EGO-T how to make new wicks that work great...cheaply

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  1. DEATHTOCIGS

    DEATHTOCIGS Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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.
     
  2. Renzuli

    Renzuli Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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 .
     
  3. MasonD

    MasonD Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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.

    :thumb:Thanks for the tip!:thumb:
     
  4. PONKAW

    PONKAW Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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,
    Don.
     
  5. Olef

    Olef Super Member ECF Veteran

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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. :thumb:
     
  6. washvap

    washvap Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    Nice write up!

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

    McMaster-Carr
     
  7. Aubie80

    Aubie80 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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
     
  8. DEATHTOCIGS

    DEATHTOCIGS Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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.
     
  9. DEATHTOCIGS

    DEATHTOCIGS Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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.
     
  10. DEATHTOCIGS

    DEATHTOCIGS Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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
     
  11. DEATHTOCIGS

    DEATHTOCIGS Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    How much will you pay? I think I'd have to make a ton of wicks to earn any real money. Really, the whole process takes about 5 minutes with little effort.
     
  12. Renzuli

    Renzuli Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    If you were referring to me . I'm afraid your out of luck , as I no longer use an Ego , wife does , but she likes clear carto's . I have since , moved on to several mods . But great idea you have . But a short video , would make it easier for people to understand . thanks
     
  13. Aubie80

    Aubie80 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    so to make this clear in my head all the knots you have described go only on one end of the wick? only you are tying knots on top of knots? or over eachother?
     
  14. DEATHTOCIGS

    DEATHTOCIGS Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Yes, knots are all at the top of the wick, knots on top of knots. Its only to make the top part of the wick large enough to wedge into the hole so it does not come out.
     
  15. DEATHTOCIGS

    DEATHTOCIGS Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Here is a picture of the completed wick before inserting into wick plate.

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  16. Iffy

    Iffy Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Step 3 like this? Single knot there for knot size comparison...

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  17. DEATHTOCIGS

    DEATHTOCIGS Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Iffy, not sure I understand your diagram, but knots on top of each other, see photo I posted, end up with one large knot on top of wick. Sorry my description was confusing.
     
  18. Haxaw

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    Works great.Thank you very much,Big supply of wicks for $2.00.And yes maybe better than brand new!
     
  19. DEATHTOCIGS

    DEATHTOCIGS Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Glad I could help, I think it works better because the wick is a little thicker than the one that comes in the atomizer, hence drips more juice onto the coil.
     
  20. martinasoc

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    Hi all, I tried the Zippo wick replacement and it works like a charm, better than a new atty, what I did was I cut a small portion of the Zippo wick and started unwinding the cotton threads and wire to expose a strand of the inner silica, then using one of the wires I wind tightly the silica threads and made a cut just above, I puled out about 1/3 of the exposed silica to make the wick thinner, I left the last part of the winded wire on wick sticking out a little as to make it hold in place, I pushed it in the wick holder and then cut the excess of silica at the bottom so it didn't touch the coil, and wow the vapor and taste is 150% better then a new atty, :) it took me less then 10 minutes, I was thinking in ordering a low resistance atty for better TH for my VG juice and probably I wont, It worked for me hopefully works for people here.
     
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