Disposable vapes are an easy way to enjoy vaping, offering vapers a convenient and hassle-free vaping experience. They come pre-filled with e-liquid, are available in an incredible assortment of flavours, and require no maintenance or refilling. However, the downside to their simplicity is their limited lifespan.
The moment the battery or e-liquid runs out, they’re thrown away and replaced – this is to be expected. But if they die before you’re finished with them, it can be incredibly frustrating. But what if there were ways to extend the life of your disposable vape, even after it appears to have reached its end?
While disposable vapes are designed for temporary use, there are a few tricks that might just breathe new life into your device, allowing you to savour those last few puffs of flavour.
How to Make a Disposable Vape Work After it Dies
If your disposable vape has stopped working, we’ve discovered a few fixes you could try that might make your disposable vape work again.
From (temporarily) breathing new life into a dead battery to removing unwanted air bubbles from the e-liquid chamber, we’ve troubleshooted six fixes to (hopefully) give your vape a few more hours of life.
1. Check the battery
The most common reason why a disposable vape stops working is because the battery has died. To check the battery, try inhaling from the device. Many disposable vapes come with a small LED indicator that blinks when you inhale to show the battery is low. If you see this blinking light, it’s a sign that the battery might still have some juice left. If the LED light doesn’t come on, or if it’s very dim, then the disposable battery is dead or nearly dead.
If the battery is dead, there’s not much you can do to revive your disposable vape. Saying that, while disposable vapes are not designed for recharging, some models have a USB port hidden beneath the sticker. If you suspect this might be the case, you can recharge a disposable vape carefully by removing the sticker to reveal the port and attempt to charge it.
Please note: Don’t try to recharge a disposable vape that is not designed to be rechargeable. While most disposable vapes do contain rechargeable batteries, disposable devices aren’t built to handle external charging, and trying to force it could lead to unwanted and unpleasant surprises. Stick to using rechargeable devices for charging purposes.
2. Check the e-liquid level
Another reason why a disposable vape might stop working is because the e-liquid level is too low meaning it won’t produce any vapour when you inhale.
Unfortunately, most disposable vapes don’t have an e-liquid indicator or a window to check the vape juice level. So, try these two ways to check the e juice level of your disposable device:
- Hold your disposable vape up to a solid light and look through the mouthpiece to see how much e-liquid you have left. If it’s below the coil (if you can see the coil), it’s likely you’ve vaped all the juice.
- Do the taste/smell test. If you notice a slight burning smell when you take a puff, or you taste a burnt taste, it means the wick in your vape is dry because the eliquid is running out, or has run out.
You could gently shake the device to try and get any remaining e liquid to coat the wick so you can get one last hit, but if the e-liquid has run out, you’re going to have kiss your disposable vape goodbye because you can’t top it up.
3. Clean the mouthpiece
Over time, dust and debris from pockets and bags where you’ve carried your disposable vape can accumulate in the mouthpiece and other parts of the device, which can cause it to stop working.
To clean your vape and hopefully make it work again, use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to gently clean the mouthpiece and any other accessible parts.
A word of warning when giving your disposable vape a cleaning makeover, be mindful not to introduce any liquids into its delicate inner workings. Liquids and electronics don’t mix well, so stick to gently wiping the exterior with a slightly damp cloth or a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.
4. Gently tap the device
Sometimes, air bubbles can get trapped in the e-liquid, preventing it from reaching the heating coil. To make sure this hasn’t happened, gently tap your disposable vape on a hard surface to dislodge any trapped air bubbles.
5. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions
This one might be obvious, but how many of us are guilty of not reading the instruction manual for a new device…
Every disposable vape is built and designed slightly differently, so if your device has died, it’s always worthwhile checking the manufacturer’s specific instructions. They might just have a magic cure that we aren’t aware of.
In fact, if you’re unsure about how to use or maintain your disposable vape, always consult the manufacturer’s instructions.
Try a different disposable vape
If you’ve tried all of the above and your disposable vape is still not working, it’s could be that the device is defective. In which case, you’ll need to replace the disposable vape with a new one (or contact the manufacturer if it’s under warranty).
If you’ve simply run out e liquid or the battery is drained, luckily for you, here at Vape Juice we’ve got an incredible multi buy deal on disposable vapes – 4 for £13.95 or 10 for £33.95. So buy in bulk and never be without your favourite disposable vape again!
If your disposable device is dead, switch to a refillable vape pod
It’s probably a good time to point out that disposable vapes are designed for temporary use only, they’re not meant to be repaired or tampered with. If you’re looking for a more durable and customisable vaping experience, consider switching to a refillable vape device.
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