Welcome to our final segment in our three part series covering coil basics! Today we will be diving into some last minute extras, a different type of wire that vapers are using these days and some important tips on vaping safety!
Specialty Wire: To kick off the segment, we will be looking at a type of wire which is very prevalent these days in terms of coils that are being pre-made for tanks RDA's alike - Clapton Wire. If you have some questions about other types of wire which are not covered today or in other articles, feel free to leave a comment down below!
Clapton Wire: Is a great type of wire that has taken the vape world by storm. By combining a lower gauge of wire with a much higher gauge of wire via wrapping the thinner wire around the thicker wire manually, you are able to achieve a wire that is both instantly thicker and lower in gauge by essentially adding another layer to the initial wire itself. What this means for you coil is that with each wrap you do, you will create even more surface area. As covered in the previous article(s), more surface area will lead to a larger and thicker amount of vapor being produced at once. Going hand in hand with this thicker wire is the lower ohms it creates per the "synthetically created" lower gauge wire. Also covered in the previous article(s), this means that you will have a coil that will need more power and which will give you a hotter more tasty vape.
*One thing to note for clapton wire. Due to the multiple layers being used, your ramp up time will be much higher. You will notice that the coil will take a lot longer to heat up and vaporize the liquid properly than you might be used to. So, if you are using clapton wire and you notice that your vape is taking a while to heat up, think about bumping your wattage up a bit. Adding more power in the mix may be just what your coil needs to function properly.
Dual Coils and their effect on your vaping experience:
If you are a builder, or if you are simply trying to get into building on atomizers, one phrase that will be tossed around is the term "dual coil". This means that you are taking two separate coils and are inserting them on opposite ends into the allotted post holes that are on the deck in order to utilize two coils at one time rather than a single coil. The importance of understanding what a dual coil does to your vape is a need.
Dual options will not only provide you with a secondary coil to vaporize more liquid at once it will also cut your ohms in half. This is an important thing to note. If you are using a device that is not created to handle lower ohm levels (under 1.0 ohm) and produce higher amounts of wattage as well as handle a higher pull of amperage it would be in your best interest to take a step back- and possibly look into purchasing something different to start with. While it will not always be catastrophic in its result, using dual coils (and their lowered ohms) can prevent you from vaping at all if the device cannot handle it. This can be shown in multiple ways depending on the device you are using and the severity of the error that comes with its inability to fire it which include:
- Low/No Atomizer Warnings: This will occur if your device is not strong enough to handle the coil(s) you have placed on it. Once you reach a certain point (ohm level), the devices internals will clock out and will not allow you to fire or draw power in general. In order to protect itself and the vaper using the device most standard mods will have this feather included as a standard before sale.
- Shorting of the device: While not as common, this is something that you may see from time to time depending on how well your device has been manufactured. If the device does try to fire the lower coils and is not able to, the sudden jump in power and temperature all at once can short your device out rendering it useless and in need of a replacement.
- 9.99 and 0.00 ohms: This is pretty much in the same line as the Low/No Atomizer warning that you might get. Some devices instead of telling you that it cannot read the atomizer specifically will give you these blinking or solid numbers instead. This indicates that there is either a connection issue occurring, a short in the device/coils or that you are much too low and need to back off just a bit with your ohms. It will continue until the problem is sourced and fixed or your coils are remade to a usable level.
- Venting of the batteries: This is one of the worst situations that a vaper can be in if they are not careful with the device and coils they are using. This reaction comes from your battery trying to overcompensate in order to fire the coil(s) at the designated power level set. When venting, toxic fumes will emanate from the battery. Not only this, but the possibility that the pressure created from the venting can in turn make the cell undergo combustion during this process. While it will mainly occur more frequently with unregulated devices (dual, parallel or series unregulated boxes and single battery mech mods) it can happen to a regulated device depending on the quality of the internals that the company has used.
When using unregulated devices specifically, you need to work off of your battery first and foremost. Learn your batteries rating and what it means to you and go from there. (There is a great link to some battery specifics in another one of our articles below this paragraph). Simply knowing what your battery can and cannot handle will give you an idea as to the coils you should use and how you should or should not be building in terms of ohm levels. After learning up on these specifics, use some of the tips mentioned earlier to decide what kind of coil you need and how you should go about building that up.
*All of these can happen to a vaper from time to time (sometimes never, for the lucky ones), but for the most part can be avoided however, and stem from understanding your coils and properly using what you have available to you at any given time. For more information on these error messages and how to help fix them, make sure to check out our article below by MBV's very own Nicole under the category "Hardware Trouble Shooting..." and through the topic labeled "Common "Error" Messages displayed and how to fix them.". She has provided a list and a good number of things you can try (apart from coil edits) to get your device up and running again.
This has definitely been a great journey with you all and I do hope that you learned something new about coils! If you did have more questions, or did not see a topic covered that you were looking for, be sure to leave a comment so that we can chat more about it. Never be afraid to ask questions. We are all continuously learning in the young world of vaping and only a small few can call themselves a true "master" of the art. We are all here to support one another in the hopes of understanding vaping and finding that perfect vape that suits us individually, let us join you on your journey!