Have you ever thought of what coil building is? If you have a thing for vaping then most probably the term coil-building is not new to you. Though many vapors take it as a process which requires master level skills but don’t you worry. We are here to uncover every bit of information related to coil building and the steps involved in it.
“The first thing you may ask is “why would you want to spend time building a coil when a tank has them pre-built?”.
Well to respond to that, I ‘ll pitch another question. If an automatic car is there in the market, why go for the manual one? The same way, building a coil in simple words gives you a better control over your vaping experience. It’s even fun. If tinkering with gadgets is a thing for you, you might even find coil-building helpful. For starters, it allows you reduce or increase the battery life of your e-cigarette, even the hit of flavor, a bigger vapor and even a mixture of all these.
“Still why build a coil?”
Apart from having a grip over your vaping experience, building your own coil also come in handy in the cost department. It is for sure cheaper than buying readymade coils.
For instance, you have to toss in £8.99 approx to grab the cheapest tank of Uwell Crown giving you 4 coils having resistances of your taste.
In around £3.99 you can get a 30 feet spool of A1 grade Kanthal. This is mostly able to come up with around 20 to 30 standard coils plus wicking cotton. Whereas, 10 sheets would cost you £2.99.
So in under £7, you can get your hands on quite a lot of coils. Now, coil-building might get expensive if you want to experiment with it for sure.
“What do you mean play around with coils more, aren’t they standard?”
No doubt the main function of a coil is to create vapor. A Clapton Coil which has a specific build which involves a protective thin layer over the main thick string just like with the top string on a guitar. Know that using a Clapton Coil will provide you more vapor and flavor.
The inner wire will take a little longer than outer wire (GA). This difference of duration will give you a warmer flavor and dense cloud of vapor.
Another simple build is the Fused Claptons. Very simple, it’s inner core and outside of the wire are fused. Quite simple to build no?
Next comes the Stage Build. It can be known as the Parallel or Staged Coil as it has a specific wire (let’s take Clapton here) wrapped up next to a Kanthal piece. Depending on the wire, we can know if we built a Fused Clapton or Staged Clapton.
Diving into Instagram will let you know about some other intricate builds such as Twisted Claptons, Stapled Claptons or Braided Wire. Using various colors and wires, the professional coil building community often comes up with some crazy coils.
“Different wire and different colors?”
It’s not just using basic kanthal with different gauges which define coil building. (Knowledge Fact: higher gauge of wire actually means thinner wire. You can control the amount of vape and flavor by adjusting the temperature as well. Only the wattage cannot bring variation to your vaping experience. The coil can control the temperature at which you vape and consequently alter the ratio of flavor. The following list gives you the names of wires controlling temperature. They will have (TC) next to their names by the way.
- Ss – Stainless Steel TC
- Ni80 80% nickel TC
- Ni200 Pure nickel TC
- Ti – Titanium TC
- NiChrome (Nickel Chromium)
- Kanthal A1 (Currently not TC)
Depending on their softness/hardness, chemical composition with different compounds and hotness/coldness, these wires go into different colors, for example, stainless steel will turn blue or dark purple-green if it is pulsed with at a low temperature.
“I saw your build video and the coils weren’t as pretty as the ones I can buy”
Well, the video is actually for beginners. Personally, I use a Build Kit from UD which provides me everything I require for creating my desired look for my coils. Another video of mine about coil building which is actually on a higher skill level shows the awesome coils I came up with investing a lot of time in coil making.
While making your personal coils, you might put in quite some time into making them appear better by using advanced level techniques on wires by simply letting them be wrapped, you might see the advantages of making your own coils.
“I’ve built a coil but what next?”
Sitting in RDA, you are done with making your coil right? Believing that the ohms are proper on the ohm meter, excess wires are clipped off and no shortages are there, the next thing to be done is to put it on your device and take it for a spin.
With a low wattage, have the coil pulsed lightly and then using the ceramic tweezers start pinching them lightly. Be careful not to touch the tweezers when the button is being pressed. Any flaw that has not been fixed can be when you pulse up the coil. Make sure that the coil is being heated up from every side.
Next is the cotton. I would suggest you make use of the standard Muji-pads which are available in store. Have a small section cut off and slice the tip with a slant, twist it, put it in the coil, introduce some e-liquid and voila.
Again, experimenting with different wattages and builds is needed to perfect your settings.
“What build do you have and what device and why?”
Though you will find everything that is needed for a starter at Vapestore, I would recommend you use a Doge V3 in combination with UD coil mate and 24GA Kanthal. To learn how to make a parallel 24GA, you can go the video mentioned below.