Today I had my first battery die.  This was one of the two batteries I got with my original order when I started vaping.  It was purchased in March 2011.  A lifespan of a year and a half isn’t too shabby!

Well, I have been meaning to pick up a true 5V straight USB 510 connection for a while, and having a dead eGo-T battery was all I needed to rig up one of my own.

Now, it may not be pretty.  It may not be fancy.  But with the 2.4ohm CE2 Clearomizers, 5V gives one heck of a hit.

eGo-T batteries are not impossible to disassemble, but I did have a few issues, and I wish I had remembered to take pictures as I went to show you what I’m talking about here.

The top of the battery (with the connection) pops off the battery tube relatively easy, and cutting the wires makes it quicker, just make sure to cut one at a time so you don’t short and overload the battery.  Don’t let the cut wires touch each other or the body of the tube.

After you have the top off, you have to forcibly remove the little circuit board.  I just used needle nose pliers and forced it.  It may have a retainer clip or something to make it easier, but I wasn’t worried about breaking it.

I popped out the bottom cap (where my new button is) and drilled a small hole in the side of the body for the wire to enter.

You run the black wire of the USB connection directly to the 510 connector, file off some of the chrome to show the brass underneath, then solder it on the inside of the outer edge, close to the bottom as you can so you don’t short to the hot wire.

You run the Red wire of the USB connection to your new switch, and then another red wire from the 2nd post of the switch to the center “pin” in the 510 connector.


Anyway, here’s a crude wiring diagram, and pictures of the finished unit.  Nothing fancy, but it works like a dream.


In this post, I will describe the steps of tweaking your fresh CE2 Cartomizer, so you will have the best experience possible.

First off, a few tips on CE2 Use:

You should keep the cartomizer upright when not in use, this will prevent any possible leakage. (I keep my unit in my shirt breast pocket, and it doesn’t leak at all)  If you allow it to rest horizontal, you may experience leaking from the tip.

If you taste a light burned flavor, or not enough vapor, invert the cartomizer and gently squeeze the tube to force a little extra juice into the coil wick.

First look:

Photo 1 – The nice box they come in.

Photo 2 – Single Cartomizer removed from box.

Photo 3 –  Removed from wrapping.

Photo 4 – This is a dental chisel / hoe that I use for manipulating my vaping gear, I highly recommend finding one for your kit!!

After removing the unit from it’s wrappings, you want to remove the silicone mouthpiece, as well as the anti-leak barrier. (Photos 5&6)

Next, you want to insert your tool into the opening and under the lip, and gently raise the cap about 1-2mm, be very gentile as this silicone cap can tear easily, and if you pull too hard, you can pull the cap out completely, and then have to re-seat it.  (Photo 7)

The point is to lift the cap just enough to leave a very small gap between the top of the wick braid and the cap, to promote air and fluid exchange.  If you look closely at the picture, you will see the small gap. (Photo 8)  If the gap is too large, you may get leakage.

The next step is to fill your syringe, and insert it into one of the small holes in the cap, then fill the unit until it is full. (Photos 9 & 10)

After you have filled the unit, you should drip a small drop or two of fluid directly on the wick and coil to saturate it, and help with the initial wicking. (Photo 11)

After you have replaced the anti-leak barrier and mouthpiece, turn the unit upside down and give a gentle squeeze of the tube, to push a small amount of fluid into the wick and coil, to finish the initial wicking process.

Screw the unit onto your battery of choice, and vape away!  If the unit is too dry or tastes burned, feel free to invert and squeeze the tube again to push more fluid into the coil.

Still Vaping….

Posted: February 10, 2012 in General, Latest and Greatest

Hello everyone!


It has been quite a while since I have posted anything!  I just wanted to let everyone know where I was in the vaping world.  I just recently (January 17th) hit my one year mark of vaping!!  I haven’t had any wishes to go back to the analogs, and I am quite content in sticking with the PVs for the extended future.

I have, for the past 5 months, forsaken the eGo tank system for cartomizers, as they take much less effort to use in the long run.  I have been using CE2 Cartomizers since then, and overall, I have been quite happy with the results.

In the beginning of my CE2 use I was plagued with many cracked / broken tubes, and cartomizers that would only last 3-4 days before leaking horrendous amounts of juice everywhere it touched.  For the past 3 months, however, they have upgraded the CE2’s, and with their new tubes (soft plastic instead of acrylic), I have been getting 2-3 weeks of use out of each one without any leaking, having to clean, or breakage.  You just tweak, fill, vape , refill, vape, etc.  After about 3 weeks, I notice a lack of vapor production and I toss them.  It doesn’t get any easier than this!!

In the next day or so I’ll post my “CE2 Cartomizer Prep guide”, as I have rarely found them to be perfectly aligned and ready to go out of the box.  They do require a few minutes of tweaking before they’re ready to fill for the first time.  I use my same little dental tool that I used for my eGo-T, and it is once again perfectly suited for this application!

If anyone is curious where I have been picking up the CE2’s, I have been ordering through for a while, and have no complaints whatsoever.  Decent prices, fast shipping, and no mistakes so far.  You get 5 cartos for <$10, and as long as your luck matches mine, that’s at least two months worth.  Here’s a link to the exact product I’ve been using for the last 3 months:



I haven’t posted anything in a while, so I figured I’d give everyone a heads up on what’s been going on in my e-Cig world.

I’m slowly working towards completion on my Micro-Genesis box mod, I’ve gotten most of the hard work done, I just have to get the motivation to finish putting it together.  For those who haven’t followed this project, I am building a box-style genesis atomizer (see video in my older posts), for under $40.  I will make a detailed post on the unit when it’s finished 🙂

On another front, for the past 30 days, I have been running a “test” on my eGo-T.  I chose one juice I could handle to vape 24/7 for a month (Bluemist’s Crimson Cow), and decided to see how long I could use the same atomizer without cleaning it.  It is day 30 today, the atomizer is still running great, no burnt tastes at all, and it is still creating excellent vapor.  I decided to stick with one type of juice as to avoid cross contamination, or a bad mix.  The only thing I have done to the atomizer is blow it out whenever I flood it (every couple of days,  it will happen).  I should also note that this atomizer is 75 days old now.  I’m going to keep using this atomizer without cleaning until it either breaks, or develops a bad taste.

I’m thinking for my next test, I will run the same atomizer (if it lives), but using a darker juice.  I’ll see how long it holds on, and prove or disprove the theory on dark juices with the eGo-T.

Cignot has started stocking the Low Resistance Atomizer for the eGo-T @ $11.99, with no warranty.


Much love to Vicki!

eGo-T Low Resistance Atomizers Available!

Posted: February 26, 2011 in General

They’re here!  Well, only at one store I can find so far, but I’d be looking to see them show up at your preferred retailer in the near future!

So far, you can only find them at Totally Wicked:


A few people have gotten ahold of them already and have posted some “first impression” reviews here:


I can’t wait to get ahold of one, to try it myself.  When I do, I’ll let you know my impressions.

Wow, I figured it out.  The easiest way I could think of to remove the needle plate from inside the eGo-T atomizer.

This allows you to adjust your wick, recover your “dropped” wick, as well as give your atomizer a deep cleaning a little easier.

  1. You need the proper tool.  I used a dental tool that I bent into an “L” shape thin enough to slide in under the needle plate on the edges.
  2. You need to slide the tool into the atomizer, keeping the tip against the wall until it is flush with the bottom of the needle plate.
  3. Rotate the tool so the tip goes underneath the needle plate.
  4. Slide the tool to the side, as far as you can, so you’re under the “corner” of the plate.
  5. Pull up gently, but using enough force to get it to start moving.
  6. Remove the tool, and move it to the other side of the atty
  7. Pull up gently, but firmly, and it should pop the needle plate right out!!!

Now, you can re-arrange your wick how you see fit (see the post with Vicki from Cignot’s video on wick manipulation for proper alignment).  You can also use this time to clean the atty, using whatever method you prefer.

To re-insert the needle plate:

  1. Align the plate with the top of the atomizer, and gently start it into the hole.
  2. Take an old atomizer cartridge, and place it over the needle.
  3. Push the cartridge into the atomizer, this will push the needle plate in
  4. Once you’re at the bottom, give it a little hard push, it should “snap” into place.
  5. Grab something heavy and give the cartridge a few light taps to make sure it’s fully seated.

All done!