Posted on Mar 21, 2015. 52 comments

Troubleshooting Tips: When Your Atomizer Doesn’t Work With Your Mod/APV or Battery

One of the most common issues found with vaping is that atomizers and clearomizers tend to seem as if they’ve completely stopped working with a mod/device.  Vape kits, such as the SMOK GX350 Kit, which comes with the GX350 MOD and the TFV8 Cloud Beast Tank all in one box, tend to pose this issue slightly less often than when MODs and tanks are mixed and matched. However, that is not to say that this problem cannot occur with kits as well, but it is a bit more seldom.

There are many vapers out there that believe that there’s a problem with their attachment, while others will completely write off their device out of frustration.  If you’re too that point, stop what you’re doing and let us sharing some of our troubleshooting tips for when your atomizer doesn’t work with your mod/device.

Tip 1:  Use Proper Maintenance

You can run through all the troubleshooting you want, but if you do not properly maintain your atomizer, clearomizer or device, then all the problem solving you do may not ever matter.  The first thing you should attend to is proper maintenance.  To use proper maintenance, thoroughly wipe down your gear with a damp cloth.  Ensure that you properly clean areas that have small crevices.  These small hard-to-get-to areas absorb junk and debris, especially since e-liquid tends to attract to the rest of our gear.

Tip 2:  90% of The Time It’s A Connection Issue

90% of the time it’s a connection issue… we say this because it’s true.  Before following along with the rest of the tips we provide today, you must first know that if you’re experiencing issues with your atomizer not working properly with your mod/device, then it’s most likely a connection issue between the two.

To solve this, you’ll want to begin touching base with each part of your atomizer or clearomizer, and your device.  Anywhere that a connection is being made, you’ll want to thoroughly inspect and ensure that those areas aren’t covered in debris, and that they are actually making a proper connection.  Most times, a coil in an atomizer isn’t screwed in all the way, a center pin on a device is lower than it should be or the pin on an atomizer or clearomizer needs to be pulled down just a hair.  There are many reasons why your atomizer may not work with your mod/device, and typically it comes down to a connection issue that you’ll have to fix.

Tip 3:  Adjust The Center Pin

Though above we’ve stated that adjusting your center pin can solve a connection issue, we would like to say it again because we can’t stress enough how common it is to have a center pin issue.  The center pin is the small connection tip that sits inside of a 510 connector.  When your atomizer is screw into your device’s connector, the atomizers pin and your device’s center pin will meet and make contact for power.  Most times when an atomizer doesn’t work with a device, it stems from the center pin being too low or an atomizers pin being too high.  Manufacturers have began solving this issue recently, by making that center pin adjustable or spring-loaded to reduce this issue in the future.  If your device doesn’t come with an adjustable or spring-loaded center pin, you can pull you pin up a bit by prying the pin just a bit with something small, such as a precision flathead screwdriver.  However, we recommend that doing this, you take a risk of damaging the o-ring seal that rests between your connector and center, so be sure you’re careful and precise.

Tip 4:  Check For Shorts

If you’re using an rebuildable atomizer, then your issue will more than likely come from your current coil build.  Inspect your build and check for shorts.  Ensure that your posts are screwed down to a snug fit and your end-leads are cut short so that they do not touch the deck or the atomizers housing.

Tip 5:  It’s The Coils Fault

A lot of times, when using a clearomizer, it’s honestly the coils fault.  Though manufacturers to a stand up job on manufacturing pre-made coils, we know that everyone is not perfect, and even an inspection crew at the facility will catch every bad coil.  With this being said, it’s very possible that sometimes you’ll come across a coil that is dead on arrival, but more likely just a simply connection issue.  Though we would like to automatically blame it on the coil… it’s the coils fault, there may just be more to it than a DOA product.  If all else fails, and being that manufacturers do sometimes make mistakes, we highly recommend when buying any atomizer or clearomizer that you purchase extra coils for these exact moments.

Comments

  • Posted by mike punkoney on Sep 28, 2017

    set my smok alien 220w down on counter to unload food went to use it could not to get turn on checked batts batts half full took all apart after reinstall peinstalled batts right driection went to fire it up screen lit up for a second went righi off changed coil still the sane rechecked all conections cleaned
    NO FIRE BOUGHT 2 MONTHS AGO
    PLEASE HELP THANK YOU
    i do like my machine. thank you

  • Posted by Drew on Sep 09, 2017

    90% issue worked for me. Setting the center pen down and now I’m back up again! Thanks guys!

  • Posted by Damien Bachman on Aug 28, 2017

    I am new to vaping and about 2 years ago I bought a rx200. An just recently I bought 2 brand new Innokon Axiom sub-ohm. Now , I have used stock 0.05Ω 20-40w coils. But I burnt them out not knowing dark vape liquid is not recommended. An I just started to build my first rba deck. But my Rx20p is not wanting to read it. Any suggestions?

  • Posted by Mason on Aug 06, 2017

    I just bought the cleito sub ohm, and it is my second. I have it on my RX 2/3 and there’s one minor issue I’m curious about. The ohms for the coil in the cleito 120 is 0.16 ohms, but the new cleito I bought for the RX keeps reading the coil as 0.15 ohms and 3.87 volts when it’s supposed to be 4.00 volts. My other cleito 120 reads just fine on my RX 2/3 and my Predator 228. So my question is if their is anything I can do to make it read correctly.

  • Posted by Mason on Aug 06, 2017

    I just bought the cleito sub ohm, and it is my second. I have it on my RX 2/3 and there’s one minor issue I’m curious about. The ohms for the coil in the cleito 120 is 0.16 ohms, but the new cleito I bought for the RX keeps reading the coil as 0.15 ohms and 3.87 volts when it’s supposed to be 4.00 volts. My other cleito 120 reads just fine on my RX 2/3 and my Predator 228. So my question is if their is anything I can do to make it read correctly.

  • Posted by Paul J on Aug 02, 2017

    Was using a vaptio p1 with a kangertech subvod mega tc battery, all was working well until changed coil, now won’t connect to kangertech battery, will connect okay with innokincell d50 but very harsh and not much vapour, have tried several coils, all the same, other tanks work with both batteries fine, any suggestions?

  • Posted by Kelsey on Jul 28, 2017

    I have a osub tc and it was working fine before I did my monthly cleaning. I’ve already run through all of the issues that could possibly be wrong with the tank and nothing’s working. The connections are all fine. I tried a different tank on the mod and I had the same issue. I completely reset the mod and nothing happened. Any suggestions?

  • Posted by joel on May 20, 2017

    Will my subvod tank work with a Vaporesso target pro?

  • Posted by leah on Apr 13, 2017

    I purchased a
    Vapor Flask Classic 150W TC by Vape Forward, just received it today.

    I also was told that the A SPIRE CLEITO 120 tank was the best tank to go with.
    So I put them together and!!!!
    walla as my luck goes, it doesn’t work, go figure. my mod keep saying no atomize. please help I so want to use my vape forward 150 flask.

    one other thing, on the tank I purchased it says Aspire Cleito 120 watt Tank “King” could this may be the wrong tank????
  • Posted by josh on Apr 11, 2017

    will it hurt your device if theres a gap between device and tank

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