A guide to Clapton coils

At the heart of your hardware is your coil - it's ultimately responsible for heating your e-liquid and transforming it into vapour.

Understanding how coils work - and even how to build you own - can really improve your overall experience when it comes to vaping.

So today we're going to walk you through Clapton coils - what they are, what they do, why people like them and what you need to know if you want to build your own.

What is it?

Let's start with the basics. Clapton coils are popular with sub-ohm vapers and are commonly used with RDA or RTA set ups

It consists of a larger core wire with a thinner gauge wire tightly wrapped around it. It's essentially a coiled wire and is a little bit meatier than the traditional coil.

The advantages

The key advantage here is that there is ultimately more surface area on the coil to vapourize e-liquid, making them much more efficient. This does a couple of things vapers love. The first is that it increases cloud production, making it an instant favourite with cloud chasers and sub-ohm vapers.

The second is that it helps to deliver great flavour - more e-liquid is vapourised faster, helping to protect the flavour and give a more intense, even flavour. It's the best way to experience every tasting note of your e-liquid and has the knock-on effect of pushing e-liquid makers to develop even more subtle and interesting flavours, as more people have the right kit to fully appreciate them.

If you like the sensation of warm vapour, Clapton coil will be right up your street, too - they take longer to heat up and cool down so when you do vape you enjoy a pleasantly warm taste every time.

Finally on its list of advantages, is its durability - because Clapton coils are thicker and a little sturdier, they tend to outlast other smaller coils as well. Which is good, because building them can be a time consuming process.

The challenges

Clapton coils come with a few disadvantages, so if you're considering giving them a go, here's what you need to know.

Like we mentioned, building your own Clapton coil can be a fiddly and time consuming process. If you're an expert vaper and real DIY enthusiast, this can actually be an advantage rather than a disadvantage for you.

Of course, you can skip out on this altogether by buying pre-made Clapton coils or investing in Clapton wire, which is pre-assembled so all you need to do is shape it into your coil size.

Because of their thickness, coils take longer to heat up and cool down - it's a set up naturally suited to more frequent vaping. To heat the coil you'll also consume more power, draining your battery faster - so be prepared for the trade off there. You'll need to be in the habit of charging your device more often or keeping spare batteries to hand.

Building your own

While at the outset it might seem like a lot more work, building your own coils has a lot of advantages aside from being a fun hobby.

You get more control over your vaping experience and it can considerably cut your costs as well.

Start small by first purchasing pre-made Clapton wire before ever attempting to make your own. It's a fiddly process but one that can be rewarding as well.