What is leaking?
Before we get into the key points to check for, defining leaking is essential. Other than being unfavorable, leaking references when the e-liquid escapes the tank or atomizer, possibly getting on your hands or virtually anywhere – other than your vape chimney. It’s essential to note that this is a common problem where it’s an easy fix, and you most likely don’t have to replace your vape.
As the technology for different types of vapes has grown by demand, many manufacturers have made progress with these common problems – sweet! However, even if the tech does help significantly, some user errors still may occur. Whatever the reason, we can check a few components’ integrity and determine if we need to buy a new tank.
How to stop e-liquid leaking?
- Check the seal – It sounds like common sense, but sometimes we may be in a rush. Ensuring that your tank has been properly closed will ensure there are no openings for the e-liquid to come out through.
- Check the O-Rings – The O-rings in your vape device act as a seal when assembling your tank. While they are pretty straightforward, a torn o-ring is a sure-fire way for the e-liquid to escape. Luckily, this component is inexpensive, and all you have to do is make sure it fits.
- Check for Cracks – While we may be in a rush, it happens. Sometimes, we drop our device – but hey, it still works! While the crack may look fine, it’s essential to check the glass’s top to make sure there are no chips. A common oversight is that the chip may break the glass’s seal to the tank’s metal—fortunately, replacement glass for popular tanks are easily accessible, at a convenient cost.
- Check your coils – Errors happen, as much as we don’t like to admit it – because, you know, we never make errors. However, at the unfortunate instance that we get a faulty coil, this may cause leakage. The coils’ design holds the e-liquid by saturating the cotton, where inconsistencies may leave an opening for e-liquid.
Breathe with your chest – sometimes.
Making sick clouds is just as cool as our menthol e-liquid – and that’s pretty cool. Where creating these dense clouds, it’s just as cool. However, what we may not notice is that you don’t have to force the vapor down – that hard. With rising tech in adjustable wattage systems, for vapor production, we recommend raising the wattage. By forcefully inhaling the smoke, exceeding a few second vape pull, we subject the e-liquid to go through the chimney without converting to vapor. If you don’t mind eating your e-liquid, then you don’t have to worry. For the casual vaper, this doesn’t seem ideal. The only thing to consider is to make sure your tank can handle higher wattages. Be sure to check your product specifications for more details.
Keep that tank fresh.
You’ve got the best tank on the market, or you’ve got one that resonates with you. Either way, for all vape tanks and atomizers – it’s essential to clean it. Aside from the residue build-up altering the taste, your tank can also get excess in the chimney. While we don’t recommend cleaning the tank with e-liquid in it, this residue may pop or spit-back upon firing. With every coil change, we recommend taking a quick look at the housing for the coil. If it has residue, clean it out!
Pick the right e-liquid.
Not only does e-liquid taste different with a different ratio, but the vapor production alters as well. Where high VG blends create more vapor production, the higher PG blends carry nicotine and flavor a lot better. Due to PG being thin in viscosity, the selection of these e-liquids aims at low wattage devices. In sub-ohm devices, higher-PG e-liquid proses a good chance of seeping through the cracks. For more information, an excellent place to start is finding out what’s in your e-liquid.
A common problem for many, e-liquid leaking happens to the best of us. While not being abnormal, it’s essential to note that vape maintenance should take care of these tiny mishaps. For many, we all have our favorite tank or atomizer – where cleaning and checking it should be second-hand nature. We know that the atomizer looks excellent with its unique drip trip, but when it starts to act up – not so sure anymore. By checking a few components and taking a few preventive measures, we can fix and limit these problems to stop e-liquid leaking overall.