Why Does My Vape Cartridge Leak?

A leaky vape cartridge can be downright irritating and be the cause of an unnecessary inconvenience. However, if you regularly vape CBD oil or e-liquids, it is likely that this has happened to you at least once. We know that there is nothing more frustrating (and annoying) than being on the go when your vape cartridge starts leaking.

Cartridge leakage is not only frustrating, but it can also be messy to clean up, especially if you don’t have a paper towel on hand during this most inopportune moment. It also means that your expensive e-liquids and oils are going to waste, which is the last thing you want.

A leaky vape cartridge may seem like a rite of passage in the world of vaping; however, that doesn’t mean you can’t fix the issue quickly and stop it from happening again. There are several things that may cause a vape cartridge or vaporizer to leak and the good news is that you can usually fix the problem relatively easily.

Reasons behind Leakage

If your vape cartridge worked just fine when you opened the package but then gradually started to leak with continued use, keep in mind that this might have been caused by several things, such as your vape cartridge getting overheated during storage or use. If you or someone else accidentally sits on a vape pen or vaporizer, it may cause the device to leak. Also, dropping the cartridge or giving your device an extra hard jolt may cause it to leak.

There are some other reasons behind cartridge leakage as well. For example, if you frequently carry your vape cartridge or pen at the bottom of your purse or bag, the items you carry around the vape cartridge can knock against it, causing it to start leaking.

Sometimes, your vape tank may leak. One of the most frequent causes of leaky tanks is the inadequate filling of the vape tank. Another common cartridge leakage problem that may cause your vape tank to leak is a dented or damaged O-ring. The O-ring is made of rubber and is usually found at both the bottom and top of the vape tank. At times, these rings may get ripped, dented or damaged. In case the O-ring on your vape tank is ripped or damaged, the device will leak juice because the air seal has been broken.  Another reason your tank may leak could be due to a bad atomizer head, such as a burnt atomizer head. In addition, over puffing can lead to leakage as well.

If you keep or transport your vape device in a horizontal position, it may also cause your device to leak. Note that if you store your tank on its side for extended periods of time, the juice is likely to leak out of your device’s airflow holes.

How to Fix Tank or Cartridge Leakage?

Here are some effective ways to fix your leaky vape device.

Proper Filling

Incorrectly filling a vape device is one of the most common reasons behind leaks. Never overfill your vape tank. When you are filling your vape tank tilt it like you’re pouring a glass of beer. Note that this will ensure the liquid or oil runs straight down into your vape tank and away from its central tube. You should always leave a small air pocket at the top of your device when filling. The empty space will prevent any liquid or e-juice from leaking out.

If you want to preventing overfilling check out KALIBR by iKusher. KALIBER features s disruptive filling and capping technology, with an inverted filling design, which reduces the potential for leakage. For more options, check out these iKrusher products and valuable filling instructions.

Check for Cracks

This is another simple tip to prevent cartridge leakage. Vape cartridges and tanks from top-notch brands, such as iKusher, are often made with Pyrex and quartz glass or other sturdy material and should be able to withstand some basic wear and tear.

You should examine your vape device closely, paying close attention to the end caps. If it’s cracked, you may be able to get a replacement glass and return to an amazing leak-free vaping experience! Many people don’t realize that cracks can often be so fine or minor that they will not even notice them until the vaporizer starts to leak.

Clean Your Tank

As you use your vaporizer or vape cartridge, inevitably the vapor will create some degree of condensation. Remember that this buildup is usually gathered within the device’s airflow control valve, its drip tip, as well as at the outer base of the vape tank.

A simple and quick solution to address this issue is to take your vaporizer apart, and then wash the device in cold water. When you are done, leave your device out to dry overnight. In fact, you should make it a habit to regularly disassemble your entire tank and rinse it in clean water.

Keep Your Vape Device Upright

When you’re not using your device, or sometimes even in between vapes, you should leave the unit in a vertical position. Vape tanks, such as those designed and equipped with airflow control valves, may leak if they are placed horizontally on their side for extended periods of time, instead of standing straight up. So, don’t get in the bad habit of laying your vape device horizontally otherwise you’ll have to deal with the inevitable leakage of oil or juice.

Take Soft Hits

Many veteran vapers like to take long and forceful drags, which can be problematic. If you find yourself sucking a little too hard or forcefully on the drip tip, this may mean that your airflow is restricted. Opening up your airflow valve can be helpful in this instance. Keep in mind that if you are taking big hits, you will potentially draw too much of fresh liquid into the coil, resulting in flooding or leaking. So, you should try to take softer hits with a slightly wide airflow valve.

Final Thoughts

If you perform regular maintenance on your vape cartridge and tank, and ensure that you’re using it properly, you will definitely minimize the risk of cartridge leakage in your device! And if you’re vape tank was leaking, we hope this article was helping in fixing, as well as preventing, the issue.

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