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I have graduated.... In two ways!!

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  1. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Senior Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    I am once again a happy vaper!!!! Ecstatic to be exact.

    Graduation number one:

    I have just very successfully rebuilt my first Nautilus BVC coil. Wasn't even as difficult as I thought it would be and didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would. I am now a forever rebuilder! I was a little worried because I didn't have any wire or filler material here, or so I thought. However, as I posted in the wick and coil section I literally tripped over an old hair blow dryer in my bedroom and did some research and discovered that the heating elements in them are nichrome wire.

    I tore that sucker apart and uncoiled all the nichrome wire in it and discovered two things. One, there was actually three different gauges of nichrome in this particular hair dryer, all three kind of close in gauge. Second, different strand of gauge came out to about 20 feet or more each, so I ended up with over 60 feet of nichrome free. Below is a pic of the three strands, the strands go from the thickest gauge on the left to the thinnest on the right:

    So I had my wire but needed filler. I was gonna use this medical gauze I have here but wasn't sure if it was pure cotton or not as there was nothing on the box that said what it is made of. But then my cute little neighbor knocked on my door and asked to borrow a screw driver. I obliged her and on a hunch, her being female and all, I asked if she used those round cotton pads to remove her makeup. She does and gave me a partial pack of about 50. Wooo Hooo, off the the races....

    So I queued up Hawkeye's Aspire BVC Rebuild video on Youtube and got to work. I very carefully took apart the 1.8 ohm head that came with my Nautilus and saw what I believe was the problem with it. See the pic below:

    Old BVC.jpg

    OK, I'm a newb and all.... But that black wick doesn't look right, it looks like it's been burnt. I may be wrong and someone can correct me if so. I only used this once and only got maybe 2 vapes on it before I got the flashing dashes. Plus, while the coil is stretched out here, I did that after disassembling it. I carefully removed the wick from the coil and it was in the two pieces as shown in the epic. They were kind of touching each other inside the wick, but it seems like the wick burnt out and separated or maybe they had broke during manufacturing, or packing, or whatever... At any rate, it does indeed look like a defective coil.

    So, I watch Hawkeye's video and build along with him and am very proud to say I believe I rebuilt this coil pretty damn well, you can tell me from the pic:

    New BVC.jpg

    Is it just me, or is that one sexy looking rebuilt BVC? I used the thinnest gauge nichrome from the pic above and followed Hawkeye's method with the exception of giving my coil three extra wraps. I should have taken a pic of it.... Oh well.

    So, with the coil rebuilt I grabbed a beer, put my Nautilus back together with the new rebuild, filled my tank and fired it up. BAZINGA!!!! She fired up at 2.1 ohms!!!! I was aiming for 1.6, but the three extra wraps probably added the extra from what I've read here on amount of ohms to coil wraps and wire gauge. I've now been happily vaping away for the past two and a half hours and the ohms are sticking between 2.0 and 1.9 with the odd jump to 1.7.

    I gotta say here too, this is even better than the original Nautilus BVC. Now I understand why people rave about cotton and DIY rebuilds and such. I'm getting a lot more flavor, a much better throat and lung hit, and an awesome natural draw, and I'm not getting that sizzling/gurgling noise I was getting with the stock heads. Which leads me to my second graduation.....

    I have broken the Tootle Puffer barrier and am now vaping at 28 watts. :vapor: :banana: Hey, I don't mind Tootle Puffing, but I do like the bigger hit I get with the higher wattage. Been hitting this thing pretty hard though LOL. I never broke down and went back to the stinkys while my unit was down, and a big part of that was because I actually missed my vaping more than the stinkys.... I think a small part was also because I got so preoccupied with solving the issue with my hardware I didn't have time to think about stinkys.

    Again, I want to thank everyone who helped out in my original thread about the problem. I love this place man!!!! I'm now a lifer both here and to vaping. Now I can't wait to get more equipment and also start doing DIY juices. :rickroll:
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  2. Thrasher

    Thrasher ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2012
    Madeira beach, Fla
    Pretty cool, and highly ingenious. Rebuilding is where its at, . enjoy!
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  3. Sir2fyablyNutz

    Sir2fyablyNutz ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 22, 2015
    West Virginia, USA
    Shipwreck you're killin me! (I love it). If I ever have a foreign transmission that needs fixed I'm sending it to you. But now you have a serious problem... what vape gear will you work on next?
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  4. Sir2fyablyNutz

    Sir2fyablyNutz ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 22, 2015
    West Virginia, USA
    OOPS... you said DIY... I have a couple articles for you to read....

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  5. WindyCityJoe

    WindyCityJoe Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 6, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ
    Very ingenious Shipwreck, nice job :toast:
  6. Oregon Linda

    Oregon Linda Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 1, 2013
    Salem, OR
    Great job, Shipwreck! I think the hardest part about rebuilding coils is just getting yourself to do it the first time. It's really not rocket science, but it can seem a bit intimidating at first. But once you've done it, you start realizing just how many other things in the vaping experience you can do yourself and give yourself a lot more control over your vape.
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  7. supertrunker

    supertrunker Living sarcasm Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2012
    The hardest part is going to be explaining to the wife what happened to her hairdryer!


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  8. Thrasher

    Thrasher ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2012
    Madeira beach, Fla
    Naa, just put it back together " I don't know honey, I guess the heater went bad"
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  9. WonderDude32

    WonderDude32 Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 9, 2015
    Clarksville, TN
    Great build. I've been doing my own BVCs for a while and they seem to work a lot better than factory coils. I use my Nautilus while working and break out my Subtank Plus when I'm not. Any sub ohm tank with an RBA looks to be your next step. Stay strong and vape on.
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  10. MrDripper

    MrDripper Super Member ECF Veteran

    You're excited and for good reason. Congrats to you!
    Nothing can hold you back, now.
    Vape on and keep up the good work!
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  11. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Senior Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    Thanks Thrasher. Yeah, I'm loving rebuilding and will be rebuilding the other coil that came with the nautilus tomorrow LOL.

    LMAO Send away Sir. I have this strong tendency to get stubborn when something breaks and I just want to fix it at all costs LOL. Might come from rebuilding and customizing classic cars back in the day (my favorite being my 71 Cuda Hemi). I actually almost tore apart my MVP3 in case that was the problem LOL but decided to wait and make sure whether it was the heads or not first. I actually learned a lot from mostly reading here and some from Youtube videos about different rebuilds on different hardware, repairs, etc... Book marked everything for future use LOL.

    Oh no worries, I'll still be doing rebuilds and such LOL. I actually believe I have most of those articles you linked bookmarked, but will check to make sure LOL. I also downloaded the Juice Me Up calculator a few days ago LOL.

    Thanks Linda. Very true about just doing it. Luckily I'm the type, as I said, that gets tenacious about something and was ready to jump in as soon as I had all the info I needed. It is indeed pretty awesome all the ways you can do stuff yourself to make this cheaper and more enjoyable. I'm loving all the learning.

    LMAO Actually Trunker, it was indeed my Ex wife's hair dryer but because she's the ex no need for explaining, I actually relished tearing it apart LOL.

    LMAO even if I had to put it back together I couldn't. I tried to take it apart neatly but the thing was put together too tight and I ended up taking a hammer to it LOL... Little pieces of plastic all over the floor LOL.

    Thanks Dude. This one does indeed work a lot better. I'm gonna experiment with different rebuilds I've seen and try some of my own as well to get the perfect vape. I'm actually looking at subtanks with with RBA now because someone else had mentioned it to me as well.
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  12. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Senior Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    Thanks Shannon. Excited would be an understatement Shannon LOL. And hello fellow Canuck.
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  13. VHRB2014

    VHRB2014 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 16, 2014
    Nic`d Up in Cali.
    Ya buddy, they aint never gonna kill vaping cause it really is a very simple technology.

    Kudos for the tip, the Miss`s tells me we have a broken hairdryer, ha, ha.
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  14. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Senior Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    I hear ya VHR, I've discovered in the last while that there are a LOT more vapers than I thought before I started looking into it and I see it growing tremendously. I've been posting my progress on my Facebook and getting a lot of friends asking me about it because they want to quit smoking. When I answer them I give them the link to this forum so they can find even more info. Quite a few have come over and my nephew actually got his first starter kit last week because he, along with everyone else who knows me, was totally surprised at how easy I quit with vaping.

    LOL no problem on the tip, glad I can help out and give back for the help I received. You'll be surprised at how much wire is actually in those things LOL. Some use the coil method on the wires but some use this zig zag pattern. The one I used had the zig zag, which I was glad for because I think it was easier to straighten the wire. Not sure though, never done the coiled ones. I also found out during my research that toasters, electric blankets, heating pads and such also use nichrome as their heating elements. Get out there and raid those yardsales and dumps for cheap and/or free nichrome folks, do your part for the environment and reuse it LOL.
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  15. WilsonPhillips

    WilsonPhillips Senior Member

    Feb 26, 2015
    There is no feeling like going at the ex's stuff with a hammer. ;-) Glad to see you got your vape going again.

    Now that you are wrapping your own coils, I would like to suggest the YouDe Zephyrus sub ohm tank. It has an awesome RBA section that is actually better than the coil heads that come with it. It is selling for about $27 and that is a great price for a great tank. It's so good, that all but my Starre are cleaned and back in their original packaging. I am keeping the Starre out as a spare. I need something to vape on while I rebuild. I may get another Zephyrus.

    I would also like to suggest this site, Steam Engine | free vaping calculators , as an invaluable tool. It's even better for coil wrapping than that hammer. Learn how to use the Heat Flux button on the Coil Wrapping section. It really helps to get the exact build you are aiming for. I use it to find what wattage will bring me to approximately 178 mW/mm², as that seems to be the warmth that I like best.
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  16. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Senior Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    LOL ain't that the truth Wilson.

    Thanks for the link, that's gonna come in handy for my DIY ejuices too. Gonna look at the Zephyrus now. I see a collection starting here LOL
  17. nancybout

    nancybout Super Member ECF Veteran

    Wow awesome!
    I still didn't even put the subtank Rba on lol

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  18. Thrasher

    Thrasher ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2012
    Madeira beach, Fla
    Whatever you do don't mention the toaster uses resistance wire also.

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  19. miro011

    miro011 Moved On ECF Veteran

    Mar 28, 2015
    this was my first ever build :
  20. miro011

    miro011 Moved On ECF Veteran

    Mar 28, 2015
    and this was my 2nd :


    anyway , very good job OP
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