HERON : Microcoil & Cotton build
~A simple setup that does the trick, effortlessly!
Well, did many setups over the testing period and noticed that two builds really shines thru in the Heron ~ (1)Our regular Silica with a Kanthal Coil and (2)A Microcoil with Cotton Yarn. I prefer the Microcoils for many reasons (discussed earlier) and here's how I did it on the Heron.
WASHING, CLEANING AND WORK LAYOUT:
Note: It was important to name them since we'd be referring to some of the parts in the following tutorial.
MICROCOIL PREPARED & MOUNTED:
Note: 28AWG Kanthal, 8 wraps over a regular toothpick.
MICROCOIL RESISTANCE CHECK:
Note: A 1Ω coil.
MICROCOIL AIRWAY SPACING & TEST FIRED:
Note: The coil is terminalled with it's legs in the bottom plane (graphic below) and in line with the screws. Thus maintaining a roughly 2mm air-way at the bottom (closeup below).
COIL AIR-WAY SPACING CLOSEUP:
Note: There is roughly a 2mm gap between the deck's air channel and the bottom of the coil.
INSERTING YARN INTO THE COIL AND SIZE OF THE WICK LOOP:
Note: I prefer S'n'C Cotton Yarn on the Heron. I tried the regular Cotton Ball/s too, but found them trickling down excessive juice, akin to flooding. Probably could have played with the thickness of the wick to have a consistent feed, but the yarn does the trick without any need for tinkering. Also note the roughly 15mm length of the feeding loop.
Caution: Lily's S'n'C Cotton Yarn needs pre-boiling. Pls see >HERE< for my pictorial on it's preparation.
TRIMMING WICK TAILS AND FINAL LOOK OF THE WICK:
Note: The tails of the wick has been cut to roughly 5mm. This is the length which would 'sit' inside the 'well' of the deck.
MICROCOIL & WICK CLOSEUP:
Note: The small piece of folded wire is still kept attached to the loop. This will help in inserting the loop thru the wick hole of the Chamber 'Lid'.
WICK JUICED UP:
BUILD TEST FIRED:
ASSEMBLING THE CHAMBER CAP (WITH CHAMBER "LID" REMOVED):
Note: The Chamber Cap could be split into two parts ~ removing it's top-cap (a disc) with two holes. Don't try screwing-in the Chamber Cap with the wick loop, else you'll be damaging your coil. Yep, been there - done that
CHAMBER "LID" PLACEMENT WITH PROTRUDING LOOP (AND IT'S SIZE):
PROTRUDING LOOP'S CLOSEUP AND MEASUREMENT:
Note: The protruding wick loop is roughly 5mm long. That is sufficient to 'touch' our fluff for continuous feeding.
CUTTING & SIZING THE FLUFF, AND WRAPPING IT ON THE CHIMNEY TUBE:
Note: I have cut a piece of the GP-Fluff to roughly 60mm x 20mm size. I've played with various lengths and found this size to be sufficient for proper juice containment and feed. However remember, this length is for the GP-Fluff ~ other filler materials (viz. Juwel, Sera, Acurel etc.) will require different lengths due to their varied density.
TANK TUBE FITTED WITH BELL SECTION CONTAINING THE FLUFF AND FILLING JUICE:
Note: Roughly holds about 3.4ml of juice.
INSIDE THE JUICED TANK AND HERON FULLY ASSEMBLED:
Note: Pls check the saturation level of the fluff in the picture. A good aspect of the Heron is that it's tank section is sealed ~ it could thus take a few ml more and might not create a/ny issue if we vape it off immediately. However, if the fluff remains excessively saturated overnight - it might leak into the chamber and flood it. Which will either gurgle or further seep outwards thru the base's air-channel.
HERON & LUX: SIZE COMPARISON WITH OTHER 18350 MODS:
The Heron vapes really well. Every build that I put into it - worked perfectly. However, this setup ~ the Microcoil & Cotton Yarn works effortlessly. The VTF is rock solid ~ very akin to it's senior but sleeker sibling, the Spheroid, when adorned with the same build. In a scale of 1-10 ~ this build could be rated as: Vapor = 9, Throat Hit = 8, Flavor = 8.5. It'd tho depend on the building variables between different persons, but honestly it wouldn't falter much and yet offer a very satisfying vape experience. I am seriously stupefied by the quality of vape the Heron doles out, especially with a Microcoil & Cotton. And it is easy, as well as simple to build. A novice might be awestruck initially due to the various parts involved (the Spheroid was otherwise), however a medium to senior vaper will love it.
This is a fantastic device. It is everything what our loveable Spheroid is and takes it to another level viz. it's wider size, thus more juice capacity and ease of building (aka deck real estate). Team-GP has designed it well and it conforms to their philosophy of "Less is More" with a superior build quality and outstanding performance.
Thank you Vapour Art for making the Heron happen!
What is the Heron? Pls check Vapour Art's thread on it for further info : GP Series by VapourArt - Official Thread for GP Heron