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How to see if your atomizer is truly dead with a Voltmeter

Discussion in 'Atomizer Issues' started by Stormynights, Jul 12, 2009.

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  1. basilray

    basilray Reviewer / Blogger Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 29, 2010
    I got a cheapo multimeter off fleaBay. When I power it up to check an atty, the digital display shows a 1. The number doesn't change if I touch the prongs together. Does this mean I should be subrtracting a 1 from my overall reading?

    All my standard atties measure out at 3.5 and my LR's at 2.4 - 2.5. Does this mean the standards are really 2.5 and the LR's 1.4 - 1.5?
  2. Bahnzo

    Bahnzo Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jul 21, 2010
    Hmmm, usually a "1" for a reading means it's out of you have it set too low for it to read.
  3. LameBMX

    LameBMX Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 4, 2009
    Stow, OH
    Yep which is right on with the other readings we have posted. Also that is what the LR 510 Atty's are rated at.

    But 1ohm is pretty high resistance for the test leads. You may want to try cleaning them off some, tips and where they plug into the meter at.
  4. basilray

    basilray Reviewer / Blogger Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 29, 2010

    Will do. I mean the thing is brand new, so I don't think there will be much to clean. I suppose getting a new 9v and popping that in might help as I'm just using the cheapo that it came's probably worth a shot.
  5. nowhereman

    nowhereman Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 17, 2010
    For the brain dead , lend me a hand.
    Here's what I have and just where would you set it and what readings am I looking for !

    I know ,,,dang another noob !

    TIA, maybe this will help others as well.

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  6. basilray

    basilray Reviewer / Blogger Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 29, 2010

    It should go to the lowest numbered ohm setting, or in this case, the 200. At least that's how I understand it.
  7. nowhereman

    nowhereman Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 17, 2010
    Thank you !
    On an LR it sits about 1.6 to 1.8 and on a regular about 2.6 to 2.8.
    Guess that's pretty much on spot...

    Just checked 3 suspected dead (against 2 fresh out of the pack) and yes they were dead !

    Here's a few visuals for future reference.

    1. DEAD
    2. Standard atty , good.
    3. Low resistance, good

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  8. pm2006

    pm2006 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 24, 2010
    S.E. Michigan
    I would like to thank everyone (especially BMX) for all the wonderful info. I think I understand it better now than I ever have! Unfortunately, that's not saying much. I am however, ready to buy a multimeter and give it a shot. I read every post as should everyone who has a question. I think almost all of the questions have been answered. Thanks also to all the people who posted their results. BMX was right. That helped a lot. I hope you all continue to post so that when I get mine tested, I will have more to compare. Can cartomizers be tested too? Where would we put the leads?
  9. Nietzsc

    Nietzsc Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 27, 2009
    You can test cartomizers too, is the same procedure, red prob (+) in the center post and black prob (-) on the outer threaded ring, the only difference is that a cartomizer has a female conector, like the battery of a 510
  10. LameBMX

    LameBMX Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 4, 2009
    Stow, OH
    yay, hopefully some results that are not a 510! I see all these different types of e-cigs, and as far as i know they all basically use the same heating element. and all should be able to be tested for some basic functionality with a multimeter. but almost all this thread has is 510 info.
  11. horton

    horton ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 11, 2010
    Left Side of Florida
    I read this thread with great interest. It's always nice to be able to test your equipment to make sure it's up to snuff. Hope it's OK to say this...... think I saw someone already mention Flea Bay. You can find fantastic deals on high quality meters (like Flukes) there. I bought $300+ meter for $35. The only reason it was being sold was the company that owned it did not want to bother sending it back to Fluke for recalibration. You can find digital auto ranging meters all the time in the Industrial section. There are also attachments you can add to your leads that have little alligator clips on them or "hook clips" to help free up a hand when measuring. They come in very handy.

    It's just a thought.... hope it helps someone.... Horton
  12. thebat1

    thebat1 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 11, 2010
    Now this is what a call a deal.. Love bargains.. Thanks for posting
  13. Prodigal441

    Prodigal441 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2011
    Holy Crap!!! A Fluke 125!! I think that is a little overkill. Any Fluke multimeter would be fine. Even the cheap HF is more than enough for making measurements for our ecig stuff. No need to go nuts here.
  14. pothole

    pothole Full Member

    Jan 19, 2011
    NL Canada
    My Fluke 8021B meter ( I know, antique ) is reading 54 ohms from the original atty of my 510, I cleaned it with alcohol but no difference. What's the problem ?
  15. LameBMX

    LameBMX Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 4, 2009
    Stow, OH
    cuz cleaning cannot undo changes to the heating element, it can just keep it from going bad. it can also change the speed the heat transfers from the element to the e-juice making for bad hits. if its reading 54 ohms its dead. if it reads good, but hits crappy then clean it.
  16. phoenixfire

    phoenixfire Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 3, 2011
    Southeast Mo.
    I have worked in electronics off & on since 1977 and the Fluke is a beautiful meter and anything made by Fluke is top of the line but Wayyyyy beyond what is needed to test attys. Besides how many attys could you throw away for the 2 grand price tag of the Fluke?
    Stormynights, the dial on the left side of you analog meter is the zero adjust, The harbor freight meters, while funcanable are not known for accuracy. also every body remember to keep your fingers off of the metal part of the tips while taking readings, you will get some really weard readings otherwise.
  17. mmmelaney

    mmmelaney Full Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 12, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    So for a Boge or some such carto with stuffing you would stick it down the center hole of the stuffing? Anyone have a pic?

    What about Joye's where you can't get past the last plastic seal?
  18. roberted5

    roberted5 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 7, 2010
    To test your ohm meter you can buy a 3-5 pack of 2.5Kohm-10Kohm resistors with a 5%-10% tolerance from your local Radio-Shack for 1.00-1.50.I'd buy 2.5K-5K since that's around the area your going to be tesing around.If your using some good digitals a 5K resistor with a 10% tolerance will read 5.05 to 4.95Kohms.The tolerence is just margin of error and really nothing to worry about.Most digitals will round to 5K anyway.

    It doesn't matter where the positive or negitive leads are connected on the resistor or your atty,but you do want one on the threads and one on the center contact of atty because that's where the battery's contact points are touching,plus most atty's threads and middle contact are gold plated.If your using clips make sure the side with the lead soldered to it is the one touching what your measuring or the reading will be off.
    My Ego 510's threads and middle contact post are gold plated and read,new,right around 4K ohms.
  19. roberted5

    roberted5 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 7, 2010
    You test a cartomizer the same way,one contact touching the threads of your cart the other that touches the inside of baterry that surrounded by small o-ring.You don't have to get inside the cart,in fact that's not what your battery is reading.It's the threads and middle contact of your cart that touches post surrounded by o-ring inside battery threads that your battery is reading as resistence.
  20. bliss56

    bliss56 Full Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    w. mass
    Sorry I know this post is 2 yrs old but what is your meter called? I went to the site you referred but couldn't figure out which meter is the one you have?

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