MacGyvered a Dual Coil Cartomizer into a Dripper

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  1. johnlacie

    johnlacie Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    If you have a bunch of used dual coil cartomizers (or single coil), you can modify and reuse these as drippers with minimal effort and cost. You'll need just the silicone rubber tip, a couple of inches of resistance wire and wicking material (I use cotton). First step is to remove the tube (rocking it gently back and forth), the filler material, original coil, wire and soldering materials. Next, you'll need to create your coil with short twisted legs. Using the silicone rubber tip, trap one of the legs between the center post and the hole of the rubber tip. Leave the other leg hanging on the side of the rubber tip. Now, put back the original tube making sure that the hanging coil leg is brushing with the tube. That's it. I've modified several of my spent dual coils and all of them are working great.

    This is definitely a must try.
     
  2. woden57

    woden57 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Fantastic idea. I'll never throw away another carto.
     
  3. Zetaphor

    Zetaphor Full Member

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    Could you please post some pictures of this process/setup?

    I'm not sure I'm understanding you clearly.
     
  4. johnlacie

    johnlacie Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Here's a quick pencil sketch of what I did (couldn't find my camera and had to use my laptop web cam). I hope it's illustrative enough for now (I'll look for my camera on the weekend and take a picture of the actual modified cartomizers). Cheers.

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  5. Zetaphor

    Zetaphor Full Member

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    Excellent sketch, thanks for sharing that.

    What kind of cartomizer are you using? I've taken apart one of my Boges and I don't remember seeing a center post.
     
  6. johnlacie

    johnlacie Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I'm using the SmokTech Dual Coil Cartomizers I bought from MadVapes a year ago. They're the pre-punched dual coils for use in the SmokTech DCT. I think the extra-hole on the side of the tube (the tiny hole) makes the air swirl inside and helps produce a good amount of vapor compared to my A7 atties.
     
  7. johnlacie

    johnlacie Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Here are the pictures ...

    On any used SmokTech dual coil cartomizer, remove tube, filler material, wick, and coil:
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    Remove solder, use silicone rubber mouth piece, prepare resistance wire with twisted legs:
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    Make coil using a toothpick, shorten legs, install coil:
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    Remove toothpick, thread wick through the coil, add e-liquid, and finally replace the tube:
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    Now you have a dripping atty that you can use when you find yourself in a pinch. Enjoy.
     
  8. Commie

    Commie Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Love the idea. Quick question though -- wouldn't the silicone plug melt from the coil being close to it?
     
  9. Dougiestyle

    Dougiestyle Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    The silicone is somewhat heat-resistant, although it can singe. Some flavor may be affected.
     
  10. johnlacie

    johnlacie Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    One of the reasons why I decided on using twisted legs for the coil was because the silicone rubber piece, although inert, may indeed singe. By doubling/twisting making the legs more conductive, it would make the coil (single wire/untwisted) heat up well before the legs. With all the cartos I've modded so far, I haven't seen or tasted any singeing/burning (the measured resistance for the coil ranges from 1.8 to 2.6 ohms). You could use a no-resistance wire for the legs but I don't think it is necessary.
     
  11. Cicada

    Cicada Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    awesome idea; i'll try it tonight while i wait for my 357's to come in.
     
  12. WillyB

    WillyB Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    Very clever and simple to try.

    Good pics and explanation.
     
  13. bzmotoninja83

    bzmotoninja83 ECF Live Chat Moderator Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Nice idea. Now, I gotta find my old carts......

    Sent from these thumbs to your face.
     
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