In this article, we will try to introduce some of the commonly used types of wires inside a standard vape. We will also discuss some of their uses, as well as their corresponding characteristics. To be more specific, we will discuss the particular vape wire that’s used for vaping with wattage, the type that has a temperature control, and the type of vaping wire that can easily be used for both.
Also, we will not try to overwhelm you with technical data that may disappoint you for being complicated. What we will do here is simply give you a comprehensive overview and hopefully give you the information you need to help you decide which wire type suits your vaping style most comfortably. Let’s start.
Wire Gauge, Ramp Time and Its Resistance
It may be helpful for you to know that there are basic characteristics in vaping wires that apply to all wires, regardless of how the wires were made. For example, one basic characteristic of any of the wires is that they have what is commonly referred t as the Wire Gauge. It’s the actual diameter of the vaping wire that’s expressed in numerical value. You don’t have to remember about the wire because it doesn’t really matter. What matters in this attribute is the numerical number. The higher the number increases, the more the diameter of the wire shrinks and gets smaller. So, if you have a 26 gauge wire, that’s essentially thinner than a 24 gauge but relatively fatter than the 28 gauge wire.
Another important aspect in the wire size is the fact that as the wire resistance shrinks or decreases, it may take a bit longer for the wire to heat due to the wire’s larger mass. In addition, the thin gauge wires you get, such as the 32 and 30, will obviously be higher regarding resistance compared to the resistance you get with 26 or 24-gauge wires.
The ramp time that you usually hear when talking about vape is essentially the time it takes for your coil to easily heat to the right temperature needed to vaporise the e-liquid after firing up the mod. Ramp time is basically more noticeable with the exotic and multiple strands found in certain wire coils, which include Claptons. As the size of the wire increases, the ramp time can also become more pronounced, especially with simple and single wire coil systems.
Temperature Control (TC)
One important thing you may want to learn about temperature control is that they’re the control mods in your vape that help you detect your vaping wire if you need to regulate the wattage and current of your coil. Wires that are suitable to TC are selected mainly because of its valuable Temperature Coefficient of Resistance (TCR).
If this is too technical for you, let’s just say here that the TCR of the vaping wire is the amount of resistance that increases as the temperature also increases. The mod in your vape has an ability to know if there’s already cold resistance in your coil, and when this happens, the material of your vape is detected by the TCR. It’s also interesting to note that the coil in your vape can detect whether your coil is already too hot. When this happens, it basically lowers the current of your coil to prevent your vape from burning.
Types of Wire
Now let’s talk about the different types of wire that you can choose from for your vape. Here are some of them:
Kanthal is the type of vape wire that is essentially ferritic, and iron-chromium-aluminium in its make up, with good level of resistance to various oxidation levels. This is the type of wire that’s commonly used for vaping in a straight wattage setting. Kanthal is also a good place to start if you’re just basically getting into the dripping and rebuilding of your vape. It’s good that we’re easily able to work with this wire and, at the same time, it’s stiff enough to hold its shape when we’re forming them into coils, which occurs when we’re trying to wick the coils.
The good thing about Kanthal is that it’s inexpensive and widely available in almost all of the major vape shops in our area. There are also numerous online shops that sell this type of wire to us. These shops can even deliver this wire to our doorstep.
To summarise, what makes this wire ideal is because of the variability of its wattage, which makes it ideal for mechanical mod vaping. It’s also easy to work with compared with other wires. The fact that it holds shape is also another good aspect of this wire. However, there are drawbacks. Some of them include the fact that this wire is not compatible with TC.
2. Stainless Steel (SS 316L)
This type of wire is known to be the most unique among the wires mainly because it can act as a double duty and can be used for vaping in a straight wattage setting. Dual -coil stainless steel can be used if you want to review TC mods because it’s very resilient. It can even be used to test either mode of wire.
3. Nichrome (Ni80)
Nichrome is essentially an alloy that’s composed of chromium and nickel, but they may also have other metals in its components, which include iron. It is for this reason that nichrome has been used for dental work, which includes fillings.
The good thing about Nichrome type of wire is that it’s basically faster than Kanthal regarding ramp. You can also hold it in shape. But, there’s nickel content in the wire, which is not an ideal element regarding health and safety. The wire also has a lower melting point compared to others and they can sometimes be a bit hard to find locally. The fact that this wire has a more moderate temperature also means that you have to be extra careful with this compared with other wires. If you aren’t careful, they will get quickly burnt. The best way to handle this wire is when you start low and create a pulsing rhythm on to the coils. You should avoid rushing into it and hitting them with a maximum wattage while it’s dry.
In terms of its nickel content, you should try to check if you’re allergic to nickel and if discontinue using this wire if you are.
4. Nickel (Ni200)
Nickel wire is usually referred to as Ni200, which is generally a pure nickel in its component. The nickel wire today has first been used in various temperature control mechanisms. They’re not ideal to use mainly because they’re a bit difficult to work into the uniform coils that you get. These wires also deform when wicking, which may not be a good characteristic when you’re mounting it. That said, Nickel can do TC, and it’s easy to find in your local stores, but they’re not the best to use because they’re hard to form and don’t hold right into shape. It’s also a bit of uncomfortable to vape on nickel wire because of its metallic taste and smell.
The last wire in the selection is Titanium. This wire is a TC wire and is composed of pure and unalloyed Titanium. There’s a bit of controversy surrounding how safe to use titanium wire in vaping. In fact, titanium can release a toxic component called titanium dioxide if it’s heated above 648-degree celsius. Like magnesium, it’s also incredibly hard to extinguish it after igniting. Most of the shops today won’t even sell this wire because of safety and liability issues. Many vapers still use this wire, though. As long as their TC is doing its job, they don’t need to worry about combusting the titanium or causing any dioxide poisoning.
The bottom line we should remember when choosing the right vaping wire is our level of risk and comfort. Our choice in the wire will determine the vaping nirvana we feel. Choosing the right wire type and components will make a dent in how enjoyable our vaping experience is going to be. We should also remember that the TC wires we have should only be used with TC-enabled mods. With this article, you already know some of the options, factors, and attributes of vaping wire that will make a difference in your vaping experience. Using the key information you got in this article will also guide you to a safer way to vape.
It may also help if you vary the wire types you use. Doing this would give you better control over the ramp time, wattage, and current of the vape. You can also get a more enjoyable experience when you vary the number of the coil diameter, wraps and wire type of your vape. If you want to be more precise with your measurements, you may like to jot down some of the specifics that you got with a particular mix of wire type. That way, you can have a future reference when you want to go back to that experience.