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How to Fix a Disposable CBD Vape Pen

Posted by David on

Did you know more CBD enthusiasts are turning to disposable vape pens to get their daily servings of hemp in a user-friendly, portable way. Disposable vape pens have a lot of appeal: they are all-in-one systems that require no charging, assembly or filling of e-liquids, and they are ready to vape as soon as they are removed from their packaging. They come in a rich variety of strain options and are small enough to fit into a pocket.

What are the Components of a CBD Disposable Vape Pen?

Disposable CBD vapes are quite advanced nowadays, but that doesn’t mean that they’re completely errorproof. Once in a while, you may end up with a disposable that for one reason or another simply won’t hit. So, what can you do, besides throw it out? Before you dispose of the device prematurely, consider some common troubleshooting tips.

First, however, it is important to understand the different components of a disposable, to help you understand where the issue may lie.


With disposables, there’s no separate cartridge that can be detached from the device, but it is there, hidden beneath the chassis. The cartridge holds the CBD vape oil, and has a mouthpiece at the top that allows enough air to flow so that you can draw the vapor into your mouth without needing to push any buttons.


The coil is built inside of the cartridge, and it’s a metal heating element that has a wick to absorb the e-juice. The coil is responsible for taking the power of the battery and using it to heat up the e-liquid absorbed in the wick, as this process converts the vape oil into vapor.


Finally, there’s the device component, or the battery. The battery capacity can range from 280mah to up to 1000mAh, based on the size and juice capacity of the disposable device. The battery is designed to last for as long as the e-liquid inside the cartridge and is non-rechargeable.

How to Troubleshoot a Disposable CBD Vape Pen

So, if your disposable device just won’t provide you with vapor no matter how hard you pull, what next?

#1: Tap it

Sometimes, a disposable’s failure to hit is simply due to an air bubble in the cartridge that’s preventing airflow. If this is the case, try tapping or flicking the side of the cartridge a few times, as this should break it up. Be careful, of course, not to hit it too hard, or you can end up cracking a part of the device.

#2: Try to Dislodge Debris in the Mouthpiece

In some cases, the issue is a clogged vape mouthpiece. If you keep your disposable in your pocket, purse or a cluttered drawer, pieces of debris such as clothing lint, bits of paper and all kinds of things can end up getting jammed in the mouthpiece. Try to look inside to see if anything is blocking the airway. Then, grab a small, pointy object like a safety pin or a toothpick and gently work around the inside of the mouthpiece to try to remove whatever may be stuck in there.

#3: Check the Battery

Most disposables give you some kind of indication that the battery is working when you pull on them. Often, this is a light that glows as you inhale. If your device has one of these indicators and nothing is happening when you pull, then the issue may be a dead battery, which is a manufacturing error that is unfortunately not fixable.

#4: Consider that the Unit is a Dud

Once in a while, you may just get a dud due to one of many manufacturing errors, such as faulty internal connections, a burnt out cartridge or, as said above, a battery that is already dead. If this is the case, you’ll need to just cut your losses and buy a new device.

Plenty of vaping enthusiasts prefer using disposable vapes as a more convenient, easy-to-use option. They're even more appealing to vapers who want to avoid dealing with the upkeep and maintenance of refillable devices. Some newer disposable vape models even allow for recharging if the battery drains before you finish the large number of hits they provide.

However, even the best disposable vapes can have issues that make them malfunction or fail to function.

How Long Do Disposable Vapes Last?

Disposable vapes can vary in their longevity — there are a lot of factors at play. The best way to tell how long a disposable vape will last is to check the average amount of puffs designated by that vape's manufacturer.

Based on the user's vaping habits and other variables determining the product's lifespan, a disposable vape can last anywhere from a couple of days to several weeks. Users should also consider how hard they tend to puff and the rate of battery drain.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Fixing a Vape Pen

When they aren't hitting, most users prefer fixing disposable vapes themselves. However, there are some critical mistakes users can make in the process that compromise vaping performance. Here's a rundown of some common mistakes to avoid:

  • Don't overclean the vape pen or use harsh cleaning products. It's actually possible to overdo cleaning vape pens. Users should avoid using harsh cleaning products because they can damage the internal components, compromising vaping performance.
  • Don't repair faulty components yourself or open the vape pen. If the vaping device is malfunctioning or damaged, don't attempt DIY repairs. Disposable vape pens aren't meant to be repaired or modified. Doing so can make them dangerous and void any warranties.
  • Don't use faulty vape pens. Using a faulty device can be dangerous and result in further damage to its components or injury to the user.

Avoiding these common mistakes will help ensure the safety and effectiveness of your disposable vape devices.

Tips for Using a Disposable Vape Pen Properly

Follow these safety tips to get as much puff as possible from disposable vape pens:

  • Inhale steadily in 8–10 second puffs
  • Check the vape pen is working correctly
  • Store the vape properly
  • Keep away from direct sunlight
  • Avoid chain vaping
  • Dispose of safely after use

The Bottom Line: Some Disposable CBD Vapes are Fixable, and Some are Not

In many cases, a disposable device that’s not hitting can be remedied with the solutions detailed above. But, in some cases, it’s a lost cause, as the manufacturer made a critical error that means that no matter what, you can’t fix your CBD vape pen. The best way to avoid ending up with a dud is to choose your disposable CBD vape from a trusted company that has a reputation for quality and consistency.

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