Vapers of the world, we hear you loud and clear. Your tanks flip open more easily than ever for quick refilling. They also hold more e-liquid than ever, so when your vape leaks, it leaks big. Have you ever experienced the warm, sticky sensation that can only come from a pocket full of e-liquid? It’s no fun – and neither is cleaning up the resulting stain. Whether your vape is leaking in your pocket, in your car’s center console or on your bedside table, we’ve got the fix for you here.
Usually, fixing a leaking vape tank is as simple as ensuring that the tank is assembled properly and has no faulty parts. There are some instances, though, when a leaking vape is actually a sign that you need to change something about what you’re doing. Never fear; from the simple to the esoteric, we’ve got the fix for your leaking vape right here.
Inspect Your Tank’s Gaskets and Reassemble Carefully
Most vape tanks leak because of worn silicone components or assembly issues such as crossed threads. You can check for all of those issues simultaneously simply by taking the tank apart and examining it closely. Pay attention in particular to the condition of the tank’s silicone gaskets. If you find a gasket that’s stretched or torn, remove and replace it. If you look inside your tank’s box, you should find a bag of replacement gaskets. Check to make sure that your tank’s glass enclosure isn’t cracked. If it is, you should also find a replacement enclosure in the tank’s box.
While you’re examining your tank, it’s a good idea to replace the coil – especially if your tank never leaked prior to a recent coil replacement. Once in a while, coils do arrive with factory defects. If you happen to have received a dud, replacing the coil will resolve that issue. When you put the tank back together, don’t forget to prime the coil.
Reassemble your tank carefully. The most common cause of a leaking vape tank isn’t a worn gasket or cracked glass – it’s improper assembly. If you have trouble getting the components to twist back together smoothly, don’t force them – you’ll only end up crossing the threads. Back the threads up and keep trying until they come together without resistance. Tighten the tank just until the threads stop turning. Over-tightening your tank can crack the glass or warp the gaskets.
If you’re not sure whether you’re assembling your tank properly, this is a case in which the friendly experts at your local vape shop can be hugely helpful. Local vape shops like The Vape Bar have made great names for themselves through their willingness to help new vapers through common problems like fixing leaky vape tanks.
Don’t Drive at High Elevations With a Full Tank
If you’re about to go on a drive that will involve an altitude change of more than about 2,000 feet, it’s a good idea to make sure that your vape tank is at least half empty before starting your trip. As you ascend, the air in your tank will expand. If your tank is nearly full, the expanding air will push the e-liquid out through the tank’s intake vents. Leaking will be less likely if you give the air room for expansion.
Even if you don’t live in an area with significant elevation changes, it’s still a good idea to leave some room for air in your tank when you fill it. A vacuum can’t form in the tank if you fill it all the way to the top.
Puff Gently to Avoid Overwhelming Your Tank’s Atomizer Coil
A vape tank has a partial vacuum inside that helps to keep the e-liquid in its place. When you puff on the tank, you’re not just drawing air through the tank’s coil assembly; you’re also encouraging the e-liquid in the tank to flow through the coil’s cotton wick. The system works wonderfully unless you draw e-liquid into the coil assembly more quickly than the coil can vaporize it. If too much e-liquid flows through the wick, you’ll flood your coil – and the inevitable result of a flooded coil is a leaking vape. When you vape, draw air through the tank slowly and gently. You can’t puff as aggressively on a vape tank as you can on a cigarette. If you still experience problems, try increasing your device’s operational wattage if you have an adjustable mod. If you’re not getting as much vapor as you want, it might be time for a new tank or vape kit. Try a tank with a mesh coil.
Don’t Leave Your Vape on Its Side Overnight
A vape tank is always most reliable if there’s enough e-liquid in it to cover the atomizer coil’s wick holes. That’s especially true if you’re not going to use your device for several hours. When you store your device on its side, some of the coil’s wick holes will be exposed to air. Over time, the tank’s internal vacuum will break, and the tank will begin to leak. Keep your vaping device upright as much as possible.
Adjust Your E-Liquid’s VG/PG Ratio
If the term “VG/PG ratio” isn’t part of your vaping vocabulary yet, it’s time to change that. E-liquids containing more propylene glycol than vegetable glycerin are very thin, and thin e-liquids may not work well with modern vape tanks. Have you upgraded from a small refillable vaping device such as an eGo e-cigarette to a new box mod with a much larger tank? The thin e-liquid that you may have used with your previous vaping device may flow too quickly through your new tank’s much larger wick openings. Try a higher-VG blend.
Dry Your Tank’s Chimney
When the cloud chasing trend began and vape tanks started to become larger and more powerful, many of the tanks that were popular produced “wet” vapor with uneven droplets. Many of those tanks are still produced today. When you vape, does the vapor feel wet in your mouth? Your tank probably has a twisted or wound coil that produces large or uneven droplets. Some of those droplets may tend to condense on the sides of your tank’s chimney and run back down to the coil. Run a cotton swab down the tank’s chimney to get rid of the excess condensation. Consider upgrading your tank; modern mesh coils produce much smaller vapor droplets.