Gotvapes Stardust: How to re-wick and replace the coil

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  1. RockinRobbieSF

    RockinRobbieSF Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Here is my video on how to re-wick and replace the coil on the Gotvapes Stardust. This just released clearomizer is extremely well designed and should survive for quite awhile. Probably the seals would be the first to go (and if you can figure out how to replace those, they may last years). Everything else is quite solid.



    Description from the video:

    Many people have been interested in changing the wick on the Stardust since my last video, so this should answer all questions. Please note that we are dealing with electrical currents and if you do not do it right, you could short circuit your batteries - SO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS AT YOUR OWN RISK! That said, if you are comfortable changing the wick and take the necessary precautions (use a multimeter!), there is no reason why a Stardust can't last you many, many months.

    Forgot one small step. I run a flame over the wire and wash it off to make sure there's no particulates or machine oil on it.

    BTW, after the video, I used a Provari to double-check the ohms reading on the re-wicked Stardust and the Provari got a 1.8 ohm reading, which explains why my vapor was very warm. If you don't like warm vapor, you may want to play around with different wire thicknesses (awg). If unsure, ask for advice on the ECF forums. They are very helpful!

    Below are some links:

    E-Bay Seller (coinswiesiek) of resistance heating wire (Kanthal A 32 awg 75 ft) - I got my wire very fast.
    Resistance heating wire Kanthal A 32 awg 75 ft, | eBay...

    ECF Thread on wicks (several links in this thread):
    http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/modding-forum/262201-mcmaster-wicks.html
    If you get McMaster wicks, get the LOOSELY TWISTED ceramic rope:
    McMaster-Carr

    Clouds of vapor wick and wire for the iatty which can be used as well:
    Store...
    (They also sell $10 multimeters.)

    Mergryphon's Tutorial on using a mulitmeter for ecig users:
    Multi-Meter How to for Electronic Cigarette users - YouTube

    How to Disassemble and Clean the Stardust:
    Gotvapes Stardust: Advanced Cleaning - YouTube
     
  2. notsmoking

    notsmoking Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Nice video....and the links need to be added here as they do not show up....:)
     
  3. RockinRobbieSF

    RockinRobbieSF Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Oops, added the youtube description above.
     
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    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All ECF Veteran

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  5. JesByChance

    JesByChance Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Awesome video! I really like the way you broke everything down! When I get my *dusts, I will make my attempt!
     
  6. zoiDman

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    When the CE2's started to gain momentum, I always thought that RS/MiT would come out with a tank that had a replaceable "Wick/Coil" cartridge similar to what RR is doing in this Awesome Video.

    4 coils was 2.0 ohms. I wonder in 5 coils would have been 2.6 ohms?
     
  7. Big Screen D

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    RR, you have outdone yourself Sir.

    What an excellent tutorial!

    BTW, the wick looked much thicker than the original. Is that the case? Or is that a mirage?

    Now I definitely want to make up some 3.5ohms!!
     
  8. zoiDman

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    Since Resistance is a Function of Diameter/Length, seem like a couple Extra Loops should do the trick.
     
  9. RockinRobbieSF

    RockinRobbieSF Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Heh, it's hard to get more than 4 loops! The video may make it seem like there's a lot of room but it's really tiny! Be easier just to get thicker wick--maybe 36 awg (mine was 32)?

    Hrm, just noticed cloudsofvapor pulled their wick from the website!
     
  10. mwa102464

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    Robbie,

    1st. You need to touch your + & - probes together to get your internal resistance of your meter, then deduct that from your ohm reading to get your true ohm reading.

    2nd. if you want ceramic wick go here = Nextel Braided Ceramic Very High Temperature Sleeving

    3. although the newer fatter Silica wick I find works and taste better then anything else in these ( my opinion only )

    4. Nice review :)
     
  11. mark2101

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    where can you get these tank carts are they only for ego's stardust are sold out must be a few other names for them would like to give this a try great video
     
  12. RockinRobbieSF

    RockinRobbieSF Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I think they go by the name e-turbo and CE4+ (NOT the CE4). But whatever the name, they're sold out everywhere. They were just released and didn't expect how popular they were but supplies will eventually match demand. Anyway, Gotvapes says they should be getting a big shipment in soon so keep an eye out!
     
  13. zoiDman

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    I saw that the same seller has some 36awg wire but the Resistance goes Way Up on it. Not sure if there is a 34awg? That's kinda an Old Ball Size.

    BTW - COV has this wick material.

    New Odysseus Wick

    From what I read, it is 2mm in Diameter. It is Supposed to be Very Similar to what comes in a New CE2.
     
  14. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All ECF Veteran

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    That stuff is sort of Pricey isn't it?

    What Size and Type do you use?
     
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    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All ECF Veteran

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    I saw this on e-Bay and for $5.50 I got it.

    eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

    It has Slightly Higher Ohms which might work better for me if more than 4 loops is hard to do. I would want to target the ohms around 2.5~2.8 which would work well for my e-Liquids on an eGo.

    I have VVPV's but like to buy Cartos that can also be used on an eGo.
     
  16. RockinRobbieSF

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    Just ordered some wick from COV. It's cheap enough!
     
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    That's funny because I did also. LOL
     
  18. psycle_1

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    Just tried this from gutted parts from a CE2. The results are awesome. Getting slightly hotter vapor, which is good in my case. IMO the stardust's vapor is a bit cool for my tastes. If I remember I'll check resistance when I get home this evening.
     
  19. RockinRobbieSF

    RockinRobbieSF Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Great! I was wondering if anyone who watched the video would actually do it!
     
  20. vapspaz

    vapspaz Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Excellent vid Robbie and great info in this thread.

    Thank ya folks! Now if I could just get my hands on a few of these I'd be a happy camper. lol


    Damn... Ya'll are wick hogs. LOL They're sold out.
     
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