TO AVOID LEAKS : A COMPLETE GUIDE
Hear his clearomizer glouglouter during a puff, to see his precious e-liquid drip by the airflows, soiling, staining his clothes, the leakage of e-liquid are part of the "hazards of the trade" when it begins to vape. On some rare occasions, the leakage repetition are attributable to the material itself, but in the vast majority of cases it is indeed our fault if our material ends up more oil than a bodybuilder Palm Beach.
Leaks are definitely the problem N°1 of the vapor, and some fear them like the plague ! The problem is that a vapoteur confirmed will find the cause quite easily, so that a beginner confronted with the great water as soon as the first few puffs will feel very quickly the mustard him in the nose.
In this guide, we are going to track and explain the main causes of the leaks to learn how to better avoid them. Today, we help beginners to well settle in their new hardware and this will also be the opportunity to help the experts to make the point on their practices.
Far be it from us to show us their insolent, but it is certainly good to remind the beginners that the vape is never " 100% clean ". Your electronic cigarette stores liquid intended to be crossed by a current of air, heated, vaporized, and finally condensed. With all of this, it is almost inevitable to observe seeps during the filling, or a small oily film on the level of the sensitive areas of the equipment (vents, drip-tip, lid, etc).
If these vagaries of the vape does not have anything to worry about or your motivation, the real leaks, however, are an unfortunate reality. A clearomizer is empty to big drops or dripping, literally, on your fingers, it happened, it will surely happen other times and it is important to understand the cause of these hassles.
Because a vapoteur warned is forearmed, here are some questions that you must ask yourself for you to get rid of the leaks.
THE E-LIQUID IS ADAPTED TO THE RESISTANCE ?
This is certainly the first cause of leakage. The compatibility between a e-liquid and the resistance used by the e-cig is the most important question that you must ask yourself to avoid a bad experience. In fact, all the e-liquids are not suitable to all resistances.
HOW DOES IT WORK ?
The resistance :
The resistance is the room in the heart of the clearomizer, one that soaks the e-liquid that vaporizes. According to the model, and the power of the resistance, some will have very large openings to absorb a lot of e-liquid, while others do not have any small holes.
The e-liquid :
It is necessary to take account of the rate of PG/VG e-liquid. Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin are the two basic components, the first being very fluid, and the second being very viscous. Thus, the rate of PG/VG e-liquid will set its "texture" and make it appropriate or not to the resistance used.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS IN CASE Of INCOMPATIBILITY ?
In the worst case : An e-liquid too viscous (VG > 60%) in a small resistance will be hard to come soak through its small openings. After a few puffs, the resistance dries up, and it is the inevitable taste of burnt cotton waiting for you (a " Dry-hit ").
In the worst of the worst-case scenario : An e-liquid too fluid (VG < 50%) in a large resistance will pass through large openings, like a stream of water would pass through a thin sheet of toilet paper. The liquid then passes into the chimney, and it is the leak-guaranteed !
I'M AFRAID ! HOW DO YOU KNOW ?
Find the rate of PG/VG, ideal for a resistor is often risky for a beginner, and sometimes you have to wait to discover the answer by committing first to an error. But a small glance wise may be enough to make the right choice at the first attempt !
Here are three examples of resistors with entries e-liquid with more or less extensive.
The first is a very small resistance with openings very fine. This kind of resistance team, often the hardware not very powerful (kits AIO, pod mods) that aim to mimic the rendering of a cigarette. With this type of resistance, do not try to vape an e-liquid with over 50% of VG, or it is the dry-hit, guaranteed !
The second is a resistance a little more imposing, but with openings medium. Often used in the devices more versatile, these resistors will bear well enough e-liquid to the rate of PG/VG between 70/30 and 30/70.
The last one is a resistance large-caliber, with huge openings of e-liquid. Designed to generate a lot of steam at high powers, these resistors require e-liquid with at least 70% VG to avoid leakage.
HOW long HAVE YOU NOT CHANGED YOUR RESISTANCE ?
You have an e-liquid is perfectly suited to your strength ? Perfect ! But wouldn't it be time to replace it ?
The photo that illustrates this paragraph shows a nice resistance on the atomizer, rebuildable. See the cotton wick and the coils are air-caramelized and furiously decomposed. This is more or less what it looks like resistance worn down to the bone !
Even if you take care of your equipment and that you do not explore the range of power outputs colossal, resistance will deteriorate irreparably and will have more and more difficulty accomplishing the task. Resistance worn will no longer be able to contain the e-liquid as it should be, and this gap is likely to cause sudden.
If everything was for the better since the last three months and that leaks appear, it would probably be a great time to change your resistance !
WHAT IS THE LIFE SPAN OF A RESISTANCE ?
It is a well known issue to which it is unfortunately impossible to answer with precision. The life of resistance depends on :
its materials, of its model, the power of vape, the rate of VG in e-liquid, the composition of the aromas, the frequency of use, and even chance (the resistance even produced in series are never strictly identical).
Only experience will allow you to anticipate roughly the lifespan of your resistance. In the meantime, the appearance of sudden accompanied by a delicate burnt taste you will put a flea in the ear when will come the time of the change of resistance !
YOUR RESISTANCE IS WELL INSTALLED ?
You think you have done the tour of all the pitfalls to avoid, and of all causes of leaks ? We regret to inform you that it is far from being the case. You just change your resistance and you use an e-liquid suitable ? Well ! But where does this leak sudden ? It could be that your new resistance has been poorly installed.
It is not rare to install a resistor across by mistake. In the majority of cases the resistors are screwed or burrow into the base of the clearomizer, but an error of inattention or screw into the threads slightly damaged can create a default join between the two parts. The e-liquid soaks then slowly but surely between the resistance and the base, and it is the leak-guaranteed !
A TIP ?
Take your time when changing the resistance. Make sure that the latter can be screwed in straight and well blocked at the bottom of the base, even if it means having to force a little the next time you remove it.
As a precaution, start by filling the reservoir with a few ml only and then see if the leaks seem to occur at the level of the mouths of airflow. If you have been vigilant during the installation, there will be little chances that your clearomizer starts to drip. But when in doubt, it is better to be obliged to waste a few milliliters of e-liquid rather than a tank 5 ml whole !
HAVE YOU PROPERLY FILLED THE TANK ?
Speaking of filling, there are also traps to avoid ! "Not above board ", yes, but still ?
In general, it is advisable to fill the tank with a clearomizer or atomizer up to about three-quarters to avoid a leak almost instantly upon closure of the latter.
Some materials indicate a maximum limit of fill to meet for a single purpose : to avoid leaks. At first use of a new material, so be sure to watch for any indication on the tank or, in all cases, to limit the amount of e-liquid when filling.
BUT WHY NOT FILL THEM ALL OUT ?
During the opening, filling and closing of your tank, the wick of your strength is put to the test. When closing the reservoir, a slight but non negligible overpressure occurs in the interior and pushes the e-liquid to the nearest exit : the center of the resistance. The air is compressible, not the liquid. It is then enough that your tank is too full and your resistance is already properly soaked for a leak to appear.
The clearomiseurs and atomizers with top-caps dévissables are the most prone to this phenomenon, but these tips apply to all filling systems. If your hardware allows it, block the entries of e-liquid prior to the opening and closing of the tank.
YOUR HARDWARE IS IN GOOD CONDITION ?
They are there for. You can't see perhaps not, but they protect you. They act in the shadows and do their best to keep you at the sec We are talking of course of the o-rings !
Present in all the nooks and crannies of a clearomizer or atomizer to attach pieces to them and ensure a perfect seal, o-rings (the famous " O-Rings ") as thin and discreet as they are-have a crucial role in the proper functioning of a clearomizer.
This is not without reason that the manufacturers provide almost always spare seals with their hardware. With time, the heat and the friction, the seals in the more exposed may be damaged, cut or even end up in the trap of the sink. Because a seal is missing will lead to seeps more or less troublesome, better make sure that none is missing !
If you buy a clearomizer from a chance, try to check that no o-ring is not missing, in particular at the level of the tank. Also, take care not to lose o-ring when cleaning your clearomizer, and try to identify its place if one of them comes to be detached.
Keep all the bags of spare seals supplied with the clearomiseurs and atomizers in case of breakage or to replace those of another material. Most of the formats are identical, and their elasticity will allow you to find a gasket adapted without difficulty if you no longer have those original.
HOW DO YOU TRANSPORT YOUR EQUIPMENT ?
Even if you strictly follow the above mentioned rules, the leak may as well find its source in the way you carry your equipment. Keep in mind that liquids are a powerful force, placed in materials that are open to multiple locations such as their airflows and their drip-tip. Your e-liquid is in the process of escape as a prisoner of Alcatraz ? Ask yourself if it would not have been recently shaken.
Even well-maintained, an electronic cigarette too choppy and messy during transport will tend to leave a few leaks. If by misfortune you do not follow the advice above, the leakage will be only exacerbated.
WHAT ARE THE BEST PRACTICES ?
Avoid as far as possible to place or to carry your e-cigarette horizontal or upside down. Keep-there right, and do not use your talent for juggling with, even if its format would lend itself willingly.
Take care when traveling by car ! Same row comfortably in the door tumbler, your clearomizer didn't appreciate the shaking, the constant vibration and the back of a donkey, crossed in fourth gear. A soft surface or well damped will be more appropriate for the small trips as for long trips.
YOUR TIMELINE IS PROPERLY COTONNÉ ?
Let's end with a few words addressed to the neophytes of the vape on atomizer rebuildable. Be aware that in addition to having to manage all the sources of leaks previously covered, it is your responsibility to create the wick that feed your resistance. All atomizers reconstructible have their little intricacies and requirements concerning the cotonnage of their trays, and a leak in abundant may be made of a wicking poorly calibrated or poorly placed.
Between leak and dry hit, the cotonnage of an atomizer, is a matter of balance between the supply of e-liquid and the quantity of cotton placed in the arrivals of e-liquids.
Take it a bit too fine, or too short, and it was the leak by flooding pure and simple of the shelf. Take a wick too long or too thick, and it is the dry-hit by exhaustion. To avoid these risks, only experience will be your guide !