Ready for a Rebuildable?
By Charles Sammut
Over in the other section of the darkened display cabinet at your local Vape Shop. Dispersed amongst the reels of resistance wires, build tools and packets of organic cotton are the mysterious but alluring rebuildable atomisers.
Some are tiny and some are HUGE. Some are single coil and some are double…some are bottom feed, drippers or tanks. Either way I can hear them calling out to you (me).
You’ve heard about them. Probably seen videos about them. Vapers with their “how to make your own coil” and “How to wick your Fused Clapton coils”. It’s all very enticing. Clouds and flavour awaits! But you’ve been told you haven’t been vaping long enough.
It’s been 6 weeks already!
Well folks…. I’m hear to tell you that getting started on rebuildable atomisers is as easy as eating a sausage roll with tomato sauce…. Sure, you might spill a bit to tomato sauce on your shirt every now and then but hey, you’re not perfect right? Neither am I!
So lets go myth busting a bit and we’ll start by rolling back the clock…
It was only a few years ago factory made replaceable coils hit the market. It opened up vaping to a whole bunch of smokers that were looking to simplify things and start vaping without too much techno-babbelygook knowledge. While even in the last year or so factory made coils have come in leaps and bounds to rival some of the rebuildable atomisers in terms of flavour and cloud production, they don’t quite reach the level of vaping quality rebuildables can achieve.
Before disposable coils came about every vaper would have been seen pulling out a length of wire and some wicking material (organic cotton or silica wicks) and start wrapping come resistance wire into little coils. So there’s a whole new generation of beginner vapers looking very closely what the more progressed vaper is doing.
This ritual of coil building and wicking proved to be a barrier to many smokers who wanted to start vaping but didn’t want to lose some of the convenience of cigarettes.
With some context out of the way there, when you try a rebuildable atomiser for the first time the first thing you notice is the depth and intensity of the flavour.
For starters, many rebuildables are designed so your taste buds are closer to the coil. That or the inner chamber is reduced and shaped to maximise the flavour puts rebuildables ahead on the vaping adventures you’re about to jump into.
All this extra flavour and vape quality comes at a cost. Namely a bit of extra time and effort. It’s actually cheaper in the long run compared to factory coils.
That extra time and effort is up to you and like with other things vape related, the level of complexity and involvement can be tailored to suit your lifestyle and level of competence.
Whether it’s for MTL or DTL rebuildable atomisers allows you to fine tune your favourite vape to where you like it most and achieve a quality and consistency not equalled by factory coils.
The concept is simple enough.
Take a short length of specially made vape resistance wire, wrap it around a rod around about 3mm thick and leave the wire ends sticking out (the legs). The legs go into a clamp on the atomiser deck where they are secured and positioned to optimally used the design of the atomiser. Then, artfully stuffed with organic cotton so the ends of the cotton soak up the e-juice in a controlled manner.
While the concept is simple, each atomiser is going to have it’s own nuances but there’s nothing out there that doesn’t have a YouTube video you can watch and learn from. So you are never afar from guides…even your local vape shop will help you out.
It doesn’t take much to get started. A reel of wire like Kanthal or Stainless steel round wire can be purchased for a little as $10 with enough wire to make dozens of coils each lasting for weeks or sometimes months. Tool kits are relatively cheap for the basic set and wicking material, depends which way you go, square pads (cheapest) to specialist cotton ropes (superior performance).
The rest is up to you and your imagination.
You don’t have to make your own fused claptons. These come in reels too. Some of the more fancy complex exotic wires are made by hand and can be purchased too.
Simple round wire coils are a great way to get started. Especially if you are still playing with MTL style vaping but these too come in RDA (Rebuildable Dripping atomisers that are squonkable) and RTA (Rebuildable Tank atomisers). These days you’ll also find RDTA’s which are a combination of the first two.
My first RDA was a Wasp Nano. It cost $20 and my first build in it was a simple 26 gauge round Stainless steel wire.
OK…I mangled a bit of wire making my first few coils but it didn’t take long before I was vaping on my first hand made coil, stuffed with organic cotton I cut strips off a pad. A pad by the way, that had about 5 strips worth and cost 2 cents a pad I think it worked out at.
I really enjoyed making my first coil and the flavour compared to what I was vaping with was absolutely amazing…like I almost cried just from the depth of flavour alone.
So..I reckon you are ready to try a rebuildable now. Go for it. You’ll know after your first few coils if the benefits you get out of doing so makes up for the time…and really…I can knock off a coil and installed and wicked in 10 minutes these days and I haven’t looked back since.
Surprised I was at the results.
I tend to tinker and experiment with different wires, twisting them together, platting and now trying to crochet them together…. While I doubt I will go full hog and get the old drill bits out to make a fused clapton or whatever, I get by with what I can do. It’s also cheaper than factory coils in the long run.
As I peer over my left shoulder and gaze upon my small collection of three different types of coil metal in several different gauges, enough to last me a few years I reckon. I also remember how much more I have to discover.
Give it go! You have nothing to lose by trying.
Cheers for now