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 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.
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.