If you’re ready to start getting more from your Evods, and rid yourself of the extra hassle and expense of buying replacement heads, now is the time to learn how to recoil your own!
What You’ll Need
- An Evod. Please get an authentic one. I have tried some knock offs that were absolutely awful. Normally I am all in favor of clones, but in this case it’s worth it to get the right kind. I get them from Fasttech for $3.57 shipped. They work great, they are AUTHENTIC, and FT has the best price on them you are going to get.
- Kanthal Wire – I strongly recommend 28 gauge. You can get it on Ebay for about $5 shipped.
- Cotton Ball – Sterile cotton balls from CVS – around $2 for a huge bag
- 3/32 Drill Bit – I specifically like the 3/32 size because it allows for a bigger wick, which reduces the risk of flooding. Pick them up at Walmart for around $1.
- Something to test ohms – any mod that measures ohms will work, an ohm reader or a multimeter.
- Clippers – to trim wire/cotton. Nail clippers, wire cutters or scissors will work.
Step 1: Wrap the Coil
We’re going to want to wrap a coil that looks like the above. For this tutorial, I did 10 wraps of 28 gauge Kanthal around a 3/32 drill bit.
Each wrap is going to increase the amount of ohms your atomizer is. At 10 wraps around a 3/32 bit, mine came out to 1.8 ohms.
I have found that generally BCCs do better with higher ohms. Low ohm BCCs tend to suffer more easily from dry hits, so they are a little bit harder to get working properly.
You are going to want to wrap a tight micro coil. If you don’t know how to do that yet, here is a tutorial.
Once your coil is wrapped, you are going to want to apply it. Stick a toothpick or smaller drill bit through the coil, and stand it up in the center of the atomizer deck with the legs hanging through the hole in the bottom. Slide the rubber gasket back through 1 of the legs, and bend the other leg off on the side of the atomizer deck. Then stick the positive pin through the gasket. Trim off any excess wire.
At this point, TEST YOUR OHMS. You want to make sure that it reads about 1.8 if you are following my tutorial, and more importantly make sure there aren’t any shorts.
Make absolutely sure your coil isn’t touching any part of the metal atomizer deck.
If everything checks out and your coil looks like mine below, you’re ready to apply the wick.
Step 2: Apply the Wick
This is pretty easy. Since we went with a standard horizontal coil, all we need to do is tear off a small chunk of cotton. Then roll it tight enough so that you can thread it through the coil. You want it to be a snug fit, but not to the point where you have to struggle to pull it through.
Once your wick is through, clip off both ends. It’s ok if there is some hanging out each side of the atomizer deck.
Now again, you are going to want to check your ohms. Sometimes you can bump the coil around while putting in the wick to mess things up, so give it a quick check to make sure they are still correct.
If the ohms check out, then you are ready to prime your wick. Get it good and saturated with juice. Then tightly put on the top cap and rubber sleeve, fill up your tank and screw everything together.
You are now ready to vape!
The Bottom Line
Coiling an Evod is a relatively simple process as long as you follow this basic outline. The horizontal coil is a lot easier to do than the vertical coil method. Both can work great, but I have found this one is generally less finnicky.
Additionally, I think it is very important to use the 3/32 diameter for your coil. I used to do these almost exclusively at 1/16 but I found that they ended up flooding easier – probably because the wick is not as thick due to the smaller diameter. 3/32 diameter will give you a nice thick wick, and should dramatically lower your chances of flooding.
Once you master rebuilding BCCs, you’ll be amazed that anyone actually pays for replacement cartridges!