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Cleaning Coils with Surgical Spirit - How do you reuse your coils?

Discussion in 'General Vaping Discussion' started by Yodara, Mar 11, 2021.

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  1. tj99959

    tj99959 ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Aug 13, 2011
    utah
    SO, my question is, what are you gonna do in five years if you are worrying about how to clean a coil at this stage of the game?!?
     
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  2. DPLongo22

    DPLongo22 "Thankee sai." Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I use some RTAs and some blister-pack coils/tanks. I do prefer the ease of the blister-packs, and the consistency, but cost-wise, rebuilding/rewicking is the way to go.

    For my Aspire coils (orig. Nauti and old BVCs), I use them until they're shot, then discard them. Yes, they can be rebuilt but I'm not interested (too much work).

    The Joyetech CLR coils are irreplaceable for me (as @rosesense hinted earlier). They're right in my wheelhouse, vapewise, and are stupid-easy to re-wick. Rebuilding them isn't terrible either, but I don't know that I'll ever need to do that again (did it a coupla times). I save them, removing the shot coils, but I expect they'll just sit in a bucket...
     
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  3. Opinionated

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    my preference has always been a lot of flavor, and sweet sweet juices.

    If you use commercial juices some of them can destroy a coil in no time flat.

    After surgery for a few months I was using commercial juice and was having to clean my coil and rewick literally every day. And it was seriously built up.

    I couldn't afford to use a new drop-in every day.. for real.

    but I like sweet juice and now that I'm back to DIY I still have to clean my coil and rewick a little more than once a week. The most I've ever been able to push a commerical coil was 2 weeks, and that was using my own juice that was clear and lightly flavored (MF)... usually it's weekly and that's pushing the coil past its limit, 5 days is average.

    That gets pricy... not only that but like another poster mentioned, coils aren't always easy to find, and you sit at the whim of the manufacturer for the longevity of your tank - they're only good so long as you can get coils.
     
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  4. tj99959

    tj99959 ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Aug 13, 2011
    utah
    That's a great idea!! When I get old, and can't carry that lobster pot anymore. I'll just have Dp wrap them for me.:banana::banana:
     
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  5. CMD-Ky

    CMD-Ky Highly Esteemed Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Less than a pack of cigarettes a week, don't sound bad.
     
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  6. CMD-Ky

    CMD-Ky Highly Esteemed Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    KY
    It all depends, for some $3 is a bargain, for others an extravagance.

    I drink cheap vodka and relatively costly genuine Kentucky Bourbon. It all depends upon the mood I'm in.
     
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  7. CMD-Ky

    CMD-Ky Highly Esteemed Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    KY
    I never found a drop in that I liked and I really like quality on the cheap. I started consistently re-building with my first REO and have never stopped. Another reason for the re-build idea was alluded to by @zoiDman - the ability and opportunity to avoid governmental control over my, obviously, recalcitrant behavior.
     
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  8. CMD-Ky

    CMD-Ky Highly Esteemed Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I agree, I am preparing my bulk rate USPS box for shipment to DP land.
     
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  9. Ed Brown

    Ed Brown Super Member ECF Veteran

    I still have a stash of drop-in coils for a GS Air, Melo, I-Sub, Kanger Sub Tank and, Nautilus/mini tanks. These were never completely satisfying and I found myself changing coils way too often. I stopped using them when I got into rebuildables, but now that I've learned some of the nuances of vaping, and can DIY lighter juices, I may go back and try them out again to see if I want to keep them. I'm stocked up for a long time for rebuildables and may decide to unload the drop-in systems.
     
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  10. Opinionated

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    you might want to keep them though... drop-ins do have their place, and now with a shipping ban in place it may be more difficult in the future to get your hands on stuff like that.

    I use drop in's for car trips - which for me means some of my doctors appointments that are a long drive away - they are light, easy to recharge in the car and take a minimum of extras to keep them going...

    I don't have lots of spare coils, but I do have some.

    plus, lots of our older vapers talk about shaky hands and difficulties building, got to think of those days too.
     
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  11. YoursTruli

    YoursTruli Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    While rebuildables are the way to go for cost and longevity not everyone has the desire or ability to do so. I tried a few different methods of cleaning used drop in coils years past without any success. Because of the various drawbacks mentioned with drop in coils having a serious stock of your favorite was my answer. Bumping down the % flavor in your eliquid will give you longer drop in coil life, even commercial eliquid can be successfully cut down and save you money. :)
     
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  12. Opinionated

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    ...
     
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  13. Ed Brown

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    not as far off as I'd like to think. :|
     
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  14. Ed Brown

    Ed Brown Super Member ECF Veteran

    The commercial juices are way strong. I cut them down with VG sometimes for use in cloud machines.
     
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  15. DeloresRose

    DeloresRose Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Apr 25, 2014
    toledo ohio

    I learned to build because of the possibility of coils being discontinued, and vape bans. But it was easier than I thought, and I like the vape.

    I do have a lot of drop ins, and they come in really handy when I’m super busy and cannot get around to taking care of RBAs - like when my mom was sick.

    The right tank with the right build cannot he matched by any drop in I’ve tried, but they do suffice if need be. And they do hold up longer, sort of. I have to change the cotton and clean the coil every couple of days. The coils themselves last for months and months though.
     
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  16. Ed Brown

    Ed Brown Super Member ECF Veteran

    That'll be me next August when I retire. As the farmers say, Make Hay while the sun shines.
     
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  17. YoursTruli

    YoursTruli Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Ohio
    The commercial juice I buy at 18mg/ml and cut it down to 3mg/ml with PG and VG, so 30 ml = 180 ml. A lot bigger savings than a few coils especially considering the cost of commercial juice. DIY juice, even cheaper, but I understand not everyone has the desire or ability to do it.
     
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  18. Territoo

    Territoo Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 17, 2009
    Texas
    I have a lot of drop ins, at least a few for every tank type I own. I'm saving them for when I'm too old to physically build. My eyesight isn't good and it will get worse in the future.
     
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  19. Ed Brown

    Ed Brown Super Member ECF Veteran

    I've always thought that the manufacturer's of drop in tanks would sell their tanks cheap, and lock you in to buying their coils. The coils probably cost 25 cents each to mass produce, and then they sell them for $2.00. They'll keep selling them as long as they are profitable.

    Kind of like printers and ink.
     
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  20. CMD-Ky

    CMD-Ky Highly Esteemed Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Too true, Ed, too true.
     
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