Coil building is one of those areas that appears to require extreme expertise. Because the vernacular of coil building seems to be an exclusive one, many individuals are hesitant to learn this task. Coil building, however, can be made as simple or complex as the user desires. While certainly there is distinct expertise in this type of space, a newcomer can learn to navigate this skill set just as deftly with a few key tips.
Coil building, in short, is the process of building a coil for your atomizer. A cornerstone process for vaping, coil building at first glance appears to be a highly complex and difficult skill. Do not be scared, it is a learned task that only gets easier with practice.
For many, coil building is a task only made easier and more effective with experience. However, novice coil builders can find simple, relatively foolproof ways to build coils and improve their vaping experience. Follow these simple steps to get started on your journey as an experienced coil builder.
The first thing you will need is an OHM reader/meter. This is essential to coil building. OHM readers/meters allow you to measure resistance, that is, the electrical friction being generated which is required for any successful amount of coil building. You can find these at a relatively low cost, however more elaborate ones will be more expensive. This is one area of vape coil building where you certainly do not want to skimp and a good OHM reader/meter will prove useful time and again when building coils.
Once you are ready with your OHM reader/meter you will need to assemble your materials. Wire, cotton, scissors, post to wrap your wire, and tweezers are required. You can find coil building kits that come complete with all these essential materials.
The most common type of post is a 3mm. This is usually a good jumping off point for beginners. When choosing your wire, it is important to consider the gauge of the wire. A lower gauge will equate to lower resistance, meaning you can use more wire and not worry about significantly increasing resistance. It is recommended to try a size somewhere between 22g to 26g. For builds using lower ohms, this is a great start.
Once decided on your wire, insert it through the coil jig. Twist the top to wrap the wire around the post. This is how you make your coil. The trick at this stage is to not apply too much pressure. Remember, more surface area creates better vape so it is important at this stage to understand how much surface you should work with and how to best utilize it. This exercise will be slightly different depending on various physical features as well as the experience of the builder.
Different ohms will require slight tweaks in how you wrap the coil. Resistance is impacted by the gauge of the coil and the number of wraps. While this portion of the build has no exact practice to it, you can use the gauge and wrap relative to resistance to sort of "play" with your build a little.
Once your coil is sufficiently wrapped, you can use wire cutters to remove the excess. At this point you are nearly ready to roll. Be sure to leave a bit of slack, approximately an inch on each side. This excess will allow you to thread the coil into the deck.
When the coil is in position, you need to tighten the wire. This process will be different based on which deck you are using. There are many deck types so be sure you understand how deck type differences will alter this process.
Once tightened, wire cutters can again be used to remove the surplus wire. The coil needs to be straight and centered. This will affect firing and wicking which we will get to shortly. Make a second pass to check that the wire is tightened down and all excess is cut away.
Most novice builders are likely using regulated MODs. If this is you, you will now want to decide on the wattage you desire. The resistance (where you will employ your ohms reader) is important. You can choose your wattage and ensure the coil is set. You will want to fire the device, ensuring that the heating component is functioning as it should. For novice builders, some added research on wattage and OHM readers/meters will prove fruitful as well.
Building a coil that fires flawlessly right from the get go is nearly impossible. Even experienced coil builders find that firing and achieving even heating requires some tweaking. Your tweezers are useful in this step, as you will want to manipulate the coil to achieve optimal firing and heating. This is perhaps the most confusing part for beginners.
Despite the trial-and-error nature of this task, you cannot do much to damage the coil so feel free to experiment a little, albeit delicately. While your coil may still not fire and heat exactly as you wish, this step will give you the experience you need to become a well-suited coil builder and allows for a level of personalization.
As with most things in life, coil building requires time, patience, and practice. Even the experienced builders didn’t get it right the first time. Don’t get discouraged. Use this step-by-step guide as well as the myriad of online resources to set you in the right direction. Coil building, once mastered, is a hugely useful skill and as vaping increases in popularity, it is a skill you won’t regret mastering.