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Rebuildable coils: Micro, nano, sub... single, dual, twisted... what does it all mean?!?
Coil building is a labor of love for some. Knowing what you want out of the build and having the right tools is a good place to start. Want bigger plumes of vapor? Want more flavor? Want a hotter or cooler vape? There is a build for just about every want these days.
Every electronic cigarette creates vapor using the same basic method: A coil of resistance wire is wrapped around a wicking material. The wicking material (usually cotton or silica) sucks up the e-liquid (much in the same way a candle wick sucks up melted wax) and electricity is passed through the resistance wire coil. The coil heats up, heats the e-liquid, and you have delicious vapor!
Coils are as diverse and differentiating as there are types of car engines. Your average commuter might drive a conservative 4 cylinder, while muscle car fans might like the punch of a big block V8! The same idea applies to coils. Most vapers buy pre-made coils from their favorite vape shop or website. Then there are the advanced users - the modders, the hobbyists. These guys use rebuildable coils. RBA's (Rebuildable Atomizers), RTA's (Rebuildable Tank Atomizers), and RDA's (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers) require the user to physically wrap the resistance wire into coils.
Now why would anyone want to go through that amount of trouble? The answer is simple: CUSTOMIZATION! When you build your own coil, you're in direct control of how hot or cold your atomizer burns. The results can range from super hot rebuildable coils that can produce enough vapor to haze out a living room, to cooler rebuildable coils that let you embrace every facet of flavor from your favorite e-liquid.
Most rebuildable coils and atomizers they're housed in require using a mod style battery setup. Essentially a mod is a modified battery housing to be used with a high capacity, high output battery. Heating up these monster rebuildable coils needs a beefed up battery setup! We all have to remember the wise words of Peter Parker's Uncle Ben: "With great power comes great responsibility." Rebuildable Coils require that you take care while you tinker. Remember you're dealing with electricity and really hot metal!! Ok, moving on:
Customization! (Remember that from earlier?) So you've moved up to wanting to make your own rebuildable coils. Which coil do you create? That's a good question, and there's more answers than you can imagine. Most advanced vapers start out with a simple single coil.
One coil of resistance wire, one strand of wicking material. It's simple, effective, and does the trick. Then there's the vapers I call "The Gamblers" - they like to double down and build dual coils! Two coils - twice the firepower - half the resistance. That means a hotter burn and more vapor. It just goes on from there. I've seen quad coils (four rebuildable coils and monster clouds), dragon coils, Danny wicks, twisted/braided wire; the list is endless! There are many options for wire and wick. Both have a huge impact on the vapor production and flavor as well. Everyone has a preference to what they like and what works the best. Odds are, once you jump into the world of modding and rebuildable coils, you'll come up with your own unique way to design your own rebuildable coil.
Stick around for our post on exactly HOW to create your own rebuildable coil and reach a whole new level of vaping!