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  1. matthew2478

    matthew2478 Full Member

    Aug 4, 2013
    fresno ca
    What do you guys use to make your micro coils? What kind of tools are must have. What do you use to wrap. Do you use a torch or a regular lighter? What gauge kanthal do you use for sub ohms? Does everyone have a different method? Just thought this would be a good topic

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  2. Spacedoutart

    Spacedoutart Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 19, 2012
    Buffalo NY
    Personally I use 30 gauge wire. I use a micro screwdriver to wrap my coils on, with a diameter of 1.6mm (super close to 1/16). Tools mostly depend on the device. Screwdriver for wrapping and tightening down the post, nail clippers for cutting the wire close, and tweezers to pinch and shape the coil. I dont torch my kanthal; however, I wrap coils really close on my own. My favorite setup for the micro coil is 5/6 wrap for 1.3 ohms.
  3. Akya2120

    Akya2120 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 20, 2011
    Olympia, Washington
    I use a 14 gauge needle and wrap my coil around that. Typically an eight or nine wrap with 28SWG nichrome. Once done I use tweezers to hold the coil and slightly compress it while I heat it with a jet lighter. I use cotton for wick. I just shred it up a whole lot and then poke it through with a piece of scrap wire. Wet your wick and vape. Lately though I have been using a method I recently came up with. I have the build in this same sub form. Check it out I am calling it a flat wrap or a zig zag heading element.
  4. clyde

    clyde Full Member

    Apr 17, 2013
    South Africa
    i have been trying to build micro coils but i keep failing,i always get a burnt taste from them not sure what i am doing wrong
  5. Spacedoutart

    Spacedoutart Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 19, 2012
    Buffalo NY
    From my time with micros. I have found that usually burnt taste is from not enough cotton in the wick (so parts of the coil are not wet and burning as hot spots. If you have a strong cotton taste then you have too much cotton and its choking. This can be tricky to get just right but after some practice, it will be amazing.
  6. Dpb1983

    Dpb1983 Full Member

    Sep 19, 2013
  7. supertrunker

    supertrunker Living sarcasm Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Oct 12, 2012
    30g seems to be a good middle ground gauge to use. I use a coil jig when i make mine and getting the cotton right seems an art form, but the general rule is :less is better.

    If you see cotton bunching up forming "shoulders" when in your coil, then you have to much. Remember it swells when wet.

  8. BadChiliFart

    BadChiliFart Full Member Verified Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    bellflower, ca
    i use a 5/64th drill bit. 5-6 wraps with 24g or 22g wire. make some pretty decent clouds with it, but a bit hot sometimes.
  9. dns2

    dns2 Full Member

    May 6, 2014
    United States
    I literally just use a meter lead for my micro's. Works great. Has a handle and I can wrap the coils tight and up against the butt of the handle. For slightly larger coils I use a 1/8" drill bit.

    Each wrap on 30ga kanthal produces .27Ω on my meter lead, and .4Ω on the drill bit.
    Wraps with 28ga kanthal produce .2Ω on my meter lead, and .35Ω on the drill bit.
  10. super_X_drifter

    super_X_drifter SQUONK 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 4, 2012
    Somewhere out there
    Either this tool:

    Or this method:

    heating and squeezing the coil to make it tight are things of the past.

    These methods will put your wraps completely touching without heat.

    Tension is the key - tension you can't get if you clip a piece if wire off the spool and hand wrap it around a rod :)
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