E-smoking update, where to get replacement parts, and how to clean it right
I'm still doing the e-smoking thing or electronic cigarette or whatever you want to call it. Recently I bought some replacement parts. For those out there that are interested in how much this stuff costs, where to buy and moreover what to buy, this will help you out.
I started out with a BLOW ONE e-smoking kit, but as time went on I switched over to what's known as the eGo 510; this takes some explanation but it's really easy to figure out.
The eGo 510 is for all intents and purposes a standard in e-smoking; it is a very specific screw thread size. When you stick to that size, you can get replacement stuff easily. Is the cheapest way to do it? No, but it is the most convenient.
What makes up an eGo 510 is three things. Battery, tank and charger. And the easiest way to get these three things is from eBay.
As it turns out, a BLOW ONE does in fact use a 510 thread. This means yes, you can attach a 510 battery or tank to a BLOW ONE and it will work.
eBay terms to search for for those that want to get this stuff right now
- eGo 510 replacement batteries
- eGo 510 replacement tanks
- eGo 510 replacement battery chargers
Battery and tank sizes
This is the only part that confuses people, but again it is easy to figure out.
Batteries come in mAh power ratings of 650, 900 and 1100. The higher the number, the longer the battery is, and the longer it will hold a charge.
You might think, "I'll just get the 1100 mAh since it has the longest charge." Well, I wouldn't be so quick to get one. Yeah, it does hold the longest charge. But it also makes the whole thing so long that it can be bothersome. When you have an e-smoking apparatus that long, it doesn't fit in the pocket anymore.
My suggestion is to try the 650 first. It has the shortest charge, but should last all day, and that will fit in the pocket easy with tank attached.
When it comes to tanks, I purposely buy lots of 10 in the 1.6ml size. The first thing that is going to wear out on your e-smoking apparatus will be the tank. You'll start getting burning taste and the vapor just won't plume like it used to. 99% of the time this means you need to put on a new tank.
I buy small 1.6ml tanks because the 2.0ml-and-above is just too damned big. And if you attached a 3.0ml to a 1100 mAh battery, that is a ridiculously long apparatus when it's all put together.
A 1.6ml attached to a 650 mAh battery keeps the size smaller, more manageable and fits in the pocket easily.
Batteries at the time I write this are between $7 to $10 each, and a lot of 1.6ml tanks are between $12 to $15.
Total cost for a lot of tanks and two 650 mAh batteries will be between $25 to $30.
No, this does not include the cost of e-juice. But if you're reading this, chances are you're making your own juice or buying it from a local shop already, and all you need is the replacement stuff. Now you know where to get it.
How to clean this electronic smoking apparatus easily
I had to learn the hard way how to do this stuff. But now that I know how, it makes my e-smoking stuff last a whole lot longer.
Without a doubt, your best friend will be dust remover spray, but only if you use it in a very specific way.
What happens is that e-juice will get into the battery area, and it is a huge pain in the ass to clean it out, unless you have the dust remover spray, which makes cleaning really easy.
How it works is like this:
- Remove the battery from the tank.
- Look at the battery. If you see any liquid at all in the thread, it needs a cleaning.
- Take dust remover spray and attach the little red straw to the nozzle.
- Look away from the battery, then give a few generous sprays in there. All the e-juice collected in there will be forced out. If you don't look away, it will spray right into your face and possibly in your eye.
- Take a cotton swab after you're finished to dry the remaining liquid.
- Take that same cotton swab and clean the battery charger as well.
You do the above, and your battery and charger will last at least twice as long, if not longer. If you don't, you'll get e-liquid gunk that will build up and ruin both the battery and the charger.
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