Posted by Vapecentric on Feb 12th 2017
If you're in the beginning stages of modding in general, and RDAs (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers), you may be unfamiliar with the term wicking. At least, beyond the use of the word when talking about oil lanterns. But if you decide to go with an RDA, you'll need to learn the basics of wicking.
In an RDA, you don't have a tank and a disposable coil with wicking included. Instead, you'll have a semi-permanent coil. You'll have to add your own cotton through the coiled wire. It takes practice, but it's not difficult. First, you'll need some cotton (Cotton Bacon by Wick 'N' Vape is a good one to use, while Japanese cotton is preferred by some), a pair of scissors, tweezers, and your favorite juice.
Pinch a small strip of cotton from the bundle (this is where the practice comes in). You don't want so much wick that it's hard to get through your coil. If using the Japanese cotton, you'll have to cut a strip. The strip is approximately four inches long and is enough to wick two coils. Twist the cotton and pull it through the coil. Cut off the excess and save it for another coil. Tuck the edges under your coil and move on to the other (if you have more than one).
Make sure to prime the wick before use; you'll need to slowly soak the cotton with juice. This is one of the most important steps in wicking your atomizer. If you don't prime your wick properly, you could cause the cotton to flame up. At the very least, you'll burn the cotton and will taste it unless you replace the wick again. A flame up could be dangerous! Always prime your wicks before use!
The frequency at which you'll have to change the cotton depends on several factors: how much you vape, what flavor juice you're using, and how often you accidentally dry hit. A good rule of thumb is to change your wick when it gets discolored, when you have to drip more often, or once a week like I do. When changing your cotton and your coil is empty, you can heat the coils to red, release the button, and pass the coils under running water. DO NOT fire the MOD while in the water! This helps to remove any sediment that might be on the coil.
If you're going to use an RDA atomizer unit, it's important that you learn the basics of routine maintenance. Changing your wicking is a mandatory step, but simple enough that you can do it at home. Doing the process correctly will ensure your safety and keep your RDA unit in top shape.
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