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The Six Things You Must Know About Vape Coil Building

The Six Things You Must Know About Vape Coil Building

Some consider it an art, others a way to save money. Needless to say, coil building in the vaping community seems to be the natural progression most serious vapers want to reach after they have been vaping for a while. But, can anyone start coil building, and what are some things vapers need to consider before starting to build? This blog discusses six things we consider you must know about vape coil building before you start twisting wires into coils. 

Table of Contents:

  1. What Is a Vape Coil?
  2. What Is Coil Building?
  3. Start Coil Building Only When You are Ready
  4. You Should Know That There Are Different Types of Coil Building Wire
  5. Your First RDA Should Be Simple
  6. Learn About Ohm’s Law
  7. Stick To What You Know
  8. Messing Up Is Part of The Process
  9. Conclusion

What is a Vape Coil?

A vape coil is the component or part of the vape responsible for heating up the e-liquid or vape juice and turning it into vapor. It is wire that has been shaped into a spiral of rings that holds the wicking material. Vape coils can be made from many different materials, and there are many different types of coils. 

What is Coil Building?

Coil building is the art of making your own coils. While you can buy pre-made coils for your rebuildable tank atomizers, some vape hobbyists prefer to spend their time and money building and installing their coils from scratch. 

The reasons for this are many; not only do you save a ton of money since you don’t need to buy premade coils, but with time, and as you get better, you can create different designs that enhance cloud production and flavor.

Coil building is not difficult, but it does require quite a bit of practice and some practical knowledge. This is why, even before you start, we wanted to let you know of a couple of things you should keep in mind if you’re considering coil building. 

Start Coil Building Only When You are Ready

This is hugely important. You should not rush into coil building because you overheard in the vape shop that it will give you greater vapor production and more flavor. While these things may be true, coil building requires that you spend a good amount of time building the coils and learning how to wick them and install them properly. There are many things that can go wrong, and you might not be able to vape for some weeks if the only setup you have is an RDA. 

More importantly, you should not feel pressured to start coil building. Some vapers never feel the need to move on to an RDA, and if this sounds like you, then you don’t have to worry about coil building. Remember, it will all depend on how hands-on you are with your devices and if you like to tinker with machines. 

And while it is true that investing in an RDA, RDTA, or RTA (devices that allow you to build your own coils) will help you save tons of money in the long run, it may not be ideal for a beginner to start off trying to build coils without first knowing what resistance they vape at, how much nicotine they use, and what ratio of vape juice they prefer. 

In essence, we just want to let you know that coil building is more suited for experienced vapers and not for beginners, who will probably feel uncomfortable with the knowledge required to start building coils and coil setups. However, coil building, with time and practice, can be done by just about anyone.

You Should Know That There Are Different Types of Coil Building Wire

Something extremely important for beginners to know is that there are many different kinds of coil wires, and they all achieve different things. For example, some are made for temperature control vaping, while others only work for variable wattage. The type of device you plan on using and the mode in which you wish to vape will all determine the type of wire you will use. In the vaping world, there are five types:

  • Kanthal
  • NiChrome
  • Stainless Steel
  • Nickel
  • Titanium

While we recommend you use Kanthal first since it’s malleable, affordable, and easily found both online and in any vape shop, don’t forget that there are other wires, and they all have their pros and cons. So when buying vape wires, keep this in mind, the type of wire you choose will greatly impact your coil building experience. 

Your First RDA Should Be Simple

If you plan on learning how to build coils, you’ll need a rebuildable atomizer device. We recommended you buy a rebuildable dripping atomizer since these tend to be the simplest devices out of all the rebuildables. Not only that, but you should also have a simple rebuildable deck such as a two-post deck or even velocity deck, which will allow for two coils as opposed to the two post deck, which only fits one coil. 

We say this because it’s important that you first get a grip and practice on an easy-to-use deck rather than starting out on a complicated deck that will make wicking and installing your deck extremely difficult. After all, you don’t want to invest in a device that you won’t be able to put to use because it’s too complicated to build coils on. And while the vape shop might have the latest device with the most up-to-date deck design technology, we urge you to go with a simpler, perhaps older device that you know you will have no problem down the line with. 

Learn About Ohm’s Law

This is probably one of the most important things you need to know before you even go buy yourself the supplies needed to start coil building. Before anything, you should first educate yourself on Ohm’s law. By knowing Ohm’s law, you will make better coils and avoid potential accidents, which, when working with electrical currents and metals, tends to happen. This is also one of the major reasons why coil building is not recommended for beginners because you will be working with electronic components and need to know what you can’t and can do. 

That’s what Ohm’s law is for; it lets you figure out the current, voltage, and resistance in any circuit, or in our case, our RDA or vape device. Although, thanks to the widespread use of vaping and thanks to the culture of coil building picking up a following, we now have Ohm’s law calculators that do everything for us. With these calculators, you won’t have to do any math; all you have to do is input your information, which might include the type of wire you’ll use, how many coils you plan on building, and what’s your desired resistance. Here’s a good calculator you can use

Although the calculator makes everything extremely simple, you should still read up on the basics of Ohm’s law and how resistance, current, and voltage, can affect your vape and coil building since the more you know, the better you’ll be able to create coils. 

Stick To What You Know

When starting to coil build, you might be tempted to change the resistance of your coil but adhere from doing so on your first tries. The last thing you want to do is make a build that generates too much heat and is unbearable to vape. Or one that heats up nicotine too quickly and again makes you choke and become nauseous since you won’t be used to how quickly it evaporates the nicotine.

If you’re coming from mouth-to-lung devices like, let’s say, a pod system, with a 0.5 resistance coil, don’t try to, on your first build, go to a 0.1 coil resistance coil; the change will be too sudden, and you’ll end up hating how your vape tastes. Stick to what you know, and try to make a coil that has the same resistance as your pod system or a similar resistance to the prebuilt coil you use. 

Messing Up Is Part of The Process

Finally, we want to let you know that messing up is part of the process. You will bend and break coils as you’re learning. There is nothing wrong with that. You might not get the hang of wicking right away and will go through lots of cottons to get it just right. As with any hobby, the process of learning is filled with unsuccessful attempts, and in order to be successful, you need to try numerous times until you get it right. That’s why we recommend that you not only buy a simple RDA with a simple deck that will let you experiment, but that you also first start out with a cheap wire, like Kanthal, and avoid premade coils since they tend to be more expensive and you miss out on actually learning the art of coil building. 


To recapan

  • Only begin coil building when you feel ready and have the confidence to begin.
  • Remember that there are different types of coils, and each will affect your coil experience, but we suggest you start with Kanthal.
  • If you have decided you will start coil build, your first RDA should be simple, so you have a greater chance of learning how to build
  • While it’s not required, learning about Ohm’s Law will give you a greater understanding of how your vape works and give you an idea of what you should and should not do to avoid accidents. 
  • When starting to coil build, sticking to the coil resistance you are used to vaping will save you a lot of future headaches.
  • And finally, remember that this is a hobby that requires practice and patience. It’s only natural that you’ll waste wire, ruin coils, and waste wicks.


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Andres Roman

Andres Roman is a content writer with 3+ years of experience, a former 3 pack a week smoker who used vaping to kick the habit, he now wants to educate the world about vaping. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.