Vape pens are known to be an incredible alternative to smoking. Making refillable cartridges is a great step towards a cleaner environment. Most vape users have a history of using an e-cigarette. Thus, a lot of them are only familiar with disposable cartridges.
If you are one of them, it is likely that you, at this very moment, are wondering how does one go about refilling empty vape cartridges? And it is a common problem for people to be perplexed by this and think it too much of an effort to do so.
While you can start your vaping journey with pre-filled oiled cartridges, refilling your own vape pen not only helps you cut cost in the long run, but it is an easier-to-keep alternative while giving more control to you over your vape experience.
Below, we have provided a comprehensive guide for you as either a frequent vape pen user or a newbie to fill up an empty vape pen cartridge properly.
Things You Need to Know First
Before we jump in, here are a few things that you need to keep in mind about vape pens and the process of refilling.
An empty 510 cartridge can be used with almost all 510 thread batteries. Making them one of the most popular choices for both a rookie user and someone who has been in the game for a while. One important thing to remember is that although 510 cartridges are refillable, they are meant to be replaced after a couple of refills for the best experience.
A vape pen can look similar, but not all are the same nor operate the same way. Some vape pens have specific types of cartridges they use. So do your research before you get into refilling your pen. The reason we have focused on 510 cartridges is because they are the most common ones to find in the market.
Your first try should not be your last! It is likely that you will not get it right the first time you attempt to refill a vape pen, especially with small sizes like 1ml vape cartridges involved. While frustrating, your second try will be much better. Once you get the hang of it, replacing a cartridge will be a skill that is going to stick with you.
How to refill a cartridge?
Refilling your vape cartridge is a simple 3 step process involving a syringe. Start with choosing your favorite oil or distillate. There are many options you can choose from; if you want, you can make your own oils or use a pre-filled distillate syringe from the cannabis dispensary. After selecting the product that is right for you, it is time to start filling the cartridge.
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Step One: Remove the Mouthpiece
Open the cartridge up, and you can do so by twisting it counterclockwise until it is fully detached. You might have to twist it two or three full rotations to free the thread holding it in its place.
However, if you cannot get it off and you have not been able to find information about your pen, the answer is that the vape pen does not have refillable cartridges.
After you have taken it off, place the mouthpiece in a safe location, so it is not lost or damaged. Without it, your cartridge will be useless.
Step Two: Fill the Cartridge
This is the step where we will use the syringe we mentioned earlier. But if you do not have a syringe, an eye-dropper does the job as well. The former is more precise and has a lesser risk of leaking products.
Fill your syringe and gently push the syringe tip into the cartridge and fill it to the top, or where you find the max fill line. It is recommended that you leave the cartridge attached to your battery to help hold onto it better while refilling.
Even though you will find the max fill line on the cartridge, but if you do not always remember that most cartridges are designed to hold 1 gram or 0.5 grams of oil or e-juice.
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Step Three: Replace the Mouthpiece
You are almost done! Take the mouthpiece and gently put it back onto the cartridge. Twist it around clockwise until it is tightly screwed on. While
you need to make sure the mouthpiece is snug and in place, do not tighten it more than necessary, this could very easily break it or its threads.
If you use this process in reverse, this is a great way to remove oil from a vape cartridge, if it is not to your liking or you need to unclog the cartridge.
Where can you find oil?
Refilling vape pens are becoming more and more popular by the day. People find it cost-effective especially became the oil is much cheaper than buying a new cartridge, and you can use the oil over a long period of time.
If you are someone that uses THC juice to refill your cartridge, you will easily find it at a local dispensary. For CBD juice, you will have to look online at a health food store or a headshop. While looking for oils, make sure you get one that is compatible with the cartridge you have.
Knowing how to refill cartridges is a great way to get rid of having to buy expensive pre-filled oil cartridges. This also gives you room to experience a wider range of oils and distillates. A seemingly advanced vape-pen uses the same refilling process, so do not get intimidated by how small or overly complicated it looks!