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Coil Making 101

Coil Making 101

hi I’m Dan owner and operator of Arctic vapor LLC and this is the beginning of what I hope will be a helpful series revolving around vaping wicking coil building product demos and really anything else that my customers asked me for I’ve been vaping and making juice for about five years now and I opened artic vapor as an alternative to chinese-made e-liquid and we slowly grown over the years and tell this year we finally open our own shop here in Fairbanks so I’d like to thank all of my customers and everybody who supported us along the way so these videos are for you guys and if you have any questions you need anything you let me know and I’ll do the best I can to help you out so today for those of you that are new this video may not be the most helpful but for most of my customers I guess the number one question right now revolves around coil building so rdas and our bas or rebuildable dripping atomizers and rebuildable atomizers are kind of a the newest and hottest thing right now and a lot of customers are really interested in them but not exactly sure how to build the coils so today I’m going to do a video on that and then I’ll probably be doing a follow up video here shortly on our new coil making jigs which make the process just a little bit easier so bear with me and I’ll see if we can teach you how to build these coils so for those of you who watched our videos before welcome back and for anybody who’s new welcome I hope you all find this video useful so in order to build a coil the first thing you’re going to need is some sort of resistance wire I prefer Kanthal in this particular video we’re going to be using 28 gauge wire you probably will need a pair of tweezers I find that they make compressing the coils much easier and we’ll cover that as we go along you don’t have to have screwdrivers for this you may need it if your atomizer requires it but I find them a helpful helpful for wrapping the coil themselves you’re also going to need some sort of wicking material i prefer the japanese cotton but silica works well also you’re going to need some sort of a cutter I like these little nippers but needlenose pliers something anything as long as it has a cutting will work nippers are nice because you can get closer and really get a good cut and you don’t want a bunch of extra wire hanging off there you may need scissors to cut your wicking material but that is optional and you’re probably also going to want some sort of resistance checker so this is a little smoke Omni meter there’s lots of other types out there whatever you can get your hands on that’s you know you’re going to want something especially if you’re going to get serious about building coils all right so to get started with this is going to be a little tricky to show on camera but I’m going to do the best I can this this screwdriver that i’m using here is about two millimeters them and I want to just leave a little extra coil because you’re going to need this is one of your leads it doesn’t have to be super long but I like to leave a little bit because you can always cut off it’s better to leave a little bit longer now the resistance of the coil is going to depend on how many wraps you use and is also going to depend on the length of our rather the gauge of the wire so this 28 gauge wire I know that if I wrap it about six times I’m going to get about a 1.

5 so that’s what I’m going to do here I’m going to go ahead and wrap this 3 4 5 and when you’re doing this you want to try to keep your coil as tight as possible you don’t want huge gaps in there now you’re going to get some gap and that’s normal because the wire is pretty hard to compress together now when i get done what i’m doing is i’m actually pulling this lead right here up and the reason I’m doing that is so the wire will actually end up out straight just in this case I’m going to want both of these leads pointing in the same direction now you may want your leads pointing in opposite directions depending on what type of oil you or what you’re building York well for now when i’m done with that i’m going to pull this lead the one i started with a tighter and i’m going to try to push this wire in to compress it even further all i’m doing is i’m using my thumbnail to push this wire in kind of against the edge of the screwdriver here and I’m sorry again this is not this is not something easy to do on camera I’ll take some stills and see if I could put them on at the end so you can see what this coil looks like now you want probably the easiest way to do this is going to be to cut one of these two leads see right now you have one that’s really long and one that’s shorter you’re going to want to cut one of these probably the really long one a little bit shorter than the other one and the reason being is that when you are installing these it’s going to be much easier to have one shorter than the other so that when you slide one of them through the other ones not poking into the other terminal as you’re going and when you’re done with your coil it should look let’s see let’s see come on focus my friend focus there we go you should be able to get it something like this you’re going to have a little gap between the wires but they shouldn’t be huge you want it as tight as you can get it okay so let me get a device set up here and we’ll be right back ok so we’ve got our coil made and I’ve got a smoktech RDA one of the old school rdas here on this little omni meter alright and now what we’re going to do is we’re going to go ahead and screw this in and check the resistance in the last video I said it should be about 1.

5 but it actually should be about 1.1 with six wraps so we’re going to go ahead and check that so we’ll go ahead and screw it in here and at the moment we don’t have any wick or anything we’re just checking the resistance so I’m going to go ahead and screw down these posts whoops if I pull the right direction that will probably help and we don’t want the coil to actually touch the metal so I may have to adjust this ok all right so all right it’s sitting just above the deck oops okay all right it’s sitting just above the deck and again let’s see if I can get some sort of close up on here okay it is reading 1.

12 1.2 ohms and that’s perfectly fine that’s about what we want the coil is sitting right above the air intake and that again is what we want we want to get the air flow right so the air flow comes out here with the airflow to come right up through the coil and the reason being is you’re going to get a much warmer vapor and you’re going to get much better air draw that way alright so now now that I’ve got the coil in place and this will be different depending on what type of RDA or RBA you’re using of course everything always is a little different but in this case I’m going to go ahead and try to straighten this out and what i’m doing here is i’ve inserted the screwdriver that i use to make the coil and now i am just bending this so that it is horizontal rather than vertical alright so my coil oops would help if I tighten to this down I think alright so my coil is now horizontal let’s see if we get a better shot of that there we go all right and then the next thing I’m going to do we’re sitting about 10 and that’s fine i’m going to go ahead and clip these little pieces of extra leadoff now what we want to do this is the reason i like these little nippers is we want to get in as close as we can and clip it off as close to the post as we can and see if you can see there there is a little extra hanging off the back but it’s not anything significant we don’t want it touching the outside because when we put on the body here I’ve got one of these when we slide this down over it we don’t want that coil to touch the outside of the RDA or it will sort the coil out okay so now that we’ve got that done the next step is to go ahead and fire this coil and try to get it to press in as tight as we can okay so here we go again I now have the the RDA set up with the coil on it and I have the battery and everything is ready to go here what we’re going to do is we’re going to go ahead and fire this so I’m going to unlock the screen base here and we’re going to go ahead and fire this coil up so in order to fire this clowe you just want to heat it up until it glows now it should glow from the inside to the outside if the coil is properly made and then if not or either way what you want to do is you want to take these tweezers that I showed you earlier or a nice pair of needlenose pliers and just squeeze these coils together Jim so all I’m doing is squeezing this coil together I’m going to heat it up again you could see it glowing let go don’t squeeze while it’s firing or you will short the coil out and then all i’m doing is squeezing the coil together to try to get a nice tight coil you want the coil as tight as you can without the coils overlapping from my fire one more time should fire from the inside out beautifully it does let it glow and pinch the coil together when it’s all done you’ll have kind of a nice bluish tint to the middle there that’s where the metals been burned let’s see if I can actually show you how it’s pinched out now that I got my camera zoom so all we’re doing is taking this after it’s heated up and squeezing these coils together like so heating it up and squeezing the coil together like so okay so now that it is done the next part is the wicking for this i’m using the japanese cotton all i’m going to do is cut off a very very thin strip these coils especially at like one or two millimeter are pretty tiny and actually a strip of cotton this signs and actually make two weeks so i’m just going to split that in half i’m going to take this piece here and all i’m going to do is just kind of fluff it a little bit you don’t want to roll it up otherwise it’ll kind of bind and it won’t wick as well and then i’m just going to take this end and just roll this one tip just like you’re threading a needle or fishing lure and then i’m going to just run it through here and be careful when you do this if your coil is hot because you will burn your hand also never fire to these cotton while it’s dry or you will ignite the cottony will just burn right up so the next trick is to go ahead and cut these off now this depends on the size this depends on what tank you’re using honestly or what RDA you’re using or what to build in the coil for you don’t want too much in there otherwise you’ll just end up with a mess and to be honest with you I don’t find that it wicks any better with a bunch of extra batting in there I like mine a little bit fluffy because I find it wicks best also when you lock this so I set it down also you want this to be able to move in and out see how it just slides through the coil there you don’t want it tight inside that coil otherwise it’s not going to whip properly it looks like my coils come a little loose again here okay all right and then the last step is to go ahead and wet it and then put on your your cap if you use on a dripper or build your tank again if you use in a tank obviously the drippers a little easier and I usually recommend for people that are starting out I know that dripping is not always the most popular way to go because it’s not quite as convenient but I find that when you’re learning how to do this drippers are much easier to build then the tanks are the tanks are fantastic in terms of convenience once you have them built but building them is a little trickier I’m not sure if this guy will fire it looks like I’m Eve actually broke the wire let’s give it a shot oh there it goes and if you built it properly you should get some nice paper coming off there alright let’s put the lid on this guy give it a try this isn’t going to be fantastic because the airflow in these older style already A’s are not great let’s see what we can do with it here all right come back up the me here alright and that would be how to build a coil there are lots of other types of coil builds out there obviously on this one see if we can show you I’ve actually got two coils this one I’ve been using for a little while this is a much more modern RDA hi Helios this guy has much better air flow and you’ll get much bigger clouds this one’s also running at point 5 ohm so yeah you get pretty massive clouds with that when you’re building down below at home though you do need to be careful with your batteries and you need to know the signs to look for if you ever have a battery that’s getting hot or venting for any reason you need to take that battery out and don’t use that battery again if it’s getting hot it’s it’s possible that you are over stressing the battery but you’re better off to take that battery out and not use it at least for a while bring it in let me have a look we’ll check it out because you don’t want to put yourself in any danger also just make sure like i said you’re using good batteries make sure the battery is rated for what you’re using it for there’s a great app out there called Ohm’s law that you can get on either android or apple and it will allow you to calculate what amperage you’re using and if you ever have any questions on that i’m always happy to answer it so i hope these videos are helpful and my next one up will be on the coil jig which should make these quell builds a little bit easier again I’ll try my best to upload some still photos of these coils and i’ll try to see if we can’t get this camera to work a little bit better for the next video so i hope you found this helpful and let me know if you have any questions


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