How to clean Storz & Bickel vapes – Easy Mighty and Volcano cleaning!
So, you’ve had the pleasure of having a Storz & Bickel vape end up in your life, and now it’s time to give it a full cleaning after pumping a few grams of dank through it. It smells a little, tastes a bit different than new, and doesn’t pull as well. No worries, our Storz & Bickel cleaning guide and tips will get your right sorted.
Cleaning a Storz & Bickel vape does require a bit more work than other units like the Arizer vapes, as the cooling unit is rather complex and there are a ton of small nooks & crannies that residue likes to build up in.
How Often to Clean the Storz & Bickel Vapes
As soon as you notice the performance and flavor dropping, we’d say it’s time to clean! This often comes from the resin itself gunking up the screens or cooling unit. For us, this is every 6-12 sessions or so, depending on how sticky icky your herb is and if you run wax through them or not.
Every few sessions be sure to brush off the cooling unit’s screen or even replace it to keep those holes free-flowing and your vape functioning in tip-top shape! After a dozen sessions or so, give the whole unit – bowl and cooling unit a full cleaning.
How to Clean the S&B vapes
Cleaning the Cooling Unit
Take it apart, pulling the shiny tab at the top down, and slowly separating both halves. This can be really tough if it’s been a while between cleaning, and we recommend running a session to warm up and loosen the parts.
Next, take the o-rings off and submerge the cooling unit in isopropyl alcohol or high-fat milk! For iso, only submerge and shake the pieces for around 5-10 minutes. The plastic durable enough to survive some time in iso, but not forever! This should make really quick work of any build-up and grime.
On the other hand, steeping it in simmering milk for half an hour or more is a great way to wind up with some potent cannabis edibles, and be warned, this can be surprisingly strong! Take those plastic parts and rinse them out once most of that golden-gooey goodness has dissolved into the milk.
After either method and to finish cleaning the cooling unit, use a small Q-Tip dipped in iso to scrub any last places that there may be residue – the mouthpiece, cooling unit, o-rings, etc. Rinse thoroughly with water, reassemble, and you’re good to go!
Cleaning the Bowl
The bowl is easy to tidy up, just scrub it out with a bristle brush or cotton swab dipped in iso to get rid of what as built up. However, you might have some brown stains on the bowl too! To clean this can be rather annoying and no matter what you do, it doesn’t seem to come out, right?
Ta-da, use a magic eraser! These things, also known as melamine sponges, are incredible for getting that once-stained chamber into a perfectly clean surface again! Just make sure to scrub the chamber upside down so none of the dust from that sponge falls onto the heater.
Cleaning the Volcano and Plenty
These two share a very similar/identical bowl/chamber setup, so we’d lump these two into the same category. Unfortunately, the balloons of the Volcano vapes are essentially disposable and not easy to clean.
The chamber/bowl cleans easily with the same isopropyl alcohol and cotton swab trick listed above, and using a brush between each session will ensure they’ll stay clean for longer. Cleaning the mouthpiece of the Plenty can be intimidating, but all of it can be soaked in iso too. You may need to shake, agitate, and stir sometimes though.
We hope this Storz & Bickel cleaning guide helps you clean out your vape and get you rolling as soon as possible. We suggest cleaning every 6-12 sessions, and making some stem/cooling unit milk is a really awesome way to get third life out of your weed.
Check out our AVB recipes guide to help you find a second life for your used weed, you’ll be surprised at the power those brown crumbs have! Our cleaning dry herb vapes post also has some more handy in there for you to discover.