Kanthal Wire Vs. Nichrome Wire: Which Is Better?

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Hi everyone! Hope your week started on a good note.

As for me, I was wondering what the main difference is between Kanthal A1 wire and Nichrome wire. More importantly, which one is better? Am I missing out on these new wire products or are these just a gimmick?

Further research brought me to a few interesting comparisons between the two. I credit this video from Pegasus Vapor Academy which is a great channel for getting some vape knowledge:

1. Nichrome heats up faster than Kanthal – In the video, two 28 gauge wires are being used. The video below shows in real time how the two compare in firing up.

2. Nichrome has lower resistance than Kanthal –  The Kanthal wire in the video clocked in at 1.35 ohms while the Nichrome was at 1.05 ohms. Remember, the lower the ohms the warmer and more intense the vape gets.

3. Kanthal wire lasts longer than Nichrome –  The catch is, since Nichrome heats up faster, it wears out the coils quicker as well.

Kanthal wires have more tolerance to heat and last longer. If you are a person who doesn’t like rebuilding often, then stick to Kanthal.

4. Kanthal is cheaper than Nichrome – If spending more might be an issue for you, then sticking to Kanthal wire would be your best choice.

So comparing the two, both are pretty even when weighing pros and cons. It all  comes down to personal preference.

In closing the video, the presenter stresses the fact that we should be smart consumers and do our research whenever we have a product in mind that we want to buy.

Do your homework boys and girls. This is what I have been wanting to accomplish with my blog since day one. I admit that it does become difficult thinking of possible topics you might find interesting and helpful.

So for any of you that have topics or questions you would like covered, please leave them in the comments and I will try my best.


Author: Mr. Long Drag

Former smoker turned vaper since 2013. I blog about questions that I and others might have about vaping. All I can say is it's a better alternative to cigarettes, nicotine gum, patches or medication, no matter what the Big Tobacco backed media says!

4 thoughts on “Kanthal Wire Vs. Nichrome Wire: Which Is Better?”

  1. Nice article! I do have one question, though, what about the taste? Some people report getting a metallic and off-taste with nichrome, and a clean taste with kanthal.

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    1. Thank you sir! IMO, I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. Both wires are made of different alloys and may “taste” different.

      However, I have never really experienced or noticed a change in taste using nichrome. Then again, my taste buds aren’t the most sensitive either.

      Thanks again.



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