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Liquinator flooding

Discussion in 'Tank Issues' started by MollieA, Dec 4, 2011.

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  1. MollieA

    MollieA Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 22, 2011
    Santa Monica
    I have have the Phat 5.5ml Liquinator. Had it for just over 3 weeks or so and it was working great. Then, within the past few days, after changing out the carto- it floods like crazy from the carto to the battery (I use it on my ProVape1). I wrote to Vaporessence about it and they suggested it might be a cracked tank or bad o-ring. The thing is- I haven't dropped the thing, only refilled it a few times (one tank-full lasts me about 3 or 4 days). I've tried everything, even changing out the carto with the thought that it might just be a bad one. I ended up cleaning out the old clogged carto and got it working more or less, although it gurgles like crazy so the problem is still there.

    Slightly off topic, but my apologies if you've read about this somewhere else, but I couldn't start any new threads for a while for some reason for me to be able to ask this question.

    I just ordered a Chibi after reading some reviews about it. Going to give that a try.

    Can anyone recommend any other brand of tank for my ProVape1? I'm up for any suggestions as I'm rather new to this mods thing. Thanks!
  2. doots

    doots Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 22, 2009
    Sounds like your oring is bad in the center bottom where the carto comes through. have you replaced that? Maybe take your top oring and place it on the bottom and reverse them to see if thats the problem.. hope that helps.
  3. OttoBahn

    OttoBahn Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 26, 2011
    Eugene, Oregon
    I use (and can recommend) a J-TANK from ElectroNicStix.

    As for your leaking - could be a overly crimped cartomizer (from punching). Could try a different cartomizer (maybe even one that isn't punched yet) to see if that plays out. Could also try flipping it over - see if it leaks from the other end.
  4. MollieA

    MollieA Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 22, 2011
    Santa Monica

    Here is a pic of the tank. It only has those two black o-rings, no inner ones. Although the top doesn't quite seat right, it doesn't leak. The problem comes from the bottom. I use a syringe to fill the tank and I'm careful about filling- and it's been working great until recently. At first I thought perhaps my juice was too thin, so I upped the VG in the mix a bit to see if that would solve things. It didn't make a difference.

    Hope this pic helps describe if I'm doing something wrong :-(

  5. aziffel

    aziffel Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 10, 2010
    It may not leak liquid,but I bet it leaks air.Even a tiny air leak will lead to flooding the carto,I found this out by changing the tank I used that was flooding a new carto.The flooding tanks(homemade) top cap was a little sloppy and the other tank is nice and tight.
    No more flooded carto
  6. MollieA

    MollieA Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 22, 2011
    Santa Monica
    I bought pre-punched cartos. Thanks for the link- watched the vid on how to fill the tank, and I saw that I did exactly what that guy was showing on the vid, so that affirms I'm filling my tank correctly. The J-tank looks very similar to the Liquinator.

    I've tried flipping it over, and it doesn't seem to leak from the other side. Anyway, I've bookmarked the link you provided me. Thank you for the recommendation :)
  7. Dougiestyle

    Dougiestyle Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 5, 2011
    Knoxville, TN USA
    Are you filling it correctly? Are you (A) taking the cap off or (B) sliding the tank up, so the mouth-end of the carto is below the top cap? Some cartos have lousy qulity control. I've had some just dribble out upon first fill. After swapping a new carto in, all's well. Punching or cutting cartos is not hard to do, but punching or cutting a carto CORRECTLY has not been mastered by many. It's a project vith variable outcomes unless you have a carto jig that puches/cuts the correct hole the same way every time.

    I've recently come across the tank cartos @ Madvapes. These have a shoulder at the bottom of the carto to prevent the tank from sliding down AND a drilled hole that's approximately 1/16". It looks tiny and that thicker nicquids wouldn't stand a snowball's chance in Hell of wicking, but I use 75%VG nicquid and I get good wicking and have yet to have one siphon out or leak through the connector.

    You could possibly have a damaged o-ring. Yes, yours does have inner o-rings. Look on the inner hole of both caps. If there's a little tear, you won't have an air-tight tank.

    Let us know what you find from what I've added/suggested. Good luck!

    Edit: Disregard first questions. Thread updated while I was typing lol.
  8. MollieA

    MollieA Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 22, 2011
    Santa Monica
    The general consensus seems to suggest that I indeed have some dodgy O-rings. I am going to call the vendor and get the O-ring kit. I don't think it's the tank itself as it is essentially new, unless I was sent a bad one to begin with. Then of course, I'll be posting about how to change the rings, LOL.

    My apologies in advance for being such a noob.
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