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Why are drip tips so expensive?

Discussion in 'E-Cigarette Accessories Discussion' started by Xanax, Jun 28, 2010.

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  1. Dmcafee

    Dmcafee Full Member

    Jun 29, 2010
    I am totally new to the whole ecig scene. But I have taken my carts and put new fluval in them and drip my juice in it. I really thought that was dripping. But its now? What actually is dripping?
  2. Xanax

    Xanax Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 28, 2010
    East Coast
    What you are doing is not dripping. The technical name for what you're doing is just called "re-filling" or "topping off". The concept of dripping is very simple really. In your case I assume you do not own a drip tip so you would take the filler out of the cart and when you wanted to use your e-cig you take the cart off so the atomizers inside is exposed, and put a few drops of e-liquid right on the atomizer bridge. Then put the empty cart back on. The only purpose the "empty cart" serves when you drip is so you have a mouth piece. Nothing more. Lots of people don't like puttin their lips directly around an exposed atomizer. Dripping takes a lot of funky and bad tastes away and brings out the true flavor of the juice you're using. Hope this helps.
  3. RippleInStillWater

    RippleInStillWater Supplier's Manufacturer - Offline ECF Veteran

    Jun 18, 2010
    Land Of Corruption
    I have no clue on how to rip the filler out without taking the sock (or wick, heard it called both) with it and have ruined 3 carts trying this. Am i doing something wrong? Dogsbody's video wasn't clear on that point....and I have a lot of carts so I really want to learn how to make the change -- do I need a tip in addition?

    Ordered my GLV-2 yesterday, soylent green, I mean nebula green -- yours is awesome-looking, hope mine is the same....
  4. keyzygirl

    keyzygirl ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Aug 10, 2009
    Key West,Fl.
    Good prophets has drip tips for $1.49,metal or delrin
  5. Quikijiki

    Quikijiki Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 4, 2010
    Philippines has awesome drip tips and even has a pack of 5's for $8 only :)
  6. zoiDman

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

    Supporting member
    Apr 16, 2010
    Arn't drip tips expensive because they don't wear out?

    Seems like once you buy a couple, unless you lose one, and they will last forever. I don't use a drip tip so I can't say exactly. I "tailpipe" with a hollowed out cartomizer sometimes.
  7. Abe

    Abe Unregistered Supplier

    Jun 1, 2009
    UK / US
    Let me see, the wage for the super t guy are problem more in an hour than some chinese folks get paid in, I don't know, a month/year/life time. Labour is basically a lot cheaper in China. Also, the products are actually a little different to be fair to super t, the chinese ones tend to be nickle plated, some users report that the chinese tips have a metalic taste. Myself? I quite like that 'sucking on a chrome bumper' taste, it goes away after a few hours use.
  8. JaYBoNeS

    JaYBoNeS Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 24, 2010
    I paid the full amount for a super t drip tip. And I have no regrets whatsoever. No metallic taste, quality workmanship, solid medical grade stainless steel, aesthetically pleasing, and engineered to work right. As someone who works engineering things to work right the first time, and every time, I appreciate there is a premium for this. You're not buying something that came right off the assembly line next to hundreds more of the same item. You're buying something that is precisely machined to fit correctly, engineered to drip correctly with minimal leakage, and that looks great to boot. I bought one, and it has replaced every other tip I have owned. My only regret is that I didn't invest in a couple more. I hadn't tried it previously and in justifying the price I wouldn't order more than one at the time, I was skeptical as to if it was worth it. I would have already used a bunch more of any other type by now, I bet. Instead, I am using the same tip and swapping it between atomisers while every other tip I purchased collects dust with some of the other stuff I bought when starting out.

    Hyundais are nice, inexpensive, and apparently quite reliable, but you're just not going to get the same experience as you would when driving a ferrari or a porsche. Simple as that. I'm willing to place money on the fact that unless I lose this thing, or run it over with a steam roller, I probably won't be needing to replace it. I might need a new o ring at some point, but that's it. Something tells me that most of the cheaper alternatives will end up costing as much if not more in the long run.

    Do I think they could be a little cheaper? Probably, only because as compared to other e cig parts, a drip tip is the smallest and the one with the least parts and therefore the one least likely to give you issues. But all things considered, that 20 bucks or so that you spend for something that will not need to be replaced (unlike just about every other PV part that you'll purchase) is 20 bucks or so well spent.

    I'd buy some cheaper tips to see if they'd compare, but I have no need to.
  9. ejoker

    ejoker Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 15, 2010
    i bought a whole slew of tips from china, about $1.99 each. they fit, they work, but not as good as supert does.
  10. Xanax

    Xanax Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 28, 2010
    East Coast
    Well after using this madvapes tip for a little while I have noticed a few problems with it that I'm pretty sure super T has fixed with driptips.

    1. The Madvapes annodized aluminum tip seems to not drip right on the middle a lot of times... I can tell because sometimes when the atty is dry I'll drip 2 drops through the tip and it will flood, but others when atty is dry I'll do it and it vapes verrrry well.

    2. I have noticed a little metallic taste after using it for a while I hate to say it.

    3. This is probably the case with all drip tips but I can't be sure- the outside REALLY gunks up quick.

    4. Sometimes when dripping the liquid gets stuck in the top and won't drip down, and it takes forever for an air bubble to come up and finally drip down. (sorry idk how else to explain that :-/)

    Those are the problems I've noticed so far. I don't know how a super t will fix those problems but the funneled ones sound like they'd definitely fix the center dripping problem at least.
  11. juicefreak

    juicefreak Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 15, 2009
    i get mine from heaven-gifts. i got one from rob at good prophet with the wider hole and I like it better. Drip tips - Wholesale & Retail Best E-smoking Supplier

    Type A has the wider hole and drips go down easier, but the type B one feels better in my mouth

    type A:


    type B:


    they also have Delrin tips. don't know what the attraction is on them. never tried them
  12. Daedalus

    Daedalus Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 18, 2009
    Does the T-Tip prevent the "hot spit" of juice you sometimes get when vaping? I'm not talking about it coming up the sides, but directly from the atty mid-vape. That's the only issue I ever have with my drip tip, usually happens when it's near dry though.

    I've used a "generic" or at least non T-Tip, from Nhaler, for the last three months with my eGo. Specifically it's a shorty Delrin tip, of the tapered variety. Almost never get juice come up the sides due to a habit I've acquired of "packing" the e-cig once or twice in your palm, battery end down. This gets any errant juice back down to the atty.

    Ordered a widemouth metal drip tip from Good Prophets yesterday, similar to the one sold by HG above, for $1.50. See how that works out.

    You definitely don't need to buy a genuine T-Tip, when the alternatives are over ten times less and work 90% as well.
  13. Quick1

    Quick1 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 11, 2010
    1) you can grip them with your teeth without getting that "scrape your fingernails on a chalkboard" nerve reaction. More like biting on hard wood.
    2) you can grip them with your teeth without feeling like you're going to make the chips in your teeth worse.
    3) if the coil in your cartomizer sticks up further than most and contacts the drip tip you won't look like a Weird Science experiment :)
  14. Xanax

    Xanax Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 28, 2010
    East Coast
    Don't they have a high potential to melt? Do they have a funny taste if you run your atty too hot? What are delrin tips made out of? Plastic???
  15. Daedalus

    Daedalus Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 18, 2009
    Why they're made out of Delrin of course! But yes, plastic. Specifically Polyoxymethylene plastic. Melting point is kind of low, at 347 degrees Fahrenheit. However, I've been using one on my eGo for the last two month and there are no visible signs of melting. It's not nearly as close to the atty as a traditional cartridge, so therefore isn't subjected to that much heat. I chain vape a lot too and the atty gets pretty hot (especially with the cone), Delrin tip always feels cool.

    Go check out the Wikipedia article for more info: Polyoxymethylene plastic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  16. Xanax

    Xanax Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 28, 2010
    East Coast
    Thanks for all the info, I'm reading up on it right now. I have always been curious about the delrin tips.
  17. Vapolish

    Vapolish Full Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Fayetteville, TN
    We just purchased 4 Delrin Drip Tips from Route66vapor for $2.95 each. Hubby & I use the Joye 510 and have been refilling our carts since we started vaping. With the delrin drip tip, no more refilling. The tip feels great in your mouth - as previous posters mentioned, no metallic feeling. They are a sturdy, smooth plastic. I burn pretty hot on my atty and haven't had any issues with melting. I am still new to 'dripping' and have had problems trying to figure out what the right amount is, but it's well worth learning in my opinion. Also the type to walk around w/my e-cig poking out of my mouth & this tip is much easier on the teeth! Hope this helps! :D

    Also wanted to add that I do have problems with the juice 'sitting' in the top hole when I 1st put it in. I've noticed if I slightly pull the drip tip up (without detaching it from the atty), then the juice will then migrate down on it's own...
  18. AaronB

    AaronB Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Thanks for the heads up on Good Prophets bought two I think on sale they were $1.49 a piece they seem to work better than the Delrin I've been using (juice seems to go down faster) and they look fantastic!
  19. JoeD4

    JoeD4 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 18, 2010
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I just hollow out my "whistle tip" standard carts and cut about 3/16" off the base. No melting, no biting metal, and they are basically free + about 2 1/2 minutes of work. When they get teeth marks and look crappy, I chuck them and make a new one!
  20. juicefreak

    juicefreak Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 15, 2009
    oh cool i'll have to get some on my next HG order then. The metal ones can get a little hot when i'm smokestacking it on a carto.
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