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Cleaning sub ohm coils?

Discussion in 'Tanks, clearomizers and drop-in coils' started by christylh8, Feb 25, 2018.

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  1. christylh8

    christylh8 Senior Member Verified Member

    Jan 29, 2018
    Huntsville, AL
    An enthusiast on YouTube said that grubby coils could be cleaned and reused like new after a soak in Vodka and then let to dry. He showed a before and after where the cotton went back to white.

    Has this worked for anyone? Is it worth it?
     
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  2. Letitia

    Letitia Therion/Nano Junkie ECF Veteran

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    It works if you didn't burn the wick. Worth it for short lived expensive coils. Better if you do it every day or two before the coil has much build up.
     
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  3. SupplyDaddy

    SupplyDaddy I'm considered a Mad Scientist in some circles! Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    The cotton is only part of the cleaning. If your coil is actually gunked up, vodka may not do much other than make the cotton look good.
    Some coils are large enough to run a soft brush into. Doing so after a soak, a good hot water rinse and another soak would help more. Vodka, Everclear, vinegar..... what ever your favorite non toxic cleaner is.
     
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  4. christylh8

    christylh8 Senior Member Verified Member

    Jan 29, 2018
    Huntsville, AL
    Thank you! I wonder where I can find tiny soft brushes now. :)
     
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    SupplyDaddy I'm considered a Mad Scientist in some circles! Verified Member ECF Veteran

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  6. christylh8

    christylh8 Senior Member Verified Member

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  7. Fidola13

    Fidola13 Prepper Verified Member

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    I just run mine under hot water and let air dry overnight to get another few days out of premade coils.
     
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  8. chellie

    chellie Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 24, 2014
    USA
    you can get the brushes cheaper at fast tech $1.31 Mini Cleaning Brushes for E-Cigarette (5-Pack) 5-pack - black at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

    These also work really well - you use once or twice and then throw it away.
    $2.38 BigBen Cotton Soft Tobacco Pipe Cleaners (50-Pack) - 165mm at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

    For cleaning I do not use vodka just water. I have extremely hot tap water. I rinse very well, then use the brush, rinse again. Then I let them soak in water in a cup for a few hours. You will see that more stuff out comes out from the cotton after the soak. Then I rinse again and lay out on paper towels to dry for a day or two. I almost always can get another use out of them.
     
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  9. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    1187 Hunterwasser
    The fact is if you are sick of constantly replacing expensive premade coils, you need to move to a rebuildable system.
     
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  10. christylh8

    christylh8 Senior Member Verified Member

    Jan 29, 2018
    Huntsville, AL
    Maybe so. I don't want to drip but I can admit the idea of squonking doesn't sound bad. :D
     
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  11. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
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    I was referring to a rebuildable tank (RTA). It's really not rocket surgery. Coils last for months with regular rewicking and dry burning of the coils. It's much cheaper and it puts you in the driving seat in terms of getting precisely the vape you want.
     
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  12. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I use RTAs a lot more than I did when I started. These days, it isn't really worth it to me to clean store bought heads (although I used to). For me, a good rinse under almost scalding water, then sitting in water overnight (I would've used distilled, but we have a huge water filter under our house, as our water was terrible) then rinsing again and air drying was my method. I stopped doing it as I use more RTAs, and although I still enjoy some rebuildable tanks, my replacement of store bought heads has gone WAY down. I don't rinse and reuse anymore, merely because coil life death happens kind of unpredictably the second go round. Sometimes I'd get a few days, sometimes less, and it just became not worth it. I do save (hoard) used coil heads, in case I can't obtain certain ones in the future....

    It's also a very self-sufficient way of vaping. Making coils and using rayon is inexpensive, and once you learn how to do it (it's a learning curve, but a worthwhile one) you don't have to rely on manufacturers to provide coil heads.

    The rebuildable atomizer system forum would be a great place to start to learn more about doing it. Best of luck,

    Anna
     
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  13. r77r7r

    r77r7r ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    I pop my coils in a syringe and use microwave water to flush. Set them atop an air cleaner or heat vent.
     
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  14. chellie

    chellie Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 24, 2014
    USA
    Took me 6 years to decide to try my hand at building -- I have a Kanger Toptank Mini that takes store bought and has an RBA. I just started making my own and I have to say it was easy. I still buy coils for some of my other equipment. Definite money saver!
     
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  15. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    1187 Hunterwasser
    Factory coils are cheaply made and non user-serviceable (disposable) by design.
    The point is that coils will gunk up, and more importantly cotton will clog up, scorch, and denature from the constant heating/cooling wetting/drying. You may be able to rinse out some of the visible gunk, but you can't repair the integrity of the cotton fibers.

    This is fine if you are happy with a disposable system. But knowing that really only the cotton needs replacing - it makes sense to use a use an open system that easily allows for this, even without considering price as factor.
    After all, wicking maketh the vape.
     
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  16. christylh8

    christylh8 Senior Member Verified Member

    Jan 29, 2018
    Huntsville, AL
    Sonic,
    I plan to invest in this sense eventually. From what I understand, all I have to do is replace the cotton: IJOY COMBO SRDA I'm still a newbie but I think I can handle that. ;)
     
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  17. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    1187 Hunterwasser
    Depending on the juice you use, the coil will also need a gentle heating and rinsing while it is not wicked (AKA dry burning). Once you get the hang of this process it takes no more than a couple of minutes to dry burn and rewick an atomizer.
    * Fresh as a daisy and twice as tasty *
    People try to make premade coils last as long as possible to get their moneys worth, even once they start tasting like unwashed unterpants.
    Wick and wire costs fractions of a penny, you could rewick daily if wanted.
    Trying a new flavor of juice? Pop in a fresh wick and go. Bacon mint marzipan not for you, rewick and move on.

    It's not rocket surgery, try it today!
    But wait there's more. Order now, and receive the gift of a better vape completely fee of charge!
     
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  18. Ralph_K

    Ralph_K Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2018
    An RDTA is easier to rewick. Its basically an RDA with a tank on the bottom and the wicks go into the tank instead of having juice wells. Everytime you tilt to take a vape its wetting the wicks.
     
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  19. Frenchfry1942

    Frenchfry1942 Chillin' Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 12, 2014
    Rivanna
    I had a bunch of "toppers" that took factory coils. I had different flavors in each to go with my mood. I added an RTA, a Kayfun, to the mix and was I surprised. I watched a couple YouTube videos and just gave it a shot. Sooo much happier.

    Actually, switching from cigs was not only healthier, I got a part-time hobby. I make my own juice now, too.

    Life really changed and it was/is surprisingly easy.
     
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  20. Letitia

    Letitia Therion/Nano Junkie ECF Veteran

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    Apr 2, 2017
    West Frankfort, IL
    If you get your diy up and start mixing your coils will last longer and stay much cleaner. +1 for getting a simple rta to play with. Flavor is better and now that I diy I'm getting about 2 weeks out of my wicks instead of 2-3 days. Another plus to rtas is all you have to do to change flavors is empty and rewick.
     
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