9 Tips to Fix a Vape Pen Battery That Won't Charge or Draw. No. 4 will amaze you!

Jan 25 , 2019

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9 Tips to Fix a Vape Pen Battery That Won't Charge or Draw. No. 4 will amaze you!

Having trouble with your vape pen? We understand the anxiety this can cause, but fear not! There are some simple solutions to common vape pen problems.
In this article, we will cover various actions you can take when your vape pen stops working. As many different vape pens as are on the market, just as many problems can arise. We’ve covered everything from flower vapes to e-cigarettes; the main topics of conversation here will be:

  • How to fix a vape pen battery
  • Vape charger stays green
  • Kandy pen not working
  • Brass Knuckles vape battery not working
  • Other pre-filled cartridge vape pens not working
  • Smok Alien won’t turn on
  • Smok Alien not charging
  • Vapes won’t charge
  • Smok Alien screen not working
  • Disposable vape pen not working
  • Smok Alien Firmware update not working
  • How to reset Smok Alien

So let's get started!
vape pen thread smokeVape pens come in all shapes and sizes, including thin like this Thread Pen. Photo: @threadchemistry
Vape pens take many different forms. It could be an e-cigarette pen, or it could be a flower vaporiser. Flower vaporisers are for placing dried herbs inside, and then vaporising them. This is much healthier than lighting your herbs on fire and smoking them, which is why we think everyone should consider using a vape pen. This is especially true if you’re smoking joints, as joints have tobacco inside and are pretty unhealthy. Pre-filled cartridge vape pens are another way to get your fix. They're not legal everywhere; you'll mostly find them in cannabis-legal states in the US and in Canada. The final version of pen is the disposable vape pen, which doesn’t have a separate battery. Rather, the batteries are already attached to them. These are also only really available in North America. Each of these vape pen types can have different problems, so we have separated them out in this article.

1. Vape pen is not working

vape pen broken highDoes your vape pen look like this? Let’s see if we can offer some helpful tips… Photo: @jcreightonj033
If your vape pen isn’t working there are many different things which could be affecting its use. Have a go at the list below and see if anything helps. If you're still having trouble then your problems may not be solvable from home. If this is the case, you should attempt to return your vape or ask for a refund. You can also contact the supplier and hope that they have good customer service. First, we will talk about the potential problems that you can have with any pen, and then we will discuss the specific companies and what you can do to solve problems with them.

2. My vape pen won’t hit

If your vape pen won’t hit, there could be a few problems with it. If you’re working with a pre-filled cartridge then there could be something blocking the airflow of the vape. This can happen when you have used the same mouthpiece for a while, as the oil inside pre-filled cartridges (or disposable oil cartridges) often leave bi-products behind that can build up over time. This can lead to the airflow being completely blocked. If you look at your mouthpiece and see some fluff and some orange chemicals there, then you should definitely give this a deep clean. In order to clean this, you will need to detach the mouthpiece from the vaporiser and, if it’s metal, place it in boiling water for a while. Let it soak, and then get something thin to dislodge anything that may be blocking airflow. If you re-attach the mouthpiece and there’s still a problem with the vape pen, then you have a different problem. If your disposable vape pen is not working because of a blockage and it’s made of plastic, then get a hair clip or something similar and try to pick all of the blockages out. This should help with the airflow of your disposable vape pen. If your oil cartridge is still not hitting, then you may need to tamper with it further. There is a video below that shows you how to open up a specific brand of vape pen. If you look for loose points in your 510 thread, then you should be able to fix most problems.

3. How to fix a vape pen battery



The best way to fix a vape pen battery is to not let it break in the first place. This may sound obvious, but there are many things you can do to ensure that the vape pen battery has maximum life. Firstly, you should allow your vape pen to charge to full with every charge and deplete fully with every use. This means that the battery will last for the longest time possible. If your battery has stopped working and you need to fix it, then you may need to adjust the connection inside the 510 thread. This is technical, and will require some tools. If you see that the LED on your battery still turns on during use, but you have no draw and it’s not transferring power back to the cartridge, then it may not be defective, it may simply need tampering with. For some batteries you will simply need a paperclip, but for others you may need a screwdriver. Once you’ve opened it, look for loose connections, the video above should help you with this. If your vape pen is blinking 10 times or if your vape pen is blinking 3 times then the battery probably just needs to be charged. Charge it overnight and let it fully charge, then test it to see if it’s working. If the vape charger stays green, it probably means that it’s fully charged and is ready for use.

4. Kandy Pen not working

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Let’s try to fix your broken beauty! Photo: @retrorelics

If your Kandy Pen has stopped working, then you will first need to find out what the problem is. If it’s not charging, then you may need to open it up and look for loose connections. If it’s not drawing, then there may be a blockage. If it’s actually broken at some point in the vape pen, then you may need to either buy a replacement or see if your warranty covers the breakage. You have to be extremely careful with some flower vaporisers, as they sometimes use companies that use low-quality materials that end up melting. This can lead you to inhale plastic, which nobody wants. The best thing about Kandy Pens is that they offer both concentrate and flower vaporisers, as well as offering them in many different colours. In order to get the longest life from your Kandy Pen, you should vape your herbs at a lower temperature. This has several advantages, the main advantages of which are:

  • Your potent already vaped bud (AVB) can be mixed with a fat or an oil to make edibles
  • It tastes better as the temperature is lower
  • It’s healthier as well, as the lower temperature doesn't burn your plant matieral
  • There’s no risk of burning the plastic situated at the mouthpiece etc.

5. Brass Knuckles vape battery not working

vape pen brass knuckles smokeEven the ever popular Brass Knuckles pens need a fix from time to time. Photo: @f1lthk1ck
Brass Knuckles are one of the most popular vape companies in the world. They sell millions of their pre-filled cartridges to their fans across California, and are so popular that some unscrupulous companies have even started making fake cartridges. They also offer their own battery that fits their cartridges. However, sometimes these vape batteries also stop working, which is frustrating. The most common problem with Brass Knuckles vape batteries is that the mouthpiece becomes blocked, so definitely look for this first. If you’ve cleaned the mouthpiece and there’s still no draw, then you have another problem. Again, you should open up the pen and see if you can see any loose threads. If there’s still a problem, you should consider just buying a new vape battery; it won't set you back too much financially.

6. Other vape pens’ batteries not working

If you have any of the following oil cartridges and they’re not hitting, then you should follow the general advice listed above. The best thing to do is to check for a blockage in the mouthpiece. If there isn’t one then try opening up the battery to see inside. If you can’t find any loose connections, then the problem is much more difficult to solve, and you should consider asking about a refund or buying a new pen. The following oil cartridge companies experience similar problems with their vape pen batteries:

  • Jupiter Vape pen
  • Alpine vape pen
  • Exxus vape
  • Kindpen
  • Heavy hitters battery
  • Kurvana battery
  • Vertex vape pen
  • Micro vape pens
  • Abx battery


If your disposable vape pen is not working, there’s not really much you can do. Try to clear out any junk in the mouthpiece, but if it’s not working still, opening them up can damage them easily. It’s better to just buy a new one.

7. Smok Alien problems

Smok Alien problems are fairly common, so now that we’ve covered the oil cartridges and the vape batteries, we will now talk about e-cigarettes. The most common problems appear to be with the Smok Alien not charging or that the Smok Alien screen is not working. If the Smok Alien screen is not working, then just press the fire button 5 times, which will take it out of stealth mode. The first problem we will figure out is if your Smok Alien 220w gx350 is not charging:

  1. Click the fire button on the side 4 times
  2. Scroll over to settings
  3. Hold down the fire button
  4. Scroll to download option
  5. Hold down the fire button again
  6. Say yes you want the Smok g150 or Smok Majesty firmware update
  7. This temporarily fixes the charging problem, as it starts to charge
  8. You will have to do this every time you want it to charge, until a firmware update fixes it; this may seem annoying but it’s better than not charging at all.

8. Smok Alien won’t turn on

In general, e-cigarettes rarely have problems. They are well-made and they are generally expensive pieces of equipment. However, some products are bound to develop faults, and the Smok Alien is no different. If you're experiencing problems with your Smok gx350, then follow these steps:

  1. Take off your tank/atomiser
  2. Set your atomiser somewhere safe
  3. Slam your e-cigarette onto some place hard
  4. This won’t break your mod (don’t slam it too hard)
  5. This should knock something around inside and may help your problem
  6. If this doesn’t work, then you will have to try something else

There are many different options for fixing the problems with your Smok GX350 or Smok Alien. If the above doesn’t work, then you could have potentially charged the batteries for too long, leading them to be messed up. If your Smok Alien won’t turn on after doing the above steps, press the fire button 5 times. This turns off stealth mode, and your Smok Alien may have been turned on all along, but the screen could have potentially been turned off. This is a problem that many users don’t realise, and is a very easy fix. If the batteries are fried from overcharging, then you will have to get them replaced. Some shops do this for free, whereas others may charge you for the privilege. A lot of vape shops will do this for free, so if you have problems with your battery then you should take it to a local vape shop.

9. How to reset Smok Alien AL85 mod if Smok Alien firmware update isn’t working

vape e cigarette smok alienLet’s get this fixed so you can get your fix. Photo: @heavengiftscom
If you’re attempting to upgrade your Smok GX350 through a firmware update and it’s not working, you may have to perform a reset on it. It can be difficult to find out how to do a reset, but once you figure it out it’s actually incredibly easy. In order to hard reset your Smok Alien 220 TC or GX350, simply follow these steps:

  1. Open the battery door
  2. Hold your Smok upside down, with the battery door facing upwards
  3. Hold the two adjustment buttons down at the same time
  4. Close the battery door, continuing to press down the buttons
  5. This will supply power, and the screen should turn on in 1-2 seconds
  6. After the screen turns on just press yes when it asks you if you want to factory reset


Once you’ve performed a factory reset, this should help with many of the problems of your Smok Alien, especially if it’s not updating.

In Summary

Vape pens are a convenient, sleek way to get your smoke on. Like any type of technology though, problems can develop. If you take good care of your products by cleaning them regularly and charging them properly you'll find that they'll last you a long time! If you do encounter problems though, we hope that the tips listed above help you find an easy solution. Good luck and happy vaping!

Written by Hamish | Cover Photo by: 420 Science

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