How to Fix a Disposable Vape

How to Fix a Disposable Vape

How to Fix a Disposable Vape

Disposable vapes are perfect for both new and experienced vapers. They’re convenient, easy to use and there's a myriad of amazing flavours.

They’re designed to be used until the juice runs out and then disposed of carefully. However, as good as they are, you do come across the odd problem with a disposable vape kit.

Whether it's dry hits, a burning smell, or any other problem with disposable vapes, there’s sometimes a way around to fix it.

If it’s your first time using a disposable vape pen, and you’re having problems, this article will walk you through different common disposable vape problems, and how to fix them.

Common Problems with Disposable Vapes and How to Fix Them

If your disposable vape isn't producing a hit, you might have a faulty device. The good and bad news is that you can fix your disposable vape with some faults, and with others it's really not worth trying. Let's take a look at the most common reasons...

No Juice

If your disposable vape stops hitting, there’s a good chance that it’s run out of e-liquid. A typical device will last between 200 and 600 puffs, although this depends on how you vape. If you take regular deep inhales, you will use it up in less than the average amount of puffs expected from a disposable kit.

Disposable vapes aren’t designed to be refilled, so if you’re out of juice it’s better to replace it. That said, it is actually possible to refill them, but it’s messy and really not worth the trouble.

If you really want a disposable that you can refill, you can get semi-disposable pods such as the Elf Bar mate 500 that allow you to replace the pod.

Dead Battery

If your disposable vape still has some juice, the reason it’s not working could be the battery being dead. Many vapes have an LED indicator that lets us know the battery’s status, and if it goes out completely, it’s likely that you have a dead battery.

A disposable vape’s battery is supposed to last longer than the juice, so if yours has died before that, you’ve likely either left it lying around too long, or you have a faulty battery.

How to fix a disposable vape with a dead battery? Disposable vapes are designed to be used for the intended amount of e-juice, and there’s no battery recharging option for a reason. Some people attempt to recharge their battery, but it could potentially be dangerous as the batteries in them are not designed for this

Really, the best way to fix a disposable vape with a dead battery is to replace the whole kit.

Faulty Sensor

Disposable vapes are perfect for anyone new to vaping because they are simply open up and  start vaping. It’s really that simple, there’s no buttons to press to ignite the coil, nothing.

Instead of using a button, disposable vapes typically have an air sensor that triggers the coil when you inhale, and if your disposable isn’t working, it could be that your sensor is damaged.

The good news is that you might be able to fix your disposable vape if it has a faulty sensor. To do so, block one of the vapes inlets with your finger as you inhale and it should increase the airflow pressure, which will hopefully trigger your sensor into action.

No/Little Airflow

If your device has little to no airflow it’s not going to work, but if it is this, the good news is that you should be able to fix your disposable vape.

To do so, you should take the mouthpiece off with a pair of tweezers, and underneath it there will be a cotton pad. The cotton pad is designed to absorb any saliva that may trickle down, and if it looks to be scuffled, you need to smooth it out.

It could also be the hole in the rubber stopper that’s under the cotton pad. In the rubber stopper, there’s a hole that leads directly to the pod inside the device. If this hole is blocked, you should get a toothpick to open up the hole again. This should fix the airflow in your damaged disposable vape.

Smells Like It’s Burning

Disposable vapes can sometimes give off a burning smell. Obviously this is not good, although it’s not dangerous, and the good thing is that it you should be able to fix your disposable vape.

The most common problem associated with a vape device smelling burnt is that you could be vaping too much.

Unlike other vape kits, disposable vapes don't have built-in temperature control functions, and if you puff quickly and regularly the wick won’t have enough time to absorb enough e-liquid before you inhale.

As a result, it could burn the wick, which will be the reason your device is giving a burning smell. Also, don’t leave it exposed to direct sun or extreme heat as this will also impact the wick’s performance.


If your disposable vape is leaking e-liquid, it’s not good on many fronts. If it’s leaking, or even if you hear a gurgling sound while vaping, it’s probably down to the way you’re vaping.

If you like to deep inhale a lot, it could and most likely will impact the performance of your disposable vape. This is because some of the excess liquid from deep inhales will end up in your coil or device’s chimney, and if it builds up it will cause the gurgling or leakage.

To fix this problem, try not to take too many long, deep inhales as disposable vape kits are more for casual vaping. If you really want some deep inhaling and dense clouds, you want a device that will maximise the airflow. For this, we recommend the Voopoo Drag X, Vaporesso Gen 200 Kit or the Geek Vape Aegis Legend 2 Kit.

How to Fix a Disposable Vape

Disposable vapes are designed to be used until the e-liquid runs out. The battery is non-rechargeable, and once your device is out of juice you should dispose of it properly.

Whether you want a 20mg, 10mg or a no nicotine disposable vape, they can get faulty. If it’s damaged and the airflow is blocked or you have a leaking device, you can and should be able to fix your disposable vape.

If it’s your e-liquid or battery, it’s best to replace the device. Some people try, with relative success, refill their disposable, or even recharge the battery, but this can be dangerous. Disposable vapes are only about £5, so it’s not really worth trying to fix something that isn’t designed to last a long time.

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