Temperature Controlled Vaping: How? What? Why?

What is Temperature Controlled Vaping? How does it work and why do I need it?

If you are reading this, you’ve probably heard the term “Temperature Controlled Vaping” thrown around here and there. The basic concept is that your device can be set to output a specific temperature. But how does it work?

Resistance is defined as a material’s opposition to the flow of electric current. The lower the resistance, the more easily it can flow. It’s the movement of electricity through the material that causes heat. Kanthal was specifically designed to get hot when electricity moves through it, but durable so that it won’t break down easily. Something you might not know is that when materials heat up, their resistance changes. In general, metals will increase in resistance when they are heated.

So why doesn’t your mod jump from 1.2Ω to 3.0Ω when you hit it? Because another property of kanthal is that it has a low Temperature Coefficient, which is a fancy way of saying that it’s resistance change is very small when heated. You’d have to heat it to about 900°F to see any real change. That’s way hotter than anything I’d want to vape, yeouch! This is what makes it great for furnaces and the like. So how does this relate to temperature control?

Well, the smart folks over at Evolve (who first pioneered the technology with the DNA 40 chip) realized that if you track the change in resistance internally many times per second, you can effectively determine how hot the material has become, provided you know the properties of the metal and the starting temperature (i.e. room temperature). But how can you track Kanthal’s temperature if it’s resistance doesn’t change much?

This is a problem Innokin has apparently fixed with their Disruptor TC coming out later this year. Prior to that, however, their solution was to use a different metal. Nickel has a high temperature coefficient, meaning its resistance changes drastically when it’s heated. When you use nickel for your coil, you tell your device the starting resistance. It stores this number and assumes your coil is room temperature (this is important for the technology to function properly). After that, you tell it what temperature you would like to vape at. As the coil heats up, the resistance changes and the device says, “Okay, the resistance has changed by .02Ω, the coil must be X temperature now.” Then it adjusts the power up or down until it reaches what it has calculated to be your desired temperature output. It does this very quickly to constantly fluctuate the power and maintain a consistent temperature (or more accurately, it’s maintaining a consistent resistance that it believes will produce the temperature you’ve set).

Now that we have that out of the way, there’s only one more question to answer: Why do you need it? There are several advantages to temperature control. The main one being that you can set it to below the point at which the cotton would burn, meaning no more dry hits. Once your wick starts to go dry, the temperature output is much higher and it will reach the temp you’ve set it to, almost instantly causing it to cut off. When you get no vapor from a draw like that, that’s your queue you’re out of juice. As we know, bad stuff can come out when things start burning and nobody wants that.
So not only do you get the benefit of never having to taste the armpit of satan that is dry hits, you know that you’re not burning your cotton and producing harmful chemicals. Another benefit is that flavor’s taste change at different temperatures. You might notice with kanthal that one hit can taste different from the next due to the coil being preheated when you go for that 2nd or 3rd draw. With TC you can eventually determine the exact temperature you enjoy the flavor most at and get that experience every draw. You can even share this more easily with other people. On a non-temp control device you’d have to say “Hawk sauce is best on 26g 2mmØ  dual micro coils at 30w.” Think Hawk Sauce is best at 450°F? You won’t have to trip over your tongue to let other people know when they try it and you can be sure they taste what you do.

Ready to take a dive into the world of temperature controlled vaping? We just added one of the best TC devices on the market in the IPV 4S. Pick one up and start enjoying all the benefits of temperature control outlined here 🙂

Written by Jordan

Something to think about:

They say the luxuries of today are the necessities of tomorrow. Do you see Temperature Control being the standard of tomorrow?

Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

  • John says:

    Temp control is a fun idea in concept, but my concern is with the nickel coils needed for the temp control feature to work. Exposure to nickel has been a known hazard for years, but our rush for the neatest most rad box mod makes us overlook these kinds of things. Personally I’d rather vaping be the safer alternative to smoking and nickel coils are concerning, much like the ceramic paper was in earlier Aspire BVC coils.

  • Bald eagle vape says:

    I love using nickel wire! I feel the flavor is much better than using kanthal.

  • Rob Crawshaw says:

    I have 2 TC devices and I’m still not sure temp control is a superior vaping experience. It seems kind of flat. Sometimes I like the blast of vapor/flavor that you get when the coil heats up and the feeling of the vapor getting cooler at the end of the draw.
    I have found some e-liquids do vape/taste better when using TC.

    • John Swanke says:

      The thing about vaping is that there are just so many options and combinations out there. You just keep playing around with it till you find what you like best. Some people swear by temp control, others hate it. The important to remember is that taste is subjective.

  • Sarah says:

    love temp control prob best thing in my opinion.

  • guy says:

    the thing i am interested in re temp control is will it drastically reduce the amount of juice i burn through and pay for itself. if so by how much, half quarter etc. thats what wanted I to read about.

    • John Swanke says:

      Temperature control won’t necessarily impact how much juice you go through. Certain tanks or setups tend to guzzle more juice than others. Temperature control will limit how hot your coils get so as not to burn up your cotton.

  • Steve says:

    Two weeks using TC and it is so much better than normal vaping, I doubt I go back. Battery life seems to suffer but with rechargeable batteries, no big deal. Not a huge fan of my Istick 60 but it does the trick.

  • Romano says:

    Hello there, I just got my New Starter Kit NEBOX from kangertech. I used to smoke regular cigarrettes back then and my friend told me to switch to the vaper world. I started using a EVOD2 by the same company. My big concern with this new kit is which coil should I use? Which temperature setting should I use? how much wattage and temperature is the optimal? Which coils support TC?

    thanks for the support

    • John Swanke says:

      If you’re going to be vaping in temperature control mode make sure to be using either the nickel or titanium coil that came with the kit. I’m not the most familiar with this specific device but the suggested wattage range for the Ni200 coil is between 15-50 watts. As far as temperature is concerned I would start out low and slowly work your way up until you find a point that best fits your vaping preference.

  • Eric says:

    What is the best wire to use TC? I keep hearing different things…

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