For users switching to tank-based systems, the additional capacity and vapour production they offer is fantastic. Tanks allow easy monitoring of e-liquid level, work with a range of batteries and often can use a number of different, replaceable coils.
Though they certainly offer a lot of advantages over the simpler cartomizer, their increased complexity does mean a little more maintenance is required to keep them working at their best. We’ve put together a short list of handy e-cig tank tips and troubleshooting steps which will help to resolve most minor issues which may appear when using our Aero Tank (though a lot of this information can be applied to other tanks as well – if doubt, just ask).
The Aero Tank is a large 2.5ml capacity tank, and is fitted with an adjustable airflow adapter, enabling the user to alter the amount of airflow to the coil on the fly. It can be fully disassembled, allowing for easier cleaning, and features entirely glueless construction.
This is a solid, reliable tank, though as with any piece of hardware, there are some simple things you can do to minimise the risk of running into problems.
The most important step to ensuring the longest lifespan possible from your tank, is to treat it with care, and conduct regular maintenance.
Cleaning the e-cigarette tank is a good idea, and should ideally be carried out when changing the coil or switching flavours.
- To clean the tank, disassemble it and put the airflow adapter in the dishwasher. Should you not have a dishwasher, you can soak it in boiled water.
- Soap or detergent should not be used on rubber seals, as it can cause them to degrade.
- After cleaning, leave to air-dry completely before reassembly.
- When reassembling the tank, ensure that all parts are securely screwed together. Loose components may create gaps in the seals, leading to leakage.
Doing this regularly will help to prevent problems with the power being delivered to the coil successfully.
Leakage can happen for a number of reasons, and depending on where the leak appears to come from, different things should be checked. In any case it’s important to check that everything within the tank is screwed tightly into place, and hasn't been cross-threaded.
It’s also a good idea to double check that you are using the correct coils for your tank. Some coils are compatible with multiple tanks, but some are only suitable for use with a certain type of tank. In addition, the PT3 V1 coils which can be used with this tank feature a rubber chimney cap mounted half way up the unit. This seal is essential in order to prevent leakage and should not be removed.
- If a leak appears to come from the airflow adapter, first make sure that you haven't overfilled the tank, and that when filling, you have avoided pouring e-liquid down the centre pipe. If e-liquid has gotten into the centre pipe, simply blowing through the tank (while detached from the battery), should be enough to clear any excess. With this done, you will need to open the tank up, remove the coil and dry off any e-liquid caught inside the airflow adapter.
- Make sure that the centre post in the middle of the tank is aligned properly and the tank itself hasn't been physically damaged (dropped, stood on etc.).
- Condensation can often build up under the mouth piece. It’s advisable to regularly remove the mouthpiece and dry off any residue found there. If this builds up too much, it may drip back down the centre pipe resulting in leakage.
- If you are still experiencing leakage, you should try changing the coil. Coils will typically last for around 10 fills before needing to be replaced. As they age, however, problems like leakage become more common.
Leakage from the mouthpiece is normally a sign that the coil has been flooded, or is being overworked. Overworking the coil happens when too much liquid is drawn into the atomising the chamber. The coil is unable to vaporise it all, so any liquid left will be drawn up the centre pipe as you inhale.
To avoid this, try to avoid taking repeated, deep puffs over extended periods. If the draw feels too tight, meaning you have to pull harder to get a satisfying vape, try adjusting the adapter to increase airflow.
The airflow adapter appears to be stuck
The Aero Tank’s airflow adapter features a two-part design, with a main section, as well as a thin metal disc which caps it off. It is this disc where you will screw in the coil. Ordinarily these two components shouldn't come apart very easily, but it may loosen off over time.
If you remove the airflow adapter from the base of your tank and this disc comes away still attached to the main body of the tank, what you can do is grip the thread (seated directly below where the coil fits) with a pair of pliers, and gently unscrew the disc from the rest of the tank. This will also allow you to remove the atomiser head.
Once the disc is loose, you should then screw it back into the main section of the airflow adapter, ensuring that it is fitted tightly. While the airflow adapter is opened up, it’s worth taking the time to give it a quick clean to ensure that e-liquid residue isn’t given the opportunity to build up.
The tank isn't producing any vapour
The first thing to check is the age of your tank, and when the coil was last replaced. E-cigarette coils typically will last for around 10 refills or so before needing to be replaced. If you haven't done so already, try replacing the coil and checking whether this improves performance.
If replacing the coil does not resolve the issue, and the tank has been checked on more than one battery, it's possible that a build-up of e-liquid residue inside the airflow adapter could be inhibiting power being delivered to the coil. In order to clean this, follow the steps on how to clean the airflow adapter as laid out above.
For more information, frequently asked questions and e-cigarette troubleshooting help, see our dedicated support page. As always, our customer service team are on hand to answer any further questions you may have.