Coils/Pods

Coils and Pods

Keeping you vaping happily and uninterrupted, replacement coils and pods are essential accessories. The TMB Notes range features an impressive array of replacement vape coils and pods. You will discover replacement coils for the devices of the leading manufacturers including Innokin, SMOK, Uwell, Vaporesso, Aspire, Eleaf and Geekvape plus many more. The multipacks represent excellent value. If you are an experienced vaper, you will know what you are looking for. However, if you are new to vaping, you might be finding the finer points of coils a little confusing.

Here’s everything you need to know about vape coils and how to choose the right replacements for both your device and your vaping style.

What is a vape coil?

Every vaping device features a coil whether it is a vape pen, box mod or pod system. Coils heat up eliquid when you press the fire button and vaporise it for you to inhale. Coils are constructed from coiled wire or a mesh and feature wicking material to soak up the eliquid. There are many different types and gauges of wire used and the nature of the wire dictates the resistance of the coil. This is measured in ohms. The lower the resistance of the coil, the hotter it gets and the greater the vapour it produces.

What types of coil are available?

The nature of your coil will impact both your flavour and vapour production. There are a variety of coils available for some electronic cigarettes. It is worth acquainting yourself with your choices. You will then be able to identify the coils which are most likely to deliver the vaping experience you are looking for.

Stainless steel coils

Compatible with wattage and temperature control modes, stainless steel coils are durable and long-lasting. Stainless steel is an alloy composed primarily of chromium, nickel, and carbon. Some people are allergic to nickel and should avoid stainless steel coils for this reason. Many vapers feel that stainless steel coils deliver purer flavour than those with kanthal wires.

Kanthal coils

Kanthal is a combination of iron, chromium and aluminium. It has an incredibly quick ramp up time and so creates impressive vapour. Kanthal coils are only suitable to be used in wattage mode.

Ceramic coils

Cermaic coil material is porous and so air passes through it to deliver smoother draws. These coils produce more intense flavour and are longer-lasting than most metal coils.

Titanium coils

Titanium wires produce clean and crisp vapes, but titanium is more flammable than other coil materials and is only compatible with temperature control mode. Heating titanium to 1200 degrees can release toxic titanium dioxide but the TC mode of ecigs should prevent this from happening.

Kanthal coil

Kanthal wire is a ferritic iron-chromium-aluminium alloy which is suitable for vaping in wattage mode. It creates impressive vapour due to its fast ramp up time.

Nickel coils

There are many different nickel wires available, the most common being Ni200 which is 99.6% nickel alloy. Nickel boasts a low resistance and is compatible only with temperature control mode. As some people are allergic to nickel, this type of coil should be chosen advisedly.

Nichrome coils

Nichrome is 80% chromium and 20% nickel. This alloy heats up much quicker than Kanthal, providing decent cloud production and pleasant, warm vapes. It also protects the heating element from oxidation, which can change the taste of your e-liquid. Nichrome is only suitable for wattage mode and is popular with sub ohm vapers.

Mesh coils

Mesh constructions create a larger heating area and quicker ramp up times. The result is enhanced flavour, bigger clouds and longer-lasting coils. Replacement mesh coils are now options with many of the latest devices.

What types of wicking are available?

All coils, including those for refillable pods, feature wicking material to soak up the eliquid. Traditionally, that material has been organic cotton as cotton wicks readily absorb eliquid and do not impact eliquid flavour. Porous ceramic material is used in some vape coils including Vaporesso CCELL coils. Cermaic coils are also available for the Aspire AVP pods and the Innokin I.O. kit. Ceramic wicks are extremely long-lasting as they do not burn and deliver clean flavour. Some manufacturers are now offering coils with hemp or wood pulp wicking. The jury is out as to whether these materials offer any significant benefits.

What are sub ohm coils?

Electrical resistance is measured in ohms. Coils with resistances of less than 1.0ohm are known as sub ohm. The lower the resistance of the coil, the hotter it gets and the greater the vapour produced. Sub ohm coils deliver warmer vapes. They drain your battery quickly because they require more power to heat them and they use up a greater volume of eliquid. Sub ohm coils require e liquid which is at least 60%VG. If you wish to vape all day, higher resistance coils will save you money.

What are MTL coils and DTL coils?

Mouth to lung (MTL) vaping is the practice of drawing vapour into your mouth and then into your lungs as you would when smoking. Direct to lung (DTL) vaping involves drawing vapour directly into your lungs. Most vapers begin their journeys with MTL vaping to enjoy the throat hits and higher nicotine strengths that they crave. DTL vaping requires low resistance, sub ohm coils which produce bigger clouds. The more vapour you inhale, the more nicotine you absorb and so high VG e liquids for sub ohm tanks are available in lower nicotine strengths.

How often should you replace your vape coils?

Vape coils don’t last for ever, whatever material they are made from. The more you vape, the more frequently you will need to change your coils. High VG juice will cause coils and wicking material to burn out more quickly than high PG eliquids due to its thicker consistency. Sweet flavours also decrease coil life as do high temperatures. If you are a heavy vaper, you will need to change your coils weekly. If you only a light vaper, your coils may last a month and more. When your quality of flavour deteriorates or you detect a burnt taste, its time to replace your coils.

How do you choose the right coil?

If your ecig is a simple vape pen, you might find that only one type of coil is available for your device. In that case, you need only ensure that you have selected compatible coils. The packaging and product listings of replacement coils will identify the devices with which they are compatible.

Advanced vape mods, tanks, pod systems and pod kits are often compatible with many coil types. For instance, SMOK RPM pod systems are compatible with SMOK RPM and SMOK Nord coils, leaving you choosing between a dozen different options. You will need to decide which of these is most likely to deliver the type of draws you favour. Consider the wire, wicking material and resistance of each coil. You may have to try a few of the coils before discovering which are the best ones for you. Most starter kits and full kits include more than one coil, enabling you to experiment as soon as you open the box.

Vape coils at TMB Notes

Our range of replacement ecig coils is extensive and features coils and pods compatible with all of the most popular electronic cigarettes and vape kits. Whether you have chosen the Geekvape Aegis, Vaporesso Orca, SMOK TFV12 Prince, Aspire Pockex or another leading vape tank, you can stock up on your replacement coils right here.

You seek out the coils which will give you the flavour, vapour and throat hits that you are looking for. Sometimes it’s worth trying more than one type of coil as you can’t know what works well until you have experienced it! You might wish to try mesh replacement coils to see how they impact your draws or perhaps you feel the time is right to move on to sub ohm vaping. Maybe your choice of coil will be influenced by your favourite vape juice. If you can’t get enough of your Dinner Lady or Vampire Vape flavours, you will require coils that suit those flavours.

The world of vaping continues to evolve, giving you more and more options to consider. It’s good to have choices but it is now much easier to find yourself feeling confused. Vape coils are inexpensive and so making the odd mistake won’t break the bank. However, if you need advice, our friendly team are always on hand to help.