It’s easy to replace your Easy Valve bags, and get a much longer life out of the mouthpiece. I love the easy valve for many reasons, but the wasteful nature of single use was troubling. Using this trick I’ve been able to clean and keep using mouthpieces 20+ times over.
- Using a very small flat head screw driver, pop out the bag from the mouthpiece by sliding the flat head up between the bag and the orange plastic, and then prying the bag out. Do this slowly and carefully, and be careful.
- Remove the black o-ring and the clear plastic retaining ring from inside the bag. Remove the bag and save for extraction or discard. Make sure not to loose the valve, which is a small disc of rubber. Clean all the reusable parts. I recommend hot soapy water. These plastic pieces are not as heavy duty as the rest of the Volcao and I don’t think they should be cleaned with a solvent like alcohol.
- Cut new bag to length if using Volcano replacement bags, the length is a matter of personal preference.
- Prepare the new bag. Thread bag through black o-ring. Open up bag. Roll o-ring up to clear plastic retaining ring. Position at end of bag, and roll o-ring onto the clear ring so that it sits in the groove.
- Tie off end of bag.
- Prepare bag for assembly by folding back back over o-ring and smoothing flat. Prepare mouthpiece by assuring valve is centered and placed correctly. Place it on a flat and sturdy surface which can handle you pushing down forcefully on it.
- Line up the bag and the mouthpiece and press strongly and directly down until the bag snaps back into place. It’s helpful to use a flat heavy object to push the bag into place and apply even presure. For example the bottom of a heavy mug, small block of wood, be creative.
- Done – new Volcano bag for much less money and spares some waste.