Fixing Common Problems With Pod Vaping Systems
What’s the main reason why pod vaping systems have been so successful? If you ask us, pod systems have been the fastest growing segment of the vaping industry over the past couple of years because, more than any other type of vaping device, they just work. With the right hardware and the right e-liquid, a pod system provides an incredibly satisfying experience without any work and without any fiddling – most of the time, anyway. Although problems with pod vaping systems are rare, they do happen occasionally – and when your pod system is leaking or not generating vapor, you’ll probably find that the instruction manual isn’t much help. That’s why this article exists. Regardless of the specific pod system that you own, we believe that you’ll find something of value in this article. This is your guide to fixing the most common problems with pod vaping systems.
Pod System Isn’t Charging
Most pod vaping systems charge via standard USB cables, but a few – such as the JUUL – have proprietary chargers. If your device uses a standard USB cable, the first thing that you should do is hunt for a spare cable and try charging your device with that. USB cables aren’t terribly durable, and a charging cable for a vaping device takes an unusual amount of abuse by being inserted and removed constantly – sometimes several times a day. Eventually, a worn cable will stop making a good connection when you plug it in.
If your pod system has a proprietary charger, on the other hand, troubleshooting the charger is a little more difficult unless you have a backup. If the charger has spring-loaded pins – as the JUUL charger does – try jiggling the pins to make them extend fully. Make sure that all connections are clean and free of debris. If your device still isn’t charging, it is possible that the battery has failed. If that’s the case, you’ll need to purchase a new device unless the one you have is still under warranty.
Pod System Isn’t Hitting
If your pod device isn’t generating vapor, the solution may be extremely simple. Does your device have a manual fire button? If it does, it most likely has a locking function to prevent accidental firing. Try pressing the button five times quickly to unlock the device. If it still doesn’t work, make sure that the device is fully charged. The batteries in most pod devices are very small, and they’ll die quickly if you’re a heavy vaper.
Does your pod system have an automatic puff sensor? The airflow sensor may have trouble working reliably if e-liquid or debris has entered the body of your device. Try removing the pod and blowing firmly through the device to dislodge anything that might be stuck to the sensor. When you remove the pod, check to ensure that it isn’t empty. Your pod system may use temperature sensing technology to prevent a dry hit when the pod is empty. If that’s the case, the device won’t produce vapor when you try to puff on an empty pod. After you replace the pod, the device will be back to normal.
Pod System Is Leaking
If you’re new to vaping – particularly if you use a device with an automatic puff sensor – your tendency may be to puff too firmly in an attempt to get the device to produce more vapor. First, puffing firmly won’t improve your device’s vapor production because that’s limited by the device’s operational wattage. Second, puffing too firmly may force too much e-liquid through the pod’s wick and flood the atomizer coil. If that happens, the pod will leak. The same thing will happen if you puff while covering the pod’s air intake holes.
Is your device fully charged? Many pod systems are direct voltage output devices. If you tend to experience leaking after using your device for a while, it’s likely that you’re pulling e-liquid into the atomizer coil more quickly than the coil can vaporize it. Keep your battery topped up to alleviate that problem.
When you do flood your pod, it’s wise to clear out the excess e-liquid so there’s no chance of it messing with your device’s internal components. Remove the pod from your device. Hold a paper towel over the pod’s air intake holes and blow through the mouthpiece until the gurgling stops.
Are you using an older pod system? Pod vaping technology is still fairly new, and it’s evolving rapidly. Many of the earliest pod mods had leaking problems that were inherent to their designs. If your pod system is more than a year old, don’t knock yourself out trying to troubleshoot a leaky pod; it’s time to buy a new device. As always, please recycle your internal battery device at your closest battery recycling facility. You can use this link to find a recycling center near you.
Pod System Isn’t Satisfying
Are you having trouble getting a real sense of satisfaction from your pod system, either because the device isn’t producing enough vapor or because you don’t feel like you’re getting enough nicotine? If you’re still experiencing strong cigarette cravings, it’s likely that you’re using an e-liquid with a nicotine strength that’s too low. Most pod systems operate at low temperatures and don’t generate a lot of vapor. They’re designed to work with high-strength nicotine salt e-liquids. Nicotine salt e-liquid usually comes in two strengths: a lower strength around 25 mg for those who already vape and a higher strength around 50 mg for those who have just quit smoking. The common e-liquid nicotine strengths that you find in vape shops – such as 3 and 6 mg – are intended for vaping devices that produce much bigger clouds.
Does your device have an automatic puff sensor? An automatic sensor always has a slight delay before it begins to generate vapor. You might find your vaping experience much more enjoyable if you switch to a device with a manual fire button. Since you can press the button before inhaling, you’ll get much bigger clouds out of a device with a fire button. Some pod systems with manual fire buttons include the Smoant Pasito and the Uwell Caliburn.