Hi, this is my first post, I've been vaping for about 6 months using an ego-t and I love it. The only problem was after about a week performance drops significantly. I tried cleaning several ways after reading posts on this forum, and performance never came back to 100%. After seeing a you-tube video from Vickey at Cignot where she took her atomizer apart, I tried that but destroyed my wick. I searched for wick replacements on this forum and it appears to be a huge issue for people to find a cheap and easy solution. Well here is mine, it cost about a buck to make several (7-8) great wicks and takes about 5 minutes. After doing this, my juices taste much better and I seem to get more vapor than when my atomizer was new.
Go to your local smoke shop and buy a replacement Zippo wick (cost $1.00). Wick is about 4 inches long so you can make several replacements. These wicks have a cotton shell and an inner fiber that is either silica or fiberglass (withstands high temperature without burning). The cotton shell is fastened to the internal wick with a fine wire wrapped around the outside. Step 1.) Holding the wick in a pair of tweezers, burn off the cotton shell (if you don't you'll get a terrible taste). You are now left with the silica wick still wrapped in the wire. Rinse under tap water. Step 2.) Peel back the wire about 1/4 inch, maybe a little more. Step 3.) Using regular sewing thread, cut a piece about 6 inches long. Place your exposed wick(part without the wire) over the middle of the thread and tie a knot around the wick about 1/4 inch down on the bare part of the wick. Turn the wick over and tie another knot. Continue flipping the wick over and tying knots until the thickness of the thread is only slightly larger than the hole the wick goes in(takes 10-15 knots). Don't trim the excess thread. Step 4.) Using a pair of scissors, cut off wick 1/16 inch of an inch above the knot (between wire and knot). Step 5.) Take the old wick out of your atomizer and clean it without the wick plate in it. Use the dry burn method that Vickie from Cignot does in her you-tube video (search cleaning ego-t Vickie). Throw out the original wick. Step 6.) Pick up your newly made wick by the excess thread. Feed excess thread through the bottom of your wick holder and pull wick into the hole. Use a flattened toothpick to squeeze the top of the wick into the hole. Push the wick up until you the top is flush with the bottom edge of the top of your wick holder. Step 7.) Trim off excess thread. Step 8.) Trim wick to approximately 1/8 of an inch below bottom of wick holder. Step 9.) Place a couple of drops of e-liquid on your wick and let it soak in. Also place one drop on your cleaned atomizer, directly on the coil. Step 10.) Put wick on tank cartrige with e-liquid in the tank. Step 11.) Put wick holder with new wick into atomizer cone using the cartridge. Push down firmly until wick holder plate snaps firmly in place. Step 12.) Vape
I hope this helps.