Trouble Shooting Your 510 Vape Cartridge

June 29, 2022

Trouble Shooting Your 510 Vape Cartridge

Pre Req. Reading


510 is the industry-dominant size for vape cartridges (atomizers) and their associated batteries. 510 thread refers to the size and count of the metal threads on the screw attachment between the atomizer and the rechargeable battery. It is a mathematic reference, meaning it has 10 threads at . 5mm intervals.


Is the battery charged?

YES– Go to the next step

NOCharge your device.

Is it clogged?

Method #1: Gently Blow into the Mouthpiece
The first thing to try is gently blowing into the mouthpiece. If the clog is near the top of the mouthpiece, then carefully dislodge whatever is getting in the way. Try blowing into it about five times being very careful not to use too much force or else you can end up causing a leak in the cartridge. Then give your device a try. If you have no luck with this method, move onto the next one.

Method #2: Manually Dislodge Whatever is Clogging the Cartridge
The next method to try is manually dislodging whatever it is that’s clogging the cartridge. If you have a very small and pointy object like a toothpick, sewing needle, or safety pin, you can easily get into the holes of the mouthpiece in hopes that the clog is somewhere near the top.

Method #3: Use Heat
If all else fails, heat is your friend. If there’s nothing to dislodge, it could simply be that the viscosity of your concentrate or oil has become too thick. In this case, use a hairdryer from a couple of feet away to gently and evenly increase the heat level of what’s inside the cartridge.

Step 3: Check connection points

You may need to adjust the connection plate inside the 510 thread.  This connection plate activates your vape cartridge and allows your charger to transfer power back to your battery when charging. You may even notice that the LED at the end of the battery is still turning on during a draw, showing that the battery is still activating, it’s just not transferring power back to the cartridge.

This is the most common reason a battery stops working and doesn’t mean that your battery, or your cartridge, is defective. This connection plate is designed to move slightly in order to work with a variety of different vape cartridges with 510 thread.

It’s a super easy fix that just about anyone can do. You can use a paperclip to gently pry up the connection plate inside the thread and then screw on your charger or cartridge.  Problem solved!


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