Despite the many practical aspects that make Juuls one of the best e-cigarettes on the market, one of their main issues is that they’re very prone to leaking.
This can be a massive inconvenience for a large number of reasons: it can prohibit you from using the Juul both long term and short term, and it can damage the system irreparably. Additionally, the liquid is sticky, so this can ruin not only the system itself, but it also gets on your hand, clothes, bag, etc., too.
There are a few solutions to prevent this but first, you’ll need to know why it’s leaking in the first place.
Usually, it’s due to the Juul pod rather than the rest of the system, but this is not always the case. Sometimes the main body is at fault, and sometimes it’s the smoker himself who is using the product incorrectly.
4 Reasons Why Your Juul is Leaking
1. Misused pod
The pods are quite delicate—they’re essentially just a few materials with a volatile liquid inside, so they do need to be treated carefully and properly.
One of the most common reasons for leakage is the user squeezing on the pod when they inhale.
This can move the liquid around and lead it to spurt out of the top or to leak out of the bottom. This is incredibly unpleasant, as the liquid isn’t designed to be consumed directly and therefore doesn’t taste very nice.
Alongside the absence of flavor, this can be harmful and can hurt your throat if you consume it. So, be extra careful next time you’re using your Juul.
In addition to squeezing, some users have reportedly been biting their Juuls for some reason. In extreme cases, this can puncture the pod and cause the liquid to directly leak.
It’s in your best interest not to do this, for obvious reasons. Look after your teeth!
In less extreme cases, it simply bends the pod out of shape, once again giving the liquid reason to leak. Quite simply, don’t do this.
All you need is a simple inhale without your teeth making any contact with the device. It’ll help the Juul pod last longer, and you’ll get a better vaping experience.
2. Changes in inhalation
Everyone uses their Juul in different ways, and some methods can be damaging to the e-cigarette.
There are Juul users who inhale very heavily or very quickly. This is usually a pattern that derives from how they smoked cigarettes—the heavier or more frequent the smoker, the more aggressive they are when using the Juul.
Extreme inhalation can be too much for the Juul to handle. Every inhalation activates a sensor that vaporizes the liquid, turning it into gas that the user inhales.
Some more expensive systems have a higher (or changeable) wattage, which can handle harder pulls. Juul, on the other hand, only has one setting.
When the user inhales heavily, this causes the liquid to be pulled directly up, as the system cannot vaporize this much at once. Needless to say, it leads to an unpleasant experience for the user.
Keep within the system’s given ability and you should be fine. This is also one of the ways to make your Juul pods last longer, as you’re not emptying them quicker than necessary.
3. Damaged pod
Sometimes when a Juul leaks, it isn’t down to the user vaping incorrectly or being too heavy-handed. There are a few reports online of customers buying Juul pods that are cracked. If this is the case, there’s absolutely nothing you can do.
Once they’re broken, they’re broken, and it isn’t worth the time and effort it would take to try and fix it. Plus it could end up ultimately breaking the Juul’s system.
All you can do here is see if you can get a refund from wherever you bought it from.
However, pods can also be damaged when you first plug them into the device, if you squeeze too tightly, for example, or try to push it in too forcefully.
Juul recommends inserting the pod by holding it gently on the sides and pressing it in slowly. This prevents damage and is the best way to feel if there’s any resistance, which is usually a sign that damage is on its way.
4. Wrong volume liquid
A few users have reported issues when their pods are running low on liquid. I’m not entirely sure of the science behind this, but it’s worth being careful.
Even if it doesn’t leak, Juuls can taste burnt with low liquid as it isn’t enough for the coil to be covered. The coil itself being heated is what results in the burning taste.
Alternatively, some find issues when there’s too much liquid, i.e. if it’s a new pod. Once again, I can’t give you the reasons for this, but it has been attributed as a reason for leakage, so be on the lookout.
A leaking Juul isn’t the end of the world, but it sure is annoying. It can happen in a number of ways, but usually, there’s the same solution for all: simply clean it up and use a different pod.
Really though, it’s a mistake that’s very easy to avoid. Just use the device properly and you’ll be fine.
If you want an e-cigarette that lets you pull a lot harder, you’re better off looking elsewhere. However, Juuls are so reliable and convenient that I think it’s worth adapting your style because the payoff is worth it.