Have you ever had to deal with a leaking cartomizer? Don’t worry. Most of us have… Leaking atomizers, actually, are one among the banes of my very existence. Of course, it doesn’t do much permanent harm – it’s easy to clean up, and you can quickly get on with your day.
Still, it is very annoying, and the sort of annoyance which tends to amplify as it’s there for longer – something like a constant patter from a dripping tap. Fortunately, for most cartomizers, it isn’t hard to fix or reduce this sort of leaking problem – here are ten tips which will help you stay leak-free
1 – Fill It Up Correctly.
The cause of most leaks is failing t fill the cartomizer correctly. Tank style atomizers feature a central tub, which extends from the coil all the way to the mouthpiece. If you accidentally get e-liquid in it, it’s very likely that you’ll run into leaking or gurgling problems.
Don’t worry though – the fix for such problems is very simple. When you’re filling up, be very careful in order to avoid getting e-liquid in that central tube. Tilt the tank as you fill up, as if you were pouring beer from a glass – this way, you’ll ensure that the liquid will run down the interior of your plastic or glass tank, staying as far from the centre as you can have it. When it begins filling up, straighten the tank slowly in order to avoid spills.
2-Tighten It Up, And Watch For Cross-Threading
This is another very basic issue which may lea to leaking – when the components aren’t screwed in securely. A gap where the coil meets the base of the atomizer, or where the base of the atomizer meets the tank could be enough to cause a leak.
This is another one that’s easy to avoid – just take some time when re-attaching the atomizer head to the base – or to the central tube’s top, in case of top-coil clearomizers – to make sure everything fits right.
It’s also very important that you make sure you check the atomizer head from time to time, since its connection may loosen as you unscrew the tank. The biggest problem that tends to happen when screwing it all in is cross threading. It’s what happens when the threads of the two components you’ve been screwing together fail to like up correctly, which leads to an imperfect seal.
The best solution to this problem is to line it all up, turn it anti-clockwise and continue until you hear the click, then screw it in clockwise.
3 – Don’t Overtighten
While you can’t leave it too lose, don’t leave it too tight either. This is due to the O-rings functionality – they are tiny rubber rings which you can find near the threading, where the two parts of your tank meet.
They are very important to perfectly seal everything, reducing the chance of leaks, but if you tighten it too much, you’ll probably end up damaging them. A little break or split will give an escape route to the e-liquid, and you’ll end up with juice leaking inside your pocket.
The line between too tight and tight enough can be hard to define though – you need to make sure everything is screwed in place firmly, but without applying much strength to it. Don’t Hulk out, screw until it fits snugly, instead of as tight as you can.
4 – Check The O-Rings, And If You Need To, Replace Them
Over-tightening is not the only thing that can lead to O-ring issues. They may degrade, or simply get budget out of the right position as time goes on – sometimes, they may even be faulty when you first get them.
In order to check the O-rings, you’ll need to take the clearomizer or tank apart – in most cases, all you’ll need to do is unscrew its various parts. Then, look for rubber rings at the base of the tank and on the atomizer head.
If they are out of position or degraded, replace or move them, and you’ll be good to go. A tool such as a pair of tweezers, a toothpick or a small flat-head screwdriver will probably be helpful. Certain tanks come with spares that you can use – if that’s not the case, you’ll need to buy them yourself, and make sure they’re the correct size.
It’s also important to make sure the O-Ring is installed right, in a manner which everything fits snugly and there are no gaps through which e-liquid can leak.
5 – Adding Extra Seals (For Aspire Triton And Nautilus)
There are a few cases in which a clearomizer or tank could do with more sealing – especially where the head of the atomizer meets the centre tube.
Vapers often run into this problem using the Aspire Triton – juice leaks out of the bottom after it makes its way to the centre tube – the Nautilus is often affected as well.
The fix for it is simple too – for the Triton, you need only a little silicone drip tip cover, and a pair of scissors. Begin by unscrewing the tank, then remove the coil from the base.
There will be two sets of threading at the coil – one on the bottom, surrounded by O-rings on both sides, an one at the top, above the ridged section. The upper threading doesn’t have a seal above or below it – this is the source of the problem.
Cut a section of the silicone drip tip cover in a manner that the ring is wide enough to fit between the upper threading and the raised ridged section, then place it there. You can cut the ring more precisely after its in place, to make it less likely to give you trouble when you’re re-assembling everything – just be careful.
After everything is attached again, you’ll probably be able to vape leak-free. Nautilus’ problem, as well as its fix, is basically identical, but you can use the lower O-ring in another coil instead of cutting one yourself.