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316 vs. 316L stainless

Discussion in 'Wick and Wire' started by Bill M., Nov 9, 2017.

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  1. Bill M.

    Bill M. Full Member

    Hello everybody, I am going to give temp control a shot for the 1st time using an RDA or an RDTA but before I get going I need to know if I can use either one of the 2 types of SS I am seeing for TC. Does it matter if I use the 316 or the 316L or do I need to use just one of the 2 types? Thanks for the help, Bill
     
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  2. Walee

    Walee Super Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    You can use either for TC. There is a slight different in resistance between the two. That is the primary difference.
     
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  3. 93gc40

    93gc40 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 5, 2014
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    Well it depends on the mod... some are grade specific there are several SS grades. But mist TC modes are setup for 316L. .. if mod has TFR or TCR you can get better accuracy from Other SS grades. Even if the mod is 316L specific it will regulate fine but numbers won't be accurate with say 404 321 or 430. But the difference between 316 and 316L is very minor.

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  4. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
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    I think a lot of folks use the L for SS, because that is what most "standard" TC modes on mods are calculated with? I was told to use that type and it has worked well for me... :)

    Good luck,

    Anna
     
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  5. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

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    May 22, 2010
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    Temco SS316L has been my recoiling wire for a couple of years or more. I haven't vaped Kanthal since I started with SS. It's just too easy to have all atomizers coiled the same and ready for power mode or TC mode.

    As 93gc40 said, most mods are calibrated for the resistance and temperature slope of SS316L, so that's what yields the most accurate vaping temps.
     
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  6. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

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