This is how I clean the Tank Cartos....Hello I have been lurking around for a few days trying to find an answer to a question I have. I have two tanks one small and one big one. Lately I have been noticing that they will flood, I havn't had a problem with them leaking up till the last couple of fills, I've tried to tip them upside down, dropped the center part down and blew them out, nothing seems to be a permanent fix.
Do you think they need to be cleaned? I've had them since they came on the website, is there anyother thing I can do?
1. Run them under hot tap water at low pressure for a minute or so (hold the carto at angle by the flange)
2. Give them a couple good thermometer shakes over the sink
3. Repeat Step 1 and 2
4. Put carts in a cup (laying down, standing up it doesn't matter), poor boiling water into the cup, let it sit for 30 minutes.
5. Repeat Step 1 and 2
6. I use some fishing line, but you can a shoelace or twine anything you can tie with that is 3 feet long and won't snap while spinning. Place the carto in the very middle and tie a knot right above the mouthpiece side of the flange. Once you are confident the carto won't fly off, step outside and spin it for a good minute to rid all the water out of it. Place the mouthpiece end down and let it sit for 30 minutes, leave whatever you have tied onto it, tied onto it.
7. Take it out and give it another spin for 30 seconds, remove the tie, hold it to light to see if the air tube is cleared. If it isn't take a straightened paperclip, insert it from the bottom (connector) to the top. If you feel some resistance, don't force it, just back it out and try it again unitil it does go through.
8. Read below for testing it prior to refilling your tank.
All that being said....if you have been vaping this Carto for awhile ( a couple of weeks) it may just be the Carto is dying. Tank Cartos when used properly don't burn and after 60 mls or more the atomizer does one of two things. It gets clogged with build up or it is actually dying. Like a string of Christmas lights where only half of them light up.
Both result in flooding since there is not enough heat to keep up with the juice you are drawing in.
There are ways to test it without the tank. Make sure the housing is completely dry, take a 1 inch piece of scotch tape, cut a strip of paper 1/4 inch wide 3/4 inch long, center the strip of paper onto the tape, wrap the tape so that the paper blocks the intake holes.
Drip 32 drops into the Cartomizer (drip onto the inner housing wall, avoid dripping into air tube directly) take your time 2-3 drops at a time..then wait till it absorbs..until you hit 30-32. Then stand the carto up on a paper towel and wait 30 seconds to allow the polyfill to absorb.
Hold the Carto up to the light to check the air tube to make sure it is clear of juice. If there is juice in air tube, cover the battery connector with some tissue and blow it out.
Recheck the air tube to make sure it clear....as long as the air tube is clear you can proceed.
Put the Cartos onto a battery and give them a test fire to see if they work. If they fail to produce the proper amount of vapor and continue to flood and gurgle. Tie them back up again, put a long condom half way on the mouthpiece end and spin the juice back out of them.
If it does work take another 2 or 3 goods draws then check for flooding. If there is no flooding remove the tape (don't worry the juice won't come rushing out) hold the carto so the intake holes are at a 90 degree angle and wipe off the area where the tape was with some tissue. Then slide the Carto into the tank high enough so the intake holes are blocked by the lower cap, fill the tank carefully dripping on the inside of the top cap to avoid flooding the carto. This take awhile as the juice has to run down the walls of the tank. Then put on a happy face and start vaping again.
Generally you will only be able to get 30 more mls out of the Carto and it will need to be replaced.