The wick is an important component of vaping – unless you are dripping. Today, there are many wicking materials to choose from. If you visit any vape store, you are likely to be confounded by the range of choices before you. In this article, we’ll look at the different wicking materials available today and which to choose.
The wicking material you choose depends on several factors. Some people with a seemingly heightened sense of taste complain of getting a taste when they use particular wicks. Besides that, some wicks are more heat resistant and others can absorb more e-juice. Price is another thing worth considering when you’re deciding which wicking material to purchase. The prices of vaping wicks vary wildly.
The earliest vaporizers to hit the market came with silica wicks, so many long-time vapers have some experience with using this material. Silica is very heat resistant and, therefore, would last long. However, if you are new to vaping, it may not be easy to rewick your coil using silica. Another downside of using this type of wick is that some people have complained about tasting silica when they vape.
Ekowool is braided fibers of silica. The advantages and disadvantages of silica also apply to ekowool. Ekowool is known to be more absorbent than silica. Some ekowool wicks have cotton in the middle to increase their ability to soak up e-juice. The downside of ekowool is that it is more expensive than some other wicks.
Hemp wicks are said to produce some good vapor. They are not so expensive. However, some people have complained that hemp wick has a flavor. It is usually advisable to use a hemp wick with an e-juice that includes tobacco.
Stainless Steel Mesh
Stainless steel mesh comes highly recommended by vapers who use it. However, it can be difficult to fix the wick the properly. If you do not fix the wick well, there is a possibility that it could lead to an electrical short circuit since stainless steel is a conductor. The good thing about using stainless steel mesh as your wick is that it lasts long, and the vapor it produces does not have any weird taste.
Cotton is arguably the most popular wicking material on the market today. There are many types of cotton wicks to choose from.
You can use organic, sterilized cotton balls to wick the atomizer of your e-cigarette. You can get this type of cotton from pharmaceutical shops and even shopping malls. The main advantage of using ordinary cotton balls as your wicking material is that it is cheap and accessible. However, it is not very heat resistant, and you need to change the wick frequently.
If you do not like the idea of using regular cotton balls as your wick, there are many cotton-based wicks on the market to try. These wicks are usually treated and designed in a way that makes it easy for you to use them to re-wick your atomizer. Japanese cotton (such as Koh Gen Do squares and Muji squares) are currently very popular on the market. There are also cotton wicks made in the U.S. (such as Vaper’s Choice Cotton and Texas Tuff) and other parts of the world. Depending on the brand, cotton wicks perform slightly differently when used. However, the overall pros and cons of cotton wicks hold true for them.
This is another top wicking material at the moment. Rayon cellulose wicks are made with natural materials. However, there are concerns among some vapers about whether it is safe to use it. Rayon wicks are very heat resistant. However, they do not have the ability to hold a lot of e-juice like cotton wicks. It is also very cheap.
These are some of the most common vape wicks in use today. The only way to determine which to use is to experiment and find the one that works best for you. Given the rapid pace that the vaping industry is growing, do not be surprised to find some new wicking materials on the market soon.