When a vape tank is stuck and won’t unscrew from the mod or battery, it can be frustrating. However, there are several methods you can try to loosen it:

1. Rubber Gloves Method:

  1. Put on a pair of rubber gloves to get a better grip.
  2. Hold the mod firmly with one hand.
  3. With the other hand, try to twist the tank counterclockwise to unscrew it. The rubber gloves should provide extra traction.

2. Freezer Method:

  1. Place the entire mod with the stuck tank in a plastic bag.
  2. Seal the bag and put it in your freezer for about 15-30 minutes.
  3. Remove it from the freezer and immediately try to unscrew the tank while it’s still cold. The temperature difference can sometimes help break the seal.

3. Use a Rubber Band:

  1. Place a thick rubber band around the base of the tank for added grip.
  2. Hold the mod firmly and attempt to unscrew the tank.

4. Warm Water Method:

  1. Fill a bowl or basin with hot (not boiling) water.
  2. Submerge the mod and tank, making sure not to get any water inside the tank.
  3. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the metal to expand slightly due to the heat.
  4. Use a rubber glove or rubber band for grip and try to unscrew the tank.

5. Needle-Nose Pliers Method (Extreme Caution):

  1. If all else fails, you can use needle-nose pliers, but this method should be a last resort and used with extreme caution.
  2. Wrap a cloth or rubber band around the tank to prevent scratching.
  3. Carefully grip the base of the tank with the pliers and the mod with your other hand.
  4. Apply gentle, even pressure while trying to unscrew the tank.
How to Unscrew Vape Tank when Stuck


Q1: Why is my vape tank stuck, and how did it happen?

A: Vape tanks can become stuck due to a combination of factors, including over-tightening, e-liquid residue creating a seal, or changes in temperature causing the tank to contract. Over-tightening is a common cause, so it’s essential to be cautious when attaching tanks to prevent this issue.

Q2: Can I use tools like pliers to force the tank off if it’s stuck?

A: Using tools like pliers should be a last resort and used with extreme caution. It’s possible to damage the tank or mod if excessive force is applied. It’s recommended to try safer methods first, like using rubber gloves, the freezer method, or warm water, to avoid damaging your vaping equipment.

Q3: What should I do if the tank remains stuck after trying these methods?

Q3: What should I do if the tank remains stuck after trying these methods? A: If you’ve tried multiple methods and the tank still won’t budge, it’s best to seek help from a professional vape shop or technician. They have the expertise and tools to safely disassemble your device without causing damage.

Q4: How can I prevent my vape tank from getting stuck in the future?

A: To prevent tanks from getting stuck, avoid over-tightening when attaching them to your mod. Finger-tightening is usually sufficient. Also, periodically clean the threading on both the tank and mod to remove e-liquid residue, which can contribute to sticking.

Q5: Is it safe to use the freezer or warm water method on my vape mod and tank?

A: Both the freezer and warm water methods are generally safe for your vape equipment when done correctly. However, ensure that no water gets inside the tank or mod during these processes. Be cautious when using extreme temperatures, and allow the device to return to room temperature before using it again.


Always be cautious when using tools to avoid damaging the tank or mod. If none of these methods work and the tank remains stuck, consider seeking assistance from a professional vape shop or technician who can safely disassemble it for you. Additionally, avoid overtightening tanks in the future to prevent this issue from happening again.