How tight should my wicks be

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  1. 072aar

    072aar New Member

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    Have tried everything but can’t seem to achieve that “just right” amount of cotton in my 3mm ID coiled rta need some sure fire tricks for us unskilled ppl lol...pls help
     
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    Timbo Well-Known Member

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    Is it the tightness that you are getting wrong or how your cotton ends are entering the juice channels, is your problem struggling to wick or flooding?
     
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    No flooding;I have heard one method for the ends is to make sure they just enter the channels and another method is to make sure the ends just touch the bottom of the channels and finally another method is to make sure the ends don’t touch bottom but can be partially seen hanging in the well. Also, when combing/thinning your ends do you comb all the way through the wick or just the top layer?
     
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    It depends on the RTA but don't have the ends touching the bottom, just poking through is usually the best method on most RTA's, the main thing is taking into account the swelling of the cotton when it's saturated is not to have the cotton too dense in the wicking channels which can suffocate the flow while obviously having enough that you don't get flooding.

    Combing through is just a quick comb all the way through the cotton ends but again how much cotton you take out is taking into account the size of the wicking channels and sometimes more of a fluffing up your ends is a better option than a comb through. Although i do sometimes comb through i don't always it's more of an American way doing it religiously.

    The cotton when it goes through your coil needs to bite (feel friction between the coil and cotton) but it needs to freely move when pulling it back and forth. Because it's often said that having your cotton too tight can suffocate the flow and struggle to wick towards the centre of your coil (which is true) it leads many to not have it tight enough, like i said it needs to bite and have a certain amount of resistance.

    You may get even more helpful advice as there are a lot of knowledgeable vapers who come on the forum.
     
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    Thanks for reply Timbo will keep all this in mind.
     
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    I'm late to the party as usual but I'll throw my 2 cents in anyway.

    First of all, there are probably as many ways of wicking rebuildable atomizers as there are people to rebuild them. You have to find a method that works for you, and your style of vaping.

    In ALL my atomizers, when I wick, the cotton almost pulls the coil sideways. I know, everybody will tell me it's too tight, but I get good clouds and can chain vape at the temperature I prefer with no dry hits. This has proven to be the best method for me. If I wick looser than that, I don't get any flavor. I get a dry, bland vape so I put as much cotton in the coil as I can get without deforming the coil itself. For 3mm coils, I cut the cotton about 9/16 inch, or 14mm wide and pull off the thin outside layers before rolling it. I use the 2.5X2 in. Muji cotton pads from Amazon.

    Now, how long to leave the ends of the cotton... on my Reload and Herakles RTAs, I stuff the wicking chamber full of cotton; cutting it so it goes about halfway to the bottom. I can see a good bit of cotton in the juice slots. I fluff the ends of the wick, and using the tweezers, comb out just the ends most of the time unless I need to thin the wicks to keep from overfilling the chamber.

    On my RDAs, I cut the cotton long enough to touch the bottom of the juice well. On my Geekvape Medusa Reborn RDTA, I still cut the cotton long so it almost touches the bottom. If I don't, the caps pulls the ends of the cotton when I take it off and sometimes bends the coil up.

    My way of wicking goes against the common practice of most folks, but it works for me. Will it work for you? I don't know. All you can do is try and see. I usually vape at around 55-60 watts except on the Herakles which didn't start giving up flavor until it hit 80 watts.

    Bottom line, any advice you get is pretty much a starting point. It'll take practice and experimentation to be able to hit your groove, but once you figure it out...you'll never buy another sub-ohm coil, I bet! I hope this has been a little bit of help.
     

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