Are you tasting wet e-liquid droplets when you vape? Try this simple fix.

First-time vapers may notice from time to time that the vapor you inhale from that fancy vape mod has a consistency more like a liquid than a gas.  It’s almost as if you can taste tiny droplets of juice when you inhale, and the device itself may even make a sort of gurgling sound. 

Does this mean that your vaping device is defective?  Do you need to toss it out and purchase a new one?  Did you do something wrong, and if so, how can you fix it?

Don’t be too concerned.  This scenario is what veteran vapers like to call the leaky vape syndrome.  Leaky vape tanks don’t really cause too much damage the device unless you allow the leaking to occur over a long period of time.  But leaky vapes are messy, and they can decrease your level of enjoyment. 

The most likely reason why your vape mod is leaking

Do you know why most vape tanks to leak?  It’s usually because we accidentally overfill them with e-liquid. Most clearomizers – the tanks that are usually constructed with a clear, plastic sheath that holds the e-juice - have a thin tube inside the tank that connects to the coil below and the mouthpiece above.  If any e-liquid accidentally gets inside that tiny tube, the result is a leaky vape and a rather “wet” vaping experience.


When refilling your vape device, it’s considered best practice to tilt the tank at about a 30-degree angle.  Then drip the e-liquid along the clear plastic sides of the clearomizer.  Human nature will subconsciously tell you that you need to fill the tank to the brim with juice.  But don’t fall for it.  Just drip enough juice into the tank so that the little window on the side of the tank is completely covered – or maybe just slightly below.

Never fill the tank to 100% capacity because it increases the chances of overfilling the tank.  But accidents happen sometimes.  So, what do we do if we end up with a leaky vaper?

Flick the mod. 

The solution is usually quite simple.  Assuming that you have waited a few minutes after refilling the tank to allow the coil to become saturated with e-juice, try flicking your mod.  Grab the vaping device by the base, hold it over a sink or perhaps take it outdoors, and gently flick the vape with a quick wrist action like you would is you were using a horse whip.  Do it two or three times or until no more e-liquid comes out of the vape’s mouthpiece

Law it upside down on a napkin or Kleenex.

If flicking the vape doesn’t work, and you are still tasting e-liquid droplets when you inhale, place the pen either upside down or slighted elevated at the base so that the open end of the mouthpiece is pointing towards the kitchen counter.  Be sure to place a napkin or Kleenex underneath the mouthpiece to catch all the little droplets of e-juice that might be trapped inside the tiny tube of the tank.  If the tank is massively overfilled, you may need to wait 30-minutes to an hour to allow for all the excess e-juice to escape.

Make sure all components are tightly fastened.

Most vaping devices are designed with two “connections” that can easily cause leaks if not securely fastened.  The first exists at the place where the coil meets the clearomizer.  The second is the screw-on mouthpiece that usually doubles as a “lid” for your e-liquid tank.  Make sure all connections are snuggly fastened, but not so tight that your knuckles turn white during the experience.  Over-tightening can ruin your vape, too. 

Check the O-rings

As you are checking the connections between the tank, coil, and atomizer, make sure to also check the O-rings, too.   O-rings are just what they sound like – little, rubber, donut-shaped rings that look very much like those lifesavers candies.  If these O-rings become damaged, they can also cause leaky vapes. 

These are just a few of the more common and most simple solutions for repairing a leaky vape.  Other options include increasing the power setting of the device so that more e-liquid burns with each inhale, changing the brand of your e-juice to one that has a higher percentage of propylene glycol (PG), or perhaps trying a thicker wicking material  in your coil (not recommended for most newbies though).

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