After publishing my review of the Vaporgenie Volta a little while ago, I decided to make a follow-up post outlining some cleaning and maintenance tips that I’ve discovered to be effective in keeping my Volta operating in tip-top shape. Since the Volta consists primarily of wood, you need to be careful in your choice of cleaning materials (avoid rubbing alcohol or any other solvents!) in order to avoid ruining the wood.
Firstly, make sure to clean out the Volta’s trench every few uses, using a small brush to get rid of any stuck on herb. After about every 10-15 full sessions, I also recommend spraying a couple shots of compressed air into the trench and mouthpiece hole in order to shake loose any herb which may be hiding behind the metal heating element. I don’t recommend using any cleaning products on the trench as they can ruin the wood.
The other major component that you’ll need to clean out fairly regularly is the mouthpiece (I clean mine after about 20 full bowls), as hash tends to build up inside of it after repeated use. Since the mouthpiece is plastic, it is not a good idea to use any solvents on it. Instead, give your mouthpiece a soak in a warm bath of water and dish soap for about 10 minutes. Afterwards, remove the mouthpiece and clean the inside with a pipe cleaner. Finally, dry it out an re-attach it to your Volta.
After some fairly long-term use, you may also notice that the herb trench cover is collecting hash and may require cleaning. Fortunately the trench cover is manufactured for glass so cleaning it is really easy. Remove the cover and give it an isowash in some rubbing alcohol (my guide here outlines the isowash process in greater detail). After cleaning, dry the cover off with a cloth and place it back on your Volta.
If the exterior of your Volta begins to get scuffed up from frequent use, you can use some very fine grit sandpaper (fine grit is important!) to lightly sand off any scuff marks that may have appeared. Using the sandpaper, gently sand the entire wood exterior of your Volta until the scuff marks disappear. After sanding you can also add an additional layer of protection to your Volta’s exterior by applying a coat or two of food-grade varnish of your choice. The varnish will help prevent future scuff marks from occurring, just be sure to take your time and let the varnish dry out fully before touching or using your Volta again.
If you have any tips or tricks that you use to keep your Volta in good shape feel free to let us know about them in the comments section!