June 28, 2023 4 min read

You stashed your vape for a while and now you have a clogged Delta-11 cart. The blockage is so severe that despite your best efforts, no air is flowing through. So, what should you do to fix it? And why does your Delta-11 cart get clogged in the first place? Should you consider opening it up and using the Delta-11 oil for dabbing instead?

First and foremost, there's no need to worry. You can likely unclog your Delta-11 cart by employing one or more of these effective methods. Here's what you should do to resolve the issue and prevent it from recurring in the future:

How to Fix a Clogged Delta-11 Cart

Your Delta-11-THC cart is typically filled with Delta-11 distillate or another variant of hemp extract, similar to Delta-8 and other hemp-THC isomers. These extracts are generally thick and sticky, making clogging a common occurrence during the vaping process.

The vaporizer is designed to heat up, which causes the extract to become more viscous, allowing it to flow more easily through the narrow parts of the vape cart. However, when the vape and the extract cool down, the oil can become trapped in these small components, resulting in a clog that obstructs the flow of vapor through your pen.

If you find yourself in this frustrating situation, follow these steps:

  1. Identify the exact location of the clog.
    Before attempting any fixes, it's crucial to determine whether the clog is situated within the cartridge itself or specifically within the mouthpiece.
    In case the mouthpiece is obstructed, you may be able to remove the blockage using a small cotton swab or a pair of tweezers.

    If the residue inside the mouthpiece feels sticky, consider using pure drinking alcohol on a cotton swab to gently rub it away. Unlike rubbing alcohol, which is better suited for external use, drinking alcohol is formulated for ingestion and hence recommended.

    If the clog seems to be deeper within the cartridge and cannot be cleared with a swab, proceed to the following steps for a different approach:

  2. Employ a series of quick, forceful puffs.
    Chances are you've already attempted to dislodge the clog by puffing on the vape. If that didn't yield results, try taking a few rapid, forceful puffs to create a "wiggle" effect that loosens the blockage. If the clog remains stubborn, don't despair; it's time to move on to the next step.

  3. Activate the vape with a preheating technique.
    If your vape device features a preheat option, activate it and allow the vaporizer to heat up. The heat will cause the oil to thin out, potentially facilitating the unclogging process.

    In the absence of a preheat function, try pressing the firing button on your vape for short bursts of 2-3 seconds. Avoid holding the button for too long to prevent burning the coils, as it would adversely affect the taste of your vape when you do manage to unclog it. Repeat this process a few times while intermittently puffing on the vape to check if the clog has been dislodged.

  4. Explore alternative warming techniques with caution.
    If internal heating fails to loosen the clog, it suggests that the blockage may be located away from the internal heating mechanism. In such cases, you may need to carefully warm the vape cartridge from the outside.

    Remove the vape cart from the battery (do not heat the battery itself) and gently warm it using a hairdryer or by wrapping it in a warm towel for a few minutes. Subsequently, without pressing the firing button or connecting the battery, attempt to draw vapor from the cartridge to unclog it.

By employing these methods, you should be able to quickly resolve the clog in your Delta-11 cartridge, enabling you to enjoy the remaining extract. To avoid future issues, it's advisable to take precautions against vape cartridge clogs. Here’s how:

Preventing Delta-11 Cart Clogs

Here are some exclusive tips to safeguard your Delta-11 vape cartridge and maximize its utility:

Store Delta-11 cartridges in an upright position.

One of the primary reasons for vape cartridge clogs is improper storage, particularly laying the cartridge on its side or upside down immediately after use while the oil is still warm and viscous. This allows the oil to seep into the cartridge's intricate components, leading to clogs as the extract cools down.

To prevent clogs, always store your Delta-11 cartridges in an upright position so that the oil stays near the heating element and can be heated when you’re ready to use it.

Acknowledge optimal storage temperature.

Extreme temperatures, whether excessively hot or freezing cold, can also contribute to cartridge clogs. These temperature fluctuations cause the oil's viscosity to change rapidly before it settles at the cartridge's base, where it should ideally be.

Ensure that you store your Delta-11 cartridge at room temperature to prevent clogs and extend its lifespan. For detailed guidance on proper Delta-11 storage, refer to our comprehensive storage guide for hemp extract.

Utilize a protective cap for the mouthpiece.

Most Delta-11 cartridges come with a rubber cap designed to keep the mouthpiece clean and shield it from dust. While many people discard this cap, it's useful to keep it and use it to cover the mouthpiece after each use, ensuring cleanliness and preventing debris from becoming clogged in the mouthpiece.

In case your vaporizer lacks a dedicated mouthpiece cap, you can lightly apply a piece of tape or a sticker over the mouthpiece when traveling to prevent it from getting clogged.

Avoid prolonged periods of non-use.

While it's natural not to use your Delta-11 pen every day, it's advisable to refrain from stowing it away for extended periods without use. Over time, the oil inside the cartridge undergoes changes, becoming thicker (sometimes even changing color) due to oxidation. The longer the storage duration, the higher the likelihood of encountering clogs.

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