What is the best way to test your DIY. Is there a certain RDA, Build and Wire that’s commonly used for taste testing your DIY Eliquid or is it best to taste test just as you would normally vape. I make eliquid primarily for my own use and I’m under the impression to test like I vape. Any thoughts on this subject.
My current taste test setup, Plume Veil Clone Fused Clapton @ .3 ohms.
Back in the day before all these fancy wicked coil builds, that is exactly what “dripping” was and why there were drip tips. You literally had an atomizer with a drip tip on it and every couple of puffs you dripped a couple drops through the drip tip and onto the metal “coil.” This cut out all the crappy polyfill that would burn and taste like crap. My first “mod” was replacing the polyfill in a cartridge with a pyramid tea bag. Oh how things have changed. Lol
I recently change the way I test my new recipes. I put a drop on my finger and taste the juice itself. It saves me a lot of time and cotton because I don’t have rewicked everytime I test a juice. That way I get 100% flavor. I Also use this method to see how much a coil build mutes the flavor of the juice by comparing the raw flavor of the juice against the vapor a coil produce. I’ve come ip with a system to rate my builds this way. You would be surprised as to how much a bad build can mute your flavors.
I’m the exact opposite… I only build and vape in tanks in TC mode. So to change flavors in tank I simply vape a tank dry. TC mode doesn’t burn the cotton so I just load the next flavor and in a few tokes my new flavor shines. I very seldom have a flavor to linger after a flavor change. If so, I do a cotton change… but not very often. For myself I found it best to test just as I normally vape because I use to use a dripper for testing, but sometimes there’s a huge flavor difference between drippers and tanks. That’s why I test as I vape.
I like TC because of no dry, burnt hits. It gives a very even vape and it’s a wonder when changinging juice. There are several stock tanks that offer TC friendly wire in the coils. I’ve been using only Ti for a while and it works best for me.
Some people are perfectly happy with vaping standard screw-in coils. I do this all the time with my TFV4. But I only do this on my device I take to work. Partially, because I love my Sigelei 150 that doesn’t do TC. But also for the convenience of not having to mess with anything while at work. My TFV4 with the quad coils is 100% hassle free, and gives me a good vape that is fine for me.
But at home, it is a different story. I have Ti in every one of my tanks except my new Alliance RDA, which will have Ti tomorrow. I used to build crazy fused claptons. But I haven’t done that since I started using Ti. I am contemplating revisiting the clapton builds again to compare the flavor vs Ti. But I remember when I switched to Ti I told myself I wouldn’t build any more claptons.
So if you are happy vaping with screw-in coils that’s great. But when you get ready to step to the next level, I think Ti is the way to go. Ti coils are so easy to build. And the help here is enough to make it an easy transition for anyone.
As far as testing goes, I have a dual build on my Velocity. If I am testing a bunch of recipes, I slip a short piece of cotton into each coil, just long enough to stick out a mm or so at the ends of the coil. That is enough to absorb enough juice for a good taste test. And if I want to add a few more drops it does the trick. Everyone has leftover tidbits of cotton. These work perfectly.