Cleaning and Coil Head Life in Kanger Protanks and Aerotanks
You want to save some money. We all do. Especially if that money can be used to buy more juice or gear. Well, how would you like to extend your Protank, EVOD and Aerotank coil life by 50-100% with just a little effort and a bottle of cheap booze? Hell, you’ve probably already got the booze, right?
Two of the most common questions new vapers ask are “How long should the coil head last in my Protank or Aerotank?” and “How often and how should the tank be cleaned?” Coils usually last a couple weeks with “regular” vaping. Of course, that depends upon a lot of factors, but with some easy maintenance, they can last 3-4 weeks (possibly longer). I clean my clearomizer tanks and coil head roughly twice a week. I might be a bit OCD, but I also get the advantage of a clean tank when switching flavors.
This is my cleaning method, which seems to be pretty common:
1. Disassemble entirely. This means the tip, top cap, o-ring assembly, tank, base and coil head.
2. Rinse briefly under warm tap water and shake dry (don’t lose anything!).
3. Toss it all into a small plastic container filled with Everclear or Vodka. Shake the container fairly well and let sit for anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour (some people even let it sit overnight).
4. Remove everything (seriously, don’t lose anything), rinse with warm water, and leave to air dry. I sometimes squeeze the wicks a bit to speed up the drying.
(Optional Step 4a. Depending on just HOW cheap that booze is, have a shot!)
5. If you’re starting with a new, unused coil head, reassemble the base, coil head and tank, then fill with juice. Then reassemble your tank. In a top-wick system, roll the clearo around a bit to saturate the wicks. Some top-wicking coils benefit from a drop or two of juice applied directly on them. Wait a few minutes to make sure it’s wicking. Go ahead and vape!
6. If you’re reusing your newly cleaned coil head, screw the coil onto the base (without the tank) and screw the base onto your mod for what’s called a “dry burn.” I usually do a dry burn with three short “hits,” lasting 2-3 seconds each, while gently blowing on the coil. (PSA: don’t touch the coil unless you like the smell of burning flesh.)
Now reassemble the base, coil head and tank. Fill with juice. When full, reassemble your tank and follow the rest of part 5. Also, see optional step 4a.
If your head was really gunked up, you can go through the whole process, then clean just the coil head again and do your dry burn.
That wasn’t so hard, was it? With a bit of cleaning, you can extend your clearomizer coil head life, save a bit of cash, and get stupid drunk. Vape on!