If you had to guess what the most common complaint or everyday annoyance among vapers is, what would you say? Would you guess that it’s the lack of variety among many recent e-liquid flavour releases? Maybe it’s the companies that make minor iterations in their mods and tanks and re-release them each year as if they were completely new products? Nope – the thing that really bugs vapers is the fact that vape coils are more expensive than ever, and they never seem to last as long as they should.

Poor coil life is the result of several contributing factors. The two biggest contributors to poor coil life, though, are the popularity of heavily sweetened e-liquid and the massive e-liquid consumption of today’s high-end coils. Sucralose – the most popular e-liquid sweetener – leaves residue that shortens a coil’s life, and a modern vape coil can burn through an incredible amount of sucralose.

What if we told you that going through an entire box of coils every week doesn’t have to be a regular part of your vaping routine? What if you could restore some of a coil’s lost performance and extend its life by double – or potentially even more?

It’s time for you to learn how to clean a vape coil and save a bundle of money.

How to Clean a Vape Coil: Before You Begin

Before we discuss how to clean a vape coil, it’s important that we set your expectations realistically. Nothing tastes as good as a new coil fresh from the box. Cleaning a used, gunky coil is not going to give you that experience. You can get a great flavour from a cleaned coil if you do a good job of removing the gunk, but you won’t mistake a cleaned coil for a new one. We think you’ll still find the effort worthwhile, though, if cleaning allows you to use your coils significantly longer between replacements. With vape coils costing more and more these days, cleaning and reusing your coils can potentially knock a significant amount of money off of your monthly vaping bill.

Cleaning a Vape Coil: The Soaking Method

The simplest way to clean a vaping coil uses things that you already have around the house and requires almost no effort whatsoever. All that you need is a bowl, some hot water or vodka and a bit of time.

To clean a vape coil using the soaking method, simply put some vodka or hot water into a bowl and drop in your coil. If you’re using vodka, you can save money by setting your used coils aside until you have several that require cleaning. Vodka obviously costs more than tap water, but it can also dissolve sucralose residue more quickly than plain water.

You’ll need to soak the coils in the cleaning solution for about a day. Each time you walk by the bowl, give it a stir to agitate the coils. After a day, you’ll probably see that the liquid has changed colour slightly. You’ll probably also see little black bits floating on the surface.

Remove the coils from the cleaning solution. If you cleaned your coils with vodka, give them a good rinse. Leave the coils out to dry for a day. When they’re finished drying, they’re ready to use. Don’t forget to prime the coils with e-liquid before using them.

Cleaning a Vape Coil: The Ultrasonic Method

Agitation is an important part of effective cleaning. That’s why people use automatic washing machines rather than washing their clothes by hand – because a machine can provide constant agitation without getting bored or tired. You can get the same effect with your vape coils by cleaning the coils in an ultrasonic jewellery cleaner.

An ultrasonic cleaner produces a gentle vibration that’s extremely effective in dissolving coil gunk, and it can do the job with nothing but plain water. Just drop your coils in and let the cleaner do its job for a few hours. Although we’ve just told you that you’ll never mistake a cleaned coil for a new one, many people report that an ultrasonic cleaner can get a dirty coil so close to new that it’s almost impossible to tell the difference.