Your vaporizer is a lot like your car: you count on it on a daily basis, it’s a critical part of your everyday routine, and you hope to avoid issues at all costs. However, just like a vehicle, vaporizers do run into mechanical problems every now and then. Any piece of machinery, with all its moving parts and electrical connections, may glitch from time to time. Luckily, when it comes to vaporizers, you can often fix the problem with a little bit of time, patience, and skill.

Some of most common vaping issues are related to atomizers. There are the part of your device that are responsible for heating up vape juice until it transforms into the delicious, fluffy clouds of vapor that you know and love. If you’ve turned on your vaporizer only to receive a message that reads “atomizer not found,” “atomizer low,” or “check atomizer,” odds are that you’re at least a little bit confused. In many cases, it seems atomizer issues arise out of the blue, without any rhyme or reason. However, if your atomizer doesn’t work, there’s probably a specific breakdown point that you can pinpoint and perhaps even correct.

Here are a few strategies you can use for troubleshooting your atomizer, as well as a few tips that might even help you fix your atomizer and get on with your day:

Know Your Comfort Level and Skill

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A vaporizer is an electronic device, containing a battery that creates a very real electrical current. Above all, your safety should be your top priority. It’s easy enough to get a new atomizer or vape if yours has turned into a dud, but recovering from an injury that resulted from an overconfident, uninformed repair attempt is a much larger order.

Be honest with yourself about your skill level and take inventory of the tools you have at hand. If you don’t have the right tools, you aren’t sure how to handle the issue, or you simply don’t feel comfortable, stop what you’re doing. You can contact the VaporFi support team for guidance or bring your device into one of our vape shops for some hands-on pointers – whatever you need, we’re here to help. Most importantly, make safety a top priority anytime you attempt to work on your vape device.

Take a Proactive Approach

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Many vape issues can be avoided by simply performing regular cleanings and maintenance on your device. Taking proper care of your vape can help you minimize issues, and keep your vaporizer running in tip-top shape. Cleaning your vape isn’t difficult, and it takes just a few moments of your day.

Make a habit of using a clean, damp cloth to wipe down the vaporizer, paying special attention to small crevices and connection points. A cotton swab can be an excellent way to gently reach even the tiniest of spaces, where gunk and grime likes to hang out.

Check Your Atomizer Connection Points

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If your vape device isn’t recognizing your atomizer, it could be something as simple as an interrupted connection. Dust and debris can get in the way of the electrical current, leading to a complete mechanical failure. Other culprits can include an atomizer that’s completely screwed in, or a center pin that’s missing its mark. Take a close look at all the connection points on your device, clean them off, and make any adjustments to complete the current.

Make Adjustments to the Atomizer’s Center Pin

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The center pins can easily cause apparent atomizer failure, particularly when they’re misplaced. The pin is the connection tip that’s found inside the 510 connector, responsible for making contact between your atomizer and vape device. If your pin is too low or too high, it can’t properly connect, and your device simply won’t work.

Many center pins are now adjustable or spring-loaded, which has largely eliminated the issue in newer parts. However, if yours isn’t one of these models, use a small tool, like a precision flathead screwdriver, to adjust the pin position ever so slightly. Be aware that you could damage your o-ring seal if you aren’t careful, so take your time and use a gentle touch.

Replace Faulty Atomizer Coils

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Sometimes, the “no atomizer” or “check atomizer” error comes down to a faulty coil. Even with the most thorough inspection process, a dud coil can slip through. Or, something in the coil may simply break down as you use it. This is fairly uncommon, but generally requires that you simply replace the coil.

When your vaporizer reads “no atomizer” or something similar, it’s not cause to lose all hope. Many times, the problem can easily be solved with a few simple strategies and some time. However, remember that safety should always be your first priority. Handling any vaporizer problem should be done with care, and if you don’t have the experience or comfort level, leave it to a professional.

Gianna Del Monte is the Brand Manager at VaporFi. She has been in the vaping industry since June 2015 and has extensive experience in successfully managing and marketing a variety of new vapor product launches. Originally from New Jersey, Gianna has lived in the Miami area for the last 5 years.