Vaping can be a source of frustration when the e-liquid you are trying to burn comes straight out of the drip tip without warning! Many vapers, whether experienced or novice, taste this inconvenience from day to day. This phenomenon called gurgling is explained by a leak of e-liquid due to the wear of the parts of the electronic cigarette or by bad innocent habits that are not monitored. However, this leak can be remedied or at least mitigated with a few tips and instructions.

How do leaks happen?

Before stupidly following the advice, it would be better to understand the causes to be able to repair alone, and brilliantly, its equipment. Many users lament having tried everything to stop this reflux of liquid, claiming to have followed the advice, without having understood if these solutions correspond to their problems. And it is sometimes the e-cigarette that pays the price by ending up shattered on the wall!

To understand the gurgles, it is necessary to have some notions on the type of clearomizer and atomizer available. Leaks often express a malfunction or misuse on the part of the vaper and he must be attentive to the trigger, especially the source of the latter.

How can the e-liquid come out of the tank?


Be aware that the e-cigarette is a fairly complex assembly (if you have never opened one) of small parts that perform tasks simultaneously or hierarchically, allowing the e-liquid to be vaped. Each of them can undergo an alteration and lead to the leakage of e-liquid.

Let’s start with the essentials. We can be confronted with a bad assembly at the level of the tank, the resistance and the tip. The tank found on most models contains the fuel. It is located in the centre of the device and is connected to the atomizer which contains the resistance, all fitted together by a simple screw system. The operation takes place when you press the trigger which activates the system by heating the resistance thanks to the battery and vaporizes the e-liquid by moving towards your mouth.

When these elements are not in good condition or poorly assembled, sealing or vaporization problems arise and the e-liquid finds a way out of everywhere, whether at the trigger or the resistance or the airflows. It can also take refuge in the battery which could damage it and especially cause an explosion, or even come out of the tip still liquid.

By chemical means: condensation

Before setting your sights on the manufacturers, think of the probability of condensation of the e-liquid due to the way you use it. Your device reacts differently according to your settings or according to your e- liquids. The use of rich flavours or a considerable disproportion of the base can lead to a mutation in the resistance or the drip-tip. The risk is especially high for DIY e-liquid enthusiasts. when the solution produced is very liquid (base with a low dose of vegetable glycerin, inappropriate use of flavourings, etc.). It is also possible that the change of an unsuitable part leads to condensation; such as replacing the resistor with a new one that is noticeably too powerful. The search for the altered effects produced by a high or low resistance (case of sub-ohms) allowing to play on a weak or a stronger concentration of the vapour, can harm the evacuation of the burnt liquid.

The same goes for replacing the tips. The drip tips can keep drops depending on the material they are made of. A mouthpiece provides a different feel depending on its material and shape. It is preferable to choose wood and straight or less hollow shapes to avoid the formation of water pockets in the corners.

How do prevent leaks?

Maintain your accessory

For pros and newcomers alike, maintaining an e-cigarette is essential to prevent gurgling. Wear and poor conditioning are the primary sources of the appearance of leaks. The condition of the parts should be checked regularly and replacement considered to avoid a ripple effect. A few logical and easy steps can accomplish this.

Cleaning :

Like any consumer product, your atomizer was designed for a specific duration. You can play on this longevity by paying particular attention to its cleanliness. Viscosity, dust and humidity being the main enemies of metals and electrical circuits, each component must therefore be taken apart and treated.

The large elements of the body of electronic cigarettes fit together with screws. At the head is the battery, connected to the atomizer which contains the resistance, followed by the tank and finally the drip-tip. Each of these parts may have a particular anomaly, but it is at the level of the trunk that it is necessary to clean to prevent leaks. About the e-liquid, the fittings are often equipped with original rubber seals. With dust and grease, they can dry out and sag, giving free rein to e- liquid. It is then necessary to remember to renew the seals in the event of an alert or to wipe them regularly.

Over time, the vaporized e-liquid becomes clogged on the wall of the drip tip and it is necessary to think about cleaning the tip which retains a lot of humidity, either by condensation due to the heat or by e-liquid which has flowed since. resistance when it begins to wear out. Periodic sweeping with a fine and absorbent cloth will allow you to obtain a good vape without an aftertaste.

Check your accessory:

A large part of the leaks results from the incorrect assembly of the accessories. A thorough check of the installations is essential when you clean or when replacing a part.

Be sure to tighten the screws to the correct pressure. Tighten well to leave no room for the evacuation of the e-liquid. Too strong, it could harm the seals which risk breaking.

Restore the parts to their original condition. If you are not a DIY expert, do not attempt to add, remove or modify parts to customize your accessory. Each e-cigarette has a factory value that must be respected if you are not yet regular.

Purchase a resistor that is similar or adequate for your device. Heating e- liquid at low or high resistance greatly affects condensation and vaporization. Check the intensity and power of the current provided by your battery, in case of wear, it may not heat the resistance sufficiently. Replace it with a new one of the same specification if necessary.

Vaping reflexes you need to know

There are gestures to tame throughout the vaping experience. Cleaning and maintaining your e-cigarette is not enough to stop liquid reflux. And since it’s not a real cigarette, you have to adapt to a new universe.

How to vape?

If your device does not have factory defects, it does not prevent gurgling. It is a complex electronic tool which is handled in a certain way and which requires new little habits.

Do not tilt the e-cigarette vertically. When vaping, hold the accessory upright. During inspiration, the liquid is drawn in by the pressure of your mouth, but the seals prevent it from passing through. Stretching the clearomizer upwards increases the chances of leaks and stretching it downwards reduces the efficiency of the battery power.

Don’t press the shutter button too long. The amount of vapour delivered by the atomizer depends on the time the switch is pressed. Your suction must be powerful and relative to this quantity. If your finger has remained a little too long on the activation button, when you have already stopped inhaling, the vapour will remain in the channel of the drip tip and may condense. When this happens, draw in the rest of the vape until the mouthpiece is empty. An easy tip to remember: keep sucking after releasing the switch.

Do effective personalization

These precautions in no way prevent you from making your experiments. On the contrary, it will give you greater satisfaction, whether for DIY e-liquid enthusiasts or experimenters with coils and resistors. Poking your tongue with an e-liquid is never a good feeling, but it is possible to get rid of it even by making your vapes.

For  DIY e-liquids, you have to check the dosages of the ingredients. The principle is simple: Adjust the viscosity of the e-liquid so that it is not too liquid. Use bases rich in Vegetable Glycerin so that the solution is oilier and more watertight. The advantage of a base rich in VG lies in its ability to make a lot of vapour.