4 easy tips to avoid (or fix) a leaky vape
Vapers love their vaping devices, and when they begin to leak, they can become the bane of our very existence. Tossing them into the garbage seems a bit over-reactionary, but continuing to use them in their current state seems rather silly, too.
Leaky vape tanks don’t really cause much harm. They’re just messy. But it’s one of life’s little annoyances that only seems to get bigger and bigger over time. Instead of buying a replacement device, consider these four useful tips for fixing or avoiding a drippy vape tank.
1. Fill the tank properly and avoid overfill.
Do you know what causes most vape tanks to leak? It’s the way in which we fill them with e-liquids. Atomizers have a thin tube which extends from the coil to the mouthpiece. If you accidentally drip a few drops of juice into that tube, the device is likely to leak.
Best practice for e-liquid refills is to tilt the device to the approximate angle that you would use when vaping in real life – similar to the angle that you would pour a glass of beer to avoid too much froth. Now drip the e-juice down the side of the tank and as far away from the center tube as possible. If some juice does manage to find its way into the tube, consider holding a piece of tissue over one end while blowing the excess out of the other.
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Furthermore, always keep in mind that no one ever vapes with the device in a perfect, 180-degree position. We tilt them ever so slightly as we lift them to our lips to vape. If you fill the tank to 100% capacity, the chances of small amounts of e-liquid making its way into the tubular connection when we tilt them increases significantly.
2. Tighten ALL components properly – not just the tank lid.
There are two “gaps” on almost any vaping device that can easily lead to leaks. The first gap occurs at the base of the coil where it connects with the atomizer. The second is located between the tank and the coil. While we must always remember to tighten the top of the tank after refilling the device with e-liquid, making sure that the individual components at each of these gaps are fastened together properly and snuggly is also critically important.
3. Check – and perhaps replace – the O-rings.
As you are checking the vaping device to ensure that the tank, coil, and atomizer are securely and properly fastened, make sure to also check the O-rings. They are small, rubber, and donut-shaped – very much like a washer used in water faucets or Ikea furniture fasteners. In many cases, you may be required to take apart the tank itself in order to view the O-rings.
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Do the O-rings appear dry? If so, then they may not need replacing. However, if they appear wet on any part of the surface or if they appear degraded or out of position in any way, then you may need to replace them with fresh ones. Buying new O-rings is infinitely cheaper than purchasing a whole new vaping device, but most tanks already come with a few spares. Best practice typically involves the use of a toothpick or a pair of tweezers for easy removal of the old O-rings.
4. Consider switching to a higher VCG e-liquid.
There are two major ingredients of vape juices: Propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). Propylene glycol is a very thin, watery substance, and vegetable glycerin is thicker and more syrupy. If you happen to be purchasing a higher-PG vape juice, it stands to reason that the vaping device is more prone to leaking. Before rushing to the computer to order a new vape pen, consider experimenting with a high-VG e-juice instead.
Other additional options might include increasing the power settings of the device so that more of the vape juice burns with each puff. Or you could consider adding a bit more wicking material to the coil to enhance the absorption rate, too. And lastly, always be sure to store your device in an upright position whenever possible, even in between puffs. Doing so may not completely resolve the leakage issue, but it should minimize its messy effects.
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