If an Aspire tank is sitting atop your vaping device right now, it’s not surprising. With tanks ranging from the classic Nautilus series to the unique and wonderful Revvo, Aspire has long set the standard for reliability and flavor – and great vape shops like Friske Drag have seen Aspire tanks fly off their shelves. Leaking is a possibility with any vape tank, though – no matter how reliable its design may be. Is your Aspire tank leaking? Fixing it is much easier than you might realize. Let’s examine the most common reasons why an Aspire tank might leak and walk through the solutions.
Check Your Tank for Damage and Incorrect Assembly
If your Aspire tank doesn’t stop leaking, the most likely reason is that the tank is either assembled incorrectly or has a gasket that’s failing. When the tank is empty, disassemble it and check the silicone gaskets on the inside closely. Any vape tank has a few major potential points of failure. If your tank leaks, it’s most likely leaking from the top or bottom of the glass enclosure or from the cavity that leads from the atomizer coil to the intake vents at the bottom of the tank. The silicone gaskets are absolutely essential because they protect those points of failure while simultaneously helping the tank maintain the vacuum that keeps the e-liquid from seeping out through the intake vents. If you find a torn or stretched gasket, replace it before reassembling the tank.
Before you put the tank back together, remove and reinstall the atomizer coil. If the coil is cross-threaded, e-liquid will leak from the tank’s intake vents. Coil installation is particularly problematic with the Aspire Revvo tank. If the coil doesn’t line up perfectly with the top of the glass enclosure, e-liquid will leak from the top of the tank when you place your vaping device on its side.
When you reassemble your tank, do so very carefully to avoid cross-threading any of the components. Like a torn gasket, a cross-threaded joint will cause the tank to lose its vacuum – and if the tank can’t maintain a vacuum, it’ll leak. Don’t over-tighten the tank.
Replace the Atomizer Coil
If your Aspire tank continues to leak after disassembly and careful reassembly, try replacing the atomizer coil with a new one. To work properly, a vaping coil must be manufactured according to very tight specifications. Air has to flow freely through the coil, or you won’t be able to inhale the vapor. At the same time, the coil’s design must limit the amount of e-liquid that enters the wick. If the wick becomes oversaturated, the coil will flood – and the e-liquid will leak straight out the air vents. Coils with manufacturing errors are rare, but they do happen. If you’re at your wits end troubleshooting a leaky Aspire tank, try replacing the atomizer coil.
Store Your Vaping Device Face Up
A vape tank with top airflow does an excellent job of resisting leaking – as long as it faces up, at least. Even the greatest top airflow tank may leak, however, if it’s stored on its side long enough. This is particularly true of the Aspire Revvo tank. In this tank, the atomizer coil is installed above the e-liquid reservoir. A thick cotton pad on the bottom of the coil is the only thing that prevents e-liquid from leaking out of the tank – and if you store the Aspire Revvo on its side long enough, the e-liquid will make its way past the pad. With the Aspire Revvo – and with any Aspire tank – the best way to prevent leaking during storage is by storing the tank with the mouthpiece facing up.
Leave Some Empty Space When Filling the Tank
In this article, we’ve mentioned more than once that forming a partial vacuum within the glass enclosure is one of the key ways in which a vape tank prevents leaking. When you fill your Aspire tank, are you adding e-liquid until it actually touches the metal hardware at the top of the tank? If that’s the case, you aren’t leaving enough space for the vacuum to form. When that happens, e-liquid will leak from the tank’s bottom air vents.
Leaving a bit of space at the top when filling your Aspire tank is particularly important if you’re going to encounter changes in altitude – if you’ll be driving up a mountain, for example. At high altitudes, the air in your tank will expand. If there isn’t enough room in the tank, the expanding air will push the e-liquid through the coil’s wick and out the bottom of the tank.
Keep Your Tank’s Chimney Clean
Until now, we’ve focused on tips for how to manage an Aspire tank that leaks from the glass enclosure or from the air vents. What if that isn’t actually your problem? When you’ve stored your vaping device on its side for a while, do you see that a pool of e-liquid has formed under the top of the mouthpiece? If that’s the case, e-liquid is leaking from the chimney of your Aspire tank. That’s particularly a problem with high-output tanks that produce extremely large vapor clouds. It’s impossible to inhale all of the vapor that the coil produces, so some of that vapor ends up condensing and forming droplets that stick to the sides of the chimney. When you place your vaping device on its side, the droplets leak from the mouthpiece.
The solution for an Aspire tank that leaks from the mouthpiece is very simple. Take a paper towel and twist it until you have a rod shape that’s narrow enough to go through your tank’s mouthpiece. As you vape, run the paper towel down the mouthpiece periodically to soak up any stray e-liquid collected in the chimney. Cleaning the chimney of your Aspire tank periodically won’t just help to prevent leaking; it’ll also prevent those droplets from pooling on the coil and causing the coil to pop and spit.