6 Steps to Get Into Rebuilding
Rebuilding has certainly grown in popularity over the last few years. It’s not so surprising is it?
We as humans love to tinker with things, make our possessions better, supercharge them, and even fix them when they ain’t broken… You get the message. We are what we are.
There are lots of reasons why people decided to get into rebuilding their atomizers. Firstly, as a more seasoned vaper you might want to see how far you can go with new coils, different thickness of wires and even wick variances. Mostly, the big drawcard is a wish to lower a standard resistance (ohms) which results in more heat to the coil of your chosen device.
This creates more heat on the inhale and a bigger and better exhale cloud. Whatever the reason there’s certainly a growing culture that are getting into it for the pure interest and fun of it.
These are the seekers of the ultimate customization experience of bigger flavor and more vapor. So there you are, I see you. Wondering if you should take a next step and venture into this wonderful world of custom building. What are you waiting for?
Read on, my vaping friend. You know you want to.
So let’s look at some of the things inherent in rebuilding…
A standard device will come with an inbuilt wire and will differ from type to type, model to model. Some have one coil of wire, some have eight. Eight! Yep…
More coils equal more power. Kind of like a four cylinder car compared to a V8 engine.
One will take you around quite sufficiently, while the other will take you there quicker before your brain even knew you wanted to go. So a rebuildable is just that; an atomizer that allows for customization depending on what you like as an individual vaper.
You may be into customization of coils, or having paid your dues with coils, you may be looking at different kinds of wicks. Whatever your current interest, there are a few ways to get into hacking an atomizer.
Below you’ll find 6 steps to get into rebuilding we’ve put together for you. Hope they give you a pretty good idea of what you’ll need to begin!
Kanthal would seem to be the go-to wire for most rebuilding projects. Kanthal is iron-chromium -aluminum alloy used in high-temperature electrical applications.
Available to you are several other wires to build the coil, but if you’re a beginner stick with, most likely, a spool of 28 gauge annealed (soft) Kanthal.
Depending on how far you want to get into it, you can choose different wire gauges to produce differing output of resistance (OHMs). Customizers chose lower or higher gauge wire to affect the resistance of the coil.
Remember it like this, if it makes things easier:
The higher the number of the gauge (thinner wire) equates to higher resistance.
The lower the number of the gauge (thicker wire) means lower resistance.
If you get into customizing later of you can check out pros and cons of different wires.
Nickel wire, as an example, is said to create a warm flavor and intense clouds. This is a lower resistance wire and needs to be used with caution with beginners.
Titanium wire is available as an option but is really for devices that have a temperature setting. You sometimes need to match a device with the most suitable wire.
There’s a lot to consider which makes things interesting and exciting. The key is that resistance wire must be stable.
But wait! If you move further into rebuilding, I have a few words of warning. You may find you want to have a few different wires, but don’t keep them all together. They seem to breed like rabbits!
Before you know it, you’ll have more wire than forks. Just kidding but yeah, it’s kind of addictive.
The most common wick used is cotton. Cotton balls are cheap and readily available, just the way everything in life should be.
Organic cotton is also preferable due to its absorption and minimal taste throwing properties.
There are of course other options but sometimes tried and true methods in the beginning are best.
Ekowool and stainless steel mesh are also popular, but not as price friendly as cotton. Silica is high on the list as well.
This is by no means all that is available. The ideal is something that doesn’t adversely affect the flavor and creates a great cloud.
Opinions are abound, so feel free to discover your own.
If your desire is to get into rebuilding, you may want to take some time to become familiar with batteries and how they work. Basically, you do not want to push your battery too far.
So where’s the fun in that? Tell that to your girlfriend, while she’s scraping your face off the couch.
Anyhow, the type of battery you get will determine how much it can handle. Make sure your batteries are authentic, and if you’re building below an ohm, a battery with a 20 continuous discharge rating is an absolute necessity.
If you’re going to really get into the sub-ohm resistance coils, you need to arm yourself with some knowledge.
Are you still with me? Not the most exciting topic but treat your batteries with respect. You don’t want to be accused of ‘assault and battery,’ do you?
Sorry… Let’s move on.
4. OHM Meter
It’s really important that the resistance of your coil is checked. You don’t want to fry your battery.
So how do you check the Ohms?
What’s the big deal about OHMs? The lower the ohms, the more firepower you have. Capiche?
Hmm, I can almost see the eyes widening with joy.
An OHM meter serves as an invaluable tool, in fact, should be standard in any vaper’s kit. Check out the readings to become familiar with how and what your meter is telling you.
Throw those other guys out of your house… Your Ohm meter is now your best friend.
5. Safety First
As we’ve stated before, safety is paramount. Always check you Ohms before firing your atomizer. Always.
If you’re not sure about this topic, it’s best to do some research. Don’t forget, you’re dealing with the principles of electricity here.
Rebuilding is such a great hobby for the vaping enthusiast because you need to have a fair bit of knowledge before going in. With this knowledge and your brain intact, you can open a door to a whole new world.
6. Watch & Learn
Rebuilding is definitely about experimentation. If you don’t feel like you want to go down that road then this probably isn’t for you. Just like most things, it’s about finding what you like and what works best for you. Don’t get frustrated (although you probably will, to begin with).
Just start again and keep going.
While standard mods are great for the beginner or just the everyday vaper, you cannot help but notice the growing number of customizers on the scene.
Be prepared to use your other senses instead of sight when in a room full of rebuilders. You won’t be able to see much through the thick aroma filled clouds.
Hey, if you can’t beat them, consider joining them, right?
So whether you are just curious or want to take the next steps toward your customization future, there’s a lot to take in, and more to learn all the time. Enjoy the steps along the way!