E-Cigarette Maintenance Guide



Maintaining your e-cigarette device is crucial to its lifespan and performance. Taking good care of all of the pieces of your e-cigarette can help you save money, avoid a slew of frustration, and give you a better vaping experience overall.

That’s why we’ve put together a general maintenance guide so that you can get the most out of your e-cigarette.


Regularly maintaining the coil of an e-cigarette is one of the simplest, yet most important steps you can take to preserve the overall performance of your e-cigarette.

Coil Saturation

After installing a new coil (or starting out with a new device), you’ll want to ensure that your coil is adequately saturated with e-liquid before you firing the unit. Firing an e-cigarette before the coil is saturated will cause the wicking material (normally cotton) to burn, ruining the coil.

It’s recommended to let your coil soak in the e-liquid for 5-10 minutes (longer for larger coils). To speed the soaking process a bit, you can also “prime” your coils if they are large enough. This can be done by applying a small amount of e-liquid directly to the wicking material on the inside of the coil. Be sure not to apply too much e-liquid and to avoid the center airflow, as this can flood your coil, causing leaking. Another great way to prime your coil is to close off your airflow a bit (if possible) and take a few deep pulls through the tank’s mouthpiece (without firing the device). This will draw e-liquid into the coil, and be ready for vaping faster.

Coil Lifespan

Coils will normally last somewhere between 1-4 weeks, depending on the device, the frequency of use, and how the device is being used. Once the coil’s lifespan comes to an end, you can replace it with a new one, which will give you the same level of performance as when you started.

Does your coil need replacing? Here are some ways to know:

  • The vapour tastes “burnt” or metallic
  • The nicotine feels harsher than before
  • You can’t taste the e-liquid flavour
  • There’s excessive leaking
  • The battery won’t fire/ mod reads as “No Atomizer”


Maintaining your tank will ensure that your vape continues to run smoothly and that you keep getting optimal flavour.

Cleaning Your Tank

All parts of your tank can be disassembled and cleaned, EXCEPT for the coil. This is easiest to do this when replacing the coil, as the coil will already be removed from the tank. With the coil taken out, you can rinse all other parts of the tank under warm water to rid any leftover residue from the inside of the tank.

Once the tank parts are dry, they can be reassembled. Cleaning your tank regularly will ensure that your flavour is pure and airflow holes are unobstructed.

Learn more about cleaning vape tanks from this trusted vape vendor.

Vape Bands

Some tanks are fragile and more susceptible to breaking if there is a lot of glass exposed. Silicone vape bands can are used not only for aesthetics, but also to absorb the impact of a fall if the tank is accidentally dropped.

Our vape bands will fit tanks with a 22mm diameter or larger.


The mod (or battery) is the powerhouse of your e-cigarette. You’ll want to keep your mod well-maintained so that you can keep your device working at its best.

If applicable, it’s recommended to use a silicone mod case to protect your mod from physical damage.

Internal Battery

Internal battery devices are e-cigarettes in which the battery cell cannot be removed.

For these types of devices, you’ll want to charge your battery in cycles of 1-3 hours maximum. DO NOT leave batteries to charge through USB passthrough overnight, as this results in overcharging and will ultimately reduce the amount of charge your battery can hold over time.

Removable Battery

For devices with removable batteries, it is recommended to charge the battery cells on an external charger, which stops the batteries from charging once they are full.

You can find our selection of external battery chargers here.

Battery Safety

Removable batteries can be dangerous if not handled properly. Keep your battery cells clean and free of e-liquid residue. NEVER carry vape batteries loosely. When not inside your device, have your batteries enclosed in a skin or case to avoid accidental discharge.

General Maintenance

There are a few general measures that you can take to make sure your e-cigarette is kept at its best.

These include

  • Keeping the outside of your device clean and free of all e-liquid or condensation
  • Keeping your device upright so that the coil doesn’t dry out or over-saturate (leading to leaking)
  • Using the recommended wattage/temperature range listed for your specific coil


Very helpful tips and tricks on many key components of vaping. I’ve been vaping for a long time and many of my friends who are beginner vapers ask me questions on these topics all the time. GREAT!!! I can now show them these resources so they don’t have too always ask me!!!


This is honestly like the bible of vaping.


i personally don’t agree with the time required for coil priming. the max time required is 10 minutes. you can find out if a coil is primed by both A) being able to smell the juice from the coil (via the mouth piece), and B) taking a dry pull from the unit (inhaling without firing). if you are able to taste the juice, the coil is ready to go. when also doing a dry pull, your actually speeding up the wicking process, but most people wont do that (they would just wait for it to be ready). everything else about this Guide is great though! thanks for writing it!


@Joevapes Thanks for the feedback. We were overestimating when originally crafting this article, and added the bit about larger coils after. We’ve adjusted the text with the change. Thank you for catching this!


perfect not a problem. just trying to help :slight_smile: