If you have ever walked into a vaping specialty store, you may have taken notice to all the different wicks that are available for e-cigarettes. You may be wondering why there are so many different materials that you can use. The answer is that different wick material burns at a different rate, some are easier to use than others, and the flavors can vary. Let’s take a look at the different wicks so you can find the best one for you.
This is by far the most common type of wick that you will see. Silica is used in many traditional e-cigs that are not yet modified. You can use silica to thread through a coil or you can wrap the coil around the silica. One of the major benefits of this type of wick material is that it doesn’t overheat. If you haven’t looked inside of your e-cig, it’s very likely that silica is the material inside of it.
Organic Cotton Balls
Any cotton balls you buy for your e-cig should be untreated or organic. If you just pick up regular cotton balls at the store, they have been bleach treated. The bleach will greatly ruin the flavor of your e-cig. With cotton balls, you can get more e-liquid into them for a more satisfying hit.
Cotton balls do provide a very unsavory flavor when they are dried out. You want to make sure that there is always enough e-juice to fuel the cotton balls, or you will risk tasting something you don’t want to. These will need to be replaced every few days for the best result.
This type of wick has a braided makeup that leaves a hollow hole in the center of the wick. This allows for better absorption of the e-liquid. In addition, the hole allows a beginner to better stabilize the wick while attempting to wrap a coil around it. This does tend to be more expensive than silica and cotton balls because it is imported.
This is one of the longest lasting wicks on the market today. This is ideal for thicker creams and juices. You can purchase this stainless steel mesh in 300, 400, and 500 thread counts. You should check at an online retailer like MigVapor for all your vaping supplies.
This steel mesh allows for a much crispier taste from your e-liquids. The best part is that it will not combust if it gets too dry. You should opt for higher PG ratio juice if you are deciding to go with the higher thread count. In contrast, lower ratio juice is ideal for lower thread counts.
Now that you have a good idea about the most popular wicking material, it’s time to decide which one is best for your e-cig needs. It’s a good idea to watch some instructional videos online to ensure that you are installing the wick correctly. Correct installation can mean the difference between a good tasting vape and a horrible one.