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I've been using the same bag of Labo Puffs for well over a year now, probably almost two(In May it will be two years, if memory serves) I got it from Amazon Prime, just make sure that you select a U.S.-based vendor or else it will get shipped from Japan and could take a week to 10 days.
I've had great success with these-there's no "fresh cotton taste" and the fibers are well combed/aligned which greatly assists with wicking, be it regular or Scottish Roll technique.
fasttech is pretty expensive for that. you can find good cotton with free shipping directly from japan at amazon (for half the price). Puff, Muji, Koh Gen Do ... all good stuff.
I tried most of the fancy stuff (cotton bacon, fiber freaks, nameyouroverpriced cotton) and in the end I am super happy with Koh Gen Do. Do not fall for the marketing blabla...
That's a good choice, if a little pricey. I go with the organic japanese cotton pads from amazon, they're basically the same thing and you get a huge amount for very little money.
That list looks solid to me. Personally I would ditch the cotton bacon and just grab some organic Japanese cotton from Amazon for way less. [link]
Also if you are already getting a 521 tab mini + tool kit, consider just grabbing the coilmaster v3 kit which has the tab in it + tools.
I get mine from Amazon. It takes a bit to ship, but a bag lasts me about a year.
I get the large ones due to some of my drippers needing longer wicks, but the mediums work great for smaller attys.
I just use this you can get a brick of 200 pads for $6
I really like Labo Puffs There's not as much "fresh cotton taste" when first wicking my atomizers and it holds up really well. As for wire, Temco or Master of Clouds are the two brands I've gotten from Amazon before. Both were fine-it's wire. It wraps around a bit and heats when electricity is applied. What else is there? The M of C was a little cleaner than the Temco, but both needed a good wipe with some isopropyl alcohol before wrapping coils.
I have not had those, but I got these about a year ago and absolutely love them [link]
... they also make one that looks just like this but is 200 count, whereas this one is 120 count. The 200 count are thinner, so that's why I got these and they are perfect.
I also bought some Koh Jen Do at the same time, and I prefer the pads. The KJD is a lot thicker and also feels just a little softer... but it's too thick to wick a coil, so it's a little more trouble to use. The facial puffs are perfect b/c I just cut a strip and it's the perfect thickness for up to 3mm coils (I don't make larger than that so never tried wicking a bigger one). I do peel off the "papery" top and bottom and only use the inside. (It's not really paper, just condensed cotton, but I usually peel it off.) The KJD also has a papery top and bottom, but not as papery.
Wick wise, they both wick the same to me.
Taste-wise, the KJD has very little taste on the first hit, and it's gone by the second. The pads have a slight cottony taste the first 2-3 hits, then it's gone. (For me.)
Both are organic. The pads cost $5.30 and FS from China thru Amazon (and in my case arrived in like 8 days!). And will last forever. The KJD? Let's not go there! It's a no brainer!
If you are building in the RBA on an Egrip you want to build higher resistance coils so higher gauge (thinner) wire is needed. I would recommend 28 gauge kanthal, I use Puffs organic cotton but as long as it's organic cotton you should be good.
As much as I like Amazon, I'd say from what I've seen, there are entirely too many clones. It's probably safe to not shop for authentic atomizers and mods. Get your Japanese cotton from them though! Cotton Labo ORGANIC Cotton Puff Size L (120pc) [link]
FYI, the large pads are cheaper, and a slightly better deal by area.
( $0.00096875/cm^2 vs. $0.001165/cm^2 )
The medium pads may be a bit more convenient to use, though, depending on how you cut them up.
Murry Christmas, 120PC ORGANIC Cotton for a little over $5. =]
I haven't tried it, but Japanese cotton is way better since the grains go in the same direction oppose to regular organic cotton. You can get Japanese cotton cheap on Amazon. However, shipping may take a while since they ship from Japan.
If you plan to use RDAs for a while I recommend this or something similar from amazon. changing cotton is the easiest and best thing about drippers. New flavor? Change cotton. Coil gunked? Change cotton (and clean coil). Accidently drip pool testing liquid instead of ejuice? Change cotton.
The videos you're seeing are of people using the rba section, which is specifically designed to rebuild.
You can also rebuild the OCC coils if you're motivated.
For rebuild materials, I would pick up some Japanese organic cotton from Amazon. Lightning vapes is great for kanthal and they sell on Amazon as well.
This is what I use, you can a brick of 200 pads for $6
As someone said, the STM (Subtank Mini) comes with .5 and 1.2 ohm coils. The sub-ohm coil (.5) needs more power for the same vape quality as the 1.2... but the retail packaging comes with a little card inside that actually shows the included coils and suggests the wattage range to vape at for each.
And yes, all included coils will be Kanthal wire, which means you use power mode on the mod, not TC.
TC is for Ti (titanium) and Ni (nickel) wire. If you eventually get into rebuilding the RBA that came with that tank, and used either Ti or Ni wire for your coils, then you would use TC. Some mods also have SS mode for stainless steel wire.
Ti or Ni should never be used in power mode, only in TC. They can change properties and off gas some unhealthy elements if the temperature of the coil gets too hot. TC prevents that.
And Kanthal is always power mode only.
If you want to buy ready-made coils and just wick them as you suggested, you will pay a lot more money than buying a spool of wire and making your own coil. There are countless YouTube videos for learning how to build... and even for building on a specific tank.
As for cotton, Japanese organic cotton (JOC) is the standard wicking choice. Koh Gen Do is popular but expensive. I (and many others) use organic facial puffs (also JOC). This bag from Amazon will last nearly a lifetime and is $5 and change, shipped. [link]
If you just want to buy ready-made coil heads for it until you get into building you can do that too. But they aren't cheap. FastTech has them for about $1.50 each. [link] (that's the 1.2 but they have the .5 ohm too).
I love the Subtank. Enjoy!
I also like Koh Gen Do. I also buy on Amazon.
I got this about 9 months ago and have yet to use about a quarter of it. This shit lasts forever, and has so much better flavor than cotton balls.
If you're going through a shit ton of coils a month then I'd honestly look into getting an RDA. They give out 100% if not more flavour than a tank. You'll also use a hell of a lot less juice. You don't really need nic salts in them either which I personally prefer and consider safer.
Everyone talks about the effort of building a coil but meh I bought a pack of 42 pre-made super fancy ones (coilology 7 in 1 kit) for 12 quid. A coil will last 1-2 months. Single coil RDA's are the best tasting ones too btw, dual ones just make more clouds in my opinion. Recommended ones are the Asmodus C4, Cthulu Cthulhu Mjolnir and the cheapest but somehow still really good Wasp Nano. Some of the RDA's are a bit restricted like the C4 but no where near as much as a pod kit. So google for reviews here on reddit for ones your interested in. They're usually pretty honest here.
You do need to rewick them. Some people rewick once a week some people everyday. It's a personal preference. However one pack of these organic Japanese cotton sheets should last you about four years if you rewick every single day. (That's not an exaggeration btw). Wicking isn't hard. You cut a strip about 3-5mm in diamater. peel the outside bits off. Roll it a bit in your hands then put it through the coil. Cut ends off and tuck into the "tank". You don't really need to fluff the ends if it's not an RTA.
Either you drip or spend more on a squonk mod. There's roughly three recommended dual battery squonks (second thread) at the moment. They're bulkier by about 50% to a normal battery mod because there's a bottle for eliquid roughly the same size as a battery on them. Singles pretty good but obviously you get half the battery life...
Personally I just drip though, you have to carry around a bottle of juice with you but hey who doesn't do that anyway. For that you just tip your bottle down your drip tip squeeze and go. Squonks are cool tbh though. If you decide to drip you can obviously use any mod you want as long as the RDA you picked fits on it.
RDA's are a bit more effort. However you use a ton less juice and you actually get that amazing flavour everyone else is talking about but somehow you never seem to taste...
Also you never have to worry about breaking the glass on an RDA, I drop my shit all the time and they're pretty resilient.
They aren't for everyone though, if you cba with the effort, extra weight and bulk compared to a pod system and all that. They aren't rocket science to use though if I can do it anyone can. You also don't really need a full coil making kit either (often it's easier to get them as a set though) and pre-made ones are cheap, bigger and better. You need a few parts. A coil jig is useful for when you insert your prebuilt coils. ceramic tweezers because when inserted you need to strum your coils to get rid of hotspots. Scimitar Tweezers because you too should accidentally stab yourself with the bastards like the rest of us and they're good for wicking. Wire cutters to cut the ends off your coils once installed. Oh and a pair of scissors to cut your cotton. You can get those cheap as chips on Amazon or on fasttech.
As said it's a bit more effort but you'll save a fortune in buying coils. Using an RDA and bottle shots as a lazy mans DIY vaping costs me pretty much nothing. About 20 quid a month at most. £15 quid on a 500ml bottle shot. About £2 worth or less of the 500ml bottle of 72mg nic (£36 ish) that you can still legally buy (just pinky swear you ain't using it to vape). Then about 1-2 quid worth of PG and VG. That lasts me 1-2 months.
Get this one from Amazon, you'll have cotton for ages. Its organic and neutral in taste, [link]
You can only really get it on amazon
Cotton Labo Organic Cotton Puff Size L (120Pc) [link]
Temco wire and Cotton Labo Puff japanese cotton makeup pads. It seems like you pay a premium for buying stuff that's marketed to vapers, rather than just buying the same stuff that's not.
If you watch this video review of the KPT4 you will get a good idea what it's about. Also to the right there is a wicking tutorial for the tank in another video.
Newer tanks cater to people who build their own coils. You buy wire (Kanthal A1 is the most common type and does not require the Temperature Control feature that most mods have which you can utilize later when you are more familiar with everything), and the wire thickness is subjective, but 24 gauge Kanthal is easier to work with as it is not springy. A reel of 50' is typically about $5 or less on eBay.
You wind the wire around a 2.5 or 3mm screwdriver to form the coil, then install it in the tank. Then you put organic cotton (the cheapest and most common wicking material), and juice it up, and that's it in a nutshell. There are countless YouTube tutorials on coil building that you would learn all you need to know from...
Alternately, you can buy pre-made coils and just wick them yourself. But building your own is much cheaper in the long run.
For organic cotton (OC) for wicking, Japanese OC (JOC) is the most frequently used. Some might come with the tank, and one popular brand is Koh Jen Do but it is expensive. I get this JOC from Amazon and it's only $5.30 for a lifetime's worth (called organic facial puffs) and works fantastic, (and I also own Koh Jen Do but prefer the facial puffs). [link] But it will take up to 2 weeks to get to you... however the cotton that likely comes with the Kanger tank might last until then.
Watch a couple YouTube videos and you will feel more oriented.
BTW the Kanger is a fine tank, and so are many others. Everyone has an opinion but to start just get what you feel comfortable with and can afford.
The mod also looks fine. Most use similar chips. That one is upgradeable which is good, and it has Temp Control in case you want to get into different types of wire later, like nickel or titanium.
You're on the right track. Start anywhere and familiarize yourself with your gear, then later when you have developed a vaping style and likes and dislikes, you can buy whatever you want that fits your needs.
) Right here
) You have to buy wire and make your own coils, or buy pre-made coils. RDAs don't have coil heads like clearomizers. You'll have to do some research and decide what you want to try.
) You're dripping, not using a tank. It's very unlikely that you want to go above 4.5mg/ml.
) You may not be too satisfied with the Doge3 then - everything I've read said that's a "cloud chaser" design, more concerned with delivering vapor than flavor and throat hit.
I always use the Puffs Japanese Organic Cotton, cheap and works well. You get like a lifetime supply for $5. You'll see most of the reviews are vapers haha.
Puffs is only a 10 year supply for you? Geez it is like a 50 year supply for me and you can get it for under 6 bucks.
I would say give making your own a shot. The more you do it, the better you get. It just takes a little practice. You can buy a coil wrapper like the coil master V3 to make it easier. I picked up a knockoff at a B&M for $10 a while ago and it does make it fast and easy. I didn't recommend that before, because everybody seems to have the idea that wrapping your own coils needs to be a big investment when for along time I just wrapped mine with whatever I had lying around.
If you're looking for straight power and no temperature control, then maybe look at something like an istick 100w. I know that isticks have a shitty track record, and I went through 3 of the istick 50s myself, but so far I haven't seen a single complaint about the 100W. You can get them online for less than $30. Use vapecrawler.com to find the cheapest price. You might even save enough money to offset the cost of having it overnighted to you.
I get my cotton from Amazon. The last one I ordered was from here, and it will last me well over a year but it took over a month to get to me as it came from Japan. I picked some up for a few dollars at a B&M to hold me over while I was waiting. You can also get the same thing here for a dollar more and it's prime elligible, but it's an add on item so you have to buy a total of $25 worth of stuff to qualify.
You'll want decent clippers, nice sharp small scissors, tweezers(preferably ceramic tipped), a set of small screwdrivers(1.5-3mm at least), and pliers. You can get all of that cheap from Amazon or a local hardware store. Lightning vapes sells good kanthal and building gear. They also sell on Amazon.
I like this cotton from Amazon. It's cheap as hell and works fantastically. I bought this same bag over a year ago and I'm only about a quarter of the way through it so far.
I also really dig UD clapton wire. It's an easy way to step up your coil game without owning a drill and doing it yourself. I like the ni80 core stuff the best.
Here is a cheaper (less pads) non add on version
Just hit other sellers to find a non add on version.
I got these like 5 months ago and still haven't even used 1/8th of them yet.
I'm partial to the hobo and Veritas right now. Both have their announces but the awesome outweighs those.
I got these a while ago, should last a lifetime. Free shipping from Japan, took me about 2 weeks to get here.