by Shane Eubank November 28, 2016
In this video, Shane demonstrates a simple single coil install on the TM24. A good install is key to your coils longevity and enjoying your vape. There are a few basics to keep in mind.
Make sure you’ve got all your basic tools lined up: a set of flush cutters to trim your coil leads, a coil jig to keep your coils level during the install, and the appropriate driver for your atomizer. You’ll also want a reliable regulated mod or Ohms reader to set your atomizer on and work out your coils.
Back off your screws enough to fit the coils and check to make sure you’ve chosen a coil that will fit the build space nicely, leaving enough room for wicks. Check the cap of your atomizer to make sure you know how high to position the coil so that it’s in line with the airflow. Using your coil jig or suitable rod, position your coil in the post holes (or clamps as the case may be). Alternate between the tightening first one side and then the other, keeping the coil level, until you’ve fully secured the coil. Once the coil is locked down, snip the ends of your lead off, as close to the posts as possible. It’s a good practice to cover the end of your lead while you’re snipping so that it doesn’t go flying across the room.
Once you’ve trimmed your coil, use your coil jig to make any alignment adjustments necessary. Now we’re going to lightly pulse the coil. You don’t want to hold your finger down on the power button: just pulse, at about the 30 watts mark or so should do it. What we’re looking for at this stage are any hot spots. A hot spot is just a point where the current jumps between wraps (a short circuit) instead of following the pathway we want it to : see the video for example.
We want to work out any hot spots that appear by lightly strumming the coil and/or giving the coil a light squeeze with our ceramic tipped tweezers. What we’re doing is just getting the current back on track so that it flows along the course of the coil instead of making any leaps. It’s important you take your time here. You don’t want to keep firing the same hot spot(s) over and over again. We’re aiming for a nice even glow, that starts from the inside of the coil and works it way out.
Once you’ve worked out any hot spots that you have and the coil is glowing evenly, check the resistance that your device is reading against the resistance that you’re expecting from the coil. It should be pretty close if not exact. You may need to tighten your screws down a bit again. And that’s pretty much it- easy, peasy. It just requires a bit of patience. If you’re installing dual coils, it’s pretty much the same process- you’ll just install them and work them out at the same time, alternating between work on each coil.
Take the time to install your coils carefully and maintain them with cleaning in between and you’ll get loads of use off each set of coils. Unlike coil heads or some of the cheap coils that come as an accessory with your device, a set of expertly crafted coils will last you a couple of months easily if you take care of them.
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