My journey into vaping

Day 147. Some stuff about coiling; how NOT to do it.


I dedicate this post to everyone who can’t and or won’t coil. I understand, I really do. It was with much teaching of new words to the parrot that I produced my first duel coil. I have an Orieco Storm that I got from Grey Haze a few weeks back, and I’d been very happy with a single coil horizontal coil set up on it, with one wick going into both juice wells. But I had to get clever, didn’t I. I had to try and prove that I could manage this duel coiling lark. And the Orieco is “simple” to coil. Isn’t it, forum frequenters. Two neat little horizontal coils, sitting in the juice wells and not touching any metalwork, easy mate, vapes like a train! I summoned my coiling help minion (who isn’t speaking to me again yet) I gathered the instruments of torture. The parrot took one look at the surface of my desk and removed himself to the cage where he sat, voluntarily behind bars, watching. The dog hid under the bed.


Wrapping and torching the coils was the same as ever, I made them with a few more wraps than usual in order to have the ohms of the double coil somewhere around the 1 ohm mark because two coils divides your normal coil resistance in half. Then I tried to fit them. Gentle reader, the parrot can now question my parentage in two languages, cast aspersions on my gender identity and sexual preferences, blaspheme the deities of several mainstream religions, and provide several common words for private parts heretofore unheard in this house. I am just grateful that the dear Vicar isn’t due here for tea this week.

There was no way those coils were going in horizontally. They just would not go in, catch and sit without shorting. So I turned them vertically and wicked each one separately from the juice wells up. It’s not brilliant. It vapes, but the single coil was a far, far better vape on that RDA.


The real heart-breaker is that I am going to have to rip those coils out and either start again, or go back to the single coil set up I had in there which worked. I can always tell when a build doesn’t cut it in anything I vape on because it just gets shuffled out of the rotation. Like that Hammer clone which is now used as an atty stand. If I don’t like it, it sits not getting used. Coiling is reasonably simple once you learn the basics but it’s not easy and my wonky hands and arthritic fingers make for happy fun swearing lessons. I’ll give it another go in a few weeks when my confidence is boosted again. We’ll just chalk that up as an epic fail with comedy value.


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Author: Beki

A Mad middle aged woman who lives in the middle of nowhere, Scotland with a parrot, two Jack Russells, some koi, and a tank full of tropical fish. I have M.E. but that's really not important. I draw, paint, write, game, garden, blog and enjoy a good vape. I have three lovely grown up offspring, and 2 ex-husbands. I do genuinely have the legal title of 'Lady Rebecca Jane [SURNAME]', and am proud to support the restoration project which bestowed that title on me. I will happily explain where to find more information on this if you contact me.

6 thoughts on “Day 147. Some stuff about coiling; how NOT to do it.

  1. Can I suggest the Helios, or one of its many clones, to you as a dual coil dripper? It takes two horizontal coils, and the positive centre post has two holes, one for each coil. It is the easiest dual coil dripper I’ve ever built.


    • Thank you 🙂 The Orieco was a lovely vape until I faffed with it, and really should be a lot easier to build than I made out in this post. I’ll give it another shot before I give up on it. if I do go looking for a replacement, the Helios is pretty high on my wishlist for the very reasons you give; just at the moment I can’t really justify buying it. I have two Igos to drip with at the moment, and single coil builds on them are grand.


  2. You have perfectly expressed why, after vaping for 18 months and though I have all the required supplies, I have yet to try building a coil.

    No doubt after the first attempt, the cats will be able to swear fluently in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Klingon.


    • I need to brush up on my Klingon swearwords. Although I know a few clergy-people who would understand them, I doubt the one I know would. It’s my landlord I feel for most, walking past the window with Billy shouting, “Youuurrrrrr a buggggeeeeerrrrr!” He’s a gentle soul, and doesn’t quite know how to react.


    • I must admit that I got quite nervous the first time I tried to build a coil, the result looked like it belonged in a box of cats toys. It involved much swearing, and I felt like I’d tried to perform origami on my fingers. But, it worked, and vaped.

      Then I watched an extremely good video on youtube which showed how to make a microcoil, there was no talking, just a well presented demonstration. Since then I’ve microcoiled everything, and they just work. I now work everything out in wraps on a mini screwdriver, using 0.30mm kanthal. I start knowing that 8 wraps will give me approximately 1.55 ohms when on the atomiser.

      If you really want to learn, grab something like the Smok Octopus rda, that is extremely simple to build on, and just give it a go, the worst you’ll do is waste a few inches of kanthal and a lump of cotton wool, but you could just as easily build an awesome first coil.


      • Just to add to that, the first coil I did that really worked well was a microcoil and cotton build on an RSST. I had done others before, but that one just went right. Using cotton meant I am a vaper who has never had to deal with hotspots and mesh hassle. I like it, it feels like cheating, and yet it still works.

        I can see me blogging on how I stopped worrying and learned to love microcoils and cotton. I can’t do anything BUT microcoils and cotton, but hey, it works.


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