Vaporizer Troubleshooting

From time to time and especially after prolonged use, dry herb vaporizers can start to play up; this is true whether you spend £30 or £300.

Despite each vaporizer being different and offering its own unique experiences there are problems that several appear to share.

Below we list five of the most common problems that a wide variety of vaporizers face with solutions to problems.

 

My dry herb vaporizer will not turn on!

Many vaporizers require you to press the power button five times in quick succession (typically within 3 seconds) in order to begin vaping.

If your vaporizer doesn't turn on, don't press for a sixth time. Instead, pause for a moment and try again.

 

My vaporizer will not charge!

Just because your vaporizer is plugged in, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is charging. First, check the connection of both your vaporizer’s female charging port and the male connecter on the USB cable.

If the connections look fine, try using the cable and adapter to charge other devices (such as your phone). This will enable you to rule the cable out and isolate the vaporizer as the problem.

Finally, most vaporizers are boxed with a usb charging cable and no plug or adapter. You may be tempted to charge your vaporizer using the USB port in your laptop or gaming device. However, these often do not provide enough power to charge a dry herb vape. Instead, use a stronger power source such as a plug or adaptor made for a mobile phone.

 

Why is my vaporizer not producing any vapour?

Often, first-timers expect vaporizers to produce thick smoke similar to when your smoking a joint. However, it is important to remember that the mist produced from vaporizers is lighter and sometimes difficult to see.

As long as your vaporizer is heated up to the right temperature, any active compounds in your herbs will evaporate for you to inhale and enjoy its effects.

There are so many ways to improve the performance of your vaporizer that it is probably worth an entire blog post - in fact, you can find one here. However, a quick-fist list is below:

  • Grind your herbs: Grinding your herbs maximises the surface area of your herbs that are available to be that can be exposed to heat. 
  • Do not overpack your oven: If you overfill the oven you will restrict the airflow and prevent air passing through the chamber and into your mouth!
  • Find the best temperature for you: There are dozens of opinions on the best temperature to vape your herbs. In short, the higher the temperatures produce thicker vapour and lower temperatures provide better taste.
  • Inhale Gently: When you inhale hard on your vaporizer's mouthpiece, you pull a lot of cool air into the oven. When you sip, only a small amount of air is bought in at any one time meaning your vaporizer can better maintain its set temperature.

 

Why does the air-flow feel so restrictive?

First, check that you haven't overpacked your vaporizer’s oven. Any more than 80% and it's likely you are blocking the airflow. 

Second, consider how often are you cleaning your vaporizer. After a few sessions, filters, airflows and mouthpieces can become clogged with stick resin.

After every few sessions, be sure to give your vaporizer a good wipe down using an isopropyl alcohol based solution

 

My mouthpiece is getting too hot!

Despite generally being quite small, vaporizers are capable of generating temperature in excess of 200c. After long and heavy sessions, that heat is going to eventually work its way up to the mouthpiece.

Typically, a hot mouthpiece is a sign that your vaping session has gone on for too long. However, if you insist on soldiering on, you can purchase rubber or silicone extensions for your mouthpieces that can keep you vaping all day long.