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Wire Material Still Widely Used In The Vape Industry

Wire Material Still Widely Used In The Vape Industry

Kanthal A1

Kanthal is an extremely popular wire, commonly used for the wattage mode. It is easy to work with yet stiff enough to hold it’s shape when formed into coils, which comes into play when you wick your coils. It is a great place to start if you are just getting into rebuilding, dripping, etc. Kanthal A1 lasts the longest and stays conductive the longest out of all the vaping wire compounds.

  • Variable wattage
  • Easy to work with
  • Holds shape
  • Inexpensive
  • Not compatible with TC

Nichrome 80 (NiCr 80)

Like Kanthal A1, NiCr 80 wire is also used for the wattage mode. It is an alloy composed of nickel and chromium. So avoid it if you are allergic to nickel. Avid vape enthusiast within the community say Nichrome gives off a cleaner and better flavor while vaping. There are different grades of Nichrome, but Nichrome 80 is the most commonly used. NiCr 80 behaves very much like Kanthal, but has a lower resistance and heats faster than the same gauge in Kanthal. It is easy to coil and holds its shape well when wicking. Nichrome has a lower melting temperature than Kanthal. This means you need to be careful when dry burning your coils to avoid snapping a lead.

  • Slightly lower resistance than Kanthal A1
  • Easy to work with
  • Holds shape Nickel content
  • Many pre-built clapton or fused clapton coils are made from Nichrome 80

Stainless Steel (SS316L)

Stainless steel is the only material that can be used for wattage vaping or temp control vaping. Stainless steel (SS) wire is an alloy composed primarily of chromium, nickel, and carbon. The SS316 is the medical, pharmaceutical and food grade. Stainless steel is easy to form and holds its shape well. Like nichrome, it offers a faster ramp up time than Kanthal. SS316L wire will give off the cleanest flavor and best flavor.

  • VW or TC (with compatible mod)
  • Faster ramp-up time than Kanthal
  • Easy to work
  • Holds shape


Blog updated: September 2018


Please refer to this website when building your coil if you are a beginner http://www.steam-engine.org/coil.html 

Also, Our Guide on How to Build Your Own Coils

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