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Clapton Coil

Are you an experienced vaper ready to elevate your vaping experience through coil building? Dive into the world of Clapton coils and discover the intricacies of this popular coil type. Let's explore what exactly Clapton coils are, delve into the different types of Clapton coils, and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating these coils into your vaping setup.

What Is a Clapton Coil?

A Clapton coil is a type of vape coil consisting of a core wire tightly wrapped with a thinner wire in a helical pattern. Even though these coils take longer to heat up, their design increases the surface area of the coil, resulting in enhanced flavour and vapour production. Clapton coils are popular among vaping enthusiasts for their performance and aesthetics.

It is possible to build Clapton coils on your own; however, it takes a lot of patience and know-how as their construction can be quite complicated. That's why the majority of vapers prefer buying pre-built ones. They are available in various sizes and resistances to fit most build decks on RDAs and RTAs.

Different Types of Clapton Coils

Clapton coils are becoming more and more popular among vaping enthusiasts because of their unique design and enhanced vaping experience. There are various types, each offering different benefits and characteristics. So, let's take a look at them.

Fused Clapton Coils

Fused Clapton coils are created by fusing two or more parallel Clapton wires together. It is typically a thinner gauge wire wrapped around two or more thicker core wires. This design aims to enhance the ramp-up time (heating time) by providing a larger surface area for heating, resulting in intense flavour and dense vapour production. The interweaving of wires adds complexity to the coil structure, making it a favourite among cloud chasers.

They come in various resistances for both MTL (mouth-to-lung) and DTL (direct-to-lung) vaping. However, because of their complex design, they require a certain level of experience compared to standard Clapton coils.

Staggered Fused Clapton Coils

Staggered fused coils are essentially an improved version of the fused coils. They feature a thinner gauge wire wrapped around two parallel Clapton cores. This staggered pattern of the outer wrap enhances the heating capabilities of the coil, offering a more uniform heat distribution for a balanced vape. Vapers appreciate the smooth and consistent flavour these coils deliver. They come in low resistance, suitable for direct-to-lung vaping.

Alien Clapton Coils

This type is similar to fused coils, except the outer wrap has a distinctive texture. It is achieved by building a regular Clapton coil and carefully removing the inner core. Then, it's wrapped around a multi-strand core containing the same gauge as the original core that was removed. This design creates small pockets of air between the wraps, promoting better wicking and preventing dry hits. Alien Clapton coils are known for their exceptional flavour production and are a favourite choice for flavour chasers.

Staple Coils

Staple coils are made of up to ten flat ribbon wires that are tightly wrapped in thinner gauge wires. The goal of this complex design is to provide a quicker ramp-up time, and due to the flat shape of the ribbon wire, the increased surface area in contact with the wick results in rich flavour profiles and vapour production. 

They are characterised by low resistance, which makes them perfect for DTL (direct-to-lung) vaping. 

Framed Staple Coils

These coils are a combination of staple coils and fused coils. They are created using a stacked ribbon wire framed with a round wire, fused together by another thinner round wire for added support. The extra space between the cores results in enhanced flavours and decreased ramp-up time. 

In order to build this type of coil, it requires knowledge of building both fused Clapton as well as staple coils. Framed staple coils are low resistance, perfect for DTL vaping.

Tiger Coils

These coils consist of a round wire strand and a flat ribbon wire strand. Twisting these two shapes of wires gives it a larger surface for faster ramp-up time, causing the coil to heat up faster and deliver improved flavours and denser vapour.

Tiger coils are quite simple to make compared to the other types we already mentioned. They are low in resistance but can be used for both MTL and DTL vaping.

Hive Clapton Coils

The hive coils are created by twisting together two twisted wires. This design maximises surface area, resulting in more intense flavour profiles.

The hive coils are quite easy to build; however, the only disadvantage is that they can create more spitback compared to other coils. They are also a bit thicker but still suitable for most build decks.

What Are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Clapton Coils?


  • Larger surface area for improved flavour
  • Enhanced vapour production for vapers that enjoy cloud chasing
  • Even heat distribution for a smoother and more consistent vape
  • Better e-liquid absorption and wicking - reducing dry hits
  • Versatile coil options to cater to specific vaping preferences
  • Long-lasting performance and durability
  • Compatible with a wide range of vaping devices
  • Unique aesthetics and visual appeal

Disadvantages of Clapton Coils

  • Slower ramp-up time compared to basic coils
  • Increased e-liquid and power consumption
  • Possibility of gunk build-up requiring more frequent cleaning and maintenance
  • More intricate design may require additional time and skill for building
  • May not be suitable for beginners due to complexity in coil building and installation
  • Risk of short circuits if coils are not properly installed and maintained


Ask the Expert! Sam – Your Trusted Vape Connoisseur

Introducing our resident professional vape expert, Sam – a seasoned connoisseur and owner of Rhythm N Vape with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for all things vaping. Sam is here to be your go-to guide, answering your questions, offering tailored advice, and sharing insider tips to elevate your vaping experience.

Do Clapton Coils Need more Power?

Clapton coils do require slightly more power compared to standard coils due to their larger surface area and complex design. The increased surface area results in more wire to heat up, meaning they need a slightly higher wattage to achieve optimal performance.

Do Clapton Coils Last Longer?

These coils can have a longer lifespan compared to basic coils when properly maintained. The intricate design of Clapton coils allows for even heat distribution, reducing the likelihood of hot spots that can lead to premature coil failure. Regular cleaning and re-wicking can help extend their longevity and ensure consistent performance over an extended period of time.

What Are the Best Clapton Coils?

This mainly depends on personal preference and vaping style. Popular options among vapers include Fused Clapton coils for intense flavour and vapour production, Alien Clapton coils for exceptional wicking and flavour, and Staggered Fused Clapton coils for a balanced vape experience. Experimenting with different variations can help you discover the best fit for you.

How many Ohms Is a Clapton Coil?

The resistance of a Clapton coil can vary depending on factors such as wire gauge, core material, and wraps. On average, a Clapton coil typically ranges from 0.2 to 0.6 ohms. It's essential to check the resistance of your Clapton coil using a reliable ohm reader to ensure safe vaping practices and compatibility with your device.

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