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How To Clean a Vape Pod or Cartridge

Pod vapes, also known as pod mods, make it easy for first-time users to enjoy vaping. These portable devices have become the most popular type of vape device sold. If you have one, keeping it clean is key to enjoying fresh, clean-tasting juice every time. Here’s what you need to know about keeping that pod vape clean.

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What Is a Vape Pod or Cartridge?

A vape pod or cartridge is the part of your device that holds the coil and the vape juice. The best-selling Suorin Air Pro is a perfect example of a device comprising a mod or battery and a replaceable pod for e-juice.

If you have a pod mod, you probably have a battery device that you regularly charge. It attaches to a pod that has a small amount of e-juice. This cartridge or pod also contains the coil that heats the juice and turns it into vapor.

Can You Clean Pods or Cartridges?

It depends on whether you have a refillable pod system or one that uses disposable cartridges.

If your device has disposable cartridges, you don’t clean them or refill them. You simply throw the pod away when it’s done, and you replace it with a fresh, prefilled pod. You can’t add your own juices because the prefilled pods already have the juice. These are the pods commonly used in “closed pod” systems like the Blu, Vuse.

If your device uses refillable pods, you don’t throw the pod away until it wears out. Instead, you keep refilling it with your choice of vape juice. You can use any juice you like, and you don’t throw the pod away when it empties. When the pod coil wears out, you replace it with a new one.

This type of device is called an open pod system. It’s the type made by major vape manufacturers like Suorin.

What you may not realize is that you can clean the pods on a refillable vape device.

Why Do I Need To Clean a Refillable Pod?

Why should you clean the pod or cartridge? Here are some reasons.

  • Remove old juice: If you want to try a new juice flavor, cleaning the pod will remove leftover juice from the last flavor you tried. You’ll get a clean taste and a better vape experience.
  • Clean the coil: Certain vape juices build up quickly on coils. When you use the cartridge, that built-up junk can ruin the flavor and produce a nasty, burnt taste. Clean coils give you a better vaping experience.
  • Stay safe: Your pod device regularly travels in your pocket or purse. It picks up dirt, dust, and toxins that you don’t want in your mouth.

Weekly cleaning will keep your device and your cartridges free from juice buildup, debris, and other gunk.

How To Clean a Vape Pod: Step-by-Step Instructions

Items you will need:

  • Rubbing alcohol or cheap vodka.
  • Cotton swabs.
  • Soft microfiber cloth.
  • Warm water.

Cleaning Instructions:

  1. Separate the pod mod battery from the cartridge, and turn the device off.
  2. Dip a cotton swab in alcohol. Use this to clean the part of the battery where it meets the pod mods. These connections can get dirty, and that makes for bad vaping.
  3. Don’t use alcohol to clean the pod cartridge.
  4. Wipe the surface of the device with a microfiber cloth that has just a drop of alcohol or vodka on it.
  5. Empty as much juice as possible from the pod.
  6. Fill the pod with warm water, shake it, and empty it again.
  7. Wipe both pieces dry with a soft cloth.

How Long Do Refillable Pods Last?

Most refillable pods last about two weeks with daily use. Some users find they can stretch the use to three or more weeks. Regular cleaning will extend the life of your pods.

Some juices are harder on pod coils than others. You may have heard vapers mention that sweet, dessert-type flavors burn up their coils. These e-juices have high amounts of sucralose, which can build up quickly on coils. If you enjoy sugary flavors, you may have to replace your pods more often.

Where Can I Buy Replacement Pods?

The best way to keep your pods in stock is to buy them online. Pods are not interchangeable, so you must buy the one that’s made specifically for your device. You can buy replacement cartridges for Suorin vapes here at the Youmeit shop, the official direct sale store of Suorin.

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