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When do you usually drip again?

Discussion in 'RDA' started by Xanarkhan, Feb 2, 2020.

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  1. Xanarkhan

    Xanarkhan Full Member

    Dec 30, 2019
    I've been using my RDA for a while now and I love it! But there's one thing I still can't get right.
    When do I have to refill the juice? Too much juice and I get lots of spitback, too less juice and my cotton tends to get burned.

    What's your secret? When do you know "Okay, now I need to put some liquid in it?"
     
  2. Punk In Drublic

    Punk In Drublic Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 28, 2018
    Toronto, ON
    There is no static answer to this and the frequency to which you drip will be dependent on your individual setup. My B2K has very little wick which requires re-saturation after only a couple of hits. My Profile has a boat load of wick, I can get away with dozens of hits before needing to re-saturate.

    Drip, count your vapes, pull the cap off to inspect how saturated your wicks are while taking note of any change in flavour or vape production. You will come up with a regimen.
     
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  3. mimöschen

    mimöschen Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2016
    I redrip when the flavor drops and the vapor production decreases, although I still might get one or two more puffs out of the RDA.
    But in the end you need to establish your own dripping routine. The various factors like juicewell, coils, wattage and puff length for example differ wildly from person to person and of course dripper to dripper.
     
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  4. QcVaper

    QcVaper Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 17, 2017
    Canada/Quebec
    I just know from the lack of flavor in my puffs or generally it'll start tasting a tad burned (i'm extremely careful as mesh dry hits are the worst things in a vaper's life)
     
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  5. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All* ECF Veteran

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    Apr 16, 2010
    So-Cal
    Believe it of Not, my Secret is I Listen to the sound the Coil makes when I take a Hit.

    A slight Gurgle/Bubbly sound and I know than I've got some hits to go before the RDA Runs Dry.

    When I get the Uninterrupted Sound of air flowing around the Coil, I know that I have another Hit (maybe Two) left.

    And BTW... I Don't Drip. Never Have. I Squonk.
     
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  6. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All* ECF Veteran

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    Apr 16, 2010
    So-Cal
    BTW2... After I used a Squonker for about 2 Months, things just became 2nd Nature. And there will be times when I even Wonder have I even Squonked Today?

    Because I Can't remember even Doing It.
     
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  7. vaper1960

    vaper1960 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Apr 24, 2019
    California, US
    You might consider rayon. I'm still fairly new to dippin' but others have told me rayon holds up better to "dry hits" than cotton. I'm using a RDA with side airflow (very low) and my biggest issue is over dripping and it leaks out the airholes. i do love the rayon since I recently switched from cotton.
     
  8. AngeNZ

    AngeNZ Squonkaholic ECF Veteran

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    Mar 24, 2018
    New Zealand
    Sound for me. When it starts sounding like a Harley, I should've squonked two puffs ago. Do an experiment like @Punk In Drublic suggested. But also listen to the sound difference - before dripping, and after.
     
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  9. Punk In Drublic

    Punk In Drublic Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Aug 28, 2018
    Toronto, ON
    I use a playing card in my spokes to make that sound :D
     
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  10. dripster

    dripster Moved On ECF Veteran

    Feb 18, 2017
    Belgium
    The warm, wet, dense, and finely textured "feel" of the vapor I can actually feel all the way from start to finish during the inhale. So I always notice, even just before it's about to get dry, and, immediately as soon as I notice, I always release the fire button right after the start of my pull, like, it's become a reflex type thing, like second nature to me.
     
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  11. Xanarkhan

    Xanarkhan Full Member

    Dec 30, 2019
    Thanks to all the replies! The biggest problem I have is, that my cotton is either way to wet (Causing spitbacks, they're not yummy) or too dry (Causing burnt spots) and I have quite a hard time to find the right balance.
    I know that at one point cotton can't soak in any more juice, no matter how much liquid you refill. Or the juice will have a slight burnt taste.

    Yesterday I noticed that my cotton seems to loose a lot of it's ability to soak in liquid (I use Cotton Bacon), so most juice just stayed in the RDA. I think I'll try another cotton (Even tho I heard quite good reviews about Cotton Bacon)

    Oh, I usually rewick every morning before work and sometimes in the evening (I love to vape sweet stuff like Dinner Lady, or flavours like vanilla pudding etc)
     
  12. QcVaper

    QcVaper Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 17, 2017
    Canada/Quebec
    1. been using cotton bacon for 2+ years aswell and never had issues with it absorbing liquid ( i use a load of it for my mesh rda)
    2. i rewick once per week if needed, sometimes more if i use darker liquids but it's not always necessary in my experiences.
     
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  13. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All* ECF Veteran

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    Apr 16, 2010
    So-Cal
    Just curious...

    But what kind of Coil(s) and Wattage are you using?
     
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  14. Robbert

    Robbert Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 1, 2016
    Soon you will find a preference and every rda,juice,etc... vapes a bit different after cotton/coil gets painted with juice.
    Some flavors taste better with a lean wick,some if wick is freshly painted as wet as possible.
    My first dripper was a 454 big block and it vaped great right after dripping but even better if I pulled the cap so I could paint coils and cotton with juice.
     
  15. Xanarkhan

    Xanarkhan Full Member

    Dec 30, 2019
    Right now single kanthal clapton coil, 0.36 Ohm at 45W
     
  16. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All* ECF Veteran

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    Apr 16, 2010
    So-Cal
    Gotcha.
     
  17. BrotherBob

    BrotherBob ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Dec 24, 2014
    Sunnyvale,CA,USA
  18. dripster

    dripster Moved On ECF Veteran

    Feb 18, 2017
    Belgium
    Violent spitback with organic cotton (such as Cotton Bacon 2.0 or Cotton Bacon Prime) can, at least to a certain extent, be tamed by carefully compressing the cotton a bit, rolling it into a sausage between the palms of your hands without actually squishing it. It may take some practice until you finally get the hang of it and manage to distribute the pressure nice and evenly... for me I found that it's easy if keeping about a 15-degree angle between the fingers on one hand versus the other, whilst trying to let the pressure zones (i.e. the areas where the pressure is being applied, and that I am capable to feel are getting pressed against my fingers) be helixed around the sausage, stably back and forth. Before I start treating my Cotton Bacon, I always carefully wash my hands with a (pharmaceutical grade) liquid washing emulsion that is fragrance free and that I can completely rinse away so that it doesn't still foul up the Cotton Bacon with chemical residues when I touch it. This old but still excellent video tutorial on how to use Cotton Bacon 2.0 has really helped me tremendously:

     
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