The Art of Wicking a Coil - How to Guide

The Art of Wicking a Coil - How to Guide

You’re here because you are interested in wicking your brand-new rebuildable coils! Continue to read and follow me through the wicking process — you will learn some tips and tricks for each rebuildable atomizer available on the market. The goal is to be a master at wicking your rebuildable, right? Let’s make that happen!

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Choosing your Cotton

First things first. You have to choose the right type of cotton for you. Make sure that you have the right kind of coils, too! There are different types of cotton available to you and each of them has its benefits. Here are some of those types, and what they bring to the table!

  • Japanese Cotton — The OG of all cotton types for the vaping industry! Japanese Cotton is, for the most part, 100% organic material that is perfect for wicking rebuildable coils. When it comes to consistency at high quality, Japanese Cotton is the type the majority of vapers turn to! Here is a handy piece of information; you can find this cotton with and without bleach treatment. AKA, bleached or unbleached. The greater majority of Japanese cotton available on the market at this point is unbleached.
  • Cellulose Cotton — Cellulose cotton, or CelluCotton, is a bit harder to find. The benefits with CelluCotton is the slow-burning and high-quality wicking absorption it brings to your vape game. Because it is harder to find you might be better off sticking with other types, but if you are determined to find some CelluCotton, they are generally found in cotton ball form at your local beauty supply store.
  • Rayon — In the same family of CelluCotton, Rayon fibers are renown for delivering pure clean flavor for vapers! It can burn out a bit quicker than the other types here, however, the taste of your all-day-vape is simply unparalleled with Rayon material! Another noticeable, though minor disadvantage, is that while it takes in more e-liquid and holds it longer, it does tend to drip, which can be messy sometimes. Still, the flavor delivery is simply superior!
  • Hemp — You do not have to travel too far into the internet rabbit hole to find experienced vapers swearing by hemp cotton. When you find hemp cotton, prepare to spend a bit more than you might expect because the material is in higher demand. The benefit here is the overall better-than-the-rest quality experience you get!

    The result of using hemp cotton is a longer-lasting wick for your rebuildable coils. They simply burn-out slower than any other material available to you. Not to mention the amazing flavor quality you get! If you do not enjoy the hassle of changing your wick often, hemp cotton is the right choice for you.

Follow the links for some grade-a cotton now! Japanese Organic Cotton, Agleted Organic Cotton, Firebolt Cotton, Cotton Bacon V2, or Cotton Bacon Prime!

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How to Wick a Coil

So here is the meat and potatoes, the main event of why you’re here, how to do the wicking! You have your chosen rebuildable and your cotton material, now it’s time to wick.

How to Wick a Coil Infographic

Here is a step-by-step to wicking your coils:

  1. Cut a strip of cotton to length and width
  2. Pinch-and-Roll one end of the cotton strip to fit inside the diameter of the coil
  3. Pull through with similar length of the cotton on either side of the coil
  4. Trim the excess cotton on either end
  5. Fluff either end of your wick to open
  6. Saturate your cotton and coil with e-juice
  7. Tuck either end of the cotton into the well of your rebuildable
  8. Assemble the pieces of your tank together and…
  9. Vape the day away!

Tips for Wicking

  • Wick thickness — This is probably the most important part of the wicking process! You will need to dedicate a block of time to find the right thickness of your wick, and this will help you limit that block. While there isn’t really a specific measurement number for every coil type, 3mm wide and deep is pretty standard.
  • Wick Length — About 1 ½ inch of length is perfect. You may have to do some trimming to tuck the right bit of cotton into the well of your tank, but that isn’t at all difficult.
  • Look for agleted cotton — Agleted cotton strips have pretty much removed the need to find the right wick thickness/length out of the equation! They have tips like your shoelaces, which makes your wicking process easier!
  • Cut the ends at an angle — If you cut the ends of your wick at a slight angle, it opens the wick to saturate quicker and makes room for even more e-juice!
  • Saturate the coil more than the rest — This is where the magic happens! Saturate the coil, and subsequently the cotton inside the coil, with more e-juice than the rest of your wick. This will limit the “nutty” taste you might get out of the first few inhales.
  • Expect a strange taste at first — You did not wick your coils wrong if you get the aforementioned nutty taste at first. That is to be expected. If you get a dry cotton taste, however, saturating your wick some more should do the trick!

Now, if you continue to taste a dry burn taste, then you will indeed need to re-wick your coil.

Different wicks for different… Atomizers.

There are four types of rebuildable decks that you will build on, and each has their own features. When it comes to the wicking process, here are some subtle yet important things to keep in mind.

  • RDAs — When you are wicking your RDA, you will typically have more room to wick with. This means that your wick “leads” — the ends of your wick — can be longer compared to an RDTA or RTA. There is no casing that covers your wick at all. A minor disadvantage of RDAs, however, is that you must continue to drip — saturate — your wick to avoid dry hits.
  • RDTAs — Like RDAs, there is room to work with on an RDTA. What you want to bear in mind is your wick length. When wicking an RDTA you want your wick leads to be long enough to meet your e-juice in the tank below your build deck.
  • RTAs — These are my personal favorite, but that isn’t why we’re here. With RTAs, you must think about there being less room due to the casing that will surround your rebuildable deck. The casing is like what you would find on a pre-fab coil. With this in mind, cut your wick leads at more of an angle so that as little as possible cotton touches the casing. Do also make the leads long enough to fill the juice flow ports so your cotton can take in the e-juice from your tank without spit-back.
  • Mesh Rebuildables — The evolution of rebuildable atomizers! With rebuildable mesh RDAs, you are going to need dramatically more cotton than the others. The open space between wire is not closed, that is to say it is like an arch of mesh wire instead of a closed loop of wire. With that in mind, prepare to stuff a large amount of cotton into the middle, with a great deal of cotton on either side of the mesh coil.

When to Re-Wick

You’re going to taste a burnt hit with every puff eventually. That is the nature of any atomizer. When you have that consistent taste, or notice that your cotton is sporting some burned spots, it is time to re-wick!

It is also the perfect time to do some rebuildable coil maintenance. When you remove your wick, you should notice that the coil has some black caked-on particles. That is where the burnt taste is coming from. Here is a blog we wrote for cleaning your vape (tank and coils)!

In the End

With this information, you are going to master the art of wicking your coils in no time! It truly is rewarding and oh-so-satisfying when you wick your coils perfectly. Even more so when you do it on muscle memory.

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Author: Gabriel Pimentel

Gabriel is a student of the vaping industry that loves to help inform the community! He started his vaping career in 2015 as a customer service agent and now works to write blogs for VapeWild. He loves to hear from his readers and answer their questions on Twitter! 

Posted by Gabriel on Sep 18th 2019

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