The Beginner Series – Part 5 – Batteries, Tools, Wicks & Accessories


Choice is a wonderful thing, however how do you know what’s good vs bad and what’s genuine vs a clone? As you’ve should have gathered by now, there’s a lot of moving parts to advance vaping. From the types of batteries you use to the tools and the cotton you build with can make a difference to how you vape.


If you’ve bought a mod that takes external batteries then the type of batteries you’re going to be using will matter. Especially if you’re going to be on a mechanical mod. As there’s no circuitry to get the most out of a battery, considering the voltage draw and the available AMP output of the battery will determine how well your vaping experience will be.

Don’t go thinking you can just pop some AA batteries in your mod, these typically do not have enough amp draw or capacity to handle vaping. The most common battery types are 18650 batteries however it is important to buy batteries from trusted suppliers as there are a lot of re-wrapped and cloned batteries out there.


Similar to batteries, there’s so many cotton types out there. When I first started vaping I soon realised that the cotton was literally the same as makeup remover cotton pads! These days there are cotton made specifically for vaping, some consist of heat resistance materials to increase the lifespan of the cotton. The type of cotton and how much you use will affect how efficiently the juice is soaked and drawn up to the coil. Youtube is full of wicking methods and the amount of cotton per atomiser changes to depending on how you like it. Japanese organic cotton with a Scottish Roll method is my current flavourite as it gives me a consistent flavour across all of my atomisers.


If you are venturing into rebuildable territory you need tools. You don’t needs lots of kit however brands like Coil Master have a handy kit which will generally include everything you need. To be honest all you really need is a a pair of ceramic tweezers (to adjust your coil when heating), a coil jig (to wrap your coils if you’re doing that) and a pair of scissors (to cut your cotton). Most atomisers which are rebuildable will supply you with the screwdriver or hex tool to install your coils and your mod (providing it’s regulated) will act as your ohm meter. The Coil Master V2 set has lasted me for the last 3 years without a need to upgrade or invest in more tools.


Lastly, the majority of the atomisers have standard connectors (you’ll heard the term 510 connector which relates to the size of your vaping mouthpiece hole, not to be confused with the 510 PIN which is the pin that connects your atomiser to the mod) which has seen a range of 3rd party accessories come to market to enhance your vaping experience. Materials such as Ultem and Delrin help disperse heat from your coils to your mouthpiece which will make for more comfortable vaping.

There is so much to cover here and we will go in depth to provide an all round understanding however the above should at least give you the knowledge to decide where you want to go in the first instance.

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