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Travel and Vaping Tanks leaking on Airplane

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  1. MrKiltYou

    MrKiltYou Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 1, 2014
    San Francisco, CA
    Ok so first let's not let this turn into a should or should you not vape on a plane.

    I am a constant traveler living on the west coast and working on the east cost of the US. When I was vaping a look-a-like ecig's using disposable carto's I never had an issue on a plane. Now that I have abandoned them due to cost issues and went to a PV with a tank I have run into leaking issues. I know this is caused by pressure changes in the cabin and I have read a couple threads about opening the tank and such before takeoff and closing it once you get to 10,000 feet. However, I do a lot of redeye's and I am asleep before the plane even leaves the group. Plus it is just a hassle to do. I have since started just flying with empty tanks and only using a refillable carto when on the plane.

    So I guess my question is... Is there anything else besides a carto that is airplane friendly? Would I have the same issues with a carto thank?

  2. irwink

    irwink CASAA Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 16, 2010
    Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    I use a simple carto/eGo combo for in flight vaping. Not my first choice but it works.
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  3. MrKiltYou

    MrKiltYou Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 1, 2014
    San Francisco, CA
    Ya I use a 650mAh e-Go-C Twist and a Smok Tech Mega XL 1.7 OHM Cartomizer.
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  4. mvroman

    mvroman Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 6, 2013
    When I fly I bring a half bottle of juice so it has room to expand, and an RDA. I normally don't vape on planes because my flights are usually less than 2 hours though. For tanks, maybe try keeping it half full or less, or keep them empty and fill once you get in the air and feel like you need a vape. Again, an RDA would make it alot easier since you can just drip a couple drops and you're good to go.

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  5. MrKiltYou

    MrKiltYou Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 1, 2014
    San Francisco, CA
    Here is a pic of my current in flight rig...


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  6. Bobw1951

    Bobw1951 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 23, 2014
    London, UK
    JOOI I am flying next month, what about checked baggage, will clearos/carto tanks etc still leak in those??
  7. edyle

    edyle ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Just store your BCC tank upside down for the journey, and the air pressure won't cause a leak.
  8. MrKiltYou

    MrKiltYou Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 1, 2014
    San Francisco, CA
    Yes they may because the cago hold is not pressurized. You will ether want to empty the tank completely or just throw them in a ziplock bag and then clean them up when you get to your destination. They don't seem to leak a lot.
  9. Bobw1951

    Bobw1951 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 23, 2014
    London, UK
    Thanks for that, I'll just make sure I take empty cartos & tanks and fill when i get there.
  10. gel drops

    gel drops Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 7, 2011
    South Carolina
    unfortunately at this point considering the recent issues.I think I will stay grounded for a while.
  11. dan h

    dan h Full Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    Anaheim, CA
    Yup this works. I do this before every flight and I'll even plug the drip tip with some tissue.
  12. JaRod

    JaRod Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 1, 2014
    Delray Beach FL
    I empty all my tanks or put them inside a sealed ziplock bag before taking a flight, except for my PT Mini which I use during long flights and keep it upside down during takeoffs and until the airplane reach cruising altitude (seatbelt signal off) and while the airplane begin the descent usually 20 min before landing or when you feel the airplane nose drop slightly, and all is nice and mess free.
  13. KGie

    KGie Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 13, 2014
    Tampa, FL USA
    I put my Aspire BDC pyrex tank in a sealed Ziploc that I carried on with me and did not open during the flight... and it still leaked, on the ascent at the very least. By the time of the descent it was hard to tell if there was additional leakage or if I was only looking at what leaked during the ascent that had gotten smeared around more. It seems to me that if all parts of a tank are always at the same pressure, then whether that pressure is rising or falling is not reason for it to leak, so I'm not precisely sure I know why tanks should be leaking on airplanes. Any theories or anything I've missed here? If I had a better handle on the cause I expect various solutions would become obvious.
  14. stevegmu

    stevegmu Moved On ECF Veteran

    I haven't had a carto tank leak. I take 1 full one for use in airports, layovers and arrival and pre-filled cartos for use in the plane. I keep the carto tank in a tiny Pelican case with pressure release valve, so that may be keep it from leaking...
  15. Miata GT

    Miata GT Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 28, 2013
    Largo, FL
    The only experience I have was my wife's recent trip. She took 3 Nautilusi (?) and an IBTanked with her. For whatever reason she put one the nautilus tanks in a plastic bag and the carto tank in a plastic bag. Both those devices leaked like crazy but the 2 not in the bags didn't. They were in her luggage in the hold, which I assume is unpressurized. I would have expected the reverse to happen.
  16. blueGrassTubb

    blueGrassTubb Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 21, 2014
    The Bluegrass
    I recently did a flight to and from Amsterdam (from the US).

    I carried a box MOD in my pocket with a Kayfun, and had two other box MODs and a mech in my carry on (along with everything I'd need in the event I had to rebuild something).

    I vaped on the plane without issue (though I was being fairly stealthy about it - which shouldn't be confused with trying to hide everything completely). No one had any idea that I was vaping. I never tried to hide my MOD or when I was taking a hot from it, but I did take precautions to let out little or no vapor.

    Though I didn't have what one might call "problems" with Dutch customs, I did have to explain exactly what it was I was carrying (a DNA30 box) and demonstrate for at least 2 people that it was indeed an ecig that worked before I could get on my plane (puffing up quite a cloud in the middle of the airport was quite enjoyable). They were impressed. The TSA and US Customs were a breeze with it. One woman at customs looked at it in the scanner for a second or two longer than normal, but nothing more.

    The trick for keeping a Kayfun from leaking on a plane is very easy: while on the plane, make sure that the MOD is upside down. Use the seat pocket to hold it in place with the Kayfun pointing down. Not a single drop leaked on any of 4 flights, 2 of them 8 hours long.
  17. Rossum

    Rossum "Chump" Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Dec 14, 2013
    SE PA
    If you spend a moment pondering optimal shapes of pressure vessels when minimizing their weight is a very important concern, you will conclude that this cannot possibly be correct.
  18. RWClark

    RWClark Senior Member

    Aug 18, 2014
    Pheonix, Az
    I fly for a living. We take off and land many times a day with lots of pressure changes. We can also go from sea level to high mountains in a matter of hours. I can firmly say that tanks (any tanks) will leak like a sieve. I lost a lot of fluid before I figured out how to stop it. I now carry my mod in one of these ( ), upside down and have not had a leak since.

    When a flew a search and rescue chopper I never had a leak but we almost never flew above 800ft.
  19. Silver5656

    Silver5656 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 22, 2014
    Los Angeles, CA
    So on a recent drive through the mountains with a height of 5000 feet with 4 kfl's, the 2 in the ziplock bags which were stored upside down leaked, but the 2 that were kept in the car with no zip lock back and just in the cup holder right side up did not leak. Maybe the ziplock bag is the issue
  20. rodeo302

    rodeo302 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 10, 2014
    From what I've been figuring is the zip lock bag is sealed at the original higher pressure so when you go up in elevation the pressure drops causing the bag to expand sucking juice thru the air holes in the tank. Does that make sense?
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