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Rebuilding heads, need a bit of help.

Discussion in 'Tanks, clearomizers and drop-in coils' started by WelshVapour, Oct 28, 2013.

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  1. WelshVapour

    WelshVapour Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 17, 2013
    wales, UK
    Hi Guys.

    Not sure if this is the right place for this thread, if not, apologies.

    So, i've wanted to rebuild heads (T3 at the moment) for a little while now and today finally bought some 3mm silica wick and kanthal wire, I hear 34 Gauge a lot but the packet i bought makes no sense to me, it says kanthal d=0, 16mm and 74 what i believe to be ohms? (could be wrong)

    pictured below..

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    anyway, I watched a video tutorial on how to rebuild.. after putting it all together, what i've found is my MVP is reading 2.8ohms which is too high right? and also it tastes terrible lol.

    So, what did i do wrong? what should i try next?

    Thanks in advance, you lovely kind people who won't kill me for being either a) plain stupid or b) inexperienced.

    EDIT - after a more thorough search i found similar threads with things to try so my apologies for a duplicate thread.
     
  2. Caridwen

    Caridwen ECF Moderator Senior Moderator Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 15, 2011
    That's OK. This is the right place. If you do need more input, let me know and I can try moving this for you.
     
  3. WelshVapour

    WelshVapour Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 17, 2013
    wales, UK
    Thanks caridwen, to be honest I still can't find any reference to the kanthal wire I've got so I don't know if it's the right one so I'm at a loss at the minute.

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  4. Dusty_D

    Dusty_D Original Guru Senior Moderator Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jul 22, 2010
    Toronto, Canada
    You have Kanthal D wire.. 16mm = AWG 34. How many wraps of the wire did you do? I would expect for 2.8ohm, you're probably in the 6 - 8 wrap range.

    I'm also guessing that you are choking the wick by wrapping too tight, and therefore ending up with burnt flavour.

    What I would suggest you do is get a paperclip, hold it against the wire, wrap 4 times.. Keep the clip against the wire and insert in the slots where the T3 head goes. Do the whole rubber grommet thing etc at the bottom before sliding out the paperclip. That way your wire does not get pinched against the wick, and you don't end up with burnt flavour.

    This is the Coles notes version, but do let me know if you need any further instructions.
     
  5. Uno mas

    Uno mas Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 5, 2013
    San Antonio, TX
    Looks like you got some good info already ;)
     
  6. retired1

    retired1 Administrator Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    Texas
    Did you anneal the wire before creating your coil?
     
  7. WelshVapour

    WelshVapour Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 17, 2013
    wales, UK
    I did 5 wraps, I'm certain the first rebuild I did too tight, the second I think is too loose, when I try again I'll try for the happy medium.

    Thanks for clarifying the wire I have and the advice.

    First time, no
    Second time, yes lol


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  8. vjdossey

    vjdossey Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 12, 2013
    Antioch, CA
    I better research anneal?
     
  9. Art Mustel

    Art Mustel Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2009
    Experimen! But I guess that is what you are doing already.
     
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