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Dab Pen Maintenance 101: Cleaning and Care Tips for Prolonged Device Lifespan

Mary Ekundayo

by Mary Ekundayo

October 5, 2023 08:00 am ET Estimated Read Time: 6 Minutes
Dab Pen Maintenance 101: Cleaning and Care Tips for Prolonged Device Lifespan

Dabbing is one of the most popular ways to enjoy cannabis concentrates. Unfortunately, dab pen maintenance is essential as they are quite delicate and can be damaged if mishandled. The best thing you can do to ensure your pen stays functional and reliable is to keep it clean. 

» Learn more about dabbing.

Apart from giving you a better smoking experience, a debris-free pen improves the lifespan of your device. Thankfully, dab pen maintenance doesn’t take much. We will walk you through what you need to know on how to clean and care for your smoking device to ensure its longevity. Make sure to read till the end!

What Is a Dab Pen?

Dab pen maintenance

The first step to maintaining your dabbing device is to get to know its parts, and how each of them works. The four main features of a deb pen include:

1. The Tank/Chamber

The tank is where you load in the concentrate for vaporization. It can either be a built-in or a removable container.

2. The Coil/Atomizer

The coil is the heating element that helps vaporize the concentrate. It is usually made of titanium, quartz, or ceramic heating wire. When the power source of the dab pen is activated, the coil heats up and vaporizes the cannabis concentrate.

3. The Battery

The battery is the power source of your pen, it provides the energy needed to heat the atomizer. Most dab pens have rechargeable batteries which have adjustable voltage and temperature control.

4. The Mouthpiece

The mouthpiece is where you inhale the concentrate’s vapor from. It is usually made from glass, ceramic, metal, and other heat-resistant materials. Some dab pens have multiple mouthpieces that can be interchanged for convenience and customization.

Dab Pen Maintenance: When to Clean

It is necessary to clean your dab pen regularly. A good practice is to clean it after every use. However, there are certain tell-tale signs that your device needs urgent attention. These signs include:

  • The coils are leaking and are darker in color.
  • The flavor is tasting burnt.
  • The vapor produced is smaller than usual.
  • There’s fluid dripping from the atomizer.
  • It is generally not performing as expected.
  • You’ve shared your pen with someone.

How to Clean Your Dab Pen 

The Tank

  • Remove the tank from the dab pen and discard any residual concentrate.
  • Dismantle the tank parts.
  • Dampen a paper towel or a piece of cloth with isopropyl alcohol.
  • Scrub the tank with the cloth until it is spotless.
  • Rinse the tank with warm water and wipe it dry.
  • Let the tank dry out in natural air for about 15 minutes.
  • You can now reassemble it to the deb pen.

If your pen is a one-piece design, simply soak a Q-tip in isopropyl alcohol or distilled water and clean the insides of the tank carefully. You can then wipe it dry with a fresh Q-tip.

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The Coil

The coil cannot get wet because water will stop it from heating up. It is best to replace your coils instead of trying to clean them. It is advisable to replace the coils every 2 – 4 weeks to ensure they are clean and functioning optimally. If your coils still look good and you want to reuse them, simply heat the pen to burn off the previous residue.

The Mouthpiece

  • Remove the mouthpiece.
  • Dip a Q-tip or a cotton ball lightly in isopropyl alcohol and clean the external parts of the mouthpiece.
  • For mouthpieces made of glass, you can soak them in a bowl of warm water, isopropyl alcohol, and salt for a thorough cleanse.
  • Rinse the mouthpiece thoroughly with warm water and dry it properly.
  • You can now reattach it to the pen.

While cleaning your dab pen, make sure water doesn’t touch the control buttons, charging port, and battery sections.

Benefits of Dab Pen Maintenance

Prevent Cross-Contamination

If you use different kinds of concentrates, we recommend thorough dab pen maintenance and cleaning between uses to avoid cross-contamination. When you keep your pen clean, you prevent the concentrates from mixing, which preserves the flavor and potency of your cannabis.

Prevent Clogging

As you make use of your pen, the cannabis concentrates leave residue that builds up gradually. With time, the residue can clog the atomizer, which affects the optimal vapor production of the dab pen. Routine maintenance of your device helps prevent such clogging.

Leakage Control

Some dabs have tanks designed to hold your cannabis concentrates. Poor maintenance can damage the pen, which can cause messy spills and leakages.

Cost Effective

When your dab pen is not performing well, you might want to get rid of it. Cleaning your pen is an excellent way to restore its functionality, instead of replacing it.

Other Dab Pen Maintenance Tips

Read the Instruction Manual

All dab pens do not have the same design. It is best to read and follow the specific instructions in the user’s manual so you don’t miss out on the manufacturer’s dab pen maintenance recommendations.

Battery Safety

Dab pens are usually powered using lithium-ion batteries, which require extra care. Do not expose the batteries to extreme temperatures, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to keep them safe. Also, don’t overcharge or use the wrong charger to prevent overheating and possibly, explosion.

Storing Your Dab Pen

It is good to store your dab pen in a clean and dry airtight container. This practice prevents marijuana from smelling in your home. It also prevents dust buildup. 

Dab Pen Case

Purchasing a case to carry your dab pen in is a great investment. It prevents the risk of damage from placing it in your pocket. A dab pen case makes it safe and convenient to transport your device.

Final Word

When you give your dab pen the care it requires, you improve its performance, prolong its lifespan, and enjoy an amazing dabbing experience. This article has shown you how to care for your pen simply and effectively. What are you waiting for? Adopt these tips today to keep your dab pen safe, while enjoying quality puff at all times.

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Carrie Black says:

October 21, 2023 at 6:41 pm

How much thc syrup should be added to a drink? Such as soda water tea etc.


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