I’ve been a fan ever since I stopped using atomizers and switched over to cartomizers. They’re just so much better in terms of ease of use, and also flavor. Atomizers in my opinion are just way too troublesome, and dripping e-liquid into the atty with every couple of draws just becomes tedious, and after all, vaping is supposed to be fun!
There are 2 main brands of cartomizers that are extremely popular on the market right now for 510 compatible e-cigs: Boge and Smoketech cartomizers.
There are others available out there but they are no where close in terms of performance. And from a popularity standpoint, these two are the best due to higher manufacturing standards.
The main problem with using cartomizers I’ve found, is that they leak, and when they do, they become a real pain in the ass. I’ve personally purchased, and have gone through about 80 cartomizers over the last 4 months, and from what I’ve seen, some units leak and some don’t. Some carto’s that I’ve used never leaked, and some of them only start leaking after a few days of use. I’ve never been able to figure out why this happens on such an inconsistent basis until this week.
And here’s the culprit…
The Possible Cause of Leaky Cartomizers
Ever since I purchased my Provari e-cig mod, I’ve been on it 24/7 (almost). I’ve used both Smoketech’s and Boge cartomizers on it and every time there is a leak issue, the e-juice flows down and fills the connector catchment of the device. When this happens, I get “gurgling” sounds and a massive drop in vapor production.
The cause is due to the liquid flowing through a fissure to the center column of the cartomizer and dripping down to the connector point of the electronic cigarette.
The atomizer coils have probably overheated and burnt a hole somewhere along the length of the center column.
Look at the photo I took below of my Provari’s connector. As you can see it’s filled with e-juice and when this happens, the cartomizer is not going to vape well.
Keeping the Cartomizers Happy
I have begun to realize that cartomizers burn way too easily. I wasn’t vaping till the carto’s were bone dry, but it was enough to damage the column and cause leaks to happen.
So the trick is to keep the cartomizer wet, always. Keep refilling and adding a couple of drops of e-juice for every 15-20 drags you take. Again, this number will vary depending on the size of your cartomizer, as well as whether or not you’re using LR (low resistance) coils or even high voltage e cigarettes. Since I’ve started refilling more often, I’ve found that the cartomizers can last me over a week without a single leak.
When you crack open a fresh cartomizer, start off at a lower voltage, say around 3.7 volts. Give the polyfiller to really soak in the liquid. After an hour of vaping or so, you can kick the voltage up to whatever you want (I normally go between 4.5 V – 5 V depending on the liquid I’m using).
Another thing you can do is get yourself a Map Tank or a Liquinator. These tanks are designed to always keep the polyfill (the sponge-like material within the cartomizer) wet.
Have you had any leaky issues? Share some of your experiences below in the comments section.