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How Do I Fix a Vape Pen Battery That Won't Charge or Draw?

on November 21, 2019

Lots of people have switched from smoking to vaping thanks to the health and money-saving benefits that it brings. However, vape pens aren’t always a worry-free option. Sometimes, they can break down and stop charging or drawing. Nobody wants to have to deal with the hassle of a broken vape pen. Luckily, there are quite a few steps that you can take which may rectify the problem. If one of these tips work, you won’t have to buy a replacement.

There are lots of different types of vape pen on the market today. Some are e-cig-style vape pens, others are flower vaporizers. There are also pre-filled cartridge pens and disposable vape pens without separate batteries. All can develop problems which can prevent them from functioning properly. Here, we bring you our expert advice about how to get your vape pen working again.

The Absolute Basics

You’d be surprised by how many people think their vape pen is broken when it isn’t switched on! Before you panic and think you need to buy a new device, check you’ve turned on your vape pen. Make sure that the battery has been fully charged. This is the first thing you should always do if you’re having a problem with your vape pen.

Change The Coils

Change The Coils

The coils inside the battery aren’t designed to last forever. At some point, they’ll need replacing. Of course, they shouldn’t need to be replaced too often. However, if you use your vape device very frequently, replacements will be needed more regularly. You should try cleaning the battery top first, though, just to make sure there isn’t a connection problem. Use a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol to wipe over the connections. This will ensure that no gunk or grime is preventing a proper connection.

A Broken Battery

Sometimes, you vape pen might not be working because the battery is broken. Although batteries should enjoy a long lifespan, they won’t go on forever. If you use your vape pen a lot, you’ll need to replace your battery more quickly. If your device isn’t holding its charge long enough you may need to purchase a replacement battery. Also, if you have got your battery wet or dropped it on the floor, this could cause it to break. In such a case, you’ll also need to purchase a replacement.

Unblocking The Airflow

If you’re having problems with a vape pen that won’t hit, there could be a few different causes. One of the most common is a blocked airflow. This is an especially common problem if you use oil cartridges with the same mouthpiece repeatedly without cleaning it. Oil cartridges leave by-product residue in the mouthpiece which builds-up with time. Eventually, the airflow will become completely blocked and this will prevent your vape pen from hitting. 

Take a look inside your mouthpiece. Can you see orange chemicals and fluff inside it? If so, a deep clean could resolve your hitting problem. Take the mouthpiece off the vaporizer, take a pin or needle and try to poke out anything blocking the airflow. Reattach the mouthpiece and try taking another hit. If it still doesn’t work, move onto the next solution.

Fixing The Battery

Fixing The Battery

It’s always better to prevent a battery problem from occurring in the first place. You can prolong your battery’s lifespan by depleting it fully and charging it to the max every time. You should also make sure to store the battery at the right temperature. Too cold or too hot a storage temperature will reduce its lifespan. However, if your vape pen won’t draw or charge, you may have an issue with its battery. Again, there are a few steps you can take to resolve this problem.

You may have screwed the cartridge too tightly onto the battery and this could be causing your connectivity issues. Electricity must be conducted through the metal rings. If they are pressed in too deeply, they cannot properly make contact. A common solution is to adjust the 510 thread connection. This can often be done quite simply by using a hairpin or paperclip. Sometimes, however, you may require a screwdriver. Simply open up the battery and check to see if you can spot a loose connection. A loose connection is most likely to be the problem if you see the LED turning on when you draw.

Cleaning The Heating Element

Your vape pen’s battery performance may be compromised by a heating element which has become blocked. Even worse, a blocked heating element could make your device unsafe to use. You should, therefore, check for residue inside the chamber. If you spot grime and byproducts clogging the inside of the chamber, you should clean it out. You can do this by heating up the chamber a little to loosen the residue. This will make the cleaning process quicker and easier. Make sure you don’t heat the device until it is too hot or you could risk getting burned. Take a cotton swab which has been soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Use the swab to wipe around the heating chamber’s rim and inside it.

Remember to take care with the coil though. It is extremely sensitive, and if you put too much pressure on it, it could be permanently damaged. Check the battery head too to see if any thin films, leaked concentrate or small particles are touching the battery. If you see anything which shouldn’t be there, remove it carefully. This may help to get your vape pen functioning properly again.

Cleaning The Heating Element

Keeping Your Vape Pen Working

Of course, it’s worrying when your vape pen isn’t working as it should. Some devices are quite expensive, and the idea of buying a new one can be off-putting. If you follow these tips and tricks, however, you may be able to get your device running properly again. It’s also important to take proper care of your vape pen on a daily basis. Without proper maintenance, it will only break down again. By charging your vape pen properly and cleaning it regularly, it should last a long time.