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Making use of the hole (I think)

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  1. Duncan

    Duncan Full Member

    Dec 19, 2008
    North Wales, UK
    I guess this really ought to go in ‘Tips & Tricks’, but I lack the permission, so it’s here instead.

    I’m a newb who’s smoked 40+ conventional fags a day for half a century, but not a single one since I discovered e-cigs about a month ago. I feel the need to get as ‘good a hit’ as possible for each drag. I believe I’m vaping a 901, but would be pleased if someone could confirm this. It measures 11.8 cms, is described as a ‘Mini’ and has the single (vital) air hole on the atomizer, exactly 5 mm from where it joins the battery unit.

    I discovered that drawing on the e-cig in the normal way results in a slight delay before the LED activates. To my simple mind, this suggests that I am wasting all of ‘my suck’ before the battery kicks in and the atomizer heats up. I also discovered that holding my thumb on the hole (blocking it) while I draw results in the LED lighting, the atomizer heating, but nothing coming out (obviously). I haven’t tested this, but assume that continuing this will flatten the battery and probably destroy the atomizer.

    So, what I have been doing is placing my thumb on the hole, drawing, and as soon as I feel resistance to my draw, sliding my thumb off the hole. This results in a more ‘sudden’ draw and seems to activate everything much more quickly. I certainly seem to get ‘more vapour for my draw’. I should add that I have mild COPD (Congestive Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), so my drawing abilities are a tad limited. As you can probably guess, my medical people have ordered me to stop smoking to no effect.

    During this time (about three weeks of using this method) I have presided over the deaths of two batteries and one atomizer. I don’t particularly mind this as it’s a small price to pay against roughly £75 a week (cost of conventional fags in the UK). The batteries still seem to take a charge, but sucking no longer activates them. The atomizer simply worked well, then suddenly didn’t work at all. Is this ‘par for the course’, or is my technique killing them? Like I say, I don’t really care, but it would be good to know.

    Also, for the record, I’m a topper rather than a dripper. During the month I’ve been vaping, I’ve vaped approx 50ml of liquid. I’m still using my original cart and I wouldn’t describe it as having ‘gone brown’ yet.
  2. Cage

    Cage Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 9, 2009
    Arizona, USA
    Hi Duncan,

    I'm not familiar with that design, but if I'm understanding you correctly, you may be overheating your atomizer with that technique. There are some great vids and tutorials around here, check out the "Helpful links and videos for a new user" thread for more/better info. I'd post the link for you but I don't have enough (posts) to do that yet. Good luck.
  3. ApOsTle51

    ApOsTle51 Moved On ECF Veteran

    Aug 29, 2008
    yep its a dse-901 you have matey, covering the hole while using it will shorten the life of your atomizer, this is because it prevents air being drawn into the atomizer which also pulls in the liquid from around the wire wool, therefore overheating the atomizer and preventing the wick from staying wet.

    If your COPD is making drawing an effort i would suggest to go for something with a manual switch like the janty kissbox or troggs screwdriver. The batteries that come with the 901 use a small vacum switch which is what normally fails first so they either stay on permanently or you have to suck like a porn star to activate them.

    also check out the vids in my signature , using a small primer puff helps to preheat the atomizer to get more vpour from a single draw.

    and yes an atomizer will usually just die without warning

    welcome aboard :)
  4. Duncan

    Duncan Full Member

    Dec 19, 2008
    North Wales, UK
    Very helpful links. Thank you.
  5. spyderuk

    spyderuk Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 19, 2008
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