Vapouround magazine Special Issue 01 - Page 56

F E AT U R E available (such as Steam Engine and many more) that are great tools to use when you are first starting. They can help you work out which gauge wire to use and how many wraps you need to achieve your desired ohm level. It is worth investing in good quality wire as poor quality can have a negative impact on your build. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get good quality – Youde wire is great value for money and very user friendly. If you do get serious about coil building there are several tools that will make your life much easier! Items such as ohm/volt readers, coil jigs, ceramic tweezers and good quality wire cutters are a great help. You can find all of these items in Coil Master DIY kits, they are a good investment. Something I would highly recommend doing before you begin to build coils is to learn about Ohm’s law. It’s essential information – you can read ‘A Beginners Guide to Ohm’s Law’ in Vapouround Magazine issue 2. If you want to begin building your own coils, a micro coil is a great first place to start - it’s the easiest coil to make and is great for practising. It will help you learn the basics, such as keeping the wire tight as you wrap, and how to glow the coils in order to compress them. You will also get a good vape from it, and it is pretty simple to progress from a micro coil to a slightly more advanced twisted coil. How to Build a Micro Coil For this you will need – (picture 1 – tools needed) • 26 gauge Kanthal wire – this is the wire I use for micro coils. • Wire cutters – if you don’t have any available then nail clippers will do for now. • A screwdriver to wrap the wire around – between 2.5mm – 3mm would be the perfect start, but I do recommend investing in a coil jig which will have several different diameter rods make it easier to wrap the coil. • A small screwdriver – for the post screws (most RDA’s and tanks have a small blue screwdriver in the box). • Wicking material – organic Japanese cotton is great for beginners as it is very cheap and easy to get hold of. When you become more advanced you will want to explore different cottons – there are several different great brands out there, Native Wicks is the best I have come across by far. • A pair of needle nose pliers. • Also recommended would be ceramic tweezers. • Scissors (for cutting cotton). Starting with a good re buildable device will help. I would recommend a RDA with a good s ize deck, and in my opinion the Velocity is one of the best drippers for this. It has a great sized deck with big post holes, so you can put all sorts of coils in there – so you will be able to progress from a micro coil to more advanced coils such as twisted coils, Claptons, and alien Clapton coils without having to change devices. A micro coil will look small in the Velocity, but remember – you are practising. You will be able to fit bigger and more extreme coils in as you advance. A single micro coil build will also work well in the RBA section of certain sub-ohm tanks such as the Kanger Subtank Mini. So here’s how to get started – Picture 1 – tools needed 54 VAPOUROUND MAGAZINE USA • Cut a length of wire – roughly 100mm is ideal. This is a little longer than you will need, but it makes it slightly easier to work with. It’s better to have a bit too much, rather than not enough. • Begin by wrapping the wire around your screwdriver. Keep it pulled tight as you are winding, and make sure each wrap lies right next to the previous one – as close as it can be without overlapping. (Picture 2 – beginning to wind coil) • With 5 wraps, with an inner diameter of 2.5mm, will get you around a 0.4 to 0.5 ohm coil, which will be perfect as the majority of regulated mods will fire this – although I do