by Shane Eubank February 28, 2019
Congratulations on your recent mechanical mod purchase. Chances are you put some serious consideration into your options before making a choice and now you want your mod to last as long as possible. The good news is that mech mods are generally built to last and with a bit of basic care you can expect to get much more use and enjoyment from your device than you would expect from most regulated devices.
The single most important thing that you can do to preserve your mechanical mod is to clean it. Wipe off juice right away. Clean the threads on your switch and hybrid cap regularly. Anywhere pieces come together and current flows through them, clean often. This includes the 510 post on your atomizer. Any connection that is dirty can introduce voltage drop. The more often you give it a quick wipe, the less you will need to do a deep clean in the threads, etc.
When a deep clean is required, make sure you’re working in a space that has room to lay everything out and where small parts can’t easily be lost, rolling under furniture or being lost in clutter. Replacement parts are not always readily available so you want to take care not to lose or damage anything. A toothbrush works great for cleaning threads with a little soapy water. Wire brushes are a bad idea because they can damage the threads especially on items made of copper which is relatively soft.
Mech tubes are usually made from one the following materials: stainless steel, copper, brass or aluminum. Since each of these can come in different finishes, either bare or coated, some individualized cleaning methods are required for the tube itself. Nickel plated mods can be fingerprint magnets but clean to a high shine quite easily with a quick wipe. Bare copper tubes develop a deep rich colour over time if allowed to patina. They look great shined up as well but this can take a bit of effort. My own collection includes both shiny and patinated mech mods as I like the look of both.
Cleaning a simple copper or brass mod to a high shine by hand is not a difficult process but can require some patience. For those who prefer a less laborious process, a polishing rig is a good option. A polishing rig is a simple tool where one side screws into the 510 connection on the tube (or RDA) and the other end goes in the drill chuck. You can use a polishing compound like Brasso or Silvo with a soft clean cloth. Specialized cloths like Swipes are available which don’t require the use of any additional compound. These are nice because there is no ‘gunk’ to clean out of grooves or engravings after the polishing is done. Either way you will notice your cloth may get black. This is the oxidation that is removed from the mod or RDA and is completely normal. Just ensure that if you are using a compound, it is suitable for the material of your device.
Something that you may notice on your switch contact pin is “arcing” marks. This is caused by electricity jumping from the battery to the contact when you press the switch just before final contact is made. It typically happens with very low builds. Every mech design is different so this effect varies across devices. A firm wipe of this contact area will remove most of the marks. Be careful when cleaning switch contacts as some have silver plating that can wear off if you clean too aggressively. If the resistance of your coils matches the safe amp output of your batteries you should not see much arcing.
One thing to bear in mind when reassembling your mod is not to over-tighten any parts. This is an unfortunately common tendency and can result in stripping threads, particularly on softer materials such as copper. A little patience and care goes a long way. You want everything to come together snugly but you don’t want to force anything. Again, replacement parts can be difficult to come by as manufacturers don’t always produce extra parts.
And that’s pretty much it. Keep your mod clean and your builds safe and you can expect to enjoy your new mech mod for years to come. Congratulations on making a smart investment! As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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