Whether you’ve been vaping for a while or are a beginner, building your own coils is a craft that is possible for everyone to perfect. Many vapers are now doing this for the enjoyable flavor it can have and for the fact that it’s much cheaper than buying premade coils. While we don’t encourage building your own coils, we know many of you like to be There is a massive variety of accessories and equipment for people who are looking to design or construct their own vape coils. That being said, there are a few major tools you’ll need before starting to build. Structuring coils may not come easy for you, so patience is key. In the end, it’ll be worth the time and dedication.
What You’ll Need to Start Building Your Coils
As it is stated above, you will need quite a few utensils before you begin constructing your vape coils. If you’re having trouble finding all the pieces there are kits easily accessible and available online. Tools you’ll need:
- A RDA
- Ohms Reader (Highly recommended)
- Small Propane Torch (This is optional, but the closer you can get the coils together the better)
- Resistance Wire
- Thin Wire Cutters (Or nail clippers)
- Small Screwdriver (2mm bit)
- Organic Cotton (Or another form of wicking material)
- Tweezers or Pliers
This may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but we guarantee that once you get more building experience in and have a number of coils mastered, the process will become easier. As with any electrical device, we always suggest being mindful and to act with care and safety. This is both important and crucial for the safety of the user and the vape batteries.
Why It Is Important to Invest in An Ohms Reader
A reader is a vital asset in the craft of making your vape coils. Ohms readers measures for both voltage and resistance. That makes this tool essential for both safety and the quality of your work. To put it simply, the more coils you have in a vape the more resistance and vice versa. That would mean a straight piece of wire would be expected to equal zero ohms. Ohms readers are simple to use. There are typically two ports, one that measures voltage the other resistance. The resistance of the coil will change based on the number of wraps and the tool size you are choosing to wrap the wire around. Ohm’s law can be hard to grasp so we highly recommend doing further research or to ask an expert for advice.
The More You Know
There are several different types of coils you can craft at home. Some of the more advance coils include glacier coils, quartz coils, basement coils, and even ceramic coils. Some of the basic or more popular coils that are used are:
- Single Coils
- Twisted Coils
- Clapton Coils
- Dual Coils
People typically start with a single coil and once they feel they are comfortable will move on to a dual coil. Twisted and clapton coils are usually harder to master, to do so you will need extra tools such as a drill. Clapton’s are especially hard considering it is a wire that is firmly wrapped by a thinner wire.
Getting Started: Wire Oxidizing
We recommend oxidizing your resistance wire to make them easier to work with. Cut a 4in wire, hold one end with your pair of pliers or tweezers and slowly heat the wire with your torch until it begins to become orange. Repeat this again by holding the opposite end after you have let it cool.
To begin wrapping, you will again need tweezers, wire, and a screwdriver. Start by placing the 4in wire at the bottom of the screwdriver’s base. Some find it easy to leave one end longer than the other when it comes to installing the coil, keep this in mind as you move forward. Hold the wire against the screwdriver with your finger. Depending on the size of your RDA, you’re going to wrap the wire around about 6-8 times. Have the coils tight to remove slack and as near one another as you can without having them overlap. When done wrapping hold one end of the wire, or the lead, with your finger and pull the other end of the wire with your pliers or tweezers. This is also to remove slack. Some people end up taking the coil off of the screwdriver at this point, but beginners will find it easier to not do so just yet.
Once you loosen your RDA’s build deck, you’ll place a lead onto the positive marker as well as the other lead on the negative. If you have chosen to keep the coil on the screwdriver, use it to your advantage as you situate the coil into the middle of the RDA. When in the center you should tighten your RDA’s build deck and trim the ends of your coil as closely to the markers as you can.
Test Your Coils
At this point, you will need to test your coil with your reader. Your coil needs to measure near the resistance of your RDA, but it’s common to possibly have a small difference. There’s a problem if the coil cannot be read or if the difference between the target resistance and actually resistance is .2 ohms or greater. Make sure to double check the structure of your coil or whether it is touching the RDA’s build deck and that all screws are snug.
Appreciate Your Work
Now that you have built your own coil it’s time to sit back and enjoy your hard work! There’s no absolute one correct way to build vape coils. You may just find your own tips and tricks in the process of the craft. The key is to take your time and have patience. If you’re still having a little bit of trouble we recommend checking out a few videos tutorial to help guide you along. Ultimately, it’s a good skill to learn if you’re a vaping enthusiast. The investment will also save you a good amount of money in the long run. Remember to always keep safety in mind as you start working your way up to designing more specialty coils. And as an additional safety tip, make sure to only use good quality vape batteries and chargers from reputable brands like the ones on this website. Happy vaping!