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I think there's something wrong with my atomizer

Discussion in 'SmokeStik' started by j123, Jul 28, 2009.

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  1. j123

    j123 Full Member

    Jun 19, 2009
    After a few puffs, it stops making vapor, and replacing the battery or cartridge doesn't help. I already contacted discountsmokestik, but has anyone else had this problem?
     
  2. Liscab

    Liscab Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    Mar 15, 2009
    Miami fl.
    you can buy a multimeter you dont need a expensive one perhaps from a dollar store just to check continuite on the atmy, if you pretend to vapor that s going to be your lighter
     
  3. j123

    j123 Full Member

    Jun 19, 2009
    I don't understand. Why would I need a multimeter?
     
  4. SudokuGal

    SudokuGal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    USA-Florida
    I think liscab suggested it so you can test if the atomizer is still alive or dead.

    There are lots of things you can try to revive the atomizer...do a search in the forum as there is much already written about this. You'll also see many recommendations to have extra atomizers on hand.

    Atomizers seem to be a problem child of the e-cig, in my opinion. I too have a SmokeStik and had to have one replaced. I now have two atomizers that I switch back and forth. When the vapor gets low, that's the first thing I do (switch to the other atomizer) before changing the battery or cartridge.
     
  5. Angela

    Angela Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 20, 2009
    Hertfordshire, England
    Do you mean that you can take a few puffs, then it stops producing, but after a rest, you can take a few more puffs?

    If that is the case, it's simply a 'wicking' problem: ie the liquid is not getting to the atomiser fast enough for you to vape it.

    Vaping is a more leisurely experience than smoking ever was.... you don't need to try and puff it as quickly as possible before the whole thing burns away. If you were a fast smoker (as I was) this may be your problem. Try waiting a bit longer between puffs to see if that helps.

    If my original assumption (my first paragraph) is incorrect and you mean that you took a few puffs OK and since that - nothing, then it sounds like your atomiser is dead. Presumably, it's new? In which case, contact the retailer and get a replacement.
     
  6. j123

    j123 Full Member

    Jun 19, 2009
    Well, now it's completely dead. I've tried both batteries, fully charged, and three different cartridges. In addition, the LED flashes every time I take a puff, which, according to the manual, isn't supposed to happen unless the battery needs to be charged. So, it's possible that there's also a problem with the batteries and/or the charger.

    I just got my starter kit yesterday, so I expect the retailer to take care of the situation if and when they either answer the phone, call me back, or return my email.

    Suffice it to say, I'm very disappointed with my first real e-cigarette experience (other than a disposable Gamucci, which I thought was bad before this experience).
     
  7. SudokuGal

    SudokuGal Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    USA-Florida
    I can understand why you're disappointed, yet I'm sure your retailer will take of the situation. Hang in there...the SmokeStik is actually a decent automatic.
     
  8. j123

    j123 Full Member

    Jun 19, 2009
    She emailed me and instructed me how to clean the atomizer. Apparently, it got clogged with liquid somehow, but everything seems to be in order now. Hopefully, that's all it was, and I won't have anymore problems with it.
     
  9. ProtoType

    ProtoType Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 23, 2009
    New Jersey
    Sounds good. Don't give up man!
     
  10. j123

    j123 Full Member

    Jun 19, 2009
    Here's what she told me in case anyone else runs into the same problem:

    1. After the initial 8 hours of charging you screw on the atomizer and place on the cartridge until it is securely on.

    2. Just puff very lightly until the atomizer heats up the liquid in the cartridge. It will produce smoke

    3. Make sure that as you are inhaling that you are allowing the air to flow through the hole along the golden ring around the smokestik. There is a hole to allow air intake. Sometimes we tend to hold our fingers over the hole.

    4. If the cartridge is on the atomizer and it is twisted to tighten on the battery this squeezes a lot of the liquid into the atomizer.

    5. If inhaled deeply this too will cause the liquid in the atomizer to fill up.

    6. To unclog atomizer from too much liquid,

    a. remove the cartridge from the atomizer and battery

    b. Remove the atomizer from the battery

    c. Blow through the atomizer and place a tissue at the other end to collect the liquid in the atomizer. You may need to do this several times until the tissue is dry after removing the excess liquid from the atomizer.

    7. After the initial charging of the battery it need only be charged no more than 4 hours. The batteries life may be shortened if it is continually over charged.
     
  11. LordJ

    LordJ Moved On Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 24, 2009
    A, A
    you cant overcharge a lithium ion battery.it's impossible
     
  12. j123

    j123 Full Member

    Jun 19, 2009
    I ended up sending it back for a new one, and I still don't feel like it works the way it should. I guess I'm just going through the cartridges too fast. I've already gone through two of them today, and they each only lasted for about an hour. Maybe that's normal, but I didn't expect to go through them that quickly. I expected one cartridge to last me at least a day.
     
  13. Angela

    Angela Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 20, 2009
    Hertfordshire, England
    Depending on what sort of e-cig you have, most people agree that a cartridge is roughly equivalent to 5-10 cigs
     
  14. j123

    j123 Full Member

    Jun 19, 2009
    It's a Smoke Stik, or a mini, and I guess about 5 cigarettes is accurate. Maybe I should try e-liquid.
     
  15. Angela

    Angela Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 20, 2009
    Hertfordshire, England
    Definitely cheaper, more choice, and in almost all cases.... tastier too!
     
  16. j123

    j123 Full Member

    Jun 19, 2009
    I just used my last cartridge at 5 minute intervals to approximate a cigarette each, and it only lasted for almost 4 cigarettes or almost 20 minutes. Since I smoke about once or twice an hour, that totally sucks.
     
  17. 2pooped

    2pooped Full Member ECF Veteran

    I've been Vaping for 26 days. I go through 3-4 carts full a day. I was a 2 pack a day analog. So unless you are a casual smoker, it's better to have refillable carts. Or, direct drip 2-3 drops on the atomizer.
     
  18. lorikay13

    lorikay13 Supplier Associate ECF Veteran

    Dec 13, 2009
    Oregon
    And this folks is exactly why we are phasing out the atty and switching to our own superior cartomizers :)
     
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