Since my previous post was about Titanium wires, I decided to keep going with the subject and focus this post on the different type of wires used for vaping.
If you are a novice coil builder who wants to try your hand at rebuildables, knowing the difference between these 4 types of commonly used wires for vaping will give you an idea of how to achieve what you want whether its more vapor and/or flavor.
Having a basic understanding of how these wires work will help you in choosing the right one for your builds. Whether it’s for more vapor or better flavor, my intention in posting this article is to show you what type of wire to use.
Most importantly, I’d like to emphasize on the basic safety measures when using each wire for the sake of your mod. Honestly, I don’t believe using these wires will cause your mod to “explode” in your face. I posted a story about an e-cigarette blowing up in a man’s face, but I highly doubt it’s authenticity due to the lack of details in its story.
As of this date, these are the 5 most commonly used wires for vaping. It’s very possible that another wire product could become available after I post this, but as for now I will focus on the 5 wires below:
1. Kanthal – Ahhh… Kanthal! This is the Honda Civic of coil building in my opinion: cheap, easy to use, and gets the job done. This is the starter vape wire. It’s easy to work with and can withstand high temperatures.
Almost everyone has started off with Kanthal. It’s durable so you won’t have to keep replacing coils as often compared to the other wires.
It’s also great to use for for coil building because of its elasticity as you can easily twist and braid. Kanthal is also the cheapest wire on this list, especially when you buy them by the spool.
This gives a lot of wire for many beginner builders out there to practice with, and trust me when you are learning how to build coils you will need to go through a couple feet of wire before you can start getting a nice build.
The only downside with Kanthal is it would probably be considered the “dullest” of the five. Don’t get me wrong, your e-juice will still taste great, its just that the other wires enhance certain flavor notes. Many users notice a difference in taste compared to Kanthal. It might not be the most flavor enhancing, but it sure is the most user-friendly and inexpensive of the group.
2. Nichrome – If you want to step up from Kanthal, then Nichrome would be your choice. The “advantage” Nichrome has over Kanthal is that it heats up faster giving you more vapor and flavor at a shorter amount of time you press your firing button.
The nickel-chromium substance of this wire let’s it heat up at lower levels than Kanthal. With the absence of Iron, some people claim Nichrome to be cleaner to the taste.
It is also a lot easier to twist and wrap, but less elastic. Nichrome is not to be played with an should only be handled by someone who has a good foundation and understanding of coil building.
3. Nickel – So we now know that Nichrome heats up faster than Kanthal, but Nickel takes the gold when it comes to the race of which wire heats up the fastest.
Nickel has near zero resistance when it comes to heating making it super sensitive when heated up. This is blessing and its curse. Since its so pliable, it is also very vulnerable to melt when fired at a high wattage.
This is why Nickel is more commonly used with Kanthal or Nichrome or requires more wraps than usual to prevent it from heating too much.
4. Titanium – Probably the most popular and advanced type of wire here on this list, Titanium works wonderful with the newer Temperature Control mods coming out.
Titanium has the best of both worlds where it heats up fast, and cools down quick as well. Vapers also claim this to be the best wire for flavor. Fans of Titanium coil builds note that the taste of their e-juice “comes out” which is another reason why these wires are gaining popularity.
I did a more detailed post on how to properly and safely use Titanium wires for those of you who are interested.
5. Stainless Steel – last on the list is Stainless Steel or SS. Just like Titanium, SS does something else with the flavor. Users have reported that SS brings a certain “crisp” to e-liquid.
Like the others on the list, it has a faster ramp up rate than Kanthal. Not only that, SS last the longest in performance among the others on the list.
So I hope this little list gave you a better understanding of wires used for vaping. Remember to always be on the safe side when dealing with coil building.
If you liked this post, check out my follow up post where I discuss what is the best wire for vaping out of the five!