Why build vape coils?
Building coils can help you save money, rather than buying disposable coil heads every week. It’s also a fun hobby that vapers not only take pride in but get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The best way to get good at it is through repetition. You’ll be building and wicking in no time.This article focuses only on simple coil builds; no need to grab your drills and swivels. If you want to learn about more complicated coils, check out our Clapton coil guide.
Supplies to wrap a vape coil
While there are many types of vape tools and accessories you can use to wrap a vape coil, it’s best to keep it simple. There are plenty of good coil building kits on the market that supply you with everything you need, but you can also buy these things a la carte, or maybe you even have these supplies on hand already. Most rebuildables nowadays come with coil building supplies.
- Resistance wire: any of the vaping wires would do.
- Flush cutters: wire cutters that can cut close in small spaces
- Ceramic tweezers: to pinch your coils while pulsing
- Small metal rod: a small screwdriver, or coiling tool
- Organic cotton: or whichever wicking material you prefer
- Scissors: to trim your cotton
Other (optional) accessories:
- An ohm reader: or a mod that accurately detects resistance
- A coil jig: it can make your life a little easier
Micro vs macro coils
Micro and macro coils are some of the most common coils builds. They are created by taking a single piece of wire and wrapping it around a screwdriver, drill bit or coil jig. The difference between a micro and a macro coil is the inner diameter of the coil. It’s that simple.
Micro: a micro coil build is a coil that has an inner diameter of 1-2 mm.
Macro: a macro coil build is a coil that has an inner diameter that’s 2.5 mm and above.
The bigger the inner diameter of the vape coil, the higher its resistance, and vice versa. Likewise, the thicker the gauge of wire used, the lower the resistance will be. We recommend using some basic 26 or 28-gauge Kanthal for your first few vape coil builds.
For more info, watch Rip Trippers’ video where he explains different coil sizes in detail.
How to use a coil jig
Coil jigs are tools that help you wrap coils consistently by guiding the wire while it is getting wrapped on a rod. They are very useful tools, and they will help you make perfect coils every time with minimal effort.
Many jigs will come with detachable rods, while others will ship with separate pieces for different wire diameters. Some of the best-known coil jigs are manufactured by Coil Master, UD and Kuro Concepts.
Wrapping coils using a coil jig is a fairly straightforward process. If you want to learn more, watch Sherlock Hohms’ video where he shows how to easily wrap a 2.5 mm coil using a coil jig.
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