Types of Wicks and the Benefits of Each
If you have upgraded to a MOD or a rebuildable device, from the traditional e-cigarette types, you will need to know how to set up the wick in the coil, plus know which type works best for your preference. Different wicks have properties that determine how well the flavor comes through and how quickly the e-juice can flow into the atomizer. Here is some basic information containing what you need to know about wicks for your device.
Understanding Wick and Coil Setups
Even if you’re using a disposable atomizer or you have a tank utilizing replaceable heads, you should have a general understanding of wicks and coils setups. This will help you to get the best vaping experience possible. There’s no single setup that is right for everyone, so it could take some trial and error after you have a little understanding of what you are doing.
Different Types of Wicks Available
Here is some information about different types of wicks available to help you save some time during your experimentation. Use this as a reference to find what you are looking for from your device.
- Silica Wicks: When vaping first started, wicks were generally made of silica. These kinds of wicks are resistant to heat, helps move the juice into the wick quickly, and the flavor isn’t bad. Most disposable atomizers used silica wicks and even some rebuildable users prefer this type over others available. These wicks are easy to use since they are simple to install. Because they are heat resistant, you can dry burn them removing the gunk that might have built up. Another benefit is that they can last up to a month.
- Ekowool Wicks: These types of wicks are also made of silica and have all the same properties of them. It is braided and has a center that is hollow allowing for better wicking. You can even braid your own using regular silica wicks but it would be difficult to have a hollow center this way. This hollow center allows you to insert a toothpick or paper clip acting as a stabilizer while you wrap a new coil around it.
Stainless Steel Mesh Wicks: These types of wicks are most commonly used with genesis-style atomizers. They last a long time if they are oxidized properly. This is a long procedure involving torching the stainless-steel mesh, cooling it quickly, and repeating this process many times. It is a little difficult to coil and you will have to adjust it after you install it to make sure that there are no hot spots. This type of coil gives you a very pure taste, can wick well, and will not need to be replaced very often.
- Organic Cotton Wicks: Most people agree that this is one of the most flavorful wicks available. It is not extremely easy to use though. You must coil your wick by using a drill bit, a jig, or a toothpick. You attach a coil to the atomizer, then put the cotton through it. If you use too much cotton, you will have a reduction in juice flow. Using too little can cause hot spots. It is easier to burn than other options available as well.
Other wick options are available but this should cover the majority of what you see in products today. Best to stick with these familiar types for your future wicks.
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