Here, we’re going to explain how you can avoid leaks and floods from cartomizer.
Are you here because your vaporizer tank is leaking? If you are, don’t worry – most vapers have this problem at some stage.
It can be an annoying experience, not least because you’re often left with e-liquid all over your hands or an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Cleaning up afterwards is a nightmare and, if you’re not careful, exposure to liquid nicotine could make you feel unwell.
Here are some straightforward tips to fix a vaporizer leak.
The difference between floods and leaks in cartomizers
About 90% of the time, e-liquid seeping out of tanks and into batteries is not caused by a leak – in fact, flooding is to blame. This usually happens when a vaper has been inhaling too harshly on their cartomizer, resulting in excess e-liquid making its way to the atomizer. Because the heating coil becomes overwhelmed, the excess liquid ends up in your mouth or the battery.
You’ll probably know that tasting e-liquid that hasn’t been vaporized is not nice at all. A flooded cartomizer could also damage your battery, resulting in an annoying gurgling noise. When fluid is leaking from the area where your cartomizer and battery connect, there’s a good chance that your tank has flooded.
This is normally caused by overfilling the cartomizer, or attempting to add fresh e-liquid to the atomizer when the wick has already been well saturated. It might happen because you’ve forgotten how much e-liquid you have left, or because the heating coil in your atomizer has had its day.
Leaking is different because it’s caused by small cracks on the tank itself – commonly the base. Certain e-liquids like cinnamon, menthol and some fruity flavours can make plastic tanks crack and even melt at high temperatures, and that’s why it’s worth investing in a glass tank if you’re using these e-liquids.
Now you know the difference, it’s about time we got the problem fixed.
Top tips for preventing floods and leaks
Thankfully, a flooded tank doesn’t necessarily mean that your device is faulty and needs replacing. Simply double check that the atomizer coil is functioning as it should be, take the vaporizer apart, and use a paper towel to wipe away any excess fluid. It’s also worth blowing into your device to double check that the gurgling sound has stopped. From here, you’re free to reassemble and carry on vaping.
In the future, you might want to change to a clearo-tank or clearomizer that enables you to keep tabs on how much e-liquid is left – helping eliminate the risk of overfilling the cartomizer by accident in future. It’s also worth brushing up on the techniques for vaping.
Sadly, for the 10% suffering leaks because of a crack in the tank, then it’s probably best that you splash out on a new cartomizer. Issues with the heating coil are also difficult to repair, meaning that buying a brand-new atomizer is a good shout.
Tips when dripping
Some experienced vapers try to generate more vapour without missing out on flavour through direct dripping – but this technique means that their atomizer doesn’t have any material for soaking up excess e-liquids. It can be all too easy to apply too much to the heating coils, leaving your hands covered in fluid. Using a drip tip can help but this is far from a perfect solution, so caution comes recommended.
Resist leaks with our vaporizers
VaporFi offers a range of premium vaporizers that can withstand the leaks and floods which are all too common with other devices. All of our tanks and cartomizers are fitted with O-rings, meaning there’s an airtight seal to keep e-liquid in the tank and away from your hands and mouth.
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