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As a coil builder, choosing the vape wire to use when building a vape coil is one of the most crucial decisions you will have to make. A vape wire determines various things, among them flavour production, efficiency and performance.
To make coils that appeal to your vaping style and preference, you need to choose the right wire. Not just the type of wire but also its thickness and resistance.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Vape Wire
When browsing through our range of vape wires, there are several factors you need to consider to ensure you pick the best wire that will deliver the experience you are expecting. These factors include:
Type of vape wire
We have several types of vape wires in stock. Each one has varying chemical properties and composition as well as physical features. Some of the types of vape wires commonly used to make coils are:
- Kanthal – Kanthal is an alloy of chromium and ferritic iron. It holds up well against oxidation and is the best option if you’ve just started building coils. Kanthal wire is mostly used to make coils used for straight wattage vaping. It’s perfect for rebuilding and dripping mods. It’s easy to work with but stiff enough to hold its shape when you form it into coils. Kanthal wire is particularly popular for building single wire coils.
- Nichrome – Nichrome behaves more or less the same way as Kanthal. But it heats faster because it has lower resistance. It is an alloy of chromium and nickel. There are various grades of nickel that might contain other metals like iron. The one used for building vape coils is ni80. Like Kanthal, this type of nichrome wire is easy to work with and also holds its shape. However, when using nichrome coils, avoid dry burning because the material has a low melting point.
- Stainless Steel – Stainless steel vape wire is a juggernaut in coil building. It's one of the few types of vape wire used for temperature control vaping and straight wattage vaping. It consists of nickel, chromium and carbon. Like Nichrome, this type of vape wire also comes in various grades. The one used for coil building is SS316L and to a lesser degree, SS317L.
- Nickel – Pure nickel or ni200 as it's also known as the first known type of vape wire to be used for temperature control vaping. But it can't be used in wattage mode. Nickel is difficult to work with and the coils deform when wicking. However, it remains popular among TC enthusiasts because it is easy to find.
After settling on the ideal vape wire for your coil, the next step is to identify the right wire gauge. Wire gauge refers to the diameter of the wire. The thickness of the wire determines, among other factors, how fast the wire heats up and consequently how much vapour it can produce.
As the diameter of the wire increases, its resistance decreases. However, it’s also important to note that resistance will also be affected by the length and the number of coils you make when wrapping the wire.