Friday, March 11, 2016

Keepin' it Clean - How to care for your oil coils and cartridges

Sam from Oil Vaporizer Support here to help with one of the most common questions our customer have been asking recently:
"How do you clean your coils?"
The short and simple answer is a little bit of isopropyl alcohol goes a long way, but the full explanation requires a bit more of a writeup. I'm happy to help share my technique with a twelve step plan to get you cleaned up and ready to vape again!
Supplies needed:
  • Isopropyl alcohol, 99% is best if you can find it! Otherwise the strongest you can get.
  • Metal tool (such as a dental pick)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Paper towels
  • Distilled water
  • Large cup (Plastic or something that can handle hot water)
  • Zippered sandwich bags (At least 2 or 3 but more are nice to have)
  • Hot water (If your tap water is only warm I suggest heating some water in a tea kettle or pot. It shouldn't be boiling, just hot.)
  • A plastic syringe will minimize use of distilled water and make your life easy. Otherwise a small paper cup will help.
Be sure the surface you are cleaning on is safe to contact oils and alcohol. If you have any doubts or are working on wood, granite, anything porous, please protect your surface before starting, or use something like a large plastic cutting board before bringing out the alcohol.
1. Take the cartridge off your vaporizer; or remove the coil from your Globe. Set the battery aside, you won't need that until we're all done.

2. Take the mouthpiece off the cartridge. If it's sticky, try twisting or wiggling back and forth to remove it.

3. Dunk a cotton swab into the alcohol and wipe down the mouthpiece. If you don't have any you could moisten a paper town with some alcohol and wipe gently. Twist up a corner to get inside the air path.

4. If you get the mouthpiece clean enough during step 3 you can skip this part, it's optional. If you want to get the mouthpiece even cleaner we need to take off the red O ring since it can't be soaked in alcohol. Slip your tool next to the O ring and remove gently.
Or you can try pinching/sliding the O ring with your fingers. This method works great on our Prime Oil Cartridge.
Wipe the O ring with an alcohol-wetted paper towel and set it aside.

5. Finally time to clean the cartridge itself! Take the metal tool and carefully wipe any excess oil from the metal walls of the cartridge only! Whatever you do, don't touch any part of the ceramic cup, even the top rim, and don't touch the coil or wick with a metal tool!

6. Toss the cartridge into the zippered sandwich baggie and pour in just enough isopropyl alcohol to cover the cartridge.
If you took off the mouthpiece's O ring you can add it now!
"Burp" out the air from the bag and seal it up!
7. Hot alcohol breaks down oils better than cold alcohol. To get things moving, let's heat it up! Put the baggie inside a cup and fold the zipper over the rim. Pour in some hot (but not boiling) water.

8. The alcohol will begin to darken as it pulls oils out of your coils. When it looks saturated exchange it for fresh alcohol. Repeat this process once you notice the color of the alcohol doesn't get darker. After a few washes, use a new baggie and throw out the old one to get rid of the oily residue left behind.
Pro Tip: It's just as easy to clean one cartridge or ten at a time. Throw them all in the bag together and add just enough isopropyl alcohol to completely cover the coils, then burp out the excess air and proceed.

9. Once the alcohol stops getting dirty and disolored and instead stays clear while immersed in hot water the alcohol has reached the end of its effectiveness. You may soak the coils for up to 30 minutes to provide enough time for the iso to get to all the oils inside the ceramic wicks. After that it's time to remove the coils from the iso.
My last rinse is clean and I save it to use next time. Open a corner of the baggie and pour the alcohol into a spare container.
10. Take the coils out of the bag and rinse the mouthpieces in tap water. 

11. Rinse the coils and cartridges in distilled water to prevent mineral buildup and fluoridation of your oils ;) I use a syringe to make this easy:
Once cleaned they should look something like this!
12. Dry your coils by letting them hang out in a warm area for at least 12 hours, preferably for 24hrs or longer. Reinstall the coil and pulse the power gently to vaporize away any water that might be remaining, and reinstall any O-rings removed earlier.

Throw some oil inside and enjoy! Contact us if you need any help or have any questions about this process! And thank you for reading.