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A Guide to Refilling Vape Pens

Generally, with the exception of some disposables, vapes require refilling once the e-liquid has run out. For an adult user who has recently switched to vaping, it is useful to know which types of vapes need refilling, and learn how to fill a vape pen cartridge or tank. Of course all vape pens may differ, so it is important to ensure that you follow manufacturer instructions.

Why Vapes Need Refilling

Unless using a pre-filled or disposable vape, the chances are you will need to learn how to refill your vape device with e-liquid once it runs out. That is because vapes require e-liquid to work and this e-liquid is heated to produce a vapour. You can usually learn how to refill your vape device by referring to the manufacturer’s guidance.

Device maintenance is typically an important part of using a reusable vape, and refilling one will help to ensure the device works as intended by the manufacturer. As is often the case with most first-time tasks, with some practice, it is likely you will become more efficient at refilling your vape.

When to Refill a Vape

Generally, the frequency with which a vape is refilled depends on the type of device. This is because vapes will have different mechanisms inside and therefore will likely use the e-liquid in ways specific to the device’s design. The number of times a vaper should refill a vape pen also comes down to personal choice. You might decide to top up the tank when it is half full, but be careful not to mix different types of e-liquid. Some adult vapers might wait until the tank is completely empty before refilling it. Ultimately, you should follow manufacturer’s instructions on how and when to refill a vape. With devices that have a window, or for those with a completely clear tank, it may be easy to see when the e-liquid has run out.

Vapes That Need Refilling

Common types of vapes include closed pod systems and open vape systems, including what are sometimes known as bottom-fill and top-fill tanks. There are certain techniques for refilling a device according to the vape type. Let’s look at how to refill each device type.

Closed pod system: many closed systems in pod and compact styles use a pre-filled tank of e-liquid. It is generally not possible to refill this type of vape. Instead, the pod is typically replaced once it runs out.

Open vape system: these vapes usually need to be refilled once the e-liquid runs empty. Depending on the brand, an open system may have an atomizer or tank that can be refilled manually. While an adult vaper should always adhere to manufacturer’s guidance, there are some common signs that may indicate the e-liquid is ready for refilling. This can include a situation where the device begins to produce a weaker flavour, or when there is a low volume of e-liquid remaining. It is sometimes possible to identify the level of the e-liquid by looking through the tank window.

Generally, there are two different types of open vape systems that use top-fill and bottom-fill tanks. Refilling of each of these vapes is therefore slightly different.

Top-fill: Top-fill tanks usually require the tank to be unscrewed from the vape device to refill it, whereas a bottom-fill tank commonly detaches from the main body of the device. Carefully unscrew the tank by accessing the section between the mouthpiece and the main body of the tank. Take out the coil as this can help to preserve it – this is often accomplished by unwinding it from the bottom of the tank. By removing the mouthpiece and connector from the tank, it may then be possible to refill the device with e-liquid – taking care to fill only to the level indicated by the manufacturer. Put the mouthpiece back and reattach it to the main body of the device to complete the process.

Bottom-fill: The process to refill a bottom-fill tank is typically similar. Start by unscrewing the tank from the body of the vape kit, and removing the coil carefully – usually by unwinding it from the top of the tank. For certain devices, some manufacturers recommend adding a drop or two of e-liquid here as this can help to preserve the coil’s life. Return the coil to its position and unscrew the bottom of the tank to access the section that requires refilling. Remove the atomizer first, then gently fill the tank with e-liquid to the appropriate level indicated by the manufacturer. Ensure no liquid falls into the tubing. Once refilled, the tank can be reattached to the body of the kit.

How to Prepare for Vape Refilling

For those new to tank refilling, some manufacturers recommend that you take some simple precautions before you start.

  • Put down newspaper and have a piece of kitchen towel to hand in case of spillages. For example, this can help to stop any e-liquid from getting into the battery and causing electrical problems or long-term damage.
  • Check which type of device and system you are using ahead of refilling. If you are not sure which type you have, check the box your device came in – or find the manufacturer’s leaflet which usually contains details about the kit.

Good maintenance and care for your vape can not only improve the chances of it lasting the length of its intended life, but it may also increase the chances of the e-cigarette working as it should. Best practices for vape maintenance include routinely cleaning the vape tank, and replacing the coil regularly. Remember, of course, to always follow manufacturer recommendations.

Learn more about vapes and how they work with the article: How Do E-Cigarettes Work?

Available Smoke-Free Alternatives

There are hundreds of devices out there, and types of devices for that matter – from technically advanced mods to smartly designed devices. It is worth taking the time to read reviews and do your research before making a commitment to buy. Of course, many smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive. The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether.

Consider heated tobacco products. For new adult vapers or adult smokers who would prefer a device that is not a vape, heated tobacco products, or tobacco heating systems, are one alternative option. Tobacco heating systems provide nicotine and are not risk-free, yet IQOS heated tobacco products are an option worth consideration – IQOS emits on average 95% lower levels of harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes.*

Important information: It does not necessarily equal a 95% reduction in risk. IQOS is not risk-free.

* Reductions in levels of a range of harmful chemicals (excluding nicotine) compared to the smoke of a reference cigarette.

IQOS is not risk-free and provides nicotine, which is addictive. IQOS are not alternatives to quitting and are not designed as cessation aids.

This article is for general information and educational purposes. Some of the information in this article is based on external, third-party sources and we make no representations or warranties of any kind regarding the accuracy, validity or completeness of such information.

This product is not risk free and provides nicotine, which is addictive. Only for use by adults. 

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Dit product is niet risicovrij en bevat nicotine, wat verslavend is. Alleen voor gebruik door volwassenen.