Hellooooo fellow vapers! I am very honored to have the first post on what’s soon going to be the best damn vape blog on the planet!
So I thought that I’d start out with my current hobby (near obsession really) which is rebuilding. As a little bit of backstory, as I’m sure many vapers have done, I started off my vaping career by burning through quite a few atomizers and having to go buy new heads or attys. Guh, the taste of burned silica is still so fresh. Back then I had no clue that RBAs were even out there. Fast forward almost a year and burning an atty is a thing of the past. Praise the cloud gods!
The trickiest thing for me was finding the best wicking material for me (YMMV) so I thought I’d cover the types I’ve tried and hopefully help out a few people looking to get into rebuildables! Check the bottom of this post for some links to tutorial videos and products I like.
Now granted, it depends on what type of RBA you have, and I have a favorite for my AGA, and a favorite for my Igo-L….
On my AGA I started out with SS mesh. It sounded like the perfect way to avoid that nasty burnt taste I remember so un-fondly. I picked up a few pieces of the #400 (think of it like a thread count. On 400 the mesh is weaved very tightly) and was well on my way to building. Found a few videos that the wonderful PBusardo filmed showing how to roll up the wick and wrap the coil and got to work! Once I had a good build (Read: NO HOT SPOTS lol) I loaded up the tank with some NLV Line Rider and got to vaping! First off it was the most flavorful vape I had ever had. After a few puffs on it I started tasting something off… Kinda like I was vaping hot pennies. It wasn’t harsh, the flavor of the juice was still there… but that funky taste would not go away. It was so funky I actually put the AGA away and went back to cartos for a while. Eventually I made my way into a local shop and found my game changer, which brings me to…
SS CABLE! Holy moley this is the best SS wicking material around. NO flavor at all. No fiddling and rolling and trying to hollow out the middle, tipping and twisting my mod around to get the juice to the coil…. Nothing but a wonderful vape every time. I wrap a little bit of SS Mesh on the top (I’ve heard some people use a ecowool sleeve on the top as well) for more uniform contact with the coil and it vapes like heaven. In fact, not only is it easier to set up, but this build has lasted me ~2 months without a rebuild. I do a quick little burn to clear off any buildup on the coil but other than that there is no maintenance needed! Loving it
For my Igo-L (Dripper) I refuse to use straight silica. I cannot stand the taste of it and no matter what juice I put on there I can always taste the nasty plastic ick of it. So I started out with the XC-116 braided ceramic wick. Lucky for me I started out with my favorite wicking material. This shiz has ZERO flavor, all I can taste is the juice, even when the flavor is light. One very important aspect of this material is to ensure that the place you get it from is reputable and heat treats this stuff in a kiln before selling it. There can be some nasty stuff in it so you want to make sure it is properly treated before it gets anywhere near your setup. I also go over it a couple times with a torch before I wrap a coil on it to get rid of any residual ickies and it also makes it a little easier to work with and keeps the ends from fraying.
Many people also swear by ekowool. I have tried it (and I actually have it in my Igo now) but it really isn’t my thing. I don’t feel like it holds juice as well, and it has a funny taste if you don’t drip soon enough and get a dry hit. This is another one that you should treat with a torch first before using it, but it becomes brittle and stiffer once it’s torched. I’ve wrapped my coil on it first, and then torched it and it seems to behave a little better. I don’t hate it… And I do have ~6 feet of it so I’m using it for sure, but my preference is the XC-116.
One thing that can be said about both the XC-116 and ekowool is if the coils get gunked up or the wick starts turning dark from the juice is that you can just pulse the mod and dry burn everything out of it and not worry about burning them. I think they’re rated to not burn up to 1200 degrees Celsius… And with my history of burning silica this is a huuuuge plus for me.
So my question to you is…..
As a disclaimer, I am in no way affiliated or bought off by the vendors below KP just happens to be my favorite place to get RBA supplies. Now if only they carried the XC-116….
XC-116 - http://sngvapor.com/RBA/XC116 (Thank you Steve for the link!)
PBusardo’s AGA Rebuild - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnuYJeoS6Fc
Keep on vaping yall!