You may have already gathered reading this site that I’m a big fan of both Giantomizer cartomizers and teflon tape (that stuff is the duct tape of the e-cigarette world). The guys over at GotVapes have been blowing out the old version 1 of their Maximizer branded giantomizers for 2 bucks a pop, shipped.
Of course, as mentioned in a previous review, the originals were known to leak through the window. When I received mine, I quickly learned they also suffered from a burnt taste quite frequently. The good news is with a little bit of work, these can be made to be almost as good as the new version.
The process only requires a couple of things to get the old version up to speed. First, enlarge the notches on the outer silicone seal. Next, use some teflon tape to form an additional seal between the metal tube and silicone ring.
Using a paperclip inserted into the fill hole of the silicone gasket, gently pull up and work the gasket out of the metal tube.
With scissors or a razor blade, carefully enlarge the wick slots by cutting at an angle to either side of the slots making a V shape
|Original wick slots, modified slot and what happens if you
make the slots too large. Juice WILL leak in this case
Replace the seal by lining up the slots with the wick inside the tube. Gently press back into place. Note: I ruined a couple of these during this step by pressing too hard on the cup and pushing the stem through the battery connector on the bottom. It may help to leave the cartomizer attached to the battery when replacing the gasket.
|I found it helpful to mark lines along the notches
to aid in alignment when replacing the seal
|The gasket aligned with the wick. The mark and coil should
form a straight line
|Tape was wrapped around tip to help shape it|
|Like this, only less blurry|