Cost is always a big factor in vaping. It was an entry barrier for many, but top brands are now making starter kits that are affordable and reliable. Even after taking up the hobby, a lot of vapers are concerned about running costs; this too is understandable.
A lot of vapers are switching to RTAs and RDAs – vaporizers with re-buildable coils – because tanks with pre-built coils are considered expensive in the long run. However, tanks such as the SMOK TFV8 and the TFV12 can present the best vaping experience without making the hobby too expensive. You just have to know how to maintain your tank and pre-built coil.
Use a Good Vape Juice
Choosing an e-juice that suits you is about more than just choosing your favorite flavors. While vape juice is created from food-grade materials, different brands use different compositions. This means the amount of residue left in the atomizer when the e-juice is vaporized varies from flavor to flavor.
Using a high-quality e-juice is the key towards prolonging the life of your pre-built coils. When I first started vaping, the vape juice I liked left a gunk-like substance behind. This shortened the lifespan of my coils considerably. Switching to the Golder Ticket by MET4 prolonged my coils’ lifespan by more than 1,000 puffs.
You can gain access to high quality liquids rather easily thanks to online vape juice stores, for example VapersWAREHOUSE is a UK vape shop that sells juice to those looking for a discount. Not only will you get better liquids, but you also have more options when it comes to flavors and the amount of nicotine you want to have as well.
Regular Cleaning Helps
Like using an RDA, you should regularly clean the coils of your tank to use it for longer. Unfortunately, pre-built coils aren’t always as accessible as the coils in RDAs, so cleaning can be a bit difficult.
Clean the drip tip to remove any residue. I usually use an alcohol swab to help remove any excess gunk from the bottom of the drip tip. I then use cotton buds to generally clean the exposed coils of my TFV8 Baby Beast. It’s not much, but it helps with keeping the flavours fresh and the coil going for much longer.
Avoid using sharp objects such as a screwdriver to do the cleaning. The coils are sensitive and the cotton wicks inside them are even more so. A puncture could lead to the coil leaking fluid when used.
Clean the Tank
Keep in mind that you do have to replace the pre-built coil after some use. I usually get to around 2,300 to 2,500 puffs before I have to replace my coil. I know, because my SMOK Alien mod counts the puffs for me.
While replacing the coil, give the tank a good cleaning. Clean the glass tank using an alcohol swab or put it under running water; an alcohol swab is more practical because alcohol helps remove excess liquid faster than water. Be sure to also clean the bottom of the atomiser, because that’s where most e-juice residue gathers.
Before putting the tank back, don’t forget to prime the coil. There’s a huge debate between whether priming is necessary, but priming helps prevent dry hits – where the cotton wick gets burned by the coil – and that means extending the life of the coil itself. If you don’t want to prime, you can also fill the tank and simply leave it for 20 minutes before taking another puff.
As you can see, maintaining your tank and its pre-built coil isn’t as difficult as you think. These simple maintenance tips will help you extend the life of your coil and make vaping much more affordable.
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