Step-by-step guide to a perfect build!
In this tutorial we will be taking you through how to do your own builds for RTA/RDTA/RDA atomizers. It’s really simple and rewarding to build your own coils and the flavour is out of this world! Follow the step-by-step guide bellow to start your journey into rebuildables.
What you will need:
- Coils: 0.5Ω or lower for DTL style vaping/ 0.6Ω or higher for MTL style vaping
- Rebuildable Tank
- Your Mod (must be suitable for desired wattage and tank build)
Step 1: Choosing your coil.
Choosing the right coils is arguably the most important part of your build. Using a high resistance coil is going to be more suited to MTL style vaping, where as a low resistance coils are going to require more power and produce bigger clouds making them ideal for DTL style vaping.
It is important to choose the right coil to also suit your mods power output capabilities, a 0.12Ω dual build is going to require a lot of power (around 100W) so you will want a dual battery mod to ensure you can maintain that output without over heating your device or draining your battery too quickly.
**I will be using 0.3Ω Dual Alien Kaiju Coils for this build**
Step 2: Choosing your cotton.
Most cottons on the market are more or less the same, eventually you will find your preference. There are 2 main formats of cotton: Cotton strips and cotton laces. With cotton strips, you tare off the amount you require. With cotton laces you get pre-made threads that are ready to go for various sized coil diameters.
**I am using Cotton Bacon Prime for this build**
Step 3: Fitting your coils.
Handmade coils come with long legs so in order to get them to fit your build deck we are going to need to trim them using plyers. When trimming your coil it’s better to cut them a little longer than you think is needed and trim further to fit, rather than cutting them too short and wasting a coil.
When fitting your coil it is better to have it initially sitting really close to your deck when you tighten your screws and then using your coil jig to lift it up to desired height. If your coil is sitting too high or low it may make contact with your housing which will result in an atomiser short so take your time and get it sitting nicely to ensure you don’t have to make any fixes.
Step 4: Glowing and strumming your coils.
To ensure your coil is heating up evenly once built we need to glow the coil at a low wattage and strum out any hot spots. Hot spots cause arcing which concentrate electricity and therefore heat in one place meaning your coil won’t heat right, resulting in burning of your cotton and an unenjoyable vaping experience. Pulse your coil (press and release your fire button for 1 second at a time until it starts to glow). Look for red hot lines running through your coil (arcing). When you find these hot spots strum (run tweezers along the coil) the location of the arcs using your ceramic tweezers until entire coil is glowing evenly. Once you have an even glow and no arcing we are ready for the cotton.
Step 5: Fitting your Cotton.
First thing we are going to do is tare off a piece of cotton. Next we need to assess the hole we are trying to fill and work our cotton by peeling away small amounts at a time until it’s roughly the size of our coils inner diameter. Getting the perfect amount of cotton takes time and practice to figure out, you want enough that it’s not too loose but not so much that it’s too tight and moves the coil when you try pull it through. Moving your coil will change the flow of electricity causing arcing which will require you to re-strum your coil before trying again. Once your cotton is in place and you’re happy with the fit, you want to rock it back and forwards pulling the cotton from side to side to help it form to the inside of the coil. Now we trim the excess cotton making sure we leave enough to fill our wicking holes but not so much its dangling down into our tank. Next we thin the ends of the cotton using your needle point tweezers to ensure its drinking up as much juice as quickly as it can and feeding it to our thicker, central piece of cotton. To do this, get your tweezers and while holding the cotton in place on the other side just tease the cotton, removing some of the fibres from the ends to thin it out a bit. Do this to both sides until it looks something like the pictures provided. Now using the same tweezers grab you cotton and push it through your wicking holes on both sides.
Step 6: Wetting Your Cotton (Priming).
Now your cotton is in and ready to go, get your juice and saturate that wick ensuring both sides and the central diameter are as juicy as it can get. Now your juice is fully soaked in, turn your device up to desired wattage. I recommend a wattage that runs your device at about 3.2 volts (minimum working range for your coil) and working your way up to desired output from there. Try to keep your output below 4.2 volts (maximum working range for your coil) for safeties sake and to minimise possibility of burning the cotton.
Step 7: Assemble Tank, Fill and Enjoy.
Now you’re rocking, let’s assemble the tank and fill it up with your juice. Once your tank is full take a big drag and relax because you’re done!
**Your cotton will last for a few days to a week depending on juice, build and wattage. Once it starts tasting burnt, pull your cotton out, glow your coil at a low wattage to burn off any excess and re-wick once cooled down (blowing air on coil will speed up this process)**