The wax pen may be one of the hardest elements to clean in the vape game, even if the parts themselves can be quite simple to work with. Wax is thicker and stickier than pretty much any concentrate out there, and will leave residue on the coils and general atomizer area soon after using the vape. Coils are generally meant to be disposable, but we believe in wasting not and wanting not. You’ll likely end up changing the coils more out of taste than operation, and this can start happening within a couple weeks of use. I wouldn’t recommend going more than a month without changing a coil. With this in mind, we’re going to cover the simplest and most effective way to keep your wax pen sparkling and shining.

You’re basically only going to need a few things to get started with our Wax Pen Cleaning Guide:

Wax Pen Cleaning Tools

The Prep

  • 1 container of isopropyl alcohol (ideally 99%)
  • 1 container of hot (NOT boiling) water
  • Paper towels
  • Concentrate tool
  • Alcohol wipes (optional but recommended)

The Steps

  1. Take apart the atomizer parts
  2. Wipe down the threading and atomizer
  3. Remove the coil(s)
  4. Soak coils in isopropyl alcohol
  5. Rinse coils in hot water
  6. Dry on paper towel
  7. Reinstall and burn for ten seconds
  8. Repeat steps 4 through 8 as necessary
  9. Enjoy clean coils!

The Clean

Wax Pen Cleaning - Coil

A lot of terms have been seen as interchangeable thus far, so we should probably clarify. The atomizer is basically the whole heating unit (minus the heating chamber), and the coil is literally just a coil that you put the wax on and light up.

The buildup is often referred to as “reclaim”, and you can make use of this before anything else. This can be either scraped off the coil and vaped further, but the even better news is how reclaim is soluble in alcohol, so anything you don’t end up using for yourself will eventually break down during cleaning.

There are a few different ways to clean wax pens depending on the design; sometimes just giving the atomizer a good scrub down with alcohol wipes after cleaning out the wax reclaim is enough to keep things humming along for a while. Once the outside elements and threading are wiped off, you can go further down to the coil. Any wax pen worth its salt will come with a loading tool you can use to clean the edges of the atomizer, as long as you don’t touch the coil itself.

The best cleaner for wax pens, and vape gear in general, is usually just 99% isopropyl alcohol. This is due to the high evaporation rate, which is optimum when dealing with devices that have such small parts and crevices. It’s important to note chlorine-based cleaners will not necessarily be the best for cleaning the small spaces of wax pens, as these do not evaporate and will need to be wiped off before using the device.

The Rinse

Wax Pen Cleaning - Cotton Swab

There’s not really a lot to clean besides the mouthpiece and the body. Ceramic, titanium, and quartz materials can all be cleaned in a nice warm bath of 99% isopropyl alcohol. You can either swab the individual parts with cotton soaked in alcohol or soak the entire atomizer, as long as the electronic components are separated. It’s important to clean the threading as well, cuz if this gets all gunked up it will be a huge pain to try and unfasten the device. Also be careful not to damage the coil; if this happens, the pen won’t heat properly, or at all, so don’t scrape the coil while cleaning or loading it up.

Pour a bit of alcohol into a transparent container like a regular drinking glass or plastic storage bowl. Keeping a cover over the container will help to prevent evaporation over time, as well. Use just enough to cover the coils and let them soak for at least half an hour, though you can also leave them overnight if you’re feeling lazy or forgetful. You should start to see wax dissolving after a few minutes of soaking, and it will be satisfying to see. After the soak, drop the coils in some hot (but not boiling) water; this will help to rise off any remaining residue, as well as cleaning the coils of any alcohol. If you’re ever not sure of how much you’ve cleaned off, running a cotton swab over the pieces should give some indication of what’s still left to deal with.

There are a few variations you can make on this process, like the instruction manual for the Source Orb recommends shaking the container of alcohol vigorously for 3 to 5 minutes. This is good for getting things cleaned quickly but it’s just as effective to let it sit for a few soaking sessions. Feel free to repeat the soaking process if you can still see residue, or if you just feel like being thorough with the pieces.

The Dry

Once you’re done with the soak and the rinse, lay the coils face down and let them dry on some paper towel or a dry cloth. This should get your coils looking just about good as new, and with this process, you’ll be able to use them at least a few more times before you’ll have to change them out for good. Once the dry is done, screw the coil back in and burn for approximately ten seconds to make sure it’s dried out.

Some people also use a few different coils in various stages of soaking, rinsing, and drying to minimize downtime, so if you use more than one vape pen regularly, you can rotate your coils depending on what state they’re in. Some people have recommended using a pan lined with tinfoil over a stove top to melt wax out from atomizers, which is great for getting immediate use out of the reclaim, but this is not nearly as effective and is much more hazardous for your gear. Stick with giving your pen vape a nice gentle “iso” bath and your coils will appreciate it.

Wax Pen Cleaning - Tools

Conclusion

Cleaning off all that sticky-icky-icky is never a fun job, but a simple routine process like the one described here will help ensure all your reclaim is being used properly. You can also plan a bit beforehand and pick a wax pen with a leak-proof design, as this will be easier to clean and you’ll get more life from your coils. Either way, following our cleaning instructions will make sure you won’t end up a slave to coil replacement. Be sure to check out some of the other wax pen cleaning guides out there, such as the ones on Reddit.

If you have any other tips and tricks for cleaning wax pens, we would love to hear them! Feel free to drop us a comment below and we’ll consider it for our post!

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