The photo above shows a braid coil. It is made with 24 gauge Nichrome 80 and wicked with Kendo cotton, the best cotton for wicking I have tried out. It lasts longer, saturates faster/better and, though it can be burnt, is heat resistant.
As far as this coil goes, in some ways, it was a failed attempt. In others it really was not. What was somewhat disappointing was its looks. Sure, it looks fine, however I had something different in mind before I decided to wound it up. I had yet to use a jewelry hammer on a coil. I do not have one, yet I do have a small hammer and tried it out, instead. I also do not yet have a suitable surface for making coils with a jewelry hammer; I used a silicone candy-making board instead. I thought it would work out fine. It did not, because the coil did not come out with flattened surfaces that would make it look like a chain. I was still able to make a new coil that vapes well, however, so I am not disappointed.
This was a first for me, with the gauge of the wire (24 n80) used for a braided coil. It was also the first time I tried using a small hammer with resistance wire. I squeezed it (the braid) together with pliers and hammered it flat, which removed the spaces between the wires. I could easily do it again, leaving the spaces on purpose. The idea behind such a notion would be for the e-juice to soak in through the coil into the cotton easier.
The ohms reading for the coil above was 0.17 ohms. This was a surprise reading. I really had no idea as to whether the coil’s resistance would be higher or too low to use. The reading was above .1 ohms, so I was pleased. Making coils is a fun form of science for me. Usually, I can predict whether a new idea will work well or not. Does this coil compare to other ideas? Well, it works. As far as choosing it over other varieties I cannot say that it would be an immediate decision.
My reasoning behind this is the way Clapton coils vape as opposed to other coils. Many times, I prefer coils with wire that has not been “Claptonized,” yet there are times when I prefer Clapton coils. The two varieties vape differently. As far as the cloud production of the coil above goes, it was great with 47 watts -no complaints. The RDA in the photo is the Ball V2.
As far as using 24 gauge N80 wire to braid with goes, I did not think it was a good idea while halfway through the braid. I thought, “Next time I do one of these braid coils, I will probably go with 26 gauge, instead.” It worked out fine, however, and the coil vapes great -big clouds and lots of flavor. Claptons can make a crackling noise – the braid coil in the photo above did not.
It is always fun to try out a new idea for a coil. Once I decide to get a jewelry hammer with a proper surface to go along with it, or once I can or come across one, I will probably re-build a 24g N80 Braid Coil. Many ‘advanced’ coils are wound to where one would not need to use cotton to wick them. When building this coil, I pulled it tight with two pliers and rubbed the braid on my knee with cotton pants on. I have used the technique, before, it helps to make the coil more uniform. The same goes with its hammering. Here is a video on a coil similar to the one above, by OhmboyOC on YouTube, showing how to make a Boneyard Coil. If you want to try it out with larger gaps in the braid, remember not to pull and hammer it over and over -just enough to get the wire ‘uniform.’ I got most of the gaps out of the coil in the photo; you cannot really see the ‘braid.’ It will work either way, be careful for shorts/hot spots when initially priming it. Remember to not hold down on your activation button too long at first in order to decrease your chances of over-melting the Nichrome.
Thank you for reading about this fun coil. It was not too difficult to do and did not take very long. I thought it was a quick and fun idea and was able to vape with it long before I would have been able to vape with various other advanced coil ideas. Let me know what you think if you build one. Have a nice day and thank you for visiting coilpix. 🙂