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Older Folks and Vaping Front Porch - Part 5

Discussion in 'General Vaping Discussion' started by MikeE3, Jul 23, 2016.

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  1. bigbells

    bigbells Ineffable Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I've recently started trying to keep batteries only in those mods that I'm going to use today, because I've had too many batteries that I had to retire after they sat in chip mods for months or even a year. The voltage got too low to accept a charge.

    Since I only use two-battery mods these days, I've also got a fair number of batteries that I don't use because their mates died. I give them a maintenance charge for safe storage, but eventually they'll die of loneliness. Then there are the paired batteries that are still perfectly good but which I don't use because they're lower in mAh than the ones I use. They also sit in plastic battery boxes with their mates, waiting to die from inactivity.

    Morbid! :shock:
     
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  2. bigbells

    bigbells Ineffable Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    My opinion regarding wicking material:

    It seems to me that rayon wicks aren't quite as popular now as they once were, and that most people prefer cotton. Rayon is cotton too, but it's called cellucotton or rayon. I went from silicone, to organic cotton, to rayon, back to organic cotton, and finally, (I think) back to rayon. *

    I believe that all wicking materials have some kind of offtaste to them for at least the first few pulls, and organic cotton doesn't taste any better than rayon. The thing that's wonderful about rayon is that it's IMPOSSIBLE to put too thick of a wick through the coil. If you can stuff it through the coil, even if you have to use a teeny-weenie jackhammer, it will work wonderfully well. An organic cotton wick will expand, and if you've got it too tight, it will choke off the juice flow.

    To minimize offtaste, DRENCH the coil and wick with joose before vaping.

    I learned most of the above from people in this forum, so I'm just supplying confirmation in my own words.

    *I've also tried, with very limited success, SS mesh.
     
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  3. MikeE3

    MikeE3 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 23, 2011
    Skippack, PA
    .... and from where can one of these be sourced? :D
     
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  4. Semiretired

    Semiretired Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    Middle Georgia
    I would believe that the market would be very limited even if you could find one...
     
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  5. Belhade

    Belhade Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I always thought the initial poor taste was due to skin oils from rolling the cotton between my fingers.
     
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  6. DavidOck

    DavidOck ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    Check with your dentist. They use them to pack in the amalgam :)

    Er, no, in spite of it being branded as CelluCotton. Rayon is from wood.

    Yep, I drench and fire a few times before closing up the tank, no "new wick" flavor. :thumb:
     
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  7. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

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    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    I switched back to my trusty Efest LUC4 charger today. The Xtar VC4 has been flaky lately. It will downshift from 1A charging to .5A. Unplugging and replugging the wall wart connector to the charger will usually fix it, but I got tired of doing that. It's probably a resistive jack/plug at the charger that's at fault.

    I like the LUC4 anyway. It's the only charger I own that will charge 4 18650's simultaneously at 1A. The Xtar had a cool display, but the LUC 4 shows current voltage as well as a bar graph indicator.
     
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  8. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

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    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    I had a lot of false starts with Rayon. I wasn't really sure whether cotton or rayon was safer. Once I got my first rayon wick properly sized and in use I stayed with it. The main reason I've kept using rayon was that I can vape a week or more on a wick and when I remove it and wash it out it looks almost new except for a light gray stain where it was under the coil.

    Cotton, including Koh Gen Do, gets pretty nasty after 3 or 4 days. Cotton fibers apparently aren't as hardy as rayon fibers are under heat and juice contamination.
     
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  9. 3mg Meniere

    3mg Meniere Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 24, 2013
    Tomah Wisconsin
    I suspect that rayon is no longer a subject of discussion because it is the standard go-to. Case closed, in short. IMHO.
     
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  10. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

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    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    It is for me. I can't see me going back to cotton.
     
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  11. Iffy

    Iffy Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 3, 2011
    Florida Suncoast
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  12. bigbells

    bigbells Ineffable Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I'm not sure whether or not I knew that at one time, so thanks for the new knowledge!

    I have no idea what the "go-to" wick material is. I read about people using organic cotton more often than I read about people using rayon. In fact, if one Googles "rayon vape wicks", the number one search result is a 2014 thread from {using vaporized e-liquid beneath the surface of the Earth} that says "not a good idea". Obviously, many of us find that using rayon wicks is a GREAT idea.:thumb:
     
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  13. DavidOck

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    Seems that many of the blister pack heads have moved to cotton. Yeah, a big step up from silica, but still...

    So when people come from the hyped cotton heads to rebuildables, they figure if Kanger/Aspire/etc use cotton, it must be the best...

    Nope, not in MY tanks!
     
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  14. gerrymi

    gerrymi Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    Jul 12, 2013
    The 'Burgh, PA.
    I'm still waiting for a whatchamacallit that I can hook to my 18650 that will give me a readout..."New"..."Like New"..."Mature"..."Time To Head To The WWW To Replace"...:thumbs:

    ..
     
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  15. Semiretired

    Semiretired Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    Middle Georgia
    Let us know if you find one...
     
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  16. englishmick

    englishmick Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 25, 2014
    Naptown, Indiana
    Just got home after my last ever day at work.

    Pic of my workbench this morning. Nice drip tip on the Motorola.

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  17. bigbells

    bigbells Ineffable Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Woot! Congrats on your retirement!
     
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  18. misswish1

    misswish1 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 24, 2014
    NM
    Big congrats!!! Enjoy it.
     
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  19. DavidOck

    DavidOck ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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  20. drmarble

    drmarble Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Well done.
     
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