Maintaining and Caring For Your Vaporizer
A good vaporizer will offer you countless years of use, which is why it's important to properly care for it. Neglecting to clean and maintain your vaporizer -- whether it's a small travel unit or a large Volcano -- may lead to problems later down the road. And if these problems persist, it could render your vaporizer unusable. So, what steps should you take to maintain your vaporizer?
Read The Owner's Manual
I know this probably sounds like common sense to most people, but it's still worth mentioning that you should always read the owner's manual for your vaporizer. One of the first things I personally do after buying a new vaporizer is to flip through the pages and familiarize myself with the vaporizer and its components. Most quality vaporizers come packaged with an owner's manual that details each and every component, as well as instructions on how to clean and care for the unit. If you are unable to find the owner's manual, search online for the company's phone number or email address and contact them.
Arguably, the most important step in maintaining a vaporizer is to clean it. Some people assume that cleaning isn't necessary since vaporizers don't produce smoke. Yes, it's true that they don't product smoke, but the mist-like vapor they produce may still tarnish the vaporizer, resulting in buildups of gunk. Small amounts of this gunk shouldn't cause any issues, but if it's left on the vaporizer for months on end it may cause damage.
You should refer to your owner's manual for more instructions on how to clean your vaporizer, but a combination of paper towels, Q-tips and alcohol wipes should suffice. Just remember to let the parts fully dry before putting your vaporizer back together.
Check The Heating Element
Vaporizers work by heating herb or oils to a precise temperature -- just enough to release the active ingredients into a plum of vapor without causing them to burn. In order for it to achieve this goal, however, the heating mechanism must function properly. I recommend checking the temperature of your vaporizer's heating element at least once every other month to ensure it's not too cold or not too hot. This can be done using an infrared (IR) thermometer,