What to Do When Your E-Cigarette Isn't Producing Vapor

What to Do When Your E-Cigarette Isn't Producing Vapor

October 17, 2017

You're all settled in for a nice vaping session. You press the button, and -- nothing. Your e-cigarette isn't generating vapor. Don't panic! There are lots of reasons why your e-cigarette might not work, and you can fix almost all of them easily. These tips can help.

Unlock Your Device

Does your e-cigarette have a fire button? If it does, the button can probably lock for safety. A locking fire button helps to prevent children from using your e-cigarette if you accidentally leave it unattended. It also helps to prevent the device from activating in your pocket. You can lock and unlock most e-cigarettes by pressing the button five times rapidly.

Check for Error Messages

If your e-cigarette has an LCD display, it can display error messages that'll help you troubleshoot problems. When you press the fire button, the display will tell you what the problem is. Do you see a message such as "check atomizer?" Your atomizer or tank -- or the atomizer coil in your tank -- has a short or isn't making a good connection. Do you see a message like "weak battery?" It's time to charge your device's battery or batteries.

Check Your Battery

An e-cigarette usually has an indicator that warns you when the battery is low. If you're using a regulated box mod, a warning such as "weak battery" will appear on the display. If you're using a vape pen without a digital display, the pen's indicator light will flash or turn red. If your e-cigarette doesn't flash or display a warning, don't assume that the battery is OK. If the voltage of a lithium ion battery drops too low -- usually below about 3.0 volts -- the battery begins to lose its ability to ever hold a charge again. To protect a battery with an extremely low voltage, an e-cigarette may stop responding until you charge the battery. If your e-cigarette has a removable battery, you can troubleshoot a potential battery issue by using a different battery. Every battery eventually loses its ability to hold a charge. If your device works after you replace the battery -- and the original battery still doesn't work after charging -- it's time to recycle the battery.

Check Your Attachment

To produce vapor, an e-cigarette needs to make a solid electrical connection with the tank or atomizer. If it doesn't, the e-cigarette will produce no vapor. With a regulated box mod, you may see a message like "check atomizer" on the display. If you're using a vape pen, the light may flash. If you're using a rebuildable atomizer, check the atomizer with a resistance meter if you can. You may find that the coil has a short -- and any e-cigarette with built-in protection features should refuse to generate vapor if the atomizer has a short. If a short exists, you'll need to build a new coil. If you're using a tank, the tank's coil may not be fully screwed in. With some tanks, the coil can become dislodged during the filling process. Tighten the coil if necessary. If the coil is already tight, try a different coil. The threaded connection at the top of your e-cigarette has a pin that needs to touch the bottom of your tank or atomizer. The pin usually moves to accommodate a wide variety of attachments. Check the pin with a pair of tweezers to ensure that it moves freely. If you have a different tank or atomizer, try using it to see if your e-cigarette still doesn't produce vapor. If your e-cigarette doesn't produce vapor with any attachment -- and none of the other tips in this article have helped you -- it may be necessary to replace your e-cigarette.

A Word About Mechanical Mods

A mechanical mod is a simple e-cigarette with no internal electronics. When you press the button on a mechanical mod, it completes a circuit with the battery and causes the atomizer to activate. Since a mechanical mod has no electronics, it doesn't have the ability to tell you if the atomizer has a short, the battery is dead or another unsafe condition exists. If nothing happens when you press the button on a mechanical mod, stop using the mod immediately. Take the mod apart and attempt to diagnose the problem.

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