Things to Consider in Vape Wires and Vape Coils

Things to Consider in Vape Wires and Vape Coils

Oct 9th 2019

Vaping is more different than any other type of inhaling. Not the pure smoke you'll inhale, in vaping, you'll go through just sheer amount of vapor. There are certainly a lot of things a vaper would require to vape. First things first, a vaper will need a vaporizer alongside the e-juice. A vaporizer converts e-juice in vapor on the application of heating coil. The coil is wrapped with soaking materials like cotton or something, and when it is heated, the cotton wick in e-juice gets heat. Hence, vape-liquid evaporates, and the related person inhales this vapor.

One day or another, every hardcore vaper builds coil due to their reasons, whether it is financial issues, engineering skills, or just for fun. Coil building falls under the domain of e-liquid vaporizers; as Dab wax pens and dry herb vaporizers initiate a different kind of heating and hence, subjects to use. We present a small yet compelling guide over what are the things that should be considered in vape wires and vape coils.

Vape wires

Vape wires play a significant role in vaping. Whether the coil is manufactured by a flavorista or by a cloud monster, these vape wires differently rule their domain. Vaporizers work differently with individual vape wires, and hence, their applications change as we switch gauge and material of the wire. Let's have an in-depth knowledge of the wire gauge and material and its applications in vaping.

Wire gauge

When talking about the size of the vape wire, the measure of wire plays a handy role in it. The series of vape wires subjects to its thickness and the higher the numerical value of gauge, the thinner the wire. That signifies the series from thicker to thinner is: 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, etc. It has been noted that thicker wire constitutes lower resistance, increasing in ramp-up time.

Ramp-up time defines property of the wire to get heated. If a wire has a higher ramp-up time, it'll take a whole lot of time to get wire heated. Well, you can't sit an entire day for the wire getting heated. High resistant wires are not precisely used in the vaporizers as their ramp-up time is higher.

Types of Vape Wires

Substantially, there are five types of wires that are used in vaporizers,

Kanthal( FeCrAl ), Nickel, Stainless Steel, Nichrome, and Titanium divided into two categories of wattage control and temperature control.

Temperature control wires include Stainless Steel, Nickel, and Titanium, while Kanthal, Nichrome, and Stainless Steel fall under Wattage control wire. It can be inferred that the only Stainless Steel constitute in both of the categories and hence undoubtedly highly potent. All the above wires show different properties when it comes to flavors, vape clouds, ramp-up time, ease of use. Let's see how these wires work accordingly.

Kanthal Wire

Kanthal wire is super cheap and are easily available. It retains the shape well when rewicking( that means you can vape for a longer time ). Kanthal is mostly suitable for single coil builds, and it can take you far when you want to do something fancy or have a lot of time. This vape wire works smoothly and is not hesitant with wattage mode.

The cons of this wire are: Kanthal is not the right choice for ramp-up time as it takes significantly more time to heat up. Some vapors will be a bit dull on the flavors, and this wire cannot be used with temperature control.

NiChrome Wire

NiChrome wire is relatively inexpensive but is not stocked well. It is also a connoisseur of wattage control. The wire proves fast ramp-up time and holds shape while rewicking. It is the wire with a delicacy of not being tough; hence, this wire is so easy to work with.

NiChrome shows a low melting point as compared to Kanthal, indicating the careful use when dry burning. It also contains Nickel, which is an allergen for people.

Stainless Steel Wire

The most versatile wire in the category is Stainless Steel Wire, which has the dual property of temperature control with wattage control. SS wire is highly stringent and has a high melting point; and hence, it can also be used in dry burning. Some variants of SS wire have a minuscule of Nickel so that the people who're allergic to Nickel can also use it. This wire offers fast ramp-up time and produces a clean flavor( which is, as always, subjective ).

Some easily usable gauges of SS wire are not readily available in the market. Some wires contain high-Nickel content, which may cause issues with your body.

Nickel Wire

Nickel wire is prominently used for temperature control and is the first wire used in the history of vaporizers. It has a high TCR of 0.006, making it very convenient to use. These wires are proficient in fasten up ramp-up time. These wires hold up till the high temperature. Also, Nickel wire is easy to find and inexpensive.

Some people are allergic to Nickel, and because of it, many vapers defy to use it. Nickel, at very high-temperature, produce graphite, which can inject graphite in the lungs causing severe illness. It is a wire that doesn't hold shape, causing issues in vaping.

Titanium Wire

The Titanium wire is more of a class player in producing great flavors than any other wire mentioned. These wires are very easy to work with and hold the shape really well. The Titanium wire works immensely good in TC mode and hence is very convenient to use. It is extra-handy, and the ramp-up time is not you can be concerned about.

However, these wires, when heated on high temperatures, produces Titanium oxide which doesn't have a great history with research. These wires are not readily available at stores.

Getting handy with Vape Coils

The vape coils are built significantly on the application of vape wires and wicking material. We already have a lot of discussion on vape wires. Now, we'll make things go crazy in the vape coils.

The vape coil is built when we entwine wicking material with vape wires. Because of this agenda, the wicking material submerged in e-liquid gets heated if we press the power button. The e-liquid hence evaporates and the vaper vapes. Apart from several other substances like Ekowool, Rayon fiber, or Silica, Cotton is primarily used in the vaporizers.

Now, let's discuss the combinations for cloud-based and flavor-based vapes. Certain points you'll love to remember:


For the formation of Big clouds, airflow is of utmost concern. A person should take care that his coil shouldn't be overfilled. The best reason to support this is the excellent airflow will lead you to inhale more, which, when taken out, will produce a more massive cloud. The use of lower gauge is better as compared to higher gauge, because the smaller the gauge, thicker the wire which leads to a greater surface area to vaporize the liquid. The coil should be positioned well to wick the material evenly.


If you're a flavorista, this information I am about to offer will precisely help you. Contrary to the cloud-based vape coil, flavor-based vape coils need less airflow, as air can get quickly saturated with the e-juice and lessen the amount of flavor in the vapor. The use of vape wires are abstract here, but most vapers recommend using Ni80 or Stainless Steel 316L. The wicking material is also subjective, but if you're a genuine flavorista, you should go ahead with Japanese cotton wicks.


Building the vape coils with a perfect vape wire is not an easy job. To get vaping nirvana is tougher than boat rowing in reverse direction of stream and wind. With a plethora of wires, wicking materials, e-juices, it may take time to flounder upon. But building a vape coil is fun and is an experience that will have a specialized niche in your head.

A lot of techniques to try. A lot of people to rely. Which one to choose, and how would you want to make your first vape coil? Do let us know in comments!!