Coil Building Materials 101

Coil building is one reason why I love the vaping culture. It has everything a geeky, techie, mechanically inclined person could love. That doesn’t mean anyone can just jump in head first and start twisting up Kanthal and think they will be safe.

There is a certain level of responsibility and respect, one must use when working with electricity. Doing something wrong could blow up your mod, or start a fire.

There are various benefits to building your own coils including better vapor production, cheaper over atomizer systems, fun and you can fine tune your coil to match your vaping style.

Coil Building Starter Kits
The tools that you will need – to start building coils are fairly cheap and basic. Technically you can use a toothpick and nail clippers but we’re going to shoot a little higher.

To make life easier – rather than go over each part and where to get them, we will talk about a new product for us aspiring coil builders. A coil building starting kit that are widely available at vape stores or online. These kits usually contain the following; diagonal needle-nose pliers, mini scissors, screwdriver, ceramic tweezers, Kanthal wire, ohm meter, and a pen style screwdriver.

Coil Building Material
You have a ton of options when it comes to the material that you will end up building and wicking your coils with. The type of wire you use will depend on a few things. Are you wanting to influence the style of vaping, cloud chasing, etc. Over performance, fast amping or slower? Do you want to run on a temperature control device? Although, the majority of time 26 – 28 gauge Kanthal will be your wire/coil of choice. You have a good amount of options – when choosing what to build your coils with. Some other popular materials are stainless steel, flat Kanthal, nichrome or many others.

The Wicking Material
The wicking material is the stuff that holds the e-liquid against the coil to produce vapor. Like the wire, you have a few options to choose from including; cellucotton rayon fibers, Japanese organic cotton, vaping specific fibers, cotton balls (unbleached cotton balls) or silica/ekowool.

Again, if I had to suggest one to start with it would be Japanese cotton. This stuff is just about the best for everything. Although it is not as cheap as regular unbleached cotton, but not by much.

If you get cotton just make sure you get the organic unbleached cotton. You can usually find this as at a drugstore.

Now this isn’t a “you absolutely must do this,” but it’s a good idea to boil your cotton before using to wick. The cotton can contain a bunch of stuff from pesticides to herbicides and such.

These are the basic materials to begin your venture into vape coil building. Stay tuned to get more information on how to build your own coils with these materials. Drip Vape Repeat