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Building Your Own Coil
Building your own coil seems like a daunting task at first - requiring the careful touch of a surgeon, with the knowledge of a mathematician. Well fear not! This is definitely not the case. Sure, rebuildable coils need time and a little bit of practice to master, but once you learn the basics you can become a rebuilding pro yourself. From drippers to rebuildable tanks, rebuildable coils are all based on the same core concepts. If you like working with your hands, and don't mind putting some time into a new hobby, you will love building your own coils. Rebuildable atomizers (RBAs) allow you to get more flavor, vapor, and satisfaction from your vaping experience. Impress your friends, get that attractive coworker to finally notice you, or perhaps just scare some people! With Rebuildable coil setups, you can do it all.
Now at first it can be a little difficult, and your first few coils may not be the best, but that's all a part of practice.There are a few rules to follow so as to not injure yourself and get the best working rebuildable coil you can. There are two power source types that are best for rebuildable coil setups: Mechanical mods and high wattage box mods. I would stay away from using regular batteries, such as a normal ego style battery or even an MVP variable battery for example. Those batteries don't have the power level you will need, and you risk the chance of shorting out the battery and ruining it. Mechanical mods are exactly that - mechanical. The only electronics involved are the 18mm batteries you put in them. They function by completing the battery circuit, causing the power to flow to your RBA. In most mechanical mods they allow you to shorten the device to accommodate a shorter battery such as a 18350. Most will accept an 18350, 18500, or 18650. To get the most life and power it is best to get an 18650, running at at least 30 amps.
I'm sure most of you reading this may have heard of ohms at some point in your life. Your ohm level indicates what resistance your rebuildable coil is running at. The lower the resistance, the more power will flow through the coil. With mechanical mods your resistance level usually should be below 1 ohm, which is called sub-ohming. You will get better performance because the battery in your mod will be ale to produce more power with less resistance. Beware of going too low, if your resistance gets below .1 ohms you may risk battery venting or overheating, due to the battery itself not being able to keep up with the resistance. This is fairly dangerous, as most experienced builders and I will tell you. For safety purposes it's best to stick above .2 ohms for your mechanical. Going below that usually requires a more powerful mechanical mod, using a 26650 battery. But stick above that level and you will still get the results you want without risking the health of your hands and mouth.
The next best bet for rebuildable coil setups is high wattage mods. Most will come in the form of a box, called box mods. Pretty creative, eh? Alot of box mods will be variable,which means you can control the amount of power it is putting out. This is great for rebuilding, because you have more leeway with how you build your coils. I find I like high ohm builds, which is pretty much anything above 1 ohm. Using a DNA 30 or an IPV 2 50 watt box mod will give you the best result with this, and you can get great flavor and vapor production out of it. The reason higher ohm builds work so well with these mods is because instead of the resistance controlling power production, the mod itself controls it. There are many box mods out there, and with a little practice you can even make your own, but that's a lesson for another time.
You're almost ready for rebuilding! Feel free to watch the video above to get an in depth look into how the coil is actually built, and how it performs. Make sure to do your research, as the online vaping world has lots of information and forums dedicated to the rebuildable realm. It's definitely the way to go if you're looking to improve and revamp your vaping experience, and it can be a lot of fun. Remember always follow the law of ohms, because if it seems like it could cause a problem, it probably will. Keep up with our blog for more information on rebuildable coils and other tips and tricks!
The Skinny on Starter Kits
So, you're looking to get in to e-cigs and vaping, but where do you start? Well, the simplest answer is to buy a starter kit! Right now there are about as many options with buying a starter kit as there are options with buying a can of soda. What size do I want, what flavor, what color, what style - the choices are seemingly endless! We'll help you narrow down the hundreds of choices regarding starter kits, and get you on your way to the world of vaping.
Types of Starter Kits
Generally speaking, you'll find a few different types of starter kits out there. We'll cover the non-disposable types, the only ones worth spending money on:
- 510 Style Kits
- Ego style kits
- Mod Kits
Whatever kit you decide to buy needs to have the same essential items included:
- At least one battery (many kits come with two)
- Clearomizers or Cartomizers for each battery (they hold the liquid)
- A case or container to hold everything
- A charging cable
The 510 Kit
Odds are, you've been seeing these starter kits around for awhile. They're usually the ones you'll see at gas stations (although many of the one for sale are of the disposable variety), and they're featured in commercials and tv shows.
The 510 e-cigs look like a robotic cigarette - about the same dimensions as a regular cigarette, and the tip usually glows red (to simulate a real cigarette burning) or blue (for the cyberpunk look). These starter kits are generally the ones to avoid. They're on their way out. 510 starter kits are usually overpriced, the batteries don't last very long, they don't produce much vapor, and most people agree that the flavor reproduction is terrible. I was actually given a 510 starter kit a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
It sat in my dresser drawer for a year.
It was a pain to keep reloading (the cartridge barely held any liquid), it constantly tasted funny, and it was constantly running out of power. Sure, it's small and fits in most any pocket of any piece of clothing, but it's just a terrible unit. By all means, try whatever you think will work for you, but my vote is no.
Ego Starter Kits
The "Ego" in Ego starter kit doesn't refer to a part of your identity. It's just the type of battery connection to the tank. The Ego starter kits are by and large the most popular types of starter kits out there today. These kits offer batteries that hold up to more wear and tear, last longer, and offer a smoother vaping experience. Ego starter kits
also usually include tanks that hold more liquid and perform much better than their 510 counterparts. Also, most kits worth buying will feature affordable replacement parts. One thing to look out for is kits that include extra cores for the clearomizers (tanks). A quality kit will stock you up with the items and accessories you need to keep you going for awhile. If you want to get really fancy, there are options like passthrough charging and variable voltage. Passthrough means you can charge the battery while you're vaping (usually with an included USB cable). Variable voltage batteries have a control unit built in (buttons or a dial) that let you control how much or little power the battery puts out.
Mod Starter Kits
Mod starter kits are the rarest of the three we've talked about. A mod is just a modified battery or battery holder. Most mod users are vapers who've been in the vaping game awhile. There's a lot of variety with these as well. Some offer voltage control, while others are mostly for collectors into finding something really neat looking. Usually you won't find a mod included in a starter kit, but every now and then you'll come across something special like the Blackhat Swag Bag Giveaways!
So, we've covered types of starter kits. What else do you want to look for in a starter kit? Well I'm glad you asked!
One of the great things about getting into the e-cig community right now is the OPTIONS! You don't wear the same shoes to work as you would a night on the town, right? Your e-cig can be the same way! There's a color to match every personality. Adhesive wraps also make a splash. You can pick your favorite football team colors to match your battery and tank combo, or go with something that brings our your eyes. It's all choices that make you love your kit and love using your e-cig!
If it feels flimsy, it is flimsy. You want to pick a unit that has a good solid feel to it. Let's face it - you're going to drop this thing. It's going to take a few falls here and there during its service to you. It'll ride in pockets and purses, backpacks and bags. You want something that's going to last! Also, don't forget to check on warranty and servicing. If tragedy were to befall your new investment, you want to have confidence that you can get the help you need from a friendly and knowledgeable vendor.
Last but not least, show me the money! Everyone likes to get a great deal, and nobody likes to get hustled. Do your homework! Check out prices online. Read reviews. Do you have friends who vape? Ask them how they like their gear and where they got it and how the service is at the shop. Everyone has an opinion on e-cigs and a lot of them count. Lots of places unnecessarily jack up the prices on their merchandise, so shop around to find the place with the best price and the best staff to show you the ropes.