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Juice leaking from change in altitude while traveling

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  1. wulfenstein311

    wulfenstein311 Full Member

    Dec 8, 2013
    Salt Lake City, UT
    So, yesterday I packed up all my vape gear and drove from SLC to Denver, crossing through Vail pass on the way, a climb of about 6000-7000 feet in elevation.

    At a rest stop somewhere past that, I pulled out my MVP 2 with a protank 2 to find that almost all of the juice had leaked out, covering the mod and its surroundings. I was at a loss as to how this happened, a feeling that was only aggravated when I pulled out my bag of 15-20 bottles of juice to find they had leaked as well, leaving everything soaked!!!!

    I probably lost a good 10-15ml in all, and it was a pain in the ... to clean up. After some though on the matter, I'm thinking the change in altitude affected the air pressure in the bottles, breaking the seal and forcing juice out. Has anyone else experienced something like this before?
  2. TheReign

    TheReign Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 31, 2013
    Kaua'i - Nevada
    Yep. when i got on the plane with my old protank2 the ....... would gurgle like theres no tomorrow. it will sort itself out in due time
  3. Caffeine7

    Caffeine7 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 16, 2013
    Riverside, ca
    when I fly I found that the iclear 16 works well and if you use a bottom coil, tip it upside down and loosen the cap just enough to let the pressure equalize inside and outside the tank. the pressure drop will cause the juice to leak out and the first hit will be like drinking e juice thru a straw
  4. crxess

    crxess Grumpy Ole Man Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 20, 2012
    Williamsport Md
    When traveling - Store Bottom coil Tanks, no more than 3/4 full, Upside down.
    Air can escape and return through wick area without e-liquid traveling along.:)
  5. ENAUD

    ENAUD living in a van, down by the river! Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I fly with empty clearos now. I also found out the hard way on this, what a mess! Full bottles of juice only as well, not as much air in there to expand and contract with the change in altitude.
  6. Bunnykiller

    Bunnykiller ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 17, 2013
    New Orleans La.
    pretty much the same effect with scuba diving... dive down to 66' and fill a balloon to size of baseball, let it go and at the surface its as big as a basket ball.
  7. wulfenstein311

    wulfenstein311 Full Member

    Dec 8, 2013
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Yea the problem with keeping all my juices together is that I couldn't really tell which ones leaked more then the others, so I'm not sure which ones I need to watch out for. So your saying like the half-empty or so are the worst?
  8. ENAUD

    ENAUD living in a van, down by the river! Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    In a sealed bottle, 1/2 empty is more prone to leak. Liquids don't change volume like gases ( air ) do with varying atmospheric pressure changes. A full bottle is far less likely to leak because there is very little air in it to expand and contract. The same is NOT true with a clearo. A clearo has an open passage to it, so any changes in pressure inside will force any fill level of liquid through that passage and all over everything it's packed with( unless you can guarantee the opening is facing up). I don't know how my carry on will wind up in the overhead compartment, so I just default to empty status on the clearos and avoid any unpleasant surprises.
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