Looking to start building your own coils? Interested in trying something a little different? Today, we’ll walk you through one of the easiest builds for beginners, the single gauge coil!
There’s no shortage of companies selling complex pre-made coils. But what does it take to build your own? Practice, and a lot of it. You’ll have to start simple, and work your way up to the more advanced builds as you become comfortable with the basics of building.
Single gauge coils are a great starting point, require few tools, and take a fraction of the time required for more complex coils. They may not vape nearly as well, or last as long, but they’ll help you sharpen your building skills!
Now, let’s get started!
Straightening Wire/Cutting To Length
There’s a great tutorial on how to straighten wire here. And while this step is not necessary for building a single gauge coil, it is vital for more complex builds. I suggest getting in the habit of straighten all wire, especially considering it takes just a few minutes!
Once you have freed the wire of any kinks or imperfections, you’ll need to cut everything you have to equal length. You’ll only need one piece of wire for our single gauge build, but It never hurts to prepare some wire for an upcoming build.
Using on of the straightened and cut pieces of wire (I used 22g kanthal for this tutorial), insert on end of the wire in your coil jig like so:
Next, take the portion of the wire coming out toward the open end of the jig, and wrap it around the rod like so:
After you’ve wrapped the first bit, you can let go of the wire. It will stay in place, and shouldn’t move about. Now you’re ready to start wrapping! If you’re using a kuro concepts coil jig like me, take the cap of the jig, and insert it on the metal rod.
You should have one piece of the wire coming out down towards your body. The kuro coiler uses two metal knobs and the resistance to keep the unit together to evenly wrap your coil.
To keep track of your wraps, make a visual note of the metal ‘nub’ closest to the hole in your jig. One half turn should line that nub up 180 degrees away from the wire opening, and 360 degrees of rotation should line the nub back up with the opening of the jig. Make sure to hold the jig together, as this will ensure tightly spaced wraps.
Your wrapped coil should look like this:
Keep in mind that the amount of wraps, as well as the gauge of the wire you selected to use, will determine what your coil will ohm out to. Use the many online vape calculators to get an idea of the gauge/ohm ratio before you start wrapping coils.
Next, carefully remove the wire from the jig. You should have something that looks like this:
With your nicely wrapped single gauge coil, you can proceed to install it on your deck of choice. For this tutorial, I decided to use the 25mm Wotofo Warrior RDA. But you can use whatever you like as long as both ends of the coil fit in the posts holes without bending either end.
Once you have the coil placed on one side of the deck, it should look like this:
After you have the coil installed and lined up in the middle of the deck, you can continue to tighten your post screws until everything has been secured.
Tightening may cause the coil to turn sideways, but don’t worry; this can be easily fixed! To fix a bent or tilted coil, simply use the same diameter jig or builder’s rod to center the coil.
Once you have your single gauge build adjusted to your liking, tighten the post screws down once more. They often back out during the adjustment step, so this is always a good habit to get into. Your coil should not be touching any part of the deck (base, post screws, etc).
Make sure you cut the excess of your coil before continuing. You should have something like this now:
Congratulations you’ve successfully wrapped your first single gauge coil!
IMPORTANT: Always remember to place your finished deck on an ohm reader before vaping, to ensure you do not exceed the limits/rating of your batteries!
Many of the steps required for this build will come into play with more complex coils as well. For a dual build, simply repeat the wrapping and installation steps. You’re now ready to wick everything, and start vaping!
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