How to Maintain & Rebuild a Vivi-Mini Nova and CE4

by Sonar505
March 13, 2013
The author's views below are his or her own and may not reflect the views of Ecig Advanced

The Vivi-Mini Nova’s and the CE4 rebuildables are one the stable vaping items that always seem to generate quite a bit of discussion. Whether you Love them or hate them almost everyone seems to have at least tried them. Even vapors who tend to prefer the higher end stuff usually reveal that they have a few for when they go out and about and don’t want to take any chances with their more expensive equipment. They have been out for quite a while now and have been through a few changes. But the look and ease of use have not changed. There have also been many clones made that can sometimes be hit or miss. Quite a few people have contributed to making them better trying different wick and coil combinations until they found what works for them. They have also been wiling to share their findings with the vaping community and for that I thank them.

Here is what they look like for those few that have not used or seen one.


When you first buy one you might be amazed at the ease of use. Can be filled straight from the bottle (no syringes needed), they produce a lot of vapor, are super easy to disassemble and clean, And have very good flavor , for those that say the flavor is muted there are simple changes to improve that also. For those that don’t like rebuilding you have that option also they sell replaceable heads in different resistance that can be bought very cheaply,screwed on refilled and go. If you like working with your hands then they can easily be rebuilt for even cheaper. It’s your choice.

You may already have your routine down on how you handle your Vivi Nova’s. So what follows isn’t for everyone its for someone who has been using one for a while now and doesn’t want to spend money on more heads or someone who wants to coax more flavor out of them. They might not know what the term dry burn means or even that you could rebuild them.

This is what works for me. I have broken it down into two parts. First is after you have already rebuilt the head and want to replace the wick either because it will no longer clean or you want to change flavors. The 2nd Part is how to recoil and rebuild the head to set it up for easy wick changes. So now you don’t have to wait for the wick to dry before refilling.

As I might have mentioned before there are quite a few clones and more coming.



This is also how you dry burn to clean when you first get these , except you can leave the silica wick in. it won’t burn the red hot coil will turn it from black back to white.


Part 2


I hope that I answered more questions than I created. But if you do have any please post them.

Thank you for taking the time to read/view this.


38 Responses to “How to Maintain & Rebuild a Vivi-Mini Nova and CE4”

  1. morrinb on March 13th, 2013 6:49 pm

    Great tutorial!

  2. Aaron on March 13th, 2013 7:21 pm

    Wow, you covered it all. Thanks for shareing!

  3. tiffjamesnjj on March 14th, 2013 3:16 am

    thanks for posting! pictures help ALOT!! think i might be one of those that sticks with buying new heads for the moment.

  4. RCO67 on March 14th, 2013 4:18 am

    Great tutorial. Should I say pictorial? Been rebuilding these since the day I bought one.

  5. slap_maxwell on March 14th, 2013 4:42 am

    Nice job on the tutorial! I’m sure those who use the devices will be having an adult beverage in your honor soon. 🙂

  6. Michelle on March 14th, 2013 12:55 pm

    Wow Lots of great info here.

  7. brock on March 14th, 2013 1:51 pm

    great thanks

  8. Flux83 on March 14th, 2013 4:06 pm

    wow very detailed thanks

  9. Karla Lyle (MsV8PR) on March 14th, 2013 4:55 pm

    I will definitely be buying some of that cotton thread next time I go to Walmart. that is much cheaper than the silica I have. For .30 cents it is worth a shot. Thanks.

  10. TheCrookedOne on March 14th, 2013 9:14 pm

    Interesting 🙂

  11. brianwilson on March 14th, 2013 11:52 pm


  12. imtheboss on March 15th, 2013 12:04 am

    Thanks mate!

  13. mongrel on March 15th, 2013 1:04 am

    As always a very detailed and excellent guide.

  14. MrsB3 on March 15th, 2013 3:06 am

    Great pictures.

  15. bybees3 on March 15th, 2013 3:09 am

    Good job. Nothing beats pictures like those.

  16. Danielle on March 15th, 2013 4:59 am

    A tutorial with pictures! right up my alley 😀

  17. Chad on March 15th, 2013 6:58 pm

    ThANKS for this! Really helpful!

  18. Kirk on March 16th, 2013 1:02 am

    Great, great great lesson

  19. Hannah on March 16th, 2013 4:43 am

    great guide i never knew all this!

  20. Courtney C on March 16th, 2013 3:49 pm

    This is en excellent tutorial, ive got it bookmarked for future reference!

  21. John "Shub" Fellhoelter on March 16th, 2013 5:52 pm

    Great post! Thanks for the step by step pic by pic tutorial!

  22. muertala on March 17th, 2013 12:07 am

    Excellent tutorial

  23. Mike on March 17th, 2013 12:25 am

    WOW. Big thanx. Thats a big help if I grab me some of these ever. I bookmarked this blog!

  24. brock on March 17th, 2013 2:06 am


  25. brock on March 17th, 2013 2:18 am


  26. Tony on March 17th, 2013 4:39 am

    Great, thanks.

  27. LOVE2VAPE on March 18th, 2013 7:15 am

    Nice job. This will help with some problems on my vivi.

  28. Tony on March 18th, 2013 9:03 am


  29. saboinia on March 18th, 2013 1:24 pm

    >:} nice post

  30. brock on March 18th, 2013 3:54 pm

    i want those tools

  31. MrsB3 on March 18th, 2013 8:51 pm

    Hubby spends a lot of time messing with this stuff.

  32. bybees3 on March 18th, 2013 9:04 pm

    Love the wire twist and bead deal. Will have to give those a try.

  33. trav on March 18th, 2013 10:57 pm

    Yep, I dont think anyone, would ever have any questions after this one. Thanks for all the hard work you put in on this.

  34. stogismkr on March 24th, 2013 4:58 pm

    Great tutorial!! Answered alot of questions, thanks.

  35. brock on March 26th, 2013 1:56 pm


  36. bybees3 on March 28th, 2013 6:57 am

    I’ve yet to rebuild either. I have about a dozen vivi heads and haven’t gotten my ce5s in. It’s only a matter of time

  37. Tyler on March 29th, 2013 4:02 pm

    great rebuild gld i found this!

  38. FloridaVaping on April 16th, 2013 1:14 am

    This has to absolutely be the best way I have found to rebuild my Nova coils. There is just too much nonsense and talking on YouTube for me. I like what you did with the pics diagram. I am waiting on my wick and wire to come in this week so I can start building my own. Once again, thanks

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