Aluminum threads? Are they that much of a nightmare? Your thoughts!

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  1. Chablo

    Chablo Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I'm about to grab a sentinel m16 clone from FT. The $11 one has aluminum threads. I keep hearing horror stories! Im going to use a vivi which I do dry burn about every 2 weeks(waiting on new heads). People keep saying there threads strip after switching tanks. Anyone else have a positive exp and might want to change my mind about ordering. I'm dying to get a mech but I don't want to shell out money for a Ferrari type mod!
     
  2. EvilZoe

    EvilZoe Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Aluminum is really too soft a metal to be using for something that is going to get repeated use as frequently as threads on a PV.
     
  3. Enoch777

    Enoch777 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I've heard that as well but seems to depend a lot. I have a SID that has an aluminum body and the threads are durable and smooth. Could be that the threads are stainless steel though, not actually sure. It definitely has an aluminum body though.

    You can find some *sweet* deals on all sorts of stuff, including a ton of mechs at gotsmok. Not all of them are fasttech but if you don't mind ordering there your options just skyrocketed.
     
  4. Chablo

    Chablo Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Ok. Now should I grab it as something to get used to a mech? I'm using ego's and they just aren't my preference. I'm at that point where it's I know what I want but I just don't want to be the guy who throws cash around and not care. $11 doesn't seem too bad for something I'll get a month use out of.
     
  5. Enoch777

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  6. DKP#

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    The brass one is only $5 more
     
  7. Chablo

    Chablo Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I guess I'll go for the brass one! Not a fan of the brass color. Thanks guys.
     
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    The Stainless Private V2 is only another $5. hehe:lol:
     
  10. Chablo

    Chablo Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I liked the V2 I'm also liking the Pisces Style. I'm grabbing the batteries either locally or from amazon so I'm not stuck waiting months for my order!
    But I'm going to go with one of em.
     
  11. EvilZoe

    EvilZoe Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Look at reviews - as many as you can - from people who have used whatever PV you're interested in before buying. Also, look at he APV forum and see which devices seem to be creating the most issues for their users and avoid those.

    Some items will definitely be better built than others, perhaps even if they DO use aluminum threading. I don't know from firsthand experience as my higher end stuff has steel threading.

    Really, the more complaints about an item, the more you'll know which to avoid. If there are very few about that item, then it's a good bet unless no one owns one....LOL
     
  12. Mohamed

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    510 to eGo Adapter Convertor for E-Cigarette
    For $1.30 you can save on the wear and tear on your ecig. I tighten that in with some pliers (not too tight...just tight enough that I can't accidentally unscrew by hand.) It adds maybe a half an inch to e-cig...should fit any 510 mod.

    At that point all your wear and tear on the threads is to your tanks and that adapter. If it ever goes bad you can replace it or just take it off and take your chances. I use that on my vamo v3 as I heard they have threading issues but I think they improved material since v1 and v2.
     
  13. Ryedan

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    I would not buy a PV that had aluminum 510 connection threads. Even if you're careful assembling it, bangs and drops are going to ruin that in time. As for the body threads, if you're careful assembling them I wouldn't worry about it.

    Between brass and aluminum, brass has an edge, but not much if it's soft brass. In a cheap mod, it might well be soft.

    SS is the way to go for durability if at all possible :thumb:
     
  14. Caridwen

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    I didn't purchase from FT, but I have had bad experiences with lower end APV's with thread issues.
     
  15. DanG

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    It depends on the type of aluminum, there are some types the 2000 and 7000 series alloys that can be as hard as steel. I can say without even seeing it that those are not what are in any Chinese mod. The threads will go bad in any of those in time. If you avoid bumping, dropping, or looking at it funny it would increase the life. Aluminum does not like being rubbed, especially the cheap stuff. You might get a little more life by adding some Noalox, it could help.
     
  16. EvilZoe

    EvilZoe Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    LOL @ "looking at it funny"
     
  17. DelboyinDorset

    DelboyinDorset Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Mine has given up the ghost after a couple weeks, was wondering if anyone had tried helicoiling or threadserting which would be a permanent durable repair if we knew the thread pitch and diameter?
     
  18. BuzzKill

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    If these threads are on a 510 connection dont use the aluminum , the 510 thread is a M7x.5mm thread it is really fine and will strip
    If you are talking about the battery cap threads alwasy try to have dis-similar metals , the same metal type will tend to GALL or eat itself , brass on aluminum is good. Stainless steel is less likely to gall ( because of hardness) but can also.
     
  19. yzer

    yzer Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    Aluminum is a poor choice for durability. Brass is better but also a fairly soft metal. The most durable choice is stainless steel.

    The best approach to durability on a 510/eGo connector I've seen is on the Sigelei Zmax. Here, both 510 and eGo threads are machined from one piece of stainless steel. The removable SS top cap has been taken off for this photo.

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  20. volume control

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    I had a Private V2 aluminum for a few months, then gave it to a friend who has been using it a few months. You can tell the threads aren't as tight as they were when new, but its still fine. I even dropped it a few times. Im used to working with aluminum threaded items, aluminum is softer, so you don't screw things in tight, its that simple. If you don't wrench on the 510 connection you wont strip it.

    Idc about all the haters, I love aluminum! Awesome conductivity, super lightweight, and obv super cheap. Ok I love my k100 more now but whatever, if you can the k100 is awesome, and definitely wont be easy to strip the threads on. Its barely heavier than the aluminum V2
     
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