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Let's talk coils! You may have heard of them, but did you know there are many different types out there? With such a variety available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your vaping needs. But don't worry! We, at Rhythm N Vape, are here to guide you through everything you need to know. From understanding what they are and how to maintain them to selecting the perfect coil based on your vaping style. Get ready to dive into all the ins and outs of vape coils and find answers to all your burning questions.

What Is a Vape Coil?

A vape coil, also known as an atomiser head, is an integral part of every electronic vape. Without it, we wouldn't be able to enjoy the thick clouds and amazing flavours we all love and crave. It is basically a piece of wire wrapped in a wick or cotton material that soaks up the e-liquid located in the tank. With the help of a battery (power source), the coil heats up the vape juice and turns it into vapour.

They come in a variety of resistances and materials to customise your vaping experience to suit your individual preferences. But we will talk about all this in more detail below.

Types of Coils

Let's start with the different types of coils. Each type is designed to cater to different vaping styles and preferences, and therefore offers unique benefits. If you are not sure which one would be the best for you, maybe we can help by explaining each a little bit to give you a better understanding.

  • Standard Coils: These coils are suitable for beginners and those who prefer a straightforward vaping experience. They typically have a resistance above 1 ohm and provide a perfect balance between flavour and vapour production.
  • Sub-ohm Coils: These have a resistance below 1 ohm and are favoured by cloud chasers for their ability to produce large clouds. You get intense flavour and a warmer vape experience, but they also require more power and e-liquid consumption.
  • Temperature Control Coils: They are designed to prevent the coil from overheating by allowing temperature regulation of the coil. These coils are ideal for vapers who want a consistent vape experience without dry hits or burnt coils.
  • Mesh Coils: Mesh coils have a larger surface area compared to traditional coils, which results in better heat distribution and enhanced flavour production. They are known for delivering a smoother vaping sessions with faster ramp-up times.
  • Ceramic Coils: They differ from the standard coils in the wicking material. They use a porous ceramic material instead of cotton wicks. It results in improved flavours, faster heating at lower wattage, and longer lifespan.
  • Rebuildable Coils: These coils were designed to be used with rebuildable atomisers (RDAs and RTAs). They are available in different resistances to allow either mouth-to-lung or sub-ohm vaping. However, if you choose to use rebuildable coils, you should have some knowledge of Ohm’s Law and battery safety. Additionally, you will need a special hand-made cotton wick that can be used to soak up the vape juice.

What Are Mouth to Lung (MTL) Coils?

Mouth to Lung (MTL) vaping is a style where the vapour is drawn into the mouth first and then inhaled into the lungs. MTL coils are designed specifically for this vaping style.

MTL coils typically have a high resistance, usually 1.0 ohm or higher, which results in the production of a smaller amount of vapour compared to other coils. However, one of the advantages of MTL coils is that they intensify the flavours of e-liquids. Additionally, due to the reduced vapour production, MTL coils consume less e-liquid, which means it will last longer.

What Are Sub Ohm Coils?

Sub Ohm Coils, also known as Direct to Lung (DTL) coils, are designed to enhance the vaping experience by producing large clouds of vapour. In vaping, 'sub ohm' refers to coils with a resistance of less than 1.0 ohm. This low resistance allows these coils to handle higher levels of power, heating more e-liquid at a faster rate, resulting in the generation of larger amounts of vapour.

Using sub ohm coils requires a device capable of delivering higher power levels, typically aimed at advanced vapers. It is important to note that sub ohm vaping is not recommended for beginners, as it requires a certain level of vape knowledge to operate safely and effectively.

What Is a Coil Resistance and Ohms?

Coil resistance determines how much power is needed to heat up the coil and produce vapour. It is measured in ohms (Ω), which is the unit used to quantify electrical resistance.

Lower resistance coils (sub-ohm coils) heat up faster and require more power, resulting in warmer vapour, more intense flavour, and increased cloud production. It's recommended to use them with higher VG liquids, but keep in mind that they will burn through the liquid quicker because of the lower resistance and higher temperatures.

Higher resistance coils heat up more slowly and are typically used for a cooler vape. They offer a more mouth-to-lung experience that is similar to traditional smoking. They are used at a lower temperature which, in turn, offers a stronger throat hit. 

Ohm's Law establishes the relationship between voltage (V), current (I), and resistance (R) in an electrical circuit. The law states that V = I * R, meaning that the voltage across a circuit is equal to the current passing through it multiplied by the resistance.

So for example, if a coil has a resistance of 0.5 ohms and is connected to a battery with a voltage of 4 volts, the current passing through the coil would be 8 amps. 

I = V / R 4V / 0.5Ω = 8A

Having an understanding of coil resistance and Ohm's Law is crucial to ensure a safe and optimal vaping experience tailored to individual preferences.

When Should You Replace Your Coil?

Knowing when to replace the coil in your vape is important for maintaining a satisfying vaping session. Let's look at some telltale signs that it is time to replace your coil for a new one.

  • If you notice a significant decrease in the flavour intensity of your e-liquid despite adjusting your settings, it may be time to replace the coil.
  • A burnt taste when vaping indicates that the coil has reached the end of its lifespan.
  • A leaking tank or excessive e-liquid pooling around the coil is a common sign of a deteriorating coil that requires replacement.
  • If you hear popping sounds while vaping, it may signal that the coil is flooded or failing, prompting the need for a new coil.

The frequency of coil replacement depends on how much you vape, the type of coil you use, and your vaping style. If you are a heavy vaper, you may need to replace your coil every 3-6 days. If you are someone who vapes regularly but is more of a medium vaper, the coil can last up to 2 weeks. And if you are a light vaper who smokes only sporadically, the coil can last up to 3 weeks.

How to Take Care of Your Coil?

Proper care and maintenance of your coil can prolong its lifespan and ensure a quality vaping experience. Here are some essential tips on how to take care of your coil:

  • Priming the Coil: Before installing a new coil, prime it by saturating the wicking material with e-liquid. Apply a few drops directly onto the exposed cotton of the coil and allow it to soak for a few minutes to prevent dry hits.
  • Setting the Wattage: Start at a lower wattage setting when using a new coil to avoid burning it. Gradually increase the wattage until you find your optimal level.
  • Avoid Chain Vaping: Give your coil the time it needs to soak up the e-liquid between puffs to prevent the wicking material from drying out and burning.
  • Cleaning the Coil: Periodically clean the coil to remove residue buildup.
  • Store Properly: Store your device in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.

How to Choose the Right Coil for Your Vape?

Choosing the right coil for your vape will help you achieve your desired experience. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Ensure that the coil you choose is compatible with your vape. Check the device's manual or manufacturer's recommendations for compatible coil options, or consult with the personnel at a vape shop.
  • Choose based on your vaping style. Do you enjoy flavour-focused vaping, cloud chasing, or a balance of both? Take this into consideration when choosing your coils.
  • Coils are made from different materials like kanthal, stainless steel, nickel, or titanium. Each material offers unique properties that can affect the vaping experience.
  • Consider the resistance level. Lower resistance coils require higher wattage and produce more clouds, while higher resistance coils offer cooler vapour and better battery life.

It may take some trial and error to find the perfect coil for your vaping preferences. Don't be afraid to experiment with different coil types, materials, and resistances to discover what works best for you.

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.

How Long Do Vape Coils Last?

Vape coil lifespan varies depending on usage, e-liquid composition, and maintenance. On average, coils last 1-2 weeks, but some can last longer with proper care like priming and regular cleaning.

What Coil Is the Best for My Vape?

The best coil for your vape depends on your vaping style. At Rhythm N Vape, we offer a diverse range of coils to cater to different needs, from flavour enthusiasts to cloud chasers. Explore our collection to find the perfect coil for you.

What Is the Difference between a 0.6 and 1.2 Coil?

The difference between a 0.6 and 1.2 coil lies in their resistance levels. A 0.6-ohm coil will heat up faster and produce warmer vapour, suitable for direct-to-lung vaping and higher wattage devices. A 1.2-ohm coil offers a cooler vaping experience, ideal for mouth-to-lung vaping and lower wattage devices.

Can You still Vape with a Burnt Coil?

Vaping with a burnt coil is not recommended as it can result in an unpleasant taste and potentially harmful compounds being inhaled. Replace a burnt coil promptly to maintain the quality of your vaping experience and ensure your safety.

How Can I Reach Out to Sam for Personalised Vaping Advice?

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I hope that helps and if you have any more questions I would be happy to answer them! Get in touch today! Sam. 

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