If you’ve been using disposable atomizers for quite some time now, maybe you’ve wrestled with the idea of shifting to rebuildable atomizers? If you are, stop being on the fence and jump on the rebuildable bandwagon now. By doing so, you not only save money on disposables, but you also get to personalize your own vape experience.
One of the advantages of using a rebuildable is, of course, being able to build your own coils. While the type of wire you use and the type of coil you build can be subjective as to which is best, the wick type should always be cotton.
Vaping cotton has been the most popular wick these days, especially the organic variety. While some people still use silica wicks, ceramic wicks, or stainless steel mesh ones, cotton still trumps them all as the most flavorful and easiest to work with.
While there are many varieties of cotton being used today, the most popular is organic Japanese cotton. This type of material is untreated, thus it can be used right away without having to boil it first. Regular off-the-shelf cotton you see in drugstores are usually chemically treated, and if you use one right away, it can give an unpleasant taste. By boiling it first, you remove the chemicals making it taste better. Organic Japanese cotton does not need to be boiled. One can simply wick it in, add juice, and vape right away.
Even if you can’t get yourself some Japanese cotton, there are many organic cotton brands out there you can use. However, some may still have an aftertaste so it is best to boil it first to make sure you get clean tasting vapor.
Another advantage of using cotton is the ease in which one can replace the wick. Cotton may be easy to burn, but unlike other wicks where once you get a burnt taste, you have to replace the whole wick and coil setup, with cotton, you simply remove the old wick and insert a new one.
SS mesh users might argue that they also enjoy the same remove and replace method, however, prepping SS mesh can be a pain. You’d have to oxidize it many times then once in the coil, you’d have to ensure there are no hotspots or shorts. It’s a fiddly process, and while the taste of SS mesh is also very clean and flavorful, the work you need to put into it to work perfectly makes it a pain to use.
The only downside to cotton wicks is that you can’t dry burn them. With silica and SS mesh, once there is a gunk build-up, users simply dry burn it to remove the gunk. You can’t do the same with cotton. However, since it is very easy to replace, once simply removes the old wick, dry burn the gunk from the coil, and insert a new cotton wick. If you think about it, this is even better than just dry burning since you get a fresh wick, thus you get a cleaner taste after cleaning the gunk out.
You can choose whichever coil you wish, but when it comes to wicks, while you can choose what you want, the only thing worth trying is cotton. Vaping cotton has proved to be the most popular wick today, and with good reason. The best way to find out why is to try it yourself.