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When to change coil in RDA

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  1. Tigeercat

    Tigeercat Full Member

    May 16, 2019
    Hey guys,

    Sorry if this has been asked already, have tried googling but only come across when to change coil in a subohm tank.

    I rewick my coil in RDA every day or so when it doesn't taste as nice - but when should I change the set of coils?

    I've been using rdas for about 4 months and never really cared a lot cause I was using cheap coils to find out what I liked.

    I recently got a pair of fraliens, and want to make them live as long as possible but that leaves me with the question when are they dead, when should I change them?
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  2. Susaz

    Susaz Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Comp wire takes a lot to die. I change them when they lose shape or bend. Otherwise if the coil is fine and you find no obvious ohm change (.2 is fine). If the coil shines bright from the inside out, you don't need to worry at all in the change of the coil's coloring or anything.
    But if you want to make sure, every now and again drop your base onto some Everclear overnight (or vinegar for that matter taking care of not damaging o rings) to make sure all traces of eliquid are removed.
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  3. Tigeercat

    Tigeercat Full Member

    May 16, 2019
    Cheers bro, they were .12 ohm but after I rewicked once they dropped to .11, no hot spots though so they should still be sweet?
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  4. Susaz

    Susaz Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Definitely yes. Do they glow evenly from the inside out? They're good to go!
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  5. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    1187 Hundertwasser
    It depends entirely on what juice you are using and what your vaping style is. I rewick and dryburn every couple of weeks, coils last me at least six months or more.
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  6. zoiDman

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

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    Apr 16, 2010
    I use Plain Old Round Wire Coils (PORWC). And Flavored Wicks with Unflavored e-Liquid. So I can go a LONG Time before I need to change Coil. A Very Long Time.

    But to me, there is Nothing better than that New Coil/New Cotton Flavor. So I tend to change to a New Coil after about 50ml's of e-Liquid.

    I suppose if I was using a More Complex Coil that I had hand built, or Expensive Pre-Coiled Coils, I would want to Dry Burn then to extend the life of the coil.

    But when Year's Worth of coils cost me about 2 Bucks...

    $2.00 Authentic MKWS 316 Stainless Steel Pre-Coiled Wires for RBA Atomizers (50-Pack) - 26 AWG / 0.4mm dia. / 0.32ohm at FastTech - Worldwide Free Shipping

    ... I just Toss them and plug in a New One.
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  7. Zaryk

    Zaryk Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2018
    On my claptons, I can go for months on one (or a set for dual coil) as long as I dry burn and clean them when my flavor starts dropping off. Its not uncommon to go 6 months between coil changes as long as you don't beat them up and keep them clean.
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  8. QcVaper

    QcVaper Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 17, 2017
    Whenever i used normal round wire builds, i could easily go months with the same coil with dry burning and cleaning.
    On my mesh rda however, i'd say around 2-3 months after that hits on it kinda get harsh for me.
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  9. Tigeercat

    Tigeercat Full Member

    May 16, 2019
    I rewick daily or 2nd day, I do about 1000 puffs a day and use around 10-15mls eliquid a day. So I give my coils a clean Everytime I rewick.
    My last juice was really harsh so thought the coils we're dying but I went to a different juice and wasn't harsh.. so I guess some juices are more harsh than others?

    I've only used round wire builds once when I first tried to get into making coils didn't do it for me since I started on Claptons
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  10. Doffy

    Doffy Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 15, 2014
    i approach it different to most

    i rewick once a week
    i rebuild about once a month. At this point, flavour and vapour is fine, but something lacks. So, when craving kick in, and i reach more often for swedish snus, i know my coil needs changing
    a fresh coil fixes that IME
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  11. bombastinator

    bombastinator ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2010
    MN USA
    Coils get ever so very slightly thinner and more brittle every time they are dry burned. If the wire is very thin they can break in a few months. If the wire is thick they can last a very very long time. I say use em till they break or they’re clearly not anywhere near the resistance they once were.
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  12. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    I change mine when the break, that is RULE NUMERO UNO.

    I also change them when they just get, IDK, yuck. They look bad, they vape badly they just get this look of "change me." I don't quite know how to describe it honestly and some of the time it takes depends on thickness of wire, type of wire, and how you clean your coils. For stainless steel I do a lot more toothbrushing than dry burning.

    But yeah they just get kind of.... IDK anemic and bad, vapewise. Etc.

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  13. t8kiteasy

    t8kiteasy Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 22, 2012
    virginia beach
    My Clapton's (make myself) have to be changed on a daily to two days. I usually run my DIY vanilla custard and they get gunked beyond dry burn. Even using round wire it's the same. As long as I am not using a coil destroying juice I am good to go for about 4 dry burns before residue won't come of could.
  14. Er3mos

    Er3mos Full Member

    Jul 12, 2019
    I rewick daily. When I do I dry burn then clean them with a SS wire coil brush then wash them. I usually go 3-4 months before they have to be changed. For the same reasons listed above.
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  15. 3chidna

    3chidna Full Member

    Sep 14, 2019
    I change my coils when the coil loses flavor faster than the cotton needs changed.
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  16. Beamslider

    Beamslider Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 29, 2017
    San Francisco
    I re-wick and burn off coil once a week usually. If flavor changes then I will do this earlier. The coils themselves last for months.
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  17. Jebbn

    Jebbn Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Another PORWC and unflavoured juice user.
    Rewick every 10 to 14 days.
    Coils, I have an Elevate I got in December 2018 that is still using the same .75 ss coil.
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  18. Opinionated

    Opinionated ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2015
    My Mountain
    I usually change out my coils every 5 to 6 months whether they need it or not.. my son who sub ohms actually needs to change coils every 3 months, and sometimes that's pushing it - every 2 months for him is probably wise..

    so a lot will depend on how you vape, what types of coils you use etc.
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  19. mimöschen

    mimöschen Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 15, 2016
    I rewick after about 60ml of juice, dry-burn the coil and dunk it in cold water while still glowing. Then I dry-burn again to get it dry. If it's discoloured after that, it gets changed out.
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  20. Lewbuh

    Lewbuh Full Member

    Sep 30, 2019
    For me it depends what juice I’m using, if im using my go to custard I can keep the coils in that rda for months at a time and only have to change cotton once or twice a month - but I do cycle my cotton.

    On more sugary vapes I’ll change my cotton much more and I find I get a crusty black residue I can’t get off anymore.

    Hope I could provide some insight but it think it’s all down to your own personal vaping habits :)
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