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How will I know my Cartomizer is done?

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  1. newbie214

    newbie214 New Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    Saint Paul, MN
    I am brand new to first week! And just curious as to how I will know when my cartomizer is done? Will the actual vapor just stop? Will I get a different taste? What's the best way to know?

  2. WomanOfHeart

    WomanOfHeart Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sep 19, 2010
    It will light on fire and make the smoke detector go off. Just kidding!

    You will get a different taste and depending on the carto, you might get a slightly burnt smell. Usually when the flavor starts to go it's time to refill.

    Welcome to ECF!
  3. unfadeable

    unfadeable Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 27, 2010
  4. ValleyGirl

    ValleyGirl Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 27, 2010
    Van Nuys, CA
    Welcome newbie! I'm pretty new to this as well. Not getting any weird taste or diminished vapor, and curious as I don't want to vape a carto dry and then ruin it. Sooo...I suggest searching for a video on here called the "reverse Taryn spin". Watch the video, then take a cartomizer that you *think* is empty, reverse T-spin it, and you just might be suprised. I got a half cap's worth of juice out, then did it again and got almost another half. So it wasn't as "empty" as I thought. I put the liquid back in, and now feel like I have a much better idea of how long these cartos last. Hope this helps.
  5. newbie214

    newbie214 New Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    Saint Paul, MN thanks. That's exactly what I was experiencing a burnt like taste. Thanks for the help. I can tell this forum is going to be great help!! Am so excited to never smoke another analog!
  6. ValleyGirl

    ValleyGirl Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 27, 2010
    Van Nuys, CA
  7. sweetblackkitten

    sweetblackkitten Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 7, 2011
    hello and welcome!

    this is how it was for me: the first one that went out...well it took me a minute to figure it out...maybe b/c my taste buds are shot...but you WILL notice that it starts to taste really bad. you'll be like ... is wrong omg that tastes horrible! lol
    it will also have a burnt smell, when you smell close to the top of the carto.

    every time afterwards you will be able to tell sooner, until you know it almost right away. youll remember that nasty smell...maybe keep the first one so you can use it to reference the nasty burnt smell...

    you will get the hang of it! and make sure you keep the ones you dont fry in case you ever want to refill them!
  8. dormouse

    dormouse ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Oct 31, 2010
    Well if you have any plans to refill the carto, then don't vape it dry but it's a bit tricky to tell when. If you are getting less vapor or it starts tasting funny or getting hotter, then refill. To get the best life out of a carto you don't want to stress the atty in it or singe the stuffing. They will die or taste bad after some number of refills anyway, but most people refill them as many times as they can (and that is easiest with nice soft-cap cartos)

    If you are just going to toss the carto then vape it dry or until it tastes bad and then throw it out.

    A couple of companies might be coming out with clear cartos or ones with windows so you could see how much juice is left.
  9. Danger Bunny

    Danger Bunny Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 8, 2011
    Los Angeles, SFV, CA.
    You will get a bad/burnt taste :vapor::(. After awhile of vaping you'll recognize the taste when it happens.
  10. merriweather

    merriweather Full Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Missour-ah :p
    I can never tell with my blus. I can get a couple hits and then I have to leave them alone for about ten minutes to get another hit. They're weird. :p
  11. FantWriter

    FantWriter Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 11, 2010
    I'm still a noob, and I went through a couple of weeks of either refilling too soon (making a mess and detracting from the smoking experience) or burning them up (by what I've read, I should still have life in at least some of the 11 cartos I started with, but they're all burnt).

    I bought some clear/flux cartos and they're absolutely wonderful! A quick glance tells when they're getting low and worth refilling.

    I suspect it'll take a long time for me to get the hang of telling when a 'normal' carto is getting low.
  12. BigTex

    BigTex Full Member

    Jan 6, 2011
    San Antonio, TX
    I'm pretty new here also, so maybe some of the veterans can weigh in on this. One thing I've noticed with the VaporNine turbo cartridges at least is that when the cartomizer gets low you can see a little puff of smoke come out of the mouthpiece after I remove it from my mouth. When the cartridge is full this doesn't happen, so my theory is that the little smoke coming out of the mouthpiece is due to the filler starting to singe a little. When I see this once or twice I refill immediately and keep vaping. So far this has worked for me. I have also noticed that this mouthpiece smoke tends to go along with a slight change in the taste, so this visual queue has helped teach me what taste to look for. Hope this helps.
  13. Franko

    Franko Full Member

    Jan 14, 2011
    Crete, IL
    Im a newbie also, but here is my experience with cartos

    I bought empty cartos and filled em myself. I just had to refill the 1st one (after 2 days), I noticed a little harsher taste. I have the wyatt earp and ry4 e-juice which has kind of a sweet flavor, so it was a little easier for me to tell the difference in taste. The first time I filled it, it took about 30 drops (I wasnt counting) now when I refilled it, it took 17 drops (I counted) before I saw a little pool coming out of the top (mouth part, as I drip in from the batt connect side). I believe it only took 17 drops because the carto filler was still saturated (which is good because you dont want to vape em dry).
  14. texasgranny

    texasgranny Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 8, 2010
    It takes a little practice and useage, but all the suggestions have been good.
    It also depends on what juice you are using as well. Chocolate or dark colored
    juices, really clog my cartomizer up. I use a seperate carto for those and have
    to use PGA to blow out between uses to get the clogs out from the chocolate.

    The burnt taste is a definite reason to change but after you learn not to burn
    one...then the next signal for me is it getts really hard to "draw". I can then
    try a little PGA and wash it out some and this helps on some and does not
    help on others. I might get another couple of days and the draw becomes really
    tight again and I just trash that one.

    Just remember, your carto can recover from too much juice (just blow out a little)
    but cannot from to little juice (burnt taste)
  15. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    We are seeing clear case cartomizers now and I thing that's a good idea. Since you can't tell how much juice is left, the clear casing lets you see inside. Another thing I'd like to see is a clear strip down the side of an otherwise opaque carto. That would allow fill level to be seen and still have colored cartos except for the window down the side.

    I agree that you never know but by the vapor and taste if the carto is empty.
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