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What did your RBA setup cost you and what are your ongoing costs?

Discussion in 'Rebuildable Atomizer Systems' started by GOMuniEsq, Apr 11, 2019.

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  1. GOMuniEsq

    GOMuniEsq Self-Proclaimed Member ECF Veteran

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    Aug 25, 2012
    Alberta, Canada
    This is all the stuff I use on a regular basis (Canadian Dollars)
    $50 Geekvape Aegis Legend Mod
    $40 Geekvape Zeus X RTA
    $50 Nitecore SC4 Charger
    $70 Sony VTC6 Cells (x4)
    $10 Geekvape F202 FSFC 0.25Ω Coils (2 pair)
    $10 Ceramic Tweezers
    $10 Diagonal Pliers
    $20 Graham "Cellucotton" Rayon Wicking (40')
    $50 AWS-501 Weigh Scale
    $20 Glassware
    $20 Bottles

    I spent a heck of a lot more figuring out that this is exactly what I need though. :cry:

    A year of DIY juice supplies:
    $30 VG (4L)
    $20 PG (1L)
    $50 Nicotine (100mg, 250mL)
    $100 Flavoring (buying more than I use)

    Each pair of coils lasts for three months. The wicking may last forever. Batteries are good for a year or two.

    Startup CA$350, Ongoing Monthly CA$25 (estimated), not counting upgrades
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  2. madstabber

    madstabber Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    What did your RBA setup cost you? A bunch
    What are your ongoing costs? A little

    I’m terrible at math and couldn’t possibly come up with a total cost so this is the best I can do. Ditto for ongoing costs, i do know it’s quite a bit less.
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  3. DeloresRose

    DeloresRose Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Apr 25, 2014
    toledo ohio
    Just my RBAs? Or all my vape related expenses? Either way I’d need an accountant. Easier to put it this way, how much did it save me? Around $15,000 over the course of almost six years.

    I refuse to keep tabs or penny pinch when it comes to vaping.

    I have fiber liters of nic, gallons of oh and vg, 200 empty bottles more or less, 150 flavors, somewhere around 50 atties, I forget how many spoils of wire, over 30 mods, 18 batteries I think.

    And I have 4 RDAs on the way, and two mods in shopping carts, deciding what colors to pick.
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  4. madstabber

    madstabber Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I’ve saved $37,635 and have avoided just shy of 97,000 cigarettes. That’s pretty crazy thinking about 97,000 cigarettes worth of tar and other garbage I didn’t coat my lungs with. Just the second hand smoke from that many cigarettes would turn the walls in my house brown or deposit a film on the inside of my windshield several inches thick. Our bodies are amazing being able to be put through hell and back without completely shutting down. You’d think all that tar would just clog our lungs completely making breathing impossible. They (tobacco experts) say within five years of quitting our bodies almost operate like we never smoked at all. Well that’s enough incoherent ramblings of an old senile man for today. Don’t worry though, I will be back tomorrow with some quality nonsense and to no doubt repeat myself having forgotten what I’ve said mere minutes earlier.
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  5. susieqz

    susieqz Senior Member

    Dec 11, 2018
    high plains
    go, you are getting gouged. you spent $70 for $20 worth of batteries.
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  6. Punk In Drublic

    Punk In Drublic Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 28, 2018
    Toronto, ON
    That depends on how you approach it. $17 CAN for a Sony battery is just a little above average here in Canada. Much cheaper can be found if shopping states side, but you need to purchase in bulk to offset the shipping charges. $14 for two VTC5 from IMR but $30 for shipping. Convert to CAN dollars and you are now at $60 CAN. $70 CAN for 4 is the cheaper option!

    @GOMuniEsq – curious where you are getting your nicotine from. To my knowledge the legal limit here in Canada is 65mg
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  7. GOMuniEsq

    GOMuniEsq Self-Proclaimed Member ECF Veteran

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    Aug 25, 2012
    Alberta, Canada
    In addition to @Punk In Drublic's note, buying batteries is one of the few ways I can support the local vape shops since I DIY my juice and tend to order hardware that they don't stock.
    "On May 23rd 2018, The Canadian Government and Health Canada changed the law on how strong nicotine could be advertised or sold. Anything 66mg or stronger can no longer be sold in Canada."
    I got mine around the time the law changed. Also not all retailers seem to be aware.
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  8. Opinionated

    Opinionated Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2015
    My Mountain
    In the last 4-1/2 almost 5 years of vaping I've spent approximately $3,300 dollars US.

    I DIY my juice these days, unless I want to throw some business to HHV or generally try something new, I build my own coils and have all my needs met for coil building, I have around 15 mods - I'm fairly certain - some are higher end, some inexpensive, I have twice that many RBA's, and all the batteries I need..

    What does my signature say for cost savings from quitting smoking? It's a lot... compared to what I've spent on vaping, all told, I'm saving a fortune.
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  9. rosesense

    rosesense ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 1, 2010
    South GA
    I have probably spent around 7k over 9 years on vape stuff. I have enough of everything to last the rest of my life and someone else's lifetime without spending another dime. I do get shinyitis and buy something new now and again but since I have saved over 20k not smoking and have something to show for it, I consider it a win win.

    So necessary costs per month now is 0. I have stockpiled everything I need.
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  10. sofarsogood

    sofarsogood Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2014
    If I was still smoking I'd be about $13,000 poorer after 4 1/2 years. Instead I've spent, at most, $1,500, probably a lot less and have enough supplies for 10/20 years depending on the shelf life of nic and OLED screens. Consumables for future purchase would be batteries, PG, VG. cotton, wire, and flavoring. Anyone who rebuilds and mixes really is vaping for free.

    Items in service
    SV rda clone 22mm
    Berserker mini 22mm tank
    Cthulu 1928 squonk rda 22mm
    Pico Squeeze
    Pico Mega
    Pico X
    iStick VTC mini
    Artic Fox firmware
    Derringer style drip tips
    assorted O rings
    silicone sleeves
    assorted empty dropper bottles
    glass mixing cylinders
    cylinder cleaning brushes
    rebuilding tools
    home made rebuilding fixtures
    etc., etc
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  11. Captgreg

    Captgreg New Member

    Apr 24, 2019
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