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MICRO COILS - Selecting the right gauge wire to hit your target resistance

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by , 01-26-2014 at 10:14 PM (1821 Views)
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When building micro coils, It's important to select the correct wire to hit your target resistance (ohms) when you build a coil

I like to use 10 or 11 wraps to get my resistance. These days I have a preference of 1.3 to 1.5 ohms.

This handy chart can take the guesswork out of it for you. Here I rolled up 10 wrap micro coils around the .055" mandrel on the darkzero coil jig using 27, 28, 29 & 30 gauge Kanthal A1. The chart will indicate that 29 gauge is the correct wire for me to use to get the resistance I want in my coil.

27 ga:

28 ga:

29 ga:

30 ga:

I made the following notes during this exercise, noting that it's the first time I've ever used 4 different gauges back to back:

27 ga - the screws tend to loosen up if the coil is even subtly moved.

29 ga - perfect balance between ease of wrapping and wire thickness. Screws stay nice and tight.

30 ga - feels extremely thin. The most difficult to wrap a micro coil with. Deforms easily.


  1. duner's Avatar
    This is exactly what I've been looking for - Thanks!!
  2. JC Okie's Avatar
    Been using this to wrap coils for other people, super. I like 1.0 or 1.1 ohm coils, and I have that down pat, but other people like different ohms, and this has really helped. Thanks for all you do.