Well, a promise is a promise, and I promised to tell something about drysmoking a while ago, so I think I have to pay my debt by now.
The following is a direct translation of my Dutch posting on the subject, and my english is although acceptable far from perfect, so I hope I can get things clear.
After answering several PB's on the subject, I think it's about time I explain to everyone at the same time how I 'drip' or 'drysmoke'.
Ever since I bought my first electric cigaret, about the beginning of september, I've run into problem after problem. It al started out great, but about every seceond of third cartridge, the fun was over.
In those days (geez, that sounds like fourty years ago writing it down like that) , very little was known about E-smoking in general, directions for use were very insufficient if existing at all, service was nothing to write home about , and it was all a matter of mainly trial and error.
Espscially thinning the liquids in the cartridge with water seemed to help a bit, but only for the smoke, hardly for the taste (like smelling tea without sugar really).
Then one day, long story, I accidentily dropped my three E-Cigs
in my crocheted plastic holder in a toilet at the swimmingpool. These cigarettes were actually hardly functioning at the time, but worthy enough to fish them out at once, unscrew the batteries and let them drie.
And - low and behold- the ALL functioned much and much better after this unexpected dive.The atomizers had all had a good rinse (and, unfortunately, so did the batteries which were less enthousiastic about it), somiething I had never dared do befor. BUT it worked, and from then on, I started cleaning my atomizers under a running tab on a daily basis, and this helped - for about ONE cartridge or less each time.
To help them 'come up' sooner after their daily shower, I once tried to squeeze a drop op
liquid directly on the atomizer after drying them.
WOW !!!! Now THAT was smoking ! THAT was inhaling ! THAT was feeling a touch - our should I say a BANG on the lungs !! I couldn't believe what had happened !! My Cigarettes FUNCTIONED !! They actually SMOKED !!
And since all three cigarettes were actually as good as dead at that time, I continued 'dripping' them , and I finally became a very very content E-smoker.
About a mont ago I completely stopped using cartridges, and only drysmoked of dripped instead.
And now : dripping for Dummies :
The liquid :
I use the bottles of liquid form E-Cig
and liquid that I obtain from regular cartridges that I 'squeeze' bij pulling out the fiber, putting it in an empty sirynge, and squeeze the liquid in a vottle for ear- or nosedrops (very cheap at the local drugstore).
The materials :
I use the E-Cig luxury bottle (which is no more than a regular perfume-sprayer) and nose-dropbottles with a pipet.
The amount :
In the classical pen-shaped model I use about 3 drops, on the mini I use only 1 drop, straight on the atomizer.
How to drip :
Penshaped model :
- Remove the cartridge from the atomizer
- pull of the mouthpiece from a cartridge (throw away the white part, keep the black)
- take the bottle or pipet, and drip up to 3 drops STRAIGHT on the atomizer
- Put back the mouthpiece, and smoke away !!
- Pull the mouthpiece (brown) from the atomizer
- Best is to remove the fiber-part from the cartridge, ore use the empty cartridge taht came with your cigarette.
- Drip one big drop straight on the atomizer
- put back the cartridge without the fiber
and smoke away !!
DO NOT drop too much liquid on the atomizer, to prevent liquid from leaking through the atomizer and into the battery. This has cost me more thant one battery, so please beware !! Too little is better than too much, you just need to drop more often.
It is possible that you loose waranty on your E-cig if you start dripping. Best is to use liquids that you obtain from the cartridged that came from the same supplier as your E-Cigarette.
For whom is this method suited ?
People like me, chainsmokers, who just smoke too much or too frequent, and simply cannot get along with cartridges for some reason or other. If you've sent back four atomizers in a row because you lost taste, smoke or 'touch', chance is you will get along much better when you start 'dripping'. I don;t really know the CAUSE, but I'm glad I've got the
How do I know if I ran out of liquid ?
When there is no more smoke, but the battery is not yet empty. In some liquids you can taste it; you get a 'burning', chemical taste, which indicates that the atomizer is getting too dry / too hot.
Please do NOT let the atomizer get too hot, or you'll risk breaking it.
I hope everything is clear even in my poor english, and if not, don't be afraid to ask.