Ceramic Vaping: The Latest Trend

As some of you might know, ceramic isn’t a new material to the vape world. It is coming back in a big way, with new innovations.  We’ve seen the Vapin’ Donuts that never really caught on. We’ve also seen it used as a wicking material with the original Atlantis coil in a powdery, pressed form. Today, we’re going to look at two new products from some unusual suspects looking to bring ceramic back into the limelight.

Atus Tank Atomizer, GUO Vape

First up is the Altus Tank by GUO. Claiming to be the first coil-free device, this tank is gathering a lot of hype on forums due to their unique design. They have created what they call a CVU chip. It is essentially a small, flat ceramic plate with tungsten inside that functions like a coil. You wick it by wrapping the cotton around it. This is supposed to provide better heat distribution and less thermal energy-loss than traditional coils. It boasts a non-metallic, non-toxic composition that supposedly provides the cleanest flavor available. Also, GUO claims it will last for years, so no more buying coils every other week. Details on the device are somewhat scarce, but a few people have gotten their hands on them and posted reviews. The general consensus is that they take a bit to heat up so your first draw feels lackluster compared to subsequent draws. The chip works in temperature control mode, which people seemed to prefer over wattage mode (since it ramps up faster without overheating). Some reviewers noted a muted flavor, but in the history of new devices this can be chalked up to wicking methods and juice selection. Time will tell, but keep an eye out for this tank and the imminent horde of imitators using the concept. With a current $120 price point, this one could take a bit to catch on. It would need near-universal praise for the average consumer to consider a purchase.

cCELL Coil, Vaporesso

Next, we have the cCELL Coil from Vaporesso. This one has a much better chance of catching on due to their wise decision to make the coil fit the Atlantis and Triton (two tanks doing VERY well on the market), in addition to their own Target Tank . As opposed to the high price point of the Altus, the relatively low cost of coils (about $18 for a 5 pack) means that the average consumer will have no problem giving these a whirl. It is a microporous ceramic cup that has wire running through its inside. When you fire your device, the coil heats up, heating the cup. Again, boasting a much longer life, cleaner flavor, and no spitback. It also claims no dry-hits, but as Pbusardo revealed in a video, it is still possible to get one, and does not taste very good. The coil can be better for beginners in some ways: you can’t dry burn your cotton on accident, a problem lots of newcomers have because they don’t let their wick prime enough. This causes an irreversible burnt taste that the user is stuck with for the life of the coil. With the cCELL, you will still not get a great hit if you don’t prime it, but the coil can spring back to life once it does get some juice to it because cotton wasn’t burned in the process.

In Summation

With these new ceramic vaping innovations, I think one of the main concerns is safety. Given how little research there is on vaping in general, it could be while before we have some concrete evidence to back it up. Both manufacturers claim they are made to withstand very high temperatures and without emitting chemicals. For me, the concern is physical: degradation of the ceramic and possibly inhaling small pieces that flake off. As long as people are diligent about maintaining their device and not using the coils past the recommended time or temperature limits, it shouldn’t be an issue. Ceramic vaping has also been popular in devices for “alternative substances” for quite some time, with few issues arising. Ultimately, it’s always exciting to see new innovation in the industry if only because it spurs the development of other innovations. These two types will likely not be the only ones we end up talking about by the end of the year as a bandwagon of manufacturers are bound to take note and add their ideas to the mix. I’m excited to see what else 2016 has in store for us, and I’ll be here to talk about it when it happens. Until next time, vape on!

Something to think about:

Do you think ceramic vaping will catch on? Why, or why not?

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Vaping is a huge passion of mine. I’ve been vaping for about 3 years. I love creating new flavors for customers to enjoy and helping people get started. I luxuriate in only the finest things in life such as cats, video games and pizza.


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Author: Jordan Horrell

Vaping is a huge passion of mine. I’ve been vaping for about 3 years. I love creating new flavors for customers to enjoy and helping people get started. I luxuriate in only the finest things in life such as cats, video games and pizza.

36 thoughts on “Ceramic Vaping: The Latest Trend”

  1. Sounds like a brilliant concept. I really hope this principal takes off, making it more affordable and safe. Initially, it sounds like the perfect heating element. I appreciate that you pointed out your concerns though! I might not have ever considered the fact that ceramic does wear, and you’re risking inhaling it among other potential risks.
    Thanks for the cool tech info.

    1. I’ve had the vaporesso tank for a while now and I can honestly say this I love this tank and the coils.. But for the dry burn or whatever it’s called it has happened to me today.. I can’t figure out why, I don’t know if its just a bad coil or what.. When I get off of work tonight and get home I will change it to see if it makes a difference.. But as for no dry burns.. I dont know..

  2. Vaping on the Vaporesso Target Tank with their proprietary Ccell-Coil-Heads as I type this, a-top my brand new SMPL+ direct-to-battery mech mod with the Vulcanizer female 510 disk. I’m freakin’ loving this tank. My buddy won it in a Vaporesso contest and Payed it forward, to me, because he refuses to use tanks that utilize proprietary coil heads. I’ve gotta say, it’s a fantastic vape!! You can’t BEAT this thing, literally & in-terms of finding a better tank. It’ll take a beating!! NO dry burns thus far. It’s conserving my e-liquid, too! & best of all is the pure flavor. I’ve commented that it’s as-if I am dripping my e-liquid directly on my tongue. On my new SMPL+ mechanical mod, the tank is running perfectly with the 0.9 coil. I must say, it’s a very smooth hit. On the inhale, I cannot even tell if my mod is firing. On exhale, a gigantic plume of extremely flavorful vapor surrounds me. I am not happy with spending 20 bucks on a 5 pack of coils, but for THIS tank? I just might!! There’s NO WAY I’d spend 15-20 bucks on a cotton or silica coil-head pack, no way. I’m not like that; I’d much rather build. However, these ceramic heads just may be worth the dough… And I’d highly recommend the Vaporesso Target Tank 2 any1!

  3. It was a little upsetting after vaping on the first gen Atlantis coils made of ceramic then finding out it may be harmful. More times than I could count I’ve gotten these small flecks in my mouth while vaping with them. I don’t suppose I’ll ever truly feel comfortable with ceramic again. There’s just too many options out there now to mess with the unknown risk. I quit smoking for the simple fact that it was highly hazardous…don’t need that with vaping too.

  4. There are so many new options so often, free trials would be great to test these if it reflects a recent order of a supporting device. However, this stuff is great!

  5. I’d consider trying them. I’d be especially interested if there was a ceramic equivalent to the coil heads for the mini protank 3 [or aerotank]
    Something about how those hit with a 3.8V setting feels EXACTLY like a cigarette to me.

  6. I keep getting dry hits with the ceramic coil. I don’t get it. It’s almost as if the juice isn’t getting in there. I don’t get it.

    1. Did you prime the coil first by dripping a little juice on it? It takes mine a little longer to really saturate and soak up the juice. I usually have to wait about 15-20 mins before I can vape it.

    2. I have the same problem – running a .6 coil at 40w – the lowest recommended setting, and if I take two hits in a row, it’s burnt. Did you ever figure out wtf was up??

      1. I’m running a triton 2 tank with a fuchai 200w the box dosent say what watts at all to use the coils on the couls are 0.2 and I’ve gone thru 2 coils now they just burn idk wtf to do anymore have any ideas I guess could let them soak for longer then 10 mins bUT this is annoying I need my vape lesigh

        1. Are you using the kanthal replacement coils? Do you have nickel coils for the Triton 2? I would make sure you are using the correct coils and priming them before use!

        2. I am running a Triton 2 tank with a Fuchai 213 Watt. I had the same problem the first time I used a Vaporesso ceramic coil. the correct wattage is 25 watts through 31 Watts. The priming process takes a long time. 10 to 20 minutes does not cut it. you need to put juice in the well of the wick prior to installation.then blow on to the top of the wick to force the juice around the ceramic period Then install the coil and fill your tank. after filling tank comma gif the entire unit a good Shake, like you are drumming. then completely close off the intake to your tank and inhale without firing the unit. this will help pull some of the juice on 2 and slightly into the coil. repeat the closed intake suction process about 10 – 20 minues later. you should probably wait about a half hour to 45 minutes after filling the tank before trying to fire the unit.. when you first fire with the new coil start at your lowest wattage setting, 10 watts based on your model, until you can taste the juice. Remember that after priming the well, there may be a drop or two of juice in the chamber which you could inhale, if you inhale too hard at first.if the coil is not fully primed then you will still be getting dry hits, maybe even hot hits.do not fire the unit 4 too long initially, to avoid burning your new coil.when the coil is properly primed then you will get the taste and you can turn your wattage up to the desired and recommended settings. One thing I have noticed about ceramic coils is that the first hit will usually be a little dry so I exhale through my nose and fire again. I learned this the hard way X burning my first ceramic coil. used it for a few days anyway because I was using a tobacco flavored juice so the taste was not horribly affected. I noticed that the burnt taste dissipated somewhat after about 48 hours, although not completely. overall,the ceramic coils do allow for a more pure flavorwhile at the same time blasting notably longer than cotton. the cons are that the priming process is more arduous and lengthy, & the ‘draw’ is a little more tight. the fact that it is a dryer hit can be either a pro or a con depending on user preference. for a transitional smoker like myself, the long life, clean taste, and the tight dry hits which mimick cigarette smoking make ceramic the way to go.

    3. I just changed my coil in my vaporesso target mini hoping that it would stop that horribly terrible burnt taste- not sure what happened to cause it but changing coils didn’t help at all. So frustrated! I loved that cute little vape. Fit so Perfectly and was such a great little vape.

      1. The ceramic coils tend to a little bit longer to prime. I usually let it set for 15 to 20 minutes and then started on really low wattage until I could tell it was not dry anymore.

        1. EXACTLY!! People slap one in and think they can just crank it up to 500 degrees because it’s nickel (if they buy the nickel ones) and get a good vape. That will NEVER happen. I put in a new coil literally once a month (That’s how long I can make one coil last literally) and I start at about 18W and puff hard to draw the juice up to the coil even a few dry hits without firing the button at all every other hard drag…., then I wait a few minutes and do it again but up the wattage to about 22W, then wait a minute or two and just keep drawing hard at a VERY low wattage where it barely produces any vapor at all and after doing this for about 20-30 mins you start getting AWESOME flavor and can then crank it up to about 25-35W or 300-500 if nickel but go SLOW with nickel too because you can burn the hell out of your throat at those temps if the coil hasn’t been primed yet so I always prime a coil in wattage then switch my mod to nickel and start low and go up like the previous method I mentioned….it might take awhile to start getting an excellent taste but once you do this and start getting the best flavor you’ve ever had the coil will taste great and literally last a couple weeks. Now, what I do to clean them and squeeze out another couple weeks easily, sometimes more is pull the coil and slowly burn it with the tank off open coil on a fairly hot wattage or temp like 400 or so and zap it a few times until it gets red hot and then blow it down to cool it fast and I do this about 4 times to burn off the black and you’ll see it’s nice and white again and all clean….BUT….if you aren’t careful and do this too much you’ll also pop the cold and get the check atomizer (dead coil) so be careful and only do this a few times and don’t hold it too long or you’ll literally melt the connection, it’ll break and your coil is now shot. But people aren’t doing this who are new to ceramic and complaining it tastes horrible, they can’t buy decent coils, they all taste burnt etc etc…..simply not true. A 5-pack of nickel literally lasts me 4 months I swear to (insert your higher power here if you have one) You just have to prime it VERY slowly and VERY low temp until it starts tasting good and slowly up the wattage until it’s great, then do the same thing on the temp setting if you’re using a temp control such as nickel, titanium etc and they will taste great and last for weeks, one coil…… +1

  7. There is another, Ceravape Cerabis tank. It is awesome, i was dripping till i got this…uses ALOT of juice, but great flavor..you can dry clean it..have been 2 months on this coil still going strong. would recommend it to all except beginners…paul

  8. HAVE HAVE HAVE to Ori e these for at LEAST 20 MINUTES with a few drops every say 5 minutes and I rotate my take so the liquid doesn’t just leak out the bottom it rolls around inside and gets soaked up nice and very in the ceramic coil. You also MUST START VERY LIW on wattage too to build up to a good vape. I’m talking 12W, Then 16, then 17, then 29,24,26 and prob stop at 38 after about 20 mins. THEN you’ll have a perfectly primed c-cell that will literally last week’s on ONE COIL. read other reviews if you aren’t picking up what I’m laying down. These are NOT cotton which you can soak for 5 second and go for cloud city. But when it’s finally built up right even a hard hitting VAPERS like me will get 3 weeks a coil EASILY. No Kidding Or exaggerating. You just have to go very slow and very low first and give it time to soak in the juice then you can hit it at 25-30W many times in a row if you want no probs. and produce huge clouds and get amazing flavor. Trust me on this take your time, then take it linger again and you’ll LOVE IT. I had the same issues many brought up here but haven’t in weeks since I know now to take my time (20mins or so isn’t unusual at all, nor is 30…but the flavor, clouds, ejuice you’ll save and 18650 that’ll get you through a full day will make you giddy one you get it all down. Take your time, drip a bit, roll tank around in table, do that a Few times, for 5 min intervals, then fill coil with another 5-7 drops and top off the rest of the tank for use at about 14-16W and slowly work up a few watts at a time and then you’ll very soon be up to 22-28Wattage and stay there. You can get more (,I’ve never gone past 34 EVER and haven’t needed too either

    Feel free to ask??’s. I’ll try to answer them ASAP. I’ve had a single tank full 2.5 ml and o e 18650with me for 6hours and my battery has two bard and tank has about just under 2/3 left so getting close but try that in a SMOK TFV4!! HAHAHA. That juice will be half a bottle go e in half a day at least EASILY. TUE SAVINGS, AND CLOUS AND TASTE ARE ALL TUE BESTBive ever had in a mod. Hands down the best I’ve ever had.. EVER. IUT if prob 15 mods with Smok TFV4, EGO TABK WITH NICKEL XOILS,CYOU NAME IT. currently I’m using my c-cell coil on my Freemax Starre Pro because it goes more juice but it use way .ore that my stock Vaporesso tank but I’m on a road trip and wanted to fill less. Cheers. Stick with it you’ll be cone a pro soon and there’s no substitution worthybfir the money, flavor and cloud at all. OMO.

    Faslane out.

    1. I, also love the c-cell coils! The flavor and clouds production at such a low wattage is awesome! Thank you for sharing a good way to prime these! This will definitely help anyone that is looking to use the c-cell.

      1. You’re welcome. People just have to be patient and start REALLY low and slow…..it WILL prime….The sales guy at my local shop stood therewith me and showed me how to do it correctly and I was amazed once it was “broken in”

        here’s another tip for cleaning a coil that’s starting to lose it’s flavor and getting pretty black and gunky…:

        What I do to clean them and squeeze out another couple weeks out of the same coil easily two more weeks for me, sometimes more is pull the coil from the tank and screw just the coil back on to the mod and slowly burn it with the tank off so no juice is being fed to it (you’re going to burn it off the coil and then burn dry the coil to get the black gunk off to make it fresh and new again) open coil on a fairly hot wattage or temp like 400 or so and zap it a few times until it gets red hot and then blow it down to cool it fast and I do this about 4 times to burn off the black and you’ll see it’s nice and white again and all clean….BUT….if you aren’t careful and do this too much you’ll also pop the cold and get the check atomizer (dead coil) so be careful and only do this a few times and don’t hold it too long or you’ll literally melt the connection, it’ll break and your coil is now shot. But people aren’t doing this who are new to ceramic and complaining it tastes horrible, they can’t buy decent coils, they all taste burnt etc etc…..simply not true. A 5-pack of nickel literally lasts me 4 months I swear to (insert your higher power here if you have one) You just have to prime it VERY slowly and VERY low temp until it starts tasting good and slowly up the wattage until it’s great, then do the same thing on the temp setting if you’re using a temp control such as nickel, titanium etc and they will taste great and last for weeks, one coil…… +1

        After this though, you have to use the same prime method again because you’re essentially working with a new coil again so it’s going to taste bad again for a little bit. The key is not popping the coil by burning it too hot for too long you want it red hot for a millisecond and want to see smoke burning off for a second then stop and let it cool all the way down and then do the same procedure maybe 2-3 more times carefully not to hold the fire button and pop the coil….

        cheers, I’m on week 3 of my last nickel install and going strong still at 480W on a Vaporesso Pro 🙂

        Faslane

        1. Also, I’ve NEVER got ceramic pieces or whatever in my mouth, I have no idea what people are doing to have this happen, I’ve never encountered it. I did read some of the early ceramic coils did this but haven’t ever had it happen with a c-cell ever….weird.

          Fas

    2. Hi there
      I ise a Wysmec Reuleaux RX 200 with the SMOK TFV4 Tank. Would I be able to use a cotton less ceramic coil? Would I have to buy a specific tank?

  9. PBusardo admitted that he only had a dry hit on the Target Mini MTL coil when he exceeded the maximum power rating of the coil. That is not a problem with the coil but a flaw in the review.

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