How to get the most from your coils
The coil or atomiser is at the heart of every delivery system, and as such, we want them running at peak performance for as long as possible.
Let’s take a look at some basic steps to ensure we get the most from our coils.
All new coils must be primed, as this is the most critical part of coil maintenance. Follow the tips below to ensure you get the best performance possible from your replacement coils.
Many of today’s replacement coils have slots or ports on the side which lead directly to the cotton wicking material. Examples of these common coil types are below.
Priming Your Coils
There’s nothing more important than priming your coils, so before we take that first puff, make sure those cotton wicks are soaked.
- Using a pipette or dropper, place 2 or 3 drops of e liquid directly into the open holes that lead to the wicking material.
- Insert the coil into the tank, fill the tank with e liquid, and allow it to rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Without pressing the fire button, take 2 or 3 short drags, as this will allow the wick to soak up additional liquid.
For the first minute or so, or the first few drags, start on a lower wattage and work upwards to your desired level. If the coil is rated at 1 4 watts max, take a few drags at around 10 watts.
Your coil is now ready to use at the desired wattage.
Tips For Ongoing Use
These tips apply to virtually every replaceable coil, although all are not paramount to longevity, neglecting some may result in either diminished flavour or overall performance.
The Clearer The Better
In theory, we want our e liquid to be relatively clear and free of any sediment. This is more critical with entry level, lower ohm coils such as those used in Evods or eGo style clearomisers.
Similar Flavour profiles
To maximise the flavour from your coils, it's best to stick to the same flavour or a similar flavour profile. Using a tank of tobacco, followed by a tank full of fruit, may lead to the tobacco being the dominant flavour.
Hold The Sugar
Most commercial e liquids contain sweeteners and too much will gunk up your coils, leading to a reduction in draw, flavour and performance overall. Where possible, use a juice with less sugar.
Make sure you do not exceed the maximum ohm rating or you could burn out your coil. This can also shorten the life. I tend to find the lowest possible suitable setting and stick with that.
Washing / Rinsing Coils
I've tried rinsing coils in water, vodka and even close to pure alcohol. My experience is that a used coil will rarely return to a fresh state. If you wish to try just make sure you let the coil dry out for up to 24 hours prior to use.
If you want to change flavours and keep the same coil, simply blow out the excess juice and vape out the flavour with some pg and vg. Never dry burn a coil.
Keep Coils Wet
Never allow the tank to get empty, and always refill once it's around 1/3rd. If you fire the mod with an empty tank you will burn out the coil or shorten its life.
One final thought. If you wish to change flavours and want to use a new coil, you can always take out the coil and put it in a baggie until you decide to return to that flavour. This is one example of why experienced vapers have more than a single device and tank system.
Please let us know if you have any questions about coils, or anything vaping related…
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