Vapes and concentrated cannabis carts have become supremely popular among many weed smokers. The use of vapes has exploded in popularity, which has made them a close contender with classics like smoking joints and eating edibles as the most common way to get high. Now, there’s an entire market of cannabis products that are exclusively tailored to the vaping experience.
But with a whole new way to smoke weed, there comes a whole new set of challenges. For example, some people have reported issues with their vape pens not working, carts not hitting, or vape pens not working after charge. These have become pretty common problems within the vape community, so we want to make sure you know how to fix them.
There are a few different reasons why your vape may not be working, but the most likely reason is that your cart is clogged. Unfortunately, many people don’t even know that their vape carts can get clogged, which makes them think their vape pens have stopped working altogether. But it’s actually a super easy fix, so don’t worry. We’re here to help! (We have the cart not hitting fix)
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Why is my vape pen not working?
Vapes are an amazing way to enjoy getting high, but it can be super frustrating when they don’t work. Some people have even encountered issues after charging it overnight, waking up with a disgruntled, ‘Why won’t my cart hit? My vape pen isn’t working after charge!’ Vape pens and carts can be expensive, so we understand the panic. But don’t fret! If your vape pen is not working, it’s probably just clogged––and thankfully, it can be unclogged.
Vapes getting clogged is a super common problem. It’s so common that even a disposable vape pen can get clogged. A few reasons that your vape cartridge might be clogged include:
Improper storage. Vapes should be stored vertically so that none of the oil pools and hardens anywhere within the mouthpiece. So often, people throw their dab pens in their pockets, purses, backpacks, and other places where they sit on their sides and upside down. (Pro tip: You can use a pencil holder or lipstick organizer to keep them upright!)
Fluctuating temperatures. They should also be stored at a consistent temperature that is not too hot and not too cold. Oil does best at a room temperature or slightly warmer atmosphere and will begin to harden a bit as it gets colder. Repeatedly bringing it from super warm temperatures to super cold temperatures will make the oil harden in places like the mouthpiece, making it easier for clogs to happen.
You’re hitting it too hard. It’s easy to draw in super hard drags from your vape, but that may be what’s causing the clogs. Drawing in too hard may bring excess oil into the mouthpiece chamber, which can solidify and create blockages that compromise your ability to hit the vape properly.
Everyday use. Simply using your vape pen on a frequent, regular basis is enough to cause some clogs. It’s natural for these clogs to happen just like they happen in other things like bowls, bongs, and pipes; it’s just not nearly as messy as the resin in those pieces.
Thankfully there are a few ways you can easily unclog a vape cartridge by yourself, which is why we’re here to teach you how to unclog a dab cart at home.
How to Unclog a Vape Cartridge
The first thing you should do before you unclog a vape cartridge is to take the cartridge out of the pen. You want to make sure you are working just with the cart and not the pen, charger, or any other accessories. Here are a few tips for how to unclog a vape cartridge:
Gently blow into your cart to dry to dislodge any clogs. You can try to gently suck in as well, just be careful not to do it so hard that you suck any of the oil or extract into your mouth.
Warm up your cart. Sometimes the oil or concentrate inside gets too cold, which hardens it up and makes it difficult to hit. You can grip the cart in your hands (in a fist), keep it in a pocket that’s close to your body, put it in your bra, or stick it in the crease of your knee (or wherever else you want, honestly) for at least 5 to 10 minutes so that the dabs warm up enough to loosen up and hit smoothly and easily.
If all else fails, use the stoner’s simple yet iconic holy grail weapon: a paperclip. The paperclip is a staple (yes, office supply pun very much intended) of the stoner community because it is literally the perfect utensil for unclogging jammed bowls, bongs, pipes, and even grinders. And it turns out the paperclip’s myriad of uses doesn’t stop there as it can also be very effective at unclogging a stuck or clogged vape.
Take one of the pointed ends of the paperclip, insert it into the mouthpiece where you draw from the vape, and wiggle it around until you’ve dislodged any existing blockages. You may have to do this a few times to fully get it free, but it should work! (Pro tip: make sure to be gentle. Think of it like a q-tip in your ear––you don’t want to go jamming it in there all willy-nilly and mess up your eardrum. The vape is a delicate device, so be careful when you’re poking around in there!)
Once your cart is unclogged, you’re good to start vaping as usual. Of course, you may have to repeat this process a few times throughout the lifespan of your cart, but as long as you keep consistently clearing any clogs, you should never have to worry about wasting carts ever again.