REO Tips & Tricks...some basic troubleshooting ideas
So I know that it can be frustrating when things aren't working as well as they should...and you know there's a fix...but just can't work it out. I'm sure we can post our "AHA!!!" moments to help others out when there's no one around to answer questions immediately. So here's my moment from today....
Really enjoying my mini REO with Alien Visions E-Juice Better Butter Rum....so I go to squonk the bottle and notice more resistance than usual...like if I push to hard, I'm afraid it will pop. I vape again and start getting that burny taste...??? Squonk again and I don't see any juice beading in the reservoir. Wierd. So I pull off the door and push while watching the juice go up the tube...with air bubbles. I release the pressure and immediately the juice gets sucked back in the bottle...but why is it not going to the atty? Just as I'm starting to worry that the tube is somehow clogged up above....I look at the bottom of the bottle. AHA!!! My tube had turned just enough and the bottle and cap were riding a little high on the tube to the point where the bottom of the tube was making full contact with the bottle...sealing itself. So I removed the bottle, slid the cap down the tube just a hair and put the bottle back on. Problem solved....when I squonk the bottle...the juice actually gets to the atty and the reservoir. AWESOME!!
*edit....see later post about the o rings and swelling.
*EDIT: Have a super stiff draw? Try this... Drilling out holes in atties
Woops! Getting ready to put a new magnet in? See these instructions so you don't accidentally put it in backwards. Powder Coating Beta...
Last edited by Rhapsodies Fire; 01-08-2013 at 05:18 AM.
Simple trick: if your mod stops working entirely, make sure it's not stuck in the off position! This has affected almost all of us at one time or another. =D
If your liquid is too thick, try adding a drop or two of distilled water/vodka/bourbon/appropriate liquid to the mix, shake, and go!
Make sure to tighten down your bottle lid enough. Not so much that it strips or anything, but make sure it's nice and secure. And that the o-ring is still seated in the threads right. You can use a little screwdriver or toothpick to reseat an o-ring that has shifted out of the way. Just start in back in the right way, then screw it in and it'll usually go right back to normal. =)
This is how I do my weekly cleaning:
1. Remove battery.
2. Remove atty and drip tip.
3. Clean the firing pin with a q-tip dampened in isopropyl alcohol. Then wipe dry with dry end of q-tip.
4. Re-apply Noalox to the firing pin with a toothpick.
5. Clean out the juice reservoir (atty well) with a q-tip dampened with Vodka.
6. Clean out drip tip with a q-tip dampened with Vodka.
7. Blow into the battery-end of atomizer into a paper towel until juice no longer comes out.
8. Re-prime the atty with 4 or 5 drops of juice on the bridge.
9. Reinsert battery, atomizer, and drip tip.
10. Clean outside of mod by wiping down the outside with a damp cloth.
11. Reward myself by vaping myself into oblivion.
Last edited by CJLite; 02-13-2011 at 12:47 AM.
If you're getting a lot of gurgling, unscrew your atty, blow it out well, and reattach. That usually straightens things out. If there's just a little gurgle, I will sometimes blow back into the atty, ever so gently, and hold the fire button down a little bit just to get the extra liquid going. =)
Rule #1 really is: Don't be afraid to ask! We love our REOs, and we want you to love yours, too. We like to talk about them and show them off, and there's almost always someone awake on the threads to answer questions.
Also, don't be afraid to write to Rob! He is a swell guy and totally cares about his product and this community.
Here's how I clean out the feed tube (although I rarely do this) ...
1. Unscrew and remove juice bottle.
2. Fill a syringe with warm water. NOTE: I filed down the end of my syringe so it's blunt (safe).
3. With my off-hand, I move the dangling end of the feed tube away from the mod and over a sink.
4. With my primary hand, I use the syringe to shoot warm water down through the hole in atomizer connector.
5. Water should now be shooting down through the silicon tubing and into the sink.
6. After doing this, I shoot air through the atty connector using an empty syringe to get rid of excess moisture.
7. Then I reward myself by vaping myself into oblivion.
Last edited by CJLite; 02-13-2011 at 01:00 AM.
I clean the one on my wood mod out that way, but with my minis and Grand, I am too lazy. So, I lay a kleenex down under the feed tube as I remove the bottle and kind of squish the contents of the tube out as I remove it. Then I'm ready to go again! Seems to work pretty well so far. =)
Originally Posted by CJLite
Hee hee! Here are my basic squonking tips:
Originally Posted by CJLite
"Squonking" refers to pressing on your juice bottle to feed your atty. We all just like the word a lot.
When I start a new squonk bottle, I roll it around in my hands until a softish spot shows up; that is now my sweet spot. I try to place that facing out of the squonk hole so the bottle isn't too hard to press. This works the same way with the wood mods, you just try to make sure the sweet spot will be under the plunger button. Some people mark an X on the sweet spot, but I haven't really needed to do that.
On a mini or Grand, look at the point where the atty connects to the mod. Those holes in the bottom of the atty will glisten with a little bit of liquid when you have squonked well. If the whole well fills up, you're probably going to flood it, in which case, just take off the atty and blow it out. On the classic wood mod, the reservoir is deep and you can't really see where the liquid is coming up, except at the point where the atty meets the adapter. Again, just look for the twinkle of liquid where the atty connects and you are set. =) I don't run 801 attys so I'm not sure how to judge when they are ready to go. If you have flooded it just a bit, you can usually blow the liquid back down very gently, hit the fire button, and it'll correct itself. You kind of get the hang of it as you go. =)
Infernia has a method called Blind Squonking where you don't have to look for the liquid to come up, but I am terrible at it, so I will leave that explanation to others. =D
That's a brilliant dissertation, Doctor Murray! *clap, clap, clap*
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