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Newbie Question: How do you vape a Reo Grand?

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  1. canonikon

    canonikon Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 26, 2012
    Everything arrived, charged my battery.

    Ordered the Reo Grand and Reomizer.

    The instructions manual that came with the Reo Grand said

    "Blow the primer out of your new atomizer then screw it into the atomizer connector"

    Where's the primer in my Reomizer? What do I have to blow out? Of primer means old juice, why would there be old juice on a new atomizer? Maybe I'm wrong.

    Then it said "You will want to prime your atomizer with 5-10 drops of your juice and then add your drip tip."

    What does this mean?

    Third question is it said "To feed the juice, gently pump on the bottle until you see juice appearing at the bottom of the atomizer in the catch cup."

    So to vape the Reo Grand I have to vape it straight right? Cause if I vape it slanted or tilted the juice will fall out of the catch cup no?

    Also, it came with a pack of black/greyish googy stuff, what do I do with that?

    Sorry for the newbie questions...I'm just so lost and really want to see what's the hype with this $200 thing in front of me waiting for me to vape it.:blush:
  2. nerak

    nerak ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    We don't mind the questions. We want you to learn and enjoy your REO!
  3. canonikon

    canonikon Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 26, 2012
    Thank you so much for the answers ! Much appreciated!

    Okay I just filled the bottle and pushed the bottle to get the juice up.

    I also opened the drip tip and put in 5 drops in it just to wet it.

    But it filled up the Reomizer is that normal? Will it damage the Reomizer? Or that's the way it supposed to be? (filled up like liquid in a glass cup)

    Also, how do I know when to stop the squonking? Should I just remove the drip tip and fill it all the way up to where the coil/wick is?

    Not sure if I'm doing it right...when I inhale it feels like my lungs just tighten up or something. Maybe that's just how vaping is supposed to be? Or is that just because it hits like a frieght train? I just hope I'm not inhaling the juice into my lungs.
  4. nerak

    nerak ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    With the wick that came with the Reomizer it just needs to be wet. You probably did put a little too much juice in there. But don't worry, you can vape through it.

    It is usually best to draw the vapor into your mouth then inhale. Yes, it is going to hit very good. No, you are not inhaling juice into your lungs. Just vapor.

    There is a little hole on the side of the Reomizer for air intake. If you have way too much juice some might come out that hole. That is o.k. just wipe it off.

    When you squonk with a filled bottle you only need to push on the bottle for a couple seconds. Really a quick push and then stop.
  5. azzaman

    azzaman Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 12, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    you only push enough juice up to wet the wick. that is all. Anymore and you are overfilling the reomizer. The idea is that you push juice up every couple of vapes to ensure that the wick is wet. A bottom feed RBA is not a tank or cartomizer. It is designed so that a small amount of liquid wets the wick and the excess travels back down into the bottle.

    From what I have read you are over filling your RBA. I would take the cap off, dry with tissue paper, put the cap back on and push the bottle a little bit to wet the wick. Vape it a couple of times and push the bottle again.

    The coil may be too low resistance. This may be why it feels too strong. Try making your own coil and see if that helps. When I first started rolling my own coils a few of them where what you have described. I removed them and wrapped a new coil.
  6. nerak

    nerak ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    canonikon, I mailed out some different gauges of wire and some wicking to you today. You should get it early next week. Monday is a holiday remember.
  7. Northernshrink

    Northernshrink Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 21, 2012
    Bracebridge Ont Canada
    As usual Karen saves the day :D

    Like Azz stated I would consider replacing the factory coil there's barely any wick on them you should find a big difference I changed mine after a day and found a huge difference.

    Another thought as your new to Reo's if you have a regular atty or some Carto's maybe give them a try for a cpl of days you will be able to see the juice as you squonk and it may give you a better feel for it. The only difference I find (and I'm new to RBA's ) is I use the same squonk but hold it a little longer before releasing the bottle.
  8. eHuman

    eHuman Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 18, 2010
    San Diego
    For a very nice rebuildable bottom feed atty for your REO, (not cheap, but very nice addition), try the Chalice. There are 2 versions I and II. The design cut into the top is the only difference so it is aesthetic only. Both versions come in SS polished and SS brushed.
    Mark Bugs

    Chalice I.jpg chalice 2.jpg Chalice I

    Chalice II.jpg Chalice II

    Has a bowl shaped cup and you can't over squonk as any liquid not soaking into your wick flows back into the juice bottle.
  9. super_X_drifter

    super_X_drifter SQUONK 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 4, 2012
    Somewhere out there
    Yes, very nice indeed. I just got one and took me a couple of days and some guidance to figure out how to set up properly. Now that I understand how the coil needs to be built / installed its very easy to set up. It is such a great addition to the REO. Hornets have been relegated to the stash box for emergencies.

    Problem is that you can't get em - their sold out.

    And yes, the cost is high, but only one full day of vaping off one, I can say that you get what you pay for.

    REO and Chalice, like Clyde said = vaping Valhala.

    Shot thru cyberspace with my iGun
  10. eHuman

    eHuman Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 18, 2010
    San Diego
    Contact Mark via the website, a sold out sign never stopped me. I have one coming in the mail now.
  11. FisherPal

    FisherPal Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 22, 2009
    Campbell River, BC
    There is a bit of a learning curve with a REO - especially is you have never had a bottom feeder before. But hang in there ... it is so worth it! And once you have your method down, it will start to become second nature to you in no time. It took me almost a week before I got to the point where I knew how hard and how long to squonk without either flooding the atty or not getting enough juice up there. And I didn't start right off with a Reomizer either - just a good atty. Trust me - with a little practice, it will become easier and then before you know it, you're not even thinking about it - just enjoying a great vape!
  12. redeyedancer

    redeyedancer Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Feb 4, 2010
    Most people dont start off with a rba . I would never recommend it especially on a mechanical mod . I recommend learning on standard atomizers and cartomizers get a feel for running the mod and then move on to a rba
  13. jeapa

    jeapa Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 4, 2013
    Ah man I need to stop reading. I am thinking that chalice would look good on my new Reo.... I need to learn RBA's. Once I have the cartos down I am going to seriously think about adding one of those to my arsenal.
  14. eHuman

    eHuman Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 18, 2010
    San Diego
    I get where you're coming from, most people don't start with them. But they start hearing about them long before they decide it is time to try them. That Chalice mention was more for the REO readers in general to see that BF RBAs are available for those that didn't know.

    Most people don't jump to REOs or Provaris when they are new either, but some do.
  15. eHuman

    eHuman Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 18, 2010
    San Diego
    FYI, there are less expensive BF RBAs out there to cut your teeth on, but you would be hard pressed to find one as nicely crafted.
  16. pianoguy

    pianoguy Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Nov 4, 2009
    Apple Valley, MN
    While an RBA has its own learning curve, one nice aspect is that you can remove the cover and watch while you slowly squonk some juice into it - this will give you an idea of what it takes to get the wick saturated.
  17. boilednuts

    boilednuts Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 19, 2009
  18. oldbroad

    oldbroad don't need no dang title..I'm queen of the world! Verified Member ECF Veteran


    ten frigginmj
  19. super_X_drifter

    super_X_drifter SQUONK 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 4, 2012
    Somewhere out there
    Here's another valuable hint for when you use your REO for the first time:

    Dont put your atomizer or carto on until you have done this:

    After you fill your juice bottle, put it back in the mod. Now squeeze (squonk) liberally until you can see juice coming out the hole in the top. Do that a few times until it is consistent and get a feel for the amount of pressure required to feed the juice.

    It seems that when you use it the first time there may be a slight air lock that must be overcome. It may also happen when changing bottles. I just singed the wick when I activated this red beast because in my excitement, I forgot to check for consistent flow. Now it's running perfect.

    Like others have said, I also do this with my RBA on as soon as I have finished the build to see the effects of the squonk.

    Did I mention that this metallic red anodized is a stunning looking mod? Damn that color is fantastic. I see needing all my future REOs in this color...

    Shot thru cyberspace with my iGun
  20. clyde2801

    clyde2801 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I'd say to cut your teeth on some normal SR/LR 510 and 306 attys and some cartos before you move on to RBA's.

    If for no other reason, you'll learn to appreciate them more when you get around to trying them.
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