Lightning Vapes Nichrome 80 Resistance wire is perfect for rebuilding your atomizer, and especially good for sub ohm coil builds. It has a lower resistance per length compared to kanthal, which means that it will heat up noticeably faster and is a preferred alternative to kanthal for many cloud chasers for this reason.
Note, large length quantities of kanthal will ship as a total number of the largest denominations possible for their respective gauges. Denominations are specified below.
Ni80 : 26 Ga
Ni80 : 28Ga
The intent of this article is simple: to introduce you to some of the most common types of vaping wire and discuss their main uses and characteristics. Some wire is used for vaping with wattage, some with temperature control, and one main type we’ll talk about can be used for both.
None of the information should overwhelm you or burden you in technical data. It’s a high-level overview. The focus will be on single strand wire, and only on wires that are commonly used for vaping. Wires like NiFe or Tungsten can be used for vaping purposes, but you’ll be hard pressed to source them, and they don’t actually offer advantages over the wires that are being presented here.
Wire gauge, resistance, ramp time and TCR
There are some basic characteristics that apply to all wire, regardless of the composition of it. These are the diameter or gauge of the wire, its resistance, and the ramp time of different materials.
The first basic characteristic of any wire is the actual diameter of the wire. It is commonly called the wire “gauge” and expressed as a numerical value. The actual diameter for each wire isn’t really important. What matters is that as the wire gauge number increases, the wire diameter gets smaller.
For example: 26 gauge is thinner than 24 gauge but thicker than 28 gauge. Common gauges of vaping wire from smallest to largest diameter are: 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, and 22. There are others of course, even odd number sizes.
As the wire diameter increases, the wire resistance decreases. And generally, it’ll take longer for the wire to heat due to the larger mass. Thin gauge wires like 32 and 30 will be higher in resistance but will heat faster than 26 or 24 gauge.
Take note that for every given wire, the more you use the higher the resistance will be. This is important when wrapping coils, as more wraps will raise the resistance of your build.
Ramp up time
You may have heard the term “ramp up time”. Ramp up time is the time your coil takes to reach the temp needed for vaporizing e-juice. Ramp time is generally more noticeable with exotic multi-strand wire coils like Claptons, but, as wire size increases, ramp time can also become more apparent with simple single wire coils.
Different coil materials that come with different internal resistances will also have very different ramp up time. For power mode wires, stainless steel is the faster to ramp, closely followed by nichrome, with Kanthal being significantly slower.