The rebuildable: tools and materials

Breaking into the sphere of rebuildable regulars is quite a difficult task if you don’t know how to go about it. The DIY of an atomizer requires a minimum of experience since it is in this case an artisanal replacement of a tool which is of industrial origin. The principle that guarantees a good coil is both electronic knowledge (especially on the notions of basic electricity) and particular agility in the assembly (for the resistance). That said, this ability still needs to be accompanied by good tools suited to the task you want to undertake.

The material used to personalize is crucial if you want to achieve a result that reflects the desired rendering of a good vape. And these don’t have the same purposes so they can’t be used for all the types of coils you want to make. You should know that a simple loose screw at the level of the wick, a spacing of the turns or even a too weak resistance can strongly change the quality of a vape. And what about a dry hit caused by too thick padding of a badly cut fiber? All these imperfections encourage the choice of precise and usual tools in front of a reconstructable; whether it is a dripper, a clearomizer, a cartomizer or other.

The right tools for the right assemblies

For the reconstructable, the technique and the tools depend to a certain extent on the assembly that one seeks to make. With the multitude of series that can be encountered (single or double coil, parallel, Clapton, twist, etc.), the need for professional equipment is quickly felt since you cannot do everything with a single screwdriver in your hands. This does not exclude the velvet hands of some experienced vapers who can perform mechanical surgery with a pair of scissors; but having the right equipment is always advisable for those looking for perfection.

Should we invest in tools?

The question of the price of the material is relevant when thinking about the economy. Indeed, making rebuildable consists of customizing a coil for a specific flavour on the one hand and saving money so as not to have to replace it too frequently on the other hand. Why do we have to increase the bill by buying special tools in this case? To make up your mind, first consider the fact that the equipment used for this kind of odds and ends (screwdriver, scissors, pliers, etc.) will be usable a thousand times. Then, this type of equipment does not necessarily buy at a high price! You can find complete outfits for cheap.

Which material, for which task?

Let’s now go into detail and attack the foundation of reconstructable! Before wildly dissecting your electronic cigarette, let’s review some basics. A rebuildable atomizer is an organ that is intended to be tinkered with as its name suggests. We can find several models but the principle remains the same: replace the heating system or the resistance and the wick in order to obtain a more precise and more durable result. In this action, one is asked to unscrew the bases, replace the wires, cut the fibers, and monitor the electrical proportions at the same time. It is in this perspective, which is common to all reconstructable, that the basic tools find their usefulness either; special Phillips screwdrivers for the base, scissors or cutting pliers for the wire and the wick, and finally an ohmmeter for the calculation of the resistance. Let’s take a look at the basics.

1- A set of screwdrivers

The fixing of a coil is generally done with cruciform screws (in the shape of a cross) which are used to block the resistive wire wound in a rigid and stable position. It is essential to use a good set of screwdrivers when extracting the old resistor and replacing it. In terms of its ergonomics, you have to be careful not to bring large Parkers in the sense that a coil is very small and very narrow. If you don’t want to scratch the wall or break anything, consider using the thin, short screwdrivers with flat bases and floating shanks for more manoeuvrability. Question efficiency, use hard materials (alloy, titanium, aluminum) to protect the bases of the screws.

2- Pliers

Clamps serve a double purpose. Firstly to cut the resistive wire which is often a fairly hard metal or alloy (it is not a roll of tin), and which requires a precise and fine tool. Some do-it-yourselfers use scissors or nail clippers, but the result is not always guaranteed. Secondly, the flat pliers (ceramic) are used a lot in tightening the turns of the resistance. If these are not homogeneous enough, the heating surface can become a problem by providing very little heat (diesel effect) or may not heat at all!

3- Rods for winding the resistive wire

Screwdrivers are often used to make the coils of a resistor, but they are not always well measured. The diameter of the wires must be precise in order to provide the correct resistance, and in the same vein, it is better to conform to the calculation which is appropriate in front of two or more resistances. Knowing that the heating surface does not only depend on the size of the wires but also on the diameter of the resistance itself.

4- An ohmmeter

This accessory is the very basis of the resistance calculation and no rebuildable can be tinkered with without an electronic calculator. The obvious error of a failed coil is always based on a bad calculation of the value of the resistance, which causes it to heat a little too much or not enough. However, you can use basic multimeters to determine the property of the current, but be sure to master its options.

5- A torch

Before closing your coil, you will have to break in your resistance by exposing it to a certain temperature. Any element that can provide heat, or fire, in this case, can be used (lighters, matches, candles…) but for greater precision, opt for a torch that concentrates most of the heat by the flame, directly on the resistive wire which will quickly get rid of oxidizing materials (which rust the metal in the long term).

6- A metal brush

It is not an assembly material but can be used to maintain your clean coil. The fact that it is metallic generates an action of purification of dirt and corrosion that can be found on the organs of the coil. Not to neglect!

Fantasy or Passion?

At some point, a lambda vaper always ends up being interested in rebuildables when he realizes that there is a lot to gain in them. This little DIY experience then begins to germinate until it becomes a real passion. It is from this moment that we say to ourselves that we must acquire new techniques and that we must invest in something heavy! And hardware vendors for rebuildables hardly disappoint in the vast ocean of gadgets.

With the amazing array of tools on sale today, you can conceive of ideas that cannot be realized with basic tools. Whether it’s a big octa-coil assembly, yes it’s possible! With mixed whorls down to the marrow (with two, three or more structures). If you have the right tools, you can create the craziest resistance! And what’s more is that these tools are very, very affordable and, like a kid in a toy store, you won’t resist the urge to get several models. To go around the top of the tops, here are some reconstructable jewels:

The Swiss Army Knife:

If you don’t like mayhem and mess, invest in multi-purpose knives that combine the essential tools for your mods in a single accessory. As a flagship example, the Victorinox StattQualm is a real concentrate of small gadgets which is a little expensive (around 80 euros), but which keeps all its promises in terms of quality with scissors, tweezers, pliers flat, a Phillips (GR) and flat screwdriver bit holder and so on!

The keychain for rebuildable:

Why not work quietly on its assembly with special tools for rebuildable? Become a pro by completing all your coils thanks to the complete kits that can be found almost everywhere! With the panoply that is held in a specific location, benefit from a complete range of pliers, screwdrivers, scissors, coil-winders and icing on the cake: a specialized ohmmeter to check the resistance of your circuit.