How to Clean the JUUL: Disassembly Edition
Sometimes our JUULs inexplicably stop working, leaving us only one option: perform a JUUL disassembly and clean its internal components.
This procedure is ONLY recommended for those whose JUUL has stopped working in one of the following ways:
- JUUL does not charge
- JUUL does not detect pod insertion
- JUUL detects pod insertion but does not activate when hit
- JUUL activation stutters while hitting
It is also recommended that you try these basic cleaning techniques before attempting this operation.
Although disassembly cleaning can sometimes restore functionality, its still a gamble and you can introduce a host of unrelated issues after reassembling.
However, some of us are risk-takers, and if the choice is between a potentially janky JUUL or no JUUL at all, why not give it a shot?
The Goals of This Procedure
There are a couple of different desired outcomes of this surgery:
- Cleaning any E-juice that has seeped into the device
- Cleaning the JUUL’s connection pins in cases of extreme buildup
The first outcome is one we try if the JUUL is totally unresponsive, i.e.: Does not charge or detect pods at all.
The second outcome is usually the goal when the JUUL detects pods sometimes, but the connection is poor and constantly stutters while hitting.
Disassembly is required for these problems ONLY IF regular cleaning methods do not solve the issue.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of this procedure, you can always just request a replacement on JUUL’s website.
In the first edition of this guide, I included a warning about how disassembling your JUUL COULD void your warranty. Most electronic device warranties require that you send the faulty device back to the company so they can check for signs of tampering.
I’ve decided to remove that warning, as JUUL DOES NOT require you to send in your old device to receive a replacement.
So tinker away, and have fun with it!
- Narrowly pointed object (Like these great electronics tweezers. Very handy!)
- Sturdy blunt ended object (narrow enough to fit in the JUUL pod opening and sturdy enough to push out internal components, I just use the butt end of the tweezers.)
- Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
- Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
- Paper towels
A.) Disassemble your JUUL.
For brevity, and because it is a bit of a process, I won’t describe how to perform the JUUL disassembly in this post.
Instead, please refer to my guide on How to Take Apart the JUUL.
B.) DRY CLEAN the internal components.
Attempt to absorb any juice that has leaked into the JUUL using gentle pressure and paper towels.
C.) Thoroughly clean and dry the JUUL’s outer metal casing.
Since this is just a piece of metal with no electronic parts it can easily be cleaned using soap, water, or any other cleaning solution.
After cleaning the juice residue, make sure to COMPLETELY DRY the metal before reassembly. Moisture plus JUUL organs is a big no-no.
Another thing you may be interested in trying before reassembly is adding some unique style to your JUUL.
D.) Clean the metal connection pins.
Sometimes, these pins get SO GUNKED UP that they can actually get stuck in the compressed position (these pins are spring loaded, as shown in the video below:)
This creates a poor connection to your JUUL Pods and makes taking puffs difficult if not impossible.
We will use Q-tips, alcohol, and a good bit of patience to clean them out.
a.) Soak one end of a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and squeeze out the excess, leaving it slightly damp.
b.) Press the damp Q-tip into each of the pins, noticing the black buildup starting to dissolve and be absorbed by the Q-tip.
c.) Repeat steps a.) and b.) until no more black residue is removed from the pins and they compress and extend freely. (this may take many repetitions)
Note: This is one part in which I found the tweezers to be very useful. You can use them to grip and pull the stuck pins up, exposing some of the solidified gunk and allowing you to scrape it away, speeding up the entire process.
E.) Reassemble the JUUL.
Upon cleaning both the internal components and the outer metal body, you are now ready to reassemble and cross your fingers that it worked. If not, you may want to try requesting a replacement on the JUUL website.
Reassembly is certainly easier than disassembly, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble, just make sure your LED indicator is facing the right way!
If you encounter any additional issues as a result of disassembling your JUUL, refer to my guide on How to Fix Disassembly Problems.
There’s a very good chance that performing this JUUL disassembly cleaning will not solve your problem.
Even if it does help, it’s possible that other issues will be created after disassembling. For help with some of these issues, refer to our article on How to Fix Disassembly Problems.
You can still request a warranty replacement from JUUL, even if you have already attempted this JUUL disassembly cleaning.
A Clean JUUL, Inside and Outside
Hopefully, this operation has resolved your critical JUUL condition.
If not, well, I’ve already made it clear what to do next.
If anything, I personally find it fun to take things apart and see how they work. The JUUL has an elegantly simple design and it’s interesting to see how it all fits together.
And remember, after you have performed your JUUL disassembly you have the opportunity to add a custom aesthetic before reassembling.
Have a great day dear JUULers, we’ll see you soon!
Did this procedure save your JUUL’s life? Have you decided to add some heat customization to your JUUL? What do you think about the JUUL’s internal assembly? Have you found any other ways to clean the JUUL’s “organs”? Let me know in the comments below!