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    Default Warning - Rebuildable atomizer wicks and coils

    Please note very carefully that rebuildable atomizer coils and wicks have known risks.

    Rebuildables are for experts, not average or beginner vapers with no multimeter or knowledge of how to use a meter, or when a meter must be used, or how electronic devices work, or how circuits can fail. These materials cannot safely be used by the inexperienced or those without basic knowledge of electronics.

    This is because:

    1. A rebuildable coil/wick MUST be tested carefully with a meter before it is used.

    2. If it is not tested it may damage the device it is used on.

    3. Faulty wicks/coils WILL blow an electronic device that has no short-circuit protection.

    4. New coil/wick units must be tested, and - if intended for use on an electronic APV - should then be used first at low voltage on a strong mechmod (mechanical APV) or basic electrical APV such as a Silver Bullet, that will not be destroyed by a short circuit. The hot spring fuse will collapse if there is a dead short. [1]

    5. Use of an RBA on an unfused device can result in a blown circuit board (if an electronic device) or melted connector seals (if a mechmod).

    6. No new coil/wick assembly should be used on an electronic device until known to be safe.

    7. These items destroy electronic devices if faulty. This is a known issue. Since they can go faulty at any time, it's best to use a mechmod, fused if possible. Very low resistance coils won't work with a fuse as they draw too much power - so this mode of use is intrinsically risky as regards melting any vulnerable internal components. Most devices have a silicone seal in the top connector and this can melt.

    8. These items have inherent risks and may go faulty at any time even if they were originally in good working order. The owner bears the cost of equipment damaged as a result. Keep plenty of hot springs in reserve and be aware they will get used up and this is a feature of RBA building.

    9. RBAs or RTAs should only be used on equipment that cannot be seriously damaged or harm the user. In practice this could mean an electrical device with a hot spring (fuse) or an electronic device that will not activate if there is a short-circuit (a dead short). Unfused devices or unprotected electronic devices will suffer damage when used with a faulty RBA / RTA / RDA. The problem is that if the coil is working correctly and drawing several amps, and then the coil goes short-circuit (direct short, dead short), then it will draw all the amps the battery can supply; will the electronics cut off safely - or will it fry? And these coils do go faulty.


    No negative reviews of rebuildable coils/wicks or their effects will be accepted. No posts with negative reviews that apportion blame to a supplier will be allowed. RBAs have known risks and are not for the inexperienced in any way, shape or form. They can destroy your APV if used incorrectly or even just as a result of the usual faults any coil can experience.


    [1] Never under any circumstances insert a battery with reverse polarity, even if the device still works with the battery reversed (negative end inserted first). A fault condition such as a worn battery label can bypass safety fuses if this is done. See:
    Warning: battery reverse polarity in APVs
    Last edited by rolygate; 10-08-2012 at 12:31 AM.
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