So, you are interested in the world of building vaping coils. This is what has brought you to this location, to this article. Coils and vape wire can indeed be at intimidating at first. Rest assured with some basic information it will all make sense and to be honest, the whole process is fairly easy.
Resistance wire comes in many sizes and a few different shapes. Knowing which wire to look for when taking this step can make the difference between a positive learning experience and a negative one.
Different Types of Vape Wire
There are several different types of wire available for vaping and each serves a purpose. Each type of wire will also have different advantages or disadvantages over the other. Depending on your vaping style or the result that is desire, certain specific wire may be needed.
The different types of vape wire are as follows:
- Kanthal Resistance Wire
- Stainless Steel Resistance Wire
- Nichrome Resistance Wire (Ni80/Ni70)
- Titanium Resistance Wire
- Nickel Resistance Wire
Within these sets of wire they are also offered in different shapes as well. The most commonly used is round wire, which is the type of wire that has been used in vaping since the beginning.
Over time, innovation led the way to wires such as Flat Ribbon resistance wire as well as square wire. Flat Ribbon Resistance wire is often used in advanced, complex coils. It can be stacked, corrugated and manipulated into many different shapes. For starting out, this will not be a cause for concern until you have reached this advanced level of building.
Breakdown of Vape Wire Types
So, we have listed the types of wire that are most commonly used in vaping. Each is unique in it’s own. Different vapers have their own opinion of what type of wire is “the best” but the result is entirely subjective and will vary on individual experience.
When vaping first started, the most commonly used wire type was Kanthal. Today, it is possibly the least used wire type. It can still be found mixed within complex multi-layered builds but overall, it has taken the back seat.
Kanthal is capable of reaching all types of resistance ranges but often required more wrapping as opposed to the other wire types.
Most will agree that Kanthal is inferior when it comes to it’s ability to produce top quality flavor. While it does work well enough, in lower resistance configurations it lacks. Compared to Nichrome or Stainless Steel, Kanthal cannot produce the flavor the rest can in a low resistance high wattage setup.
The benefit to Kanthal is that it is fairly cheap and is the easiest type of wire to start the learning process on. Simply start with a 26G kanthal wire and wrap it around a screwdriver until you have created tight and uniform wraps. Once that has been achieved then the learning process can advance.
Stainless Steel, Nickel, and Titanium are all wire types that are suited to temperature control style vaping. Each wire will offer a varying level of flavor and vapor production. Arguably, Stainless Steel will offer the best results. For a beginner, we would not recommend these wire types to start learning with as they are soft, pliable and can be difficult to work with.
Nichrome series wire is the last type. It is offered in a Nichrome 80 resistance wire as well as Nichrome 70. The most commonly used is 80.
Nichrome is a naturally low resistance wire. Individuals looking to build coils and reach lower than normal resistance will benefit greatly from this type of wire. From an individual preference, Nichrome is the best for flavor.
I, as a vaper and builder, have tried every wire type and Nichrome achieves the most comfortable temperatures and produces the best flavor of all wires.
Odd wires, such as flat ribbon and square wire serve a purpose but will not be used in the beginning stages of building. Flat Ribbon can be used in complex builds such as mohawk coils, staples,framed staples, corrugated builds and much more.
Square wire is not all commonly used but can be useful for claptons, fused claptons or mirrored coils.
These wire can possible be used on their own as well if set up correctly but we reccomend that newer builders leave these alone until they are comfortable enough to move up to this advanced level.
So, this is the basics of vape wire. Hopefully you have gained a small bit more knowledge to assist you in the journey of building you own coils. It is a very rewarding process. You can also look forward to significant savings over buying disposable coils.
I am John Pietersma, a 30-year-old husband and father of three children. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I have vaped and built coils for four years. I am very passionate about vaping and writing product reviews for everyone to read.