Leaking Vape Tank? Here are a Few Troubleshooting Tips
What to Know
There is nothing more irritating to a vaper than a leaking tank. Fortunately, it's usually an easy fix! Here are a few troubleshooting tips that can help ensure your tobacco-flavored vape juice stays in the tank where it belongs.
You've just filled your vape pen with your favorite tobacco-flavored vape juice and you're ready to enjoy your first puff…, when you notice the fluid slowly oozing from your device. If you're lucky, it hasn't gotten onto your shirt.
This is one of the most frustrating concerns for many new vapers – the leaking tank. However, it's generally not a complicated issue to fix, and repairing a leaking device generally takes less time than wiping up the spilled vape juice! Here are a few troubleshooting tips:
- Before you fill, make sure you're doing it correctly. Filling up your device seems straightforward, but there's a right way and a wrong way to do it. When you're filling your tank, be careful that the liquid doesn't spill over into the central tube that connects the mouthpiece to the coil. You can avoid accidentally spilling e-liquid into the central tube by tilting the tank while you're filling it to make sure the liquid pours down the tank wall away from the tube.
- Make sure the pen isn't overfilled. You might want to fill your vape tank all the way to the top to extend the length of time between refills, but this can ultimately cause leaking. If there is no air pocket in the tank, no air vacuum is created. It's this vacuum that helps prevent leaking by holding the liquid down.
- Always tightly secure the components of the vape pen. If your vape pen isn't assembled properly and securely, it will be susceptible to leaking. The components that are most likely to leak if not tightly secured are the space between the coil and the base of the atomizer and the space between the tank and the coil. When assembling and reassembling your device, always carefully align the components so that they can be tightened smoothly and appropriately. You should also inspect the o-rings installed in the threading. If these o-rings are damaged or broken, it will inhibit the seal.
- Re-install or change your o-rings. If you discover an improperly aligned, broken, or weak o-ring, you've likely found the source of your leaking. Sometimes o-rings fail due to inherent defects or advanced age. If your device's o-rings have degraded, you can remove them using a toothpick to pry them from the threading (a toothpick will be less likely to accidentally damaged the threading) and replace it with a compatible o-ring, preferably one designed for your specific unit.
- Always store your device upright. Storing your vape pen in a standing position minimizes the risk of the liquid finding gaps and leaks in the assembly or airflow holes.
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Last Updated: November 22, 2021 by Ivette Solorio