How to Deal With a Clogged Vape Cartridge
13th Jul 2021

How to Deal With a Clogged Vape Cartridge

Does your Delta-8 cart keep clogging? Are you noticing a popping sound occur toward the end of your cartridges?

Eighty Six vape cartridges are built to resist clogs and leaks as much as possible, so if you’re having consistent issues with other brands we recommend checking out our shop. However, it’s important to remember that all vape cartridges remain vulnerable to temperature and other factors, so clogs may happen one way or another.

Here are some best practices to minimize your chances of a clogged vape cartridge in the first place:

Be Aware of Temperature and Humidity

One of the most common causes of a clogged vape cartridge is temperature, which has a significant effect on the viscosity of the concentrates housed in your cartridge. While cold temperatures can lead cartridges to clog because the oil becomes too thick to pull onto the coil, warmer temperatures can cause clogs as oil runs into the airflow holes. Similarly, increased humidity leads to increased oil condensation and a greater likelihood of clogs forming.

Unless you can control the weather, we recommend storing your vape cartridges in a dry location at room temperature when possible. On the other hand, if forced to choose between a freezing environment and a scorching hot environment, most cartridges will fare better in the cold, as heat will cause oil to not only clog airflow holes but also leak out of the cartridge entirely. The most important thing is that you return your cartridge to room temperature and clear out any excess oil that may have leaked due to heat before vaping.

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Inhale Gently

What does your ability to blow massive clouds have to do with the fact that your cart keeps clogging? Unfortunately, they are likely related, especially if you’re inhaling abnormally hard when you hit your vape cartridge. At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that most cartridges are designed to produce potent, small- to medium-sized hits. Our Eighty Six cartridges work best with a gentle to moderate pull, with just enough force to create consistent airflow.

Though it might be tempting to rip your vape cartridge with every ounce of strength your lungs can bear, this is a recipe for a cart that keeps clogging. If you inhale too hard, you run the risk of pulling too much oil through your cartridge before it can be vaporized, causing clogs and leaks that will be annoying to fix. Puffing too hard can be a challenging habit to break for some, but if it’s something you struggle with, let your next clogged vape cartridge be a reminder that a gentle pull is preferred.

Don’t Twist Too Tight

Another frequent reason for a clogged vape cartridge is a less than ideal alignment between the airflow holes on the base of the cartridge and the structure of the battery. In some cases, when a cartridge is screwed as tightly as possible to a battery, it will cover up the holes and only a small amount of air will flow through, eventually pulling enough oil with it to cause a clog. This is another habit that can be hard to break, but doing so will help improve the lifespan of your cartridges and ensure you get your money’s worth.

In some cases, your battery may just not be a good fit for your cartridge, as they are all designed by dozens of different companies and are not always compatible with one another. Avoid frustrating clogged vape cartridges and turn over a new leaf with a fresh battery that fits our cartridges like a glove — check out our list of recommended batteries for Delta-8 THC vape cartridges.

Still Clogged?

If you’re still struggling with a clogged vape cartridge, start by locating the airflow holes at the base of your cartridge and seeing if they are open. If the airflow holes appear clogged, attempt to clear them out with a needle, thin paperclip, or other skinny, sterile object. If your cart still keeps clogging, you may need to intermittently clear out the airflow holes with a needle and blow into the mouthpiece of the vape to force out residual oil.

Once airflow resumes in your cartridge it should be good to go — just remember that most clogged vape cartridges are caused by environmental factors or misuse, and it’s always easiest to avoid a clog in the first place by following the best practices above. And above all else, whenever you notice a clog in your cartridge be sure to clear it out immediately, or else you risk a flooded tank.

Flooded Tanks

Last but certainly not least, most experienced users have dealt with the dreaded flooded tank at some point. A flooded tank most often occurs when a clogged vape cartridge is left unfixed toward the end of a cartridge when the oil begins to leak out the bottom. It can also be caused by a break in the cartridge or an overheated cartridge where the oil has become too viscous.

A flooded tank is not necessarily the end of a cartridge, but it does require some practice to recover from. In most cases, you’ll need to start off by clearing out the airflow holes to the extent possible and using an alcohol-based swab to remove excess oil from your device. If you are then unable to generate airflow simply by hitting the cartridge, you may need to hold the battery button for several seconds to burn off excess oil and try again.

This last step can be repeated as necessary until airflow returns to the clogged vape cartridge. We do not recommend blowing into a flooded tank as this often results in wasting large amounts of oil unnecessarily.

Not Sure About Cartridges?

We understand if you’re not sure Delta-8 vape cartridges are right for you. That’s why we offer premium Delta-8 THC gummies in four mouthwatering flavors you’ll love — no batteries, cartridges, or clogs involved.

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