The SMOK RPM series of devices have been awesome, especially the original SMOK RPM40 Starter Kit and the more advanced SMOK RPM80 Pro Mod Starter Kit. The brand we all have come to know and love has yet again created one of the best products on the market, and continue to do so with each release in this wonderful series of pod-based vaping devices. However, like any electronic device, sometimes there are issues and the SMOK RPM series just happens to be known for connection problems. With that said, if you are experiencing the ‘no atomizer’ warning or ‘pod detached’ warning, this article will tell you how to fix it.

What The “No Atomizer” Warning Means

Throughout your time of using the SMOK RPM, you may run into a warning that displays on your screen with the words “No Atomizer”. There is a built-in microchip that has been programmed to detect when your coil or pod is attached to the device. If your pod and coil are attached to the device and there is a connection issue, this warning will display. When this happens you will not be able to use the device. For the device to function properly, it must make a solid connection to the coil.

What Causes The Connection Issue?

A connection issue can be caused by a variety of reasons. You could have accidentally dropped your device, one of the two pins inside the connection area can be stuck due to dirt or grime, or you could have a coil that isn’t functioning properly. Often times with the RPM devices, the connection issue is from a combination of dirt and grime being built up around pins, and a simple, accidental drop can lodge the pin into its lowest position. All cases are different and you should inspect the device to figure out your specific cause for the connection issue.

How To Fix The RPM Series No Atomizer Warning

Before throwing out your coil and buying new SMOK Nord Replacement Coils, follow these few steps and put them into action. The connection issue you are having could be a simple fix that won’t cost you anything out of pocket. Remember, anytime you have the “no atomizer” warning or “pod detached” warning, it is likely a connection issue that you will need to diagnose and fix.

Step 1: Start by removing the pod from the device.

Step 2: Clean the connection area (where you place the pod on the device) thoroughly. You can use toilet paper, a paper towel, and a q-tip works well also.

Step 3: Examine the two pins (prongs/nipples) that poke up. The pins are the part that makes the connection to the coil. These pins are spring-loaded, meaning you can press them down and when you un-press them they should pop back up so that they are fully extended. If one or both aren’t fully extended, take your q-tip or something small enough to press them in. Sometimes when you press them in a bit more and let go, they will pop back out and fully extend.

Step 4: Attach the coil and pod to see if the connection issue persists. If it does, try replacing the coil. All of the coils aren’t made perfectly, and the leads can get broken or dislodged from their specific location.


The SMOK RPM (Real Pod Mod) series is a list of awesome devices that perform exceptionally well. If you maintain the device properly, you can have it for a long time to come. It is good to note that mishaps happen with any device, such as drops or things just simply not working as they should. Just diagnose and repair.


  1. Thanks! Fixed it!
    The pins weren’t popping back up.
    I used a q-tip and rubbing alcohol to clean it out and push them in. Took around 3 minutes, they didn’t pop up at first but I kept at it.
    Thanks Blake!

  2. Blake I would just like to say you are a hero I was scared that I would never be able to rip again but thanks to you it is fixed and all it took was 2-3 minutes of pounding away at my pins with a q tip.

  3. hey blake my rpm40 keeps on saying atomizer short after i took it apart and cleaned it and only turns on when i put it on charge but when i take it off it turns off and doesnt turn back on. what do i do?

    • If the device is turning off when it isn’t on charge, it sounds like there is something wrong that is going on internally. If it stays on when it’s off charge, there may be a connection issue that is going on. If it’s a connection issue, search all possibilities, starting with the coil’s connection and then the connection from the device to the bottom of the coil.

  4. Hey Blake this is happening to my vape only when I tried to switch to a new pod. My old pod was starting to get burnt so I bought a new one and filled it waited 15 minutes and then went to use it and that “No Atomizer” popped up. But it’s working completely fine with my old pod but not the new one. Any ideas on why this is happening??

  5. Mine’s constantly been saying “Pod Detached” no matter what I’ve done. I’ve put in a brand new coil, new pod, cleaned inside and out and let that message is stuck on the screen. I think I may need a whole new vape system.. 😑😑


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here