I'd love to see people who have had this pipe awhile post their tips and tricks for getting as much life (both battery and atty), as much flavour, and as much vapour out of it as possible. Maybe if each owner could add just one tip they use, here in this thread, we can build a sort of "after market user guide" so that a newbie won't have as many pitfalls and have to go through as many replacements learning the best tricks to get the most out of their units. So far I've seen: When using it, try to be moderate in your amount of filling so you don't flood the atty. What are a good number of drips to put in the carts so as not to flood? It's already been said that if you direct-drip, you'll hear a gurgling sound telling you you've filled it enough and any more would be too much. The first little while, there may be a yucky or burnt taste as you burn off whatever may be in the atty from the factory, but after that, it will begin tasting more appropriate to the juice loaded. Correct this if I'm wrong, please, but VG-mixed juices give better vapour but due to being "runnier", they tend to leak or flood more than PG juices. PG wicks well but doesn't give as voluminous vapour as VG does. When not using it, (whether carrying it for later use or putting it away for the night) unscrew the jewel cap, release the battery contact so the battery is not giving off any charge, and screw the jewel cap back on so the battery doesn't fall out. This can avoid the pipe accidentally turning on and burning out/melting anything since the contacts are not connected and no charge is emitted. If you worry about leaking/spillage of juice into your pockets or whatnot, keep one of the gold bullet cases with you, and if you're not going to be using the pipe very soon, though you want to carry it for later use; along with releasing the battery, take out the cart and put it back into the bullet case, complete with the clear plastic cover, to avoid leaking. There are conflicting opinions about whether to use the blue "fish tank" foam in place of the original white filler or to direct-drip onto the atty. Try both to see what's best for you. If your bowl cracks at all, don't wait, immediately fill the crack with superglue and let it dry a full day before using it again so the glue is fully dried/cured. You can find brush-type glue applicators to make applying the glue easier and more thorough, getting it deep into the crack, which is what you want. Be sure to fill the crack flush to the outer edge of the bowl, both for aesthetics and to make sure the fix really holds. If you've got the equipment, force air through the pipe shank going both ways (from shank-side out through the bowl, to bowl-side out through the shank). Then let dry naturally. Possibly try to clean the insides using alcohol, as it evaporates and leaves nothing behind? Drip-dry the pipe in a glass upside down, pipe shank down, every night. What other tips or tricks, or even real mods, do people suggest for getting the most out of their DSE601s?