The Go-To-Wire: Kanthal or Nickel

In the vaping world, wire
is used to make coils
. While there are many different types of wires uses
to do this, the two we are going to talk about today are nickel and kanthal. Both
wires have different characteristics as well as some pros and cons.

Kanthal Wire
Kanthal is a mixture of iron, chromium, and aluminum. It is
the most popular wire used and comes in many different lengths and gauges. It
has a high resistance and was designed to heat as electricity passes through
it. Another characteristic about this wire, is that it has good durability,
meaning it can be used multiple times over long periods of time. This wire is
easy to work with but stiff enough to hold its form when you shape it. This is
especially important for when you wick your coils because you don’t want the
shape changing or the wire getting distorted. The great thing about kanthal is
that it is inexpensive and it is available here at Vapin’ in the Cape. One
thing to know, though, is that this wire does burn down quicker than others and
that could carry a risk of the metal getting into other parts of the vape.

Nickel Wire
This type of wire is usually pure nickel without any other
metals mixed in. While kanthal is still the most used, nickel is increasing in
popularity. In fact, it is especially popular with vapers who enjoy building
sub-ohm coils and tanks. Nickel is a softer metal and has a low resistance but
has a high temperature coefficient, which means the resistance changes rapidly
when heated. This is beneficial for temperature control. One thing to know
about this, though, is that since nickel is a softer metal, it is hard to get
it to keep its shape once you begin the forming process. Nickel has been known
to get distorted once you wick your coils.

If you don’t have a MOD that has
temperature control, then you should really use kanthal. Again, not only does
it have good durability but it also keeps the shape you put it in. Overall, it
is the better wire to use. On the other hand, if you have a MOD with
temperature control, then nickel is the way to go. Either way, before you
decide which one to use, make sure you look at all the characteristics for both
and see which one is ideal for your vaping needs.

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