The Infamous Coilology Series
- Vape Blog
- 18 Apr, 2020
The Ranger Vapes Coilology Series is a weekly post about the more technical or controversial aspects of vaping. I attempt to not litter the post with opinions or bias but rather science and theory. Please enjoy.
Coilology Series # IHNI
I have seen some crazy rating schemes when grading vape hardware. I propose a standardization when rating vape hardware based on the typical xx/10 or xx out of 10 schema. Below is my proposal;
10: New in package sealed (retail)
9: Never used open box/Manufacturer flaw
8: Used pristine condition (Like new)
7: Used normal wear (Minor scratches and wear)
6: Used well worn but functional (Significant scratches and wear)
5. Abused but functional (Dings, gouges, cracks)
4. Non functional new/pristine
3. Non Functional used normal wear
2. Non Functional Abused
1. Parts only
o No decimals, categorize according to the above table
o Suggestions welcome in comments below
Ranger Vapes Coilology Series # IHNC
My mech mod hits harder than yours... really?
Ranger Vapes Coilology Series #
Why are Aliens so popular?
Because they look cool?
Marketing scheme because not everyone can build them?
One (1) of the three (3) assumptions are correct, they do look cool! Let’s dig deeper into the construction of an Alien and lay out the physics for you to decide.
An Alien coil is formed by building a single core Clapton and then removing the core leaving only the fuse. The builder then decides on the number of cores and wraps said cores with the de-cored Clapton fuse. The end effect is a wave pattern which is the hallmark of an Alien wrapped coil.
A few definitions first:
Capillarity: This phenomenon describes the ability of a liquid to flow against gravity in a narrow space.
Cohesion: The attractive forces between similar molecules or atoms
Surface Energy: The energy associated with the intermolecular forces at the interface between two media.
As described above when building an Alien coil, the builder first builds a Clapton. While spinning the Clapton the fuse wire undergoes a slight transformation. The coiling action stores surface energy within the fuse wire that will be later added to cores to complete the Alien coil. While spinning this Clapton fuse wire onto cores the builder is adding even more surface energy based on the tension of the wrap. To much tension, or to tight of a wrap and that energy is transferred to the cores especially after being heated up due to thermal expansion.
Surface energy and capillarity are symbiotic. Surface energy causes the surface tension of a liquid to become more linear and creates greater Capillarity or capillary effect of a liquid or as it relates to vaping, more eliquid volume. Alien coils bring on these forces into play unlike any other coil. Multiple cores within a coil will have a similar effect regardless of the outer fuse wrap but not as efficiently or quickly as an Alien wrapped coil.
I try to keep these short and to the point so here is a video of capillarity characteristics of an Alien coil by Twisted Messes to demonstrate the above dialogue.
Let the hating begin!!
Ranger Vapes Coilology Series # IDK
Ranger Vapes Coilology Series:
Silver contacts and springs are a waste of money
Does purchasing Silver contacts make it hit any harder? The facts are, Yes. You will experience and increase of approx. 0.06 watts of power at 30 Amps by changing out the button contact, spring and atty 510 pin. So we went from 190 watts to 190.06 watts. When using a Mech MOD at 20-30A the human sensory system is unable to detect variations of <5 watts which is less than the conductive difference @ 30A between brass and Silver.