The vape diverted you from your old addiction and you thought it was just a simple way to wean yourself off… But little by little, you realized that the e-cigarette was much more: it could provide pleasure! It is only natural that you undertook some research to find out a little more about this sometimes mysterious universe. Over time, the idea of switching to a rebuildable atomizer grew. An element still slows you down and prevents you from passing the course: the realization of the coil!
To become a master in the art of the coil, it is first necessary to equip yourself correctly. You will therefore need to have a resistive wire, which could be Kanthal, SS316L or even Ni80. You will also need cotton or even silica fibre for the more daring; finally, some tools such as a jig to be able to make your coils; an Allen key or a screwdriver (this will depend on the studs of your atomizer); cutting pliers; a ceramic clamp and of course an electronic box or an ohmmeter to measure the value of the coil!
Your work plan is ready, all the material is at hand. Take a deep breath, the serious things begin!
PREPARE YOUR RESISTANCE
First, you will need to cut the thread. Take a long enough length to be able to work it easily. When you start, do not hesitate to take a relatively long wire! You can then grab your template and regularly wrap your wire around it to make your turns. When winding, hold firmly and pull strongly on the wire so that it is in good contact with the jig. Your resistance will be uniform. To be very honest, this step is probably the most complex and you may have to try it several times… But it’s by forging that you become a blacksmith! The greater the amount of wire used (large size, many turns, etc.), the higher the value of your coil.
FIX YOUR COIL
Your coil is finished: you can install it on your mounting plate. To do this, insert the lugs into the studs and tighten the fasteners with your screwdriver or Allen key. The coil must be held firmly but be careful: do not be overzealous when tightening! The wire is still fragile and you could cut it. If after this step your coil is crooked and not very uniform, you can use your template to place it properly by playing slightly with your resistance.
Once the installation of your coil is completed, you can now use your cutting pliers to cut the excess wire. The cut must be made flush with the studs! A protruding wire is a wire that will touch the atomizing bell and cause a short circuit.
In the case of the realization of a double coil, the procedure remains the same. You may just find it harder to cut the legs, but with a little patience, you should be able to do it with no problem!
STABILIZE YOUR COIL
What a relief, the coil is installed! Wait, it’s not over… You must now move on to stabilization. This crucial step avoids a hot spot and ensures that the heating of the coil is homogeneous. To carry out this manipulation, you must have an electronic box or an ohmmeter. Never perform stabilization on a mechanical mod without security. If a short circuit is present on the assembly, degassing is ensured!
After ensuring your safety, you can now heat the coil until it glows evenly. Using ceramic pliers, tighten the turns and repeat the operation until the coil heats evenly. You can also lightly scrape the top of the coil. If you have opted for a double coil, the two resistors must heat up at the same time.
LAYING THE COTTON
Your editing looks perfect. The coils stay in place, they heat up properly and your concentration starts to drop. Courage, you have come to the end of the tunnel, you will now be able to put the cotton in place.
Take a cotton strip. With experience, you will know exactly how much to use, but for the moment you will have to grope… To be sure that you have taken the right dose, your cotton must be able to slide into the coil while offering a certain resistance. If the cotton moves too much, it’s because you haven’t put enough in and you will therefore have the unpleasant surprise of encountering leaks. Conversely, if the cotton is too tight in your coil, the quantity is too high and you risk suffering dry hits…
Here you are, you have completed your first assembly, congratulations! All you have to do is soak the coil with a few drops of liquid and fill your RTA tank or the tank of your dripper. This first assembly may have seemed long and laborious to you, but with a little experience, the operation will become increasingly simple and you will find yourself making assemblies in the blink of an eye. Take our word for it: these few minutes spent mounting your atomizer are worth the effort. Steam and flavours galore, that’s what awaits you with your homemade creation! Happy vaping!