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Post by domesticextremist on Dec 19, 2022 23:08:33 GMT
MrDJ is right, it's the old one and it's overpriced. you can pick them up online (non-Amazon) for twenty odd quid. Looks like I'll have to wait a while for the new one, hopefully there will be more reviews by then. Meanwhile I managed to fabricobble a workable iStick 20W from two old broken ones to keep me going
Post by domesticextremist on Nov 28, 2022 18:14:32 GMT
Hi All, after a lengthy absence. Wondering if anybody has one of these in the uk yet. I have been buying old stock iStick 20Ws as my drop in the pocket vape device, but find that that thread on the top plate are not well made and get easily crossed ans the batteries aren't so great (probably been in storage for years). The latter is fixable but not the top plate problem. Decided to look for a similar format of more modern design and stumbled on Mike Vapes' review for the i40. It looks like a simplified upgrade of the TC40W, one of which I have but find that the battery life is not so good. A minor search for a supplier indicates that it is only available on pre-order. Does anybody have one yet or know where one can be bought within the uk? Cheers Domestic
Post by domesticextremist on Sept 27, 2020 9:09:30 GMT
After my long absence it was time to bring myself up to not less than two years out of date, so i put an order in with Slowtech on 21 August. After splitting out a built-in battery mod and the usual hokey-cokey with restocking and randomly variable ETAs, it ended up in three packages the last of which arrived yesterday:
So, in the middle is a brand spanking new Eleaf iStick 20W . My older one (aka Trigger's Broom) has been suffering reduced battery life and terrible sag and has gone off to the healing bench to await repairs. The iStick 20 is still a fantastic mod for the money and an ideal out and about device for the MTL vaper.
Bottom left are some prewound coils. Some tiny ones with wicks for rebuilding old stock coils and some larger diameter ones for my RTAs. Having been on the road for some years because of reasons, I haven't always had the facility to sit and rewind and fit a new coil. Also I'm getting lazy - not for the winding but for having to find my specs for all that fiddling around.
Above them some Innokin T20 tank coils. I picked up one of these in ignorance from a market stall and it has turned out to be an excellent tank. The man on the stall didn't have spare coils at 1.5 ohm but promised he could get them in at 2 for £5. Why do that when I can get 5 for £8. Though technically obsolete I find it a worthy resident atop one of my mods and might have a go at rebuilding one of the coils sometime...
Innokin Prism T20S tank and coils. Sister has one of these and I was quite impressed with it. Coil availability may be better than the T20 though to my mind flavour s not as good in MTL mode as with the T20.
Finally a Vapefly Galaxies MTL RTA. had this for about a week. Very good flavour, but I had leaking issues when refilling. I'm now closing the airholes while filling like with a Kayfun Mini 3 which seems to do the trick. Only real problem is that I have to refill often as it is so moreish.
I discovered after applying many coats of my paint that the best thing to do is to use grey emulsion to hide the colour, then overpaint with something less hideous.
I've had situations inside where regular paint simply didn't cover well even after several coats. Either because the existing colour was too deep/strong or, in one particularly troublesome place, stains kept coming through (rat piss stains in the ceiling). I found that the local big box hardware recommended and supplied a shellac based stain seal/primer/undercoat. It worked exceptionally well. And, being shellac based, it is pretty universal for what it will cover and what will cover it.
I'd first try a second coat on your 'test' panel.... allow to dry and then reassess. A second coat can make a huge difference.
From your pic .... it doesn't look that bad for a single coat.
Well, it's worth a shot. I read around some reviews, most of them angrily complaining that "this is not one coat", having to have used 3 to 5 to get decent coverage over whatever was underneath. (Why didn't I read these first?).
I think I'll invest in some grey and do some experiments, because science and it's fairly cheap.
Post by domesticextremist on Sept 12, 2020 16:26:17 GMT
Just the one so far. I don't want to end up doing three or four, I have a lot of fence to paint and the weather will only hold for so long.
The last two previous onwers had a penchant for strong, indelible colours inside and out. The back bedroom was purple, over baby pink vinyl silk. The front bedroom battleship grey vinyl silk. I discovered after applying many coats of my paint that the best thing to do is to use grey emulsion to hide the colour, then overpaint with something less hideous. I'm thinking of trying the same on the fence (charcoal or slate), but if the grey is as transparent as the green I may just end up with another tub of unused paint cluttering up the place.
Post by domesticextremist on Sept 12, 2020 14:16:06 GMT
OK, so after painting the shed, the predicted September sun has prompted me to try and paint the fence. The panels are quite old and knackered but with a lick of paint should hold together of a couple of years more, so I don't want to incur the expense of using Garden shades (nice but pricey, and would still need two coats) or the effort of sanding down what is already there - not least because it could do more damage than good.
Oh and I'm on the edge of the Peak District where we get lots of weather. They need something doing before the winter rain turns them to mush and the summer sun turns them to dust.
Of course they are in a dismal shade of Dark Oak (I know because there was a half-empty tub of FenceLife left in the shed). I have tried to cover it with FenceLife Forest Green but to no avail:
Spot the difference... It looks even worse when the sun comes out.
So does anybody have a sure fire, cheap solution for obliterating dismal Dark Oak?
"It's like an onion. You keep peeling back the layers until all you have left are your tears"
I use xtar but tbh I hate all chargers for the reason that there's never enough room between the battery ports. I find myself picking at the top of batteries to remove them, which eventually results in having to re-wrap them. If anyone has solved this problem I'd love to here it 😁
Same problem here. I find if I flip them up from the middle then they jump out like from a torpedo launcher. Solution: have the other hand placed ready to catch it