Welcome all, to another Throwback Thursday. Today, we will be discussing changing the coils of your tank. Why its important, how to do it, and how often you should.
The coil assembly is the primary disposable component on most stock tanks. Its a replaceable component affixes to the base (in bottom coil tanks), or the top of the chimney assembly (in top coil tanks). The coil is characterized by the atomizer (the coil of wire inside), and wicks (which may be visible, or concealed within the coil). The wicks draw liquid within the tank to the atomizer, and the atomizer heats up and vaporizes the liquid. This is the heart and soul of your personal vaporizer.
The coil assembly has a limited lifespan, due to the nature of the assembly. They need to be replaced regularly in order to maintain an optimal vaping experience. The resistive wire that is used to make the coil heats up and cools down quickly. This inherent usage accelerates oxidation, meaning that the coil will break down over time. The wick is generally made of silica, which will also begin to break down under the heat over time. Additionally, sediments that may be present in the liquid may begin to build up on the wick causing an off taste to develop. This may be more prevalent with the usage of darker liquids, as they contain more sediments. It is because of these reasons that the coil should be changed once every one to two weeks.
You can see the difference when you remove a fresh coil from it’s package, and compare it to the used coil in your tank. A brand new coil will be crisp and clean, and the wick is usually bright white. A used coil will have a darker wick, there will be no metallic sheen on the resistive wire (it may even have a black color), and the new coil will be devoid of liquid. Unthread the coil from your tank (generally counter-clockwise) and thread the new one in (generally clockwise). Once the new coil is installed, fill the tank with your liquid of choice, and let the wicks in the coil get saturated before use. You can accelerate this process by gently drawing air through the tank without firing the battery. Five to Ten pulls should be enough to prime the wicks properly. Alternatively, let the tank sit for five to ten minutes while the liquid saturates the wicks. Once the wicks are fully saturated, then you’re ready to vape.
The one to two week rule is a general recommendation. The life of a coil may vary, depending on usage. You may have a coil that lasts you a month without having any issues, or you may have a coil that only lasts you for three days. It depends on the manufacturer, the darkness of the liquid, the quality of the hardware, how powerful the battery is, and your overall vape habits. You will know when it’s time to replace the coil when you notice a change in the quality of your vapor. A bad coil may not produce as much vapor as it once did, or it may produce an unpleasant flavor. Replace your coils, as needed, and you will be able to avoid this bad experience.
Most manufacturers use proprietary coils. This means that coils will generally not work from one manufacturer to another. Example: Kanger Protank coils will not function in an Aspire Nautilus Mini. Many manufacturers also produce widely different styles of tanks, so you will need to make sure that the coils you purchase are suited to the style of tank as well. The Aspire ETS-BDC, for example, uses different coils than the Aspire Nautilus. So you will need to make sure that you use the right coils for the job.
We hope that you enjoyed this Throwback Thursday’s info. Do you have a preferred style of coil? Know a way to help prolong coil life? Let us know in the comments below!
By Kyle Chapman