Coil Building 101: How to Build a Fused Clapton Coil


A recent trend in the vaping industry that many of you may already be familiar with is the “Clapton” coil. They have been blowing up recently, and if you vape using sub-ohm tanks you most likely have seen Clapton coils being advertised. What is it? Why are they so popular? What are the pros & cons of Clapton Coils? In this guide we are going explain exactly what a Clapton coil is and help you decide if its right for you.

A Clapton coil is basically two wires that are coiled together. A lower 26 gauge wire is usually used as the core, while a larger 36 gauge wire is wrapped around the outside. This allows the current from your vaping device to flow through the core wire while slowly heating up the wire that is wrapped around it. The result is more surface area for your E-liquid to be vaporized without lowering the resistance to the coil.

Why are they so Popular?

Many coil manufactures are pre-building these coils in there factories making them more accessible to the public. Before they where being mass produced, they where relatively unknown and where only being made by hand. The outer wire must be wrapped tightly around the core wire which can be a complicated task to accomplish. Many people didn’t have the knowledge or patience to effectively do it themselves. Now their are many tutorials on YouTube and Instagram showing you how to build these coils step by step. People are also realizing how much better a Clapton coil truly is.

Pros & Cons

Like I said earlier, Clapton coils main advantage is the added surface area. This larger surface area allows the heated coil to come in contact with your e-juice faster and more efficiently. The result is an increase in flavor, increased vapour production, and overall a more enjoyable vaping experience.

Their are some negative aspects to consider before using a Clapton Coil. “For every force, there is a counter force. For every negative there is a positive. For every action there is a reaction. For every cause there is an effect.” – Grace Speare

Since their is more coil being heated up, you will use more e-juice then you would with a traditional coil. Each hit from your mod is going to be more flavorful and dense because you are burning more liquid. Clapton coils also take longer to fully heat up, and once they do they get hot. So if you are not a fan of warmer vape hits this coil might not be right for you.

How to Build your own:

The easiest way to build a Clapton coil is clamp your larger wire in the middle of a drill and while it spins wrap your smaller wire around it like the video above demonstrates. Their are many different techniques to creating a Clapton coil and it all comes down to preference. It can be complicated at first, but becomes fun an easy with a little practice. It is best to start out slow and gradually increase the speed when you feel comfortable.

Clapton wire: If you do decide to build your own coil, Clapton wire can usually be found at any DIY vape supplier. It is not very expensive, and your coil can be better customized when you make it yourself. If you are not much of a builder you can also buy pre-built

Available at: Lightning Vapes

Pre-made Clapton Coils: Like we talked about earlier many companies are selling pre-built Clapton coils. They can be used in rebuildable atomizers and make the customization process of any mod simple and less time consuming. They are usually cheap and easy to install. Many companies also offer pre-built clapton coils for their sub-ohm tanks.

Available at: VaporBeast 

Clapton coils are still relatively new to the vape world. As they continue to grow in popularity many companies will jump on the band wagon and offer additional Clapton coil options. What do you guys think of Clapton Coils? Let us know in the comments below. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Send us a picture of your Clapton coil build for a chance to be featured.

If you mastered building a Clapton Coil and want a more advanced build, check out our guide on how to build an Alien Coil.