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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:01 am
I would like to know what gauge of wire you use. Do you use multiple gauges based on application?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:20 am
32g cause its what others mainly say to use and i am far from being a pro on the matter so i listened, plus it is pretty easy to work with when it comes to silica wicks.. I did have some 30g and i thought it was easier to use for building mesh coils with drill bit, the 32 coil this way was too flimsy and harder to twist mesh wick through...still i do not really know much about nothing when it comes to this topic so why i use what i use cannot really be answered on this topic, i just use it :?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:05 am
I use 32. Have tried 28 but it was way to hard to work with
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:30 am
I use multiple guages depending n the od. If I use it on a Vmax or Provari I might use 32G for the higher ohms. Possibly 30g but I find that with a genesis atty you get a much better vape and way more power from a mechanical mod. Then I use 30G definitely. I have tried 28G and found it is just a little too harsh for my liking where 32g is not enough so 30g is perfect right in between.

Now the absolute best I have EVER EVER used is ribbon wire. Blows everything else away. Problem is everyone diiscovered how great it is all at the same time so now it is almost impossible to find, in the right size anyway. :( So if anyne finds some let me know. :lol: I am down to about 12Ft and really need to find more soon. This is the size I am looking for. RIBBON .020x.004" 10' (.5x.1mm 3m) HEATING FLAT WIRE
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:36 am
I've used 32, 30, and 28 Kanthal and 36 and 32 nichrome.

On genesis I tend to use 32 and 30, but it seems I have more success with 30, I've had a couple 32 that I pop right away before I get the hot spots out. I have to wrap over 1.2-ohm for my Vamo, so it takes too many wraps with 28, once I get a mechanical I'll experiment with 28. When I was starting out I realized it was a bit easier to get a 3 or 4 wrap coil running right as opposed to a 6-8 wrap coil.

I use the 36g Nichrome for rebuilding clearo coils.

With dripper RBAs I haven't really decided what I love. I run one with a SS wick and that's got 30g. My silica wick I seem to wrap with diffrent wire every time.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:43 am
mongrel wrote:I've used 32, 30, and 28 Kanthal and 36 and 32 nichrome.

On genesis I tend to use 32 and 30, but it seems I have more success with 30, I've had a couple 32 that I pop right away before I get the hot spots out. I have to wrap over 1.2-ohm for my Vamo, so it takes too many wraps with 28, once I get a mechanical I'll experiment with 28. When I was starting out I realized it was a bit easier to get a 3 or 4 wrap coil running right as opposed to a 6-8 wrap coil.

I use the 36g Nichrome for rebuilding clearo coils.

With dripper RBAs I haven't really decided what I love. I run one with a SS wick and that's got 30g. My silica wick I seem to wrap with diffrent wire every time.


I thought the larger (larger wire but its lower gauge)the wire the higher the ohms. So wouldn't you need less wraps with 28g than you would with 32?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:11 am
No thinner wire has lower conductivity, so higher resistance (ohms). Think about how something like a 12-V wall adapter has a pretty thin wire as compared to something like an electric dryer or stove that has a very thick wire.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:14 am
28 guage is going to be the lowest ohms, then 30G and 32G will give you the highest ohms. the lower the number the lower the ohms. 28G is actually fatter than 32G.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:15 am
I use 3 gauges of kanthal 28,30,and 32 dependent on what I am rebuilding and what I want to accomplish,

32 - seems to work the best all around It's eazy to work with,less coils needed to achieve desired ohms, which comes in handy when working in tight places like rebuilding CE? clearomizers ,heats up fast not as much power needed to fire it.
Downsides are not as sturdy easier to distort coil when adjusting,when using on a genisis if develops a hot leg will tend to break pretty fast. Seems to me that I don't always get the amount of throat hit I prefer.

30 - Gives me the throat hit I prefer. Is very sturdy I am able to make some very nice wicks and thread different types of wicks thru it with less fear of distorting my coil. Less chance of breakage. Does require a little more space for coils when trying to achieve desired ohms and needs some more power to heat the coil. I Tend to use it more on RBA's with a cotton or silica wick. Can also be used effectively on Genisis types.

28 - The sturdiest of the bunch. Does not distort or break very easily. Gives me massive throat hit (sometimes to much). Requires more wraps to get desired ohms which can work in your favor as one of the prevailing theory's I have read is that as long as the coils are pretty even the more wick surface heated the better the performance. You will need a PV that can handle more power as it needs it to heat the coil faster. Or if you want it to work with very low ohm coils. Mainly used for Genisis RBA's/
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:20 am
I'm still experimenting with wire sizes and resistances, so I can't answer that yet. :lol: Like others, I have an assortment of wire, but I haven't chosen one yet.
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