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Clogged Atomizer
« on: June 20, 2011, 08:58:02 AM »
Hi all

My Tornado-T atomizer gets clogged and pretty much unusable after 7-10 days. Ive tried out 6 different liquids and ive cleaned it  with hot water. Nothing seems to work

Has anyone had the same experience?

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2011, 09:00:15 AM »
Yep, with the standard tankies I find they need a flush through once a week or so.....strangely enough not needed to do it with my Mega Tankies yet.

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2011, 09:38:01 AM »
DH and I usually fill up our attys with hot water and hold it up and see how fast it drips out (for comparison).  Then we fill it up a few times and when it starts to run out we blow through the atty to push the rest of the hot water through.  After a few times we hold it up and check again. If the water runs out faster, usually when it flows smoothly and doesn't drip, we figure our job is done.  :P

Hope you get it sorted out.

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2011, 10:19:19 AM »
DH and I usually fill up our attys with hot water and hold it up and see how fast it drips out (for comparison).  Then we fill it up a few times and when it starts to run out we blow through the atty to push the rest of the hot water through.  After a few times we hold it up and check again. If the water runs out faster, usually when it flows smoothly and doesn't drip, we figure our job is done.  :P

Hope you get it sorted out.
Maybe I missed something but I see you mention DH a lot... Curious, what or should I say who is DH? I sometimes miss things right in front of me. Forgive my blindness. :P

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2011, 10:23:17 AM »
Maybe I missed something but I see you mention DH a lot... Curious, what or should I say who is DH? I sometimes miss things right in front of me. Forgive my blindness. :P

DH = Dear Husband  ;)

You didn't miss anything, I think that acronym may be more prominently used on other forums than it is on this one.   :)

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2011, 08:28:46 PM »
Thank you for your replies

I have tried to clean the atty with hot water several times but it only seems to work for a couple of minutes and then its the same all over again
I guess i just have to buy some new ones though i have sent a complaint to TW since they offer a 28 day guarentee and my atty only lasted for 7

Thanks again

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2011, 09:11:41 PM »
I may get grief for this but I use isopropyl alcohol. I just let it soak for 10 - 15 minutes then run so more through it, blow out the excess out and let it drain. The important thing with this is to let it dry completely.You DON'T want to vape that stuff. I let it set for a week.

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2011, 09:42:41 PM »
I may get grief for this but I use isopropyl alcohol. I just let it soak for 10 - 15 minutes then run so more through it, blow out the excess out and let it drain. The important thing with this is to let it dry completely.You DON'T want to vape that stuff. I let it set for a week.
Bad bad bad. When it evaporates it leaves a lot of residue. I mean a lot! It will clean it nicely but it's very bad to use a solvent.

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2011, 03:59:12 PM »
I am not sure if this is atomiser specific but the only method I have had any success with on my clogged (or for any reason poor vaping) atties is dry burning them to smithereens. Don't do this expecting them to work afterwards though because they might not, if they do though then they work great, at least mine do. Most of the time they come back like new again after being almost totally clogged..

I clean before and after the dry burn using denture tablets (+ water in between to remove tablet residue) but I found tablets ineffective when used on their own without the dry burn. They may well be ineffective with the dry burn too, water on its own may do just as good a job but its just habit for me to use denture tablets now.

I have done this many, many times per atty and they just go on and on, normally until the wick starts to frey, then they eventually hit the bin

You need to be a bit careful dry burning though because (AFAIK) some nasty stuff can be released if you don't do it right and you also run the risk of ruining equipment, there are some videos about on how to do it and information about the risks.
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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2011, 04:30:39 PM »
alexlind,

The only thing you should do to clean out your atomizer is blow it out with your mouth, or blow it out with compressed air. Like the air you would use to clean off your key board. Make sure the air pressure is 25psi or less. If you put water, or anything at all in your atty besides your liquid, you will void the 28 day warranty on your atomizer.


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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2011, 04:47:23 PM »
I am not sure if this is atomiser specific but the only method I have had any success with on my clogged (or for any reason poor vaping) atties is dry burning them to smithereens. Don't do this expecting them to work afterwards though because they might not, if they do though then they work great, at least mine do. Most of the time they come back like new again after being almost totally clogged..

I clean before and after the dry burn using denture tablets (+ water in between to remove tablet residue) but I found tablets ineffective when used on their own without the dry burn. They may well be ineffective with the dry burn too, water on its own may do just as good a job but its just habit for me to use denture tablets now.

I have done this many, many times per atty and they just go on and on, normally until the wick starts to frey, then they eventually hit the bin

You need to be a bit careful dry burning though because (AFAIK) some nasty stuff can be released if you don't do it right and you also run the risk of ruining equipment, there are some videos about on how to do it and information about the risks.

Thanks a lot! What exactly is denture tablets? (im from denmark so i have no idea what it meens :) )

alexlind,

The only thing you should do to clean out your atomizer is blow it out with your mouth, or blow it out with compressed air. Like the air you would use to clean off your key board. Make sure the air pressure is 25psi or less. If you put water, or anything at all in your atty besides your liquid, you will void the 28 day warranty on your atomizer.


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I have tried blowing in the atty several time and TW actually told me to try and flush it with hot water so i certainly dont hope the warrenty will become viod since they told me to do it. The compressed air might work but im honestly not sure it will. Im almost 100% sure that WT, in some of their liquids use sugar and that that made caramel in my atty (i have no idea if its true but it just seems like a good explanation to me :) )

But thanks a lot for your reply.

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2011, 07:13:11 PM »
Hi all

My Tornado-T atomizer gets clogged and pretty much unusable after 7-10 days. Ive tried out 6 different liquids and ive cleaned it  with hot water. Nothing seems to work

Has anyone had the same experience?

- Alexlind

I use tonic water to clean my attys. I pour the tonic water into a small container, and leave to soak for a few hours. Then i rinse with cold water, blow to remove the excess and leave to dry in a warm place (like back of my pc :D). Hope that helps.

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2011, 07:21:18 PM »
Hi all

My Tornado-T atomizer gets clogged and pretty much unusable after 7-10 days. Ive tried out 6 different liquids and ive cleaned it  with hot water. Nothing seems to work

Has anyone had the same experience?

- Alexlind
Do NOT use tonic water! It contains high fructose corn syrup Aka sugar syrup. Bad bad bad. Almost as bad as solvents. Beware that also voids your warranty.

I use tonic water to clean my attys. I pour the tonic water into a small container, and leave to soak for a few hours. Then i rinse with cold water, blow to remove the excess and leave to dry in a warm place (like back of my pc :D). Hope that helps.

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2011, 11:48:02 AM »


Thanks a lot! What exactly is denture tablets?

Denture tablets are used to clean false teeth, they can be bought very cheaply and have various other (not recommended :))uses too.



They can be used to reduce the PH of the water and this apparently helps remove residue, there are other ways of doing this other than denture tablets.

As I said before though, I recommend researching it further as it can cause problems.

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2011, 11:53:57 AM »
You know, the other night my T atty got a little hard to draw on.  I removed the tank and "stove-piped" it for a while until the vapor was pretty reduced, after that it seemed to draw better.

By "stove-piped" I mean removing the tank and just puffing on the atty a bit with the button pushed.  It seems to me that it helps to get rid of some of the leftovers.  Inhaling is optional I suppose.

Anyway, just a thought that crossed my mind. 

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2011, 12:29:34 PM »
You know, the other night my T atty got a little hard to draw on.  I removed the tank and "stove-piped" it for a while until the vapor was pretty reduced, after that it seemed to draw better.

By "stove-piped" I mean removing the tank and just puffing on the atty a bit with the button pushed.  It seems to me that it helps to get rid of some of the leftovers.  Inhaling is optional I suppose.

Anyway, just a thought that crossed my mind. 
Everyone here seems to refer to it as "tail-piping".

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2011, 12:43:09 PM »
Hi all

My Tornado-T atomizer gets clogged and pretty much unusable after 7-10 days. Ive tried out 6 different liquids and ive cleaned it  with hot water. Nothing seems to work

Has anyone had the same experience?

- Alexlind
Do NOT use tonic water! It contains high fructose corn syrup Aka sugar syrup. Bad bad bad. Almost as bad as solvents. Beware that also voids your warranty.

I use tonic water to clean my attys. I pour the tonic water into a small container, and leave to soak for a few hours. Then i rinse with cold water, blow to remove the excess and leave to dry in a warm place (like back of my pc :D). Hope that helps.

Works fine for me.

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2011, 12:50:04 PM »
Everyone here seems to refer to it as "tail-piping".

I used to call it "tail-piping", but my husband started calling it "stove-piping" and I guess I adopted it.  LOL we're from the south, so you can't ever tell what we might say.  ;)
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« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2011, 12:57:38 PM »
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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2011, 01:21:29 PM »

.................. Im almost 100% sure that WT, in some of their liquids use sugar and that that made caramel in my atty (i have no idea if its true but it just seems like a good explanation to me :) )


Did you mean TW? .. if that's the case then I can assure you the the DV (Decadent Vapour) range do not contain any sugars or oils, they are made specifically for vaping, The Titan and Red Label eliquids are made by manufacturers of ENI's and know that sugar and oil based ingredients are not suitable.

I actually believe the warranty is too generous myself, as a heavy vaper, I have never expected ANY atomiser to be performing as new after 14 days, and it's a question of expense over convenience, standard 510's are cheap, but less convenient, while Tank Atomiser are more convenient, they are prone to suffer if excessively vaped on, and in the end all atomisers are regarded as disposable, the fact that members have found various ways to extend the lives of atomisers, there is none other than blowing through that don't invalidate the warranty.

If you can get yourself organised, you could cut vaping costs by mixing your own liquids and in the end do what I do and budget for a new atomiser every week or fortnight, for me personally it is a fraction of the cost compared to smoking tobacco.
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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2011, 04:03:22 PM »

.................. Im almost 100% sure that WT, in some of their liquids use sugar and that that made caramel in my atty (i have no idea if its true but it just seems like a good explanation to me :) )


Did you mean TW? .. if that's the case then I can assure you the the DV (Decadent Vapour) range do not contain any sugars or oils, they are made specifically for vaping, The Titan and Red Label eliquids are made by manufacturers of ENI's and know that sugar and oil based ingredients are not suitable.

I actually believe the warranty is too generous myself, as a heavy vaper, I have never expected ANY atomiser to be performing as new after 14 days, and it's a question of expense over convenience, standard 510's are cheap, but less convenient, while Tank Atomiser are more convenient, they are prone to suffer if excessively vaped on, and in the end all atomisers are regarded as disposable, the fact that members have found various ways to extend the lives of atomisers, there is none other than blowing through that don't invalidate the warranty.

If you can get yourself organised, you could cut vaping costs by mixing your own liquids and in the end do what I do and budget for a new atomiser every week or fortnight, for me personally it is a fraction of the cost compared to smoking tobacco.

Yeah i ment TW. Like i said i didnt know if it was true. Ty for sorting that out :)

I agree that 28 days is VERY generous. But my atty became almost unusable after 7 days and completely after 10 so id say that the warranty should cover that.
Anyway, TW has now replaced the atomizer at no cost and has also sent me some silicone caps. Great service indeed.

Well ty all for your replies. They have indeed been very usefull

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Re: Clogged Atomizer
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2011, 07:01:27 PM »
I'm glad they got you sorted out :)  Hopefully your next atomizer lasts longer, though I know the lifespan varies quite greatly based on how they're used (in terms of vaping style and volume of juice vaped through them daily)

 

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