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  1. Hype

    Hype Member For 3 Years

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    Has anyone of you ever hit the sweet spot on any RDA or RTA the same way that the vape reviewers do ? It looks magical to me the way these people get such perfect flavor and clouds on their first builds on gear . ( Gear name not important ) NOT ME , it takes a few builds , a few wicks and A LOT of cursing to get good hits and so on .. Just curious to see how I can improve my techniques and where I am failing . Anyone ??
     
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    5150sick Under Ground Hustler Staff Member VU Administrator Senior Moderator VU Donator Diamond Contributor Mod Team Leader Member For 5 Years

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    The coil position is very important.
    if they are a little too high or low it throws the airflow off and can mute the flavor.
     
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    f1r3b1rd Phantom Pilot Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Diamond Contributor VU Challenge Team Member For 5 Years

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    I have 3 go to builds that I use dependent on the rda. I also make it a habit of placing the coil roughly 2-3mm from the airflow, keeping the airflow centered at the coil. In some cases I nail it first time out, but in most some tweaking is involved. (Some RDAs have taken more work than others to nail down.)

    Dont get cought up with what you SEE reviewers do. They are mostly just sales personnel nowadays, hocking each others endorsed products.

    The better ones have played with the item for a few weeks before discussing it at any length. It's hard to take any reviewer seriously; especially, the ones that know less about a product than I do when they get on camera. If a person is opening the package for the first time on camera, how can you trust their knowledge of the product?
     
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    gsmit1 Gold Contributor Member For 1 Year

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    It usually takes me at least one trial build to get a feel for how the atty behaves and then adjust from there. Sometimes one or 2 more.

    Except the Profile. That one took me1,234,879 tries.
    Quite so. I just pulled a 5 year old cheapo back out, that already vaped good, pulled the coils up another mm or so, rewicked it and it's a night and day difference. Awesome flavor. Truly. In fact, I'm going to grab a few more at a buck and a half apiece in a couple days.
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    Another thing that bugs me about many reviewers is how they build and wick the thing and then tell me how great the flavor is on the first 2 pulls. Dude. There's no way that cotton is broken in and I have enough experience at this point to know that it takes a little while for the flavor to really pop with fresh cotton.
     
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    Vape Fan More like I am now, than I was before VU Donator Gold Contributor Member For 2 Years

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    Yes. Mostly or all of those have been single coilers.
    For me it easier to get it right right outa the box for for single coil RDA's, and I have a few that the first time was a charm.
    Then the single coil RTA's are a usual good to go first time, while some can take me a couple times > for coil type/position and wicking. For these usually the first time is at least good, but then adjust on the next rewick or build.
    For duals, whether RDA or RTA, I don't build coils so I'm always rechecking to hit my resistance before building. Usually takes a couple times to move resistance up or down depending on the atty, coil placement, wicking. Dual coil RDA's I only have a couple since I'm mostly a single coiler. One was super the first time and no need to change anything(Asgard).
    I don't get along as good with dual coil RTA's, usually takes a few. Probably because it's so much easier for me to get a fantastic vape w/1 coil.
    Just an hour ago I cleaned and built a dual RTA I hadn't used in a while that I've built 3 times and it was good 3 times. This time I changed the coil type and id, moved the resistance up a little, and vaping it now with more wattage than I use on anything else, and WOW !!
    My 2 mesh RTA's took me 3 wicks to figure out.

    Helps to know your target resistance and how to get there.

    Might help to find a responsible reviewer that vapes like you and kinda follow their lead as a guide.
     
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    Carambrda Gold Contributor Member For 2 Years

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    I do admit I couldn't have pulled it off without watching multiple YouTube build video tutorials first, but still nevertheless I hit that sweet spot on my first RDA ever, the Wotofo Troll RDA 2, on the first try even before my first vaping month had passed, and that also included building the coils from the ground up with spools of round wire, my (newly bought back then) cordless drill, and some basic tools like fishing swivels, successfully on the first try also despite my having no coil building experience whatsoever back then. This all happened like 3 years minus 2 weeks ago. I've learned a lot since.

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    It doesn't matter how good your coils are... if something is wrong about the positioning of your coils, the airflow setting, the wattage, or the wicking job, then it won't be in the sweet spot that's for sure.
     
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    Overall I agree with all of the above, and the better reviewers have tested the piece for a while...when a reviewer tests an an rba right out of the box it does not seem fair to me , but I listen to thr reviewers thoughts as to the construction of the atty. And yes I have had a good experience right out of the box. Recently I tried the Kelpie and used the supplied coil, which I usually ignore. It was perfect for me, other coils I have tried since have been good but not like the OG.
     
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    Thank you guys . You are awesome !!
     
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    One thing I've learned, that's very important for me, is never trying a new juice with a new atty. I've tossed a few new attys to the side because their first build seemed to perform horrendously. But it turned out that it was only the new juice that I used in the atty that was horrible.
     
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    Some attys have no sweet spot :)
    Such as many that came with squonk mods.
     
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    ^^^^^^ This.

    I have far more trouble with dual coils than singles. And of that trouble, much of it has to do with ramp-up time. Sometimes I have to change a build out completely because there's just too much metal in the two coils and I don't have the patience to wait for it, and I'm not upping my wattage to 80 just to get the coils hot.

    Position of the coil in relation to the airflow, keeping the track of air clear of cotton, as well as the proportion of the coil and cotton to the free space inside the RDA, all those things should be checked as the build happens, just as a matter of routine. And remember that the rules don't always apply - sometimes air just does its own thing. I ended up with air whooshing along the side of a single coil (that is, instead of hitting it directly, head on) in a C2MNT clone and it vapes great. Go figure. The suction created by your draw on the RDA is going to pull the air where you need it, regardless of how your coil sits or where the air hits it, so imo the air passing across the coil for the longest distance possible, and through open space for the shortest distance possible, is going to produce better vapor and flavor. But hey, I'm still a relative noob. Whadda I know? :)
     
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    That Nordic guy on yourtube (Morton? maybe? cannot remember) has some very interesting videos on how air acts in RDAs. His examples are crude but appear to be applicable. The biggest lesson I learned was that air goes straight until it hits something; it doesn't necessarily bend toward the drip tip after entering the RDA. It explains why RDAs like the CSMNT and Drop could produce decent flavor even though their AF doesn't exactly line up with the coils.
     
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    Morten Oen is his name. With the CSMNT the airflow does line up with the coils, at least it does after you line up the coils with the airflow, which is what I always do (pics below)... it also explains why the Drop RDA is not for me. Having the airflow improperly lined up reminds me of trying to smoke a normal cigarette that's got a hole in its side just before the filter. It simply never works. The optimal distance between the air holes and the coils is something that Morten also talked about in at least some of his videos, and, he also talked about how the air speed plays an equally important part. So the reason why some people think none of it matters is often because they are never going to get enough air speed, be it because they vape at such a low wattage that there's nowhere nearly enough underpressure being created inside the chamber of their RDA or because they don't understand the simple fact that, with most 24mm/25mm dual coil RDAs, having the air holes completely wide open is going to suck more air in at the sacrifice of the air speed. So they are never going to feel the oomph, like, they've been smoking cracked cigarettes their entire lives, it's just what they will always continue to assume is right so they remain unaware that they're missing out on something, and they can't ever be argued with, as you can't fix stupid.

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    I do pretty much every time. I use the same builds the first time using something. It's much easier to test flavor if you use a build & cotton you're familiar with. And after using enough attys, you basically know where to place the coils to get the best flavor once you've looked at the deck.

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    First chance I get, I'll try it your way, and we'll see if stupid can indeed be fixed. If only I had been smart enough to realize how stupid I am, I'd have known to seek advice from The Great and Powerful Oz.
     
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    I didn't say you're stupid. Some people just don't like oomph so it is still only a matter of personal preferences, but my point was that a lot of people never even tried to find out what exactly ARE their own personal preferences, and, often (but certainly not always) it's because they're just too stupid to even want to ever admit.
     
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    Alright then, noted. Apologies to OP for the derail.
     
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    Be cool guys , it's not a pissing contest here . Look at it like a means to improve upon first time fails , and a way to call out bullshit that come with trying new gear !! Keep them coming , just be nice . We are all here for the love of vaping ..
     

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