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How often do you change your *coils*?

Discussion in 'Wick and Wire' started by flexy123, Jan 26, 2018.

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  1. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All* ECF Veteran

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    Apr 16, 2010
    One Last Thing.

    If a Person is Dry Burning to Clean the Coil, or to Check for "Hot Spots" or "Hot Legs" there Isn't really a lot of need to Heat the Coil past the point of being able to see a Faint Red Glow at the Center of the Coil.

    Once no Smoke is coming off a Coil, it is as Clean as it ever is going to be. And once you can see that the Center of a Coil is starting to turn Light Red, you are pretty much Good to go.

    I would also suggest Dry Burning at a Low Wattage like 10 ~ 15 Watts.

    Doing This is Extreme Overkill IMO.

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  2. BackDoc

    BackDoc Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 24, 2010
    Galts Gulch
    good points Zoidman
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  3. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

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    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    I change my rayon wicks about once a week whether they need it or not. :)

    I use an SS316L coil for months. When it's rough and loses its shine after a dry burn and water wash I change the coil. I only let the coil glow red for a second before dunking it under the sink tap. I'll average at least 2-3 months on SS316L coils.
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  4. Spydro

    Spydro Sindoyen Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 20, 2013
    How often probably depends on how OCD a person is. I have heard of extremes on the forums... like changing coils daily/wicking twice a day to a coil being as old as the atty itself is.
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  5. Budgie

    Budgie Senior Member

    Mar 6, 2018
    Saudi Arabia/Scotland
    I'm having to clean mine every 3-4 days, as the coil is totally gunked up, and the wick has burnt itself in two. Is this purely down to a sweet juice, or could it be the quality of coil/wire/wick that I'm using. Living in KSA, you can't guarantee that what you pay for is what you get!!
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  6. chellie

    chellie Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 24, 2014
    I do not dry burn at all. I change the coil. Tried it once. I read the article by Dr F and a few other opinions and feel that it is pretty easy to just change the coils so why risk it. I have enough wire probably to last my lifetime. By the time I would dry burn, re-wick, and test, I could have just popped in a new already-wicked coil that I almost always have on hand. I can usually tell by the taste if it is time to change the coil out. If not, I still change coils at least weekly.

    I use a toptank mini and have a bunch of wicked coils that I premade in my toolkit. I also have a number of the rba pieces and I have the coils already installed in those.

    When I need a new coil it takes under 3 minutes literally because I have it ready to go. Unscrew the old and then screw in the new. Once a week, usually on Sunday., I clean equipment and coil and wick any of the empty rba attachments. Also, I check my juice supply and general vape supplies. Works for me!
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  7. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

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    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    Lately, i haven't been dry burning my SS316L coils. Most of the time a dry burn leads to early failure of the coil, especially if the dry burn takes to coil to a cherry red state. I've been removing the wick and water washing the coil under the sink tap while rubbing it with a finger. If it doesn't come out smooth and shiny, I just wrap a new one and rewick.

    It just seems to me that a hot dry burn destroys the surface of the wire and eventually leaves it rough. If a water wash with a small brush won't restore it to a like new state, it only takes a few minutes to wind and install a new one.
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  8. chellie

    chellie Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 24, 2014
    That's a really good idea. With the premade coil I used to rinse and brush and get another use out of it. Never even thought of it (duh) with the coils I make. Mine seem to really gunk up but if they are not too bad I may try that to get another use out of it.
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  9. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    I don't dry burn my SS coils either. I scrub at them with a toothbrush, and will "gently" pulse them as I swab out underneath and inside and whatever is left, using q-tips dipped in alcohol.

    It really doesn't take much longer, and I have the peace of mind of knowing that, since it's debatable whether SS coils can or will give off undesirable things, well, I just do what I can to minimize the risk. It doesn't really take longer (IMHO) and I figure why not do what's safest.

    I hazard a guess, my coils get cleaner using my method than if I'd just dry burn them in any case. It's sort of a win for me.

  10. Beamslider

    Beamslider Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 29, 2017
    San Francisco
    I dry burn SS coils if I am in a lazy mood and don't feel like replacing the coil. I have several tanks going at one time and usually get about 120 ml of juice run through a coil before it needs changing then just end up making another coil as wire is cheap. I use mostly SS316L awg 26 wire and a roll of 250 feet is around $8. In a year and a half I have not yet finished off the a roll of 100 ft 26 AWG I started off with. I use spaced coils so no burn really needed before using the coil as the wire is clean already

    I don't think there is any problem dry burning SS if you don't go too heavy with it though.
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