Hello all, new user here. I did a bunch of research before jumping in and ended up with an IBtanked setup on an Ego Twist for my first setup. I have some question on the IBtanked and some general vaping questions as well. Hope to get some help and hopefully the responses will help others as well:
-I ordered extra O-rings and washers for spares. Turns out they already give you extra O-rings to start with. Maybe I missed it, but they should say this as it's a bit of wasted money.
-About those spare O-rings. They are two different sizes. Are these one set for the outside of the caps and one for the inner seal that touches the carto? It's hard to tell size wise when they aren't installed.
-The directions talk about wetting the O-rings with juice, but doesn't say which ones. Are they taking about the tank seal or the carto seal or both?
-I got the tank tool. It is helpful, but not so sure this is really a big deal as I got a needle tip for my juice bottle and it seems for filling it wouldn't be a big deal without it. I could be wrong though. I did use it to do a hot-swap and it paid for itself right there. The main reason I want it though is for it to protect the seals, but I'm not so sure it does this. When pushing in the carto with the tool on it still "grabs" or "catches". If you attach the tool on the top of the carto when it's in the tank and look down, you can clearly see that the outer diameter of the carto is wider than the tool, so the carto is still hitting the O-rings. Thoughts?
-I bought a needle tip for my e-juice. I found this very helpful in filling the carto and the tank. I saw no need to stick a toothpick in the center hole of the carto as you can easily direct the juice. It also makes it very easy to get into the top of the tank and around the carto. However, I have a couple logistics problems with it that I'd like to find a solution for. It happened to fit on the top of the e-juice bottles that I bought, but I'm wondering if this is standard and I can expect it to work for most everyone's bottles?
There is no way to cap it though and I don't really want to go back and forth putting it on and the original tip for the bottle, that's just too much hassle when your going to use juice all the time.
I did buy another bottle that has a metal need tip with a silicone cap. Anyone use those? I'd have to dump out the juice into it and I'm wondering if I'm then losing some juice that will inevitably stay in the original bottle.
I see they have syringes for sale as well, but this seems a hassle as well and I'm guessing this is more for people to use once they start mixing their own juice and just use it to suck out from a bigger bottle? I can't Imagine popping tops off the little bottles all the time and then having to wash the syringe all the time, etc....
-I noticed on the bottom of the carto, in the two notches on the side of the connector they had turned a goldish color that washed off. This wasn't on my new carto I just installed, so is this something that happens for the heat?
-I goofed tonight. I wanted to fill the tank and did two things wrong. First I popped off the end cap and forgot that I read you aren't supposed to do this. I also topped off the filler inside the carto. Now I had poor performance afterwards and that's why I did the hot-swap. Since I think I did two things wrong, I need help narrowing down what caused the issue.
Topping off seemed to not work because the fluid just sat on top because there is now no longer any draw from the bottom as it's tanked. I got some gurgling noises, but I'm unsure if this is gurgling from flooding or just because there's some juice sitting at the top? I definitely didn't get juice in the middle hole, but can taking the top cap off cause the flooding? I was getting the gurgling and reduced taste, the draw changed etc...so I just put a new carto in. Could I have fixed the flooding if that was what happened?
-About priming. I just used the needle tip and did the "thermometer" shake, back and forth for about 5 minutes. This was my first time doing it and had no issues firing everything up for the first time. This leads me to not want to bother with either a toothpick or the condom method. However, using the "thingy" seems even less hassle. Is this just as effective as top-filling the carto? I heard the fiddling method only fills the bottom of the carto, however, I'm not so sure that's a problem as once you start vaping all the juice seems to be gone from the top layer of filler anyhow. I'm still just wondering if that initial priming that I did is better than using the thingy, since I understand that the initial priming is most important in the longevity of the carto and quality of vape.
Ok folks, sorry I was so long-winded, but hopefully some kind soul or souls will tackle this post.
Thanks in advance!