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Almost IBTanked out!!! Need advice

Discussion in 'Carto Tanks' started by RattlerX, Feb 7, 2014.

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  1. RattlerX

    RattlerX Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 10, 2014
    West Texas
    Received my tank 2 days ago and been fiddling with it ever since. Sure could use some advice. I have primed correctly using Baditude method. The vape is amazing for a while then it starts getting dry. I can close the air holes and eventually fill it back up by taking short hard dry puffs. But this seems way to difficult.

    I am using my provari with the 22mm pro ring and the draw is airy but it is nice flavor. The cartos are Smok 2ohm single coil 2 hole. I vape a 60/40 mix in most of my DIY flavors.

    I can only compare it to my PT2 but on the PT2 I can see a little air bubble about every other draw. With the carto I do not get this unless I draw it real fast and hard. My dang cheeks are sore and my head hurts so I know that I must be doing something wrong.

    Should I see bubbles as I vape? Is that a sign to know if the carto is staying full as I vape? I am now pulling the drip tip off every so often to see if it is still primed so I do not burn up a carto. They are slim picking rich now.

    Are the cartos just too tight and I need less air flow in order to get a good flow of juice?
     
  2. GetVaked

    GetVaked Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 26, 2011
    Wisconsin
    Yes, you should see juice feeding as you vape it. Perhaps it is the airy draw you mentioned.
     
  3. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    Is this with just one carto? Not all cartos are created equal. It sounds like either this carto is not wicking well, or could be a slightly bad carto.

    Is this a single or dual coil cartomizer that you're using?

    You may need to remove the Pro Ring and see if this improves the air flow. I recently received a Pro Ring from IBTanked and it seems to affect the airflow on my Provari's so far. I need to do more experimenting with this.

    Try adjusting the height of the tank on the carto. I sometimes find I need to adjust it higher or lower to get the right amount of airflow for the cartomizer. A couple of mm can make a big difference.

    You may also need to do some "primer puffs" occassionally. This is sucking on the cartomizer without power on. This will pull more juice from the tank to the cartomizer and help re-prime the carto as you vape.

    Your draws should be gentle long draws of 4 - 6 seconds in length.

    The above tips are generally not required for a cartotank, but are good to know just in case.
     
  4. RattlerX

    RattlerX Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 10, 2014
    West Texas
    Thank you

    It is with 3 carts. 2 standard length and 1 XL with 2 different tanks. All carts are single coil.

    I will try moving the tank up a tad, increasing the length of draw but I almost think I am getting too much air since the only way I can get fluid moving it to close off the air and hit it hard. But I am willing to try anything.

    I just can not keep it slushy for anything.
     
  5. Myrany

    Myrany Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 14, 2013
    Louisiana
    It is also possible the holes in the carto are not adequate for the thickness of your juice. I know when I used the boge 2 hole prepunched with my 50/50 juices I always have to add an extra hole.
     
  6. RattlerX

    RattlerX Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 10, 2014
    West Texas
    I have some 80/20 that I will give a try and see if that makes a difference. Both tanks that are in use are mixed the same and that is the only varible that I have not tried.

    If the disk material is tight can you take a pin and give the juice a better path without causing flooding. I will order Ikenvapes cartos if they come back in stock.
     
  7. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    It does sound like a wicking issue. You said you primed the carto according to my instructions. It should have vaped well at least as long as the cartomizer had enough juice in the carto from your priming. If the "getting dry" happened later, then the juice isn't wicking from the tank well. Could be the juice was too thick for the holes.

    Since you do your own e-liquids, try a thinner mix with more Pg or dilute the mix with some water.

    I haven't had the issue with Smoktech or Ikenvape cartos, but I have had a box of Boge cartos whose filler material was extremely compacted and wouldn't wick juice easily if not at all.
     
  8. RattlerX

    RattlerX Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 10, 2014
    West Texas
    Yes it vapes great right after filling and it vapes great when I dry hit hard enough to fill it again.

    I will try some thinner juice and see what happens.

    thanks everyone
     
  9. retired1

    retired1 Administrator Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    Texas
  10. Ladiekali

    Ladiekali Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 1, 2013
    Coastal Georgia
    Hey i just want to add, that it wont stay slushy looking as you vape!
    I was confused on that in the beginning and was constantly topping off.
    It does not mean that its not wicking just because that slushy look goes away, that is going to happen!!!
     
  11. NerdVap0r

    NerdVap0r Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 12, 2014
    Bay Area
    Hmm, horizon slotted cartos or 2 holes from boge? Im stumped and ready to order. Anyone try both for 50/50 pg vg mixes?
     
  12. CMD-Ky

    CMD-Ky Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 15, 2013
    KY
    With thicker juice, I have added a third hole about 3/4 up the tube. My theory is that the additional higher hole helps keep the entire filler damp. It's my theory an I'm sticking with it even in the face of a contrary fact. :)
     
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