contain ingredients that are prone to clogging. For example, sugary ingredients are highly likely to cause a clog. Low-quality materials can also lead to clogs. If you only keep your vape cart at room temperature, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and take gentle draws, then purchasing a better quality vape cart may be the best solution.

If you follow our tips, you can enjoy easy, clog-free vaping and continue to enjoy this convenient inhalation me