Silver Surfer Vaporizer

arb

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The ssv I use for a aroma stinker has quit heating today.
Light on but no heat........time for a dissection.
 

SquirrelMaster

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I changed my SSV from 4mm boro balls to 3mm boro balls today. There was a definite improvement which makes sense now that they are fully surrounding the heating element. I had it at 12 o'clock for about 25 minutes of pre-heating and then I loaded up about a small scoop of flower and an 1/8" deep of kief for a top layer. Seeing the kief instantly darken a few seconds into my draw told me the change was worth it! I was getting good performance before but this was well worth the hunt of 3mm boro balls.

@blackstone as androponic said, be careful with those glass balls, there's a good chance they'll melt to the heater or break given the chance. Soda lime isn't a good choice as their softening temps can be just over 200°C and they have a high coefficient of thermal expansion so they may crack. Borosilicate beads made in the US are the safest choice as they're tested for very high temps and they're made for a lab environment. European manufactures would probably be a good choice as well I'm just not aware of which one. I don't trust anything coming from China, they don't adhere to the same standards so it's hard to know if you're getting genuine boro. My 4mm boro balls that just came out of my SSV were spotless and I've kept my SSV on all day on a few occasions. They are Kimble boro beads and the 3mm balls going in are also made in the USA but I'm not sure by who, they were from VapeCritic.
 

blackstone

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Thanks guys, that's some good advice. I thought some people were accepting this ammo to be borosilicate or the same as Troy used first time.
I really liked the idea of US made balls first and some options like ceramic zirconia were very attractive too, but pricey with postage for a mod I'd never tried yet.
Maybe now that I know it works, and how many I need, I might search out a good price on something decent.
I also saw porcelain balls but probably best to just stick to what's working great for others.
I'd like to try the mod with all the balls and an even lower setting but I don't think it could be done unless I get a 110 volt SSV someday just for that reason!
The effect with just 81 x 3mm balls and a lower screen only is very noticeable and good though.
And it's still a lovely clean source of hot air for vaping, maybe I just need to ditch these silly soda lime starter balls to clean up my act fully!

I love my SSV
^^^This is basically what I wanted to say in my post, but I get a bit carried away with all the details!:D:tup:
 

Cervical CBD

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Thanks guys, that's some good advice. I thought some people were accepting this ammo to be borosilicate or the same as Troy used first time.
I really liked the idea of US made balls first and some options like ceramic zirconia were very attractive too, but pricey with postage for a mod I'd never tried yet.
Maybe now that I know it works, and how many I need, I might search out a good price on something decent.
I also saw porcelain balls but probably best to just stick to what's working great for others.
I'd like to try the mod with all the balls and an even lower setting but I don't think it could be done unless I get a 110 volt SSV someday just for that reason!
The effect with just 81 x 3mm balls and a lower screen only is very noticeable and good though.
And it's still a lovely clean source of hot air for vaping, maybe I just need to ditch these silly soda lime starter balls to clean up my act fully!


^^^This is basically what I wanted to say in my post, but I get a bit carried away with all the details!:D:tup:

I don’t think it even needs a mod to hit hard and I’m not going to do mine. I started a return today for them to swap wands. I was hoping they would send me a new and I’d send the misshaped one back once I received the new.
 

blackstone

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I don’t think it even needs a mod to hit hard and I’m not going to do mine. I started a return today for them to swap wands. I was hoping they would send me a new and I’d send the misshaped one back once I received the new.
Yeah., it's like it changes a few characteristics and makes it vape different or quicker. If you were happy already it's hard to justify big expense on it unless the mod suited you well also, and I imagine there are some who will prefer it without a "new improved recipe" too.
It's a pity we don't live near to each other (I assume!), as I have a spare wand I could've loaned you.
It will all be worthwhile when you have fresh clouds again with no scooby snacks in your mouth! Hope you don't have to wait long.
 

shatter-reality

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So I bought an SSV off of Reddit a few weeks ago and have been enjoying using it without the balls while I was waiting on them. Got the balls and nothing? Does the ball mod only work with the spherecial glass?
 
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Ariste

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So I bought an SSV off of Reddit a few weeks ago and have been enjoying using it without the balls while I was waiting on them. Got the balls and nothing? Does the ball mod only work with the spherecial glass?
You don't get any vapor with the balls? Are you letting it heat up long enough?
 

shatter-reality

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I gave it 15-20mins to heat up yesterday at a little past noon-thirty. I’ll go throw it on for 30mins and come back with an edit.

Edit: So using the original wand setup I cannot get it to produce vapor. I’m thinking this is because to get the balls to not move you have to pack the entire thing full. I guess I’ll order a new heater housing and wand in a few days.
 
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hoptimum

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I gave it 15-20mins to heat up yesterday at a little past noon-thirty. I’ll go throw it on for 30mins and come back with an edit.

Edit: So using the original wand setup I cannot get it to produce vapor. I’m thinking this is because to get the balls to not move you have to pack the entire thing full. I guess I’ll order a new heater housing and wand in a few days.
are you sure the ceramic rod is high enough inside the heater cover? If you look straight into the heater cover you should be able to see the top of the rod glowing
 
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