Vaping has exploded in popularity both as a way for people to quit smoking tobacco, as well as a true craft hobby – akin to craft beer in popularity and devotion. Whereas in the past, vaping was done with rudimentary machines. Nowadays, devices are truly works of art and the technology being them is getting more and more advanced. Take, for example, the Rebuildable Atomizer (RBA) and the Rebuildable Drip Atomizer (RDA). Many vapers will even use both, as an RBA usually has a tank and is convenient for on-the-go like driving, but an RDA requires you to constantly re-saturate the wick to continue to puff.
However, things can and will go wrong if you do not take care with them. Today we’re going to talk about how to avoid damage to your RBA/RDA. We’re not going to go over basic things like battery or device safety, as those should be learned by the time you’re at RBA/RDA. The first thing we will touch on is preventive maintenance. Just like your car, your vaping setup needs love every now and again. With RBAs and RDAs, the minimum maintenance you should be doing on these about once every 2-3 weeks is to change the coils, inspect the wicking material for burns, and consider cleaning your tank or drip well. The best way to do this is to use a very high proof neutral spirit (vodka, everclear, etc.) You should never use Rubbing alcohol on anything you’re going to be ingesting. Also never use water as you will surely damage the coils.
You also want to make sure you’re avoiding the dreaded Dry Hit as this will damage coils and wicks, forcing you to change them more frequently. Most commonly, dry hits are caused by your wick or tank being out of juice, the juice having too high of a VG content which will cause absorption issues, or you could have gunk on your coils and need to change them.
When you do change your coils, and to help prolong their life and function, make sure you’re “priming” your wicks. After you change the coils and re-saturate the wick, take 5-10 draws on the device without pushing the fire button and then let it rest for 10-15 minutes. This will help the wick re-absorb and distribute the juice much better – giving you a better vape.
Avoiding damage to your RBA or RDA is key not only because it will ruin your vaping experience and potentially cost you money, but it will take time away from what you should be doing – vaping! They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so make sure you’re taking good care of your setup!