Leaking Vape Tank? Here’s How to Fix It!

April 29, 2022 4 min read

Few things in vaping are more annoying and bothersome than a leaky vape tank. Every tank is prone to leaking once in a while. If you’ve been vaping long enough, you’ve almost certainly had a tank that dumped its contents in your pocket or left a puddle on a table once or twice. Considering the number of holes that the average vape tank has for letting air in and allowing vapour to escape, it’s actually surprising that most vape tanks don’t leak more often than they do. If you have a vape tank that leaks constantly, though, that’s a problem. The good news, though, is that a leaking vape tank is usually quite fixable – and reading this article, you’re going to learn how to do exactly that. Let’s dive in.

Why Do Vape Tanks Leak?

In this article, we’re going to describe a single comprehensive process that you can use to troubleshoot and fix any leaking vape tank. Our process is 100-percent reliable in that, if it doesn’t fix your tank, the tank itself is the problem and requires replacement. Before you begin this process, though, you might find it useful to understand why vape tanks leak in the first place. There are six different problems that can cause a vape tank to leak constantly and predictably.

  • The tank is overfilled. When it’s used, a vape tank forms an internal vacuum that helps to keep the e-liquid in its place. If a tank is filled all the way to the top, the vacuum can’t form. You should always leave a little empty space when filling your tank.
  • The tank’s atomizer coil is flooded. That’s likely to happen if you inhale too firmly when using a tank designed for mouth-to-lung vaping. Puffing too firmly overwhelms the tank’s small intake vents and draws excess e-liquid from the tank’s reservoir to the atomizer coil.
  • The tank is assembled incorrectly. If any of the tank’s metal threads are crossed, the tank will leak because it’ll be unable to maintain a vacuum.
  • The tank’s internal silicone gaskets are warped or damaged. More than anything else, the gaskets are responsible for keeping the e-liquid in its place. That’s why every new tank includes a set of replacement gaskets. If a gasket is damaged, the tank will leak.
  • Your e-liquid is too thin for the tank you’re using. If your tank’s atomizer coil has large wick openings, your e-liquid should generally have a VG/PG ratio of at least 50/50. An e-liquid that contains a high amount of PG may be so thin that it seeps through the atomizer coil’s wick, causing the tank to flood.
  • The tank has gone through a major altitude change. Air expands at high altitudes, and in an enclosed environment like a vape tank, the air can force the vape juice out of the tank. If you’re planning to go on a mountain drive and expect the ascent to be greater than 2,000 feet or so, you should travel with a half-full vape tank to minimise leaking.

Four of the problems described above – overfilling the tank, inhaling too firmly when vaping, using an e-liquid that’s too thin and driving at high altitudes – are all things that you can control by simply making changes to how and where you vape. The other two problems, however, have to do with the tank itself. To check for those problems, you’ll need to disassemble the tank.

How to Disassemble and Fix a Leaking Vape Tank

If your vape tank is leaking due to a problem with the tank itself, you’ll have to disassemble and examine the tank to find out what’s going on. Disassemble the tank completely and rinse every component in fresh water. Discard the atomizer coil. A coil with a manufacturing fault can cause a tank to leak, so we’ll eliminate that possibility by using a new coil. Dry the tank’s components thoroughly with paper towels.

Before reassembling the tank, check the components closely for any damaged gaskets. If you see a gasket that’s torn, missing a chunk or stretched out of place, the gasket no longer makes a good seal and should be replaced. Your tank should include a bag of replacement gaskets; now is the time to use them.

After you finish checking the tank’s components for damage, it’s time to reassemble the tank. You can also prime and install a new atomizer coil while you’re doing this. When you reassemble the tank, screw the parts together slowly and carefully. Pay attention to what’s happening when you twist the components together. A tank’s threads are usually metal on metal. Vape manufacturers usually use no lubricants in their tanks because you wouldn’t want the lubricants to end up in your e-liquid. As a result, the threads may feel slightly “scratchy” when you twist them together. That’s completely normal; you need to learn to tell the difference between that and cross-threading. If you need to use force to get your tank’s parts to screw together, they are probably cross-threaded. Back them up and try again.

After you’ve checked your tank’s gaskets for damage and carefully reassembled the tank, you’re ready to refill the tank and get back to vaping. As long as you maintain the tank and remember the advice given in the first section of this article, you shouldn’t have to worry about your tank leaking again in the future.

Unable to Fix Your Leaking Vape Tank? It’s Time for a New One!

If you’ve followed all of the advice in this article, you should find that your vape tank almost never leaks. If your tank continues to leak, it’s likely that the tank has been in service for a while and that it’s probably time to replace it. The threading that holds a vape tank together wears down over time and can cause the tank’s seal to become faulty. In addition, today’s vape tanks are simply more reliable than the tanks of the past. If it’s been a few years since the last time you bought a new vape tank, it’s probably time for a new one. Shop our selection of vape tanks now!