Hemp lovers know that few thrills come close to opening up a new Gas Disposable Vape Pen that comes in an exciting, tasty strain. Disposable vape pens have changed the hemp industry landscape, providing a user-friendly, maintenance-free, and enormously rad way to enjoy delta-8, THC-O, THC-P, HHC, and other types of cannabinoids!
While disposables are generally known for being incredibly reliable and satisfying, there is always a very slight chance that your device is going to give you an issue that needs to be fixed. The most common problem that occurs is a clogged or jammed cartridge, which means that you can keep pulling on that mouthpiece, but no vapor will come out.
What are the Components of a Disposable Vape Pen?
Disposable vapes have become advanced nowadays, but that doesn’t mean that they’re completely errorproof. Once in a while, you might end up with a disposable that for one reason or another simply won’t hit. So, what can you do, besides throw it out? Before you dispose (no pun intended) of the unit just like that, consider some common troubleshooting tips. However, it’s important to understand the three primary components of a disposable vape pen. This way, you can better understand where the issue may lie.
Component #1: Cartridge
With disposables, there is no separate cartridge that can be detached from the device, but it is there, hidden beneath the chassis. The cart holds the vape oil, and has a mouthpiece at the top, permitting enough airflow so that you can take draws of vapor in a buttonless way.
Component #2: Coil
The coil is built inside of the cartridge, and it’s a metal heating element that has a wick to absorb the vape oil. The coil is responsible for taking the battery’s power and utilizing it to heat up the liquid absorbed in the wick - process converts the vape oil into vapor.
Component #3: Device or Battery
A device’s battery capacity can range from 280mah to up to 1000mAh, based on its size and juice capacity. That battery is also designed to last for as long as the vape oil is inside the cart, and is usually non-rechargeable.
What Causes a Jammed or Clogged Disposable Vape Pen?
A clogged or jammed disposable vape pen can be caused by a few different issues, and the cause that’s affecting your disposable determines what needs to be done to fix the problem.
#1: Poor Manufacturing
Sometimes, the issue is the manufacturer’s fault. A low-quality coil, a low-quality vape oil or poor construction that restricts airflow can all make it pretty much impossible to take a puff of vapor. However, this is uncommon among higher-quality brands that already have a strong reputation for selling excellent disposable vape devices.
#2: Debris in the Mouthpiece
Sometimes, a clog or jam is caused by a piece of debris that has made its way into the mouthpiece. This debris can come from outside, such as a piece of lint that was in the same pocket where you keep your disposable during the day. Or, it can be a chunk of vape oil resin that has hardened and made its way up into the airflow channel.
Yes, the most common cause is crystallization. Cannabinoids in their isolated form are prone to crystallizing due to their chemical properties. This happens most often when the vape oil in your disposable is exposed to a colder temperature. Once it crystallizes, the heat of the coil won’t be enough to convert it back into its desirable oil form.
How to Fix a Jam or Clog in Your Disposable Vape Pen
So, let’s say that you are dealing with a clog or jam in your disposable, and you want to see if you can fix it yourself. First, let’s talk about the things that you shouldn’t do.
- Taking the Device Apart: Might be tempting to take apart your disposable and see what’s going on inside that’s causing the issue. But, disposables are not meant to be taken apart. Doing this will just break the disposable beyond repair.
- Pulling on the Device Until It Works Again: Maybe you think that if you just keep pulling harder, your disposable will finally start working again. The problem is that draw-activated disposables cause the coil to heat up by the pressure of your inhales. Pulling repeatedly when the vape oil isn’t actually entering the coil is going to cause the coil to burn out.
- Hitting the Device Hard Against a Surface: Smacking your disposable against a surface in an effort to break up a clog is more likely to break your device than actually fix the issue.
- Exposing the Device to High, Direct Heat: Trying to break up crystallization by boiling your disposable, microwaving it or applying a heat source like a flame to it is just going to melt the disposable and completely destroy it for good.
Now, let’s talk about the things that you can do to fix the problem.
Tip #1: Apply Gentle, Controlled Heat
If the issue is crystallization, or a clog caused by resin gunk that’s stuck in the mouthpiece, gentle heat is the way to go. Try holding a blow dryer about a foot away from the device. Alternatively, you can place it a few inches from a heating vent.
Tip #2: Try to Dislodge a Clog in the Mouthpiece
If you know that a piece of debris has gotten into the mouthpiece, you can use something like a toothpick to try to fish it out. Just don’t insert it so deep into the cartridge that you accidentally damage the coil.
Tip #3: Check the Battery
Most disposable vape pens give you some kind of indication that the battery is working when you pull on them. Often, this is a light that glows as you inhale. If your pen has one of these indicators and nothing is happening when you pull, then the issue could be a battery dud, which is a manufacturing error that’s unfortunately not fixable, even if the device is a rechargeable one sometimes.
Tip #4: Contact the Manufacturer
Another option is contacting the manufacturer, who may be able to provide more insight relevant to their specific disposable. If your device arrives clogged, then there’s a good chance that your disposable is eligible for a refund or replacement.