Tidal Cylapex Build with a Staged Variation

I wanted to share these coil photos; they seemed to be pretty good ideas. The point of winding these was to find coil techniques that save time yet still produce a great amount of vapor. I did not really have the time to do a real crazy, time-consuming coil, however the few builds I did worked out great and so here are some photos.

This first one is for my favorite RDA, the Cylapex Gate. I usually use two 8 or 9 wrap coils in it, with 24 gauge Nichrome 80. That is about the most powerful build I toy with. It works great for a quick vape when one has no time to waste. The build below is highly similar, yet it uses ‘Tidal Wire,’ which is pretty easy to do with a drill, some pliers, patience. Usually, a build like this with 22 gauge Nichrome 80 is not possible, because with 8 wraps per coil, the resistance falls well below .1 ohms. Twisted Messes now has an awesome mod for sale that will activate down to .5 ohms. I pretty mush feel safest with builds over .1 ohms, even though the IPV4s I use has a YiHi safety chip that prevents short circuits or low ohms resistance dangers. The coils below are 11-wrap coils, wound with 22 gauge Nichrome 80 and drill-twisted with .5 mm Kanthal ribbon wire. I usually get resistance wire (Kanthal/Nichrome) from L-Vapes. If you are new to vaping and do not know what to try out, get some 26 gauge Kanthal and some 26 gauge Nichrome 80. Then watch coil building videos to see what you may prefer. For me, the build below would be very hard to outdo. With anything. The ohms reading is .12 ohms. This means that I was actually able to use 22 gauge Nichrome 80 this time. It is because of the extra wraps. Is this a snug fit for the RDA? Yes it is, and in the world of diy vaping, in my opinion, this build is well worth the small amount of time it takes to do when compared to far more advanced coils. Here is a link for the Cylapex Gate RDA (orders from fast-tech will continue on 2.14.16 due to Chinese holidays). The coils were wrapped around a #5 coil rod, the largest of five within the Coiljig, found on Amazon.com. If you find a build that produces more vapor than this one, let me know.


These next photos are all stacked on top of each other and are of the same coil. The coil is a ‘staged heating coil’ variation. The whole idea is to wind a parallel coil in such a manner that one of the two wires heats up before the other one, giving off some crazy vapors. I have wound a few of these, now, and this one is one of the best for the time it takes to do. There are a great many combinations to consider before deciding which wire to use for a build like this one. The wire you can see getting hottest first is 24 gauge Kanthal wire. It is not Claptonized, however the other wire is. The slower wire is 24 gauge Nichrome 80, Claptonized with 30 gauge Nichrome 80. Both wires actually heat up at close to the same rate; I had to take a bunch of photos to prove that the Kanthal actually got hotter first. Nichrome has a lower resistance than Kanthal, however once the wire was Claptonized, its rate of heating decreased by a noticeable fraction of time. The phenomenon was somewhat of a surprise to me. By my guesses, I was thinking both wires would heat up at the same time, or that the Nichrome would have heated up first. If you wind a coil much like this one without Claptonizing the Nichrome 80, the Nichrome is sure to ‘ramp up’ faster. I did purposely wrap the Nichrome one extra time, as it had a larger circumference. Its (the coil’s) shape not only looks better this way, I think the technique adds to slightly more vapor. Thanks to Twisted Messes for the technique; it allows the Claptonized wire to be on the outside of the coil on both sides. The coil was wound a #4 rod from a Coiljig. Each of the photos below are of the same coil – I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I have. 🙂

staged-p-7 staged-p-6 staged-p-5 staged-p-4 staged-p-3 staged-p-2 staged-p-1


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