Vaporization is arguably one of the most enjoyable and healthiest ways of consuming cannabis strains. The most popular vaping devices among herb enthusiasts are dry herb vaporizers. These devices are portable, easy-to-use and healthy. As a cannabis consumer, your dry herb vaporizer is probably one of your most treasured possessions which must be well taken care of. When you don’t clean your vaporizer the right way from time to time, it only means that it will clog, accumulate harmful bacteria and severely impact on the quality of your puff. Besides, the residue from old herbs can damage the heating components hence hindering its performance and safety. Therefore, a dry herb vaporizer should be cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis so as to maintain optimal taste and keep it working optimally for many years to come. A clean and optimally functioning vaporizer is very effective as it delivers the right amount of heat and uses the herb more efficiently.
While the majority of herb consumers know how to use a dry herb vaporizer, very few users know how to clean it. The process of cleaning the vaporizer may seem complicated and time consuming especially among cannabis consumers who do not understand how to do it. This guide expounds that process in a precise manner so that even downright beginners can effortlessly clean their device for the best results.
The following are the steps to follow in cleaning your dry herb vaporizer:
- Disassemble the dry herb vaporizer
The first step to cleaning your device is to take it apart. This allows you to clean each piece of the vaporizer separately for the best results. Typical dry herb vaporizers are made up of a battery, screen, mouthpiece, and heating chamber. These parts are removable so as to make cleaning easier and also to allow easy replacement or repair of defective parts. The whole process can be a lot easier when you understand the basic anatomy of the vaporizer. Make sure you place the individual parts in a secure place so that you don’t lose them.
- Remove old herbs from the chamber
The second step is to turn the unit upside down on a flat surface and gently tap the chamber to empty it. When doing this, you should be keen not to lose the small screen. In fact, it’s recommended to empty the contents of the heating chamber on a place where you can easily locate the screen.
- Clean the heating chamber
Most dry herb vaporizers come with a specialized cleaning brush for removing dry particles from the chamber. But if your device did not come with a brush, you can alternatively make use of Q-tip to remove the vaporized residue and any particles that may be clogging the screen.
Usually, residue buildup significantly lowers the quality and flavor of your vapor and you certainly do not want that to happen. Use a cleaning solution instead of water to clean the interior of the device in order to avoid damaging the device’s wiring. When doing this, be sure not to tamper with the vaporizer’s warming coil.
- Clean the mouthpiece
The mouthpiece should be given more attention due to the fact it comes into contact with the mouth every time you vape. Use a cotton ball, a piece of cloth or Q-tip to clean the mouthpiece and get rid of dirt and residue that may have accumulated over it. Disinfect the device with a cleansing solution. Ideally, it’s recommended to use Isopropyl alcohol to clean the chamber, screen, battery and mouthpiece. This cleaning solution is soft on your skin and does not cause damage on the components.
- Clean the small screen
The screen serves to separate the herb from the components. If the screen has accumulated any dust or debris, be sure to remove it and soak it in isopropyl alcohol. Before you reassemble the device, be sure to check the battery and ensure it does not have any dust particles on it.
- Reassemble the vaporizer
After cleaning every part efficiently, reassemble the dry herb vaporizer and wipe it gently for a new and shiny look. At this point, you are ready to enjoy clean and flavorful puffs with your dry herb vaporizer. This cleaning procedure applies to almost all brands of dry herb vaporizers. It’s advisable to refer to the instruction manual if you are unsure about something.
With these simple steps for quick and effective cleaning, you dry herb vaporizer will look as good as new.
Caution: Isopropyl alcohol should only be used to clean vaporizers that are made up of steel or glass components. Do not use this cleaning solution for devices with wood finishes as it will stain or discolor wooden parts.
How often should a dry herb vaporizer be cleaned?
You don’t have to clean your vaporizer after every use. Ideally, it’s recommended that you clean the device once a week as the bare minimum. However, other factors such as the type of herbs you use, vaping frequency, number of users and personal preferences may require that you clean it more or less often than that. Additionally, it’s advisable to deep clean your vaporizer when switching between strains. A clean and untarnished vaporizer will allow you to enjoy all the flavors that each strain has to offer.