Can you Revive Dead Tanks? The VapeOclean Review

One of the things that bugs me about some of my vaping gear is that it just doesn’t last that long.  There’s some tanks that start out great but taste terrible after a day or two.  Sure, most modern tank systems have replacable heads, but it can kind of get expensive some times.  So, when VapeOClean asked me if I wanted to try out their Little Giant Kit, I figured it’s worth a shot.

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VapeOclean Little Giant Kit Review

VapeOClean review kitThe Little Giant is a 50 dollar kit designed to get you started with cleaning and re-using your vaping gear.  The kit includes a sonic cleaner, a small bottle of the powder cleanser, some assorted Q-tips and brushes and a microfiber cleaning cloth.

Also included with the kit is a very thorough set of instructions.  The instructions tell you not only how to clean your heads, cartomizers and atomizers, but also proper cleaning tips for your batteries, chargers and all of your vaping gear.

I have to confess, I personally never think about cleaning battery contacts, but then I cleaned an old battery I had laying around when I was testing the kit.  Let’s just say I’ll probably clean my battery contacts more often in the future.

Essentially, using the kit is not really much different from they way people have been cleaning cartomizers for ages.  Although, I think it may be a bit of a lost art since the world has largely moved from cartos to tanks in the past year or so.

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The steps are fairly straight forward:

  • Clean all the battery contacts and wipe down the surfaces of your devices
  • Remove the heads/cartos/whatever from the devices and give them a good rinse
  • Put the parts in the removable cup from the sonic cleaner
  • Put in a capful of the cleaning powder
  • Turn on the cleaner and leave the room for 5 minutes (more on this later)
  • Turn off the cleaner, remove the parts and pat dry
  • Let dry thoroughly (for a couple days) protip: place parts in a sealed bowl of uncooked rice to speed the process.
  • Put everything back together and vape

All in all, it’s not terribly difficult.  However, this is the part of the review where I talk about the sonic cleaner.

drying vaping heads in rice

If you didn’t watch the video, here’s a spoiler:  It’s crazy loud.  If you’re old enough to remember those magnetic football games where the tin board vibrated and the little plastic men just spun in circles, you know what this thing sounds like.

It’s flat out obnoxious.  Of course, that doesn’t change the utility of the device.  It does indeed work.  This is probably a good time to mention they also offer a deluxe kit that includes an ultrasonic cleaner instead of the noisy one.

You might even already own one of those cleaners.  In which case, I’d suggest just skipping the kit and buy a bottle of the powder instead.

Does it Work?

Let me start off by saying the powder isn’t magic.  You’re thinking of Mighty Mouse.

vapeoclean magic powder
Here I come to save the day!

If you have something that’s too far gone, like the wicking media is burnt or something, forget about it.  It’s simply not going to be able to fix that.

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On the other hand, most of the time the heads aren’t burnt, they just have a build up of carbon which can effectively be cleaned.

I ran a few different heads through a couple of cleanings.  Everything from Kanger heads to Nautilus and Innokin heads.  Some tended to respond better than others.   The Kanger heads did the best with the Aspire coils being more difficult.

Just for fun I even tried to clean a head I rebuilt with a cotton wick.  Don’t bother, that pretty much didn’t work at all.  See the above part about burnt material.

I also stumbled on another use.  If you have heads that aren’t necessarily gummed up, but you have a flavor you don’t like in there, the VapeOclean did a great job of getting leftover flavors out of wicks.

This product might not be for everyone, but if you like to keep your tanks lasting as long as possible, it may help.  I might recommend cleaning your stuff on a regular basis, rather than when it starts tasting nasty.  That should help prolong the life of the products considerably.

You can find out more about these products on VapeOClean’s website.

Steve K

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