What to Do When Your Vape Isn’t Working

Rohan Mathew

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It’s funny how much more immediate your need for nicotine can feel when you don’t have immediate access to it. That’s a big reason why it’s so unbelievably annoying when your vape isn’t working. It’s great to own a backup device to use in case your primary vape isn’t behaving – but having more than one vape pen or mod is a luxury that some people simply can’t afford. 

The good news is that fixing a vape that isn’t working is usually much easier than you might think. All that you need is some basic troubleshooting information. What should you do when your vape from V2 Cigs UK or another vape shop isn’t working? Just follow these steps.

Charge the Battery

The first thing that you should do when your vaping device isn’t working is confirm that the battery is fully charged. If the remaining battery charge is too low for the device to operate, it should display an error message, or the indicator light should blink. If the battery is completely dead, though, it’s possible that the device will do nothing at all when you try to use it. 

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Try these things if you have trouble getting your vaping device to charge.

  • Try a different power source. Some USB wall adapters – such as those for tablets or smartphones – can actually cause a risk of overheating if they’re used to charge vaping devices because those devices are not designed to handle quick-charge currents. Your best bet is always to charge your vaping device through your computer.
  • Try a different USB cable. A USB cable that’s used daily takes a lot of abuse, and your vaping device may not charge – or may charge slowly – if the cable has internal damage.
  • Use a toothpick to remove lint and dust from your device’s USB port. Any contaminants in your device’s charging port can prevent the USB cable from making a good connection.

Unlock the Device

If your vaping device has a manual fire button, it should have a locking function to help prevent anyone from using the device if you leave it unattended for a moment. The locking function also helps to prevent accidental firing if you carry the device in your pocket. If you’ve locked your device, you’ll need to unlock it before you can use it. In some cases, you may even need to unlock your device after replacing the battery. You can usually unlock a vaping device by pressing the fire button five times.

Check for an Error Message or Blink Code

If your vaping device is charged and working properly – and it doesn’t generate vapor when you press the button – then it should display a diagnostic code telling you what the problem is. If the device doesn’t have a display, the LED should blink in a specific pattern. If your device gives you a blink code when you try to vape, you’ll need to look the code up in the device’s instruction manual. If the manual isn’t helpful, you’ll probably find the solution by trying the other tips given in this article.

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If your device has a display, it should show an error message. These are some of the common error messages that a vaping device can display and the steps that you should perform if you see them. All vaping devices don’t display precisely the same error messages, but the message you see will likely be similar to one of these.

  • If you see the message “Check Battery,” you should charge your device fully before trying to vape again.
  • If you see the message “Atomizer Short,” your vaping device has detected a short circuit. You should replace the atomizer coil.
  • If you see the message “Atomizer High” or “Atomizer Low,” the resistance of the atomizer coil isn’t within your device’s supported range. You can check your device’s supported resistance range by reading the instruction manual. The resistance of the coil should be etched into its side. If the coil’s resistance should be within the device’s supported range, the coil may have a manufacturing defect, and you should replace it.
  • If you see the message “Check Atomizer,” your vaping device doesn’t detect the connected atomizer coil. You’ll find instructions for troubleshooting that situation in the next section of this article.
  • If you see the message “Temp High,” the internal temperature of your device is too high, and the device has locked itself to prevent overheating. Move the device to a cooler area and wait a while before trying to vape again. Don’t use or store your vaping device in bright sunlight.

Troubleshoot the Tank or Pod

For your vaping device to operate, the battery needs to have work to do. That’s called the load, and the load is provided by the atomizer coil in the tank or pod. If your vaping device doesn’t have a solid electrical connection from the battery to the atomizer coil, it will not work and should either display a blink code or an error message such as “Check Atomizer.” Here’s how to troubleshoot that issue.

  • Remove and reinsert or reconnect the pod or tank. 
  • If the problem isn’t resolved, remove the pod or tank again. Make sure that the device’s pod chamber or tank threading isn’t contaminated with dust or condensed e-liquid, which could restrict the flow of power. If your device is dirty, clean it with a cotton swab. If you’re using a pod system and see a lot of e-liquid in the device when you remove the pod, blow firmly through the bottom of the device to push the e-liquid out of the device. Use a cotton swab to remove the e-liquid.
  • If you’re using a tank, disassemble the tank and remove the atomizer coil. The coil must make a firm connection with the base of the tank, or your vaping device will not work. After you remove the coil, use a paper towel to remove condensation from the tank’s base. Screw the coil back in firmly and try vaping again.
  • If you’re still unable to vape, it’s possible that the pod or atomizer coil has a manufacturing defect. You should replace it.