How to fix dead atomizers

Updated April 17, 2017

An e-cigarette is a small electronic smoking device that mimics a real cigarette. An atomiser is the part of an e-cigarette that converts air and nicotine into the vapour that is breathed in. Your atomiser might not work properly if it has an empty or broken cartridge, is dirty or has a loose battery connection. Fix your dead atomiser by refilling the cartridge, cleaning it and adjusting the terminal connections of the battery.

Refill your atomiser's cartridge. Blow hard at the threaded end of your atomiser to remove any primer liquid that may be inside of it. Fill the cartridge slowly and carefully with the e-liquid or e-juice using a dropper. Be careful not to overfill it. Place 2 drops directly on the atomiser's metal coil. Connect the cartridge and a fully charged battery to your atomiser.

Clean your atomiser by blowing the end where the screw is located with moderately pressurised air. Put small amounts of rubbing alcohol inside the atomiser, wash it out using distilled water, shake it thoroughly and blow it out using pressurised air. Connect it with a battery that works and put several drops of e-juice into it to get a good amount of vapour from it.

Adjust the terminal connections of the atomiser and the battery if they are not flush with each other. The atomiser terminal cannot reach the battery terminal because it is pushed inside the rubber seat. Stick the pointed end of a bamboo skewer into the atomiser hole and try to raise the brass terminal of the atomiser out of the rubber seat. Do the same for the battery terminal. Wipe the atomiser and battery connectors with a piece of clean tissue paper.


Do not refill a cartridge more than 3 to 4 times to avoid damaging your atomiser.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid dropper
  • Cartridge
  • Fully charged battery
  • Pressurised air
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Distilled water
  • E-juice
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Tissue paper
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Percila Jackson has been a writer since 2008. She primarily writes computer, electronics, legal and tax articles for various websites. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State University, Long Beach.