Vaporizer and E-Cigarette gear: the best 18650 batteries, battery chargers, accessories and tools for rebuilding your coils.
Vaping is a very personalized experience and not every battery is the right pick for a given situation. For instance if you are using a high ohm / low wattage build, you might not pick the same battery as you would for some low sub ohm / high wattage vaping.
Batteries are typically designed in 3 ways:
Most of the time you might pick something right in the middle of high capacity and high amperage for a good general use battery.
Check out our battery safety guide for some more in depth detail that explains Amperage and battery capacity as well as how to stay safe with regulated vape mods as well as unregulated mech mods and more.
These general use batteries usually are good middle of the road picks that can suit low powered all the way to higher (but not the highest) wattage situations. They provide a good mix of battery life and amperage.
These 18650 batteries provide consistent power and drain and at an amazing price.
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The higher wattage ranges on regulated mods or lower ohm builds on unregulated need to be primarily concerned with the continuous drain rating on their battery selection.
Batteries that are capable of putting out more power without becoming unsafe are an absolute must.
The trade off for having a higher continuous drain (A) is that the battery capacity is not high.
The LG HB6 is a very highly regarded 1500mah 30A 18650 battery that is perfect for vapers that need extra amperage for higher wattage vaping or lower ohm mech builds.
By higher capacity, it is understood to mean higher mAh. This is the rating that indicates how long a battery will last.
These typically have a lower continuous drain rating (A) meaning they are designed to be used in a higher ohm build (mech) / low wattage (regulated) situation.
These higher capacity batteries are really good fits for single coil builds and in a single battery mod.
Vaping at 12w with a 1+ohm coil one of these high capacity batteries can last more than a day or two, depending.
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The Samsung 30Q is a great 3000mah that provides long battery life for low wattage all day vaping.
Often referred to as the Brownies, the HG2 provides a great mix of long lasting life (3000mah) and a suprising 20A continuous drain that will suit most vapers needs.
Far and away the most common battery used in vaping today is the 18650 battery. However some of the more recent vape mods are starting to use the wider 26650 battery.
When looking for the right battery charger we want it to have the following features:
This high quality, 4-channel battery charger will charge most 3.7V Li-ion or LiMn batteries including 18650 and 26650 at variable power rates of 0.5A, 1A and even 2A.
Built in safety features:
A ultrasonic cleaner is a nice to have accessory item that allows you to get your new tanks, rdas, clapton wires clean of grit and machine oil. It can also be used to speed steep your vape juice to get the full flavor without the weeks of waiting.
The Vevor Commercial Ultrasonic cleaner is sold on Amazon under many different brand names. It seems that one manufacturer in China makes these units and they are distributed by several companies.
Coming in at under $100 for a 3L unit, it is a pretty good deal. Most cleaners, such as the home versions, come in plastic housing and are still around eighty bucks.
This cleaner is housed in stainless steel which is nice as you don't have to worry about any thing melting from the internal heating element.
The internal heating element is 100w and heats the water pretty rapidly. It is able to go up to 80 degrees Celsius, which is about 176 degree Fahrenheit.
Ultrasonic cleaning is the main feature and this unit is able to put out quite a bit of vibration with its 120w ultrasonic generator.
A stainless steel wire basket comes with the unit and has rubber tipped feet to prevent damage to the well portion of the cleaner.
The well and basket is capable of cleaning several tanks and rdas at the same time which is great.
I usually disassemble and clean every new tank, regardless of appearance, along with all the tanks I have been using over the past month and give them a quick clean. I also usually drop in several strips of clapton wire that I plan to build with to make sure there isn't any machine oil or dust in the grooves for peace of mind.
I usually just fill the unit above about halfway to three quarters full with warm water and some liquid dish soap. After the cleaning cycle, just rinse everything in the basket off under the kitchen sink.
The timer maxes out at thirty minutes, which seems standard across units. This seems to be the right amount of time to get everything clean.
Since this unit has a build in timer and heating element, this device is perfect for quick steeping vape juice. The ultrasonic vibrations continuously agitate the vape juice and the heating element set at 60 degrees celcius makes steeping quick and easy.
You just have to turn the unit back on a few times since the timer shuts off the unit after 30 minutes.
The only problem with ultrasonic cleaners is the racket. Normally I try to isolate the unit in a closet that has an outlet and tuck a towel under the door to drown out some of the excess sound.
Cotton Bacon V2 is a fantastic cotton for pretty much every build type. It is high quality, fast wicking and it provides a clean flavor profile.
Wick'n'Vape has come up with a really great wicking cotton blend here in Cotton Bacon version 2.
Cotton Bacon was designed with the goal of making a 100% safe, pure and durable wick. Some organic cottons can still contain some traces of organic pesticides or fragrances, but not Cotton Bacon.
Wick'N'Vape uses a U.S. grown dual fiber blend that has been cleaned thoroughly and had all non-cellulose fiber removed. This process leaves just super clean pure cotton wicking material behind.
In the resealable pouch you get several 4" 'bacon' like strips which can easily be separated, torn or cut. No more cutting a strip off your cotton pad or trying to deal with cotton balls. This stuff is very easy to build with and looks very clean.
Wick'N'Vape claims no break in period as it is a 100% tasteless wick. When tested it actually did have a very short break in period but it was only a handful of drags as opposed to the half a tank or more break in with other cottons.
Cotton Bacon can keep up with my chain vaping.This is a very absorbent wick and I have only experienced dry hits when I accidentally let the tank get too low. When this occurred, the cotton was able to recover without giving me that residual 'dry hit' burnt flavor.
Love this stuff. Provides a great vape, easy to use, and it is fairly inexpensive for the amount of cotton strips you get.
If you are rebuilding coils a must have is a high quality ohm meter. Building on a ohm meter to prevent any shorts in the RTA or RDA is just plain safer.
If you don't have an ohm meter you are forced to build directly on your regulated mod and as well know they don't have a wide enough base to remain stable and upright very well.
We want an ohm meter that:
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This easy to use ohm-reader is an accurate reader that can read down to .02 and up to 9.99. It is powered by a standard 18650 battery and is able to fire while on the device.
This ohm reader is an easy to use and accurate (some tests available show error to be 0.01 ohms at 0.1 resistance) for builders.
The shape makes it stable to build on and is designed to no have any places where juice could flood the device easily. It has two modes, read and fire modes making it perfect for vapers who like to dry fire their coils to reduce hot spots.
Complete rebuild kits are a pretty easy way to get all of the tools and items you need to get started rebuilding coils.
These are also nice because they come in a well laid out carrying kit where everything fits snugly in foam cut outs.
Parts that are included in most kits:
The DIY kit is further improved in version 3 with the improved world famous Coil Master Jig and the new 521 mini ohm meter.
The complete kit comes with all of the tools you will need to build your own coils with ease:
Disclaimer: We are not engineers and the recommendations in this article are opinions. Every individual should research each battery before purchase and use to guarantee their own safety. The safety guidelines are are what we use with our personal equipment. Every individual is responsible for their own vaping equipment and their own safety. You should consult the manual for your device and follow the guidelines for safe discharge of batteries provided by the manufacturer / supplier.
Use caution as misusing or mishandling the battery may cause a FIRE or EXPLOSION which may result in personal injury or property damage. The user must have an appropriate understanding of the potential dangers of LITHIUM ION BATTERIES before purchase and usage. This battery is manufactured and sold for the intended use of system integrations with proper protection circuitry or battery packs with a battery management system or PCB (circuit board/module). Batteries are neither designed nor intended to be used with an E-CIGARETTE, VAPORIZER, or similar device. USAGE OF THESE BATTERIES ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK!
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