Voltage, Resistance and Atomizer Coils
Just a quick summary of Voltage Rules of Thumb for those of you using Variable Voltage batteries
such as the Vision Spinner. When you order your coils you are asked what resistance you would like. This will make a difference in what power you have to provide the coil….and that’s where it gets as clear as a heavy vape.
If you just want a rule of thumb as to what voltage to set your battery you can use this table:
ed. note.: It’s been about a week since I posted this and I can see some problems with this chart. For one thing, this only applies to dual coils. For another, I find the voltages high and I actually run a step down from the recommended setting, at least until my coil gets old.When in doubt, start with a lower voltage.
|Coil Resistance Ω||Voltage|
|1.7 – 1.9||2.1 – 3.4 V|
|2.1 – 2.3||3.5 – 3.8 V|
|2.4 – 2.6||3.9 – 4.2 V|
|2.6 – 3.0||4.3 – 4.7 V|
A lot of posts refer to Ohms Law. There’s a lot of math in here so I’m going to start by just saying: you don’t need to remember all this. It’s here for background purposes. If you know how something works it’s sometimes easier to maintain when you’ve got an idea of the basic priciples. However, I’d recommend just scanning it until you’re ready to start rebuilding your own.
So, E stands for Voltage of course. What else would it stand for?
I stands for current which is measured in amps.
R actually stands for resistance and is measured in ohms and has the symbol Ω
The LAW by which all our calculations are made states that the amount of current through the coil is directly proportional to the voltage sent across it. This is expressed in the formula:
So, what are the relationships?
- If we hold Voltage (E) constant, changes in current and resistance are inverse (one goes up if the other goes down)
- If resistance (R) is constant (no change), an increase in either current (I) or Voltage (E) will result in an increase in the other
- If Current (I) is constant, voltage and resistance will rise and fall together as it does with constant Resistance
So what happens when you turn up the Volts?
But what about VW?
- coils wear out faster
- wicks are placed under more stress
- more e juice is used (ie. bigger clouds of vape!)
- battery will run down sooner