If you are frustrated with your leaking pens that ruin your clothes with stains and spoil your other items in the bag, this is the right place to get all of your answers. But before that, in general, you should know why pen leaks?
Pen leaks because of two main reasons. The first one is a rise in temperature as it melts the ink inside the refill, which results in pen ink leakage, and the second one is because of manufacturing defects or if you use the pen with high force and pressure, which results in leaking it from tip or bottom.
However, there are other things that you should know that result in pen leakage due to your own mistakes. Let’s look at each one of them in detail.
Using a pen with too much force.
Using a pen with applying too much force can increase the capillary action, resulting in more ink flow towards the surface of the paper.
Applying too much force on paper cab damage the pens tip which can result in ink leakage.
If you don’t believe me try this with a gel pen or fountain pen to see the effect quickly.
Just keep the pen on the paper by applying force on it with increased time increase force. You will notice that ink flows towards gravity at a much higher speed by doing this.
Rise in temperature.
As you aware that with increase in temperature the molecules expands which results in expansion of area.
Same thing applies with the ink as the temperature increase the ink also move towards tip or bottom which makes it leak.
Rise in temperature can occur due to keeping the pen in sunlight or keeping it contact with body.
Spinning the pen.
Most students have habit of spinning the pen while they are solving any problem or they have free time. I know this is common thing but doing so can make your ink spills from the sides.
Ink leakage occurs when you spin the pen as certain force on then which results in ink leakage.
Pen tips that are broken are also the main cause of why pen leaks. Due to the presence of tip only the ink is stable and does not leak but if the tip is once broke it can easily come out.
Here are some main cause of why pen tip breaks.
- Using pen without its cap.
- If the pen falls on the ground by the tip.
- Keeping heavy items on your pen.
- Putting too much pressure while writing.
Manufacturing defects cannot be controlled but by the company itself. You cannot control it while buying a pen. You should at least check it twice.
Types of pens and their cause of leakage
Ball point pen does not leak easily but if the weather is too hot and you keep it in your shirt’s pocket or bag it may leak due to increase it temperature.
Gel pen can easily leak as the ink is more thinner than ball point ink. As this is water based ink it can easily be leaked if you apply pressure on it.
Fountain pens are more venerable to pressure and movement. If you have seen an ink of fountain pen, then you will understand more quickly. The ink is thin in nature, and if it falls from a height, it tends to leak ink.
Solutions to fix pen leaks
When your pen leaks, it causes certain damage, such as putting ink stains on your school bags, clothes, book s, etc. To not let it happened, you can do some of the things that are given below.
Keep it away from heat
Keeping your pen away from heat will fix 70%-80% of your problems as mostly pen leakage occurs due to keeping it in the heat. Mostly in summer season and if you keep it pocket for long period of time.
As from my personal experience the pen which leaks is mostly the cheaper ones which are locally made to avoid pen leakage problem always try to buy a branded pen.
Use a pencil or compass box
Using pencil or compass box will fix the problem of pen leaks and keep you martials in one place as many of us including me when I was in school does not had habit of using a compass box.
Keep pen in right position
Most people make mistakes when keeping a pen as the correct way to keep a pen is its cap should always be on the top, or the pen’s tip should always be in up position.
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Which type of pen leak most?
Gel pen and fountain pen leaks commonly because of water their ink is made of water-based ink.