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FAIL – Stainless Steel Mesh Build!

Before organic cotton became the go-to wicking material, stainless steel meshes were king. According to many, you just cannot beat the flavor your from an SS mesh build, although the vapor production is not too great.

I’ve been vaping for over a year now and I’ve stayed clear of stainless steel mesh. I did watch some videos a few months back, but it all seemed too difficult for me to do.

  • There were different densities of stainless steel mesh and I had no idea which one to start with
  • It seems like only some tanks (genesis-style ones) truly supported a SS mesh build
  • There were a few steps involved, like torching your mesh and wrapping your coils around it, all looked like too much work

Recently though, I got myself an SJMY Nextasis clone and decided to give it a try. I bought two different stainless steel mesh density – 300 and 400 – from FastTech. I already have all the wire gauges but I got myself an extra 28g Kanthal A1 wire as well.

My first attempt was horrible.

No mod would read the resistance of my coils. I soon figured out that I had not torched my mesh enough to make it non-conductive. Therefore, the mesh was effecting the resistance.

In my second attempt, I torched the mesh a bit more and did a 28g 5-wrap build. This time I did get a reading on my mod, but it started at 2.5 Ohms! And the resistance kept jumping up and down – again its due to the SS mesh.

I did manage to vape it though, and I was getting clean, incredible flavor. For a while at least, before it started to get weird.

So, I decided that I just didn’t know enough and started to watch more SS mesh build videos on your tube. Here are two that were very helpful:

Clearly my main problem is not oxidising the mesh enough. I was just about to continue when my torch ran out of juice. Now I got to buy some lighter fluid, refill it and try again.

To be continued..

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Kayfun V5 Coiling & Wicking for Best Flavor?

If you own an authentic Kayfun 5 or a good clone like the SXK Kayfun 5, you’re in good hands and it will be probably be your daily go-to tank for a long time. I want to show you a build that I like, which I personally think will give you wonderful flavor.

I love clapton coils, but I love twisted wire even more. What’s the difference?

Well in my personal opinion, clapton coils produce lots of vapor and good flavor, but they tend to gunk up pretty fast. As a result, you get less accurate flavor over time, and you will need to dry burn / re-wick every few days.

With twisted wire, I think you can get good vapor and even better flavor, with less gunk build up. I also think twisted wire works better for fruity juices and low-PG juices. Again, this is my personal opinion and you may have a different experience.

In this Kayfun V5 coiling & wicking tutorial, I show you how to work with twisted wire. If you’re a fan of claptons, I show you a clapton build in my original Kayfun V5 review.

I’m using the UD Twisted Wire spool, but I also recommend other brands like Vaportech or Demon Killer. Of course, you can also make twised wire yourself with basic tools and 28g or 26g Kanthal A1 wire.

I’m actually doing this particular build on the SXK Kayfun V5 Mini, which is shorter but maintains the same build deck characteristics. The flavor is fantastic in the Kayfun V5 Mini, even better than the full-sized K5s.

What do you think of this build tutorial? Did it help you much?

Let me now in the comments!

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Kayfun V5 Notch Coil Build & Wicking

Want a great balance of vapor and flavor from your Kayfun V5, especially in temperature control mode with a notch coil build?

In this tutorial, I show you how to exactly that. Five great things about notch coils:

  1. There is almost no ramp-up time. With about 20 – 22w of power you can get the most out of your notch coil.
  2. You can vape it in regular Wattage mode or Temperature control, since stainless steel is good either way
  3. You can get a fixed resistance every single time, since the non-resistive leads of a notch coil do not effect your resistance
  4. You can dry burn your notch coil and re-wick it
  5. A single notch coil can last you a pretty long time

That being said, I’m well aware that some people are just not into notch coils. You really have to try them out for yourself.

  • The notch coil I recommend is the Demon Killer Notch Coil. You can get them in various diameters.
  • For the Kayfun V5, get a 3mm notch coil. Anything larger will not fit.
  • You’ll need a temperature controlled mods to do this notch coil build properly. If you don’t have a Temperature Control device, I recommend getting a HCigar Vt75, a Lost Vape Therion or a Wismec Reuleaux RX200.

In this notch coil build tutorial I show you how to position your notch coil without bending or warping it, and how to wick it properly. In fact, pre-bending the leads before you insert them into the post is the most important part. Trying to get the notch coil in place after fixing your leads will only cause the coil to break.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

You may also want to check out other good DNA75 mods here.

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Vaponaute Le Mirage Coiling & Wicking Tutorial

In my previous review of Vaponaute Le Mirage clones, I edited the coiling and wicking part to keep the video short. I did however promise a separate tutorial for the Le Mirage Coiling, so here it is!

In this video I show you how to do a dual coil vertical Clapton wire build for the Le Mirage, how to remove and put back all the different parts, and how to wick with Kendo vape cotton. And yes, I am using clones as I do not have the authentic.

What I use in this video:

  • The Coil Master coiling jig and tools
  • The SXK Le Mirage – or you can use the SJMY Le Mirage
  • UD Clapton wire (Nichrome mix)
  • The Cfiber unregulated mod
  • The Kendo vape cotton – you can also use Japanese organic cotton
  • 2.5mm diameter 7-wrap build

Alternatively, you can go for a 2.5mm x 5 wrap if you’re using regular Clapton wire. My Nichrome mix Claptons actually result in a lower ohm reading.

The Le Mirage coiling is easy when you have the right tools. Well ok, it can be complicated at first, but with a few tricks you can easily slot both leads into the center post and have them straight and tidy!

The deck area is small, but that’s going to give you amazing flavor, especially with the clapton coils. The base can get a bit hot with this build if you chain vape, so adding a heat sink may be a good idea.

I hope this Le Mirage coiling video was helpful for you!

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Klaud Cotton Review

In this video, I review an interesting wicking material, Klaud Cotton. It’s “premium” Egyptian cotton, not Japanese organic cotton.

The first thing you’ll notice is the really neat packaging. Then you’ll be amazed by how silky smooth it is. The cotton fibers are combed so they go from one end to another beautifully.

Wicking is a bit difficult as you’re not working with pads here, so you’ll need some experience using it to know exactly how much cotton to tear or cut for your atomizer.

The official Klaud Cotton website: http://klaudcotton.com/

You can get it here.

I could not find any US / UK sites that carry the Klaud Cotton, which is a shame since it’s actually pretty decent. From my experience it last longer than regular cotton, wicking is slightly better, and the flavor is well…. subjectively better.

Still, it’s not as good as Kendo or Cotton Bacon I think. Best for use in RDAs but I’ve used in my Griffin and it works well, but a little harder to wick since the cotton is springy.

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Eleaf Lemo 2 Twisted Wire Build & Wicking

Here’s an older build video for all you Lemo 2 fans. Well maybe you already know how to build on the Lemo 2, but this build is a bit different.

Was never a big fan of the Lemo 2, until I ditched the regular micro coil for a twisted wire build. I show you how to do it in this tutorial.

I am using UD Twisted 26g twisted wire as god didn’t gift me with the skills to use a drill and make my own twisted wire. The hardest part in this build is to get the leads in the right shape and angle so that it fits into the deck holes.

You can use any organic cottcotton you want, but nowadays I prefer using Kendo Vape Cotton. I’ve also tested this with Klaud Cotton and Cotton Bacon.

The flavor in the Lemo 2 is fantastic, and its the reason why I still occasionally vape on it. The amount of vapor is comparable to a Subtank Mini, but the flavor is definitely better in the Lemo 2.

Watch my Eleaf Lemo 2 review here.

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Kayfun 5 Review, Clapton Build & Wicking

When I first learned of Kayfuns, I was shocked by how much they cost. Then I learned that you can get really good 1:1 clones for a fraction of the price, but also that Kayfuns were mostly for the Mouth-to-Lung crowd who loves really tight draws.

It was only a few months later that I got myself a Kayfun V4 clone from Fasttech, followed by an equally good Kayfun Mini V3 clone. It’s not that I support clones, but the authentic was really hard to come by at local B&Ms. Only a few shops carried them and more often than not, they were sold out.

Barely a week after I got the Mini, the Kayfun V5 was launched.

This time, I decided to take the plunge and got the authentic Kayfun V5 from Svoemesto.

Truth be told, I was expecting to feel like an idiot for dishing out $200 on something that isn’t really my style of vaping, but as it turns out I was pleasantly surprised!

For the first time, Svoemesto made a Kayfun that Direct-Lung vapers could grow to love, while not completely abandoning the MTL crowd. Still, some people who prefer nice, tight draws are going to be disappointed that the V5 does not give then a draw like the Kayfun V4 could.

In the Kayfun 5 review video, I took my time to plan and record everything about the V5. The first part of the video explains how it works, the second part is a teardown of the atomizer up the smallest component and last screw. In the final part, I do a Clapton coil build in the Kayfun V5 and wick it with Cotton Bacon.

I loved that the Kayfun V5 has a brilliant build deck, external adjustable airflow and magnificent build quality. Its so much easier to build with compared to the V4 or Mini. Clapton coils fits nicely with a 2.5mm diameter. I’m also testing our twisted wire at the moment, so I would most definitely do a separate build video for my favorite build with the Kayfun V5.

Get the lowest price for the Svoemesto Kayfun V5 here.

Watch the Kayfun V5 review on YouTube

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Nickel Build Tutorial for Toptank & Subtank Mini

If you’ve bought the Topbox or Toptank recently, and you love the performance you’re geting from the Nicke (Ni200) coils, I’m going to show you how to save money by building your own.

All you need is the RBA (Rebuildable Atomizer) for your Toptank or Subtank Mini. You should find it in your kit, and the RBA is almost the same for the Toptank and Subtank, except of course for the wicking holes.

Still, you can follow this Ni200 build tutorial as the wicking technique I use works for both the Toptank and Subtank Mini. Of course, this is for how I vape. If you’re having dry hits or leaking issues, follow the advice I give in this video.

Nickel wire is soft and a bitch to work with, and I forsee Stainless Steel wire as taking over the TC space quickly. Nickel also has some safety concerns that I mention in the video.

However, get it right, and this will be one of the most flavorful vape you can get from your Subtank Mini or Toptank!

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Nickel Build Tutorial for Toptank & Subtank Mini

If you’ve bought the Topbox or Toptank recently, and you love the performance you’re geting from the Nicke (Ni200) coils, I’m going to show you how to save money by building your own.

All you need is the RBA (Rebuildable Atomizer) for your Toptank or Subtank Mini. You should find it in your kit, and the RBA is almost the same for the Toptank and Subtank, except of course for the wicking holes.

Still, you can follow this Ni200 build tutorial as the wicking technique I use works for both the Toptank and Subtank Mini. Of course, this is for how I vape. If you’re having dry hits or leaking issues, follow the advice I give in this video.

Nickel wire is soft and a bitch to work with, and I forsee Stainless Steel wire as taking over the TC space quickly. Nickel also has some safety concerns that I mention in the video.

However, get it right, and this will be one of the most flavorful vape you can get from your Subtank Mini or Toptank!

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Clapton Coil Build for Toptank & Subtank Mini

Rejoice Subtank lovers, Geekay is back with another build tutorial, this time we’ll be building a clapton coil for your Toptank or Subtank Mini.

The thing I love about the Subtnk Mini and Top tank is that they are both excellent flavor tanks, and I always place them in my rotation with a standard micro coil or sometimes even a nickel coil, especially in the Subtank where it works so well.

But recently I’ve been building more Clapton coils, and in this tutorial I show you how to build for the RBA deck using basic clapton wire from UD, and how to wick it properly with organic cotton to avoid spitbacks, dry hits and leaking.

Here are some other related videos you may want to watch: