The vaping market today is flooded with thousands of vape juice varieties. This is a great thing as it quenches the thirst of exploration. However, the high demand for a wide variety of e-liquids could also be a big negative. Because of the high demand, most manufacturers aim to produce large quantities, which in most cases jeopardize the quality of liquids. Therefore, you are advised to purchase your e-liquids from a reputable manufacturer and before you do so, always check the ingredients. Otherwise, you run the risk of not only having an awful flavor, but also damaging your tank. Here are some ways in which a low quality e-juice could affect your tank.
If you use plastic tanks, it is important to note that some flavors have adverse effects on this material. What happens is that flavors that contain natural acidity tend to react with plastic poly-carbonate. The reaction leads to the production of esters which weaken the plastic. Consequently, the tank cracks and begins to leak. Also, fogging might be formed by the reaction. Therefore, if you use e-liquids with flavors such as citrus, cinnamon or sour bases, you should consider investing in Pyrex tanks. Pyrex and glass tanks can withstand natural acidity of these flavors. However, if you don’t want to change the tank, consider purchasing e-liquids with lower or no acidity.
Talking of acidity, you are probably wondering why e-liquids have acidity that even corrodes your tank. Well, first the acidity is natural. Besides, if you left orange or citrus juice in your plastic tank, the same would probably happen. Also, our digestive systems can handle it. Besides, if our bodies could not withstand acidity, we could never be able to consume anything.
The thickness of your e-liquid could also affect your tank. The thickness of your liquid is determined by the PG/VG ratio. Therefore, you need to be careful when selecting a PG/VG ratio. Using an e-liquid with a high vegetable glycerin ration means that the juice is thicker and is suitable for use with sub-ohm tanks. This is because sub-ohm tanks have a high wicking capability. Besides, they use lower resistance coils that enable faster conductivity of heat. Faster conductivity in turn leads to a higher vaporization rate, which translates to high wicking. Therefore, you need to work with a thicker e-liquid, otherwise you run the risk of causing a leak.
On the other hand, if you are using a regular tank, you cannot afford to go with a higher VG ratio. With these devices, it is advisable that you keep your e-liquids thinner. If you choose to use high VG ratio e-liquids with regular tanks, you risk ruining your atomizer. Besides, these tanks are not built for high wickability, which means that they have a hard time absorbing the thick e-liquid. The result is constant dry hits, which will end up burning your coils and wick.
It should also be noted that e-juice with a high VG ratio also ruin your tank by causing a build-up. This is particularly where regular tanks are being used. The sweetness of VG if not quickly evaporated could lead to the formation of gunk which ruins your wicks, coils and the tank in whole.
The juice flavor selected also plays a big role on whether your tank gets to serve you to the end of its life span. Some flavors tend to have darker colors than others. Darker e-liquids are usually made with coloring agents to make the liquids more appealing to the buyers. On the downside, these coloring agents can cause discoloration of wicks. Also, such e-liquids are associated with a higher rate of gunk build-up.
Considering the flavoring, PG/VG ratio and the material of your tank can help you get the most value off your tanks and e-liquids. In addition, you will be assured of a smooth vaping experience.