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Stop throwing away your protank coils

Here is a 5 minute fix that will not only allow you to keep reusing your coils, it will taste better and create more vapor. It is recommended to rewick even a new protank coil and change the cotton every day or two to get the most life out of it.

All you need is a used protank coil, some organic cotton (organic cotton balls will work as well), and scissors (small beard trimming scissors work the best).

 

Take the coil out of the base it is in, remove the silicone cap and pop the coil apart/in half.  If you have never done this you simply hold each end of the coil and bend in half like you would snap a pencil in half.  The key is that you "bend" the coil in half so that the part giving is the slots in the side and it will pop right apart/in half.

Set the stem part off to the side and you should see this. There should be a couple wicks laying across the coil and another wick in the coil.  Pull them, they should slide out easily.  Make sure you get any stragglers.

*Edit: after the coil is rewicked cotton the top wicks are not needed.

All you will see is the spiraled wire coil.  To clean, rinse the coil and immediately screw the coil back into the base and put on your battery.  Fire the battery until the coil sizzles for only a second.  This will remove some of the residue. Be sure to not heat the coil until it turns red (picture below).  If the coil gets too hot it may start to melt the grommets holding the coil in place.

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Now you have a coil that is as good as new.

If you need to you can gently move the coil in a position that is lined up with the slots in the side of the coil. Now get out an organic cotton ball and pull off a thin strip from it. If you look the cotton ball has a "grain" and its easier to tear a clean strip with the grain. Over time you will learn the best size piece of cotton to get it to be not too small and not too big. 

Spin the end of the cotton so that it is small enough to thread through the coil.  I usually snip the tip off so its a clean thread. Your goal is to get the cotton so that you can pull the fluffy part through the coil while it still fills the coil snugly. This isn't a huge deal when you're first doing it as you will get better.

Here there is a little resistance as the fluffy part of the cotton is pulling through.  If your fluffy part is too big and will not pull through do not worry.  If you pull it too hard it will pull the coil out.

Once you have it where you want it snip off the excess cotton and fluff up the cotton as much as you can to fill the sides of the base.

Now get some of your juice out...dragon tears

...and put one drop on the coil.  I even use the juice on the outside of the dropper to swab some juice on the cotton wick so its completely saturated, which makes even the first pull enjoyable..

All you have to do now is pop the top part of the coil back in, put on the silicone seal and enjoy the added flavor and vapor you get with organic cotton.

 

 

 

Please follow these instructions at your own risk.  Organic cotton is highly recommended for this tutorial.


Luke Gates
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70 Responses

Jocelyn Caulfield
Jocelyn Caulfield

November 19, 2018

When you take the old.coil out and it has the wire in it….Is that something that needs to go back in? The wire?

Naazim
Naazim

November 19, 2018

I can’t find Organic cotton in Zimbabwe. Will 100% pure cotton do

Naazim
Naazim

November 19, 2018

I can’t fingers Organic cotton in Zimbabwe. Will 100% pure cotton do

Luna
Luna

November 19, 2018

Great tutorial. I’ve been using a Kanger Protank II with MT32 coils for a few years and tossing out the burned-tasting coils for too long. Noticed recently that the cotton has been burning up faster – don’t know if they started using a different (probably cheaper) source for cotton but whatever, I only get about 2 days if that of decent-ish flavor with their current Organic Cotton MT32 coils. So it’s super to be able to clean and refresh them with organic cotton to get more use! Luckily the organic cotton in the original coil was easier than silica to remove (it was so burned the ends of the cotton just pulled out and the rest rinsed and dry-burned away.) In a pinch, even regular cotton balls are better than nasty burned cotton (prefer the organic but Was easier to do than I thought it would be. A little work for great savings

Jane
Jane

November 19, 2018

This is my first time & I’m guessing I’m having a hard time getting the cotton through bc I didn’t use dry fresh cotton? I had some organic in another tank & rinsed it off & blotted excess off. I can’t get the cotton through coil to save my life I even tried wrapping it around a needle. Help?

mario g
mario g

November 19, 2018

for all the people than cant take the cotton out, just try to take off as much as you can and pass a small screedriver throught the coil to remove what you can, then plug the coil into de battery and dry burn the remainig cotton , voila

Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones

November 19, 2018

Thank you for writing/sharing this. I was looking for a way to both save money on coils, and for a way to recycle coils, and this is everything in one step. :)

Ivanmar
Ivanmar

November 19, 2018

Why not put cotton back on top of the coil too? Critics of this nicotine delivery system worry about microparticles of coil materials and overcooked fluid components being delivered along with the vapor into the lungs. I tend to doubt this is as much a problem as breathing in tons of ash from partly-burned tetraethyl lead from passing automobiles might have been when I was young and gasoline was “leaded” and many other sources of potentially-damaging particulates still extant ( somehow I survived… ;’) but the point is the ever-present critics. Cotton on top would serve to filter some or all such particles haunting the insecurities of the naysayer community.

I am still using my “starter” evod. My first replacement coil assembly has cotton instead of the fiberglass original and it was a marked improvement. I’m going to do your rebuild on the original so I’m always one-up on a cleaned wick/coil assembly ( which also makes a marked improvement—-I wash it all out with some vodka driven through several times with a syringe ) and that’s going to make things more convenient.

Thanks for the great tip.

—Ivanmar

Hguols
Hguols

November 19, 2018

First of all, this is an AWESOME template to restoring coils. Bravo! Thank you for posting this!
I’m surprised at so many people having troubles with this – I’m a few months in to vaping and found this very easy to do and follow. A few things though I’d like to add:

For one, “*Edit: after the coil is rewicked cotton the top wicks are not needed.”
I disagree! That’s half your wick!

I’ve actually been able to make satisfying results skipping a few steps. Water is not needed – don’t waste your time.
Here’s what I do:
1) Take apart the coil as instructed above
2) remove the wicks from the coil (should come out without too much effort with tweasers)
3) Dry burn the wires (as instructed above)
4) blow away the ash with your mouth
5) twist some cotton thin through the coil
6) Take more cotton – be generous and pack as much as you can in on top of the wire coils and still put the coil back together
7) put the “drill part” back on and trim the excess
8) take the "drill part off again (or trim without putting it on if you’re awesome) and twist the top/loose cotton as tight as you can (I’d recommend a little oil on your fingers) – seriously, get it super thin! If its not thin enough, you’re vapes will feel clogged.
9) soak the top/sides in oil, put back together and VAPE!

For those of you who CANNOT get the cotton out of the coils, don’t fret – you can still do an effective restore. Just dry burn with the cotton in the coil until the coils are clean and blow the ash away. Yes, the cotton in the middle will still be black, but its not black from vape oil gunk – its charred CLEAN from the wire coil and that makes ALL the difference.

From there, just follow steps 5) on that I mentioned, and you’re good to go! Yeah, the wick in the coil is same old, but the new cotton you put on top of the coil is new and again, half (if not more) of your wick! I’m using a “partially” restored one right now that I couldn’t pull the original out of the coil and it works great! The first 3-4 vapes tasted a little funny, but very clean after that. No leaks, no mouth full of oil either! It still tastes cleaner from the original wick alone and I get better throat hits from the nicotine!
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Last but not least, you do NOT need to use organic cotton, as long as its 100% cotton. All organic means is that they didn’t treat the plant with “chemicals” (fertilizers, pesticides, etc.). …but then again, you’re talking to the guy who can’t really taste a difference between the farmed raised organic chickens I buy from this Amish family, and chicken bought from the supermarket.

Enjoy!

amy
amy

November 19, 2018

I have so many coils. Thank you so much i just did this. It works great.

Chris
Chris

November 19, 2018

I saw this idea way back and I’ve been doing this for about a year and a half. More vapor, longer coil life, less battery consumption and far, far less dirty liquid.

Tips: Use a bottom insert from a dual coil unit…they have a bigger air inlet. Or, carefully drill the insert out a bit. Use slightly bigger wire …next gauge up probably. Make sure you get plenty of cotton in there. I know it’s tempting to go easy on the cotton because you get more vapor but it will leak if you have too little. My coils usually end up at about 3 to 3.25 ohms. This is fine, just bum the voltage up a bit. Some people who know very little say this set up will drain your battery and kill it quicker but considering that I got an evod-twist to last about 15-16 months and had to charge it less, I’d say they know nothing about how electricity works. It’s all about efficiency. Mine only draws about 6.5 watts and I’m betting that temp control wont even do as good of a job as my set up @ 6.5 watts because of that stupid silica wick and no airflow. Also… anything you can do to get more air to the bottom insert is helpfull. Use a drill bit, a file, whatever it takes to open all the pathways. Even 15 or 20% makes a big difference when using these little units.

Tom
Tom

November 19, 2018

This is amazing.

Nikko
Nikko

November 19, 2018

Great tutorial. I’ll be trying this for sure. I take it the head will no longer have the stem as it comes from the factory, is that correct?

David
David

October 26, 2015

Will this work with a eGo cTwist by chance since it kinda looks like its the same kind of coil…
jonnyxx
jonnyxx

September 06, 2015

Just another person saying many thanks for taking the time to post. The most useful vaping tutorial so far. Cheers.

Ella
Ella

July 31, 2015

No matter what I do, I can’t get this to work. The first one tasted awful, but I wasn’t using cotton. So I got premium organic cotton. It tasted great and worked great- for the first three hits. Then it flooded like crazy.

I am desperate because I LOVE the Kanger dual coil VERSON ONES, but hate the VERSION TWOS, and it is almost impossible to find the version ones anymore. Can someone help me?

Rhonna
Rhonna

July 17, 2015

I have tried numerous times to remove the wick from the coil and cannot get it out! (Used ones) I have a mini protank 2. I’ve tried tweezers and Kelly clamps. The top ones come right off. It’s the one thru the coil that’s giving me a hard time. What am I doing wrong, it looks sooo easy?

Andy
Andy

June 23, 2015

This works great! However, I did notice that if you wait until the burnt taste indication that it’s time to change the coil to re-wick, the old wick is impossible to get out. It melts to the coil and becomes useless. Now I re-wick every other day and I’ve been using the same coil for a month now. No issues yet!

LD
LD

February 25, 2015

I saw somewhere that you can soak coils (without the top rubber) in hydrogen peroxide..seems like a pain though. Anyone know how effective this is?

Leo Nicholson
Leo Nicholson

February 16, 2015

Works like a champ for me. I just changed the cotton in the same protank 2 coil for the third time. I find that changing once each week is satisfactory as they last longer than the original silica wicks. I’ve had no leaks and the rewicked coils perform much better than the original. It takes little longer to rewick this way than to attempt cleaning old coils!

Russell
Russell

February 09, 2015

I buy a wick and coil assembly and change them, it’s very simple.

Cam
Cam

February 08, 2015

Works awesome, thank you!

ChristianProgrammer
ChristianProgrammer

January 19, 2015

Get your magnifying glasses out ladies this is some intricate tiny brain surgery esque stuff… granted the task is easy (not brain surgery) if you can finger the little thing lol.. and Ha ha to the guy who asked about re using the wicks the goal is replacing them with a better material for the coil. (Organic cotton) Amazing how all this info is out there on the internet and people still just don’t get it .. Oh an the guy who asked about regular cotton balls hahaah yea um don’t do it lol nasty!!

anthony
anthony

December 26, 2014

Do you have to use organic cotton balls can you not use regular cotton ball

Maria
Maria

October 16, 2014

will this work if the coil no longer works? I’m new to vaping, and for some reason, my coils stop working completely after about a week. I just had to go buy some new coils because the one I was using stopped working. I have about 5 old ones so far, that do not work at all. I’ve looked at some videos on how to rebuild coils, but they all require a type of wire that I can only find online, so I haven’t been able to try rebuilding yet. Please let me know if this will work in my situation. Thank you.

Erik
Erik

October 05, 2014

Was very skeptical at first but this is awesome! Thanks for the post.

SmokinHot707
SmokinHot707

August 26, 2014

Easy peazy! I had a fresh coil in 15 minutes, first try.
I can’t believe the TASTE! It’s a whole new world of flavor – thanks so much!

Wanetta
Wanetta

August 21, 2014

You can use clear liquor like Vodka to clean your old coils. Let your coils soak a couple of hours rinse then dry.

ITCVapes
ITCVapes

August 19, 2014

Drew,
We recommend changing the cotton once a day or every time you change to a different juice. You can reuse the coils if you continue to rewick for some time.

Alan
Alan

August 10, 2014

This works great. I have 60 of these sitting in a large wine glass on a shelf. Time to get busy. Two down and 58 more to go. Thank you for this.

Drew
Drew

August 08, 2014

Great tutorial! How long before I will have to put a new cotton wick in? Will I be able to use same coil again?

Kat
Kat

August 05, 2014

I have a protank II..will this work on mine?

Cat
Cat

August 05, 2014

Great Tutorial! Will have to try this, a bag of cotton balls, even organic, would pay for itself many times over.

To those who has posted about the old wick “fused in place”, allowing hot water to trickle over the coil for a few minutes will help to loosen to wick & assist in cleaning the coil base & kanther wire.

ITCVapes
ITCVapes

July 30, 2014

Rob, you throw away all of the silica wicks and you do not need any “top” wicks when you use cotton.

rob
rob

July 30, 2014

One question? What do you do with the flavor wicks that were on top? Do you not need them now with the new build?

bvapes
bvapes

July 27, 2014

Just did this, messed up my first coil pulling the wick out, i uncoiled the coil with it. Second one i took my time and it came out okay, put the cotton in and tried it out, first puff was a little off and i was skeptical but the next couple tasted great and gave a good amount of vapour. I switched back to the coil I had been using previous cause it was brand new and the taste cannot be compared. The organic cotton coil blows the store bought ones away, tastes way better and gives a better cleaner hit imo. Thank you for this info!

Cheri Fine
Cheri Fine

July 23, 2014

Love it I am going to try it

Anonymous
Anonymous

July 14, 2014

The coil weirded me out at first, but I did get it completed, and it WORKED!!! Even better than the original cotton that was in it. THANK YOU!

Ican
Ican

July 14, 2014

Confirm to this. I did it on protank dual coil. It works!.
Only it take some time to put the cotton on dual coil.

First. put it on the lower coil. second in the middle. the last put it on upper coil. added another cotton on top of the last upper coil but it cause leak because the soft plastic could not shut properly. Finally remove the last top cotton. And it works like a charm. Much better flavour for me and more vapor. Awesome!!!!!

Thanks for this post.

arvid
arvid

May 29, 2014

I tried it, messed up 2 double coil kanger before succeeded. The taste is unbelievable

Candice
Candice

May 26, 2014

Is it normal to taste the cotton the first few times I use it afterwards?

Luke
Luke

May 20, 2014

Jeff,
It is recommended to either use organic cotton or boil regular cotton. Organic only costs about $2-3 at your local drug store. A cotton Kanger will put the stock silica wick to shame it is so much better.

Jeff
Jeff

May 20, 2014

This idea came to me a while back,, had trouble with braided wick going through the coil. Cotton ugh,,,y does have to be organic cotton balls or does it?

Susan
Susan

May 08, 2014

Followed the tutorial without a hitch. Thank you for posting such an easy guide! Just wondering if you’ve intentionally left off the 2 flavor wicks on top of the coil? Thanks!!

Tye
Tye

April 15, 2014

I tired this on my vape only tank and it works even better. More flavor and vape!

petra
petra

March 28, 2014

always trowed these coils away, today i tried to replace it with coton and it works !!! not even that but taste more flavor and get more vape yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Michael R
Michael R

March 27, 2014

This would be a great video if someone makes it.

Patrick
Patrick

March 25, 2014

I take this one step further and wrap my own coils, running a 1.4 micro coil, and she’s doing fantastic

April
April

March 24, 2014

Have you figured out how to replace the coil with new kanthol? Once the coils gets old/used enough, the could turns to ash. Wouldn’t have believed it except I actually did it with one of mine.

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

March 19, 2014

My first protank is on the way. Still learning thanks for the great info!!!

joe
joe

March 17, 2014

Genious,thank u, i also used a needle to help pass though ! Thanks again,they even hit better i think!

Zoy damas
Zoy damas

March 14, 2014

This is so awesome and very simple to do. I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to teach this. I was down to my last coil and it was pretty much dead and wouldn’t get my new coils for another 3 days. You are a life savor and to be honest, this coil works 10x better than a new one. Thank you!

Casey
Casey

February 15, 2014

Did it the other night for the first time. Works great.

Leann
Leann

February 15, 2014

Awesome tutorial! I’ve been throwing coils away all this time! I haven’t tried this yet, but I definetly will!! Thanks so much for sharing!! :)

Heden Aklowd
Heden Aklowd

February 13, 2014

I’ve been rebuilding my Kanger coils for months now. A while ago I saw a post on how to do dual coil Kangers. Now I have a 1.0 ohm dual coil Protank II and 3 1.4 ohm dual coil Protank IIs.
Tip for removing old wicks gently pull out as much as you can with a tweezers then dry burn it. Repeat until clean.

Seth
Seth

February 13, 2014

I just tried this, and had no problem. Took all of 5 minutes! It was a little bit of a chore fishing all of the old silica out of the original coil, but once it was all out, the coil washed off, and dried by firing, it was a breeze sliding the cotton into the coil, and the rest is history! Thanks so much for taking the time towrite this tutorial! Works like a charm!!!

;)

tammy b
tammy b

February 12, 2014

great, easy to follow tutorial but can you help me troubleshoot? I follow each step but in the end all I get is a mouthful of juice! What am I doing wrong?!

itcvapes
itcvapes

February 12, 2014

Kim,

evod and protank coils are interchangeable.

Kim
Kim

February 11, 2014

I’m new to vaping. Can you do this with an evod coil as well. They look the same.

itcvapes
itcvapes

February 10, 2014

Will,

you can move the coil around enough so that you will be able to thread the cotton through. Use a straightened paper clip. Just don’t pull up or move it too much or you may pull the coil out.

Will
Will

February 10, 2014

Once I take the old wick out, I can’t get the cotton through the coil. The ones I’ve tried , the cool is at such an angle that there no way to get it through. Any advice?

Corey
Corey

February 10, 2014

Look up rip trippers video on micro coils for protank, of your coils are used and the silica is burnt up,you won’t be able to do this. A micro coil is much better trading than stock,and use cotton on that too.

Lisa
Lisa

February 10, 2014

Very useful and helpful, thank you.

Vapin Pete
Vapin Pete

February 10, 2014

Okay, I’m about an hour into the 5 minute fix. I’ve been through 5 used coils, and not on one of them did the old wick slide out easily. In fact, there is no way the wick is ever coming out of any of them cleanly.

My guess is that the prerequisite for this method is that you de-wick and clean your old coil as soon as you are done using it. The used coils I saved are a blackened mess that seems to be fused with the wick material.

I’ll still save these and do the full coil rebuild with them some day, possibly.

Vapin Pete
Vapin Pete

February 10, 2014

I’ve been saving my Protank coils. I’m gonna try this!

Doug
Doug

February 10, 2014

I KNEW I kept all of those old coils for a reason. Thanks for the tip!

Kristy Peach Crawford
Kristy Peach Crawford

February 10, 2014

Thank you for a great tutorial and fantastic pictures. I finally see how to do it!

Dawn
Dawn

February 10, 2014

Now that looks easy :) ty

Eileen Will
Eileen Will

February 09, 2014

Thank you so much! This was very helpful to a beginner like me & very easy to understand!

Tim
Tim

February 09, 2014

Very nice tutorial.

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