Vaping 101- An Introduction to Coils
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For those new to the community, coils can be an intimidating piece of the vape puzzle. Even experienced vapers can overlook the potential of a well made vaping coil. Luckily, there’s a slew of coil options for everyone to choose from. Today, we will try to bring some order to the chaos with this vaping coil tutorial.

Sifting through one of the more popular online vape marketplaces, Vapor DNA, one is met with two pages worth of building materials. Custom wire, prebuilt coils from Coilology, Coilmaster, and Vandy Vape, premade spools of clatpon wire, and handcrafted coils.


If you’re new to vaping, chances are you’ve never used anything beyond the replacement coilheads (or coil units as they call them now…). Custom coils are not really a topic of discussion unless you’ve had some prior experience with building (and have developed a well rounded understanding of ohm’s law and battery safety). But trust me when I say that handmade coils will completely change your perception of vaping.

Custom Wire/Premade Spools


If you’re considering getting into the “build scene”, or have been actively wrapping your own coils for RDAs (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer) and RDTAs (Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer), custom wire is going to be your best bet. Options like flattened Kanthal will amplify your vaping experience two-fold. If you’re not really interested in making your own coils from scratch, then pre-wrapped spools of complex wire variations are going to be your best bet. They’re available in different lengths and types; everything from your classic clapton and twisted kanthal, to more exotic offerings like the juggernaut from Vandy Vape.

Spools are a great option for anyone on a budget, as well. They will give you a taste of what vaping on a custom build is like, while still allowing you to improve your own skills.

There are a few downfalls to using rolls of custom wire, though. When the finished product gets to you, it will likely have hundreds of twists that will need to be straightened out before wrapping. The easiest way to straighten custom wire is by hand, a process that normally takes anywhere from 15-30 seconds to fix.

  • Affordability: 10/10
  • Quality: 5/10 – 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 9/10
  • Longevity: 5/10 – 7/10
  • Flavor: 5/10



Maybe you’ve been building for awhile, and have even given building custom coils a go (without luck…). Or you just want to see what it’s like to vape on a nice framed alien. Whatever the case may be, prebuilt coils are a great place to start for just about anyone (and any skill level). Coilology and Coilmaster have some great offerings, and will work in any topper you choose.

Prebuilt coils often utilize the same materials as spools, but are straightened and wrapped by a machine to produce the perfect end product. You pay for what you get here; so if you purchase a set of coils from a large manufacturer for half the price as others, you can expect a lower quality end product (made with low cost metals). Cheaper prebuilt coils will produce similar flavor when compared to higher price options, but typically last about half as long.

If you’re new to the prebuilt scene, my advice would be to try a coil pack from a larger manufacturer, and experiment from there. If you really like the quality vape you receive from the pre-made coils, consider some of the higher quality options for the future.

  • Affordability: 9/10
  • Quality: 6/10 – 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 10/10
  • Longevity: 6/10 – 7/10
  • Flavor: 7/10

Handmade Coils


Handmade coils work well for both those just starting out, and those who’ve been building for quite some time. They are the cream of the crop, and are usually made by vapers specifically for vapers. Unlike prebuilt coils from large manufacturers, which are typically wrapped by a machine, these babies are normally (with some exceptions…) wrapped by hand with the assistance of a custom jigs. Quality of materials used also goes up substantially at this point, so if you’re looking for the best of the best, look no further.

Custom coils like these are typically sold in pairs or in smaller packs of four to six, and are built to a specific ohm. They’re sold in convenient packaging specifically for coils, that serve to keep your investment intact, and can even come with organic cotton wicking material!


If properly maintained (tutorial on custom coil maintenance to come!), they can last anywhere from two to six months (depending on individual vaping habits…). You can expect to pay about $20 on average (per pair of two), which sounds like a pretty penny to most. But when you factor in how long the coils will last (we’ll use 1.5 months as an example) in comparison cost (we’ll use the $20 average cost here), a set of handmade coils end up costing you about $0.44 a day — and that’s for a dual build! If you rock a set of customs in single coil mode (highly recommended by the way!) you essentially increase your initial value two-fold: $0.22 a day.

You’re definitely going to receive the best overall vaping experience with a good set of handmade coils. Everything from flavor and cloud production will be amplified noticeably over your typical round wire coil builds.

  • Affordability: 5/10 – 7/10
  • Quality: 10/10
  • Ease of use: 10/10
  • Longevity: 10/10
  • Flavor: 10/10


If you’re looking for a place to begin your coil journey, custom coils are a great place to start. And if you simply want the best of the best right out of the gate, handmade coils will give you exactly that. For all others (new builders – novice vapers), prebuilt coils are going to work for most any occasion! If you’re on a budget, you can even find custom coil options of fasttech.

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