This frustrating occurrence can leave both consumers and producers scratching their heads. Join us as we explain why this phenomenon occurs and explore practical ways to avoid and mitigate these frustrations.
Cartridges clog when too much oil flows into the center heating chamber, even when it’s not being activated, which causes the center airway to get blocked by the oil. Initially, users can easily unclog the cartridge by taking a hit, creating suction and airflow that clears the blocked airway. However, after the cartridge is unused for some time (more than an hour), users will often find it clogged again. Making matters more frustrating, unclogging it becomes a little more difficult this time. Considering that this cartridge was working just fine leading up to this point, it can be puzzling and exasperating for consumers, retailers, and producers alike to understand why this occurs as the cartridge nears depletion. So why this phenomenon occurs, and what can be done to avoid and mitigate these frustrations.
As we referenced above, cartridges clog when too much oil flows into the center heating chamber each time after the cartridge is used. Let’s break down in more detail what this means. Before the cartridge is used, oil is absorbed into the empty pores of the ceramic heating core. As the cartridge is used, the oil inside these pores gets vaporized and inhaled by the user. After it’s used, the empty porous ceramic heating core becomes absorbent again, and receives oil from outside the inlet holes. If it receives more oil than the pores can hold, the oil starts blocking the center airway.
So why does more oil begin to absorb into the ceramic heating core (after each use) as the cartridge has less and less oil remaining? There are two main reasons:
The factors we mentioned above are unavoidable given the 510-cartridge structure. The 510-cartridge structure is the most mature and proven to be the most versatile. Any structural changes to address this issue will likely lead to other unintended consequences and product flaws. It would be beneficial to use a cartridge with a higher power setting, to ensure more vaporization and less oil build up towards the end of the cartridge. However, higher power settings sacrifice purity of flavor, as a higher heating rate could lead to burning of terpenes.
As a user, there are practical steps you can take to mitigate end-of-use clogging and ensure a smoother vaping experience:
By implementing these strategies, you can navigate the final stages of cartridge usage with confidence, ensuring a hassle-free vaping experience until the last drop. Armed with this knowledge, you can bid farewell to end-of-use clogs and fully enjoy the potential of your vape cartridges.