The Alchemist – a vaping journey

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Greetings.

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet to be a part of my various journeys. This one is in the sphere of vaping. Along with making my own wire and coils I have begun to mix my own juice. Both are learning processes, helping to provide some zen moments for me. Making things with your hands is very rewarding.

Honestly, I am not that concerned about the vape experience as much but, rather, having fun in making the materials myself.

I’ve just been doing casual mixes for myself and a friend. Grape Soda, Strawberry, Blood Orange and Banana. A test recipe of the first three blew me away when I tried it; for this new recipe I lowered the Grape Soda and added the Banana. My friend loves it, which is the highest accolade I feel like I could have right now. I also made the coil he’s vaping on. It’s a great feeling. (:

Thank you for reading.

Raviera.

 

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Drill Time – a vaping journey

 

 

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πŸ˜€ – Apologies for the state of my room.

Greetings.

So I have been busy, apart from the usual one poem a day. I adore updating this blog daily, it helps provide a sense of structure. As to the above… Well, I’ve lately branched out even further into the world of DIY vaping. One of the reasons is money now that I’ve gone part time, another is simply that I like to tinker with things.

I bought a corded drill so that I could start making the more complex coils that provide a higher quality and more flavourful vape. Also juice mixing supplies, however I shall leave that for a different post as I want to focus on the wire here.

Why do I need a drill, I hear you ask?

A drill allows me to do a number of things that would either be impossible or too time consuming to be feasible by hand; with it I can straighten wire, twist it, work with different types of wire to combine them together, like wrapping 34gauge Nichrome (a very thin, low resistance wire) around 26gauge Nichrome (much thicker wire to do the main work, although still relatively thin). Vape coils consisting of this thin wire wrapped around thicker wire are known as ‘clapton coils’. The thicker core wire does the bulk work of heating up and the thinner outer layer serves as a heatsink, also providing nooks and crannies into which juice will collect to improve the wicking properties. All in all, it results in a much more flavourful vape. The above video shows me having some fun doing exactly what I’ve just described. πŸ™‚

Now onto some of the other things I have done with my new toy.

Experimentation has been key in slowly learning what I can do, how I need to develop my skills and what works well for me.

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My tools and spools of various gauge wire. The lower the gauge the thicker it is, higher is thinner, even finer than human hair as we go above a certain point.

I begin by straightening wire so that it will behave when I am wrapping the thin outer layer around it. For the core I am using 26gauge Nichrome (it heats up faster than the traditional Kanthal) and 34gauge Nichrome for the outside.

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Pliers, drill, wires to straighten. Oh yeah, and my box mod with my own e-juice. ^^

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Yes, I am doing this on my bed. A newly made bed I might add, alas that I have less room in here now!

With that done I feed the thinner 34gauge into the drill chuck and begin wrapping it, supporting the core wire with my left hand and maintaining tension as the 34gauge spools off to wrap around the rotating 26gauge. It went beautifully, I was so surprised! Very clean, practically no gaps at all.

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This is just one project. I did two others πŸ˜›

As for my other little projects…I took a length of 24gauge Stainless Steel and straightened it, then took 0.5mm Kanthal ribbon wire and twisted them together. This is known as ‘Tiger Wire’ due to the uniform pattern of stripes that results from twisting the two.

For my last wire (I wrapped more later in the week, tinkering addict that I am) I twisted some 26gauge Nichrome and then tried to lay some 34gauge into the sloping grooves that the twists make; this is a type known as ‘Helix’. Note that I say ‘tried’. I really did. Instead of ending up with a piece of wire that was round because I’d lined it up perfectly, I had the wire lining the outside twists. A shame. I have coiled them all up but not yet vaped any of these. I have tried my clapton wire from the 2nd batch that I made, shown in the video at the top of this post and it is wonderful. Such a sense of accomplishment.

 

Apologies for the poor image quality of the finished products. I still need to purchase a proper macro lens for this type of photography. On the left is my attempt at Helix wire, then Tiger in the middle and clapton on the right. You can see some kinks here and there, I’m still learning, but very proud of my efforts thus far! πŸ˜€

 

The final resistance of the wire I’m vaping on there was low, much lower than I’m used to, but over the past couple of weeks I’m definitely moreΒ au fait with this type of vaping. 0.12 ohms was the resistance it came out to, suitable for vaping at around 90 watts.

Thank you so much for reading this (long as hell) post and being a part of my journey.

Raviera.

Twisted Wire II – a vaping journey

Greetings.

As with yesterday’s post please be advised that the following concerns vaping and there will be plenty of technical jargon.

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Cheered by the success of my DIY twisted wire yesterday…I decided to get some thinner, higher resistance wires to play around with. Yesterday’s 2nd wire came out with resistance too low for any of my devices to safely fire.

Ohms Law: very similar to a water pipe. The thicker the pipe the easier the water flows, while the thinner pipes make it harder for the flow. Same for vape coil wire.

So we begin with actually making the twisted wire itself. Today I’m using 26 gauge Nikrothal (generic name for Nichrome, I believe) and 32 gauge Kanthal, which is verrry thin. Hooking the wire into a clothes peg and pen allowed me to twist it until the wire snapped.

I had to clamp out the kink just off centre. Then I wrapped the coil, by hand this time, having noticed that my coil jig doesn’t do so well with my twisted wire.

Above is a spaced coil with an inner diameter of 2.5 millimetres. Remember, more surface area = more flavour. Yesterday’s coil had the wraps touching but I wanted to space them out today, see if it made a difference.

Dual coils installed and gently worked to ensure they glow evenly from the inside out. Resistance comes out at 0.32 ohms. The difference the thinner wire makes in resistance means that I can do a dual coil setup in comparison to the single coil yesterday.

Wicks placed (I messed up a lil bit on my ‘outside device’ and it’s leaked slightly; still learning.

Wicks tucked in (after fluffing the ends I tuck from the back and then the front) and juiced. Today’s juice is Trap Queen, by Nasty Juice, a wonderful strawberry with a hint of mint. Gorrrrg ❀

Let’s see how it vapes πŸ˜‰

That…is a wonderful vape. 52.5 watts (:

And I made it all myself!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

I haven’t had to add more juice yet and I’ve taken a LOT of inhalations. Success!

Thank you so much for reading. Don’t worry, there is more poetry on its way, that is what this blog is primarily for. I haven’t forgotten about the final part of The Wolf’s Lair πŸ˜‰ I have a few videos I’m working on as well, which I can upload soon, hopefully.

Raviera.

Twisted Wire – a vaping journey

Greetings!

I will say this from the outset: this post is aimed at vapers and about vaping, there will be a lot of technical terms. Apologies to my regular poetry readers.

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I quit smoking back in August 2014 and it has taken me 3 years to get to the point of making my own vape coils.

Now, for novices, vaping works by a piece of coiled wire with e-liquid soaked cotton wrapped through/around/in it. The wire heats up and vaporises the liquid, producing the vapor. Beginners will buy premade coils to put in their device, whereas others will make their own coils.

Which is what I have finally learned to do! πŸ˜€

I’d been building for about 4 days and already wanted more advanced stuff. So I twisted two wires together to increase surface area; this equals more vapor, and takes more work.

23 gauge nichrome wire twisted with 28 gauge kanthal; kanthal is the most popular coil wire. The actual wire was harder to work with, but that’s good because it *should* last longer.

Each coil has a resistance, measured in ohms, and the lower the resistance the more power you can put through it.

The finished coil below has a resistance of 0.12 ohms, which is quite low. I’d been planning to do 2 but this is all experimentation. And saving money, because 5 premade coils cost like Β£15.00, while wire and cotton costs about Β£7.00 and will last for months instead of just 1 month.

I then installed it on my Peerless RDA (rebuildable dripping atomiser) by Geekvape, and adjusted it. Well, shaped it. It’s been soothing to learn how to do this. Akin to a blacksmith shaping metal on an anvil, it takes time and patience, adjustments learnt by doing.

Pulsing the coil red hot allows for shaping with ceramic tweezers, lightly strumming it, and adjusting until it glows evenly from the inside out, as shown below.

Next, the cotton wick, which I’m still getting used to. There are innumerable methods for doing this.

Thennnn…time to juice it up! I’m using Gallywix by Goblin Juice. Don’t know what the flavour is exactly but it’s sweet with a nice hint of tartness.

Finally, time to vape on this homemade sucker! πŸ˜€

59.5 watts and I’ve not had to add more juice since initially dripping it on. Maybe I’m getting the wicking right at last? Dunno. Time will tell. (:

Thank you so much for reading.

Raviera.