Anyone out there who is all about desktop vaporizers understands that without maintaining them regularly, you’re gonna be less enthusiastic about the hits that you take as time goes on. The most important component of the vaporizer when it comes to cleaning is the whip, since it gets dirty the fastest, and has the biggest impact on your ability to vape at all.
What is the Whip?
The whip of the vaporizer is what we call the long, flexible tube that attaches to the device, and through which the vapor is pulled into the mouth. Most vaporizers nowadays come with whips that are made from medical-grade silicone, because of its heat resistance, non-porous nature and durability that allows it to last and last, all while having the perfect level of flexibility. Silicone whips are extremely unlikely to break at any time, which is a big part of their appeal.
How Often Should You Clean the Whip?
Here’s the answer that you don’t want to hear, in a perfect world, those who use desktop vaporizers should clean their whip before each and every use. Why? Because each time we enjoy a vaping session, little bits of residue create a film that coats the inside. This means that your flavor is going to be polluted to some extent or another, and eventually that debris can cause a blockage.
But, we know that few people have time to actually clean their whip daily, and we get it. So, as long as you clean it at least once a week, you should be fine. And, of course, if you notice an unusual taste or a sudden lack of airflow, you’ll need to get on top of cleaning your whip right away.
The Process of Cleaning a Vaporizer Whip
What Not to Do: First off, there are some things that you should never do when cleaning your whip. One is applying some kind of harsh cleaner to it, like bleach or the cleaning solution you use to clean your counters. These cleaning agents can poison you if you breathe them in. Also, you don’t want to put your whip in the dishwasher, because if it makes contact with the base of the dishwasher, it can melt or get deformed.
Now, here are the basic steps to cleaning any standard vaporizer whip.
Step #1: First, detach your whip. Depending on the model, you may need to gently pry it off with a knife or similar type of thin, blunt object.
Step #2: Now, it’s time to soak. Fill some type of large bowl with a solution of water, salt and isopropyl alcohol. A few tablespoons of salt and alcohol is enough. Let the whip become fully submerged, and allow it to soak – ideally, overnight, but if you don’t have the time, a couple of hours. The alcohol and salt should loosen and lift away all of the residue inside.
Step #3: Now, remove your whip and allow it to air dry before reattaching it to your vaporizer.
When it’s Time to Replace Your Whip
One thing to keep in mind is that after a certain period of time, a whip will become too difficult to clean since too much residue will develop on the inside. Because the nature of the design means that you’ll never be able to get it 100% clean, like it was when you bought it. So, once you notice that no matter what you do, the flavor of your hits isn’t what it used to be, it’s time to just replace your whip. Fortunately, whips are not usually expensive, and you can find replacements pretty easily.
A Clean Whip is Essential if You are an Avid Vaper
Overall, without a clean whip, you won’t get the full potential of your vaping sessions since your flavor and airflow will both be compromised. So, what you will need to do is make an effort to clean it as regularly as possible. And, after a certain point, you can then replace the whip entirely, as despite the longevity of silicone, all whips become too dirty at some point after repeated use.