An alternative to Non-resistance wire

Discussion in 'Wick and Wire' started by Sad Society, Sep 5, 2012.

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  1. Sad Society

    Sad Society Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I experimented with my RBA Penelope today and this works as an alternative to Non-resistance wire. If you can make it fit. Since it is a little thicker. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Head-and-Eye-Pin-Pack-100pc-Silver/19232047

    I bought the silver pack. And created a 2 ohm wire between them using 32A Kanthal.

    Just under 4 bucks (for me) at Walmart.
     
  2. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

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    You were able to create a 2 ohm wire that fits into an atomizer using this?

    Make sure that you aren't reading lead resistance on your ohm meter. You have to subtract that reading from the final. I'm betting that your creation will result in a virtual dead short when you try it.
     
  3. Sad Society

    Sad Society Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Actually I was using it when I created this thread. And still vaping strong.

    After I connected both non-resistance wires I tested it with the multimeter and it still was 2 ohms.
     
  4. Papa Lazarou

    Papa Lazarou Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    I think you might have misunderstood. Certain atties (mainly GG atties) use non resistance silver or nickel wire joined to a length of standard resistance wire (nichrome or kanthal) to make a complete coil assembly. The atties have terminals that are some way from the coil, so the non resistance wire basically extends the coil wire to make the connection to the terminals.
     
  5. Sad Society

    Sad Society Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Thanks for the explanation on GG atties.
    These silver pins I'm sure are not pure silver. But I do get better ohm readings on the multimeter from joining this and the Kanthal together rather than using the pure nickel wire I have as a non-resistance wire.

    Maybe silver is better after all...And maybe there's no silver in these pins. It doesn't say what they are made of on the package.
     
  6. mwa102464

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  7. epetrillo

    epetrillo Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    You might want to try this place Fine Silver Wire for Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Earrings by Rio Grande Jewelry Making Supplies for your silver wire. Shipping is a bit high but I got 50' of .999 30 ga round dead soft for $10.45 which more than makes up for the shipping.
     
  8. Phoenix07013

    Phoenix07013 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

  9. Sad Society

    Sad Society Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Thanks for the links and info guys.

    I already knew about the silver wire. I bought 100 feet of pure nickel wire for cheap to use as non-resistant wire for my RBA and me being new to the RBA part I figured 'what's the difference?' I mean how bad could it be using pure nickel wire compared to silver wire?

    Well if these pins from Walmart (link in my OP) have just a little silver in them then I wonder how the .999 silver is.

    I'm definitely going to get some .999 silver wire.
     
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