Remember a few weeks back when I discovered the link between the two cartomizer models (hard top and soft top) versus performance?
Customer Service made good on that (thank you again, Stephanie), but it'll still be a few days before I get my new order, so I decided to try reusing cartomizers.
The last few weeks I've been saving the cartomizers where I noticed diminishing taste before they started tasting burnt. I had a total of 26 (20 hard-top from V2, 6 from Bloog), so today I boiled them in bottled water three times (about 15 minutes each).
I don't have a lanyard (and leather doesn't mix well with water anyway) so I made a makeshift spinner from an old syringe (previously used to refill an inkjet), clear packing tape and thin gauge speaker wire. (Hey, whatever works, right?)
After boiling and rinsing the cartomizers, I tried blowing from the mouth end to get the excess water out. It worked, but it was rather labour intensive (hey, I've only been off tobacco smoke for 6 weeks) so I realized I could use the spinner instead. All it took was spinning 2-3 laps (centrifugal force is your friend) and all the water was gone.
I then placed them in my fan oven (convection) on a cookie form, set the oven to 80 degrees (that's 176F for my American friends) for an hour or so.
Then, I took one of the former V2 menthol full cartomizers out to try it.
I took the white rubber cap off a brand new V2 cherry full. It's the soft-cap cartomizer type -- they have never worked acceptably for me.
Then, I put a rubber top with butt-plug into the clean menthol cartomizer, "connected" it to the new V2 cherry full cartomizer, put the whole shebang into the syringe, and spun vigorously for a few seconds. Then, I put the newly filled cartomizer onto my battery.
Moment of truth...
It worked perfectly!
Excellent cherry vapor -- the reused V2 Menthol cartomizer works SO well -- night and day compared to how the soft-top cartomizers cherry usually comes in works. No trace of menthol taste either -- pure cherry.
Obviously I'm not willing to do this forever (that is, pay for cartomizers and still have to mess with them myself), but for now, while V2 are working through their QC issues, this will hold me over!
Can't wait to try V2 Coffee and Cowboy in bloog cartomizers -- that will be interesting. :)
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