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Wicking problem?

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  1. Daniel Turcich

    Daniel Turcich Full Member

    Feb 6, 2020
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    Hello,

    I’m fairly new to making my own juice but things were tasting fine up until recently. Then things started to taste a little like cardboard and at first I thought I might have made a bad batch of juice. After trying other juices and having the same problem, I thought I may have wicked it too tightly because when I’ve pulled out the wick it seems to be whiter/dryer than the rest which is saturated. It’s not burning, but it tastes like cardboard. I use Cotton Bacon Prime and I’ve tried a looser wick but I still keep having the same problem. Any other thoughts or ideas? Thanks!
     
  2. rob33

    rob33 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 20, 2009
    Concord, NC
    My totally guess with the info you provided is try more PG. Sounds like the wick is not getting saturated enough, but not knowing what setup you are using make sure your doing a true 70/30.

    If its a tank, I wont be much help cause thats the reason I switched to a rda long ago
     
  3. Daniel Turcich

    Daniel Turcich Full Member

    Feb 6, 2020
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    I’ve been doing 60vg 40pg as far as I’m aware... sometimes the flavors that are supposedly PG only seem thicker though. Should I be doing higher PG with salt nic perhaps?
     
  4. AngeNZ

    AngeNZ Lunatic ECF Veteran

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    Mar 24, 2018
    New Zealand
    What atomiser are you using?
    And was the juice that tastes like cardboard now, tasting fine before?

    If I overstuff a coil, I do notice the flavour is a lot more muted.
     
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  5. Daniel Turcich

    Daniel Turcich Full Member

    Feb 6, 2020
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    Yeah it all tasted fine before... I’m using a 22mm Ironsmith Furnace RDA on my squonker. I’ve tried multiple coils too.
     
  6. CagedSpam

    CagedSpam Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 12, 2015
    FoPo, Oregon
    If you get your wicking in order and still taste cardboard, consider "vapers tongue" or flavor fatigue. A possibility if using the same flavor at higher concentrations. Usually goes away after a few days and/or a flavor change.
     
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  7. Daniel Turcich

    Daniel Turcich Full Member

    Feb 6, 2020
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    Ah okay very helpful! Is it possibly because I only use 1 or two flavors in my juices at higher concentrations then? Would it help for me to use more flavors at lower concentrations so I don’t get “flavor fatigue” ?
     
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  8. AngeNZ

    AngeNZ Lunatic ECF Veteran

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    Mar 24, 2018
    New Zealand
    I vaped one diy mix only for 6 months straight ;) I eventually forced myself to make some other recipes that I also enjoyed vaping. Now I have four different mixes on the go every day.

    Just try mixing a couple of other flavours, that are different to what you are using. eg. if you only have mint, then make up a berry mix.
     
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  9. Daniel Turcich

    Daniel Turcich Full Member

    Feb 6, 2020
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    ah okay great! I will try that. I would much rather that be the issue than my cooling/wicking or anything else :)
     
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  10. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    Sometime or another, we all get "vaper's tongue". It's just a condition where nothing tastes right. Citrus juices like Orange or Grapefruit will help to cleanse the palate when that happens. Swish the juice around in your mouth, hold it for a few seconds and swallow. Give it a try and let us know how it works.
     
  11. bigbob2322

    bigbob2322 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 27, 2014
    Schiller PK IL USA
    If your wick is whiter toward the coil then thin your tails a bit.
     
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  12. somdcomputerguy

    somdcomputerguy vaper dedicato Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    This is how I wick; before I tuck the tails into their channels, I fluff the ends and drip eliq onto one end until I can see it on the other side of the coil. Then I drip a bit onto the other end, and a bit right onto the coil. After putting the tank back together and filling it up, I let it sit for at least a few minutes (usually at least 5..). The flavor of my DIY goes from a totally unflavored flavor to a mix of 4 different flavors. Well, I have 4 different flavors but I've never used more than two of them at a time. I vary the total flavoring percentage from 1 to 5 %. I guess because of these variations, I've never had a 'vaper tongue' experience. I've also never used any particular mix for more than a month, except when I started to DIY, where I vaped the unflavored base for the first 3 or 4 months.
     
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