Ultimate Guide to Vape Coils: All You Need to Know - Part 3

This is the third and final part of our three-part guide to vape coils. If you haven’t checked out the first two parts, we recommend reading those first. In part one, we discussed the different kinds of coils, and in part two, we discussed changing coils.

In this last part, we will guide you through making your coil and cleaning your coil.

Most vapers would choose to purchase a coil ready and made for their vape systems. However, some more seasoned vapers may decide to make their coils. If you want to try and make your coil, follow our instructions below.

How Do I Make My Coil?

Making your coil is not easy and will involve a lot of trial and error. To start it off, you will need the following tools:

  • An Ohmmeter
  • An RDA or RTA
  • Resistance Wire
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Small wire cutters or nail clippers
  • Butane or propane torch
  • Scissors
  • Organic cotton
  • E-liquid

To get started, cut about 4-5 inches of wire. Hold one end with tweezers and heat the other end. When it starts to glow orange, move it up until the whole piece is glowing orange. After this, flip the wire and repeat, starting with the other side.

Next, you need to take a small screwdriver and wrap your wire around it. Be sure to start in the middle and wrap it around 4 to 8 times. The number of wraps will affect its resistance.

When installing the coil, just loosen the screws on your build and place it in. Make sure that it is in the correct position before screwing it in. Once you are sure that it is properly placed, screw it in. Make sure not to do it too tight as it could cut the wires.

How Does the Number of Wraps Affect My Vape?

The number of wraps affects the resistance. The resistance affects the size of the heating element. The size of the heating element affects the vape you get. If you want to vape with a lower resistance, you should wrap more wire.

If you find that your coil is not working or not producing the right taste, you should test the resistance. You can do this by setting the ohmmeter on the lowest setting and touching the ends of the coil. If it is at the right resistance, it will read 1.5 ohms. Try not to get too far below or above this number.

If you are a beginner, you should keep the resistance ideally between 1.2 ohms and 1.8 ohms. If you go lower, you get a burnt taste, and if it is too high, it will lead to a weaker flavour.

How Do I Clean a Vape Coil?

The easiest way to clean a coil is through "dry burning." You need to remove the wicking material and pulse the firing button for about 2 seconds repeatedly. Once vapour starts to form, just blow it off.

If it is all clean, give it one last blow and it should be good. Let it all cool down before rewicking it, and wait for about 3 minutes before vaping again. It may have a weird taste at first, but it should eventually go back to normal. If it still has an odd, burnt taste, it is time you replace your coil.


This concludes our three-part guide on vape coils. You learned the different kinds of coils, how to replace and clean your coils, and even how to make one. There are always many things to know about vaping, and we hope you have learned a lot from our guide.

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