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Rebuilding coils/head for Kanger clearos

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  1. Wickeddeuce

    Wickeddeuce Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 11, 2013
    JBLM
    So I have come across tons and I mean TONS of people talking about it, prior to my wife starting on dark liquids, I was going to just buy replacement heads and swap them out, however I need help on the best ways to maintain heads. I do constantly clean heads and the tanks, but I am not sure if I am doing this as well as I could.

    I am also interested in learning how to rebuild coils to save some, any/all advice, tips, pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    V/R

    Jesse
     
  2. Recycled Roadkill

    Recycled Roadkill Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 13, 2013
    Garland, TX
    There's a few good videos on youtube. Looks like a pain the rear to me just to save a buck.
     
  3. DesmondTheMoonbear

    DesmondTheMoonbear Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 27, 2012
    maryland
    Honestly, it's really easy, just takes a bit of learning. I think pbusardo and grimmgreen both have videos on YouTube explaining the process. It's totally worth the learn. I just rebuilt all my heads using cotton, flavor and vapor production are off the charts!

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  4. Choc_Addic

    Choc_Addic Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 26, 2013
    Caldicote tunnel
    I bought 50 pack of pre wrapped coils from ft.

    Planning to get the wire and wick to do it myself when I know that I can do it right!

    Good luck with your plans.

    Cheers
     
  5. madqatter

    madqatter Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 14, 2013
    Virginia
  6. DesmondTheMoonbear

    DesmondTheMoonbear Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 27, 2012
    maryland
    I've been using micro coils and cotton balls. That setup blows the stock heads out of the water.

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  7. Leothwyn

    Leothwyn Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 7, 2011
    N. California
    I've built coils for a chinese clone RBA and it wasn't too bad, but since I started using protanks I don't really see the point (unless you're making it something different, like micro coils or cotton wick). Rinsing and dry burning probably takes me under a couple of minutes. I just keep re-using the same heads.
     
  8. ckquatt

    ckquatt Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 8, 2013
    Milledgeville, GA
    Can you post a link to a YT video for the micro coil/ cotton ball build (if there is one)? I saw a pic the other day of a vertical coil in an EVOD head but could figure out how they did it.

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  9. DesmondTheMoonbear

    DesmondTheMoonbear Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 27, 2012
    maryland
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIoH-mOXKsc&feature=youtube_gdata_player


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  10. Yerf Dog

    Yerf Dog Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 24, 2013
    Carol Stream, IL USA
    Rebuilding was a lot easier and quicker than I thought.
     
  11. Demomed

    Demomed Full Member

    Sep 9, 2013
    76116
    I have had nothing but trouble rebuilding protank coils. Everyone I've made has the worst taste or no taste at all. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong but believe me it's very wrong!
     
  12. madqatter

    madqatter Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 14, 2013
    Virginia
    What wire and wick are you using? What resistance are you building?
     
  13. Kirkwood

    Kirkwood Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 29, 2013
    Buffalo NY USA
    Micro coils and cotton. Five minutes to rebuild to the resistance I want, not to mention the flavor. Yes, I will do that to save a buck :)
     
  14. Taylor7617

    Taylor7617 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    This does work, rinsing and dry burning a stock coil with silica. But...eventually (dependent on fluid) the head will go bad and fluid will taste horrible and then you've basically contaminated an entire tank. For ~$1 per head, replacing regularly is easy to do. However, after moving to cotton I've found the TASTE to be a hundred times better than silica and I'm not breating in those particales that are fraying off the wick.

    Totally agree! After a few tries...it really is easy.

    Using A1 Kanthal wire. Use anywhere from 28AWG to 32AWG. Personally, I use 30 and at 10 wraps around a 1/16 drill bit I get right at 2.0 ohms. Going to try a 5/64 which is a bit thicker and will sit higher in the head. With a bit of knowledge, you can make any ohm coil you want each and every time vs the inconsistency of ordering 2.0's and then finding out only 1 is this rating and the other 4 fluctuate from 1.8-2.5. Additionally, if one moves to cotton.....try getting that silica out of a stock Kanger coil w/o distroying it - Best of luck. On a hand made micro-coil, one can easily pull out the cotton and rewick in a few minutes.
     
  15. retired1

    retired1 Administrator Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    Texas
    I found rebuilding takes just as long as properly cleaning the heads (boiling, dry burning, etc.). I use .30 AWG wire at 8 wraps for a beautiful 1.5 ohm head that blows the stock heads right out of the water. It really is pretty easy to do and after the first couple of heads, you'll find it gets easier as you go.
     
  16. JayEatsAirplane

    JayEatsAirplane Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 1, 2013
    Chicago, Illinois
    You and I are in the same boat here. No luck. I can pop out 2.0 Ohm coils no problem but they all taste burnt and it doesn't vape away after a while.

    32Ga A-1 Kanthal and 3mm silica wick.
     
  17. Dontknow

    Dontknow Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 20, 2013
    Devon
    I just today made my own wick/coil for the first time. It was very fiddley, never having done it before. But - and here's the best bit - the flavour and hit was off the chart compared to "shop bought". Certainly I expect to get a bit faster at it - it will be less fiddley as become more accustomed to it.
    I will NOT be getting "prebuilt" any more. For sure...
     
  18. Snickerfritz

    Snickerfritz Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 27, 2013
    USA
    I can't get anything bigger than a 1/16 to fit into the slot on the protank head. Is there a workaround?
     
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