Atomizers are very complex components that require a bit of a learning curve before you can effectively gauge how to best approach an issue such as this. A “check atomizer” or “no atomizer” message implies that there is a mechanical error that needs to be addressed. If you find that the message is not accurate, there are steps you can take to resolve the issue. In this article, we will be going over how to address this common situation and what you can do to solve it.
Before you even begin to consider fixing a vape, you will want to come to terms with your skill level and be honest with yourself. The truth is, if you happen to make a slight mistake on your vaporizer’s inner components, you could seriously end up damaging the vape and even injuring yourself. It is just not worth it. If you are a beginner and you have this issue, you can forget about trying to fix it yourself.
If you are experienced in dealing with the inner components of a vape, but you lack the right tools, don’t do it. If you have the tools, but you lack the skill and experience, don’t do it.
Always take a vape to a professional who can troubleshoot and accurately diagnose the problem. They will be able to either fix or recommend a new vape based on your experience level.
Maintaining Your Vape
The first thing you want to consider is whether a vape requires a deep, thorough cleaning. Unlike pipes, however, you cannot simply dunk a vape or atomizer into a cup of alcohol and let it soak. While it may sound tedious, you may want to clean a vape down after every session. This will ensure the integrity of the vape and its components.
The good news is that it is very easy to maintain a vape. Simply wipe it down after every use. Depending on your vaping habits, if you find that the vape is getting especially dirty, you will want to sit down with a cloth and some q-tips and get in between the crevices of the vape to ensure a thorough clean.
Take only the essential vape parts apart and clean the connection points to see if that helps solve the issue. A lot of times, the vape cannot register the atomizer because the connection points are so dirty. Even if they appear to be clean, give them a good wipe down and put it all back together to see if this solves the issue.
Checking Connection Points
Connections between a vape and atomizer can get easily disrupted if you have even the slightest amount of residue or debris breaking the contact. As just mentioned, you will want to get either a cloth or a q-tip and gently wipe down the connection points of your atomizer and vape to see if this solves the issue.
If you find that your connection points are very dirty, then this could be the cause and all you will have to do is clean it off. If you find that they are broken or damaged in some way, then you will have to take it to a professional who can tell you how to best approach the situation. Do not attempt to open a vape and fix it yourself.
After cleaning up the connection points, simply put everything back together and turn your device on with the atomizer to see if it registers. This is the most common issue when it comes to the atomizer not picking up on the vape device. Another reason is not having the atomizer properly seated and making full contact with the connection points.
Adjusting the Center Pin
The center pin is what connects your atomizer to the battery and initiates the power. If the center is not properly seated or is not contacting the vape, it will fail to register on your device, and you will end up with the error message. Fortunately, many vapes come with adjustable center pins that make them super convenient to fix on their own without the need for a specialist. Other vape devices come with spring-loaded center pins that automatically force the pin to contact the vape.
If a vape does not have either of these features and is not making contact with your device, you will want to consider using a small flathead screwdriver to try and reposition the center pin yourself. This is a delicate process that will require a bit of skill on your part but does not pose a significant risk to the user.
Be gentle and do not damage the o-ring when attempting to reposition the center pin. You are going to slightly adjust the pin to the center so that it can contact the vape. Test out your adjustments until you find that you have found one to work. Sometimes it’s all just a matter of making something small like this right again.
Sometimes you can just end up with a faulty coil straight out the gate. While inspections are routinely done to ensure that bad units are not being shipped out, occasionally a dud will slip through the cracks. Over time, your coil will also break down and give off the no atomizer message. Of all these steps to take, cleaning the atomizer would be the easiest, with this coming in at a close second.
Replacing your coils is going to eventually happen anyway. It is part of the maintenance process. If you are getting a no atomizer error message, try replacing the coil if all else fails. If none of this works to fix the issue, then you will have to take it to a professional to get it serviced. The most likely scenario in this case is you will simply have to get your vaporizer replaced.