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Troubleshooting Tips for Leaking Vape Tanks and Clearomizers

Most experienced vapers have dealt with the all too common problem of leaking tanks at least once. There’s nothing more frustrating than being out of the house when your tank decides to start leaking. Without access to a paper towel, you’re stuck in a leaky mess. Irrespective of the make or model, the vast majority of tanks that leak do so out of the airflow control valve. However, a tank that seeps e-juice isn’t necessarily defective, and can often be resolved rather effortlessly. Here are some easy troubleshooting tips on how to identify, fix, and properly maintain a leaking vape tank and clearomizer.

leaking vape tank

Step 1: Faulty Atomizer Coil:

As with all devices and components, sometimes the manufacturer will produce a dud or lemon within a given batch. Although relatively rare, you may find a faulty atomizer coil in your five-pack. Somewhere along the manufacturing process, a single coil may not have been properly assembled, which can result in leaking. It is, therefore, prudent to replace the atomizer coil with a new one to make sure that this is not the problem. This is the easiest resolution to a leaking tank, so if replacing the atomizer coil stops the leak, then you have found your problem. If this doesn’t resolve the issue for you, don’t worry, you can still use both coils once the source of the leak has been identified.

 

Step 2: Check Your Wattage Setting:

As most vapers know, the appropriate output wattage for your device is directly correlated to the resistance of the atomizer coil being used. Wattage and resistance have an inverse relationship, meaning that the higher the resistance, the lower the wattage, and vice versa. If the wattage setting is too low to properly heat the atomizer coil, the result will be flooding, gurgling, and ultimately leaking. The reason for this is simple: if the output power is too low to adequately vaporize the e-juice, then you are essentially causing a vacuum effect, where you are siphoning fresh e-liquid into the head without it being heated and vaporized. Increasing the wattage or voltage to the proper setting could very well eliminate the leaking you are experiencing.

check your wattage setting - leaking vape tank

Step 3: Inspect the Airflow Control Valve:

Some vapers, particularly mouth-to-lung hitters, will often set the airflow control valve to its absolute lowest setting. Doing so restricts the tank’s air intake, forcing you to take much deeper and more forceful drags. If the siphoning intensity is too great, this can force an overabundance of e-juice into the atomizer coil, which may result in flooding, gurgling, and leaking. Try loosening the airflow setting somewhat to allow for slightly greater air intake. This may help resolve the leaking problem.

 

Step 4: Make Sure Everything is Assembled Correctly:

Another important step in identifying the cause of a leaking vape tank is to carefully inspect the device and its various components to ensure that everything is assembled correctly. Something as simple as the coil being cross-threaded or not screwed on tightly enough can open the way for e-juice to escape.

You will want to remove the atomizer coil and screw it back on securely, making sure that it is threaded on correctly. You also want to check to make sure the glass tube is placed on properly. With certain tanks, if the glass tube is assembled upside-down, this can also result in a leak. Once each of the tank’s components have been inspected, reconnect all of the parts securely without over-tightening.

 

Step 5: Look for Cracks:

The vast majority of new tanks are equipped with either Pyrex or Quartz glass tubes as the e-juice reservoir. Although glass offers certain benefits, the downside is that they are prone to cracking or breaking. Remove and inspect the entire glass tube, paying careful attention to the end caps, as even the slightest crack or fracture could allow for e-liquid to seep out of it and into the airflow valve. If you do notice any fractures, this is likely the source of the leak. Replacing the tube will likely resolve the problem for you.

cracked glass - leaking tank

Step 6: Check All Seals and O-Rings:

One of the primary causes of leaking tanks is cracked, missing, or misplaced seals. Each tank is furnished with a series of seals and O-rings. Atomizer coils are also equipped with them, all of which are meant to provide for a tight and leak-free tank. Check each and every seal, beginning with the atomizer heads. When coils are screwed on and off, the seals can be moved or otherwise misplaced. Check to make sure that all of the seals are present, not cracked, and are in the proper location. Next, follow the same procedure to inspect the tank’s seals. If you notice that an O-ring is misplaced, crimped, damaged, or absent altogether, this is most likely the source of the leak. It is also a good idea to replace the seals altogether, as the ones that came with the device may be somehow damaged.

o-rings for leaking vape tanks

Other Troubleshooting Tips for Leaking Tanks:

If you have tried all of the steps above and are still experiencing a leaking tank, you may need to optimize the general maintenance of your vape tank. Here are some general guidelines on how to properly care for, maintain, and use your tank in order to help prevent leaks.

 

Step 1: Proper Cleaning:

As you use your tank, the vapor will inevitably create some degree of condensation. This buildup is often gathered within the airflow control valve, within the drip tip, and at the outer base of the tank. It is good practice to regularly disassemble the entire tank and run it under water. Once you have thoroughly rinsed the various components, shake it rigorously and dry with a towel or paper towel.

 

Step 2: The Way You Hit

Many vapers enjoy taking long, forceful drags—particularly smokers who have recently begun vaping. If you find yourself sucking too hard on your drip tip, this could mean that the airflow is too restricted. Opening up the airflow valve can help in this regard. If you are taking too hard of hits, you can potentially draw an overabundance of fresh liquid into the coil, which will result in flooding and leaking. Try taking softer hits with a slightly widened airflow valve.

 

Step 3: Laying on Its Side

Tanks, particularly those that are equipped with airflow control valves, can often leak if they are positioned horizontally on its side for extended periods, rather than standing straight up. Vapers who have box mods can easily set their device on the table upright, as the flat bottom provides for the stability necessary to do so. Those with cylindrical eGo-style batteries will have a more difficult time doing this, as the base of the battery is generally not stable enough to stand upright. Try to keep your tank in a vertical position as much as possible, as this will greatly help reduce the possibility of leaking. Leaning it against a wall may help for those who don’t use box MODs.

 We hope these tips will keep your tank Leak-free!
Source: Vapor Authority
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TSA Guidelines for Flying with E-cigarettes and E-liquid

Traveling with e-cigs and e-liquid on a plane isn’t something anyone wants to really waste much time thinking or worrying about. The TSA guidelines for traveling with liquid apply to nicotine e-liquid as well.

In the event you’re still wondering if this info is accurate, the TSA’s blog post about e-cigs and traveling aboard planes will certainly calm your fears. As far as using them while flying, we suggest you contact your airline and see what they have to say. Though most airlines don’t approve of it.

URGENT UPDATE:  April 13, 2016  – There is a new law being proposed that’s going to prevent everyone from carrying/transporting any and ALL electronic cigarette products. You will not be able to take any vape hardware with you. Not even in your carry-on or checked luggage! As of January 2017, this law is not in effect and as of now you can still travel with e-cigs and e-liquids.

PLEASE READ our updated post about the new law proposed that will ban ecigs on planes.

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UPDATED FOR 2016:

New rules for air travel with electronic cigarette batteries. Revised TSA guidelines announced in November 2015. No ecig batteries permitted in checked baggage. These rules were implemented due to concerns regarding fire hazards involving low quality, unregulated cape devices and low quality lithium ion batteries.

 

PREVIOUS UPDATES: July 9th, 2014

 

The TSA Security Rules For E-Cigs

At this time, there aren’t any. You’d think there would be, but there really aren’t. However, there are rules for liquids of any type. Since you’ll likely be traveling with your Halo TritonApollo eGo, or another mod-type e-cigs that requires a clearomizer tank – you’re most likely going to be traveling with e-juice. You’ll have to follow their guidelines for “how much” you can take. Don’t worry though…they’ve made it a tad bit easier than you think.

The TSA has a rule of thumb they go by. It’s called the 3-1-1 carry-on rule. Ever heard of it? Well, it basically outlines very clearly what you need to do with your liquids. You can read more about their 3-1-1 carry on rule here.

If you do a little bit of research, you’ll find out there are very few people that had any difficulties with the TSA concerning their e-liquids or e-cigarettes in general. To be a little bit more precautionary, don’t declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. If you know you’re not carrying anything suspicious or illegal, let the TSA do their job and go on your way. If they should raise an eyebrow, let them know it’s nicotine e-liquid for your e-cig – but don’t bring attention to yourself if it’s not necessary.

BulletPoint Recap:

  1. You can travel with e-cigs on a plane but the FAA has told airlines that lithium ion vape batteries are a fire hazard. Therefore no e-cigs allowed in checked bags. You must travel with your e-cigs as carry-on.
  2. You can travel with e-cigs either on your person or in your carry on bag.
  3. If your carry on bag has too be checked at the gate, you have to remove your e-cigs and any spare batteries before your bag can be checked.
  4. E-liquids are allowed in checked bags as long as the meet the 3-1-1 standards as indicated in the diagram above.

Recommendations for Traveling with your eCig

Your batteries and charger can go in with your laptop case or with your other electronics. We also recommend disconnecting the batteries from their atomizers when going through the check point. You’re bound to set off an alarm, and it’s a lot easier to just hand them something than to have them treat you like you’re a criminal trying to pull some tricky stuff. Point being – don’t make your bulky e-cig look like a pen bomb/pipe bomb or even take one that resembles anything like one. Also take it apart for the sake of getting through TSA smoothly and reassemble it on the plane.

As for your batteries, cartridges, clearomizer tanks, and whatever else – unless you’re taking an unreasonable amount, don’t sweat it. The TSA doesn’t currently have any restriction on e-liquid, or e-cig products. Just make sure that the e-liquids are secured in a zip-top, clear plastic bag.

In the unlikely event that you can’t take your e-cig with you, a really good recommendation is that you take a self addressed envelope large enough for your e-cig with you so that you can mail it back to yourself if you can’t take it through the checkpoint, which is very unlikely to happen. Better safe than sorry.

Don’t Use Your E-cig On A Plane!

Keep in mind though, Airplanes have smoke alarms…make sure you’re discreet about your vaping, and not creating clouds within the plane. Airplanes and airports are not the place for cloud chasing! They’ll set the alarms off, and then not only are you embarrassed, but you’ve created an environment of chaos and panic. Let’s avoid that 🙂

Check out our “Can Ecigs Set Off Smoke Alarms” YouTube video if you’re interested in seeing us test it out 🙂

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New Study Shows E-Cig Vapor Contains No More Trace Metals Than Typical Air

New Study Shows E-Cig Vapor Contains No More Trace Metals Than Typical Air

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has often claimed that the vapor produced from e-cigs and vaping technology is enormously high in trace metals.  However, a new research study conducted by scientists from Tennessee’s Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and Missouri’s William Carey University (WCU) seems to refute these previous claims almost entirely.

Furthermore, the researchers offer some rather interesting theories as to why and how agencies like the FDA can make such ridiculous claims in the first place.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

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FDA’s Deeming Rule Threatening More Than Just Public Health

FDA’s deeming rule threatening more than just public health

The vaping industry has created jobs and a vast number of business opportunities, hence has had an immeasurable impact not only on public health but also the world’s economy, and yet, is facing a serious threat from the FDA.

In the last ten years, electronic cigarettes have exploded from non-existence to a $3.5 billion industry. A recent report by the Orange County Register showed that the number of stores selling e-cigarettes in Los Angeles County has risen by 34% from 2013 to 2016. Additionally an increase of 21% was reported in Orange County, 15% in San Bernardino County and 9% in Riverside County.

The infamous deeming rule implemented by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rocked the vaping industry and has led to the demise of several small well meaning vaping businesses, most set up by ex-smokers themselves who have smoking cessation at heart and a motivation to share the products that helped them quit.

On the other hand the FDA insists on demonizing vaping products and classifying them as tobacco products. The closing down of the small vape shops that cannot afford to pay the ridiculous licence fees imposed by the agency, is leading to big tobacco, (who are now also branching out to vaping products), having the market all to themselves once again. A move that is detrimental not only to public health, but also to the economy, as the rich tobacco companies get richer, and small vape shops and their employees are finding themselves out of jobs.

The evidence is as clear as crystal, vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking. A figure that was first released by Public Health England, and then confirmed by several other studies. While this data has been successfully endorsed by the UK, and is currently being reviewed by other countries, the US has been consistently refuting it.

Read the rest of the article HERE.