As previously discussed there seem to be three distinct style of vapers. (Read the 3 wise Vapers here)
We have those that opt to stealth vape with the likes of the Voopoo Vinci Mod Pod kit. Some will single out the Horizontech Falcon King tank while others like the cloud chucking capabilities of the Dovpo Blotto RTA X, as recent examples.
Of course they all have one thing in common, regardless of size, shape and build material.
I’m talking of course about the coils.
Finding out what suits our vaping requirements is one of the fundamental reasons why we progress from the likes of the innokin Endura T20 S kit to RDA’S such as the Vaperz Cloud Valhalla in all its 38mm deck width magnificence!
Some people are happy to stick with what they know. That’s never a bad thing. Anything to stay off the cancer sticks, anything to improve health and well being, I say.
Once the stage of craving a cigarette disperses and the act of vaping has taken its place, very often that vaper will go in search for a set up that will provide the ultimate in flavour and cloud production.
It’s at this point coils and more specifically their construction become more relevant.
Let’s have a quick look at the types of material used and how they affect the vape experience.
It’s very springy and able to hold its shape well. Often providing a very clean tasting vape, kanthal is readily available for purchase in spool form from most vape shops.It is also used in many prebuilt coils that provide sub ohm tanks. Some vapers will tell you the flavour can come across as muted yet it remains a very popular choice.
Can also be referred to as Ni80 where nichrome makes up 80% of the material and the rest reserved for chromium. Nichrome offers an extremely fast ramp up time compared to kanthal but excessive dry burning can cause the wire to catch fire. There have also been reports of allergic reactions when used. However, flavour quality can be superb. It’s not quite as easy to source from your local vape shop.
Kanthal and Nichrome should only ever be used in wattage mode. Stainless Steel as a material breaks those rules by also being suited to temperature control mode. There are various grades out there with 316L being the most popular. It has a high melting point and less likely to catch fire with a dry burn. Ramp up time is considered to be similar to that of kanthal but finding it in your local vaping vestibule could prove difficult.
Commonly known as Ni200, it was the very first wire to be used for temperature control with vaping devices. It can only be used with such devices. This is because of its inherent ability to overheat and melt. As a material it’s very soft and difficult to work with yet still often found in vape shops across the land. Responsible for both eye irritation and skin rashes in susceptible individuals.
This one’s not that often used and maybe for good reason. When heated it releases titanium dioxide, a highly toxic component. Ironically it can be found in everyday products such as make - up and food. Titanium is strong, easy to work with, holds its shape and can actually produce some very good flavour. As with nickel, it should only run in temperature control mode.
So there you have it. Without delving in too deeply. In some ways the above information relates to what we would traditionally refer to as coil material. Right now, mesh has been having a large degree of success. It still relies on the above materials but utilises surface area to effective advantage.
..but that’s another blog, for another time.
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