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My ego-c keeps leaking??
« on: January 29, 2012, 07:24:00 PM »
I have had my ego-c for about 2 1/2 weeks.  Yesterday it was leaking and no matter what I did it continued to leak out my fluid.  The things I did were this:

1) thouroughly cleaned my atty and cone...changed my fluid/tank (Which I do every night when I am done)
2) made sure it was all the way in with no gaps
3) changed my tops to the silicone ones
4) made sure I wasn't taking too long/hard of draws

My only other solution would be that I bought new liquid (pre-mixed) and that was what I was using.  Is it possible that the liquid could be thinnier and that is what is causing the problem? The flavors I bought were mixed berry, raspberry, and kiwi.  I usually use coffee, caramel, or banana. Like I said it was the first time this happened since I have had my kit so I am really at a loss of what couldve caused the problem. 

Thanks in advance for your help!!!


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Re: My ego-c keeps leaking??
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2012, 08:13:52 PM »

1) thouroughly cleaned my atty and cone...changed my fluid/tank (Which I do every night when I am done)


What do you mean by "cleaned"? Did you pop the spike plate off? I've lost two C atty's in a week because the wick was stuck to the coil, is it possible you've dislodged the wick a little bit by popping the plate off?
Have a look at the atty, you should be able to see the wick through the hole in the spike (not just the metal squib - which is a little dooecky they use to bind the top of the wick a bit like those things on shoes laces but metal). It is possible you've somehow pushed the wick down too far.

I suggest you try another atty and see what happens and inspect the old atty whilst your testing the new one ;)

Other than that I am at a bit of a loss :(

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Re: My ego-c keeps leaking??
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2012, 08:35:14 PM »

1) thouroughly cleaned my atty and cone...changed my fluid/tank (Which I do every night when I am done)


What do you mean by "cleaned"? Did you pop the spike plate off? I've lost two C atty's in a week because the wick was stuck to the coil, is it possible you've dislodged the wick a little bit by popping the plate off?
Have a look at the atty, you should be able to see the wick through the hole in the spike (not just the metal squib - which is a little dooecky they use to bind the top of the wick a bit like those things on shoes laces but metal). It is possible you've somehow pushed the wick down too far.

I suggest you try another atty and see what happens and inspect the old atty whilst your testing the new one ;)

Other than that I am at a bit of a loss :(

No I didn't take the plate off...Too new to really know what I would be doing with that.  I just take it apart everynight and wipe everything down, wash out the cone, and clean my battery before hooking it up.  I did change the atty and it seemed to be fine.  While testing the new one (lol) I did look at the wick and noticed that it did seem to be just a little farther down than my other 4. So maybe that was the problem


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Re: My ego-c keeps leaking??
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2012, 08:39:03 PM »
eGo-C atomiser head maintenance should not require the "spike" plate removed, and is not advised. As Tara says if the wick from the centre of the "spike" has been dislodged then the atomizer will leak.

If in the cleaning of the atomizer you have been tempted to make sure the spike was not blocked in anyway by clearing it with a pin or paper-clip then you will have pushed out the all important wick, see photo below:



The above photo is of the Tornado Tank Atomizer wick assembly, but the eGo-C uses the same thing on a slightly smaller scale.

In the past, members including myself developed ways of prolonging the life of what was at the time an expensive atomizer, they were around 10 each and it was worth taking the risk of permanent damage after the warranty period was over to "revive" a weak atomizer.

As the eGo-C atomizer heads are somewhat less expensive then unless you are completely at ease with working with them, I would advise not to remove the "spike".
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Re: My ego-c keeps leaking??
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2012, 08:44:20 PM »

As the eGo-C atomizer heads are somewhat less expensive then unless you are completely at ease with working with them, I would advise not to remove the "spike".

LMAO I've been popping T spikes off for months now with gay abandon, and yet I've still mullered 2 C's so I would say that is a bit of an understatement, I don't think it is worth it, I'm just going to blow out and dry burn once a week from now on.

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Re: My ego-c keeps leaking??
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2012, 09:07:14 PM »
I have had my ego-c for about 2 1/2 weeks.  Yesterday it was leaking and no matter what I did it continued to leak out my fluid.  The things I did were this:

1) thouroughly cleaned my atty and cone...changed my fluid/tank (Which I do every night when I am done)
2) made sure it was all the way in with no gaps
3) changed my tops to the silicone ones
4) made sure I wasn't taking too long/hard of draws

My only other solution would be that I bought new liquid (pre-mixed) and that was what I was using.  Is it possible that the liquid could be thinnier and that is what is causing the problem? The flavors I bought were mixed berry, raspberry, and kiwi.  I usually use coffee, caramel, or banana. Like I said it was the first time this happened since I have had my kit so I am really at a loss of what couldve caused the problem. 

Thanks in advance for your help!!!
hi there try to add some glycerine in to your liquid that should thicken the viscosity and might help

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Re: My ego-c keeps leaking??
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2012, 01:57:37 PM »
Had some leakage with my C tanks
This was due to damaging the tanks when taking the origional caps off which are a very tight fit.
Also the black smoked tanks that come with the kit seem a bit of a loose fit, try using some older tanks if you have any, I switched mine and they are a tighter fit.

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Re: My ego-c keeps leaking??
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2012, 06:11:56 AM »
I'll starty by saying that I am completley new to the vaping scene. I bought my first e cig about 5 years ago, and many more after that trying to find a viable solution to my smoking problem. My kitchen junk drawer is pratically an e-cig boneyard, various types of batts, chargers, attys etc. Anyway, I gave up on vaping for years and just recently came back with my Ego-C starter kit purchase. I made a totally seamless transition from smoking a pack and a half a day, to my ego C.

Back on topic, I love my Ego-C, it worked great for me all weekend untill I went back to work. Halfway through the work day, the damned thing dumped its entire tank into my shirt pocket.

I went home, removed the hard plastic tank cap and replaced it with a soft rubber one, everything ran fine untill I was at work the next day, then it dumped again.

I work in a highly scientific/analytical career, and in keeping with my analytical nature, I decided to do some research of my own to identify the cause.

Was I over-filling? No..

Was the tank solidly attached to the atty with no leakage around the atty stem? Yes..

So heres what I discovered, and I've tested this and proved it. I dont know why no one else has come up with it. Anyway, the tank is hermetically sealed except where the atty pierces the tank right? So basically what I found was at about 72 degrees ferenheit(regardless of fluid ratios), this thing ran like a champ, however at about 80 degrees ferenheit, pressure began to build in the tank, and that added pressure was forcing liquid through the atty's "breather" holes found on either side of the penetration needle, but not around the needle/tank connection. I took the entire system apart and just left the atty stuck into a tank with a rubber cap, and to prove my theory, I ran a type K thermocouple into the center of the tank, I then began to heat the tank slowly with a space heater untill the core temperature reached 80 degrees ferenheit. Suddenly, as I had suspected, I heard some small sloshing noise, and saw the draw through holes in the atty relieving the built-up pressure through the draw through holes carrying a goodly amount of juice with it, which will also flood the atty cone, the battery, and eventually, your pocket.
I tested the tank pressure using a digital monometer at 72 degrees, and found it to be pretty close to atmospheric 14.2in, but as I increased the tanks core temperature, eventually reaching 80 degrees, I noted a 3in rise above atmospheric, and that is way more than enough to push juice through the atty and into your pocket.
If you work in an office, this things the bomb, but I work mostly outdoors, and being in Texas, we usually start breaking the 80 degree barrier around mid January.

The solution would be for the lab guys in Schenzheng to go back to the drawing board and re-design the system to be completley airtight by way of a sealed one-way valve that would open to allow draw-through when puffing on it, and seal airtight again when the negative pressure(sucking) ceases. This would allow the system to work as it was originally designed, and would prevent future leakage issues as then both the tank and atty are equalized in pressure, therefore the pressure has nowhere to go.

I hope this helps shed some light on why you still have severe leaking, even though you have a perfectly good tank. Untill the design is modified, there is no solution from what I can tell. so really.

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Re: My ego-c keeps leaking??
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2012, 08:20:44 AM »
Very interesting post Prometheus84  . . . and welcome to the forum

While some other peeps have had problems with the ego-c, not many have had leaking problems so that may be why no has figured this out.   Your post was interesting to me as I live in Florida, but I don't work outside.  I've had my C since January and haven't had any leaking problems yet.   I will be anxious to see if I do; and . . . if I do I will not be a happy camper!

Also interesting is that the ego-c is just a variation of the Tornado.   While I am not a technical person at all, I believe that the Tornado and the C are pretty much the same, except for the atty being a little different in that you don't have to replace the entire cone with the C and then there is the new battery functions on the c battery.

BTW, you mentioned flooding in the battery -- do you mean that liquid gets down to the battery connection?


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Re: My ego-c keeps leaking??
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2012, 12:58:52 AM »
I remove the spike to dry burn. It lets me see the state of the coil and burn it accordingly. Without taking the spike of I wouldn't be able to burn most of the crud off without overdoing it. then I'm able to blue flame burn the end of the wick to ensure good wicking and taste. By taking the spike off you do risk damaging the thin outer metal lip of the head itself. Luckily the gasket helps prevent that to a degree. Just my 2 cents and not to contradict Astrecks as I said it is still easy to damage do he is right about not recommending you take off the spike.

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Re: My ego-c keeps leaking??
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2012, 07:27:06 PM »
Very interesting post Prometheus84  . . . and welcome to the forum

While some other peeps have had problems with the ego-c, not many have had leaking problems so that may be why no has figured this out.   Your post was interesting to me as I live in Florida, but I don't work outside.  I've had my C since January and haven't had any leaking problems yet.   I will be anxious to see if I do; and . . . if I do I will not be a happy camper!

Also interesting is that the ego-c is just a variation of the Tornado.   While I am not a technical person at all, I believe that the Tornado and the C are pretty much the same, except for the atty being a little different in that you don't have to replace the entire cone with the C and then there is the new battery functions on the c battery.

BTW, you mentioned flooding in the battery -- do you mean that liquid gets down to the battery connection?



Yeah, well thats its first stop before you get a menthol flavored pocket. It will begin to fill the space in the compartment where the battery makes contact with the atomizer, then eventually seep through the draw-through holes around the bottom of the atomizer cone.

Heres a fun experiment you can do in your car, disassemble your ego-c, take just your saturated atomizer, and the tank, attach the tank to the atomizer, and turn your heat on in the car, hold the tank up to the heat with any level of juice, and in any position, upside down, right side up, whatever you fancy.

In a moment, you will notice significant seepage comming from the half-moon cuts in the atomizer on either side of the atomizer stem, and from the small hole directly in the bottom center of the atomizer. The longer you hold this here, the more seepage you will see.

Since my original reply, I have found the perfect solution for this problem, but I will not mention it because my original reply was edited for a violation of the forum rules, and I got an email from a mod, but the mod never explained what I said that violated the rules. So to avoid a similiar snafu, I will just say that there is an excellent solution for this problem for those of us who spend alot of time outdoors in the heat, but this will require you to ditch the very thing that gives the Ego-C the "C".

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Re: My ego-c keeps leaking??
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Since my original reply, I have found the perfect solution for this problem, but I will not mention it because my original reply was edited for a violation of the forum rules, and I got an email from a mod, but the mod never explained what I said that violated the rules. So to avoid a similiar snafu, I will just say that there is an excellent solution for this problem for those of us who spend alot of time outdoors in the heat, but this will require you to ditch the very thing that gives the Ego-C the "C".
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I'm a forum newbie, and an e-cig newbie. I may have 5 posts total in forums in my entire life. Although after reviewing the rules of the forum i've come to the conclusion that your post was most likely edited do to the fact that you stated a "smoking cessation". I can understand your frustration, but I still would have been more than interested in knowing your solution to the problem. I'll need to figure it out myself i suppose. Thanks for the tip Prometheus84. And thanks mods for the...snafu.

 

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