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Vape Pen Troubleshooting

When screwing the cartridge onto the battery, be careful not to overtighten. Just twist until snug, otherwise you may have connectivity issues.

A common issue that happens with vape pens, sometimes as a result of being overly tightened, is that the metal rings that conduct electricity get pressed too deep and fail to make contact with each other.

An easy solution is to use a paper clip to very gently pry the metal ring up.

Be careful not to break the ring off! It is only attached by a very thin wire. Lift it evenly by only a small amount.

If adjusting the ring on the cartridge itself does not solve the problem, try the same fix with the battery itself. The ring hole is smaller so you may need a thinner paper clip. Remember to be gentle, these are very delicate pieces. It takes very little force to raise the ring slightly.

Most of the time this will solve the problem, assuming your battery is charged and your cartridge has oil in it. Happy Vaping!

When screwing the cartridge onto the battery, be careful not to overtighten. Just twist until snug, otherwise you may have connectivity issues.

Is Your Vape Pen Not Working?

Posted by Richard Broke on Aug 9th 2019

Vape pens, just like any other mechanical device you use, can stop working properly over time. But just because you’re having problems with it doesn’t mean you have to toss it and pick up a new one. Luckily, many of the most common issues that cause a vape pen to stop working have easy fixes, as long as you know where to start. To help you get back up and running, look over these simple troubleshooting techniques and common solutions. You may find the answer is more straightforward than you think.

Vape Pen Troubleshooting

Image via Flickr by VapingPost.com The first thing you’ll want to do when diagnosing a problem with your vape pen is to try to identify the part of the pen that isn’t working. Most vape pens are made up of many different parts €” like the tank, the atomizer, the sensors, and a battery €” and it’s possible to have problems with any or all of these parts. By carefully inspecting each component of a vape pen, you’re more likely to be able to identify the problem and find a solution. Start the troubleshooting process by first checking each of these potential problem points:

  • Check your vape juice levels. If you don’t have enough e-liquid, you’ll end up burning the wick, which can give you a burnt taste.
  • Check if your atomizer is clean. Over time, liquids and oils can build up in your atomizer and can clog the vape pen or produce a poor-tasting vape.
  • Check the charge on your battery. If your battery runs out too fast, it may be time to replace it. It’s also possible that you’re using the wrong-sized battery.
  • Check to see if the battery is locked. You can unlock a vape pen battery on most devices by pressing the button three times in a row.
  • Check how secure the cartridge is on the battery. The vape pen may not work if the cartridge is too tight or too loose.
  • Check the location of the battery. The battery must be in the proper location to supply power. Using a small paperclip, you can confirm whether the battery is high enough in the cartridge to reach the atomizer.

When a vape pen stops working properly, you’re undoubtedly going to have a poor vaping experience. So if these initial troubleshooting tips didn’t work, don’t worry. You might be able to get your vape pen working like new by performing some more advanced diagnostics on it.

Why Is My Vape Pen Not Working?

As you learned above, there are many reasons your vape pen might not be working correctly. While some of these problems have quick, easy solutions, others may require you to purchase replacement parts or a whole new pen. Here are a few of the most common problems that people have with their vape pens:

  • The vape pen doesn’t turn on.
  • The vape pen doesn’t stay charged for very long.
  • The vape pen doesn’t produce any vapor.
  • The vape coils aren’t heating properly.
  • There’s a bad taste coming from the vape pen.
  • The vape pen isn’t being used or maintained correctly.
  • The vape pen has become clogged.

In many cases, simple routine maintenance can help you reduce the number of problems you have with your vape pen. Regularly cleaning your pen isn’t just easy, it’s also the best way to protect the vital parts of the pen and keep it operating smoothly. To clean your pen, simply hold it upside down, turn off the power, and allow the excess product to flow out. Then, dismantle the parts of the vape pen and clean the inside of the pen with rubbing alcohol. If cleaning your vape pen doesn’t keep things running smoothly, you may need to do some additional problem-solving before you can get back to enjoying your vape pen.

Why Is My Vape Cartridge Not Working?

Experiencing a problem with your vape cartridge is fairly common among users. There are three main causes of problems with vape cartridges:

  • Poor battery connection. It’s very easy for the inner parts of a vape pen to start moving around. If the battery contact gets pushed too far into the cartridge, which often happens when you overtighten the cartridge, the battery won’t be able to supply needed power. Simply pull back the battery until it’s level with the bottom of the cartridge.
  • Extreme temperatures and weather. Excessively hot and humid or frigid temperatures can cause a vape cartridge to malfunction. This type of damage most commonly occurs if you leave your vape pen in a car or outside for long periods of time. Overheating leads to battery damage, and freezing temperatures can freeze the vape juice, making it difficult to pull. To avoid accidentally leaving your vape pen in the elements, use a lanyard or holder to keep your vape pen close at all time.
  • Clogged cartridge. Your vape cartridge can also get clogged in between uses or in cold weather. You may be able to dismantle the device, clean it, and remove the clog.

Unfortunately, broken vape cartridges can’t always be repaired. If you’ve already attempted to clean the cartridge and reposition the battery without any success, it’s possible that it’s time for you to replace the cartridge with a new one. But don’t worry: If you do have to buy a new cartridge, it’s still possible to salvage the leftover e-liquid in your current vape cartridge. Purchase a thin syringe, and use it to pull existing vape juice out of the old cartridge and place it into your new one.

What Does It Mean If My Vape Pen Is Blinking?

The blinking light that’s coming from your vape pen means you have a battery problem, and that can indicate a few different issues:

  • Your battery needs to be charged. Attach and plug in your charger, and once your device is fully charged, the light should turn off. It’s also important that you always charge your vape pen with the same power cord that the device came with. Using the wrong charging cord can not only damage your battery but can also void any warranty that you might have for the device.
  • There’s a battery short circuit. A short is usually caused by e-liquid that has seeped onto the connection thread. You can easily fix this by cleaning the threads of the vape pen.
  • There’s a problem with the tank. A tank that’s overtightened prevents the power supply from moving through the device. Adjust the tank’s tightness until the pen’s light stops blinking and turns solid red.
  • The safety setting has been activated. Some vape pens come with an automatic safety setting that protects the coils by turning the unit off if it gets too warm. If this is the problem, you should be able to turn the device back on after a few minutes when the coils have cooled.

If your vape pen is still blinking after these troubleshooting steps, try pairing your battery with other coils. If this works, then you may have a problem with the heating coils or you may be using the wrong-sized battery.

How Do I Know If My Vape Pen Is Charged?

Some batteries have a blinking light to indicate that the vape pen needs to be charged. In most vape pen devices, the charging light will change colors (often to solid green) or will turn off completely to indicate that it has finished charging. Because every vape pen is different, you should always read the owner’s manual for proper charging and safety directions. Once your device is fully charged, you should be able to turn it on without any problem. Most vape pens require a five-click power on. If the power doesn’t turn on immediately after the fifth click, avoid immediately clicking it a sixth time. Instead, wait a few minutes and then try again.

What Do You Do When Your Vape Won’t Charge?

If the problem is that your vape pen won’t charge at all, it’s likely that there’s a problem with your battery. You may be finding that the battery will show that it’s fully charged, even when it isn’t able to hold a charge. And if the battery does charge but you find that the charge runs out much faster than usual, you’re probably also looking at a battery issue. Generally speaking, your battery should last a minimum of six to eight hours, depending on the specific vape pen you’re using. Those who vape frequently may notice their battery drains faster; those who use their device less frequently might observe their charge lasts for many days. Cleaning the battery may help your vape pen charge. To see if a dirty battery is the problem, dismantle the device and then rub a cotton swab over each of the parts. If it’s dirty, you’ll see residue on the cotton swab. A problem with the pen’s charger could be another cause of a battery that doesn’t charge. Always use a charger that’s specifically designed for your device. Avoid using a cell phone or other household chargers with your vape pen, as this can pose a fire hazard. If none of these solutions resolves your problem, it’s also possible that you have a faulty battery, and that could be dangerous. If you have already tried to unlock and clean the battery and you’re using the correct charger, you might want to replace the battery.

How Do I Fix a Vape Pen Battery?

It’s important that you fully charge a vape pen before you use it for the first time. And it may seem obvious, but don’t forget to also check that you’ve activated the battery once you’re ready to use the pen. Most devices require you to click the button either three or six times to activate the battery. You’ll also want to ensure the battery that you’re using is the appropriate size for your pen. If you install a battery that doesn’t have enough power, the pen won’t have enough charge to operate correctly. But a battery with too much power can also cause problems and may result in mechanical problems with your vape pen. In general, you should pair low-resistant coils with higher-powered batteries and vice versa. If you know that your vape pen’s problem is with the battery, you can also try adjusting the inner connection plate using a thin thread or a paperclip. The inner connection plate is what transfers power to the battery, so if the location of this plate is the problem, you may notice that the battery light illuminates but you’re never able to get a full charge. It’s also important to properly care for your battery to ensure your vape pen is always operating as it should. Many vape users forget that there is a battery inside of their device and don’t realize the damage they can cause if they leave their vape pen outdoors in extremely hot or cold temperatures. Unfortunately, even if you follow each of the battery troubleshooting tips, if you’ve installed the wrong-sized battery into your vape pen, these solutions will be only a temporary fix. So if you notice that you continue to have problems with your battery, it’s probably a smart idea to replace it. For any extra batteries you may keep on hand, make sure you’re storing them in a secure case that’s away from metal objects. If you do leave your device outdoors in wet or cold conditions, you’ll also want to change the battery before you use the device again. And when you’re in doubt, please consult your device’s owner’s manual. It can be frustrating to find that your vape pen isn’t working. Fortunately, once you learn the inner parts of the vape pen and how to troubleshoot each part, you will improve your chances of being able to identify and solve the problem without buying costly replacement parts or devices. Then, with just a few simple steps, you’ll be on your way to getting back to enjoying your vaping experience.

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Vape pens, just like any other mechanical device you use, can stop working properly over time. But just because you're having problems with it doesn't mean you have to toss it and pick up a new one. Luckily, many of the most common issues that cause a vape pen to stop working have easy fixes, as long as you know where to start. To help you get back up and running, look over these simple troubleshooting techniques and common solutions. You may find the answer is more straightforward than you think. Vape Pen Troubleshooting Image via Flickr by VapingPost.com The first thing you'll want to do when diagnosing a problem with your vape pen is to try to identify the part of the pen that isn't working. Most vape pens are made up of many different parts €” like the tank, the atomizer, the sensors, and a battery €” and it's possible to have problems with any or all of these parts. By carefully inspecting each component of a vape pen, you're more likely to be able to identify the problem and find a solution. Start the troubleshooting process by first checking each of these potential problem points: Check your vape juice levels. If you don't have enough e-liquid, you'll end up burning the wick, which can give you a burnt taste. Check if your atomizer is clean. Over time, liquids and oils can build up in your atomizer and can clog the vape pen or produce a poor-tasting vape. Check the charge on your battery. If your battery runs out too fast, it may be time to replace it. It's also possible that you're using the wrong-sized battery. Check to see if the battery is locked. You can unlock a vape pen battery on most devices by pressing the button three times in a row. Check how secure the cartridge is on the battery. The vape pen may not work if the cartridge is too tight or too loose. Check the location of the battery. The battery must be in the proper location to supply power. Using a small paperclip, you can confirm whether the battery is high enough in the cartridge to reach the atomizer. When a vape pen stops working properly, you're undoubtedly going to have a poor vaping experience. So if these initial troubleshooting tips didn't work, don't worry. You might be able to get your vape pen working like new by performing some more advanced diagnostics on it. Why Is My Vape Pen Not Working? As you learned above, there are many reasons your vape pen might not be working correctly. While some of these problems have quick, easy solutions, others may require you to purchase replacement parts or a whole new pen. Here are a few of the most common problems that people have with their vape pens: The vape pen doesn't turn on. The vape pen doesn't stay charged for very long. The vape pen doesn't produce any vapor. The vape coils aren't heating properly. There's a bad taste coming from the vape pen. The vape pen isn't being used or maintained correctly. The vape pen has become clogged. In many cases, simple routine maintenance can help you reduce the number of problems you have with your vape pen. Regularly cleaning your pen isn't just easy, it's also the best way to protect the vital parts of the pen and keep it operating smoothly. To clean your pen, simply hold it upside down, turn off the power, and allow the excess product to flow out. Then, dismantle the parts of the vape pen and clean the inside of the pen with rubbing alcohol. If cleaning your vape pen doesn't keep things running smoothly, you may need to do some additional problem-solving before you can get back to enjoying your vape pen. Why Is My Vape Cartridge Not Working? Experiencing a problem with your vape cartridge is fairly common among users. There are three main causes of problems with vape cartridges: Poor battery connection. It's very easy for the inner parts of a vape pen to start moving around. If the battery contact gets pushed too far into the cartridge, which often happens when you overtighten the cartridge, the battery won't be able to supply needed power. Simply pull back the battery until it's level with the bottom of the cartridge. Extreme temperatures and weather. Excessively hot and humid or frigid temperatures can cause a vape cartridge to malfunction. This type of damage most commonly occurs if you leave your vape pen in a car or outside for long periods of time. Overheating leads to battery damage, and freezing temperatures can freeze the vape juice, making it difficult to pull. To avoid accidentally leaving your vape pen in the elements, use a lanyard or holder to keep your vape pen close at all time. Clogged cartridge. Your vape cartridge can also get clogged in between uses or in cold weather. You may be able to dismantle the device, clean it, and remove the clog. Unfortunately, broken vape cartridges can't always be repaired. If you've already attempted to clean the cartridge and reposition the battery without any success, it's possible that it's time for you to replace the cartridge with a new one. But don't worry: If you do have to buy a new cartridge, it's still possible to salvage the leftover e-liquid in your current vape cartridge. Purchase a thin syringe, and use it to pull existing vape juice out of the old cartridge and place it into your new one. What Does It Mean If My Vape Pen Is Blinking? The blinking light that's coming from your vape pen means you have a battery problem, and that can indicate a few different issues: Your battery needs to be charged. Attach and plug in your charger, and once your device is fully charged, the light should turn off. It's also important that you always charge your vape pen with the same power cord that the device came with. Using the wrong charging cord can not only damage your battery but can also void any warranty that you might have for the device. There's a battery short circuit. A short is usually caused by e-liquid that has seeped onto the connection thread. You can easily fix this by cleaning the threads of the vape pen. There's a problem with the tank. A tank that's overtightened prevents the power supply from moving through the device. Adjust the tank's tightness until the pen's light stops blinking and turns solid red. The safety setting has been activated. Some vape pens come with an automatic safety setting that protects the coils by turning the unit off if it gets too warm. If this is the problem, you should be able to turn the device back on after a few minutes when the coils have cooled. If your vape pen is still blinking after these troubleshooting steps, try pairing your battery with other coils. If this works, then you may have a problem with the heating coils or you may be using the wrong-sized battery. How Do I Know If My Vape Pen Is Charged? Some batteries have a blinking light to indicate that the vape pen needs to be charged. In most vape pen devices, the charging light will change colors (often to solid green) or will turn off completely to indicate that it has finished charging. Because every vape pen is different, you should always read the owner's manual for proper charging and safety directions. Once your device is fully charged, you should be able to turn it on without any problem. Most vape pens require a five-click power on. If the power doesn't turn on immediately after the fifth click, avoid immediately clicking it a sixth time. Instead, wait a few minutes and then try again. What Do You Do When Your Vape Won't Charge? If the problem is that your vape pen won't charge at all, it's likely that there's a problem with your battery. You may be finding that the battery will show that it's fully charged, even when it isn't able to hold a charge. And if the battery does charge but you find that the charge runs out much faster than usual, you're probably also looking at a battery i ssue. Generally speaking, your battery should last a minimum of six to eight hours, depending on the specific vape pen you're using. Those who vape frequently may notice their battery drains faster; those who use their device less frequently might observe their charge lasts for many days. Cleaning the battery may help your vape pen charge. To see if a dirty battery is the problem, dismantle the device and then rub a cotton swab over each of the parts. If it's dirty, you'll see residue on the cotton swab. A problem with the pen's charger could be another cause of a battery that doesn't charge. Always use a charger that's specifically designed for your device. Avoid using a cell phone or other household chargers with your vape pen, as this can pose a fire hazard. If none of these solutions resolves your problem, it's also possible that you have a faulty battery, and that could be dangerous. If you have already tried to unlock and clean the battery and you're using the correct charger, you might want to replace the battery. How Do I Fix a Vape Pen Battery? It's important that you fully charge a vape pen before you use it for the first time. And it may seem obvious, but don't forget to also check that you've activated the battery once you're ready to use the pen. Most devices require you to click the button either three or six times to activate the battery. You'll also want to ensure the battery that you're using is the appropriate size for your pen. If you install a battery that doesn't have enough power, the pen won't have enough charge to operate correctly. But a battery with too much power can also cause problems and may result in mechanical problems with your vape pen. In general, you should pair low-resistant coils with higher-powered batteries and vice versa. If you know that your vape pen's problem is with the battery, you can also try adjusting the inner connection plate using a thin thread or a paperclip. The inner connection plate is what transfers power to the battery, so if the location of this plate is the problem, you may notice that the battery light illuminates but you're never able to get a full charge. It's also important to properly care for your battery to ensure your vape pen is always operating as it should. Many vape users forget that there is a battery inside of their device and don't realize the damage they can cause if they leave their vape pen outdoors in extremely hot or cold temperatures. Unfortunately, even if you follow each of the battery troubleshooting tips, if you've installed the wrong-sized battery into your vape pen, these solutions will be only a temporary fix. So if you notice that you continue to have problems with your battery, it's probably a smart idea to replace it. For any extra batteries you may keep on hand, make sure you're storing them in a secure case that's away from metal objects. If you do leave your device outdoors in wet or cold conditions, you'll also want to change the battery before you use the device again. And when you're in doubt, please consult your device's owner's manual. It can be frustrating to find that your vape pen isn't working. Fortunately, once you learn the inner parts of the vape pen and how to troubleshoot each part, you will improve your chances of being able to identify and solve the problem without buying costly replacement parts or devices. Then, with just a few simple steps, you'll be on your way to getting back to enjoying your vaping experience. ]]>