The atomizer is the heart of your e-cigarette, and you should take a good care of it if you don’t want your e-cigarette to have heart problems. The least you could do is to leave your atomizer upside down (side that connects to battery up), at night, to drain deposits of e-liquid.
I’ve researched and found many ways to get rid of the deposits that clog an e-cigarette atomizer. But, for now, I find an air compressor the most effective. Note that this article is based on two successful attempts (read the Important Notes at the end of article).
Where to Find a Portable Air Compressor for Cleaning Your Atomizer
Portable air compressors are very easy to find—just do a quick search online or go to your local Pep Boys store. Price varies from $30 to $100. You don’t need a very powerful compressor—thus the most affordable should be good enough. The device I’m using is a portable, all-in-one power station that has a built-in air compressor. I keep it in my car. The compressor is for inflating car tires.
Please note that this method of cleaning might not work with all models of atomizers. I tested it on the atomizer of a super mini e-cigarette.
- Take the air compressor hose and join the air outlet valve to the side of the atomizer that attaches to the battery. See how the valve and atomizer fit. If they don’t, try using the air valve fitting—the one you use to inflate your tires.
- Start the air compressor. Force air through the atomizer’s chamber, but don’t overdo it—just enough air to get the e-liquid deposits out. Force air only from the side of the atomizer that connects with the battery. If you use the other side of the atomizer (the one that connects to the cartridge, you risk damaging it.
If your e-cigarette works as good as when it was new, congratulations—you cleaned your atomizer. If it doesn’t, the problem might not be a clogged atomizer.
Make sure you have a spare atomizer if you decided to try the air compressor.
The first time I used this procedure, I successfully unclogged an atomizer. I forced air through the side of the atomizer that connects to the battery, and I used the compressor for less than a minute.
The second time, my atomizer started working two days after the cleaning. I cleaned the atomizer from both sides, and I used the compressor for more than two minutes. The reason why the atomizer wouldn’t work for two days was probably because some mini part (that was supposed to be dry) got wet during cleaning. So, remember to force air through the side that connects to the battery.