How to fix 'No Atomizer' or 'Check Atomizer' On a Vape

Some vaping devices, such as box mods, come equipped with LED screens which display information such as voltage/wattage and battery life. The digital screen enables adult users to adjust settings and personalise the vaping experience. 

If the screen displays error messages such as ‘No Atomizer’, ‘Atomizer Short’ or ‘Check Atomizer’, then your device has a fault. Usually, this indicates a connection issue between the device’s tank and coil. While it may be concerning at first, these errors are more common than you might expect. For some of these common issues, fixing the problem is often easy. 

What Is the Atomizer in a Vape?

Sometimes referred to as clearomizers and cartomizers, there are different types of atomizers. This means there are differences in how atomizers work. The clearest explanation is that in many vapes, the atomizer heats e-liquid inside the tank to produce vapour. Generally, the atomizer connects to the device’s tank - the part of a vape that holds the e-liquid. When a vape turns on, the fabric within, known as the wick, soaks up the e-liquid. Then, the e-liquid transfers to the coil – a part of the atomizer - where it heats to become vapour. 

What Does 'No Atomizer' Mean on a Vape?

The term ‘No Atomizer’ typically indicates a vape mod is not correctly recognising the atomizer. You’ll see this or a similar error if you attempt to power up your device without an atomizer attached. If the atomizer is attached, but you can still see the error, your device likely has a fault. You may need to fix your device to remove the ‘No Atomizer’ vape error message. 

How to Fix 'No Atomizer' or 'Check Atomizer' Erros

The atomizer works hard inside a vape, so it is not surprising that, from time to time, this component may encounter an occasional problem. At this point, it probably isn’t clear whether the fault lies with the whole device or just the atomizer. If you own multiple devices, you could remove the original atomizer and try testing it with another vape mod. You likely have a faulty atomizer if the new device displays an error message.

If you don’t own another vape mod, try using a new atomizer if you have one spare. If the problem persists with the new atomizer, your device is faulty.

Not every adult vaper has a spare device or atomizer replacement. If you don’t have a spare to test out your device, try following these simple fixes. Below, we share some of the most common issues.

  • Poor connection - A mod device might display a ‘No Atomizer’ warning if it can’t detect a connection between the tank and coil. Check the tank to make sure it’s attached. Follow manufacturer instructions on how to remove your tank, and make sure to deplete any e-liquid beforehand. If the tank is secure, something else could be preventing the atomizer from connecting properly. 

  • Dirt interference - Over time, the connection points may collect dust and e-liquid, which clogs up the area. You might need to clean your vape. Carefully remove the tank and use a paper towel to gently wipe away the top of the connection plate. Reattach the tank firmly, but be careful not to over tighten it. 

  • Physical Damage - Take care when replacing coils or screwing new atomizers into place. You don’t want to cause more damage by applying too much force. When cleaning the connection points, inspect your device and its atomizer. Look out for any damage, as this could cause connection issues. Typically, the resolution for a damaged component is a replacement. 

  • Faulty Coil - If the coil isn’t working correctly, then neither will the atomizer. Carefully clean the coil to eliminate any unwanted residue. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, you might need to replace the coil. Coils typically deteriorate quicker than most vape parts and should usually be replaced more frequently. For more information on when to change the coil, read our guide, When to Change a Vape Coil.

There are many different vape types, so it is always important to refer to and follow manufacturer guidance. The above guidance won’t apply to every adult vaper.

Still Getting the ‘No Atomizer’ Message on a Vape 

If the ‘no atomizer’ message still appears on the vape mod, a final battery check is a good idea. An old or undercharged battery could cause a ‘No Atomizer’ error message. This is usually an easy fix - just charge the battery properly or change it out for a new one. 

If the same error message appears after troubleshooting your vape, try turning the device off and removing the battery. This should allow the vape time to cool down sufficiently before you try it again. 

Contact the device’s manufacturer if it continues to encounter faults. You may be able to get expert advice from them, or, if all else fails, a replacement. If you cannot find a resolution, you might need to consider purchasing a new device.  

It is important to note that vapes are not risk-free and typically provide nicotine, which is addictive. Smoke-free products are not designed as cessation aids and are not alternatives to quitting. The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine consumption altogether.

This article is for general information and educational purposes. Some of the information in this article is based on external, third-party sources and we make no representations or warranties of any kind regarding the accuracy, validity or completeness of such information.  

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