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u/LSatyreD · 8 pointsr/RBA

Hey! Great questions! And good on you for asking them!

Part I


So first off, building your own coils is ABSOLUTELY the way to go, it is much cheaper, more customizable, a better vape, and just plain fun. You are going to need a few things though.

  • Wire. Start with a mix of different gauge Kanthal.

  • Wire cutters.

  • Ceramic tweezers. These are for adjusting your coils once they are installed.

  • A coiling jig. You can use anything from a nail to a precision screwdriver to a syringe, however I very strongly recommend this set.

  • Cotton. I've tried every brand of cotton out there, they are all the same. Just go to your local CVS/Walgreens/Whole Foods/Walmart/etc and pick up a big bag of cotton balls, they will last you a life time for about $5. Seriously, a life time.

  • [Optional] Ohm meter. This is only optional because you are using a regulated device, it is required for mech mods. The Kanger will not fire if your coil is bad or too low of a resistance (about 0.4 ohms in my experience).

    Now that you have everything you can go to town! Remember, all of this is just my personal opinion and experience, do what works for you.


    Planning: The Kanger works best at around 1.19 ohms at 50 watts but can go as low 0.4 ohms. To get an idea of how factors like different wire gauges or multiple coils will affect your resistance try simulating it on this page.


    Wire Work: There are plenty of videos and tutorials out there for different coils but my advice would be to start simple. Once you can build a coil that has good tight wraps and learn how to remove the hot spots from it and are generally just comfortable coiling then move on to more fancy builds. The advantage of (almost all) advanced coils is more surface area for better wicking and juice retention, there are also the offbeat ones like staged (dual) heating. I am a big fan of simple twisted wire coils, they are incredibly easy and work much better than simple single wire coils.


    Prepping The Wire: When you pull the wire off the spool be careful, if you don't hold tension the whole thing is prone to come unwrapped rather quickly. Work in longer lengths than you will actually need, screw ups are frequent and wire is cheap. Cut off a length of wire and you'll notice that it isn't exactly straight, or really at all, but this has an easy fix.

    To straighten your wire: At one of the wire make a small 90 degree bend, insert this end into your drill with the wire centered and the bend sticking out the side, the bend allows the pincers to grab onto the wire. Grab the other end with a pair of pliers and apply light pressure (too much will cause the wire to snap). Start up your drill noting the direction it is spinning. It doesn't take more than a second or two, if the wire snaps it has spun more than enough (it tends to snap at either end but can be in the middle in which case you have to start over).

    Annealing the wire: Thin wire like we use tends to be 'springy' making your coils unwind when you release tension, the thinner the wire the worse it gets. But again I have an easy fix. Holding the wire straight with tension, either with a vice grip or the drill or pliers or whatever you have, use a BIC lighter or a small flame to apply heat along the length of the wire. You want it to just start to heat up, not glow orange, if you see smoke coming off the wire move to another area because that one is done. Some people recommend dunking the wire in water when done but I just let it air cool.

    [Optional] Making twisted wire: Take however many strands you wish to twist up and line up all of the ends with the 90 degree bend, cut the other end so that they are all equal lengths. Before inserting into your drill I find it helps to make a few 'starter twists' to keep the wires even and from coming undone. Remember how I said to make note of the direction your drill is spinning? Well it is time to spin in the opposite direction. Clamp your wire down in your pliers (not the drill) with the bent end sticking out a few millimeters. Grabbing the wires by the bends twist them by hand a couple times in the same direction as your drill is now spinning (opposite of the direction you used to straighten the wire). Now you can insert them into your drill. Start the drill slowly and don't go past a medium-high speed overall or the wire is more likely to snap, if it does it will 'unstraighten' on the end near the drill and become a mess to work with. If you are using a long length of wire (I would say over 8" but YMMV) it is best to release the wire halfway through and insert the opposite end into the drill (you do not need to reverse the direction of spin on the drill, it will work as is) because the end nearest the drill will twist the fastest this will provide a more even twist across the entire wire. It is totally up to you how much you want to twist the wire, if it snaps though it means you either went too fast on the drill or it has reached its limit of twisting (you can usually reinsert it and get a few more seconds of twisting out of it though).


    Building a coil with the linked jig: I'm only going to cover using the jig I recommended up above because if I didn't I would be here for all eternity, ask 10 people how to make a coil and you will get 12 answers. That jig is super easy to use, cheap, and makes coils better than you ever will be able to by hand.

    Start by selecting the inner diameter of your coil, the jig provides nails ranging from 1mm to 3mm. Unscrew the cap from the base unit, insert your chosen nail, and screw the cap back on over it. Insert your wire from the top through the small hole on the base and grip down on the end of the wire with your thumb, you only need to pull the wire down to where the cap screws on to get plenty long leads. Taking the other end of the wire (the long portion sticking out the top) give it a small start around the nail, a quarter or half turn is all it needs. Put the piece with the corresponding size hole (the piece you the nail is originally stored in / marked with the sizes) over the top of the nail, push it down making sure the wire is between the screw and the nail. Twist the corresponding piece to wrap the wire around the nail, this requires almost no pressure if you do apply pressure you will end up with a pancake and not a coil.

    Once you have however many wraps you want push down on the base piece and the corresponding piece to put pressure/sandwich the coil. Hold this for at least 30 seconds to a minute, it will help tighten the coils and keep them from unwinding. Some people pull on the wire leads with pliers to tighten them up but I do not like doing this personally because it changes the number of wraps as well as causes the leads to be made from part of the coil (as in not straight leads).


    Mounting your coil: Insert your coil leads onto your post and tighten them down. Be careful about over tightening or having your leads at strange angles as this can cause the coil to bend such that on one side the wraps do not touch and on the other overlap, it can also cause other weird deformities that ruin all the work up to this point. Roughly position your coils, using the nail from the coiling rig will help to keep the coil from getting bent. Make sure the coils are not touching anything as this will cause them to short. Clip your leads.

    With your mod on a low to medium power setting begin to slowly pulse the device until the coils begin to glow. You want them to glow from the inside out, evenly, and at the same time. This will pretty much never happen right away. You are looking for spots that heat up unevenly. Using your ceramic tweezers squeeze and manipulate the coils, this is hard to describe but you'll understand it right away I'm sure. You can also use the coil jig nail to turn the coil and tighten the wraps (i.e. if the coil was originally inserted parallel to the deck insert the nail and twist it upwards to a 45 degree angle or even vertical, the amount varies from coil to coil but you can tell very easily by looking at it as you twist).


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    edit: Oh, and for those curious, I am currently running 3mm quad coils made from 2 strands of 32awg kanthal at 14 wraps each on the Sub Ohm Innovations RDA and the Kanger KBOX. They read in at 1.4 ohms and I fire them at 35-40 watts.
u/steve9207 · 1 pointr/RBA

Glad it was helpful!

The RDA looks good, not sure the cost of a Plume Veil clone from eciggity, but you might wanna check - it'll come much faster and if you ever need to replace something, the chance of finding a part that fits is more likely, but again for $10, you probably wouldn't pay to fix that.

I'm not super familiar with mech mods, I've got two, but almost always use my Sigelei now, but just make sure you are familiar with battery safety, ohms law, battery limits, etc.

Other items you'll need (let me know if you need links for these items, you can get everything listed below of Amazon):

  • Ohm Meter
  • Good Batteries, I personally like Samsung 25r's, didn't check what size the mod you selected takes though.
  • Nitecore i2 Battery Charger
  • Tweezers, Ceramic makes it easier
  • Kanthal wire, 26ga is probably a good middle point start
  • Wick, you've got a lot of cotton choices, or rayon (cellucotton)
  • Good Scissors for cutting wick
  • Pair of Wire Cutters for Kanthal, I use this one
  • Drill bits / precision screwdrivers for wrapping coils
  • ...I'm sure I'm missing something, someone else can chime in, or I'll edit for anything I've forgotten.

    I hope this all helps, good luck and be safe, ALWAYS, ALWAYS use your ohm meter in conjunction with

    Here was my last RDA build that I took pictures of, if it helps at all
u/deathbeforeupvote · 6 pointsr/RBA

KidneyPuncher has a 10-pack of Phillips pan head screws for $1.95

If you want to go the Home Depot route, it will be cheaper, but they usually don't carry them at their B&M stores. However shipping to store is free and sometimes they are cheaper than Amazon.

Amazon and Ebay carry the fasteners your require, but usually in quantities of 25, 50, 100, and etc. Not expensive to buy in bulk, as well.

I personally replace the stock Phillips screws that usually comes with RDAs with flat set screws. It uses a 0.9mm hex key/bit instead of precision Phillips screwdriver, so there is no chance of stripping the head. Just my 2 cents. (A big thank you goes to /u/slumberland for giving me that gem of a tip!)


Amazon - QTY 100 for $3.67 PRIME eligible

Home Depot - QTY 3 for $0.30 FREE shipping to store (arrives Aug. 8 -Aug. 13)

Hope that helps you!

u/88silber · 1 pointr/RBA

You're fine with 1 decimal, if you want to build super low ohm quads at some point yeah I'd recommend getting a standalone ohm meter.

Avoid the caravela as a first mod. The clones are good, don't get me wrong, but the caravela is supposed to come with 5 different length positive pins to adjust for your atomizer and the clone comes with 1. So basically you can only use it with atomizers with an adjustable pin, or you're risking having gaps or battery rattle or worse yet, no connection.

The nemesis clone is a solid choice. It's tried, true, great with magnets, and it's a standard 22mm size. Fasttech also sells colored aluminum tubes for it if you want a lower voltage drop or the look. If I were buying a new mod right now and I didn't have any, I'd get a brass nemesis clone off fasttech with the black or red tube kit.

For the atomize it just depends on how much you want to drop. You can get GREAT results from some of the cheap $5 fasttech atomizers simply by picking up a pack of m2x0.4 machine screws and replacing the cheap screws most of the fasttech attys come with.

Cheap RDA's:

$6 Fasttech Omega clone

$3-5 Fasttech phoenix v5 nimbus clone (with the above mentioned screws)

Authentic igo-l/w (cheap on 101vape)

Mid end RDA's:

Igo-W + 22mm top cap (cap it all vapes) + optional copper posive pin (about 30-40bux)

Trident v2 clone (about 20bux)

Atomic clone (will be in the wild soon, be patient)

Low-High End:

Authentic Nimbus

Authentic Patriot (some sites are selling it for $50)

Don't be afraid of starting with something lower end, I have a zillion RDA's and my $5 fasttech nimbus clone and my igo-l/w's probably see the most use. Airflow control isn't really needed since you will probably find an airhole size you like and stick to it, that's what a drill's for. I like having it, but things like "how easy is this thing to build on" are much more important.

u/Wetip · 2 pointsr/RBA

just saying doesn't help that much but yes read most of their posts, the best help and advice is to get

^^ VG

and pick some flavors from TFA

also grab a 1ML syringe and a 10+ one for the VG

also look up flavors at

hope it was some help to ya

u/Jam3z_C · 1 pointr/RBA

Pretty much everything has already been said, I love this stuff though. I'm using the Labo organic Japanese cotton (as it was cheaper) and it's working great. I don't think I'll ever be going back to regular ole organic cotton. And the pads are extremely easy to work with.

Here's a link to where I bought mine, in case anyone is interested:

u/ButteredToads · 4 pointsr/RBA

I have this printed out at home in my vaping box. Or you can use the steam engine app android I just started myself and the best thing is to just do it. It is really intimidating but easier than you think. I went to my local B&M and got them to show me how to make a coil and then watch me make the second one. It was really helpful. I also got a coil jig and learned how to do the scottish rollwicking style. (One thing I didnt learn from the video, maybe I missed it is the fibers are in lines and you pull the cotton like you are pulling the lines apart.

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u/sleepynate · 2 pointsr/RBA

I've got this one and it's great. Can set it up to 8 minutes which is perfect. I use 1 drop of dawn detergent and give it a little swirl before I put everything in and it just cuts all the grime out of the little nooks and crannies you'd never be able to reach. It's really neat to sit and watch little bubbles of crud get shaken off your contacts, and much nicer than taking fine-grit sandpaper to them since you don't have to worry about taking off plating.

For those looking for an ultrasonic cleaner, spend a few more bucks and get one that's a few bucks more, you'll be glad you spent the extra $10-20.

u/thetafour · 3 pointsr/RBA

this is what i use.

Does the job, super cheap and loads of it. Shipping might take a while, but im very happy with it.

u/Disconn3ct · 2 pointsr/RBA

I do 30G, 9 wraps around the 2nd-to-smallest jig from this kit. Make both, fit them, check resistance, check for even heating (both glow together) and good to go. Should land around 1.1ohm total. (2.2 each)

I've got 32ga (almost 100' due to a mis-order) but its super fiddly to work with, I always end up mangling the coil either putting it in the atty or trying to wick it.

The jig is roughly 1.5mm IIRC but I haven't taken a solid measurement.

u/3423553453 · 1 pointr/RBA

You want a RTA or a RDA ? RBA is quite vague, it could refer to a tank that uses both pre-made coils and has a "RBA deck" or anything rebuildable really.

Cotton: amazon

Wire: lightning vapes

Cheap atomizers: fasttech

For a 30w device like an iStick, you can't power dual coils in a reasonable way, its range is from 0.4 to 2.13ohm. I think this is the optimal coil and this is an RDA you can't go wrong with and that supports single coil.

u/Aedalas · 0 pointsr/RBA

While those will certainly work I'd suggest getting a better torch setup. Something like this and thise. I've went through a 1 lb tank (slightly bigger than what I linked) since I started with RBA's around 6 months ago, I can't imagine how much butane I would have went through in that time.

u/7by12 · 1 pointr/RBA

Yes, I was just thinking that... bend the legs out of the way. The craft press he uses in his photos, this one is pretty cheap on Amazon.

Edit: Here's the one I bought: Quick-Grip 546 Mini Bar Clamp by Quick-Grip

u/IncognitoAcc · 1 pointr/RBA

I'm using 7x7 3/28 inch cable. 316 grade = surgical grade/marine grade stainless, more resistant to corrosion. Better than 304, what is used for many RBA construction. 25 feet for 11 USD


No matter which rope you choose, make sure you torch it till its red hot to remove anything from the manufacturing process. Some people just boil it, but I wouldn't.

Yes, get some nice cable cutters.

u/Stheno · 2 pointsr/RBA

I use this Xuron Flush Cutter for wires/kanthal/silica and it cuts through anything like butter. Xuron makes great tools with lifetime warranties.

u/oheysup · 1 pointr/RBA

This is all I know of, probably the one you've already seen at the craft store.

Other than that there's some fisherman sets like this that could be useful i guess.

u/flat4gt30 · 1 pointr/RBA

This is concerning, the nominal voltage range for an 18650 is 3.6-3.7 and the maximum voltage on a full charge might hit closer to 4.3v. What charger are you using, and what volt meter.

I would still recommend picking up a true multi meter, it dosen't have to be a fluke or a klein, just something that gives an accurate reading.

u/wurzle · 1 pointr/RBA

I got a 100 pack from amazon, because every time my kayfun isn't hitting right I just swap a new one in (and it seems to help more often than not). Here is what I bought on Amazon, but I wouldn't be surprised if home depot sold the same thing. A 100 pack of rings is only ~2x as much as a kayfun spare part kit from vaperev.

One other thing I'd recommend is pre-lubing both the o-ring and the spot it sits with a few drops of juice.

u/GoAViking · 2 pointsr/RBA

Personally, beading pliers have become an invaluable tool for me when rebuilding. Perfect for bending the leads exactly how I want them, without marring the wire.

u/TheXyster · 2 pointsr/RBA

Are you wanting a tank with coil heads or build them yourself?

As far as VG, check out Amazon. This is a good deal

u/namrak · 1 pointr/RBA

I purchased one of these the other day, specifically to try out these prettier coils. I'll let you know if it works with this type of setup.

u/cremestick · 1 pointr/RBA

I usually wash it with some dish soap and hot water, then throw it into an ultrasonic cleaner which is great because then you don't have to worry about losing small pieces down the drain.

u/fsckin · 1 pointr/RBA

Xuron 170-II Micro-Shear Flush Cutter

Doubles as a hangnail remover in a pinch, and vaping toe jam sounds like a bad idea. :)

u/BiloxiSucks · 2 pointsr/RBA

One of the reviews says his wire cutters broke. I haven't used them yet but they don't feel that flimsy. And he also said he couldnt return but it shows I can so I don't know. I've used everything else in the kit and it works just fine. The scissors are the fold up kind and they work to but I just use regular scissors.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 2 pointsr/RBA

Non-mobile: beading pliers

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u/DustForVomit · 6 pointsr/RBA

You most likely won't be able to find the correct screws at the hardware store. You can try a hobby shop or just order them online.

The post screws for the kayfun are stainless steel M1.6x3mm pan head

Not sure about the screw size for the patriot/clones, but the standard size that all of those 3 post drippers (nimbus, all the igo stuff..etc) use is M2 x .04. I would just buy some new stainless steel ones from Amazon

u/tigerw00ds · 2 pointsr/RBA

cant tell you how handy that thing has been for ecig related uses! no scratches on any of my mods or atties to date.