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The less fortunate of us have all been there (or at least I have!): your vape pen is fully charged up. But when you finally have time to fire up one of your favorite vape cartridges, you get nothing but air! A vape pen not working after charge might be one of the most frustrating problems when using these otherwise very convenient devices.


But fear not! We are here to help those in need with this nifty guide to ease your sorrows. Here, we aim to introduce the ins and outs of vape pens to the uninitiated. Following a brief Vape 101, we will move on to the messy part: clogs. So please stick with me to unravel the mysteries of fixing this useful little device!



What Are Vape Pens?

Generally speaking, a vape pen will come in a shape and size similar to a pen. Vape pens use electricity from a battery to charge a heating element. Once this heating element reaches the appropriate temperature, vapor is created from the liquid inside the pen.


Vapes have become increasingly popular for providing consumers with a user-friendly product that is easy to use, portable, and economical too! Vaping also makes it easy to take CBD with you on the go, letting you go stealth mode with low-key vape seshes!

Types Of Vape Pens

Not all vape pens are alike, and the term can mean a few things depending on context. There are two main different kinds of vape pens we will outline below.

510 Threaded Pens

Let’s start with the standard method, the 510 thread vape battery. 510 refers to the style of threading used to screw a cartridge to the top of a vape battery. This setup consists of two basic parts: a vape battery and a vape cartridge. Cartridges are the part that holds the vape juice, and the battery is the component providing the energy to do so. These useful batteries allow the user to replace the disposable oil cartridges.


This is the type of vape pen you can purchase from Cheef, along with a variety of cartridges made from CBD strains with rich terpene content for a tasty, potent experience.


Disposable Vape Pens

The next kind of vape is the disposable vape pen. Most disposables do not have a button and operate through breath activation. In other words, you can simply put your lips to the mouthpiece of one of these, inhale, and the vape should activate to give you the hit you want.



mans hand holding cheef vape pen



The Basic Parts of a Vape Pen

Vape pens can initially seem complicated if you don’t know how they work. But really, vapes consist of a few basic parts:


  • Mouthpiece: The mouthpiece will be located on the device’s tip and will feature a hole where the vapor comes out.
  • Tank: The tank is the clear container that houses the components of the vape cartridge, including the vaporizable liquid and some electronic components.
  • Atomizer: This part of the vape pen uses electricity to generate heat, thus producing vapor.
  • Battery: The battery provides power to the device, allowing it to turn on.



Is It Common For A Vape Pen To Stop Working?

Yes, it is. These malfunctions are not uncommon for various reasons. One reason is that these products are made on a mass scale. While this does not determine a significant drop in quality, it means that products will be produced in a very high volume, thereby increasing the overall quantity of faulty products because such a large amount of devices are made in general.


What Causes Vape Pens to Stop Working?

A pen can stop working for various reasons, but that doesn’t make it less annoying! To help you combat this common problem, we’ve come up with a list just for you, so next time it happens, you’ll be prepared.

Broken Charger

If the activation light does not show when you press the button, a broken charger may potentially be to blame for your pen’s non-functionality. The chargers that typically come with a vape pen are generally of an inexpensive build and are replaceable. Try buying one made by the same company as your battery for assured compatibility!


One of the most common reasons why a vape may stop working is from the presence of a clog. A clog typically occurs when the by-product of the oil inside the pen groups together and masses up in the mouthpiece. This is not uncommon following consistent use and typically builds up over time. This can cause airflow to gradually become restricted, eventually resulting in a fully clogged air path.


Broken Battery

Even the highest quality batteries tend to wear down over time. Heavy use can be hard on a battery, so don’t be surprised if it dies after a few months of heavy use. A broken battery can also be caused by dropping a battery a few too many times. The shock from the fall can potentially cause components to come undone, resulting in an unstable or broken connection. A battery is also more likely to die if it becomes wet, so preventing this is a good thing to keep in mind.

Bad Coils Or Cartridge

Sometimes the problem can come from components inside of the cart. If you’ve had a cartridge for a bit, it’s possible that the coils located within the atomizer burnt out or simply stopped working. The coils are the part of the vape that heats up to create vapor; without them, the whole process is a bust.



What Can I Do If My Vape Pen Isn’t Working?

Because there are various reasons why a vape pen might stop working, naturally, there are many ways to get a vape back in working order, provided it is not permanently damaged. The best general advice I can give for a broken charger, battery, or atomizer is simple: replace it with a new one as soon as possible, and you’ll be set!


Some other issues may require some more advanced troubleshooting, detailed below:

How to Unclog a Vape Cart

Unclogging a vape cart can look a few different ways depending on the type of clog. One kind of clog consists of oil directly blocking the hole on the mouthpiece. This clog is very simple to clear and should take no time at all with the right supplies and technique:


  1. First, find either a paper clip or thin wire, and unravel it into a straight line.
  2. Now take the wire and run it into the hole on the mouthpiece, spinning it back and forth to pick up as much residue as possible. Do this until the wire has picked up a noticeable amount of residue.
  3. Test your vape to see if it works. If the vape still doesn’t fire off, repeat the process with a new wire until the mouthpiece is fully cleaned.


The second type of clog occurs within the chamber. This happens when the liquid solidifies inside the tank and prevents airflow. Fortunately, this should be another easy fix, so long as you have the right tools for the trade:


  1. You can start by securing your main tool: a hairdryer!
  2. Turn the hairdryer on to the highest and hottest setting.
  3. Unplug your cart and set the battery aside.
  4. Use the hairdryer to apply heat to the cartridge. Be sure to spin the cart around a little to get even heat distribution.


After the heat has been sufficiently applied (a minute or two should do), any material inside should return to liquid form. Now, if the clog was the only problem, all that’s left to do is enjoy your cart!


How to Clean a Connection Plate

If you’ve determined that your connector is the problem, fixing it should prove no problem with a few simple steps:


  1. Unscrew your cartridge from the battery.
  2. Soak a cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol.
  3. Use the cotton swab to give a deep clean to the connection plate on the battery.
  4. Wait for any wet spots of alcohol to evaporate before reattaching the battery to the cart.


After the connection plate is cleared, your pen should have a good contact between the cart and the battery, allowing them to conduct electricity once again.



pretty girl on balcony with vaporizer



What Should I Do If My Vape Pen Is Not Working After Charge?

Having a vape pen die on you right after charging can be upsetting. Still, there are a few things that you can check for to see if you can still get it working:


  • Charge level: Did you fully charge your vape? No one thinks they’ll miss this until they do. If you did not fully plug the battery into the charger, it could still be empty! Try plugging it in and waiting for a charge.
  • Plugged in?: If the metal rings on the cartridge’s threading are not tight enough, your battery may have trouble transferring power. Ensure your cartridge is tight enough to receive a charge.
  • The device is off: Sometimes, when a battery isn’t working, it could simply be because the device is not turned on yet. If this is the case, your problem-solving ends here. Turn the device on, and happy vaping!


If these simple answers don’t cut it and all else fails, you can always buy a new battery. Just make sure the battery has a 510 thread (and comes in a cool design you like!) Vape batteries can be found at a reasonable price through our website.


Can You Prolong Vape Battery Life?

Yes! Treating your battery with care can prevent many of the causes of an eventual failure. To extend the battery life of your vape battery, consider trying one of these easy methods:


  • Ensure the connections are not screwed on too tight; this can eventually lead to a failure.
  • Keep your battery out of fluctuating or extremely high/low temperatures.
  • Keep your battery out of contact with direct sunlight.
  • Deplete the battery right out of the box, and then ensure it is fully charged every time after it depletes.



Why Choose Cheef Botanicals for CBD Vape Products?

Cheef was founded by a group of like-minded hemp enthusiasts with a deep passion for providing consumers with a product showcasing the full potential of the hemp plant. This passion extends to all aspects of Cheef, with passionate customer service, innovative product development, responsible growers, and high-quality CBD to back it all up!


We produce all of our vape products using all-natural, fully organic ingredients. So when you purchase from us, you can rest assured knowing you’ll be getting a product without harmful chemicals or additives, just the way the earth intended.


Popular Cheef Vape Products

To make your search a little easier, here are some of our most popular CBD vape cartridges:


  • Blackberry Kush: Blackberry Kush lightly entrances the senses with its initial onset of deep dark berry flavors that dissipate and give way to the basement-dank notes kush is well recognized for.
  • Fruity Cereal: Treat your senses to the delights of a morning bowl of cereal with the sweet notes of our Fruity Cereal vape. The flavor is reminiscent of the legendary fruity cereals from days of yore!
  • Gorilla Glue: Gorilla Glue tastes just as good in a vape as it does in flower form. This vape will pack a flavorful punch of pungent gas and rain-soaked accents of earth.
  • Cactus Cooler: Perfect for those with a penchant for the tropical, Cactus Cooler is a good way to relieve some of the heat. Cactus Cooler provides a pleasing cocktail of pineapples and oranges.
  • OG Kush: Another good one for those who like flavor comparable to flower, our OG Kush vape is packed with gassy flavor. There’s a reason OG Kush is so well known; try a vape and find out why!
  • Lemonade: Everyone loves a good glass of lemonade. Now you can experience it in vape form, with all of the benefits of CBD. It can be summer anywhere with a Lemonade vape!



Final Thoughts – Vape Pen Not Working After Charge

As we’ve seen, there are plenty of different reasons why a vape might stop working, even after charging. But we can all take a sigh of relief knowing that if you run into one of these problems, it’s not the end of the world. There are many ways to deal with a non-functional vape, and most of them require little more than some cleanup.


So next time you’re in a crummy situation with a vape, hopefully, you’ll have some practical advice to lean back on, and if you ever forget and need some help or a new battery, you’ll know where to find us!

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