Why Is My Vape Not Charging?

Vaping has become more popular over the years, and many vape manufacturers like Vaporesso and Voopoo have released state-of-the-art vape kits that provide a seamless vaping experience. However, encountering issues with your vape is an inevitable and frustrating part of owning one, especially when the device fails to charge. As a vaping enthusiast, it's important to be aware of potential charging problems that could suddenly occur. Understanding these issues can save you time and frustration, allowing you to continue enjoying your vape kit without interruptions. 

In this blog, we will explore common reasons why your vape may not be charging and provide troubleshooting steps to help you fix any issues you're experiencing with your device's batteries or charger. By the end, you'll have a better understanding of how to keep your vape charged and functioning optimally.

Reasons Your Vape Might Not Be Charging

There are a few different factors that can prevent your vape kit from charging up. By identifying these common reasons, you'll be able to address the issue quickly and get your device up and ready to go again in no time.

Faulty Charging Cable

One of the primary culprits behind a non-charging vape is a faulty charging cable. Regardless of whether you use a pod kit, starter kit, or vape pen, most devices with in-built batteries will be charged via a USB charger. Over time, the chargers cables can wear out or become damaged, resulting in an unreliable connection. Check the cable for any visible signs of damage, such as frayed wires or bent connectors. 

Dirty or Damaged Charging Port

Another potential issue lies within the USB charging port of your vape device. Accumulated dirt, dust, or debris can obstruct the charging connection, preventing successful charging. Additionally, a damaged charging port may lead to connectivity problems. 

Battery Issues

A vape battery can experience degradation over time, leading to charging problems. If your battery is old or has been exposed to extreme temperatures, it may not hold a charge properly. Additionally, overcharging or repeatedly draining the battery can contribute to its deterioration.

How do I fix my vape’s charging issues?

Check the Charging Equipment

Before delving into more complex issues, it's crucial to ensure that your charging equipment is functioning properly. Follow these steps to assess the charging equipment:

1. Use the Proper Charger

Using the correct vape battery charger specifically designed for your vape device is vital. Using a different charger, even if it physically fits, can result in compatibility issues and potentially damage the battery. Always use the charger provided with your vape kit or a recommended alternative.

2. Inspect the USB Cable

Thoroughly examine the USB charging cable for any visible damage or fraying. You might notice some fraying on any of the older USB chargers as they tend to degrade with use. If you notice any issues, replace the cable with a new one. Damaged cables can hinder the charging process and pose safety risks.

3. Verify the Power Source

Sometimes, a faulty power source can prevent proper charging. To eliminate the possibility of a faulty electrical connection, try plugging the charger into a different power source or outlet. If it starts charging as normal, it means your vape kit's batteries are perfectly fine. Just remember to avoid the faulty power source the next time you want to charge your e-cigarette.

Examine the Battery and Connections

If the charging equipment appears to be in good condition, the issue may lie with the battery or the connections in the charger. Follow these steps to troubleshoot:

1. Clean the Battery Connections

Dust, dirt, or e-liquid residue can accumulate on the battery connections, hindering the charging process. Gently clean the battery contacts on both the vape kit and the battery charger using a cotton swab or a soft cloth. Ensure you're cleaning them thoroughly to establish a proper connection.

2. Inspect the Battery

If you can, physically examine the batteries for any signs of damage such as dents, leaks, or corrosion. Damaged batteries can lead to charging problems and even pose safety hazards. If you identify any damage, replace the battery immediately with a compatible and recommended alternative. You may need to replace the whole vape mod if it has an in-built battery.

3. Reinsert the Battery Securely

Sometimes, a loose connection can cause charging issues. This is when the batteries haven't been correctly inserted inside the device. Remove the battery from your vape pen or mod and reinsert it securely. Ensure it fits snugly inside the vape kit and makes proper contact with the device's connectors. This will ensure the power runs seamlessly from the charger to the batteries.

4. Allow Sufficient Charging Time

Modern vape kits, especially those with larger batteries, may require extended charging times. This won't be as much of an issue with simpler vape kits like pod kits and starter kits. It's essential to be patient and allow the vape to charge for an adequate duration before assuming there is a problem. Check the manufacturer's instructions or consult the user manual to determine the recommended charging time for your specific vape device.

Troubleshooting Additional Issues

If your vapes batteries still haven't charged up, you'll want to consider the following potential issues:

1. Faulty Fire Button or Indicator Light

Sometimes, the fire button or indicator light may malfunction and indicate the battery is full while the battery charger says otherwise, or vice versa. If you think this is the case, try plugging your vape’s USB charging cable into your laptop instead of a wall adaptor. If this still doesn't work, you may have to contact the manufacturer as there may be an underlying problem with your vape kit that they'll need to fix.

2. Depleted Battery

If your vape battery is entirely depleted, it may not respond immediately to the charging process and could take a while to turn back on. Leave it connected to the battery charger for an extended period to allow the battery to reach a minimum charge level before attempting to switch your e-cigarette on again.

3. Try a Different Charger or USB Port

In some cases, the vape battery charger itself may be faulty. Try using a different charger or USB port to see if the issue persists. This step can help identify whether the problem lies with the charger or the device.

4. Firmware Issues

Some vape mods require firmware updates to address any charging issues that may have popped up. Check the manufacturer's website or contact their customer support team to find out if there are any available firmware updates for your specific mod. If there are, make sure you follow the instructions provided to update the firmware. Once updated, your vape will start charging again as usual.

5. Ask For Professional Help

If these tips we've given you don't seem to fix the problem, you'll need to seek more specialised advice from the pros. Contact our team of vape experts here at Vaping 101 or the manufacturers customer support service for further guidance. You'll be able to receive specific recommendations based on your vape's specific make and model.


Charging issues can be pretty annoying to deal with, but with the right troubleshooting steps, you'll be able to quickly fix the problem and get your vape kit back in working shape. Remember to use the proper vape battery charger, clean the battery connections, inspect the battery and its USB charging port for damage, allow sufficient charging time, and try out our other tips if necessary. Seeking professional help from your local vape shop and experts will also help to ensure a safe and enjoyable vaping experience. By addressing charging issues promptly, you can continue to vape hassle-free while increasing its lifespan and performance quality.

Looking for a new vape battery or battery charger? Vaping 101 has got you covered! We stock a wide range of vape chargers and batteries that will help you get your vape powered up and raring to go. Our chargers are also compatible with most vaping devices from major brands. From Geekvape to Uwell, Vaporesso to Voopoo, we'll make sure low battery life never catches you off guard again.

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