Should I Use High or Low Resistance Coils?

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Should I Use High or Low Resistance Coils?

Two different types of vape coil. The ultimate question. ‘Should I use high or low resistance coils?’ Whichever you choose, myCigara are here to support you.

What are Vape Coils?

Vape Coils are one of the most important components of any vaping kit. Every vaping device is built around a coil, which is tucked away safely inside. The coil can be made from a variety of different materials, but its purpose remains the same; it works together with the wick, a flammable material which is wrapped around the coil, to heat your e Liquid and produce vapour. Whether you purchase a pre-filled device or insert your own vape juice, the wick, usually made of cotton, soaks up your liquid of choice whilst the coil uses power from your device’s battery to heat itself. Because the coil is touching the cotton wick, which is wet with e Liquid, the wick gets warm too.

This process turns your e Liquid into vapour and if you wait five minutes after loading your liquid and turning your device on, it should be ready to vape. Coils do not last forever and do need to be changed otherwise your vape kit will become unusable and the liquid will start to taste burnt, but if you are wondering when to change your vape coil or ‘how long do vape coils last?’, check out ‘Your A-Z Guide of Vape Coil Materials’ and ‘How Do You Build a Vape Coil?’

Resistance 101

As briefly mentioned, the type of vape coil you use may vary due to its material, but also its resistance. The last time you heard that word was probably during a GCSE Science lesson, but resistance levels are an incredibly crucial part of vaping. Every electrical device has resistance and exists to keep us safe. In theory, we could load up a device with too much electrical charge, which could be very dangerous, but introducing resistance into the device via the coil reduces the electrical current to a level which is safe for us to use.

The resistance of a particular coil depends on two things: what material it is made from and how many times the wire has been wrapped around itself. The general rule is that the more a wire has been wrapped, the higher the resistance will be. Resistance is measured in Ohms by a device called an Ohmmeter and this gives its name to the two types of vaping, Plus Ohm and Sub Ohm. This shows how resistance is a key part of every vape and therefore, affects it, be that the number of clouds, warmth of the vape juice or edge of the flavour. This is often why more experienced vapers want to create their own coil as it allows them to control the resistance of the wire and in turn, the quality of their vape. 

Low Resistance Coils

Low Resistance coils (often referred to as Sub Ohm coils) have a resistance that is below 1.0 Ohm, which is why they are called ‘Sub’ Ohm. These coils are stereotypically associated with more experienced vapers and they are often found with more advanced vaping kits. This is because the wick surrounding the coil has larger holes, regardless of what material it is made from, and this creates lots of vapour.

Inhaling vapour is slightly different to inhaling cigarette smoke and customers often find adjusting their inhalation for vaping quite difficult when they first start. Whilst the vapour produced by Sub Ohm coils is warm, which may sound similar to smoking a cigarette, it provides a dry kick that might prove challenging for those new vapers. This is why we do not recommend Sub Ohm coils to new vapers but there is no reason why a customer could not progress to vaping with these coils once they felt comfortable doing so.

In order for the Sub Ohm coils to produce a lot of vapour, the device needs to operate at a higher wattage. This means that the battery will not last as long as it would if you were using Plus Ohm coils, which may be a disadvantage for some customers. Additionally, a lot of your e Liquid will be turning into vapour to provide those awesome clouds so you may find you run out of vape juice quite quickly.

Needless to say, Sub Ohm coils work well with high VG juices, creating a really strong vapour trail. In order to do this, the coil and wick are working hard and this may result in both out sooner than they would with a lower VG juice. Furthermore, if you do use an e Liquid with a higher VG, they tend to be thicker than other juices meaning your liquid could stick to the coil and wick, which could cause problems.

A Sub Ohm vaper not only needs to factor in purchasing new coils more regularly than Plus Ohm vapers, but needs to understand the process of changing coils sooner too. With all this said, you might think it best to stick to Plus Ohm coils, but do not be put off by vape maintenance. Every vaper needs to look after their kit, be they a Plus Ohm or Sub Ohm vaper, so if you love clouds, Sub Ohm coils are definitely for you.
 

Should I Use High or Low Resistance Coils?

The answer is…completely up to you! Here at myCigara, we understand that vaping is an exciting journey of getting to know your device, flavours and what suits you. However, we do have some honest advice that keeps you directly in mind.

If you are new to vaping, we advise that you start with a Plus Ohm coil as this will give you a smoother introduction to vaping and allows you that time to try some exciting new flavours. For those more experienced vapers who enjoy chasing clouds, Sub Ohm coils are a great investment because they allow you lots of vapour and plenty of clouds. Whilst they require slightly more maintenance than Plus Ohm, this should not deter you. Every vaper needs to keep a diligent eye on their coils, so using Sub Ohm allows you the extra practice of getting to know your device.

For those vapers who are neither new or experienced, we recommend purchasing a mixture of Plus and Sub Ohm coils, so you have the freedom to vape your way, any time.

We want you to get the best out of your vaping equipment, so it is important to note that some kits work best with certain types of coil. If you have any questions about this (though our blog ‘What Ohm Coil for my Vape Device?’ should answer this) please come and talk to us in store; we are more than happy to assist you.
 

Should I Use High or Low Resistance Coils?

Two different types of vape coil. The ultimate question. ‘Should I use high or low resistance coils?’ Whichever you choose, myCigara are here to support you. Click to find all the answers you need.

What are Vape Coils?

Vape Coils are one of the most important components of any vaping kit. Every vaping device is built around a coil, which is tucked away safely inside. The coil can be made from a variety of different materials, but its purpose remains the same; it works together with the wick, a flammable material which is wrapped around the coil, to heat your e Liquid and produce vapour. Whether you purchase a pre-filled device or insert your own vape juice, the wick, usually made of cotton, soaks up your liquid of choice whilst the coil uses power from your device’s battery to heat itself. Because the coil is touching the cotton wick, which is wet with e Liquid, the wick gets warm too.

This process turns your e Liquid into vapour and if you wait five minutes after loading your liquid and turning your device on, it should be ready to vape. Coils do not last forever and do need to be changed otherwise your vape kit will become unusable and the liquid will start to taste burnt, but if you are wondering when to change your vape coil or ‘how long do vape coils last?’, check out ‘Your A-Z Guide of Vape Coil Materials’ and ‘How Do You Build a Vape Coil?’

Resistance 101

As briefly mentioned, the type of vape coil you use may vary due to its material, but also its resistance. The last time you heard that word was probably during a GCSE Science lesson, but resistance levels are an incredibly crucial part of vaping. Every electrical device has resistance and exists to keep us safe. In theory, we could load up a device with too much electrical charge, which could be very dangerous, but introducing resistance into the device via the coil reduces the electrical current to a level which is safe for us to use.

The resistance of a particular coil depends on two things: what material it is made from and how many times the wire has been wrapped around itself. The general rule is that the more a wire has been wrapped, the higher the resistance will be. Resistance is measured in Ohms by a device called an Ohmmeter and this gives its name to the two types of vaping, Plus Ohm and Sub Ohm. This shows how resistance is a key part of every vape and therefore, affects it, be that the number of clouds, warmth of the vape juice or edge of the flavour. This is often why more experienced vapers want to create their own coil as it allows them to control the resistance of the wire and in turn, the quality of their vape. 

Low Resistance Coils

Low Resistance coils (often referred to as Sub Ohm coils) have a resistance that is below 1.0 Ohm, which is why they are called ‘Sub’ Ohm. These coils are stereotypically associated with more experienced vapers and they are often found with more advanced vaping kits. This is because the wick surrounding the coil has larger holes, regardless of what material it is made from, and this creates lots of vapour.
Inhaling vapour is slightly different to inhaling cigarette smoke and customers often find adjusting their inhalation for vaping quite difficult when they first start. Whilst the vapour produced by Sub Ohm coils is warm, which may sound similar to smoking a cigarette, it provides a dry kick that might prove challenging for those new vapers. This is why we do not recommend Sub Ohm coils to new vapers but there is no reason why a customer could not progress to vaping with these coils once they felt comfortable doing so.

In order for the Sub Ohm coils to produce a lot of vapour, the device needs to operate at a higher wattage. This means that the battery will not last as long as it would if you were using Plus Ohm coils, which may be a disadvantage for some customers. Additionally, a lot of your e Liquid will be turning into vapour to provide those awesome clouds so you may find you run out of vape juice quite quickly.

Needless to say, Sub Ohm coils work well with high VG juices, creating a really strong vapour trail. In order to do this, the coil and wick are working hard and this may result in both out sooner than they would with a lower VG juice. Furthermore, if you do use an e Liquid with a higher VG, they tend to be thicker than other juices meaning your liquid could stick to the coil and wick, which could cause problems.

A Sub Ohm vaper not only needs to factor in purchasing new coils more regularly than Plus Ohm vapers, but needs to understand the process of changing coils sooner too. With all this said, you might think it best to stick to Plus Ohm coils, but do not be put off by vape maintenance. Every vaper needs to look after their kit, be they a Plus Ohm or Sub Ohm vaper, so if you love clouds, Sub Ohm coils are definitely for you.
 

Should I Use High or Low Resistance Coils?

The answer is…completely up to you! Here at myCigara, we understand that vaping is an exciting journey of getting to know your device, flavours and what suits you. However, we do have some honest advice that keeps you directly in mind.

If you are new to vaping, we advise that you start with a Plus Ohm coil as this will give you a smoother introduction to vaping and allows you that time to try some exciting new flavours. For those more experienced vapers who enjoy chasing clouds, Sub Ohm coils are a great investment because they allow you lots of vapour and plenty of clouds. Whilst they require slightly more maintenance than Plus Ohm, this should not deter you. Every vaper needs to keep a diligent eye on their coils, so using Sub Ohm allows you the extra practice of getting to know your device. For those vapers who are neither new or experienced, we recommend purchasing a mixture of Plus and Sub Ohm coils, so you have the freedom to vape your way, any time.

We want you to get the best out of your vaping equipment, so it is important to note that some kits work best with certain types of coil. If you have any questions about this (though our blog ‘What Ohm Coil for my Vape Device?’ should answer this) please come and talk to us in store; we are more than happy to assist you.