Often times in vaping, one will find themselves entirely in love with a particular device, device pairing, or complete setup. Pairing MODs with preferred atomizers and accessories is one of the many ways in which vaping allows users to envelope themselves in an entirely customized experience, after all.
When a device, devices, or a setup becomes a new favorite, it will see extended use and as a result, extended wear and tear. This is a reality that no person wants to think about to any extent; however, it is important that vapers familiarize themselves with the proper techniques, procedures, and methods in which they can disassemble, clean, repair and ultimately reassemble their favorite devices without causing any or further damage to the device or devices.
Over the course of a vaporizer or MOD's lifespan, it will experience general wear and tear both internally and externally. It is vital to understand the internals of one's own specific devices before attempting any self repairs, diagnostics, or cleaning. For the example within this article, we will be discussing the assembly and internals of a copper "mechanical MOD" also known as a "tube MOD" or "mech".
Mechanical MODs are named such due to the fact that the operation of the device is entirely mechanical and relies on no computer circuitry or wiring in its operation. The device operates solely on mechanical or "moving" parts within the enclosure.
We will start by covering reasons one may want or need to disassemble a mechanical MOD. The MOD itself relies on "contacts" wherein electric current is passed through in order to generate the heat used to vaporize e-liquid via the heating element of the atomizer. An atomizer will connect to the mechanical MOD through a "positive" pin located at the top of the enclosure. The atomizer will thread into the MOD in order to ensure a secure connection. The positive pin will run through the "top cap" of the MOD in the presence of such a cap, otherwise it will simply protrude into the enclosure through the top of the device. Within the device, in most cases, a designated battery (see specific device specs for more information regarding batteries and battery safety) will be housed wherein it will rest with its negative terminal upon a "button" or a negative pin or plate located at the bottom of the device. When the button is depressed by the user, the plate will rise, elevating the battery and touching the battery's positive terminal to the bottom of the aforementioned positive pin. At this moment, the "circuit" is completed and the battery will begin to discharge, heating the coil or designated heating element within the attached atomizer.
Every single time this circuit is completed, all of the "terminals", "pins" and "connections" mentioned above will be exposed to friction and, as a result, wear and minute damage. Over the course of time, the wear and damage will accumulate to such a point that it will become disadvantageous to the device and its operation. To ensure that the MOD is performing optimally, the user will need to clean, polish, or replace contacts within the device.
To reach the contacts within the device, the MOD must be disassembled. In many cases, mechanical MODs are constructed with threading, this means that segments of the "tube" are connected by being screwed together along threaded grooves. These threads effectively simply the disassembly process for the MOD. Once the device is disassembled, users must take care to note the location and function of each individual part within the MOD and after cleaning or replacing parts, to assemble the device in the inverse manner of how it was disassembled. Threaded segments, screws, latches, and hinges are all very common structures and elements within vaping devices.
To put it simply, disassembling and reassembling your MOD is best done with the utmost care and patience. Vapers are wise to note the location and purpose of each component and replace each one in its intended position. Except in the case of sealed devices, these steps will allow vapers to take apart their favorite devices, as well as put them back together when needed.
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