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My First Mech: Everything in Order?

Discussion in 'APV and Mods Discussion' started by madqatter, Oct 15, 2013.

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  1. madqatter

    madqatter Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 14, 2013
    Virginia
    As I've mentioned elsewhere, my first mech is in the mail. (Actually, two are in the mail. :oops:)

    I am a noob, not just to mechs but to vaping generally. So I've been doing lots of reading, watching YouTube videos, and so forth. Articles on battery safety, videos on maintenance, that sort of thing.

    Here are things I've been collecting:

    some AW IMR 18490s from RTD
    Nitecore Intellicharger I4
    LiPo bag
    Smok kick (for now, at least, I want the added control & safety)
    plastic battery case (I already had soda bottle preforms)
    multimeter
    fuse :2c: (backup in case the kick is DOA)

    Getting a mod isn't necessarily expensive... getting the other stuff needed for a mod is. ;)

    Is there anything else you more experienced mech owners would consider essential? What and why?

    And what about maintenance? Different people seem to do this differently. How do you polish you contacts? What do you use on your threads?

    Like I said, I have been reading articles and watching videos. But if you have a link you consider essential, please don't hesitate to share it here, too. I may have missed it, or someone else might want/need to see it. :thumb:
     
  2. PinoyBoy

    PinoyBoy Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 4, 2013
    WA State, USA
    :2cool:I'm sure you have these, but just in case:
    - Rebuildable dripping atomizer
    - Cotton balls (for wick)
    - Coil wire or ribbons

    Brasso is a good all around metal polisher/cleaner.
     
  3. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    Battery contacts can be cleaned with the highest % isopropyl alcohol you can find with a long cotton tip applicator. Same for the top connector center pin.

    Battery cap threading can use some Noaloxx (anti-oxidant) every couple of months to keep them clean, lubricated, and anti-oxidized which prevents thread lockup. This can be found in most hardware stores in the electrical department.

    noalox-2.jpg
     
  4. BardicDruid

    BardicDruid Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 25, 2009
    Central Texas
  5. TreVader

    TreVader Moved On ECF Veteran

    Aug 31, 2013
    Los Angeles, CA


    All of this... with the exception of the battery and the charger.... is unnecessary. You would be much better served buying more batteries, or a better mech/rda.
     
  6. tc1

    tc1 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 26, 2011
    Ohio
    Toothpaste and toothbrush work great on threads ... as well as contacts if applicable.
     
  7. madqatter

    madqatter Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 14, 2013
    Virginia
    I'm sorry, but there's just no way I'm doing this without a meter. If other people want to do that, that's on them.
     
  8. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    :nah:

    :thumb:
     
  9. tc1

    tc1 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 26, 2011
    Ohio
    Might want to grab some sandpaper as well. Especially if you go with a mod that is chrome plated brass or uses rounded screws as contacts.
     
  10. TreVader

    TreVader Moved On ECF Veteran

    Aug 31, 2013
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yes well, we don't all have the dexterity and intelligence to use a ruler and multiply two integers (inches x ohms/inch = Aohms). Its ok tho, maybe one day you'll learn!
     
  11. madqatter

    madqatter Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 14, 2013
    Virginia
    If concern for safety is too stupid for you, perhaps you should spend your time elsewhere. Thanks.
     
  12. tc1

    tc1 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 26, 2011
    Ohio
    Yeah or you can ... ya know ... use a multimeter to check battery voltage, atty resistance, and load voltage at the coil.

    Useful information for a mechanical user. Anyone who deals with electronics of any kind should have a multimeter at hand.
     
  13. t2ak

    t2ak Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 3, 2013
    Puyallup WA
    .. said the guy who cant figure out why his coils are popping...

    http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/apv-discussion/480312-something-up.html

    -------------------

    madqatter: your going the right route. everything others and you listed should be all you need.
     
  14. t2ak

    t2ak Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 3, 2013
    Puyallup WA
    what mechs did you end up getting anyway?
     
  15. madqatter

    madqatter Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 14, 2013
    Virginia
    I got a Smoktech Magneto and a Sigelei 8W.
     
  16. t2ak

    t2ak Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 3, 2013
    Puyallup WA
    Never had the magneto but i have read many good things about it.

    i just got the 8w on saturday. i love it. i had to play around with shimming the button to get it to my liking. i also am working on a complete redesign of the button assembly. tomorrow i will get to run the engraving program i posted here that will make the button match the top.

    http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/apv-discussion/434999-new-caravela-clone-sigelei-8w-40.html

    last couple posts
     
  17. madqatter

    madqatter Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 14, 2013
    Virginia
    I've liked the reviews I've seen.

    I saw that and I think I subscribed to the thread, too. :)
     
  18. tc1

    tc1 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 26, 2011
    Ohio
    Those should work very well for you.

    You know, I waited months and months for friggin China to come out with a dang simple tube mechanical mod. In the time waiting I just ended up buying a second hybrid that also happens to work has a tube mechanical (iHybrid F3cta). Fast forward months later and now the market is saturated with dang tube mods that are not only cheap but work extremely well. LOL ... go figure.

    Not at all regretting my purchase but sheesh ... it's a good time to get into mechanical/rba vaping. Heck the other day I decided to buy a nemmy clone to use as my new beater mod for work. Was a bit hesitant due to it being a 100% clone (the labeling and markings ...which I don't think is right honestly). But it's not like I'm going to pretend it's the real deal either ... heck, I might even polish off the serial number out of principal. lol

    I don't know what it is ... but I just love the look of a simple tube mechanical with a bottom firing switch.
     
  19. ImThatGuy

    ImThatGuy Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 1, 2012
    California
  20. sawlight

    sawlight Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 2, 2009
    Kansas
    And a quote from the linked thread,


    I'd strongly suggest you not offer advice to new members if this it the mentality and attitude you wish to show. I honestly fear for you, and hope I don't one day read about you having blown yourself up.
     
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