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    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.

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    Sounds like a lot of work , I'm not willing to do . Better way is for you to charge people , and do it for them . Win / Win . They get a new wick , and you use your skills to make a little money . Just a thought .
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    It's hard to tell, without pics, what you're up to with the doubling over bit... (step 3). Seems cool though, as long as the zippo wick is high-percentage silica; I want to give it a try!

    Though, I'd recommend distilled water, rather than tap, but for the calcification and what-not which could, eventually, cause some trouble.

    Yeah... I too find that you've got to do a dry-burn (with the wick-plate out!) at least once a week, sooner if your juices have any color to them, 'cause the coil gets gummed up.

    Thanks for the tip!

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    DTC...
    My first post...
    I dont use the EgoT anymore (my 22yo kind of took it)...
    But kudos on a fine (and useful) article.
    I can appreciate the work you did...the PV is worthless without an atty wick and I'm sure you spent quite a while
    before you shared this with us.

    Thanks,
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    Welcome to ECF! What a useful first post! The wick is the weak part of the ego-t and it sounds like you have put a a lot of thought and effort into solving this. My wife and I have recently moved on to XL clearomizers from the ego-t type B's as they give us better flavour, are as easy or easier to maintain and repair, and cost 90% less than the ego-t attys. Give the clearo's a try, with your skills they could be great for you too.

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    Nice write up!

    Just wanted to add a website where someone can get wicking material:

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    Last edited by washvap; 07-09-2011 at 10:16 AM.

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    sounds good but got lost on putting all the knots in maybe you could make a video and post somewhere?

    btw welcome to ecf

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    Step 3 was hard to describe but is really easy. The knots hold the wick together and act to wedge the wick into the atty (same function as the wire mesh on the top of the ego-t wick, I don't have wire mesh laying around). You need to make multiple knots on top of one another to make the top of your wick wide enough so it will wedge securely into the atty. I flip the wick over with each knot to keep a uniform width around the wick.

    I've cleaned my atty since making these wicks and when I take them out there is no evidence of burning, so the material works.
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    Thanks, I've been thinking about trying them, the wicking material in the clearomizer could also be used instead of the zippo wick.

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    nhaler also sells repair kits that include coil wire and multiple wicks. The kits cost around $11 shipped, have'nt bought but the picture looks like enough wicks for 100 egot-t's. Look under their Ato-mizer product. NHaler • Smoking Alternatives

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