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Maintenance of your Electronic Cigarette

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 EXhale's Guide to looking after your e-Cig

You've just invested your 'hard-earned' so surely it makes sense for you to keep it in good working order, doesn't it?

EXhale will show you how to have continued vaping enjoyment, how to make the most of your investment and save yourself the additional expense of having to replace parts as often - Honestly, this advice will save you £££'s in the long-run! 

Our simple Daily Maintenance procedure takes less than 2 minutes of your time.

This guide shows you how to carry out a simple Daily Care Regime helping to ensure smooth, clean and reliable vaping pleasure. We include instructions on performing a Full Weekly Clean (for 3 part eCig users), and finish up with guidance on Safe Storage & Transportation essential for looking after your Electronic Cigarette and Vaping Accessories.


  • After cleaning, maintenance or refilling your e-Cigarette you should ALWAYS wash and dry your hands thoroughly.
  • When not in use you must ensure that you store le-iquids, your device and components out of reach of children & pets. 


Disassembly: ALL MODELS:

  • Begin by disassembling the battery from your atomisation device.

Most modern eCigs are 2 or even 1 part, however some users continue to use the original 3 part systems. Atomisers and tanks have lots of different designs and features, but they all need care. Don't worry, we have guidance for you whatever you use so please follow the advice below choosing each section that relates to the type/model of e-Cig you are using. You'll only need this guide once. Dont be put off by the perception of length of subject and scrollng here- this really is very, very easy to do!

Let's start with the part you put to your mouth. We want that to be clean and pleasant on our lips!

Mouthpiece Cleaning:
Devices with Removable Mouthpieces
    • Pull off and wash your mouthpiece in warm water and a mild detergent.
    • Rinse in clear running water.
    • Air dry thoroughly.
Devices with Non removable mouthpices
    • With tissue, tightly twist a corner and push it into the mouthpiece to absorb moisture from unvaped product and condensation.
    • You could if you wished to use a cotton bud instead of the twist to clean the inside.
    • If you are very concerned about hygiene you can wipe over the mouthpiece with a mild anti-bacterial wipe.
3 Part e-Cigs:It is likely that the mouthpiece is also the tank 
    • First refill the tank
    • Wipe over the body of the tank/mouthpiece with tissue (see note below).
    • Set tank/mouthpiece aside positioned with the mouthpiece facing downward. 
NOTE: - DO NOT WASH A MOUTHPIECE of 3 part system.
If washed, water will enter the vapour chamber/channel. It is very difficult to dry out.
If you are concerned with hygiene wipe over the mouthpiece with a very mild antibacterial wipe.
Battery Cleaning (ALL MODELS):
EXhale recommend that you clean your battery immediately before recharging.
Keeping the contacts of your battery clean assists in proper contact between battery and atomiser or charging port and when carried out before recharging will prevent transfer of residue onto your changing equipment. This care ensures that your battery and equipment keep performing well during their entire lifespan.
Battery with a cavity (looking down from the top)
    • Twist the corner of a tissue and push this twist into the battery wriggling it around to clean the contact point, floating pin and screw threads 
Battery with head:
    • Use tissue to wipe over the battery head/contact point and the 510 screw threads.
    • Contine with clean tissue. Wipe over all battery conections/screw threads and the body.
    • Connect to the power source and commence charging.
Atomisation Device Care:
Most 2 part and 1 part system tanks/clearomisers come with either the eGo or 510 connection.
    • eGo thread fitted atomisers will have a 'cavity'
    • 510 thread fitted atomisers will have a 'head'

*** Those who use 3 part eCig system please see the detailed information below ***

    • Refill tank.
Atomiser with a cavity:
    • Make a corner twist with tissue.
    • Wriggle this in the well at the bottom of your clearomiser making sure that the connection threads and contact points are cleared of any residue. 
    • Wipe over outer body of device with clean tissue.


    • Reattach cleaned mouthpiece.
    • Attach clean recharged battery.
Atomiser with head:
    • Wipe over contact points and threads.
    • Wipe over the outer body of the device with clean tissue.
    • If new, or a new coil has been fitted, see Priming (below)


    • Reattach cleaned mouthpiece.
    • Attach clean recharged battery.
    • If new or a new coil has been fitted, see Priming (below)

3 Part eCig System:

The mid section of a 3 part system is the atomiser. It sits between the battery and the tank/mouthpiece. The guidance below provides you with two daily care options (wet or dry) as well as a weekly maintenance regime which will keep your atomiser in tip-top condition.

Wash Option: 
    • Fill a small bowl with warm tap water and a mild detergent.
    • Dip in and aggitate your atomiser in the soapy water.
    • Follow instructions below for blowing through.
Dry Option:
If you do not wish to wash and wait:
    • Wipe over the outer surface of the atomiser with clean tissue then follow directions for blowing through.
Blowing Through: 
    • Stand over the sink or position a sheet of kitchen towel;
    • Put the wiped (or washed) atomiser to your mouth at the battery connection end.
    • Directing it into the sink (or onto the paper towel) blow sharply through the atomiser forcefully expelling any liquid residue left inside.
      • You will note that the expelled residues are darker than the eliquid you are using.
      • This is normal as it will have been darkened by carbonised liquid residue inside the atomiser.
    • Wipe the inner parts of the atomiser at both ends taking care not to damage the hollow atomiser needle that pierces the tank/mouthpiece.
Wash Option:
    • Reassemble device pushing the filled clean tank/mouthpiece into place fully.
    • Attach clean recharged battery.
Dry Option:
      • Rinse and blow through again.
      • Allow to air dry
      • Follow directions below for Preparation and Priming.
Weekly Maintenance: 3 part system users only:
  • This procedure is to be carried out instead of DAILY CARE on one day per week.
  • This wash involves alcohol which aids in the removal of carbonisation from the wick and coil, thus not only extendng the life of your atomisr but also keeping your vaping smooth and clean.
    • Dismantle your device and follow the cleaning steps above for battery and mouthpiece sections only.
    • Stand atomiser up on its battery connection end on a suitable flat surface.
    • At mouthpiece end which is now upermost, drip in s small amount of neat vodka.
    • Allow it to stand now for about 5-10 minutes.
    • Follow instructions above for blowing through.
    • Follow instructions above for washing.
    • Follow instructions above for blowing through
    • Follow instructions below for priming. 
Tank Systems
  • A new/dry atomiser will perform best if it is primed before its first use.
  • Priming allows the capilliary action to begin allowing the wick to feed the coil with liquid as you vape.
  • Priming helps to prevent dry burn.
If accessible:
    • Drip a little eliquid directly onto the coil head before assembly.
    • Attach filled tank to battery.
    • WITHOUT pressing the battery button perform one or two gentle inhales.
    • Allow to rest for 1 - 2 minutes before vaping.
Priming for 3 part system only
    • Insert filled mouthpiece/tank into the atomiser.
    • Push firmly into place ensuring that the hollow needle of the atomiser fully pierces the tank. 
      • New tanks need to be pierced, tanks that are re-filled will already have been pierced.
    • You MUST remove your battery from the atomiser before continuing. 
    • You can leave the battery attached but DO NOT press the battery button in the next instruction.
    • You DO NOT want the coil to be heated at this stage.


    • Place the mouthpiece to your lips.
    • Exhale and inhale gently a couple of times to encourage eliquid to travel to and prime, the wick (inside atomiser).
    • Attach battery


    • Vape as normal. 
  • If any liquid is spilled during this process wipe this up immediately with tissue.
  • All used tissue can be disposed of in normal household waste.
  • Wash and dry hands thoroughly and store liquids and equipment out of reach of children and pets
Storage and Transportation ALL MODELS:
Look after your electronic cigarettes and it will serve you well but just ike a normal cigarette, if you carried or kept that on its own in your pocket or bag it would be broken and totally unusable.  
Your e-Cig is not bullet proof and it is going to become very important to your success. It will pay you to take care of it.
An electronic cigarette that has been dropped or accidently knocked over, if it rolls off of a high surface any of these things cause impact which is large enough to render it irrepariably broken or damaged. A drop or knock could cause it to begin to leak and a coil that has become brittle through use may have snapped and need replacing.
EXhale advocates the use of a carry case and urges users not to be tempted to carry an eCig in a pocket where it can be subjected to sideways pressure - for example if you lean on something or, if its in a trouser pocket and you go to sit, it will want to bend with you. It is not designed to do this. You wouldnt have done that with a cigarette and expected it to be undamaged, would you?
Incidentally, carrying or putting an eCig battery to be stored with coins, keys, metal objects puts it at risk of short circuiting and this can be extemely dangerous and put your safety at risk. For more information on battery care please visit our supplementary guide Lithium Battery Care and Safety Warnings.
Please make it a habit to use a carrying case to store or transport your eCig equipment. Consider using a lanyard to avoid the temptation to use a pocket. Cases and lanyards can be purchased within our Accessories section and you can go there now just click this link: Carrying Cases
ALWAYS store your carry case and all eCig equipmentincluding eliquids out of the reach of children & pets.


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