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    Default How many times do you clean Vivi Nova???

    I cleaned my Vivi nova tank today basically because the little juice in the bottom was getting dark,Was running fine though.
    Did the basic rinse under water,everything exact from Pbusardo tutorial video,But it didn't run as well after I was done,and hrs later still isn't as good as it was..I was just wondering how often people clean their Vivi and how necessary it is.
    My saying sometimes is "Don't fix it if it ain't broke".
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    I clean my mini nova every 2 to 3 tanks. Rinse the tanks, and the coils, dry burn the gunk off, then drop the coil in to soak and grab a clean one.

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    Usually I clean mline everytime I change flavors. It works out to be about 2-3 times a week.

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    On my full size every time I refill it or change juice. I soak in alcohol, flush with water and dry and dry burn and flush again if there was a crust on the coils. I still have my original attys I just rotate through them. If the wick gets real bad or I fry an atty at some point I will rebuild them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acguy1999 View Post
    Usually I clean mline everytime I change flavors. It works out to be about 2-3 times a week.
    Same here. I take it all apart, rinse it, dry it as best I can with a paper towel, put the head back on and dry burn it, then rinse the head off again, and let it sit disassembled overnight. By morning it's dry and ready to be reassembled, filled and vaped.

    One tip: When I re-fill mine, contrary to popular opinion, I put a drop of juice down in the hole directly onto the coil. I don't have to wait as long for the wick to wick juice into the coil. The only time it has gotten gurgly on me doing this was when I accidentally dripped about 3 drops onto the coil. But even then it just to a few vapes and it was working fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steved5600 View Post
    On my full size every time I refill it or change juice. I soak in alcohol, flush with water and dry and dry burn and flush again if there was a crust on the coils. I still have my original attys I just rotate through them. If the wick gets real bad or I fry an atty at some point I will rebuild them.
    What kind of alcohol??How long in alcohol?? and does anyone ever scrape the coils or never touch them.

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    I'm not really sure if alcohol works much better than water. The coil residue is "chunky" and doesn't really go into solution much. I could be wrong. I'm new at this too.

    You get your best improvement from dry burning. Takes some practice but don't be afraid. The heads are pretty cheap so getting some experience will not cost you much money. Odds are if you go slow you won't do any damage. Dry burning is best done when the wick is dry so don't soak and burn without drying. I used canned "air" to expedite drying during dry burning. More about this later.

    Scraping is OK but be careful not to fray the silica that is inside the coil. I just run the sides of a dental pick along the sides of the coil . Don't use the tip as it might damage the silica. Don't "pick" in other words. Any small square edged metal tool will do. A small nailfile should work also.

    I also use canned "air" to blow away the reside and dry but I don't recommend it unless you rinse/soak afterwards as the "air" is not really air but some volatiles that will leave an undesirable residue. Alcohol does evaporate faster than water so it should be a better for cleaning if you are in a hurry. Leaving the heads out overnight on a paper towel after soaking in water works fine for me but I'm not in mass production.

    Just my opinion from my experience.

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    Soak from 15 minutes to overnight. Your choice. If necessary I scrape the coils very gently with a really sharp needle. Sharp syringe needles do very well.

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    And I would recommend this tool to anybody over 45 YO that really wants to see whats going on. It's an Optivisor for about $35. Worth the price:

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    I clean mine about every 2 - 3 days. I take it apart, rinse in the hottest water I can stand and leave it overnight to dry. In the morning I dry burn the head until I get a nice glow from the coil, reassemble and fill. I have never scraped the coil with anything. I am using heads that are currently almost two months old and they still vape like new.

    Replacement heads are cheap and I have 15 backup heads, just in case. I plan to start rebuilding them at some point but I wanted to have a few backups in case my first few attempts went horribly wrong. So far I have been using the Nova Minis for just about 2 1/2 months and have only replaced one head. I got a little over zealous in my first dry burn attempt and my juice tasted like it was fresh off the grill.
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