Many people have grown used to the sound of a leaking vape. Popping and spitting are two signs of this, but it’s not something that you really need to live with. It’s not too hard to fix a leaky vape or to prevent it from leaking in the first place.
Many companies are beginning to make e-juice cartridges that are leak-resistant. However, not everyone wants to shed their favourite cartridges, and some people can’t afford new models.
For that reason, we hope to help you identify the cause of your leaky vape and teach you how to fix it. This way you’ll be able to enjoy a smooth vaping experience again.
What Is Vape Leaking?
Leaking occurs when some of the e-juice in your tank escapes. The leakage generally flows through the airflow system. Small leaks can only cause you to lose a drop or two of your liquid, and more serious leaks can lead to your entire cartridge being drained.
The problem is quite common, even on some of the higher end vape tanks. There are a number of different things that can cause leaking, and thus there are several ways that you can prevent the problem and manage it if it’s already occurred.
Fixing and Preventing a Leak
There are a few things that you should do if you want to prevent or repair a leak. These are the most common solutions.
- Checking your seal. This is the first and most obvious thing that you should do if you think that your tank is leaking. If it’s not properly fastened, some of the juice might leak out.
- Clean the chimney. The chimney, or the central airflow tube that goes from the main part of the cartridge into the tip is known as the chimney. Sometimes e-juice can get stuck in the chimney, and this is one of the main causes of a vape that gurgles and leaks. Use a paper towel to wipe it down before you use it again.
- Hold your tank upright. Some e-juice tanks simply aren’t capable of being on their sides all the time, especially during use. Keeping your vape vertical can help prevent leaks.
- Keep your lid on. If you vape too often without the top cap, then some of the juice might leak into the air flow.
- Check your O-rings. Damaged O-rings are one of the most common causes of leaks. To check them, take apart the cartridge and pull out the O-rings. If there are any cracks or other signs of damage, then you can replace them for quite cheap.
- Check the airflow. If your airflow holes aren’t closed when you’re refilling your tank, you can get e juice stuck in the airflow. This can lead to gurgling and leaking.
- Check for cracks. Obviously, a cracked tank can lead to leaking. However, not all cracks are easy to see. Some can be quite small or hidden on the inside. Take your vape apart and check the tank all over.
- Use the proper e-juice. If you have a high-power coil head, you won’t want to use anything lower than 70% VG. Juices with less VG are very viscous and more likely to leak.
There are a number of things that can cause your vape to leak, and therefore a number of things can be useful for helping to prevent and repair leaks. Hopefully the information in this article has helped you repair your vape so you can have a good experience.