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How to Fix Your Clogged Cartridges

How to Fix Your Clogged Cartridges

March 26, 2021

How to fix your clogged cartridges

If you use oil or concentrate cartridges, you have likely encountered some cartridge clogs. When a cartridge gets clogged there is no airflow, therefore hindering its ability to produce the desired effect. If you have a clog, you can no longer use your cartridge until you fix it. We've taken the liberty of giving you some solutions on how to fix your clogged cart:

How does a cartridge get clogged?

Cartridges can become clogged for a multitude of reasons. However, one of the most common reasons for cartridge clogs is a buildup of oil residue inside the cartridge. Over time, excess oil can accumulate in the air pathway and around the heating element. Causing a blockage that restricts airflow and reduces vapor production.

This buildup can occur due to several factors. These can include:

  • Using low-quality vape oil or concentrates
  • Using a cartridge for an extended period beyond the cartridge' lifespan
  • Using a high viscosity oil that is prone to clogging


Moreover, improper handling or long time storage of the cartridge can also lead to oil buildup and clogs. It is also important to remember that each type of oil concentrate has a respective viscosity level.

This viscosity level determines the thickness of the oil. High viscosity oil concentrates are more likely to clog your cartridge. Due to the fact, they are more reactive to extreme temperatures, pressure, and sun exposure.

You are more likely to experience a clog because the viscosity of your oil concentrate becomes thicker in cooler temperatures. The best way to prevent your cartridge from getting clogged is by cleaning it. If you use your pen without ever cleaning it, you are bound to experience a clogged cartridge sooner or later.

How to determine if your cartridge issue is a clog

It is important to determine what is causing your clog. So, how do you figure out if a vape cart is clogged or it's something else?

One way to determine if you have a clog is by paying attention to the light on the pen battery. You know you have a problem when there is no airflow after taking a drag. The light on the pen will work, but there will be no airflow. This means that the pen is working, yet something is preventing the liquid from entering the mouthpiece.

If you're a regular user of oil or concentrate cartridges, you've probably experienced a clogged cartridge at one point or another. A clog can completely impede the airflow through the cartridge, making it difficult or impossible to use. Fortunately, there are several methods you can use to fix a clogged cartridge and get it up and running again.

DIY methods for fixing a clogged cartridge

There are several household items that you can use to unclog a cart. One popular method is to soak the cartridge in warm water. Doing so for a few minutes to help dissolve any buildup or blockages in the airflow holes.

Another option is to use isopropyl alcohol or vinegar to clean the clogged vape pen. It's important to rinse and dry the cartridge thoroughly before using it again.

However, it's worth noting that some DIY methods can be risky and potentially damaging to your cartridge. Using a needle or other sharp object to poke through the cartridge air holes can lead to leaks or other issues. Additionally, some cleaning agents may not be safe for use with cartridges and could cause damage or harm to your health. Be sure to research and use safe methods when attempting to fix your clogged cartridge.

Safe cleaning practices

It's important to follow safe practices to avoid any potential hazards. Whether you're using a DIY method or a specially designed cleaning solution. When handling pen cartridges or cleaning agents, make sure to wear gloves and protective gear if necessary. It's also important to keep any cleaning agents away from children and pets.

Lastly, be sure to properly dispose of any used cleaning supplies in accordance with local regulations.

Heat-based solutions

Heating up your clogged vape cartridge is another effective way to break down blockages and promote airflow. One popular method is utilizing a lighter to externally heat the contents in order to fix a clogged vape. However, using such a method can potentially risk harm to yourself, the cartridge, or the product itself.

We recommend a practical and safe approach. A more efficient heat-based solution is the use of a cartridge warmer. A warmer can slowly but effectively heat up both delta 8 vape cartridges and syringes/darts.

DMLift Cartridge Warmers

At DMLift Inc we have designed the perfect solution for dealing with clogged cartridges. The cartridge warmer is easy to use simply screw it onto any 510 vape battery and insert your cartridge or syringe.

Within seconds, the oil concentrates or extracts will begin to warm up. This will help break down any blockages and provide an enhanced flavor. All without damaging the cartridge or product.

Heat is your friend. Cartridge clogs can be annoying, but it is a very common issue due to the nature of concentrates. If you’re dealing with a clog, use the cartridge warmer to try to fix it. Save time and money by trying our product before opting for a new cartridge.

Troubleshooting cartridge issues

Sometimes, a clogged cartridge may not actually be the root of the problem. Issues with the battery or mouthpiece can also lead to poor airflow or other issues that may mimic a clog. Before attempting to fix a clogged cartridge, it's important to troubleshoot any other potential issues. For example, try switching out the battery or testing the mouthpiece to see if there is a difference in airflow.

Preventative maintenance for cartridges

Taking preventative measures can help you avoid clogged cartridges altogether. One of the most important things you can do is to store your cartridges properly. Keep them away from liquids and store them at room temperature to avoid any buildup or changes in viscosity.

Additionally, make sure to clean your cartridges regularly to prevent any blockages from forming. Lastly, be sure to purchase high-quality cartridges and avoid using them beyond their recommended lifespan.

By following these tips and tricks, you can help keep your cartridges in top condition and avoid any frustrating clogs. There are plenty of ways to keep your cartridges performing their best. Whether you're using DIY methods, heat-based solutions, or preventative maintenance.

Reach out to one of our client representatives for any questions about clogged cartridges and preventative maintenance. 

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