Table of Contents
- What Are Atomizer Coils?
- How Does an Atomizer Coil Work?
- Aren’t All Atomizer Coils the Same?
- How Does the Design of an Atomizer Coil Affect the Vaping Experience?
- How Can I Tell Whether an Atomizer Coil Suits My Vaping Style?
- Why Should I Buy Pre-Made Coils Rather Than Building My Own?
- Why Does Vapors Planet Make Such a Big Deal About Authentic Coils?
- Are There Any Third-Party Atomizer Coils That Aren’t Counterfeit?
- Why Do Some Tanks Have So Many Different Atomizer Coils Available?
- Why Does Atomizer Coil Resistance Matter?
- Why Does the Number of Heating Wires Matter?
- From What Materials Are Heating Wires Made?
- What Are Clapton Coils?
- What Are Temperature Control Coils?
- What Are Mesh and Strip Coils?
- What Are Radial Coils?
- How Do I Replace an Atomizer Coil?
- When Should I Replace My Atomizer Coil?
- How Can I Improve Atomizer Coil Life?
- Can I Clean and Reuse My Atomizer Coils?
What Are Atomizer Coils?An atomizer coil is the large metal component at the middle of a vaping tank. A heating wire in the atomizer coil creates the vapor that you inhale, and a cotton wick keeps the coil wet by drawing e-liquid in from the tank’s glass reservoir. Since the atomizer coil is the component of your vaping setup that generates vapor, it has an extremely strong influence on what your vaping experience is like. An atomizer coil has a finite life. You’ll have to replace it every several days.
How Does an Atomizer Coil Work?When you press the activation button on your vaping device, electricity travels through the atomizer coil and causes the wire to heat up. The heat vaporizes the e-liquid suspended in the cotton wick wrapped around the wire. The cotton absorbs more e-liquid from the tank, making the heating wire wet again for your next puff.
Aren’t All Atomizer Coils the Same?From the outside, most atomizer coils look basically the same. They differ from one another, however, in more ways than you might realize. Atomizer coils differ in wire resistance, wire material, the number of heating wires and the size of their wick holes – among several other factors. Although all atomizer coils do the same job, they do that job in dramatically different ways. That’s why switching to a different vaping tank can alter your vaping experience so greatly.
How Does the Design of an Atomizer Coil Affect the Vaping Experience?Four factors in atomizer coil design affect the vaping experience more than anything else:
- Heating wire surface area: When you press the activation button your vaping device, the entire surface of the heating wire becomes hot. The greater the surface area of the heating wire, the more vapor an atomizer coil will produce.
- Heating wire mass: In most cases, increasing the surface area of a heating wire also increases its mass. As the mass of a heating wire increases, the wattage requirement of the atomizer coil also increases. That’s why the largest atomizer coils often have suggested wattage ranges exceeding 200 watts. If you operate a high-mass atomizer coil at a lower wattage, you’ll experience a lengthy ramp-up time before the coil generates a significant amount of vapor.
- Heating wire resistance: A wire is a bit like a water pipe. The wider a pipe is, the faster water can flow through it. Likewise, electricity flows through a thicker wire more easily. A high-mass atomizer coil typically has a low electrical resistance, which allows it to operate at a high wattage without requiring more voltage than your vaping device’s batteries can deliver.
- Coil airflow characteristics: When you puff on your vaping device, air enters the center of your atomizer coil through vents at the bottom of your tank. A tank and its atomizer coil need to allow plenty of air through to keep the heating wire from becoming too hot. Open airflow also helps an atomizer coil generate bigger vapor clouds, but the manufacturer must achieve a delicate balance because air doesn’t add flavor to the vaping experience. Increasing the airflow promotes the formation of larger vapor clouds, but it also dilutes the flavor of your e-liquid.
How Can I Tell Whether an Atomizer Coil Suits My Vaping Style?If you want to get an idea of whether you’ll like a vaping tank before you buy it, you should examine the tank’s atomizer coils. You can learn almost everything that you need to know about a tank by looking at the size of the atomizer coil and the size of the coil’s wick openings. Atomizer coils fall loosely into three different categories.
- Cloud chasing atomizer coils: These are the largest atomizer coils. They typically come three to a box and have the largest wick openings. The SMOK TFV12 Prince is an example of a cloud chasing tank. The big coils of the SMOK TFV12 Prince have 12 wick openings and up to 10 individual heating wires. Cloud chasing atomizer coils create the biggest vapor clouds. Because they allow so much air through, though, some people find them a little short on flavor.
- Balanced atomizer coils: These are the most common atomizer coils currently on the market. They typically come four or five to a box, and they’re a bit smaller than cloud chasing coils. Like cloud chasing coils, balanced coils work best for direct-to-lung inhaling. The Aspire Cleito is an example of a balanced tank. While it does produce large clouds, its airflow is a little more restrictive, so the flavor of the e-liquid comes through a bit more clearly.
- Mouth-to-lung atomizer coils: These are the smallest atomizer coils on the market. They typically come five to a box. In addition to the small size, you can identify a mouth-to-lung coil from its small wick openings. The SMOK Stick AIO is an example of a mouth-to-lung tank. A mouth-to-lung tank gives you a very flavor-forward vaping experience, but it produces relatively small vapor clouds. Mouth-to-lung tanks usually work best with thinner e-liquids. If your favorite e-liquid is a high-VG e-liquid, you’ll have the best experience with a tank that uses balanced coils or cloud chasing coils.