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Kanger/istick problem. Help!

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  1. divein

    divein Full Member

    Apr 25, 2015
    Ok, so I just bought a new set up a few days ago. I'm using the kanger sub nano with the istick 30w and it was amazing the first few days. Last night I was vaping on the 30w trying to take a big drag and it starts to taste like crap. I figured maybe I had burnt the coil and needed to replace it but I've replaced the coil twice with no luck. Brand new coils still burnt taste. I am priming them correctly before use. Still crap. Is it the tank or the battery? Please help, trying to stay off the cigarettes.
     
  2. Dave2603

    Dave2603 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2014
    Stuart, Florida
    What ratio juice are you using? I had an issue with high VG juice with my Subtank mini that I resolved by thinning the juice with a very small amount of distilled water.
     
  3. divein

    divein Full Member

    Apr 25, 2015
    I believe it's and 80/20 mix but I'm not positive. The weird part about it though is it was working amazing for the first couple of days with the same juice.
     
  4. Dave2603

    Dave2603 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2014
    Stuart, Florida
    Try taking a couple of "dry" primer puffs. Close the air flow completely and take a couple of draws on it as if you're taking a hit. Then open the airflow back up and hit it normally. See if that gets it wicking properly. Does it happen on every draw, or just if you chain vape it?
     
  5. Cacing

    Cacing Full Member

    Jun 23, 2012
    Indonesia
    Did you saturated the brand new coil?
     
  6. gpjoe

    gpjoe Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 30, 2013
    Up North
    You can also cover the air intake hole with your finger and take a few puffs to prime. I find that more convenient than closing the air flow control.

    No one else asked, so I will: what wattage are you vaping at? I rarely go higher than 15 watts with my subtanks (on an iStick30) and never get dry or burnt hits. You might try dialing down on the wattage, especially with a new coil. I usually start lower when the coil is new, to allow the coil to settle in, then slowly increase the wattage.
     
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  7. divein

    divein Full Member

    Apr 25, 2015
    After that first time it happened it was every draw. I'll try closing the airflow to see it it helps saturate more effectively.
     
  8. divein

    divein Full Member

    Apr 25, 2015
    Two drops on both side cotton exposures and three drops down the middle.
     
  9. divein

    divein Full Member

    Apr 25, 2015
    The original coil I had been using for a day at the lower wattage like 12-15 watts. After awhile I moved it up but at 30w is when it burned. I've tried two new coils at low watts and still tastes like burnt cotton.
     
  10. Cloudmann

    Cloudmann Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 17, 2015
    North Charleston, SC
    Try 70/30 juice or add a couple or three drops of distilled water to your tankful of juice. At higher wattage, the 80/20 juice is a bit thick for the OCC coil.
     
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  11. DingerCPA

    DingerCPA Vaping Mistress Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 9, 2014
    Corn 'n' Cows
    divein, how long have you been vaping? Could even be as simple as a case of "vapor's tongue". Make sure you're drinking a lot of water to stay somewhat hydrated. Also, have you changed up flavors? You might be "burnt out" on what you're currently vaping. I've heard to sniff coffee beans or grounds to freshen your tastebuds. Might also consider a hearty menthol or cinnamon flavor to change it up a bit.
     
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  12. divein

    divein Full Member

    Apr 25, 2015
    So I closed off the airflow and primed it up and this one is tasting MUCH better. I must of not primed the other one well enough and burned the cotton. I appreciate everyone suggestions and advice.
     
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  13. Dave2603

    Dave2603 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2014
    Stuart, Florida
    If your experience is anything like mine, just priming it once won't solve the issue permanently. The only permanent solution for me was to thin my juice some (I vape high VG). I tend to chain vape a bit, so that may have contributed to it for me as well.
     
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  14. Cloudmann

    Cloudmann Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 17, 2015
    North Charleston, SC
    Yep. Careful with anything higher than 75/25 with the stock OCC coils. They wick fine for a while, then start getting symptomatic of bad wicking with dry hits and inconsistent flavor. Even 80/20 can do it easily, especially if it's a darker juice. That 5% makes a huge difference with these coils. Thinning the juice slightly will also extend your coil life significantly.
     
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  15. kfolse107

    kfolse107 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    I don't think anyone asked this, but which coil are you using. The nano comes with the .05 and the 1.2 ohm coils. The 1.2 is good for 12-25 watts according to Kanger. You mentioned that 30 watts is where you noticed the burn taste. If you had the 1.2 coil then that may be the problem, too much power.
     
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  16. Cloudmann

    Cloudmann Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 17, 2015
    North Charleston, SC
    Word.
     
  17. divein

    divein Full Member

    Apr 25, 2015
    It was on the .5ohm at 30 watts that I was having issues. It was definitely just that juice. Because on a new coil did the same thing. The other juices were fine. How much should I thin it out? Another question, can I rinse out that other coil to use it again?
     
  18. divein

    divein Full Member

    Apr 25, 2015
    Also, have you guys tried the Matrix tank by high voltage? Would that be a better option if I'm trying to use full 30 watts?
     
  19. Dave2603

    Dave2603 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2014
    Stuart, Florida
    Try about 5% distilled water and see if that does it. I think with the juice wicking right, you'll be just fine at 30 watts with the .5 ohm coil.
     
  20. Cloudmann

    Cloudmann Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 17, 2015
    North Charleston, SC
    Yep. Do the math and figure out what 2.5% of your juice is. Put that much distilled water in the whole bottle. If it's still not wicking right, add about half that amount again. Really, though, 2-3% should be plenty if you're not using max vg. If you are, go with 4% and slowly step up, if needed. Don't make it too thin or you may get gurgling and flooding.

    Insofar as that old coil goes, the wick is probably toast. If the actual coil looks good, you can poke the cotton out and rewick it. If you can't do that, you probably just need to toss it and use a new one, unfortunately.
     
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