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Leaking tanks? Find the solution here!

A surprising number of customers contact us to tell us that their new device is leaking. For many, this can be quite alarming for them and often negative judgement is passed on the quality of the product before understanding that the problem of leaking is almost always due to inhaling technique. New users are particularly susceptible to the issue of leaking as they attempt to make the transition to electronic cigarettes from traditional ones. The following guide will attempt to highlight the causes and provide a solution in addition to general atomiser care.

Correct method of inhalation techniques:  The normal working temperature of an atomizer is up to 200°C. The proper method for inhalation requires slow and long inhalations to maximize the efficacy of the atomization process.

 

Cause: Very quick inhalations are much less effective as the atomizer will not have enough time to vapourise the liquid and flooding of the atomizer chamber can occur resulting in leaking from the connection/base of the atomizer body or cartomizer. Similarly, overly hasty inhalations can result in liquid feeding back up through the cartridge/cartomizer air path resulting in liquid entering the user’s mouth.

Solution:  In the event of leaking where the atomizer chamber has been flooded by excessive/over-hasty inhalation, immediately disconnect the battery and clean the connection with tissue to remove any liquid. Detach the cartridge/cartomizer from the battery and blow through the same on to a piece of tissue to remove any liquid that remains within the atomizer chamber before reassembling your device.

Advisable:  It is good practice to disassemble your device daily and clean the device components with tissue or a dry cloth to optimize longevity of the product.

After prolonged use of an atomizer there will be an accumulation of carbonization and impurities causing general degradaton of the atomizer’s heating coil. You may experience less vapor yield and/or a slight burning taste. This is normal and normally implies that the atomizer head is due for replacement.

 

Users with ‘Tank’ devices such as the eGo-C should also regularly replace the cartridge cap. These are often mistaken for the silicone covering cap that come with new cartridges which can be used as stoppers when cartridges with liquid inside are placed in storage. The cartridge caps themselves make up part of the cartridge and can be identified as the section of plastic with the small hole that rests on an atomizer spike. Whilst these are often quite stiff to remove for the first time they can be dislodged safely without breaking the cartridge. As the cartridge is repeatedly inserted and re-inserted into the atomizer in between refills the small hole can start to widen and will no longer remain snug around the atomizer spike. Whilst cartridge caps are sold as one time use items, replacing them once every four or five days is acceptable.

 

Generally speaking it is always advised for users not to use (inhale on) their electronic cigarette as they would with a traditional cigarette. Remember that there is no constant burning of tobacco leaves and whilst oxygen remains a catalyst in the atomization process when inhaling, this can be too much of a good thing.

E-cigs are unsafe ?

A new study from the University of California has hit the news, and the researchers are saying that e-cigs are unsafe:

http://newsroom.ucr.edu/news_item.html?action=page&id=2506

 

I have copied below a few of what I feel are the most pertinent sentences from the above article:

 

1) They state ‘e cigarettes are potentially harmful and urge regulators to consider removing e-cigarettes from the market until their safety is adequately evaluated’

 

My response: The article states that 5 different electronic cigarettes were studied. The researchers did not study users, they studied the hardware.  Studying the users, the vapers is where you will find the information about harm,  not by dissecting metal electronic cigarettes.

 

2) ‘Our study – one of the first studies to evaluate e-cigarettes – shows that this product has many flaws, which could cause serious public health problems in the future if the flaws go uncorrected.’

 

My response: This study is not ‘one of the first’ to evaluate e-cigarettes- studies have been done on e-cigs since at least 2008/9, undertaken in New Zealand and world wide, and electronic cigarettes are continually being studied and improved. The  electronic cigarette  industry is working to ensure safety and regulation.

 

The conclusions that the study draws are the following -

Batteries, atomizers, cartridges, cartridge wrappers, packs and instruction manuals lack important information regarding e-cigarette content, use and essential warnings;

My response: Not true – look at TECC products, they contain all the correct warnings and labels as required by Trading Standards, e-liquids have all ingredients listed, and we provide user manuals detailing how to use the products.

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  • Electronic cigarette cartridges leak, which could expose nicotine, an addictive and dangerous chemical, to children, adults, pets and the environment.

Now here we have to concede that they may have a point – as some electronic cigarettes do leak. But can we point to the positives ? – The industry as a whole is working to improve design, electronic cigarette users are responsible people, are aware of what they are doing and so behave in a way that prevents e-cigs and cartridges from coming into contact with pets and children – hence the childproofing of cartridge containers and e-liquid and the warnings. People are allowed, and most are more than capable of  taking responsibility for their own actions.

 

  • Currently, there are no methods for proper disposal of e-cigarettes products and accessories, including cartridges, which could result in nicotine contamination from discarded cartridges entering water sources and soil, and adversely impacting the environment.

 

  • Yes there are – batteries should be recycled with other batteries –as per the packaging and battery/electronic recycling symbol, and as for nicotine entering the water system and soil – cartridges are disposed off in peoples rubbish bins – unlike cigarette butts that are thrown on the ground where they do sink into the soil and water system with the nicotine and tobacco. This is also a scare-mongering tactic, suggesting that vast quantities are thrown in a pile and left to rot and contaminate the planet. This is misleading and untrue.

 

 

  • The manufacture, quality control, sales, and advertisement of e-cigarettes are unregulated.

Again this is not true in the UK. TECC has and does work closely with the government on this issue, and we are very careful about what we say and how we say it. Our MD visits China on a regular basis, we have testing procedures in place for electronic equipment to ensure it is of British safety standards, and we only source our e-liquid from reputable manufacturers.

 

 

Below are some comments (and the links) regarding the above research I have found on a forum that I believe is worth reading, and highlights again how ‘science’ can be used as propaganda:

 

I find it difficult to understand why TRDP funded a study conducted by a cell biologist regarding the engineering quality of electronic cigarettes. Why not fund an air quality expert and/or a toxicologist to look for toxicants in the vapor from e-cigarettes? “

 

“Better yet, why not survey electronic cigarette consumers who have been using the products to let you know what the effects have been on their health and on the health of those around them?

 

http:// www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/medical-research/142185-another-awful-prue-talbot-study.html

 

 

http://health.universityofcalifornia.edu/2010/12/03/study-e-cigarettes-are-unsafe-pose-health-risks/

 

 

 

 

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