Vaping 101- Installing Prebuilt Coils
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Prebuilt and handmade coils can strengthen your vape game in a big way. Knowing how to correctly install them can turn a somewhat tedious task into a low-effort routine. In today’s tutorial, we’ll show you that installing vape coils doesn’t have to be scary — and can even be kind of fun.

Today we’ll discuss a few tips to use when installing prebuilt coils. These tricks of the trade will help make coil installs a breeze, and will apply 99% of the time, regardless of deck style (post arrangement…). Most importantly, remember to take your time; building is a skill that takes patience, so don’t get frustrated over every mistake you make. Even the most experienced builders leave room for the occasional screw up.

I will be using a single 2.5mm (Inner Diameter) Alien Clapton for today’s tutorial. You can purchase all of the items I’m using by clicking the links in this article.



Step 1: Placement



I’ve found that the easiest way to place your premade coil on the deck initially is by using a builders rod or jig tool of equal diameter. Using a rod keeps the coil level, helping you guide the leads (end of coil) through the post holes. However, using your hand to install the coil/s may work better for you personally; don’t be afraid to try both ways!

TIP: matching the coil length with your space between your post holes can significantly decrease the amount of time spent straightening! If you have to tug on the leads just to get your coil in both posts holes, the rda/rdta you’re using is too big! 

Step 2: Tightening 



Center your coil on the deck of whatever rda or tank you happen to be using, and give both posts (pos./neg.) a decent crank.

A couple things to keep in mind here:

  • The coil cannot touch the deck (too far down)
  • The coil should not touch the posts (too close)

You want your coil to be centered in relation to your post height/post holes. Make sure the coil is sitting as close to your posts as possible without touching them. Final adjustments can be made later, but the closer you have everything lined up at this point the better!

TIP: Don’t over-tighten your leads. When you see them start to bend slightly, you’ve gone far enough. 




Step 4: Cutting Leads 



This is probably the easiest step in the entire installation process. Trim both leads with a good pair of sharp wire cutters (I prefer angled wire snippers), as closely to the posts as possible. If you’re doing a dual build, you may have to trim one side first and then remove the opposing side (after it has been tightened enough), and proceed to cut on the marks made by your post screws.

TIP: Press on the end of the lead with your finger before cutting all the way through. This will eliminate any possibility of flying metal.

Step 5: Leveling 



Use a coil wrapping rod, or piece of metal with the same (or slightly smaller) inner diameter to center everything. On Geek Vape Tsunami 24mm pictured above, you want the coil/coils to be in the middle of the post vertically, and as close to the center of bottom air flow as possible. Take your time here, you want to line everything up right where you want it to be.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to gently push up or pull outward on the coil. The materials used for pre-builts can be pretty forgiving.

Step 6: Final Fiddling/Strumming/Pulsing




Strumming is a technique used to even the spaces between the coil material. Using the tip of a metal rod, strum the coil back and forth a few times in both directions. This is normally done in a strum — pulse repeat fashion.




Fiddling is a technique used to adjust the position of the leads ever so slightly, and adjust the spacing between contact material. Here, you can pull gently outwards, make final adjustments to angle of the coil (ideal angle: 180deg), and position the leads of the build as close to front and center of the post holes as humanly possible. This is normally done in a fiddle/adjust — pulse repeat fashion.




Less is more when pulsing, especially when you first start applying heat to your element. You can to apply short burst of power at a low wattage. If you have a unregulated device, keep the pulses under 1 second if possible. Continue to strum and fiddle with your coil until it is glowing from the inside out evenly (as shown above). One you have a nice even glow, you can proceed to heat the entire element until it is red hot.


Keep in mind, building coils is an art; when installing them, take your time and think things through. Keep the above tips in mind, and your next install should go by without a hitch!

Purchase Coils:

Fused Clapton – spool

Performance Coils (variety) – premade

JBOI Prebuilt Performance Coils

Ohm Science Braid – Spool

Ohm Science (variety) – handmade


Coil Master DIY Mini Kit

Coil Father wrapping rod

Wire Cutter

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