CAUTION: TO AVOID INJURY AND/OR DAMAGE
Heating coil compatibility is important!!
Do not attempt to replace coils from another brand until finding out if the wiring order matches. The order for the pins 1-5 on the standard heat coil plugs are: pin1=AC power, pin2=AC power, pin3=TC+, pin4=TC-, pin5=ground
Controller unit and coil both use mains electricity, which has the potential to do lethal damage to humans and other animals!If you attempt to open the case for any reason you must do so at your own risk. Unplug the unit after use to be completely sure it won’t be switched back on by accident or on purpose by a child, pet, or other beings.
Always secure the cables and rig to make sure hot coils or nails will not fall and/or cause fire hazards. Keeping it on a shelf is one of the safest ways to keep the setup from tipping over; and a silicone mat underneath can help a tiny but if you catch the fall fairly quickly. Obviously it won’t keep your house from burning down if you’re not there, though! Do not keep anything flammable underneath the heating coil, or within any proximity which may cause a fire hazard if the coil were to fall off of the nail. This could happen in certain situations where a dab nail or coil holder could break and let the heating coil fall.
More Obvious Stuff:Don’t spill any liquids on or around the controller, heater coil, nail, or power cord! Keep all included items free from all moisture and excessive humidity over 85% RH (relative humidity). Soft power cords should never be excessively or repeatedly bent or compressed. This may damage the insulation in the cord which could cause the cord to heat up and cause a fire. Working ambient (environmental) temperature of the controller unit is 32C-122F and up to 85%RH (relative humidity).
Plugging In Basics
When plugging in the power cable to the back of the controller box, please make sure the cord is seated all the way into the plug. If the cord is seated slightly crooked in the plug, it may be disconnecting the power from one of two prongs on the plug. If you do run into this issue just hold the hard plastic end of the cord when and press firmly to seat into the power receptacle.
The heater coil will only plug in one way. There is a notch on the “top” of the heater coil plug which you can align with the button labeled “push” on the cord receptacle. You will feel and hear a small snap that lets you know the cord is fully seated. If yours doesn’t snap don’t worry about it as long as it feels plugged in all the way with a nice firm push. No need to force it extremely hard, though.
Switch the power button in back to the on position, and plug the heater coil in (or vice versa). To change the temperature, press the up or down arrows until desired number is reached. The screen will blink a few times then set itself. You will know when the temperature is set when it stops blinking.
This part is easier than it may seem. To change the temperature simply press and hold the up and down arrows, then wait. Do not press the set button. That’s only for going into the settings, which are complicated unless you are familiar with electronic engineering. Those settings have all been optimized already, so the only buttons you really need to worry about are the up and down for temperature control. If you hold the arrow for more than about 10 seconds, it will go into “fast forward” mode and adjust really quickly– some say too quickly. If it’s too fast you can just hold for 5-7 seconds or so and then click right on again to reach desired temps.
If using for dabbing medical concentrates such as cannabis, most prefer to use temperatures anywhere from 500F-950F. It all depends on your nail, if you are using a carb cap or not, and your preference on taste and overall experience. If using for aromatherapy, essential oils vaporize at a much lower temperature, and may range around 100F-300F. Tobacco vape juice is about the same as cannabis concentrate as far as range but slightly lower.
The bottom line is that there is a wide range of preferences depending on different product, and even dab accessories such as capper or nail type. Start with a solid average around 700F and tick up and down 20 degrees or so from there to experience the difference at different temperature ranges.
Initial Dab Nail Cleaning
For Ti nails, it is best to heat the nail up to around 100-300F and swab some 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) on the vaporization surface using a q-tip. This will remove any oil residues from the manufacturing process such as machine oils that may still be present. There is also a process called seasoning the nail, which also doubles to make sure the nail is fresh before first use.
Ongoing Dab Nail Cleaning:
Set the controller to 1060F and wait about 5 minutes to turn back down to desired set temps, which are normally about 500F-900F (depending on nail type and preference). With a standard Ti or quartz nail 710F is a pretty standard temperature, however with more massive Ti nails you may want to use more heat to prevent un-used, pooling product on the nail. For smooth, pronounced flavors (but a little more waste) a lower temperature with a carb cap is recommended. The higher temperatures tend to dry out the dab on the nail more quickly, making a crust which is harder to remove with ISO q-tipping. Lower temperatures leave some liquid, which tends to lift the small amount of crust that may build up on a #lowtempdab.
Replacing a Blown Fuse (in Case of Short Circuit or Power Surge)
If the controller ever draws too much amperage from the wall there is fuse in place for safety purposes. The LED display on the controller will not light up, nor will power be supplied to any other component in the unit. To get the unit working again, you will need to first correct the over-current (amperage) issue that caused the fuse to blow, then replace the fuse with a 120V AC 3A quick-blowing fuse. The fuse port (located in the center of the power receptacle in back) can be popped out with a flat tool, and the fuse can easily be replaced from there.
Carb capper tools will help tremendously with vaporizing the same amount at a lower temperature!
Tilting the coil inward towards the center of the rig will help balance out smaller rigs or rigs that don’t have a heavy base. This greatly reduces the common tipping problem.
Besides getting moisture on the coil, the number one way to break one is to bend the wire too much too many times. The second is frequent extreme changes in temperature (hence the no moisture rule). Be aware that setting to 1080F to clean from a cold start will stress the coil more than if you start the set temperature to 700F and then bring it up about a minute later.