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Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer, Model # V150SG2UPC. With Steam Guard, Nightlight, Automatic Shut-off, 1.5 gallon capacity for 18-24 hour operation per filling
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Questions & Answers for Vicks Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer V150SG2UPC

Question

how long before the steam starts coming out?

i am using my product for the first time , i filled it with cold water! whyen does the steam start coming out of thise vaporizer?
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
By
blueeyes45
 - onalaska, wisconsin
on Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer V150SG2UPC
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
Depending on the hardness of your water and how much salt you added to the water it should take about 15 minutes.
answered 10 months ago
By
jgo1247
answer 2
It should start steaming in a couple of minutes. If no,t you will need to add a little salt to the water until you get a good steam coming out.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
kaic
answer 3
I have to use salt in mine and the 1st time it will take a few minutes. If you refill it (don't add anymore salt) it will start steaming in less than a minute.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
MC222MC
 - Arizona
answer 4
about 2minutes i just move the water 15 seconds or add a little salt and starts faster
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
By
pibesimon
 - pembroke pines, florida
answer 5
mine starts showing steam within about 10 mins or so - give or take. If there is no steam put your hand in front of the unit and feel for the steam. If nothing, exhange your unit.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Las Vegas, NV
answer 6
Make sure not to overfill. If it floats its too full. The time it takes to have the steam come out varies but mine takes about ten to fifteen minutes.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
sbbbwb
 - huntington beach, ca
answer 7
You should see visible steam within 10 minutes of starting. If you don't, as instructions state, stir in a couple of pinches of salt. Repeat if necessary.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
MarshaW62
 - Deland
answer 8
It depends on the temp of the water, if you put in cold water straight from your kitchen sink, it may take 5 minutes. If you put in warm / hot water, the steam will come out within seconds. Keep in mind the unit has to heat up the water in order to produce water vapors.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
JeffnHeather
 - Presque Isle, ME
answer 9
The steam should start within 5 min, when I first had mine it worked great, but after no more then 10 refills and cleans it just wouldnt produce steam at all.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
ProductReviewer4u
answer 10
It takes about 5 minutes or so.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
fArMgIRl1001
Question

I read reviews saying to put some salt on the water, but how much?

asked 2 years, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - DANBURY,CT
on Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer V150SG2UPC
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
Depends on the hardness of your water. Try a pinch or two. If you don't get steam, add more a pinch at a time until you get the steam you want.

But note, it could take 10-15 minutes between additions for the results to show. It's a pain but you only have to do this trial and error process once and maybe not at all depending on your water.
answered 10 months ago
By
jgo1247
answer 2
Absolutely do NOT add water to the unit. The manufacturer specifically states NOT to use salt OR softened water (because of the salt-content in salt water). This is because the salt lowers the boiling point. (Ever salt your water on the stove to get it to boil sooner/quicker?) If you use salt or softened water, the water will BOIL too easily/quickly and instead of the quiet sound the unit typically makes, you may now hear the sound of BOILING WATER. The unit is controlled to NOT give off too much steam at a time...it's a safety feature. Regular tap water (UN-softened) is ideal.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
tmohr94
answer 3
The instructions make recommendations as to the salt but it depends on your water. If you have hard water you may not need salt. If your water is pretty normal, you will probably only need a pinch. Just adjust the amount until you have nice steam coming out.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
kaic
answer 4
Follow the directions that come with it.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
MC222MC
 - Arizona
answer 5
just a pinch of salt will work, the more salt you add the more steam you will see it make
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
getinjiggywithit
 - rockmart, Ga
answer 6
Start with a little and then see.

The reason for the salt is because your water may not have enough ions. DO NOT USE DISTILLED WATER. Basically how this works is there are two probes in the vaporizer that conduct a electric charge. However, in order for the charge to run, they have to go through a medium ( like electricity running through a wire). If the water has no ions, then there is no medium.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
By
coolfez88
answer 7
I'd try a pinch of baking soda instead of salt. Start with a pinch, if it's not working in a few minutes, add another pinch until it works. The amount you need depends on the harness of your water.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
By
catladypa
 - PA
answer 8
one of eight of a big spoon
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
By
pibesimon
 - pembroke pines, florida
answer 9
The direction tells u to put 1 to 2 pinches of salt but i only had to do this the very first time i used it.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
By
chanw
Question

What are these black/grey flakes from after use?

I used a few times and every time I use it, after use there are lots of black flakes in the bottom. What is this from?
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asked 3 years, 8 months ago
By
TyleesMomma
 - Texas
on Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer V150SG2UPC
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
Just residue left behind by the boiled water. That's why you need to rinse out the tanl after every use and the steam tank weekly.
answered 10 months ago
By
jgo1247
answer 2
The instruction book says this is normal and not harmful. I wipe it out with a paper towel when I clean it.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
kaic
answer 3
As stated in your instruction book they are elements in the water and it is normal.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
MC222MC
 - Arizona
answer 4
the dark stuuf is the calcium from the water, when it runs threw the unit and the steam is make the calcuin\m builds up and looks like dark flakes
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
getinjiggywithit
 - rockmart, Ga
answer 5
So water in general is not pure. Water is the great solvent, meaning they dissolve a lot of things.

You can not see it in the water but there is a lot of things dissolved in it. When you steam the water, what is dissolved in the water will not be included in the steam. The black stuff is just the residue, it is not mold or anything. Just clean it out. Also DO NOT USE DISTILLED WATER in a n effort to not have the black residue. Distilled water has no ions and thus there will be no steam created.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
By
coolfez88
answer 6
its normal. its from the filter. read the manual it came with.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Las Vegas, NV
answer 7
Mineral impurities. There is no filter in these units.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
WalmartGroupE
 - Frisco, TX
answer 8
Nothing to worry over. It is the particles from the dirt and stuff in the air. If your using it often just rinse and change out the water after each use.To clean it you just set the middle part in a tupperware with some vinegar and water to soak for about ten minutes. Rinse with water and tap out the gunk the best you can. The bottom part you just rinse with some water and then dry. Put it up and it will be ready to go for the next flu season. Remember you wont always get all the gunk but its okay it wont harm you
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
sbbbwb
 - huntington beach, ca
answer 9
Minerals in the water. As instructions state, this is harmless and easily cleaned.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
MarshaW62
 - Deland
Question

How can I get rid of the night light?

I'd like to buy this for my toddlers' room, but they need it dark to sleep and I notice this has a night light. For those of you who already own this unit, is it possible to turn off the light or cover it up?
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
By
RainLJ
on Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer V150SG2UPC
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have two of these units and I will never be without them. I have twins who were sleep-trained with VERY dark rooms. The night-light absolutely is a problem. (They are seven years old and their bedrooms are completely black at night.) I usually just fold a hand towel and set it over the night-light, making sure NOT to block the air intake or steam release. I think the idea of black electrical tape is probably a good idea, as well!
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
tmohr94
answer 2
The light never shuts off, even when the unit is no longer steaming. It is not a bright light--more of a glow but you could probably put black electrical tape over the light like I do on my computer if you don't want any light.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
kaic
answer 3
Use some black electrical tape over the light. That worked for us
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
Mmof2girls
 - Cleveland, ohio
answer 4
You can't turn it off, its there as warning to let you know its still plugged in. It really no that bright though.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
MC222MC
 - Arizona
answer 5
The nightlight is green, and it's located on top of the unit, so if you place the vaporizer on top of a high dresser, the light may not show much. The nightlight is slightly visible on the sides of the unit as well, but it's not very bright. The steam comes out of the top area, so I don't know if you'd be able to safely cover up the light due to the heat.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
By
SpendtotheEnd
answer 6
The light is a tiny green light so you know it has power on. So you cant turn it off. Its not bright enough to be considered a night light so I doubt it will be a bother.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
By
LisaL123456
 - Dothan, Alabama
answer 7
use a duct tape because is a green light
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
By
pibesimon
 - pembroke pines, florida
Question

How long does it take to produce steam?

asked 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Tonic
on Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer V150SG2UPC
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Around 15 minutes. Depends on the hardness of the water and the amount of salt you have to add to the water to get it to boil.
answered 10 months ago
By
jgo1247
answer 2
10 minutes
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Scrutiny
answer 3
1 to 2 minutes
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Pangolin
answer 4
Only a few minutes and the steam starts - a lot of steam.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Deblv
answer 5
It takes about 10 minutes for mine. When the water is boiling it is noisy but it quiet down once the stream gets going.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Ahfawn
answer 6
Within a minute providing your water has enough minerals in it. If not add a pinch of salt.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
MrLoud
answer 7
Mine starts producing steam within 2-3 minutes and really gets going by 5 minutes.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
momofababy
Question

Does humidifiers or vaporizers ruin electronics?

I saw no one said anything about this so I felt I needed to ask as i'm worried about my phone and laptop I keep in my room at night.
asked 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Dory
on Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer V150SG2UPC
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
No, I wouldn't worry about ruining anything. You can adjust how much steam you get by the amount of salt you put in the water. You might want to keep your bedroom door open to keep moisture from forming on the windows.
answered 6 months ago
By
kaic
answer 2
Does not effect any electronics in the room
answered 7 months ago
By
Bren9372
answer 3
I doubt you'll ever make it humid enough in the room to affect your electronics. You'd see a lot of condensation on your windows before that. But to be safe, keep the vaporizer a good six feet or more from the vaporizer. Especially since you don't want to drip or spill water on them when refilling and moving the water tank around.
answered 10 months ago
By
jgo1247
answer 4
I'd say you are OK as long as you don't set the electronics right in front of the humidifier.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
MrLoud
answer 5
Usually it won't be a problem. It can be however if you bring the device into a humid area from a very cold location. It will usually take a LOT of moisture in the air to cause a problem though.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
JustMe283
answer 6
Typically, no.

If your electronics are colder than the average room temperature (e.g. they're sitting on a concrete floor), then the colder items in the room will draw moisture out of the air, which may cause a short/damage. Think of a glass of iced tea sitting out in humid air. Same concept. If the electronics are as warm or warmer than humidified air, there should be no troubles.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
ColoradoFather
Question

How to make the vaporizer noiseless?

The vaporizer is noisy when it is boiling the water. How could we sleep under this noise? Anyone has this problem and how to solve it? Thank you.
asked 1 year, 8 months ago
By
vapp
on Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer V150SG2UPC
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
no way to solve it; simply return the item
answered 8 months ago
By
HappyWife1980
answer 2
Possibly put less salt in the water tank. The noise you hear is probably from the water overheating and spurting out the opening.
answered 10 months ago
By
jgo1247
answer 3
If you are putting salt in the water then you may be putting too much in it. i had that problem so i just cut back on how much salt i was putting in the water and it solved the nosie problem.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
mommy03281991
answer 4
Mine isn't noisy. I don't think its suppose to make noise.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Scrutiny
answer 5
If it is noisy you likely have high mineral content water (hard water) this will cause it to boil rapidly and generate a lot of noise. Try using distilled water and just a couple pinches of table salt. That will decrease the steam output but will also make it quieter.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
JustMe283
answer 6
We had this problem when there was too much salt in the water. If your water is naturally high in salt (for example, if you use a water softener), you may need to add no salt at all. If it's *still* noisy, you might use half-and-half tap water and "DI" (De-ionized) water, purchased from any major grocer or from a larger Wal-Mart. Be sure not to add salt every time you fill the tank, that's a one-time thing. The water evaporates, but the salt does not, so if you add salt repeatedly, you'll get water that's too salty, and the machine will begin to make a lot of noise. Once we found the right salt/water balance the machine ran almost perfectly noiselessly, with terrific steam output!
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
ColoradoFather
Question

Can i use this product just to add humidity in my room and DONOT use any medication like vicks vapo or Kaz?

asked 9 months ago
By
Divya
on Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer V150SG2UPC
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. You do not have to use any vicks vapor products with this. It comes with 2 strips you can insert or pull out of the blue top.
answered 8 months ago
By
1488Sarah1488
answer 2
Yes you can. It will just blow hot steam, which can still help with allergies or a stuffy nose while also heating the room.
answered 9 months ago
By
KareemS
answer 3
yes you can :)
answered 9 months ago
By
angelandchrismommy
answer 4
Yes. I usually only use the medication pads or liquid if we have colds or feel a cold coming on. Otherwise I just run our humidifier with water and a couple shakes of regular table salt to get the steam rolling. This has worked great. We are on our 3rd year - same humidifier.
answered 9 months ago
By
TheRealDeal471
answer 5
You do not have to use anything if you don't want to. I bought mine last year and at first I didn't use anything medicated and later when I got a sore throat I did. The cup for the vics can be washed out if used.
answered 9 months ago
By
bignbadeyes
answer 6
You can use this unit just to add humidity to your room. The scent pads and inhalent are optional and do not need to be used.

I hope this information is helpful! Please contact us at 1-800-477-0457 or ConsumerRelations@kaz.com if you require further assistance.
answered 9 months ago
By
ManufacturerTechSupport
Question

What filter should I use with this product?

asked 11 months ago
By
KR
on Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer V150SG2UPC
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
doesnt require any
answered 8 months ago
By
HappyWife1980
answer 2
It doesn't use, or need, a filter.
answered 10 months ago
By
BfromCT
answer 3
You don't need one. The vaporizer is complete as is.
answered 10 months ago
By
gelb
answer 4
No filter is req'd. Just rinse it out after every use and clean the steam tank weekly
answered 10 months ago
By
jgo1247
answer 5
there is no filter
answered 11 months ago
By
redheeler
answer 6
A: This unit does not use a filter, since it is a warm steam vaporizer.

I hope this information is helpful! Please contact us at 1-800-477-0457 or ConsumerRelations@kaz.com if you require further assistance.
answered 11 months ago
By
ManufacturerTechSupport
Question

Is the Vaporizer good for adult nose congestion?

asked 10 months ago
By
Ardie
on Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer V150SG2UPC
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I like the idea of the vaporizer but the ones they include only worked well the first day. The strength of the smell faded. Maybe if you try pure eucalyptus oil it may permeate the air better.
answered 8 months ago
By
zoetobypvs
answer 2
yes! buy it. amazing product.
answered 8 months ago
By
YoungAndFree
answer 3
this 1 is good for nothing
answered 8 months ago
By
HappyWife1980
answer 4
Yes. I sometimes lean over the vaprorizer high enough that I dont feel like im getting burned with a towel hanging over my head to keep the steam directed at me. I deal with nasal congestion several times a year. When I dont use this I seal the shower curtains so air doesnt get in and turn on the shower as hot as I can stand it and just sit down and take deep breaths through my nose. Ive never tried the little vicks stuff that you can put in the vaporizer. So I can comment on that.
answered 8 months ago
By
Walnut777
answer 5
Yes, it is great for adult nose congestion; however, I have a few of them strategically placed throughout the house to get the maximum benefits.
answered 10 months ago
By
rrr123
answer 6
Sure. It'll keep your throat and nasal passages moist provided you can get at least some air movement through them. If you can do that it'll also keep the, um, "congestion substance" loose, as they say, and easier to expel.
answered 10 months ago
By
BfromCT
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