Vaping Pens and Pods, Most Common Leaks That Occur

Leaking is something everyone will run into sooner or later when they vape. Still, that doesn’t make it any less annoying! Leaks can occur for many different reasons, but there’s a few which vapers tend to experience the most. Understanding what causes these leaks can help you know what you should try and check first…

Most Common Causes

  • Air Pressure

    – This is by far the most common reason behind leaks. As you vape, air takes up the space previously used by your e-Liquid. What ends up happening, especially when the tank is below half full, is that this new air pocket expands and contracts with temperature changes. As the air expands, such as when going from a cold environment to a warmer one, the pressure increases and causes the e-Liquid to over-saturate the coil and then overflow through the chimney and air vents. A simple solution is to make sure the tank is upside down when going to a warmer place so the air can expand and exit through the air vents instead of pushing the e-Liquid out.

    • This issue also occurs very frequently when travelling by air. Air pressure in the tank drops as the airplane takes off and increases as it descends, almost always leading to significant leaks. The best solution to this problem is to empty tanks prior to travel (Putting them in a plastic bag for extra protection is a good idea too!).

  • Filling/Draw Problems

    – Leaks can also occur due to issues with filling the tank or how you draw on the vape. For instance:

    • Pouring your e-Liquid down your chimney instead of the fill port will get your chimney, coil, and air flow slots filled with e-Liquid.
    • Drawing too hard and fast on your vape will “flood” the coil with too much e-Liquid, resulting in leaks.
    • Not properly closing your fill port will let air into the tank and cause air bubbles.

Luckily, these mistakes are easy to avoid as you continue to get more experience!

  • Worn/Broken Parts

    – It could be that your leaks are being caused by worn out or broken parts. There’s a few parts in particular which could be failing you, such as:

    • Your O-ring, which fails to maintain its seal as it wears out. Thankfully, most vapes come with extras for this reason.
    • Your coil, which struggles to soak up e-Liquid as it gets worn. Aside from replacing it with a new one, double-check to make sure it’s properly threaded as well.
    • Your tank, which may have cracks or fractures that cause leaks. Much like with the other parts, you’ll just need to get a new, non-cracked replacement.

We carry most of these parts both online and in store should you need to make any replacements!

Other Possible Causes

These causes aren’t as common as the previous ones, but they still could cause your vape to leak. These include:

  • Overdripping

    – This can be an issue if you use an RDA. Your RDA can only hold as much e-Liquid as the cotton can absorb. Any more will leak from the air holes or out the top. Make sure you keep an eye on how much e-Liquid you drip at a time to avoid this!

  • PG/VG Mix

    – Your e-Liquid’s PG/VG mix is an important part of your vaping experience. It could also potentially be causing your leaks. While it’s a bit of a complicated science, our knowledgeable team can help you find a good mix either in store or through our online chat!

Hopefully, this troubleshooting guide can help you fix your leaks and get back to vaping. If you experience any issues with one of our products, leaking or otherwise, be sure to drop by in-store or give us a call on our Guest Support Hotline at (704) 624-8551.


Vape-Related Illnesses: Know The Facts

Last year, several cases of “vape-related illnesses” began popping up in the United States. However, while the story itself has died down, much of the misinformation from that time is still around. This has unfortunately created a lot of misconceptions about vaping, which is why we want to make sure people are aware of what the truth really is.

What Was Stated

The first cases of vaping-related illnesses were reported back in April 2019 and remained rather steady before drastically spiking in September and then dropping off. Many of those who were reported as getting sick tended to be teens and young adults.

Both news outlets and health officials alike placed the blame for these illnesses on vaping products in general. Anti-Vape groups took advantage of the situation and led consumers to believe that ANY vaping product or e-cigarette could result in lung injuries and illnesses forming. This caused many cities, states and health groups to sound the alarm to ban all products with little to no information as to what the cause was.

Combined with anti-vaping parent groups, local and state governments overreacted and started banning nicotine vapes while largely leaving THC and CBD vapes alone. Eventually, this culminated in the federal ban on some cartridge-based e-cigarettes flavors, along with the raising of the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

What’s Really the Case

Very early on, it became apparent that it actually wasn’t nicotine vaping products which were causing these illnesses. In fact, data from as early as October 2019 shows that most of the people who reported getting sick were primarily using illicit, pre-filled THC carts, especially those from the Dank Vapes brand.

What was found was that these illicit carts tended to have very high levels of vitamin E acetate. These carts had been using vitamin E acetate as a cutting agent. While not harmful for ingestion, when it’s inhaled, it can be quite dangerous and may result in damage to a person’s lungs, which is precisely why it is not used in any nicotine e-Liquids. It’s no surprise, then, that the three main reasons listed by the CDC as to why EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury) cases have dropped off just as quickly as they spiked are better awareness of vitamin E acetate risks, the removal of it from products, and a crackdown on these illicit carts.

In January, the CDC confirmed these findings further and stated that EVALI cases were caused by Illicit THC cartridges, not nicotine based vapes.

Why Use a Cutting Agent at All?

While THC, CBD and nicotine e-liquids are widely available, THC based ‘oils’ are quite expensive, and the taxes imposed by government agencies on them even in states where they’re legal meant that it was easier and cheaper for adults and underaged users to buy these products from street dealers and friends instead. Cutting the product with something like vitamin E acetate meant more profit for the dealers.

Leafly, a Cannabis related organization, warned people of a new popular cutting agent called Honey Cut all the way back in October of 2018. The product, which was just vitamin E acetate, offered manufacturers the ability to cut THC oil concentrations by up to 70%, maximizing their profits. Soon after, several Honey Cut copycats tried to do the same, many of them either not aware of the risks or simply not caring about the danger they posed. Honey Cut and similar cutting agents have never been used in nicotine vape products.


As a result of these findings, the CDC has stated a warning about THC cartridges bought from informal sources which have been linked to the majority of EVALI cases. The World Health Organization also stated in their own brief that there was no connection between these EVALI cases in the U.S. and nicotine vaping, but rather the vitamin E acetate in those illicit carts appeared to be the main culprit.

In recent times, the ongoing COVID pandemic has caused a new bout of vaping misinformation to arise, which we have also tried to clarify here. Still, the large amount of unreliable information which is still out there regarding these past illnesses has unfortunately caused many people to develop a negative opinion about nicotine vaping. That’s why we want to make it clear here that nicotine vaping does not contain vitamin E acetate and has not been shown to lead to any of the lung-related injuries associated with vaping. Hopefully, we were able to set the record straight as to where the real risks lie.