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Wires, Atomizers and all that fun stuff...

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Hopefully your journey thus far has been a pleasant one! So, Moving right along, Lets talk about wire. 


In any common atomizer, there will be an electrical element that heats your e-liquid to create  vapour. This is most commonly a coil of wire which can be arranged in many different configurations. Typically just a simple spiral connected to positive and negative leads to form a circuit. Different configurations tend to be given different terms. For instance, a single wire that has been wrapped with a smaller wire in a fashion much like a guitar string is often called a ‘Clapton Wire’. These different types of configurations or ‘builds’ are popular because they tend to produce more vapour. More vapor is produced due to the increased surface area on the coil itself. Some atomizers will have multiple coils, either in series or parallel. and there are even crazier names for things, but they are all just minor variations on the same theme.
There are other several types of wire as well. There is Kanthal, Ni-chrome (Nickel Chromium), Stainless steel and so-on. Different types of wire have different properties, but they all do the exact same thing, which is to heat up and make vapour. For introductory purposes, we won’t get into the specifics yet. 


Next lets have a look at the wicking material in your atomizer. That’s the bit in there that actually conveys the liquid into the coil. If you’ve ever looked at a candle burning, you know what a wick is, so let’s jump in!  The most common materials will be Silica, which is a glass fiber that is very temperature resistant, as well as Cotton. Cotton is typically used in the sub-ohm type tanks where it’s wicking properties really shine, by delivering larger volumes of liquid into the larger coils.  Now we won’t get into the type of coils that are meant to be rebuilt by the end user just yet, but yes, that’s a thing too.


The last basic bit to consider will be to consider the liquids that will properly wick in a given tank. As you look at your coil there will be holes or slots in the side that allows the liquid to get to the wicking material. These openings range in size from about .5mm on up. The tiny holes are generally meant for thinner liquids such as a 50/50 VG/PG liquid. Note that the higher the PG content in a liquid, the thinner it will be. The larger openings will allow thicker liquids in, or those with higher VG content.


But, let’s not get carried away now. We’ll get into liquids in the next entry.
In the meantime, vape happy and vape safe!


Until next time,
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