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WHY IS MY VAPE LEAKING AND HOW TO FIX THAT?

Vaping is a popular alternative to smoking cigarettes. It has many benefits, such as helping people quit nicotine addiction and getting tar and carcinogens out of their lungs. According to Public Health England “e-cigarettes are at least 95% less harmful than traditional cigarettes”

But vaping also comes with its own set of problems that aren’t experienced by smokers. For example, you may experience some leaking e-liquid from your device or end up with a damp pocket if your vape springs a leak.

Getting a little bit of vape juice in your mouth once in a while is normal with larger vape mods and devices. But if the small leak persists, you can have a bit of a mess on your hands - literally! And worse, a leak may start to damage your vape battery and diminish your overall vaping experience.

In this blog post, we will discuss some common symptoms of leaky vaporizers and how to fix them!

HOW TO PREVENT VAPE LEAKING?

There are a number of factors that can cause an open system vape mod to start gurgling and leaking. Here are some great tips to help you to fix your vape leaks.

MAKE SURE YOU FILL YOUR TANK UP PROPERLY

Filling your vape properly will help to eliminate any leaks.  If you are using a sub-ohm vape, be sure to use the right type of e-liquid for your atomizer coils and wick setups. If you don't know what types of liquids can be used with certain coil setups - ask!

All vape kits and vape pens come with pretty clear instructions on how to fill vape juice properly. It is important to fill your vape tank in an upright position.  This will help to prevent any leaks from happening as you are filling it up with e-juice. This also prevents the coil from being flooded, which can lead to a short circuit and eventual leak.
 
It is important to ensure that you do not fill any e-liquid into the central tube. This is the tube that runs down the centre of your vape tank to the coil. This tube is there to deliver the e-liquid onto the coil, so do not fill it with any vape juice.

Once you're done filling your tank up and screwing it back together - make sure that all parts are tight before vaping again. If leaks continue happening after this point, try changing coils or wicks in order.

always fill your e-liquids properly in your vape

CHECK YOUR SEAL

Once you have properly filled your e-liquid into the tank, you might also want to check the seal on the various parts of your vape kit. There are seals between the coil and tank, the tank and the mouthpiece and the tank and the battery unit.
Double check that each of these seals are intact and tight.

If you are vaping on a tank with an adjustable air flow valve, make sure the airflow is not set too high so that e-liquid can leak out but also keep in mind that more juice will be drawn into your vape when it's set too low or closed off. It might take some trial and error.

MAKE SURE YOUR COILS ARE SCREWED IN TIGHTLY

In order to avoid leaks, the coil must be screwed into place firmly and correctly or else it could come loose during use. If you notice that there is a vape leak then check your atomizer connections for any signs of looseness before using again. This will help ensure that they in the tank and can help prevent e-liquid from leaking out of the airflow holes of your tank. 

REMOVE E-JUICE FROM THE CHIMNEY

If you have any vape juice in the chimney, you will need to remove this. Clean your chimney by using a piece of paper towel and remove any excess e-liquid.

CHECK THE COIL FOR ANY SIGNS OF DAMAGE

A small hole in a coil could result in e-juice seeping out during use and this will cause your vape to leak so make sure you check that all coils are intact before using again. If there is a problem with your atomizer, it can be replaced easily by unscrewing

KEEP YOUR TANK UPRIGHT

This might seem like an obvious suggestion, but it is important to keep your vape and tanks upright at all times. This will stop e-juice from leaking out of the airflow holes that can result in leakage and also keeps your tank clean.

USE THE CORRECT COILS

Many tanks come with replaceable coils and automizers, many of which are designed to be used at different voltages. If you are using a higher resistance coil above 1.0 oHm, they are designed to give you a stronger throat hit and more realistic sensation. These are designed to be used with higher PG concentration e-liquids. If you are using a sub-ohm coil (with a resistance below 1.0 ohm), these will produce more vapour but will need a vape juice with a higher VG concentration. So it is worthwhile checking to see that your coil type works with your PG/VG ratio. If you find your tank is leaking, you may want to replace your coil for one better suited for your favourite e-liquid.

CHECK THE O-RINGS AND REPLACE THEM IF THEY ARE DAMAGED

The o-rings are the silicon or rubber rings that help to create a seal between your tank and your coils. O-rings can get damaged due to over-tightening and cross threading but they can also deteriorate over time. As well, if they are not positioned correctly, they may cause a leak. If they are damaged, replace them as quickly as possible.

CHECK THE WICKS AND REPLACE THEM IF NECESSARY

As your coil heats up, the liquid will evaporate into vapour. The wick helps ensure that enough juice is provided to keep it working properly for a long time. You can check whether or not you need to replace your wick by looking at how dark it has become on the outside of your tank (it should be light-coloured). When in doubt, just buy more!

TRY JUICES WITH A HIGHER VG RATIO

If you are using a sub-ohm coil with your vape mod, you may want to look at changing your e-liquid to a higher VG ratio. VG stands for Vegetable Glycerine, which is one of the main ingredients in most e-liquid. A higher VG e-liquid will be thicker and produce more vapour. The holes on a sub-ohm coil are larger, so if your e-liquid is not thick enough (has more PG than VG), you should look to change to a higher VG vape juice.

CHANGE YOUR VAPING TECHNIQUE - INHALE SLOWLY AND SOFTLY

If your vape still leaks and you are relatively new to vaping with a larger vape kit, you may need to adjust your vaping technique. How you draw on a vape is different from smoking a normal cigarette. If you want more smoke with a cigarette, you would naturally take a sharp and harder draw.

This is not the way you want to vape. Try taking a longer, softer and slower pull on your device. This will allow for the battery to activate the coil and properly vapourize the e-liquid. Try to remember, the bigger the vape, the slower the draw.

REDUCE CONDENSATION IN YOUR VAPE

Condensation occurs when you take a draw and some of it vaporizes inside the device before making its way out into visibility. The droplets cool down so quickly they turn back into liquid which can accumulate in the central tube. Removing condensation is as easy as cleaning out the central tube with a paper towel or "flicking" your vape. If you choose flicking, we would suggest you do this over a sink or outside, otherwise you may get more vape juice everywhere.


GO FOR LEAK-RESISTANT TANKS

Many vapers who have switched to larger vape mods get frustrated with the persistent leaking that occurs. Switching to a smaller closed system vape kit that uses leak-resistant tanks which are pre-filled generally do not leak at all. So if your leaky vape is driving you mad, you might want to try the SMOKO VAPE starter kit.


CHANGE THE COIL

Sub-ohm and higher resistance coils do need to be replaced on a frequent basis. The constant heating and vapourizing of the e-liquid will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Many high voltage devices will need a change of coil every 5 to 7 days. The quality of your e-liquid will also have an impact on the life of your coils. So using a cheaper vape juice may result in you spending a small fortune on replacement coils.

KEEP YOUR VAPE DEVICE IN A COOL PLACE

Low temperatures will also have an effect on your coils. If you keep your vaping device in a place where it is exposed to extreme heat, this can cause the coil to wear out faster than normal and e-liquid may leak more quickly.

CHECK YOUR AIRFLOW

It is important to check that there is air at the top of your tank and that there is no blockage in the airflow holes. A limited airflow to your coil due to a blockage can also cause your vape to leak. As well, you may experience excess liquid in your coil if you are not getting enough air through. So it's important to clean your pipes!

CHECK FOR CRACKS

The challenge with many of the larger vape mods is the number of components they use. Over time and frequent use, you may notice a few cracks in the tank, mouthpiece and coil. These cracks can allow some of the vape juice to leak out. A quick investigation of the different parts of your vape will be able to highlight if there are any cracks. If you find a crack in your tank, mouthpiece or coil, we would recommend you replace these.

INCREASE YOUR POWER SETTING

One of the other causes of leaking in a larger vape mod could be that your power setting is too low. Higher VG e-liquids and sub-ohm coils tend to operate when they are set to a higher power output. These "higher performance" devices will demand more battery power and output to properly heat the coil so it is vapourizing all of the e-liquid. So if your battery is fully cranked up and you are still having issues with leaking, you may want to look at using a slightly higher PG ratio in your e-liquid.

EMPTY YOUR TANK WHEN FLYING

We are all looking forward to being able to go on vacation again soon! Most airlines will ask you to take your vape and e-liquids with you in your carry-on for safety reasons. But when you are flying, it is important to empty all of your e-liquid out of your tank before flying. The change in air pressure can cause the e-liquid to expand and force excess liquid into the wicking material and coil and may lead to leaking. This forced leaking may damage the battery and the rest of your device.  

If you are using a SMOKO VAPE or E-Cigarette, you can simply unscrew the refill from the battery. Problem solved!

always carry your vape and e-cigarettes with you in your carry-on luggage when flying

WHAT IS SPITTING AND POPPING?

When you are vaping, you may experience some spitting of the e-liquid and a popping noise. Spitting or Spitback as it is also known as, can happen when there is too much liquid in the centre of your coil. This excess e-liquid can't be vapourized quickly enough and ends up bubbling and popping like boiling water. You may get some of this unvapourized liquid shooting up the centre of the tube and into your mouth.

Spitback is not dangerous but it certainly isn't a pleasant experience. You can remedy this issue by flicking your tank over a sink to expel the excess liquid. Another quick fix is to stick a bit of rolled up paper towel down the central tube to absorb the liquid.

HOW TO PREVENT SPITTING AND POPPING

You can avoid spitting back by always making sure that you have the right amount of e-liquid in your tank. If you don't, it could cause excess liquid to be left at the bottom of your coil which will lead to spitback and popping. Here are a few other trick to try:

DON’T OVER-PRIME YOUR COIL

Priming a new coil means adding a few extra drops to the wicking material of the coil to prevent dry hits and burning out the coil. Putting too much vape juice on the wick may cause it to over prime and flood which will lead to spitting.

REDUCE YOUR AIRFLOW

Reducing the airflow in your vape and taking slower draws may help reduce the amount of spitting. If you have the air holes open too wide, you could inadvertently draw too much e-liquid into the coil. So close the air holes slightly after you flick out the excess and your spitting vape should start to settle down.

USE THICKER E-JUICE

Spitting and popping caused by excess juice in your coil may be a result of using a "thin" vape juice. Vegetable Glycerine (VG) is a thicker liquid compared to Propylene Glycol (PG). If you are using a higher PG concentrate in your vape juice and have issues with a lot of spitting, you may want to try a higher VG liquid.

CLEAN THE CHIMNEY

The central tube, or chimney, is how the vapour that is produced by your coil gets into your mouth and lungs. If you have excess liquid in the coil and condensation in the central tube, it may be time to call in the chimney sweep. Give it a clean out by either flicking your vape or using a piece of paper towel to remove any excess from the chimney.

AVOID EXOTIC COILS

A phrase I never thought I would ever say in life but we would advise that you avoid exotic coils... A vape mod is designed to be used with a specific set of coils that have been made to work within the device's performance specifications. You may be tempted to try the news fandango coils that someone on Reddit is raving about, but they have not been made to the manufacturer's stringent specifications. Using exotic coils (still cracks me up) could cause permanent damage to your device and your battery as well as cause excess liquid leaking and spitting.

So stick with the components that are designed for your device.

CONCLUSION - A VAPER'S GUIDE TO WHY IS MY VAPE LEAKING AND HOW TO FIX IT

In this guide, we have addressed a number of the reasons why your vape may be leaking and outlined many of the ways that you can try and fix it on your own. A leaky vape is something many vapers may experience when they are using larger Direct To Lung open systems. These systems inherently require a lot more care and maintenance to use. For many, the hassle is not worth it.

Over the last few years, we have had many people using larger vapes switch to the SMOKO VAPE starter kit because it is so much easier to use but still delivers a great vaping experience.

So if you want to try the UK's best vape starter kit, check out some of our great e-cigarette and vape bundles.
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