Tools for building coils are an important key for having fun and safe dripping experiences. Looking for the right tools is something our friends and neighbors told us could be a frustration. As you know, our mantra is a smooth vaping experience, eCigs made easy so we rolled up our sleeves and got to work locating good tools you can build with whether a beginner or advanced coil builder. These are wonderful and will serve you long after your first build and well into the hobby side of vaping, if you choose to venture deeper into the DIY side.
Tools for Building Coils
First thing we wanted to make sure everyone had was a nice Ohm meter. An Ohm meter is critically important to insure you are not building a dangerous coil for the type of battery you are using in your mechanical mod. We carry a meter that tests both the coil and the battery rather than simply one or the other. We found too often we wanted to check both the coil’s Ohms and the battery’s charge level so why not have both options on a single meter. One great thing about the meters is you also can use it as a steady base while you are wrapping your coils and then adding them to your Rebuild-able Dripping Atomizer (RDA) or hybrid Rebuild-able Atomizer (RBA) so leave your coil deck screwed on while you add coils and check resistence.
Second, we wanted a precision screwdriver set that gave us some options, a good feel, and handy sizes. This was a tougher choice than first anticipated and we now have many different precision screwdrivers and sets lying around. We settled on carrying the Stanley 66-052 set due to their feel while using and the sizes that worked the best with the many types of screws found in RDA/RBAs. This set comes with a regular and Phillips head in 2.0, 2.4, and 3.0mm sizes. Most of the deck posts have Phillips head screws or thumb screws with regular slots so having one of each is good practice. The black finish helps to see the coil better while wrapping or adjusting them. I found adjusting with the 2.4mm Phillips and using the regular 2.4mm to wrap the coils with makes the task very easy. Wrapping the wire around the regular screwdriver is handier than searching for a drill bit and the Stanley set has just enough of a lip by the handle to make adjusting the wrapped coil a breeze. Each size makes nice coils so find the one you like. The 2.4mm with a 28 gauge wire will typically use a 5/4 wrap to turn out a 1.2 Ohm coil (huh? yeah, that’s the hobby part but come on into the store and we’ll have folks there to explain it all, easy enough even I am starting to understand).
Of course, some will simply not want to use a drill bit or a screwdriver to wrap with. There are countless variations of jigs designed to make coil wrapping even easier than it is by hand. When we began experimenting with the different jigs available we quickly found most looked good and sounded interesting but, in the end, were no easier than the Stanley screwdriver set. Then along came the Master Coil jig system and a remarkable $14 price point. Now, I can wrap a pretty nice coil with a screwdriver, even make it tight and right with some additional tweezing…but the Master Coil puts my best efforts to shame and does so, well, effortlessly. This is the only jig I will use and it is the one I use often. With many sizes available to even accommodate thicker or twisted wires it is a very easy system well worth the extra investment when you can. Adding this to your tools will not disappoint.
Third came the tweezers for working the coils to the spacing and Ohm reading desired for a nice, clean, even heating. This was really a challenge as there are so many available and so many opinions. A big consideration was whether or not they should be ceramic as the ceramic can really take the heat. Then was the style of the tips to consider, curve or straight. What we found was the ceramic are nice yet the thickness is tricky to work coils for us novice builders and the price for a good set is not something to tweeze at! We settled on a nice set of anti-magnetic, anti-acid, and non-corrosive stainless steel with a black powder coating to make the coils stand out clearer when working them. The curved tweezers are really nice for ‘floating’ the coil into the right position on the deck and for helping to line up the coil leads for sliding into the post holes or under the screws. The straight tweezers are excellent for adding wicking once the coils are built. For wanting to adjust coils while they’re heated up ceramic tweezers are a must and the only way to avoid shorting out your coils so a pair of these is always a nice addition but not necessary to get started.
Our fourth consideration was a nice set of cutters. Watching videos to help learn about building coils we saw people using finger nail clippers and scissors which simply are more frustrating than they are convenient. For the type of resistance and operation most want from their coils we looked for a good set of electronic cutters that delivered a clean, micro cut. The clippers we carry are spring loaded with a slight curve so you can get as close to the post as you want when you are trimming the leads. These again have a black surface to help highlight the wire while trimming and the non-slip handle helps keep a steady hold while cutting.
We understand as you progress you may well find other tools and goodies as you master your new craft. Yet, if you are looking for a nice set of tools that will serve you well these, we believe, will make for a great set. They easily fit in a variety of carriers including our Vape & Conceal Carry bag, my personal favorite for having all my mechanical mod needs in one, easy to carry bag. Wood Creek Vapory is here to serve your every need for vaping, including a fine lineup of tools to build coils with safely.