I will say this from the outset: this post is aimed at vapers and about vaping, there will be a lot of technical terms. Apologies to my regular poetry readers.
I quit smoking back in August 2014 and it has taken me 3 years to get to the point of making my own vape coils.
Now, for novices, vaping works by a piece of coiled wire with e-liquid soaked cotton wrapped through/around/in it. The wire heats up and vaporises the liquid, producing the vapor. Beginners will buy premade coils to put in their device, whereas others will make their own coils.
Which is what I have finally learned to do! 😀
I’d been building for about 4 days and already wanted more advanced stuff. So I twisted two wires together to increase surface area; this equals more vapor, and takes more work.
23 gauge nichrome wire twisted with 28 gauge kanthal; kanthal is the most popular coil wire. The actual wire was harder to work with, but that’s good because it *should* last longer.
Each coil has a resistance, measured in ohms, and the lower the resistance the more power you can put through it.
The finished coil below has a resistance of 0.12 ohms, which is quite low. I’d been planning to do 2 but this is all experimentation. And saving money, because 5 premade coils cost like £15.00, while wire and cotton costs about £7.00 and will last for months instead of just 1 month.
I then installed it on my Peerless RDA (rebuildable dripping atomiser) by Geekvape, and adjusted it. Well, shaped it. It’s been soothing to learn how to do this. Akin to a blacksmith shaping metal on an anvil, it takes time and patience, adjustments learnt by doing.
Pulsing the coil red hot allows for shaping with ceramic tweezers, lightly strumming it, and adjusting until it glows evenly from the inside out, as shown below.
Next, the cotton wick, which I’m still getting used to. There are innumerable methods for doing this.
Thennnn…time to juice it up! I’m using Gallywix by Goblin Juice. Don’t know what the flavour is exactly but it’s sweet with a nice hint of tartness.
Finally, time to vape on this homemade sucker! 😀
59.5 watts and I’ve not had to add more juice since initially dripping it on. Maybe I’m getting the wicking right at last? Dunno. Time will tell. (:
Thank you so much for reading.