Your Guide to the Different Types of Vape Coils

Posted by Richard Broke on Jul 4th 2018

Your Guide to the Different Types of Vape Coils

Your Guide to the Different Types of Vape Coils

Let's say you bought the best vaping equipment you can find.

You did your research and got a great mod, great tank, great juice, and you're all set to go. One hit of the fire button and suddenly, weak vapor hits your mouth. It wasn't what you expected and not what you wanted.

What could have gone wrong?

There's one key aspect you didn't consider: your coils!

If you've been wondering about the different types of vape coils and how they affect your vape, you've come to the right place. We're going to dive into the world of coils and show you which ones are right for you.

What are Vape Coils?

As many vapers know, there are a lot of variables:

  • Mods
  • Tanks
  • E-juice
  • Batteries

There are also various types of vape coils to consider.

As you may know, most kits have a mod, which needs batteries, so that it can supply power to your tank, thus vaporizing your e-juice.

The coil is a metallic material designed to heat up to a specific temperature. Vape coils are what's actually doing the work and a good vape coil guide can show you the different aspects you need to consider.

It can be overwhelming, so we'll try to take it slow.

Coil Material

When looking at the different types of vape coils, you'll find a few specific wire materials used:

  • Kanthal
  • Stainless steel
  • Nichrome
  • Nickel
  • Titanium

While there are other types of wire materials, most agree that these are the most popular.

One of the biggest factors to consider is whether you're going to be vaping in power mode, temperature control mode, or both.

Power Mode Coils

Power mode is the easiest mode to use on most vaping mods. You turn your device on, dial in the wattage, and go!

Because of this, a lot of people try to use wires that are only safe in power mode.

You can use kanthal, stainless steel, and nichrome in power mode safely.

Temperature Control Coils

Temperature control is more advanced than power mode. With temperature, you have a lot more customizability to how your device vapes.

Rather than just dialing in your wattage, you can set temperature limits as well. For example, you can set your temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, your mod will never heat up your coil above 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can also still set the wattage. This will determine the amount of power your mod uses to reach the temperature limit you indicated.

On top of that, you also need to be careful to lock the resistance of your coil on your mod (if possible).

All in all, it's a finicky way of vaping, but for some people, the ends justify the means. Dialing in your perfect vape may be worth the trouble.

You can only use titanium, nickel, and stainless steel coils in temperature control mode.

You may have noticed that stainless steel made the list for both power mode and temperature control coils. That's not a mistake; you can use it for both modes!

For some people, this is one of the biggest advantages to using stainless steel. Its versatility will allow you to play with different modes while using the same coil.

Vape Coil Resistance

Another aspect of the different types of vape coils is their resistance.

Resistance depends on a few factors:

  • The gauge of the wire
  • The inner diameter of the coil
  • The number of wraps of wire used to make the coil

The higher the gauge, the thinner the wire is and higher resistance the coil will have.

Different materials also have different resistances.

For example, 24 gauge kanthal wire using five wraps with a 2.5 mm inner diameter will have a resistance of about 0.45 or 0.5 ohms. With stainless steel, using the same gauge and same inner diameter, you would have to use 10 wraps rather than five to achieve the same resistance.

When considering high resistance vs low resistance vaping, keep in mind that the higher the resistance, the less power it takes to heat the coil. The lower the resistance, the more power it takes.

If you're interested in saving your battery life and eating up less e-juice, consider using simpler, higher-resistance coils.

Steam Engine is a great resource to use to determine the resistance of a coil you're planning on building or buying. With their coil wrapping tool, you can input all the parameters to find out what you need!

Types of Vape Coils

Finally, other than the material used and their resistance, some types of vape coils come in different forms.

Simple round-wire coils are just that. They are a single strand of wire wrapped around a coiling tool or rod to create a coil.

Exotic coils use multiple strands of wire to achieve different looks and shapes (all maintaining the basic coil-like structure).

Some examples include:

  • Clapton coils
  • Fused clapton coils
  • Alien coils
  • Braided coils
  • Twisted coils

There's more than that, but you get the idea. These come in a variety of ways and can achieve different effects.

Sometimes, the more exotic coils can produce denser vapor clouds or more flavorful clouds, because there is more surface area. The more material used in a single coil, the more surface area is being heated and more vapor produced.

At the same time, like we said, it can eat up your batteries and e-juice. So, if you're on a budget, you may need to weigh the pros and cons.

Get the Most Out of Your Vape Coils

As with anything that has to do with vaping, there are a lot of options and variables to consider.

When it comes to the different types of vape coils, make sure you're using the right material and achieving the right resistance.

No need to spring for exotic coils, but if it's something you want to play with, feel free!

If you're still new to vaping and need more advice, check out these 10 vaping tips for beginners!