Tutorial- How-To Properly Wick Handmade Coils
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Understanding how to properly wick vape coils can completely change your vaping experience. Follow these simple tips and tricks, and you’ll be cloud chasing with the best!

Before we start, let’s quickly go over the setup I’ll be using here today:


As long as you have decent organic cotton and a clean build, the following tips and trick will translate to any setup!



Properly measuring your cotton before wicking can make a big difference. In general, you want your piece of organic wick two be roughly 1.5 – 2 times the width of the coil. Length doesn’t matter too much here — but ideally, you’d like your cotton to be 2-3 times the size of the deck you’re using.



Tapering is a technique that has quickly caught on within the vape community. In fact, it’s become so popular that you can purchase pre-tapered organic cotton for your builds! But don’t waste your money here, tapering cotton is as simple as 1-2-3.

Simply hold the measured wick in the palm of your hand, grab both sides with your fingers, and lightly twist the ends in the opposite direction! Viola, tapered cotton wick!



Next, you’ll need to take one end of your hand-tapered cotton and insert it into the coil (doesn’t matter which side you start with). Pull the piece completely through, until it has been centered, like this:


You’ll want to pay attention to resistance here. You don’t want too much wicking material or too little. A good way to tell if you have the right amount is by pulling on one side while your mod is one the table. If the cotton moves slightly through the coil, but maintains enough resistance that it cannot be easily pulled out, then you should have enough cotton. If your wicking material pulls out of your build with little to no resistance getting in the way, your going to need a bigger piece!

Tip: If your wick is a bit too big, but still fits in the coil, remove it and pull off a few thin strands of cotton fiber. Re-insert, and try again. Repeat this as many times as needed!

Cutting To Length


Here, I use the same technique for tanks. Simple bend both sides of your cotton downward, making sure they touch the bottom/base of your topper. Now press both sides inward (towards the base), making a indentation with your fingernail in the cotton. The Tsunami has a very deep juice well and bottom kennedy style airflow, so I always make sure to leave a little extra length. Finally, cut each side on the line left by your fingernail.

The end result should look like this:




This step isn’t  necessary, but it help increase the absorbent surface area on each side. To brush your cotton, simply take a small builder’s rod or allen key tool (here I use the Hex tool from the Twisted Messes Squared…), and proceed to pull the rod through the cotton on both sides (like you’re brushing your hair). Remove any ‘fuzzies’ after you’ve finished.



Finally, take one side of your cotton, and loop it into your deck. Now repeat on the other side. After you’ve tucked both sides, “poof” each side upward slightly with your building tool.

Congrats! You’ve properly wicked your prebuilt coil for the best vaping experience possible!


Wicking can take some practice to perfect. Having to much cotton will “snuff” out your build, and kill the performance (flavor and cloud production). Too little wick, and you’ll be left with an airy, flavorless vape. Follow the steps above, and take your time — the more you re-wick, the better you’ll get!

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