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Whats the best set-up for an IGO-L?

Discussion in 'Rebuildable Atomizer Systems' started by withravenoushunger, May 23, 2013.

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  1. withravenoushunger

    withravenoushunger Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I've got mine set up with a small piece of mesh wick with a bit of silica going through it and more silica tied to it. For whatever reason I'm not getting much flavor from it. At lest with fruit juices. What would be the best wick/coil set-up to get the most flavor out of it?
  2. ClippinWings

    ClippinWings Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 12, 2011
    The OC
    I've noticed that air flow has a lot to do with vapor/flavor... Have you played with different air hole positions?

    Beyond that... Your setup sounds very complicated... My personal opinion and preference...

    KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid

    Doubled up 3mm Silica
    Just under 2" of 28 gauge Kanthal
    Evenly spaced

    Comes out to about 0.8 ohms... Perfect.

    Sent using psychic mind control powers... and Tapatalk
  3. Kamoch

    Kamoch Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 29, 2012
    La Mirada, CA
    If you want to run dual wicks drill out the air hole, then keep it going and drill out a second hole on the opposite side of your top cap. I use (x2) doubled over 3mm silica with a 3/2 wrap of 30 AWG Kanthal, 0.7 Ohms every time & a great vape.
  4. grainey1968

    grainey1968 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 19, 2013
    Locust Grove, GA, USA
    XC 116 (kiln treated) ceramic wick (doubled) and 0.5 x 0.1mm Ribbon Kanthal to get 1.5ohms. Extremely simple and fantastic results!
  5. sgv

    sgv Full Member Verified Member

    May 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I run cotton yarn and 30 AWG kanthal. I build the coil first 3/2 wrap and usually get .8ohms. Then I insert the yarn. Stock airhole and get great flavor and vapor.
  6. TheBoom

    TheBoom Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2013
    The Dot
    Built mine the day I got it with the short piece of silica and 32 kanthal that came with it. Been hitting great since that day and beats my gennies in terms of flavour and vapour production anytime.

    That being said mesh wicks do have an issue with flavour sometimes and especially so if you run silica through it. They seem to work against each other.

    Sometimes the best option is the simplest option.
  7. SteamDaddy

    SteamDaddy Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 4, 2013
    Rebublic of Texas
    ok here's my input.
    silica - so/so
    xc-116-1/32"- 32ga @ 1.8 ohm - not so good.
    xc-116-bigger- 30ga @ 1.4 ohm - damn near perfect.

  8. chohan

    chohan Earthbound Misfit Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 14, 2012
    NC Foothills
    Looks the setup I did this morning.

    xc-116 30ga @ 1.3Ω

    I'm loving the braided ceramic... holds a ton of juice and great flavor.
  9. astrocity

    astrocity Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 25, 2013
    In a haze of vapor
    How long are you guys letting the xc soak? I feel like mine tastes like hot mess similar to silica....I just cannot get a clean flavor out of my igo L..... do you get great flavor out of the gate? I pulled my xc and it looked a bit burnt.....seems really hot overall whether im using 32g or 29g kanthal.

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  10. KillTheNoise

    KillTheNoise Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    Richmond, VA
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    Two loops of 1.5 braided ekowool, twisted 28g kanthal @ .4-.5 ohms.

    I have drilled my air hole out to 5/64 because I love the airy draw, and it produces TONS of flavor and vapor with the perfect TH.
  11. Statistic

    Statistic REOnaughty Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 7, 2013
    United States
    I let my xc soak for as long as it takes to put the drip tip back on and put the mod in my face. This stuff is amazing.

    I second the keep it simple comment, and the air hole needs to be positioned just right, so the incoming air passes right over the coil.

    The best setup for an IGO it's what works for you with what wick and coil materials you have, what kind of device you're connecting it to, and your preferred type of vape. I'd compare your question to: "what's your favorite juice?"

    That said, I'd recommend ditching the mesh. If you're using a mechanical mod then I'd recommend shooting for about .8ohm. If you don't have any I'd recommend you order some xc-116 and use your silica in the meantime.

    I just wrapped up a 1.1 ohm coil with .8mm ribbon. Ended up higher res than I expected so I'll try one less wrap next time. Still hits like Debo though.

  12. Stevensbox

    Stevensbox Full Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    Long Island, New York
    Loving this thread but having some questions if you don't mind ...

    What is xc and where do you get it?
    The "ribbon coil" I guess is the resistance wire in your pic that you've wrapped around your wick?
    Where did you get that wick & the ribbon coil?
    Why choose ribbon coil over regular wire? Isn't it harder to wrap?

    I use 32g kenthal resistance wire with 5 wraps around a doubled over 2 mil silica wick. I get around 2.0 ohms and vape at around 4.5 to 5 volts. I also place my coiled wick very close to the edge so I can align the hole there (drilled out to 1/16 in). My problem is that sometimes i get a perfect vape, other times its too harsh; as if the hole was rotated all the way around (but its not). I'm guessing it may be the long wire from the center post going towards the coil which I've located close to the edge that's getting too hot & over heating my vape. I notice the setups I see here aren't close the the air hole. Wouldn't that make the vape too harsh? Another problem I'm having is my setup gets gunked up rather quickly.
    Any advice is very much appreciated.
  13. Statistic

    Statistic REOnaughty Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 7, 2013
    United States
    XC-116 is braided ceramic rope. I get my XC-116 from BigTex, they kiln treat it which is ESSENTIAL.

    I got my .8mm ribbon wire from RTDVapor, looks like they're out of the .8mm right now

    I heard ribbon was hard to work with before I got it, that it likes to unwind if you don't keep it tight, I have not found this to be the case. I always anneal it like I do round wire and it has been holding the shapes I put it in just as good as round kanthal does.

    As of right now I personally haven't chosen ribbon over round. I'm still pretty new to rebuilding so I'm trying out different options. I plan to do another build or two with ribbon this week.

    I think the reason people do choose it over round is surface area. With ribbon there is A LOT of surface area in direct contact with the wick material.
  14. Jerms

    Jerms Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jan 1, 2011
    I make my coil as close to the hole as possible too. Make sure that both legs are equally as long, not just the one to the center post. You want the coil to be in center of the heated wire, since wire heats hottest from the center out. Having just one long leg moves the center, causing a hot leg.

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  15. mrfixit

    mrfixit Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2012
    Akron, Ohio
    If you are going to use mesh make sure you roll it up tight for a dripping setup the tighter the better you don't need to over oxidize it that will interfere with flavor. Definitely 1ohm or lower 28ga on a mechanical mod. Using mesh means using a lot if juice cause it tends to run hotter than other wicking materials. I've tried everything wick wise except the ceramic which I'm going to get some of soon. Really though it comes down to your air hole placement and I believe juice you're using for best flavor,throat hit and vapor cloud. Just keep tinkering and I'm sure you will find the right combo that suits you.
  16. Thrasher

    Thrasher ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2012
    Madeira beach, Fla
    i found the igo airhole a little low for my taste so adjusting the wick some to get the best air onto it is essential.
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