Done with Premade!!

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ok, so i have been using pre-made coil and wicks for my RBA’s… they can be pricey, but they are good to have around, so I have heard…

I installed a brand new premade on my phoenix RBA, and it was a big fat MEH, the draw was to airy, and I haven’t had this muted flavor since i was vaping on the T system lol. decided that I had to do something about this!

either way I made an order awhile ago and got some kanthal and silica wick.

BTW i have no idea what gauge this kanthal is.. it came with the igo mini.

Decided to break in the igo mini SS.

And fyi the igo is pretty good, vaping on it right now, good draw and easy to put together!


so i scowered youtube, and rewatched optimos video.


I really like optimo, IMO he is right up there in my top reviewers!

Cool thing is making your own coil and wick is crazy easy!

i quickly made one, and boom 2.1 ohms!!

gawd that ohm checker on the vamo is splenid!

so I put some vapedudes butery nipple 50/50 on it….

And we have lift off!!!


trimmed the silica, and honestly this is the best vape i have EVER had! I think that it had something to do with the feeling of knowing that I made it myself…

There are always posts about what if the FDA brings down the hammer and hikes prices up…

Well pretty sure that they can’t regulate silica and kanthal! so knowing how to do this can save you!

So, in short if you are still buying premades, try making one, it was fast! If i can do it you can probably do it better!

Oh, and if you have not tried RBAs yet, try them, if you have any patience it is worth it, i promise!

Thanks for reading, i am so happy that I HAD to make a blog!


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  1. Chad says


  2. morrinb says

    So very true. I had some pre-mades that I pulled apart (nothing wrong with the wick). Rewrapped them with my own wire and was amazed at how much better the flavor was than they were before. Kanthal for the win, in my opinion.

  3. Tyler says

    awesome! nice post!

  4. Michelle says


  5. tiffjamesnjj says

    still vapijg strong on it! shoot can’t spell

  6. bybees3 says

    Way to go tiff!

  7. Mike says

    I have not tried any of those yet. I might have to. I definitely have not built one myself. Sounds fun!

  8. Nev NYC says

    Congrats!! Yes it is easier than we both may have thought and Yes the ohm reader on the Vamo is great!! I didnt have as good experience as you but practice will make perfect 😉

  9. Aaron says

    Good job!

  10. MrsB3 says

    Great job!!

  11. Flux83 says

    Very helpful thanks

  12. Flux83 says

    I wouldn’t mind getting the mini, i am a little worried on how small it is.

  13. tiffjamesnjj says

    the mini even looks goo on a twist, would look better if you had a skirt though

  14. slap_maxwell says

    Great job, Tiff! How quickly they grow up and start rolling their own coils…. 🙂

  15. RCO67 says

    Way to go tiff. I think the best way to overcome that intimidation factor is to jump right in. It isn’t “hard”. Just a little trial and error and any vaper can be making wicks and coils. Yes, I agree, the satisfaction of doing it yourself cannot be understated. It does make the vape more satisfying.

  16. manudawg says

    Great job Tiff!

  17. bybees3 says

    I’ve ordered my first Cobra style atty. Gonna give ss wicks a try. Wish me luck.

  18. tiffjamesnjj says

    i think that the next wick that I am going to make is going to be with cotton cheesecloth, i think that it might cover the area better, and since i had such a great experience with making this one, i am hoping that the next ones will be as easy! btw have been vaping on my igo since i made it!

  19. slap_maxwell says

    Cotton works great as a wick on RBAs…much better flavor to me….

  20. MrsB3 says

    Bill is always trying to improve his last build. I just VAPE.

  21. Tony says


  22. Stephen W says

    I didn’t even know you could buy premade wicks and coils from RBAs!

  23. slap_maxwell says

    You can, but it’s really better to dive in and roll your own. It gets easier and easier and you can learn how to make them just the way YOU prefer them to be…bonus!

  24. tiffjamesnjj says

    i’m still using it 🙂 still making clouds of vapor!

  25. Mike Z(WindLvr) says

    Now that you have done it successfully you can start playing with the resistance and dialing in your perfect vape! Congrats on your first coil wrapping!!!

  26. tiffjamesnjj says

    i tried making one from chessecloth…
    crap salad that sucked!
    then i altered a premade… ugh 2.9 ohms sucks lol
    now vaping a new one, and it needs to soak in… has an odd taste lol

  27. VapersWin says

    Funny thing about silica. I cant get it to save my life. I bought many things with premade set ups and when it was time to rebuild, I sold them to someone that could. I owned some GG stuff and they never lasted long. Why does silica hate me so much?

  28. tiffjamesnjj says

    i think that the next wick will be made out of cotton yarn… i think i need to boil it first, will have to look it up.
    I read somewhere that if you inhale silica fibers it could harm you… STILL better than a ciggarette, but i would rather use cotton if it tastes good

  29. slap_maxwell says

    Cotton works great in the Phoenix; if you build the coil right, you can pull out the old cotton and string some new through it every few days or whenever you change flavors.

  30. Karla Lyle (MsV8PR) says

    I use to make my wicks in the Igo L like that too until I figured out if you fold the silica over like in Cody’s video it works a lot better. Glad you are making your own wick saving some money and getting a better vape 🙂

  31. aaron says

    Great post!

  32. kelliperkins says

    I really need to learn this…

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