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When you FINALLY get it right....

Discussion in 'General Vaping Discussion' started by jfcooley, Oct 10, 2017.

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  1. jfcooley

    jfcooley Super Member Verified Member

    I've been struggling to wick correctly for the past couple of weeks.

    Too little. Too much. A lot of foul language.
    The coils are right. Glow evenly, pretty little glowing 99 when I dry fire. Then I wick and it goes straight to frustration town.

    I've tried cotton bacon, native cotton, hell a cotton ball at one point.

    I ordered some Japanese cotton pads and they came today. Cut a pad, peeled top and bottom layer, rolled oh so gently and threaded it through the coil.

    Dripped liguid, and just damn did it look good.

    Then I took that first drag, then another, so smooth. I haven't been vaping I've been fighting my wicks. Now, it's finally right and I've got a goofy grin that my wife doesn't understand.

    Just...about time. Glad I stuck with it.

    Sorry, had to let it out...
     
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  2. ScottP

    ScottP Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 9, 2013
    Houston, TX
    Glad you finally got it working. Now you can relax and enjoy.

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  3. puffon

    puffon Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 18, 2014
    The Villages, FL
    What I do if it's too tight, is comb out the tails until the tension is right.
    By combing you remove strands, straighten out the fibers and fluff the tails.
    Sounds like you are on your way to perfect wicking...
     
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  4. jfcooley

    jfcooley Super Member Verified Member

    I've been combing, not combing, you name it.

    Combed this time. I believe for me it's the pads. Cutting the right amount seems much easier for me than pulling from a "string" , if you will.

    Learn an economics lesson with this stuff as well. Bought it labeled as "beauty pads". Same package as what was advertised for vaping but $3 cheaper. Much cheaper than Cotton Bacon and Native.
     
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  5. ScottP

    ScottP Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 9, 2013
    Houston, TX
    I bought a pack of 80 of those Koh Gen Do pads for $12.00 exact (that's $0.15 each), from amazon. Yet I see online vape sites selling them in small packs for about $1.00 per pad and actual B&M's probably even more.
     
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  6. listopencil

    listopencil Ultra Member

    Jun 28, 2017
    NorCal, USA
    When you said native cotton were you referring to this stuff?

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    I bought a bag of it from My Vapor Store for $8 because I wasn't happy with what I had. Holy crap, what a difference it made. It's kind of a pain in the butt to work with because it's ridiculously fluffy and it comes in the bag as kind of a long rope of cotton. So you have to be careful to only cut off what you need and it feels like the stuff just fluffs out every time you touch it. I really had to work it into my coils. But once I did the difference was amazing. Totally worth the frustration of having to work it in there for me.
     
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  7. jfcooley

    jfcooley Super Member Verified Member

    Yeah that's the stuff. Paid $8 for it as well.

    You aren't kidding, it's like it has a mind of its own. I struggled with it.

    Ended up getting 180 pads for $6 from Amazon. Unbleached and so easy to work.

    I guess I can visualize what I need better with the pad. I've been chain vaping since I've rewicked. I liked my Dead Rabbit before...love it now.
     
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  8. ScottP

    ScottP Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 9, 2013
    Houston, TX
    Wow you got an even better deal than I did. Prices have come down I guess since I bought Jan of last year. That stuff will last you forever. I get about 4 wicks per pad (I cut it across the shortest side since I don't need super long wicks) so even if you rewicked once per week, that package of 180 would last you 15 years....for $6 that ain't bad at all.
     
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  9. jfcooley

    jfcooley Super Member Verified Member

    Lol, well now that I've figured it out I hope 1 per week is enough.

    Hopefully...
     
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  10. listopencil

    listopencil Ultra Member

    Jun 28, 2017
    NorCal, USA
    Heh. I know what you mean. I think I cut off like three times as much as I needed the first time I tried it. That stuff just does not want to be compacted at all. I ended up twisting it in my fingers and snipping off any loose fibers on one end, then twisting it again and poking it most of the way through my coil. Then I had to go in through the coil on the other side with the elbow tweezers while I slowly twisted the end that was sticking out. I rolled it through my coil while gently pulling on the tweezers until I had it all the way through. Then I had to trim it some more because the damn thing fluffed up again. Once I got it in there though...holy crap. Wicks so good. Better than anything else I have. Coilmaster included some cotton with the DIY kit I bought that's much easier to work with, but the flavor and cloud quality are nothing compared to this stuff.
     
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  11. VNeil

    VNeil Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 30, 2014
    Ocean City, MD
    About 2 years ago I bought a box of Koh Gen Do and never looked back... it's just so easy to work with and get a consistent cut.
     
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  12. listopencil

    listopencil Ultra Member

    Jun 28, 2017
    NorCal, USA
    I did grab a container of Ninja Wick. I ended up with store credit at Mister E Liquid (they started a new program and I got credit for everything I bought from them) and I liked the little tin that it came in. Nothing special about the cotton at all. It's easy enough to work with but it's kind of "meh." The little tin is pretty cool though and I got it for free.
     
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  13. Alien Traveler

    Alien Traveler Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 3, 2014
    United States
    I have cotton balls, Japanese pads (Koh Gen Do and such), cotton bacon. Cotton bacon is my least favorite cotton (uneven density). Do not really see much difference in performance between balls and pads. One day I think pads are more convenient, and use them. Then it is balls that I like more...
    Do not see any benefits of special "wicking" cotton, like cotton bacon.
     
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  14. jfcooley

    jfcooley Super Member Verified Member

    Agreed.
     
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  15. VNeil

    VNeil Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 30, 2014
    Ocean City, MD
    I like the Koh Gen Do because I can eyeball the correct width when I cut it with scissors and it almost always comes out right. Much easier for me than trying to pick off of a rolled out cotton ball or whatever. My cotton bacon was one of my worst vape buys. Fortunately it was only $5 or so.
     
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  16. Coastal Cowboy

    Coastal Cowboy This aggression will not stand, man! Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Jun 13, 2013
    Alabama Gulf Coast
    Link it, ya Bogart!

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  17. jfcooley

    jfcooley Super Member Verified Member

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  18. ScottP

    ScottP Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 9, 2013
    Houston, TX
    OMG I clicked the link and looked at the comments. One person wrote: "The cotton was great for wicking rdas. It stayed consistent all the way through the bag."

    So then I checked the product history and saw that the product had only been sold on Amazon for 14.5 months at the time the review was posted in January. HOW do you use 180 pads in 14 months or less? That is some serious rewicking he must me doing.

    Puff...Puff, ok time to rewick.
     
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  19. jfcooley

    jfcooley Super Member Verified Member

    Probably on here with 150 rdas and as many mods...
     
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  20. listopencil

    listopencil Ultra Member

    Jun 28, 2017
    NorCal, USA
    Maybe he dug through the bag and messed with the stuff on the bottom. Or maybe it was a fake review.
     
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