repair your 901 atomizer

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  1. vnshng

    vnshng Full Member

    after about 2 weeks my first atomiser broke. I had a spare but i wanted to find a way too fix it just in case one breaks when i dont have a spare

    first insert a small screwdriver into the hole in the center of the brass connector and gently rotate/pry the center out breaking the exposed solder joint

    then insert a small flat machine screw into the new larger opining and press out the atomiser coil assembly the second wire should also break at the brass connector solder joint

    once the assembly is completely removed insert the machine screw in the other direction and place in a vice with just the steel lip on one side and the screw on the other tighten the vice to remove the threaded part of the brass connector

    to disassemble the coil i first pried up on the metal bridge covering the coil then wiggled on the mesh/ceramic until i could get it out but now that i have seen it apart you should be able to first remove the plastic cover or just widen the hole on the back with a drill bit and push the hole thing out hopefully keeping the mesh intact

    to repair the coil i used some thin stiff but ply-able wire to grip the broken end (copper is what i had but don't use copper it puts off fumes when it heats up)then its just a matter of re-soldering the connections and putting it all back together now i just have to find a good source for nichrome i tried some from a light bulb but it was too thin , glowplugs are too short and a fishtank heater was too fat

    i pictures and a vid but i haven't made 15 posts yet
  2. Sun Vaporer

    Sun Vaporer ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Vnshng--very informative and interesting--will look forward to the pictures and video--Thanks--Sun:)
  3. madog

    madog Super Member ECF Veteran

    You must have a hella lot of patience I have taken them apart but rebuild looks like a royal PITA :thumb:
  4. Sun Vaporer

    Sun Vaporer ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Maddog--if you think it is rough and takes a lot of patience, then I now really want to see what Vnshng is up to here. I can not see a 901 atomzer stripped down like that and put back together to be viable--but lets wait for his video--who knows--maybe the Holy Grail??????:)---Sun
  5. sMuCk_fOg

    sMuCk_fOg Super Member ECF Veteran

    open some posts that have some interest to you....reply "bump"
    you'll have your 15 in no time! i wanna' lookie!
  6. Vince1

    Vince1 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    You should be able to get nichrome wire at the hobby shop. Its used to make hot wire cutters for styrophome model airplane wings and such, comes in 4 foot rolls.
  7. madog

    madog Super Member ECF Veteran

    Been working with this stuff for the last 3-4 days - Unfortunately the resistance is not high enough at workable lengths - Still looking
  8. Vince1

    Vince1 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Good to know, Madog. I wonder how hard it will be to get the same stuff they use in the glowplugs. Someone has to make it. And if the make that, you should be able to get whatever resistance you need.
  9. vnshng

    vnshng Full Member

    sorry about vanishing i had car troubles that took priority.
    i will go bump some threads or something i have the pics posted on flickr search for vnshng in people
  10. vnshng

    vnshng Full Member

    i also found some extra fine steelwool at hobbylobby. I'm going to try to make a "I" shaped pattern to replace the old stuff
    oh and dont go below 3 ohms(stock was 4 i did 2ish) i miss measured and burnt out the battery controller
  11. vnshng

    vnshng Full Member

    w w o m/watch?v=C8Y5hOcBGhM
    here is the vid
  12. asidrave

    asidrave Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    i saw the video...nice

    a little more detail as to what you did would help alot. step by step video would be great :)
  13. vnshng

    vnshng Full Member

    i have had a busy week but after this weekend im going to take it back apart to replace the mesh. i will try to record the whole process or take step by step photo's.i may try to push out both parts the other way to lessen chance of tearing the insulation seal on the connector, if that works it also would mean less re-soldering.
  14. MonkeyMonk

    MonkeyMonk Super Member ECF Veteran

    vnshng, that would be great if you would post the whole take apart, repair and put back together:thumbs::pop::pop::pop:
  15. Terraphon

    Terraphon Ultra Member ECF Veteran

  16. Sun Vaporer

    Sun Vaporer ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Terraphon--I only see the Nichrome here going to 25 gauge? Could you say where the 31 is? Thanks ---Sun
  17. Jaaxx

    Jaaxx Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    With atomizers costing <$10 for a 901, there is NO WAY I'm gonna think about rebuilding them, lol. Well... maybe... If I thought I was smart enough to make em better!
  18. Sun Vaporer

    Sun Vaporer ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Jaaxx--I would like to see a repair as the atomizer is the only part we can not "make" if a ban is to come. Your Juice box works great by the way--only took a few hours to build my first one --Can not thank you enough for that post on your Juice Box--Sun
  19. smog

    smog Senior Member ECF Veteran

  20. vslim

    vslim Full Member

    I think y'all are stuck in a rut with the nichrome. Just for fun google 'graphite soldering iron' and check it out! :p
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