Types of Coils/Atomizers/Clearomizers

For most people getting into vapes it is advisable to start with the disposable options first, but when you feel you’re ready to take the next step, it’s time to buy your first mod.

The term “mod” usually refers to only the main power unit of your vape, but there are several additional components you’ll need before you can start.

These include an atomizer/coil and usually a tank to hold the e-juice. Given below are the different types of atomizers/coils that you will encounter in your journey.

1. Sub-ohm Tanks

Sub-ohm tanks are the most popular all-in-one option for vaping. These tanks screw directly into your mod and include a replaceable coil.

These tanks can be filled with several milliliters of e-juice. The juice then gets soaked into the organic cotton in the coil unit, which is wrapped around the heating coil.

The term “sub-ohm” refers to the current resistance of the coil. Sub-ohm vapes are known for produce a large amount of vapor and flavor, therefore making them the go-to for anyone who is moving up from the disposable style of vaping.

2. Clearomizers

A “clearomizer” is basically just a flowery name for an atomizer/tank combo that has a glass or clear plastic for its tank. They necessarily sub-ohm in terms of coil resistance, but they work in the same basic manner.

3. Coil Units

These are used in sub-ohm tanks. It is very easy to find pre-made coils in any vape shop or online, and they’re usually very affordable. However, you’ll need to swap out your coils eventually, so it’s always good to have a few extras on hand. Once again, as with every thing in vaping, there are multiple options when it comes to types of coils.

These coils are categorized by the type of metal used in their construction and their current resistance. The most common types of coils are made from stainless steel, nickel, and titanium. Each type of metal has its own temperature and wattage range that will vary depending on the manufacturer and type of e-juice you are using.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: Be sure to check the specifications for the coil and let the wick inside saturate properly before your first press of the power button, otherwise you will most likely burn the cotton in the coil, thereby ruining it before you even get started.

3. RBA’s 

RBAs, short for “rebuildable atomizers,” allow the user to disassemble the coil housing and replace the coil inside, thereby giving the user more space to customize their experience as per their preferences. These are also a little more economical as you can simply dispose the metal inside once it has reached its end.

4. RDA’s

Once again, short for “rebuildable dripping atomizer,” RDAs are also quite popular among most vapers. These atomizers do not require a separate tank, but instead rely on the user to drip fresh e-juice on the cotton wick when needed.

The wick and coils can be accessed through the mouthpiece, with very little room between where the vapor is produced and the point where it is inhaled.

These are also a little risky at times and should be used carefully.