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Discussion in 'VIP - Vaping in Phoenix' started by Keithhesh, Jun 5, 2013.

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  1. Keithhesh

    Keithhesh Moved On

    May 21, 2013
    Anyone know of a B&M storefront in the area that sells kanthal wire and silica wick?

    I bought my first RBA last week and it was pretty poorly put together and when I tried to adjust it te wire and wick fell apart.

    Have plenty of clearomizers to keep me occupied for now but I have a few days off and messing around with rebuilding could be a fun project.
     
  2. IMFire3605

    IMFire3605 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    May 3, 2013
    Peoria, Arizona, US
    So far the only local vendors I have seen with kanthal and silica are the local online vendors. Butt-Out carries wire I was told, but wicks they carry only ceramic. Hi-Tec said they have it on order but will be a couple weeks before the shipment gets to them. Zikwid only carries pre-built wicks. Been wanting to rebuild my pro-tank, Evod, and T3 heads so I'm feeling ya
     
  3. Keithhesh

    Keithhesh Moved On

    May 21, 2013
    I wrote to Kidney Puncher. They carry it online and allegedly offer local meet up. We'll see how long it takes for a reply.

    Are ceramic wicks no good?
     
  4. IMFire3605

    IMFire3605 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    May 3, 2013
    Peoria, Arizona, US
    Haven't really read up on ceramic wicks. They are more practical in the case of RBA/RDAs, but with how small the wicks need to be on t3/protank/evod heads, not to practical for my purposes. But Desert Vapes, Kidney Puncher, and think one other local online vendor were the only ones I seen with both wire and wick for DIY rebuilding available.
     
  5. davelog

    davelog Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 4, 2011
    Phoenix
    From what I hear, ceramic wicks are awesome but you have to torch the bejeezus out of them before use. I have a Butt Out trip in my future pretty soon, if they have ceramic wick I'll pick some up.

    Craig at Kidney Puncher has great rebuildable supplies - including kanthal ribbon which I'm really impressed with.
     
  6. Serial70

    Serial70 Full Member Verified Member

    Apr 5, 2013
    Litchfield Park, AZ
    I have convinced Chris at Vapor Vortex to carry RBA supplies, they have 32 and 34 gauge kanthal as well as 2mm silica and ss mesh as of right now, and he should be getting more stuff soon. Craig at Kidney Puncher has (my opinion) the best selection in stock, and he brings most of it to the VIP and West Valley meets (I haven't been to any other vape meets in the area so I don't know if he even shows to any others).
     
  7. Hellen A. Handbasket

    Hellen A. Handbasket Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dave at Desert Vapes has it. You can also pre-order anything on his site before going to the meet at a 15% VIP member only discount and special link for the order on his site and he'll bring your order to either the Central group meet or the East side group meet. Here's the details of how it works off of the Desert Vapes Facebook (<- link) page:

    SAVE 15% at the next Vape Meet!

    Going to the next Vape Meet? Place your order in advance and we'll give you 15% off our already rock bottom prices! There's no better deal in Phoenix.

    Simply browse our site at shop.desertvapes.com and when placing your order, choose "FREE Local Pick-up" and use the following discount codes for the meet you'd like to pick up at:

    East Valley Vaper's Meet Code: EastValleyVapers
    VIP Meet Code: VIPMeet

    Orders will be bagged and ready for pick up at the beginning of each vape meet. This offer does not apply to Standard Local Pick-up or shipped orders.

    Thank you for supporting your local vape meet!
     
  8. Keithhesh

    Keithhesh Moved On

    May 21, 2013
    Ended up making the trek all the way over to Vapor Vortex today.

    Good to stop into another shop in the valley.

    Tried a bunch of really awful juice flavors (cheeseburger, roasted chicken and bacon)

    They do in fact have some suplies for RBAs which was awesome.

    Chris ended up selling me a pre coiled wire and wick for another dripper he had which is awesome since I kind of want to take one of their classes on rebuilding before I dive into the frustration of a first time rebuild.

    Great store and cool folks working in there.

    Ended up buying a bottle of Hey Jude juice (tastes like the dum dum lollipops from the bank)

    Swung by Butt out afterwords and bought some Lucy in the Sky (Kind of a beatles themed juice day) and some Red Dude (Code Red Mountain Dew) which ended up being THE best soda vape ever (tongue tingling carbonation feel and all)

    Then to make the trip full circle we stopped in at HiTec who confirmed they will soon have RBA supplies. Ended up grabbing a mini Vivi Nova from them because I can't not buy something when I go into a store and out of fear that my bank account might be severely allergic to having money in it.

    All and all a good day of swinging thru most of the vape stores with my wife.

    Missed out on going to Vape Escape but I also bought a new Innokin SVD this morning online and I don't want my wife thinking that I have a serious problem... which I might...
     
  9. Keithhesh

    Keithhesh Moved On

    May 21, 2013
    Update... The premade coil and wick already busted upon installation. Bummer. Should have got wire and wick...
     
  10. davelog

    davelog Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 4, 2011
    Phoenix
    So much awesome. I did a whirlwind trip to a few vape shops in a day a couple weeks back when I had a Friday off, what a great way to spend a day. Pity you're not still on this side of town, I could spare a coupla feet of wick and wire for the cause.
     
  11. Keithhesh

    Keithhesh Moved On

    May 21, 2013
    The wife and I are off tomorrow as well if that works for you. Not sure what we're up to but I'm pretty sure I blew thru our savings today.
    I just bought a jeep so every drive is an adventure if you'd be down to meet up tomorrow.
    PM me your thoughts.
    If not I think my Terminator drip tank thing comes into the mail today so that might quench my dripping needs for a few hours or so.
     
  12. davelog

    davelog Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 4, 2011
    Phoenix
    Yeah? I'll be at Butt Out tomorrow from about 3:10 till around 4, then I'll be heading north to Sunnyslope. We can meet at Butt Out or you can meet me at my place after 4. I'll pm ya my address if you don't think you can make BO.
     
  13. Keithhesh

    Keithhesh Moved On

    May 21, 2013
    Cool Got it.
    I'm around 43rd and peoria so I'm not terribly far from The Slope.
    I'd meet you at Butt Out but I just got 2 bottles from them today and if I keep making trips over there I'm going to just end up giving Matt a copy of my debit card and my pin #

     
  14. davelog

    davelog Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 4, 2011
    Phoenix
    Right on, we're practically neighbors. The missus and I shoot pool in an APA league at Bullshooter's a stone's throw away from ya there!
     
  15. mrpony

    mrpony Senior Member

    May 19, 2013
    USA
    I don't know any stores in AZ,but I bought my wire and stuff on eBay. I got a 100 foot spool of kanthal for 5$ with free shipping and a 12" X12" sheet of 400 mesh for 9.50& and a pair of 6"X12" sheets for 7.95$.both with free shipping.
    It's scary what all they have on ebay
     
  16. davelog

    davelog Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 4, 2011
    Phoenix
    I know, right? I got my first spool of kanthal offa ebay, along with some braided cotton wick. Obscenely cheap!
     
  17. Keithhesh

    Keithhesh Moved On

    May 21, 2013
    I will most likely go the ebay route once I get settled in but in my vaping infancy I'm enjoying checking out the B&M's and meeting people in the community.

    Also helping local business is always a plus.

    However -

    I did order something from gotvapes.net that has me even more motivated to rebuild and if anyone is looking for a dripper or is curious about a dripper/tank hybrid and has $12 (shipped) that wants to be spent I have to reccomend

    NEW SMOKtech Terminator TT Rebuildable Atomizer With Tank Feed [gv-SMOKtechTermintaor-2.2ohm] - $9.95 : GotVapes.com, E-cigarette Supplies - Atomizers Cartomizers Mods Juice and more

    So far I haven't used the tank aspect of it but its pretty sweet and vapes like I had hoped a dripper would.

    Daniel from gotvapes started a thread with video about it the other day and it was cheap enough for me to buy it out of curiosity.

    Loving it.

    Really really great vape. Hoping if I ever do use the tank portion of it I will be even more impressed.

    Anyway here is the ECF thread on it too.


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  18. Hellen A. Handbasket

    Hellen A. Handbasket Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Wow, that looks awesome! (I just watched his video) Man, I just ordered/received 4 more Protanks (5 now) and just ordered a bunch of new heads for them (30 Evods, hope they work well), a Innokin iTaste SVD and wad of juice at FastTech early this morning on that sale!

    Must.... resist... going... to... Gotvapes.... webpage....

    Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    LOL
     
  19. mrpony

    mrpony Senior Member

    May 19, 2013
    USA
    That terminator thing looks badass.im gonna have to look into that
     
  20. Cheechako

    Cheechako Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 11, 2012
    Arizona
    I put Evod coils in my Pro Tank and it tightens up the airy draw a bit...
    Vast improvement over the original Pro Tank draw.
    Rebuild with cotton balls and 32 Kanthal wire, best vape ever!
     
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