If you've been vaping for any length of time or know someone who vapes then chances are you've dealt with a leaky tank. Nothing like walking around a store and notice people staring at your crotch. It's really weird when you find out your zipper isn't down but that your tank has leaked all it's juice and made you look like you did a number 1 in your pants. Here are the top 10 reasons I can think of for your leaky tank with some simple fixes thrown in to help you out.
10 Reasons Your Tank Leaks: (With some easy fixes thrown in!)
- The settings on your device are wrong: This is a common user error where you just don't have your device turned up high enough to vaporize the juice. These days most manufacturers list a min-max wattage rating and a "sweet spot" wattage rating right on their coils. If you aren't following their instructions by using at least the minimum wattage then you're gonna have a leaky tank my friend. Easy fix: Make sure you're running at least the minimum recommended wattage on the coil.
- Your juice is the wrong VG/PG mix for your device: If you are using a positive ohm coil (anything over 1 ohm) you will want to use a juice higher in PG as it is thinner and will vape beautifully in your tank. High VG with a positive ohm coil will just clog it up and kill your coil. If you are using a sub ohm coil (anything under 1 ohm) then you should be using a juice high in VG. High PG juice with a sub ohm coil is going to be a leaky mess. Like I said earlier, PG is thinner and will soak right through today's massive sub ohm coils. Easy fix: Make sure you're using the right VG/PG mixture for your coil.
- You left your device in a very hot place: Everyone is guilty of this. You leave your vape in the car to run inside the store for a minute. You run into somebody you know, have a conversation, and come back to your car 20 minutes later to a pool of e-juice and an empty tank. The funny thing about e-juice is that it likes to break down in the heat. If it stays too hot for too long it becomes much thinner and will run right through your coil like Taco Bell runs through you at 3am. And it's not just the car you need to worry about. Keep your vape out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time no matter where you are. Easy fix: Just try and keep your vape cool and don't neglect it in a hot car.
- Your coil is loose: Seems simple but it's often overlooked. If you find your tank leaking like a sieve just break it down and make sure your coil is in there all the way. You might have cross threaded it accidentally or there might be something in the base preventing the coil from being screwed in all the way. Easy fix: Just double check your coil. Unscrew it from the base, check the base for any obstructions, and slowly screw your coil back in. Easy peasy.
- Your coil is dead: RIP mister coil, you had a good life. If your tank just starts leaking out of nowhere there's a good chance your coil is dead. By dead I mean that the cotton can no longer wick correctly after being heated every time you take a puff. Your cotton will eventually break down the more that it is heated and allow juice to run through it more easily. Easy fix: Pull that coil out and give it a look. If your coil cotton now has a black appearance instead of white and fluffy it's time to say goodbye. That blackened coil can sometimes, but not always, be accompanied by a burnt metallic or burnt popcorn taste. One last hint, stay away from e-juices loaded with artificial sweeteners because they are coil killers!
- You just got a bum coil: Let's face it folks, these coils are not individually hand crafted. They are made on a big old production line that probably cranks out a few thousand of them every hour. The chances that something might have gotten messed up or missed during the production process is pretty good. Hell I once got a coil with no coil in it! Just the casing and some cotton! Easy fix: There really is no easy fix on this one folks. You can try and take it back to the vape shop you got it from but most have a "no refund" policy on coils.
- A change in atmospheric pressure: This one is aimed at all you travelers out there. Planes and vape tanks do NOT play well together. Granted the plane keeps a cabin pressure you can live in but it's not the same pressure you're used to on the ground. That's why your ears pop on take off, think about it. That change in pressure also affects a full tank of vape juice, trust me. For those of you that drive, you may experience some leakage as you drive through the mountains. Easy fix: Well, you can't vape on a plane so to prevent a puddle just empty your tank before takeoff. As for the drivers, you might want to do the same until you're past those mountains. If you're staying in the mountains for a while just refill when you're there and things should be good.
- Seals are missing or in bad shape: If you've ever taken apart your tank I'm sure you've noticed all kinds of seals on several different parts of the tank. If your tank springs a leak and you've checked all the obvious stuff you might want to take a gander at your seals. Those seals don't last forever, it's the reason a lot of tanks come with spares. If a seal gets pinched, ripped, or falls off without you noticing chances are your tank will do it's best impersonation of Niagara Falls in your lap. Easy fix: Do a monthly vape equipment check. Check all your seals for damage and to make sure they're all where they're supposed to be. A few minutes every month can save you from a few dollars of e-juice in your lap.
- Your tank isn't assembled correctly: I'm going to refer you back to #6 as one possible reason. These tanks are assembly line manufactured. That doesn't mean everything was put together quite right in the beginning. Also, if you've taken the tank apart recently to clean it I hate to say it but you might want to double check your work. There's always that chance it was user error, just saying. Easy fix: Pull up a Youtube video, tear that sucker apart, and then put it back together. It always pays to know how your stuff goes together properly and how it works.
- The glass/plastic is chipped or broken: Today's tanks are usually made out of glass or plastic. Some may hold up a little better to a fall than others but they are far from indestructible. If you dropped your tank recently and you notice you have a leak it might be time to check your glass/plastic. The tank won't always shatter when you drop it but be on the lookout for hairline cracks. Some tanks have "protective coverings" that are meant to save it from falls. The problem with those covers is that you can't always see a crack if it's behind the cover. Easy fix: They aren't the end all be all but if your tank comes with a vape band or 2 I would say use them. They won't help with a fall from say shoulder height but they offer a decent amount of protection if your device tips over on the counter.
I hope these little tips and tricks help. There is nothing more annoying than a leaking tank. If you have any tips and tricks feel free to leave them in the comments. Until next time, happy vaping!