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Old 04-23-2009, 10:25 PM   #1
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So who has the best method of cleaning an atomizer? Ive heard of steam cleaning, hydrogen peroxide 5%, cola treatment and gravity dripping.
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I use the hot water.. I take the atomizer and blow it out to get most of the bulk juice out then with tweesers I put it in very hot water.. Then let cool off and blow the excess out and let dry on a paper towel over nite. Then prime it with juice and good for go.. Allways works for me..
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Thanks, that was gonna be my first try. So how long have you had any one particular atomizer last?
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:13 PM   #4
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I take the atomizer and blow it out to get most of the bulk juice out too, then take it and put it in a glass of Sierra Mist (for the ascorbic acid, of course any soda will do with ascorbic acid. I use Sierra Mist because thats what i drink, and its clear) for a couple of hours, the take it and swish it around in boiling hot distilled water. Let dry on a paper towel under a fan.
When i prime it with juice, the flavor and vapor is so much better than before!!
I've done this twice and still works perfectly.
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Old 04-25-2009, 08:06 PM   #5
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I tried one of my atomizers in hot water and drying it overnight. It never worked again. Is this unusual? I've been afraid to ever try it again since then.
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:47 PM   #6
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I tried using water to clean my RN-4072 (pen style) atomizer and it never worked again.
Now, I just blow them out, let them drain a bit, then swab out with some paper towel. Seems to work.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:07 AM   #7
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I tried one of my atomizers in hot water and drying it overnight. It never worked again. Is this unusual? I've been afraid to ever try it again since then.
Question is, are you using distilled water or tap?
Also, how long are you letting dry.
I blow out the water and then let it sit overnight under the fan to dry.
Let me clarify something. When i said under a fan, i meant a table top fan blowing directly on it. Not sitting on the table under a ceiling fan.

You shouldn't have any problem with distilled water. It shouldn't leave any type of residue or mineral deposits of any kind, like tap would. I've been doing every night so far since the last post on this thread and not one problem. Like I'm using a new atomizer every time.
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wow, it is good method
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:17 AM   #9
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Perhaps that ultrasonic cleaner is much more powerful than the home use ones and it was that that did the trick?

Any noticeable black specks after in the beaker?
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:25 PM   #10
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So who has the best method of cleaning an atomizer? Ive heard of steam cleaning, hydrogen peroxide 5%, cola treatment and gravity dripping.
I think it depends on how often you clean them. I usually let them drain over night, re-prime with a couple of drops in the am and I' good to go.

I give them a 2-3 hour coke bath on the weekend, rinse with warm water then blow them out with some canned air. After the cleaning cycle you need to re-prime them with 3-4 drops of e-liquid and let them sit for 10-15 minutes. They sometimes take a few more drips after the first dozen or so drags to start tasting good again.

I do this process with new attys too, it gets the funky motor oil tasting crap out from the factory.
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:38 PM   #11
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VERY hot water and vinegar work best for me. I clean all my 8 E-Cig atomizers this way and have never had a problem.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:56 AM   #12
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I don't clean - just drain overnight and blow into a tissue occasionally...
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:22 PM   #13
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Wow, I didn't know you had to clean atomizers.
I use Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerin as solvents to keep mine clean.
Might rinse out some dust and crud or blow them out every once in a while.
I had a 510 atty die once and the swamp lady has had a total of 3 901 attys die (not sure about the lost ones yet). That's like for 7 months folks. The PG or VG solvents seem to keep them clean.

I tried various cleaning methods with my e-cigars. But they usually died before I could get them clean so I stopped. Once they started with the "burning plastic mop bucket, makes you want to puke" taste they were a goner. I thought it was worth trying to clean a $30 atomizer.

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Old 08-20-2009, 02:30 PM   #14
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Are there any other suggestions out there on a simple method to remove or at least reduce the nasty taste that new attys have? It's really bad and I dread having to start using a new one cause it seemed to take a long time to burn off by regular use. "Simple" meaning something using common household items and what's left of my brain...
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:32 PM   #15
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Speaking of simple, I found the other "cleaning atomizers" thread... thanks.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:10 AM   #16
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Hey all!

Until the other day I have never cleaned an atomizer. As an electronics technician I firmly believe in "If it ain't broke don't fix it"...

However...

The other day I had my first atty failure. Complete lack of output. Couldn't even hear a slight sizzle. It has seen 5 1/2 weeks heavy use and abuse.

I checked it with an ohmmeter and read 2.2 ohms so I knew the coil was still intact- at least while cold. It *could* read "okay" while cold and then read "open" or "infinite ohms" once warm as expansion due to heat *could* open a seemingly closed coil or solder joint...

I gave it a 10-15 min soak in the mildest acid I had on hand: Diet Pepsi. Gave it a good rinse with tap water, blew it out with canned air, and let it dry for a couple hours on a sunny windowsill.

Result: Works as good as new. Under a 30x jeweler's loupe I could see tons of crud before and a near-shiny coil after. I'm using that atty as I type.

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I am dead-against cleaning an atty unless it fails first. Here's why: As crud builds up on the coil it puts mechanical stress on that coil. We can't see it with the naked eye but that crud bends and distorts the coil as it builds up. When it is cleaned it will tend to "want" to flex back to it's original shape/form. This adds undue stress and destabilizes an otherwise stable coil. Every time that little guy flexes it moves closer to breakage. I say lelave it be and let it sit nice and comfy right where it is at. :-)

Just my $.02. I base this on nothing but my personal experience/ideas/and very-active imagination!


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Old 08-23-2009, 10:49 AM   #17
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Sounds logical.

I used to clean my attys once a week, now it's more like once a month. I have 4 (2-510's, 2-901's) in rotation. The 901's are coming up on 4 months old, so I can't complain. Must be doing something right.
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Old 08-24-2009, 05:54 AM   #18
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Crosslink to another thread about cleaning:

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