Coil for e-cigarette

The coil in an e-cigarette is made up of cotton that carries the e-liquid over a heating wire, enabling the e-liquid to be vaporised. The coils, located in the clearomizers of your device, become clogged over time, which reduces the flavour of your vape. They need to be replaced regularly, approximately every 2 weeks.
Remember to prime any new coil before inhaling and check that the coil is compatible with the e-liquid (VG - Vegetable Glycerin / PG - propylene glycol) and wattage.
The coils below are listed by brand and in alphabetical order.
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Coil guide

Everything you need to know about e-cigarette coils.
The coil is where the vapor is created. It is made up of a metal cage for the frame, cotton and a resistive wire. The cotton is impregnated with your e-liquid and when you press the button on your device, the current is sent to the liquid-soaked resistance wire, which heats up and vaporises your e-liquid.

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Types of coil

There are several types of coil: they can be located at the bottom or top of the clearomizer, depending on its design.

If the coil is located at the top of the clearomizer, the vapor will be hot and conversely if it is at the bottom it will be cold.

The main difference between coils is the resistive wire. They come in different metal alloys and, above all, with different resistance values (expressed in ohm). Resistance value is a very important factor in your choice.

The closer your resistance value is to 0 ohm, the more vapor you'll produce and the less flavour you'll get. Conversely, a value higher than 1 ohm will produce less vapor and more flavour. Resistance below 1 ohm are known as "Subohm" coils, which indicate a low ohm value for high vapor production. Subohm coils have large cotton feed holes to allow the use of e-liquids with a high VG content and thus increase vapor production.

Types of inhalation

Like the clearomizer, the coil has a role to play in the type of inhalation.

For indirect inhalation

Resistors > 1 ohm are preferable, as the vapor will be less plentiful but the draw will be tighter and the aromas better reproduced. Ideal for beginners.

For direct inhalation

Coils should be sub-ohm (< 1 ohm). The vapor is abundant and airy (large air flow), but the flavours are more or less well reproduced, depending on the equipment. With low resistance, nicotine strength should be lower because the abundant vapor will give you too much nicotine. We recommend this type of coil for the most experienced vapers.

Rebuildable coil

As the name suggests, rebuildable coils are made by you. This type of coil can only be made on a rebuildable plate, where you can fit the resistive wire of your choice and the cotton of your choice. This allows you to save money on coils and enjoy your own more or less artistic creations (yes, you can!). For more information, please refer to the expert guide category for creating your coils.

Types of resistance wire

Here are the main types of resistance wire:


Kanthal is the most common alloy used in e-cigarettes, made up of iron, chromium and aluminium. It is highly resistant to high temperatures and has an intermediate resistance that makes it very reactive to heating. It is also widely used for rebuildables and to make your own coils. Kanthal is not used for temperature control, but exclusively for variable wattage or variable voltage.

SS 316 l

SS 316 L (Stainless Steel 316 L) is a stainless steel wire. It is very resistant and has a high resistive power, making it suitable for a large number of appliances. Another special feature is that it can be used for variable wattage or temperature control. A highly versatile wire.


Ni80 is an alloy of 80% nickel and 20% chromium. As with the SS316 L, it can be used for variable wattage or temperature control, but its resistivity is fairly low, allowing very low ohm resistances. On a rebuildable plate, it can be used to limit the size of the coil while still providing a low resistance value.


Ni200 is not an alloy but purified nickel (approximately 99.6%). It can withstand wide variations in temperature and has a very low resistivity. However, it is very fragile to handle and can only be used for temperature control.


Ti (titanium) is highly resistant to heating and has a higher resistivity than Ni200. It is also more resistant to handling. Its disadvantage is that it is easily oxidised in ambient air and requires frequent replacement. Like Ni200, this wire is only used for temperature control. This fairly sensitive wire should never be heated to red without cotton or liquid (dry burn).

Ohm's law

Ohm's law is the fundamental rule for your coils.
It is expressed as follows
U= R x I
U: Voltage in volts (V)
I: Current in amperes (A)
R: Resistance in ohms

For an electronic box or battery, it is of no immediate use, as power regulation is automatically managed by the device. But if you make your own coils, you'll learn to juggle with them :-)


The size of the coil is important. The bigger they are, the greater the draught and the greater the vapor. Be careful, though: big vapor means higher e-liquid consumption and therefore lower nicotine strength. Very thick e-liquids (>50% Vegetable Glycerin) require large e-liquid inlets.


What should I do if I get a burnt taste?

Burnt taste is often caused by poor priming of the coil. When you first use your e-cigarette, soak the coil in a few drops of e-liquid and wait a few minutes after screwing it on before using it. If the burnt taste appears after several vapes, this may be due to a lack of e-liquid in the clearomizer or a coil that is too old. In all cases, the coil needs replacing.

How do I choose my coil for my equipment?

To choose your coil, identify the name of your clearomizer and then you can find the coil for your model. Each clearomizer has its own dedicated coil. Be careful to distinguish between the name of the clearomizer and that of the box or battery.

How do I choose my coil for my liquid?

Depending on the model of your clearomizer, it will have coils that will accept higher or lower rate of VG. Before buying new equipment, we advise you to check on the product sheet that the clearomizer accepts the VG/PG ratio of your e-liquid.

What should I do if I get splashes or gurgling?

Projections and gurgling are common incidents that often occur after filling. The coil receives an overflow of e-liquid and finds itself 'drowned'. To eliminate this problem, simply remove the drip tip and vigorously shake your e-cigarette upside down.

When should I change my coil?

It's easy to see when a coil has reached the end of its life. Flavours become increasingly bland and interfering tastes appear, if not simply a burnt taste. As a general rule, a coil has a lifespan of 15 days or 10 refills, but depending on the model, the e-liquid and your use, the lifespan can be reduced to 1 week.