Fixing a stuck vape tank: Our top 5 solutions
If you rebuild your own coils, you can add that to the list as well. But every once in a while, we do need to remove the whole tank or atomizer off for some general cleaning.
This is when one of the more infuriating things that could happen, happens. You find that your tank is stuck.
You know how it goes, no matter how you twist and turn, the tank just won’t budge. You get drenched in sweat and start to curse under your breath, but nothing happens.
Don’t worry, there are solutions to this problem. So let’s erm get stuck in………
Stuck Vape Tank : The Solutions
There are several ways to unscrew a stuck vape tank. Let’s run down some of the tried and tested ones.
1. Non-Stick Cloth
This first method is what works for me and my type of tank. I use a rough piece of cloth, an old chamois cloth will work, and simply use it to grip the tank and twist it off.
The cloth I use is pretty old and stiff, adding to its grippiness. New pieces of cloth might be too slippery so try to find one that’s a little bit weathered.
2. Rubber Gloves
If you have a pair of rubber gloves, simply wear them to get a better grip on your tank. This works like a charm and I know a lot of vapers who’ve purchased a pair of rubber gloves simply to unscrew stuck tanks.
Garden gloves work, but it fits hands a bit loose, lessening the stability of your grip. Surgical gloves are better, but are thin, making them easier to break. Try one or the other and see what works for you.
3. The ‘Ol Tap & Twist
When I’m out and about and I have to take my tank off the mod and find it stuck, obviously I won’t have a piece of cloth or rubber gloves to use.
In these situation, I use the old tap trick. You know how mothers open stuck bottle lids by tapping the cap on the edge of a table or counter?
That’s what I’m talking about. I give the tank a few taps on whatever solid surface I find, and unscrew it.
However, be careful where you tap the tank. Be careful not to hit the glass tube or tap it too hard. We’re trying to fix a problem, not cause a new one. This isn’t a very effective method, but it does work sometimes in a pinch.
4. Rubber Band Wrap
If you can’t get a piece of cloth to grip your tank properly, and you can’t source a pair of rubber gloves, rubber bands can work.
Get a piece of rubber band, wrap it around your tank tightly and securely, then twist it open bare handed.
The added grip is usually enough to unstuck your tank. Simple but effective.
For your reference, here is a video how to do the Rubber Band Wrap method:
5. When All Else Fails
For seriously stuck tanks, where the above methods don’t work, you might want to whip out a can of WD-40.
Spray a bit between the mod and tank to help clean off the dried ejuice that usually causes your tank to get stuck.
Leave it on for a few minutes, dry it off with a clean piece of cloth, then try the above methods again. It just might work this time around.
If you are using a mech mod, you can remove the batteries and soak the mod and tank in warm water mixed with vinegar. This helps clean off dried ejuice as well. Again, remove the batteries first before soaking.
And only with mech mods! Do this with a regulated mod and you can say goodbye to it almost instantly.
Stuck Vape Tanks : Final Tip
Stuck vape tanks can be very infuriating and even advanced vapers shudder at the thought. The solutions are simple really, but just like getting a sliver of wood get stuck under your skin, it may be easy to deal with, but it can be irritating as heck.
To prevent stuck tanks, make sure you don’t screw it on too tight, and you clean your mod and tank at least every week. Clean the part in between the mod and tank to be sure no e-juice gets stuck and dried. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth 10mls of cure.