Leaking Vape? Here’s How to Fix It
To say that dealing with a leaking vape isn’t much fun would be a grotesque understatement. E-liquid might be a wonderful thing, but it certainly doesn’t feel that way when it’s all over your hand or making a gigantic stain in your pocket. There’s also the waste factor. Have you ever filled your vape tank at night only to find your vaping device sitting in a pool of e-liquid in the morning? E-liquid isn’t cheap; the last thing that you want to do with your vape juice is wipe it up with a paper towel and throw it away.
This article is your comprehensive guide to fixing a leaking vape. In it, we’ll discuss the reasons why vaping devices leak and explain what you can do to fix the problem. First, though, let’s take a moment to make sure that your expectations are realistic.
No Vaping Device Is Completely Leak Proof
Before you start troubleshooting your leaking vape, you should be aware that if a small amount of e-liquid occasionally comes out of your device – if you happen to notice a bit of condensation under your pod or in your mod’s 510 threading, for instance – that isn’t really a problem. When you see a bit of condensation, simply dry your device with a paper towel or cotton swab. Remember that every vape tank or pod has at least two holes – one that allows air to enter and another that allows vapour to leave – and when you store liquid in a container with holes, it’s not going to stay completely dry all of the time. When we discuss troubleshooting a leaking vape, we’re talking about severe, persistent leaks that cause you to lose a significant amount of e-liquid.
Troubleshooting Leaks With a Small Vaping Device
If you have a small vaping device such as a pod system, one of the most important things to know about your device is that it doesn’t manage airflow in the way that a cigarette does. If you increase the amount of air that you draw through a cigarette, the cigarette burns down more quickly; you get a bigger cloud of smoke. With an e-cigarette, though, the amount of air that you pull through the device doesn’t affect its vapour production. The only way to get a bigger vapour cloud is to inhale more deeply – not more firmly. If you don’t inhale gently when you vape, you’ll flood your device’s atomizer coil with e-liquid. Some of that e-liquid will end up leaking out of the pod. Puff gently and deeply to get the biggest possible vapour clouds with a small vaping device.
The other reason why a small vaping device like a pod system may leak is because you’ve overfilled the pod. Make sure that you leave a little empty space in your pod when filling it. Otherwise, when you replace the pod’s stopper, you’ll end up forcing some of the vape juice out of the pod.
Troubleshooting a Leaking Vape Tank
When a vape tank leaks, the source of the problem almost always has something to do with the tank’s assembly or the state of the tank’s silicone gaskets. If your tank has a persistent leak, try disassembling it completely. Since you’ll be handling the tank during this process, it’s also a good idea to rinse it out to avoid getting e-liquid on your hands. Throw the atomizer coil away. Since a manufacturing issue with the coil can cause the tank to leak, replacing the coil may resolve the issue. After disassembling the tank, look closely at its silicone gaskets. Do any of the gaskets look stretched, frayed or torn? If so, replace them. When you purchased the tank, it should have included a bag of spare gaskets.
Reassemble the tank carefully, making certain that none of the metal threads are crossed. Don’t force the components together if they’re hard to turn; it’s likely that the threads aren’t lining up properly. Back the components up and try screwing them together again.
The other reason why your vape tank might leak is because the e-liquid you’re using is too thin. Do you have a glass tank with a large atomizer coil? If you do, you should use a fairly thick e-liquid with a vegetable glycerine (VG) content of at least 50 percent or higher. Check the bottle to see if the label mentions the e-liquid’s VG/PG ratio. If the VG content is below 50 percent, the e-liquid is probably too thin for the tank you’re using. Buy a higher-VG e-liquid.
Leak Prevention Tips for All Vaping Devices
We’ll conclude this article with a few leak prevention tips that you’ll find helpful regardless of the type of vaping device that you use.
First, let’s talk a bit about altitude. Do you live in a mountainous region? If you do, you should know that vaping devices don’t deal well with altitude changes. During an ascent of more than about 2,000 feet or so, almost every vape tank will leak because the expanding air inside the tank will force the e-liquid out. If you happen to find yourself going for a drive in the mountains, your best bet is to make sure that your tank is more than half empty before you begin your ascent. The tank may still leak a little – but giving the expanding air plenty of room will help to minimise the loss of e-liquid.
The second thing that you need to know is that some vaping devices really don’t deal well with being left on their sides. If you leave your device on its side in the evening and find it sitting in a puddle of e-liquid in the morning, solving the problem may be as simple as storing your device in an upright position.
Do you have a vaping device that you don’t use very often, and are you considering putting that device into long-term storage? If so, disassemble and clean the tank first. Every vape tank will leak if it’s left in storage for a long time, so if you’re not going to be using a tank for a while, you should always store the tank empty.