Vape Troubleshooting

In recent years, vaping has gained immense popularity as an alternative to traditional smoking methods. Vape cartridges and disposable pens have become convenient choices for many users due to their portability and ease of use. However, like any electronic device, they can sometimes encounter issues. Whether you’re new to vaping or a seasoned user, understanding how to troubleshoot common problems can enhance your overall vaping experience. Let’s delve into some common issues and their solutions:

The first two things that fix a lot of vape issues are turning it on (click button 5 times fast for on/off) & to BLOW out the charging port to fire the atomizer & clear a clog from shipping/delivery or improper storage.  


Are you frustrated with troubleshooting & think you have a faulty vape from MCO? Read the troubleshooting guide for vape cartridges and disposable pens below, then reach out to MCO if you’re still experiencing issues. We’re here to help you!

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**1. Poor Vapor Production

One of the most frustrating problems users encounter is poor vapor production. If you’re not getting enough vapor or the hits feel weak, several factors could be at play:

  • Battery Connection: Ensure the cartridge or disposable pen is properly connected to the battery. Sometimes, a loose connection can hinder vapor production.
  • Battery Charge: Low battery voltage can result in weak vapor. Charge your battery fully and try again.
  • Airflow Issues: Check the airflow vents on the cartridge or pen. If they are blocked or clogged, it can restrict vapor flow. Clean the vents gently with a cotton swab if necessary.

**2. Burnt or Unpleasant Taste

Experiencing a burnt taste while vaping is unpleasant and often indicates a problem with the coil or wick inside the cartridge. Here’s how to troubleshoot this issue:

  • Prime the Cartridge: Before using a new cartridge, prime it by taking a few dry hits (without activating the battery) to help saturate the wick with e-liquid.
  • Avoid Chain Vaping: Chain vaping (taking multiple hits in quick succession) can lead to overheating of the coil and cause a burnt taste. Allow the device to cool between hits.
  • Adjust Power Settings: If your device allows, adjust the power settings to a lower wattage. High temperatures can burn the coil and result in a harsh taste.
  • Inspect the Cartridge: Check the cartridge for any visible signs of burnt residue or discoloration. If the coil appears burnt, it may be time to replace the cartridge.

**3. Leaking or Spitting

Leaking and spitting can occur when e-liquid escapes from the cartridge or pen, causing mess and potentially wasting your vape juice. Here’s how to address these issues:

  • Store Properly: Store your vape cartridges upright to prevent leakage through the mouthpiece.
  • Clean Regularly: Clean the connection points between the cartridge and battery to prevent e-liquid buildup, which can contribute to leaking.

**4. Battery Issues

Issues with the battery can affect the performance of your vape device. Here’s how to troubleshoot battery-related problems:

  • Check Battery Connection: Ensure the battery is properly connected to the cartridge or disposable pen. Clean any debris from the connection points.
  • Charge the Battery: If your battery isn’t working, it may need to be charged. Use the charger provided by the manufacturer to avoid damage.
  • Inspect for Damage: Check the battery for signs of damage, such as cracks or leaks. Replace the battery if it is damaged.

**5. Clogged Cartridge

A clogged cartridge can restrict airflow and hinder vapor production. Here’s how to unclog a cartridge:

  • Check Airflow: Inspect the airflow vents on the cartridge. Use a paper clip or toothpick to gently clear any debris blocking the vents.
  • Warm Water Rinse: Remove the cartridge from the battery and rinse it under warm water. Let it dry completely before reattaching it to the battery.
  • Blow Through the Cartridge: Cover the mouthpiece with a tissue and blow gently through the opposite end to clear any obstruction.


Understanding how to troubleshoot vape cartridges and disposable pens can help you maintain your device and enhance your overall vaping experience. By following the tips and techniques outlined in this guide, you can address issues such as poor vapor production, burnt taste, leaking, battery problems, and clogged cartridges effectively.

Remember, always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines for specific troubleshooting steps and safety precautions. With proper care and maintenance, your vape cartridges and disposable pens can provide enjoyable vaping sessions consistently. Want to see what THCA Vapes or CBD & Delta 8 THC Vapes that we carry?  Click on the links & happy vaping!

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