If you are a fan of e-cigarette cartomizers, you probably know of a dozen different ways to fill them. I even wrote an e-Cig 101 cartomizer filling article! Some methods are quicker than others and some messier than others. My Freedom Smokes has just released a gizmo that promises quick and mess-free e-cigarette carto filling and easy cartomizer cleaning. Let’s review the Plunger Kit from My Freedom Smokes and see if it really is all that.
What is the Plunger Kit?
At its core, the plunger kit is essentially a plastic adapter called the Carto-Injector that features a 510 cartomizer connector on one end and a luer-lock syringe connector on the other. The idea is you fill the syringe with the correct amount of e-liquid, pop on the adapter and your cartomizer and press the plunger to fill the device from the bottom up.
The kit comes with everything required to go through the cleaning and filling rituals:
- 1 carto-injectoradapter
- 1 3ml syringe
- 1 10ml syringe (for cleaning)
- 1 blunt tip needle
Using the Carto-Injector
Using the device is pretty straight-forward despite involving a few steps. It’s worth noting that the Plunger Kit is only going to work on traditional, fillered cartomizers (CE2s need not apply).
First, place the blunt needle on the 3ml syringe and measure the amount of e-liquid your cartomizer can hold. This first step might be a little tricky since many cartomizers hold a little less than what their rating. Fortunately, this process is fairly forgiving, just go slow.
After the liquid is in the syringe, remove the bunt tip needle and attach the Carto-Injector, then bolt your cartomizer to the other end of the adapter. Slowly and steadily depress the plunger to fill your cartomizer. This is important, I accidentally pressed a little too hard and sent e-liquid flying halfway across the room.
Once the e-liquid is completely injected, I let the carto sit for a minute to ensure everything was fully absorbed. Then I pull the syringe plunger back out to draw any excess liquid out of the cartomizer. You should now have in your possession a perfectly saturated cartomizer.
The cleaning process works much the same way. Take the big 10ml syringe and bolt on your dirty cartomizer using the Carto-Injector. Stick the open cartomizer end under the faucet (the warmer the water, the better). Draw water in with the syringe and then flush it back out by depressing the plunger. Repeat these steps until the water comes out clear, maybe a few more times just to be sure.
Protip: if you use punched cartomizers for cartomizer tanks, you can cover the punched hole by cutting a cartomizer condom and sliding it to cover the hole. Or, if you’re like me and keep losing those condoms, just put your finger over the hole.
At this point, the directions say to simply let the cartomizers air dry for a few hours and then put them back to work. There are ways to speed up the process using heat. I just stick mine in a little Rubbermaid container full of rice to help speed up the drying process. Avoid the temptation to eat the rice when you’re done with it.
After using the Plunger Kit I’m fairly impressed with how well the thing works given how simple it is. Other than the occasional errant juice eruption from my lack of plunger skills, I don’t have any major complaints about the device. It probably is worth noting the actual Carto-Injector piece is plastic. As a result, I think the treads will likely eventually wear out.
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The My Freedom Smokes Plunger Kit is a handy little adapter that allows you to fit your e-cigarette cartomizer directly to a syringe for quick filling and easy cleaning. The device worked as designed. Despite my reservations that the plastic threads may eventually wear out, this is a worthy addition to my box of random e-cig stuff. If you use traditional fillered cartomizers, picking up this little kit at MyFreedomSmokes.com may make your life considerably easier.
- Quickly fills cartomizers with no mess
- Makes flushing and cleaning cartomizers easier
- Kit comes with everything required
- Plastic construction may eventually wear out
- No option to buy just the Carto-Injector
- Uneven syringe pressure may cause juice to squirt
Product: Plunger Kit
Available From: My Freedom Smokes
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