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First RM2 build. Let me know what you think!

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  1. bones1274

    bones1274 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2010
    florida
    Ok, so my RM2 arrived today. I just finished building my first coil so let me know what you think!

    30 gauge kanthal with about 9 wraps on a 1/16 drill bit. I do not know what ohms it is because my meter doesn't get here until tomorrow. I spent 15 min trying to get the coils closer together but no luck.

    When I put it on my Reo, it ended up being backwards with the coil and air hole next to the firing button. Believe it or not, I actually prefer this because I use my Reo with the button up instead of down so this is actually perfect.

    I think the cotton needs to be trimmed just a hair more.

    As for trying it, the flavor is about the same as my cartos at 6v (which is good), but the throat hit is much much lighter. A 4 second pull produces just a little less vapor than a 2 second pull on my cartos so I will have to get used to longer pulls.

    Granted I have been using the RM2 for about 5 min and this is my first coil. I plan on continuing to see what I can do and when my meter gets here, aim for about 1-1.2 ohms.

    And now for the pics! Be brutally honest with your feedback please. :)

    reo4.jpg reo5.jpg reo3.jpg
     
  2. Treebeard

    Treebeard Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Why you ornery, fur-bearin’ critter....Oh, wait...you meant the coils, didn't ya. :D Looks good. Should vape fine.
     
  3. Jet Knight

    Jet Knight Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 11, 2013
    Gotham
    looks good, better than the first coil I made...let us know how it vapes. :vapor:
     
  4. bones1274

    bones1274 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2010
    florida
    It is vaping good, just taking some getting used to. I need more TH and vapor.......
     
  5. Filthy-Beast

    Filthy-Beast Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 14, 2011
    Chicago
    Looks great. try heating the kanthal with a lighter first, removes some of the springiness.
     
  6. bones1274

    bones1274 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2010
    florida
    I tried heating it with a lighter but as soon as I moved the lighter down the wire, it would stop glowing. Only the wire directly above the flame would turn red. I heated it and cooled it under water 3 times before building it. I think I need more practice..... I see lots of coils laying on the kitchen table tonight.....
     
  7. nerak

    nerak ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Good looking coil. I am figuring around a 1.8 with your wraps.

    For more TH and vapor you might try moving the coil closer to the air hole.

    Also maybe lift it up a little.

    Be careful though since you can't meter it. You have no way of knowing if there is a short.
     
  8. Filthy-Beast

    Filthy-Beast Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 14, 2011
    Chicago
    Mind you I've only build 10, all in the last 24hrs. It cools pretty quickly, I don't run mine under water.
     
  9. bones1274

    bones1274 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2010
    florida
    I think I am going to play it safe until my meter gets here and keep it where it is.
     
  10. Raynman

    Raynman Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 5, 2013
    Marion In USA
    Don't quench the wire..... it will make it brittle.
    Heat the wire and when it turns orange move it down the wire until all of the wire has turned color....it doesn't have to glow all at the same time.
    This tread will help find the wire gauge and number of coils to make. http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/reos-mods/446263-micro-coils-ohms-description.html It should get you in the ballpark.
    Judging by your number of posts I would guess you might have a VV or VW device that can read the ohms for you if not be very careful and triple check for shorts like Karen said
    After checking your ohms or checking for a possible short area heat the wire red hot and squeeze the wire with tweezersto make coils tighter.
    Also +1 on moving coil up and closer to airhole for more TH
    You might have a little too much cotton in the coil. Less cotton is more for sure too much cotton mutes things a bit.
    Cotton should just drag a little when pulling it through the coil. Also be careful not to cover the squonk hole in the bottom of the RM2.
    A good way to see it the wick is right is to squonk easy to just get the hole side of the wick wet squonk a little let it go back down the hole a few times just hitting the left side of wick. If it wicks through to the other side of the coil it's good to go.
    Hope this helps a little. Nice looking Reo and coil. Congrats man you've done well for a first time.
     
  11. jayny

    jayny Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 29, 2013
    Geneva, NY, USA
    belive me, soon as u get a meter & wrap a few coils in no time you'll be blowin clouds with all the throat hit you want!
     
  12. bones1274

    bones1274 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2010
    florida
    I appreciate the feedback. I was thinking I had too much cotton. I will thin it down on the next build. I don't have a meter yet. It arrives in the mail tomorrow. I have never squonked so a min ago when I squonked the juice came out the drip tip like an angry volcano.....:oops:
     
  13. sbmqcy

    sbmqcy Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 5, 2013
    Quincy, IL, USA
    I'm also a rebuilding noob, but I found YouTube to be priceless for learning how to build a microcoil. Something about coiling the wire almost like you're coiling it on top of itself or even backwards to get the coils right at first. Then using tweezers to gently squeeze the coils tight while torching or holding it over a flame. That's how I got mine to look like it does. (Don't have it handy. Check my post earlier today). It's definitely not the best, but it's doing the job.

    One thing I learned--my wife's pointy tweezers with a tooth on the end are nowhere near as helpful as slant tip tweezers. They're the ones with the flat, wide tip.

    Good job on that one--it looks way better than my first try when recoiling a kanger head. Good luck!


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  14. bones1274

    bones1274 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2010
    florida
    With 30 gauge, what is a good ohm range for huge clouds and throat hit? Not interested in sub ohm though.
     
  15. super_X_drifter

    super_X_drifter ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 4, 2012
    Somewhere out there
    Yeah, I never quench anymore either. :). Good job dude :)
     
  16. Matthee

    Matthee Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Bones, that build looks fine, maybe get the coils more touching if I have to pick bones. I also love a good TH. For me what works is a 28g Kanthal micro coil (1/16) at between 0.8 and 1.2 ohms, sited quite high. The juice should certainly not spurt through the drip tip when you squonk. Maybe you are pressing too hard. Remove the drip tip and look inside from the top. Now exert pressure on the juice bottle and you should see the juice coming into the RM2 and get an idea on how hard and how long to press. The emptier the bottle, the more pressure required. Keep experimenting and keep us updated. BTW, I never heat the wire beforehand, just get it glowing a few times post build on the Reo before inserting the wick.
     
  17. bones1274

    bones1274 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2010
    florida
    As for over filling, since I never squonked, I just pushed on the bottle too long. You only have to do that once to know not to do that again....:laugh:
     
  18. Matthee

    Matthee Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Bones, sorry, see you did try getting the coils closer. Another way, once installed on the RM2 without the wick, get it glowing, stop firing, then gently using a long nosed plier on the outer sides of the coil, push it together. Hope this makes sense? Keep us updated please.
     
  19. bones1274

    bones1274 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2010
    florida
    So to update after one day with the RM2, my ohm meter arrived today so I started building coils. The lowest I have been able to get with 30 gauge kanthal is 1.6ohms with 5 wraps on a 1/16 drill bit.

    It is just not nearly enough TH or vapor, so I made a 15 wrap that came out to 3.2 ohms. Inserted my 3v batteries back in and at 6v now. The TH and vapor is exactly what I was looking for. After 3 years at 6v, 3.7 just isn't going to cut it. Loving the RM2 now!

    reo8.jpg
     
  20. Filthy-Beast

    Filthy-Beast Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 14, 2011
    Chicago
    You could try parallel 30ga coil. fold the wire in half and then wrap, you'll have two wires running across.
     
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