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    Well that's disturbing. Thinking I'll be switching out the sterile for organic. You'd like to think the sterile cotton being medical grade wouldn't be allowed to contain any sort of residual chemicals, but better safe than sorry.

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    Organic is the way to go. Sterile just means they have been taken to a high enough temperature to kill germs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevegmu View Post
    Organic is the way to go. Sterile just means they have been taken to a high enough temperature to kill germs.
    Do you boil your organic cotton or just use it right out of the bag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcannon1 View Post
    Do you boil your organic cotton or just use it right out of the bag?
    I haven't settled on an atomizer to re-build yet. Still doing research, which led me to the horrors of commercial cotton as a wick material- don't want to vape formaldehyde or pesticides. Organic non-dyed seems safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevegmu View Post
    I haven't settled on an atomizer to re-build yet. Still doing research, which led me to the horrors of commercial cotton as a wick material- don't want to vape formaldehyde or pesticides. Organic non-dyed seems safe.
    Thanks for the info on the cotton. Going to pick up some organic tomorrow.

    Getting a little off topic, but depending on your budget, I've had good luck with the Trident, Nimbus, and IGO rebuildables. Each one hits a different price point from high -> low.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metalhed73 View Post
    have not had a problem with the walgreens organic cotton balls but, doing some reading it appears they use hydrogen peroxide to clean them. While I have not seen any off flavors or issues I am a little weary of the hydrogen peroxide.
    Hmm I'm wondering the same thing. Do any of you guys boil the organic cotton balls? vaping the hydrogen peroxide doesnt sound good at all... also for those who use the Peaches and Creme white cotton from walmart do you boil those? looking forward to picking up 1 of the 2 this weekend would like some insights on that. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matrix387k View Post
    for those who use the Peaches and Creme white cotton from walmart do you boil those?
    Some do. I don't, but then I like to live dangerously.

    I used to inhale smelly burning carcinogens for enjoyment, and now I merely put a discharging semi-explosive li-on battery into my mouth at face level and inhale a multitude of unknown chemical ingredients which, to be fair, smell less foul but which are no more listed on the ingredient label than the deadly toxins contained in my previous vice.

    Seriously I have not had any problem with not boiling the P&C cotton yarn. When you look at "toxicity" and "danger" in this vice, everything is relative, no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDUAres View Post
    Some do. I don't, but then I like to live dangerously.

    I used to inhale smelly burning carcinogens for enjoyment, and now I merely put a discharging semi-explosive li-on battery into my mouth at face level and inhale a multitude of unknown chemical ingredients which, to be fair, smell less foul but which are no more listed on the ingredient label than the deadly toxins contained in my previous vice.

    Seriously I have not had any problem with not boiling the P&C cotton yarn. When you look at "toxicity" and "danger" in this vice, everything is relative, no?
    That's true, but there's a reason I use mechanical mods that have properly insulated switches, batteries with safe chemistry and a much higher C rating than I need, and it's why I research what juice makers put in their juice as much as possible before I buy and then I stick with the ones I trust.

    Of course it's not completely safe, but there is nothing wrong with trying to do things as safely as possible.

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    So far I have heard everything from "cotton balls/yarn are bleached with hydrogen peroxide" to "they contain pesticides from the growing process" to everything in between. While boiling may remove some added coloring if there was any added to begin with, it will do nothing about pesticides, and nothing about chemical bleach baths which are added in a pressurized process at a much higher temperature than boiling. Unfortunately the only way to get rid of the bleaching chemicals and pesticides from an organic substance once exposed is to peel the outer covering off. Not a feasible option with processed cotton materials.

    One example study:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...fruit-veg.html

    Now if someone is just made more comfortable with vaping something that hasn't possibly been touched by another shopper and could possibly have their germs on it, that is understandable. Boil away if it makes you feel good. Or just vape it on the several hundred degree coil system that will kill any and all bacteria that might be on a thread. Statistically speaking you are probably "safe" either way.

    As far as it making a difference in "taste" in a vape, I know it doesn't for the P&C yarn. Also doesn't for regular old run of the mill Wal-Mart/CVS bought cotton balls. For organics and such, though, it might but I have not tried it.
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    call me crazy, but HOW did you manage to burn t a cotton ball with a lighter, without burning your hand and house down???

    Quote Originally Posted by jozef-3d View Post
    I just recently bought a Kanger ProTank and have been reading about rewicking with cotton. Upon reading forums and watching videos, some of them suggested to boil the cotton. This was kind of a hassle to do, is this necessary? Some of them suggested to pre-burn the cotton with a lighter, which I tried but thought it was dumb because I'm using the interior of the cotton ball so burning the outside didnt seem like it would really do anything. I did this for the first time last night and man this tank is now heaven!!


    P.S. I am using cotton balls
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