A lot of new vapers have problems with leaking so we’ve thrown together a few quick tips to help you reduce or even eliminate leakage. We’ve also included some of our Top Picks of Vape Kits that are less likely to give you problems with leakage. Often new vapers assume leakage is the sign of a faulty device but this often not the case as a perfectly good tank can still leak due to other issues. So if you are having problems with leakage give these a go as they may solve the issue for you.
Step 1: Close the airflow at the bottom of you tank
Vape Tanks with adjustable bottom airflow are always designed so that if you close the airflow at the bottom of the tank before you open the top to fill it up the tank will create a vacuum that keeps the e-liquid from leaking out of the airflow at the bottom. At Vapora Vape Shop we find this to be the most common cause of leakage. We also find that when our customers start doing this properly when they fill their tanks it eliminates the problem the overwhelming majority of the time.
Step 2: Open the top of your tank
Check your e-liquids PG/VG ratio Propylene Glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG) are the base to pretty much all e-liquids. PG is a thinner liquid while VG is much thicker. Most devices are designed to take between a 50VG/50PG and 70VG/30PG. So checking your liquid is within this range if you have a higher VG ratio than this leakage shouldn’t be an issue but e-liquid that has a higher VG ratio can cause other problems. If your liquid had a higher PG ratio than this it could be the cause of the leakage as e-liquids as liquids with high PG ratios are thinner and can just slip out of your tank. Also, we recommend staying away from higher PG ratio e-liquids in general as these are usually a sign of poor quality e-liquid as the overwhelming majority of reputable vape companies do not make high PG ratio e-liquids.
Step 3: Fill your tank
Keep your device cool! This one is pretty basic. e-liquid becomes thinner when heated the thinner liquid gets the more likely your tank will be to leak. So if you keep your tank in a cooler environment it is going to be less likely to leak.
Step 4: Close the top of your tank
Check all of your seals and o rings are intact and in the correct spots. These seals and o rings ensure the tank fits together correctly and doesn’t have any air leaks that can affect the vacuum we mentioned earlier. So if these seals and o rings are broken or have slipped out of place leakage can be the result. Most vapers will never change the seal and o rings on their tank as they will stay in the right place and intact but occasionally they will break or work themselves out of place.
Step 5: Open your airflow
If all else fails try a top airflow tank. Top Airflow Tanks like the name says have the air flow at the top and utilise gravity to ensure they don’t leak. The only way we have ever been able to get a top airflow tank to leak is by holding it upside down for a prolonged period of time. Unfortunately no matter what they try some vapers always seem to have problems with leakage and the only way to completely eliminate the possibility of leakage is by using a top airflow tank. So if you have tried all the steps above and you still can’t get your tank to stop leaking, a top airflow tank will probably make a worthwhile investment.