How To Fill a Vape Cartridge with Distillate

Vaping is one of the most popular and convenient methods for enjoying oil distillates. If you have a supply of distillate, you're either going to use a dab rig to consume it or a vape cartridge. However, you might be wondering how exactly do you get the distillate in the cartridge in the first place?

No worries, it's a simple process that doesn't take very long. Whether you're someone just looking to fill their own personal cartridges, or you're looking to mass-produce many cartridges for distribution, we'll show you the general principles of how it all works.

What You'll Need

  • Distillate Oil
  • Cartridges
  • Syringe
  • Heat Source
  • Terpenes

Lucky for us all, filling vape cartridges is often done by hand or small machines that just about anybody can use. To fill one vape cartridge with distillate you'll pretty much only need the oil itself, the cartridge, a syringe, and a heat source.

The syringe will be for injecting the distillate into the cartridge reservoir, and the heat source makes the distillate more fluid to make it easier to inject. Most cartridge filler machines act as both a heat source and an injection syringe, and they can make the filling process much faster. But if you're only filling your own, you probably won't need one.

Terpenes are special additions you can add to your distillates. They give the concentrate back the aromas and flavors that were lost during the distillate extraction process.


1. Open the Cartridge

Unscrew your cartridge to get to the empty tank. Most 510 threaded CCell and Liberty cartridges can be disassembled by twisting the components.

2. Heat the Distillate

There are many ways to warm your distillate. How much heat you'll be using will be dependent on the initial viscosity of your distillate. The whole point of heating your distillate is to get it into a more fluid liquid form.

Don't go too hot! You can warm your distillate with indirect heat until it becomes easy to take in with your syringe. If you have a cartridge filler machine, you should have the option to adjust the temperature of the oil within. Temperatures of around 100-140 degrees Fahrenheit are most common but will ultimately depend on your distillate.

Once your distillate has reached your desired heat, you can add your terpenes. The amount to add is usually anywhere from 5% to 15% of the amount of distillate you're using, so a little goes a long way. Your terpenes will affect the viscosity of the oil as well. The more terpenes, the thinner your oil will come out. Stir the mixture to get an even distribution.

3. Fill Your Syringe

Once your distillate has been heated to a liquid form, you can extract the oil into your syringe and then inject it into the reservoir of your cartridge. If you're having a lot of trouble, your oil may not be hot enough yet or your ratio of terpenes is off.

If you're using a cartridge filling machine, you can pour your oil into the device and adjust the shot settings to the specific amount you would like for each cartridge. You can then inject the oil the same way you would with a syringe, but a button will activate the shot instead, and you'll have the perfect amount.

4. Cap the Carts

Once your cartridge is filled, you can cap them off with the same plastic caps they come with or seal it with a mouthpiece. We recommend waiting about 12-24 hours to let the oil settle in and soak into the coils. After that, you're done! You now have a perfectly usable oil distillate cartridge ready for vaping.

Filling Carts with Distillate - Conclusion

Filling distillate cartridges is relatively easy once you get the hang of it. We generally do not recommend reusing cartridges as they were made only to be used one time around and this can become wasteful of your oil as well as dangerous.

Hopefully, this tutorial helped you out in filling your distillate oil cartridges. CoolJarz specializes in tools for dispensaries and manufacturers in the vape cartridge industry. If you're looking to get a semi-automatic vape cartridge filling machine to ramp up production, click here! If you're interested in any other dispensary products, check out the rest of our website!

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