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.


  • Posted by Adrian on Mar 11, 2017

    I have a big problem when I put the batteries back into my tugboat box mod it fires without me pushing the button I would like to know what’s wrong wit it if u can get back to me asap I would appreciate

  • Posted by Chasity on Mar 07, 2017

    I went to change my coils and i did EXACTLY what i was supposed to do. After putting everything back together, and adding juice, i let it sit for a little bit. I went to hit it and my numbers on the temperature are going insane and changing numbers when i try to hit it. What do I do?

  • Posted by Jerome on Feb 22, 2017

    It just doesn’t work after changing the coil. It clicked, my fingers are full of oil but it only tokes a s a Top Evod now. I tried to fix it more than times and this is just badly engineered.

  • Posted by Erin on Jan 29, 2017

    I just changed the coil and now it doesn work???!!! Help

  • Posted by Paul on Jan 11, 2017

    Another advocate for the 90% rule…Got me and my mate up and vaping again!

  • Posted by Ryan B on Jan 04, 2017

    tip 3: that is my problem but when i rise it up again with a knife and screw it back on it just gets pushed in again.. and again.. and again.. and this **** is too expensive to stop working after less than what 4 months? it mustve gotten dropped or something to get thrown out of whack in the first place

  • Posted by Paul on Dec 24, 2016

    I got a pen vape battery and just wanted to use my aspire triton atomizer but the battery light just stays on when twisted down and I press the button but if I put a drip type on it the coils don’t heat up and I already checked the connection what should I do?

  • Posted by Dan on Dec 09, 2016

    I have a aspire evo75 and it just keeps saying on the screen that there is no atomizer

  • Posted by Kevin on Dec 05, 2016

    I have a smok and my vape clouds are not as thick or big the hit feels weaker then usual also has very little flavot I know something isn’t right but I can’t figure out what it is

  • Posted by Sherry Knoerr on Nov 20, 2016

    Just bought and has no smoke like all utube shows?

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