Vaping can be a fun, sociable, and enjoyable experience, but sometimes things don’t go to plan. Chances are if you vape regularly you have probably had a problem or two with your device. It is almost a rite of passage in the vaping world.
Problems with your vaporizer can be pretty frustrating. It may vary from being battery- related, to not getting enough vapor with your draws.
The good news is that your device more often than not isn’t faulty or broken, and you’ll be glad to hear that most of these problems can be easily fixed. Check out our common vape problems below and the simple ways to correct them. You’ll be back to enjoying pure and delicious vapor in no time…
1. Your Vape won't turn on
Okay, so this one may seem pretty simple but we have all made the mistake of trying to turn something on that wasn’t plugged in. Haven’t we? Not to mention some vaporizers aren’t exactly straightforward to use. Most vapes have a multiple click feature to turn them on, so try clicking your on button quickly five times. If it still doesn’t work, don't just keep clicking.
Instead, set it aside for a minute, wait and try again. If this doesn’t do the trick you’ll need to make sure your vaporizer is correctly charging. Remember, just because you had it plugged in does not mean it’s charged.
Check the threading on your charger to make sure you have a good connection and plug it in. It should switch to red when plugged in and green when fully charged (usually). Also, make sure you’re using a compatible power source, and if you still don’t have a good connection you may need to replace your charger.
2. Your Vapor Tastes Burnt
If you are getting a burnt taste from your vapor, chances are your vape is too hot. If this is the case your dry herb or materials could be combusting. That’s where the burnt taste comes from. Try turning your vaporizer down to a lower temperature for cooler and smoother vapor. The second thing that could be causing your vape to taste burnt is your materials are finished. Pop open the chamber and give it a quick look.
3. Your Device Won't Charge
Vape batteries typically last for years, however, this time can be reduced or lengthened depending on how well you take care of your device. First thing’s first, how often do you clean your vaporizer? The amount you clean should be dependent on usage, but if it has been a while, chances are a blocked heating element could be compromising the performance of your battery. Pick up some isopropyl alcohol and cotton swabs and give your vape the cleaning it deserves!
Secondly, try not to overcharge your vaporizer. Leaving it on charge overnight and waking up to a full battery can be appealing but charging it for too long can reduce its lifespan. Lastly did you drop your battery on the ground or into water? If so, unfortunately it could be permanently damaged. If nothing else is working, it may be time for a new battery.
4. Your Vapor is Too Thin
If you’re not getting enough vapor, often you are not reaching a high enough temperature. Try turning up the heat settings on your device until you start to get some thicker clouds.
If your dry herbs aren’t ground up well enough this may also lead to lackluster vapor. This is because of an improper airflow, meaning the hot air isn’t touching enough surface area when passing through the chamber. This results in weak vapor or even none at all.
5. You’re Getting a lot of Draw Resistance
If this is your problem, you may be over-packing your oven. Packing is extremely important if you want the perfect vapor density and, when you over-pack, it makes it harder for the vapor to travel through its airpath. When filling your chamber, use the packing tool to only lightly press down on your herb filling. Most vapes will come with a filling tool but if not you can always use tweezers.
The second reason for lack of resistance is (again) an unclean device. Not cleaning your vaporizer often enough can lead to a whole host of problems. Luckily, this one is easily fixed. You can clean your vape by taking it apart and soaking it in isopropyl alcohol. Use pipe cleaners to scrub any tough resin stains and make sure all parts are fully dry before using.