Auditing your vaping device is something that every vaper should do, regardless of experience level or time spent vaping. Regularly checking your device for flaws or defects will help you understand your device better than before as well as help you notice if there are any potentially harmful wears or irregularities that you might not have caught as soon otherwise. Auditing your device at least once every three months is a great idea.
To audit your device, the first thing you must do is deconstruct your device. Of course, how easy this task is depends on the device you have. Do you own a simple e-cigarette or vaporizer? Or perhaps a more complex MOD? For a vape, getting all the parts separated and spread out in front of you is a fairly simple and straightforward process. Unscrew the tank from the base, and take the battery out from the casing. Check if there’s any e-liquid in the tank, and if so leave it (or discard it, that choice is entirely up to you). Separate the mouthpiece if possible. For a MOD, the process is most likely more arduous. Because MODs are made up from so many individualized pieces—usually customized—the separation and unscrewing of various bits and parts can take a lot more time. In this case, you must be sure to take far more care, as many of the parts are more delicate and need a finer touch.
After separating all the pieces, regardless of device type, lay each piece in front of you on a cloth. One by one, carefully inspect each piece. For the mouthpiece, take a look to see if there is any resin buildup underneath the lip. If so, you’ve two choices. The first is to simply replace the mouthpiece. If you have a spare one lying around or can easily go buy a new mouthpiece or two, then you should absolutely go for this option. The second choice is to give the mouthpiece a nice scrubbing. Wipe it down with warm water and a dash of soap, and scrub vigorously to remove that buildup.
Next, move onto the tank. Inspect the outside for any cracks or cloudiness. This indicates that it’s time to change your tank, since cracks will result in shattering or leakage of e-juice. Once the outside inspection is done, check the coils inside. Look for any nicks in the coil, and check for buildup or dryness on the wicking material. Nicks in the coil will disrupt the flow of current, resulting in much weaker pulls. Dryness or buildup can also cause less liquid to flow, resulting in less vapor. Regardless of the problem, it’s always a good time to change your coil.
Once you’ve inspected the tank, take a quick look at the battery. Is the battery showing any clear signs of discoloration or change in size or shape? If so, then it’s time to replace the battery. Discoloration or bulging could mean that the re-chargeability of your battery is about to decline rapidly. Chances are, you’ve already noticed a decrease in amount of time you can use your vape during vape sessions.
Now that you’ve inspected your vape thoroughly and replaced any parts that need it, it’s time to put all the parts back together. Take a good look at your device. Are you happy with it? If not, then it’s a good thing you did an audit. That audit will help you search for a new vape, since you now know exactly what works and what doesn’t work for you in a device. If you’re completely satisfied with your device and if you’ve properly audited your device, it’ll almost feel brand new once you’ve taken that first pull during your next session. Nothing feels more rewarding than a proper audit, and making your old vape feel brand new is an experience you will never forget.