Why is my Tank Cracking?

Why is my Tank Cracking?

August 05, 2019

Vape tank cracking

This issue was one that plagued the industry back in its infancy in 2008-2011. Users reported their plastic vape tanks cracking or clouding. This is due to a chemical reaction between the liquid itself and the polycarbonate plastic used in the tanks. Polycarbonate can react with certain ingredients in e-liquid. One of those being oil based flavors. By oil we mean things like citrus oils or mint oils. This reaction was well known in the early industry until the invention of glass tanks. This issue disappeared almost instantly. Fast forward to 2015-2016 and the new pre-filled pod movement. Salt nicotine brought along disposable plastic pods that are pre-filled with e-liquids. With that we now have seen a resurgence in cracking tanks or pods. While this issue can sometimes be annoying it doesn’t mean the e-liquid is harmful. Due to the chemical properties of polycarbonate it will always be an issue in the industry. To combat this, you can switch e-liquids or just live with the cloudy or sometimes cracking tanks or pods. Usually the cracking or clouding takes many days to manifest or sometimes months. Another important trick is to make sure when you buy any new bottle of e-liquid to SHAKE the bottle vigorously. This will distribute any of the flavorings throughout the bottle that could cause the cracking. By doing so you will save yourself from any separated oils being that the top and ending up with more tank cracking oil in one dose. It is annoying I know, but polycarbonate is cheap and strong so it is commonly used in all these disposable and refillable pods. Enjoy and stop stressing!

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