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A newbie list of items for rebuilding atomizers.
Hi everyone!

I keep posting these threads with pics of coils i've built, and videos of coil build tutorials, so I thought I would post a list of items that I made sure I had before I started getting into building my own coils.

Just a quick note: I prefer to use cotton wicks, they seem to taste better, involve less hassle, and are very easy to swap out when they get a bit nasty looking. This list will revolve around cotton wicks instead of mesh or silica, for example.

Also, these are all items I would have on hand regardless of whether I wanted to use a dripper RDA or a Genesis style RTA (these have a tank so that you don't have to keep dripping juice every several drags).

And finally, this is just my budget thrown together set up and I really need to go out and replace some of these with better versions.

Building a coil (once you get it down) should only take about 15 minutes for a simple single coil based on my experience, and this is purely based on the type of coil you are building and how many times you have done it before.


  • Needle tipped ejuice bottle. - These help when building a tank atmozer because the juice hole is pretty smallhere is one

    Toenail Clippers - for clipping wire

    Rubber coated stainless steel tweezers - for squeezing coils together and working in tight areas.

    5/64 drill bit - for wrapping coils
    various small Phillips head and flat head screw drivers - For the screws in the tops of the positive and negative coil lead posts.

    An ohm meter - here is the one I use

    A hand torch - this is optional and I really only use mine to build micro and nano coils which need to be heated up so the coil wraps stay tight and touching one another. Something as simple as this one

  • Organic Cotton Balls - Organic cotton balls supposedly contain little if any pestisides and chemicals that you wouldn't want to inhale. I've heard that some boil these in distilled water once, so if you use non-organic you might want to boil them a few times.

    28 or 30 gauge Kanthal resistance wire. I use 28ga. because it's thicker and easier to work with but the 30ga requires less wraps to get a higher ohm coil. I buy mine from here

After you have your basic materials, equipment, and tools, the only things you will have to buy later on is cotton balls, kanthal wire, and juice. But I can tell you that one bag of cotton and a 100 foot roll of wire will last a VERY VERY long time. Each coil single coils only takes about 6 inches of wire and a small section of one cotton ball.

I can't promise that once you get your first coil built you won't want to go out and start trying other tanks and drippers, it's kind of addictive if you like to tinker.
Very well said! I stick to a pretty minimal layout in my tacklebox of gear. I stick to mostly cotton builds so I only use scissors, a precision set of screwdrivers for wrapping the coil around and a small screwdriver to screw down the posts. Back when I was rocking SS Mesh builds in my Gennys I would use a paperclip to wrap the SS around, a small blowtorch to oxidize the SS, then from there I would use the tweezers and screwdrivers to build my coils and slide the SS roll into it. Boy, I'm glad I don't use SS anymore, too many burn marks on my tables from dropping the SS roll when hot.

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