Vape Wire types like Kanthal, stainless steel, nichrome, nickel and titanium are the five types of vape wire used for coil building.
Nickel and titanium are considered more advanced and are only usable in temperature control mode. Kanthal, stainless steel and nichrome are more user friendly and appropriate for all levels of experience.
Kanthal is a ferritic iron and chromium-aluminium alloy. It’s the most used for building because it’s inexpensive, widely available and resistant to oxidation.
Kanthal has a slower ramp-up time than stainless steel or ni80 wire and it’s arguably less flavorful than other types of vape wire. However, it’s easy to work with and holds its shape well and that makes it perfect for building. Kanthal can only be used in wattage mode
Stainless steel wire is a chromium, nickel and carbon alloy. It’s unique among vape wires because it’s the only wire that can be used with both wattage and temperature control mode.
Stainless steel comes in a variety of grades but SS316L is medical and food grade and thus the most popular type used for vaping. Heats up faster than kanthal or nichrome and that makes it the go-to wire for vapers seeking a quick and hard draw.
Many vapers also swear that stainless steel produces better flavor than kanthal. Stainless steel wire contains nickel so those with a nickel allergy should avoid using it.
Ni80 is an 80% chromium and 20% nickel alloy. Ni80 is less common than kanthal or stainless steel wire but it’s recently been seeing increased use for its clean flavor and fast ramp-up times.
It’s also easy to work with and holds its shape nicely. Nichrome contains a lot of nickel and so it’s prone to melting if you aren’t careful, but as long as you pulse your ni80 coils slowly and at a low temperature you won’t have an issue. Ni80 can only be used in wattage mode