Can I use my new vape coil right away?
A fresh coil needs time to soak. With the absorbent materials bone dry, running an electrical charge through the heating element now runs a high risk of a ‘dry-fire’.
A dry fire means that the cottons inside your coil were exposed to very high heat without any e-liquid present to vaporise, resulting in a scorched cotton and a ruined vape coil.
How/why to prime a vape coil
There is a speed-up process known as ‘priming’. Priming a coil involves introducing a small amount of e-liquid to it prior to installation. The best way to do this is to gently ‘paint’ some e-liquid on the exposed cottons through the wicking ports which line the side of the coil.
Priming is a personal choice; I don’t do it myself. I tend to find that introducing too much e-liquid to the coil before use results in losing a few days of use from the overall life of the coil, and I’m personally much happier to wait 10 minutes than lose two or three days of use.
Different types of vape coils explained
While coils are always going to follow a basic formulae (heating element + soaking material) you can definitely find a variety of vape coils which utilise different or alternative materials or construction methods.
What are ceramic vape coils?
The EUC range by Vaporesso for instance features a ceramic range alongside traditional kanthal & cotton units. The steel element is replaced with a ceramic one which generally provides greater longevity to the coil, often up to a week of further use.
What are mesh vape coils?
Vaporesso also now produce a line of coils which feature mesh interiors, similar to their GT Core range’s mesh edition. Mesh interiors replace the curled metal element with an evenly spaced steel mesh, which ensures the most even heat distribution possible and cuts down on the likelihood of dry spots; an unfortunate occurrence where a traditional heating element burns too hot in one place and quickly dries out and burns a section of cotton.
What are DIY vape coils?
There is of course another style of coil entirely, one which changes the way you look at vaping in general. I’m talking about DIY vaping, a pursuit which will involve the user using simple tools to build their own coils at home.
While it may sound daunting it’s surprisingly easy to get started with homemade coils. All you’ll need is an RDA deck or RTA, some organic cotton, a spool of wire intended for vape use, a coil jig, some wire cutters and a set of tweezers.
DIY vaping enthusiasts will speak volumes about the unmatchable clarity of flavour and stunning cloud production potential. It does generally take a little more work and care; you’ll be changing the cottons every day or so and the coil will likely last up to a couple weeks.
You’ll also, in the case of RDA use, be applying fresh e-liquid to your exposed cottons every few minutes, so as you can see it’s not a casual pursuit and generally not popular with those for whom vaping is entirely about smoke reduction. But for those who crave flavour, clouds and a fun evening hobby it’s definitely something to look into.
Vape coils in the future
We hope this guide and the video above have given you a clearer understanding of an aspect to vaping which seems to befuddle many. Never fear though, any decent vape shop will be happy to help you along the way if you pop by with your device in hand, and will likely be able to show you how to change the coils when the time comes.
Sadly, cleaning vape coils is still a little unreasonable, but with an industry as driven by innovation as vaping we won’t be surprised the day we find a coil you can pop in the dishwasher, might just be a couple years yet. Thanks for reading and be sure to check out our YouTube channel for frequent updates in vaping hardware, news and education.
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