I always prime for 30-40 minutes. I never let the tank run lower than 2/3 empty. I use the normal 14500 batteries (high and reg drain). I take 3-4 second draws so as not to "over-burn" the cart. I frequently dry hit the cart to ensure that I keep it fully saturated. I get about 3-5 tank refils in and they start tasting -less than stellar- and the throat hit diminishes about 50% by day 3ish.
K1 DC Vivi Nova
After the third day, i notice bad tasting atomiser hits frequently. Almost like the wick isnt drawing enough liquid to the atomiser to feed the element. I rinse the wicks off and there is a slight brown tint where they were centered up with the element, but as previously stated, I'm very anal about priming. Nearly every time I take a hit, I will dry hit it to make sure the wicks retain liquid for the next time I hit it. If I pull the wicks slightly to one side after cleaning them, they are still usable on the fresh wick side, but i really would've hoped they'd have last longer.
Im on the 4th tip for the nova in just under 2 weeks, and 2 of the previous ones have had these weird problems that hopefully someone can shed some light on. For the first 2 days, they seemed to work ok, but entering day 3, they didnt make contact with the power source all the time. To elaborate, heres my setup. I keep the cigarette in the TW laniard pouch, but I keep it upside down because the odessey button sticks too hard for me to turn every time I'm ready to hit it. Day 3 ish hits and I'll be vaping as normal, then pull out the cig and try to hit, but nothing happens. Unscrew the atomiser, re-tighten, still nothing. I've found that if I tap it against my hand a few times, it fixes whatever is amiss, and I can vape again, then back in the pouch it goes. 5 min later, theres a 50% chance that it'll happen again.
I do consider myself an above average vaper, somedays vaping upwards of 10 ml, so day 3 has probably seen an average consumption of 20-25ml. Does anyone reading have an educated guess at how many ml a boges cart or K1 DC tip should vape before it wears out? I'm using the high drain 14500 most of the time, so the atomiser and power output should match. I never vape for longer than 3-4 seconds at a time, so I don't think I'm burning the wick because of long draws. Also, because I use the laniard pouch, I've never dropped the cig, so all of it's components should be in perfect working order.