Everything you need to know about TC Vaping
For the past years in the vaping world, the method of vaping has remained basically the same. Vapers had always used vaping devices with coils made of kanthal and relied on watts/volts and ohms measurement to fine tune their vaping experience. For the past several years, vapers had to tweak their wattage and coil build just to produce their own sweet spot - the most desired setting for vapor and flavor production.
But as you go down the vaping rabbit hole, you will come across temperature control vaping sooner or later. Simply referred to as TC vaping, this is a more advanced set up and method of vaping that allows you to control the temperature of your device for maximum vaping pleasure.
However, TC vaping is not for beginners. It requires a more in-depth understanding of your device, its components and how temperature affects your vaping experience. With that said, vapers ultimately go to TC vaping due to various benefits. But like all things in vaping, you should approach it with care and safety in mind.
What is TC Vaping?
Temperature vaping refers the technology wherein you are able to manage the temperature of your coils while vaping. In order to achieve TC vaping, you need two elements in your set-up: nickel wire in your coil and a temperature control device. These two elements will work together so when the coils are heated beyond the set temperature, the device will reduce or even power off to protect the coils and prevent dry hits.
If you’re wondering, there is no temperature monitoring device such as a thermostat in a TC set up. What happens when you TC vape is that the device detects temperature that goes beyond your desired limit. If and when that happens, the device is programmed to cut or reduce power.
How Does TC Vaping Work?
Every metal has an inherent resistance. In the case of nickel wire, the device detects that there’s a change in resistance at a set rate or amount. This makes it easy for your mod to reduce or cut off power upon reaching the temperature limit.
Consider TC vaping as similar to cruise control in your car. No matter what road you take, your mileage will remain the same no matter what. This is also true to TC vaping. Whether you like direct lung hits, mouth-to-lung or whichever vaping style, the temperature of your coils will remain within the limit no matter what.
Now, TC vaping works by allowing you to vape at a set temperature. If you’d like to vape just up to X-degree Celsius/Fahrenheit, you’ll continue to do so until the device detects that you’re approaching the target temperature. When it does, it automatically tries to bring the temperature down so that you don’t burn your coils or suffer from dry hits. It’s like giving your device a signal that your device is heating up almost to the set limit and it needs to cool down first to deliver you optimum vaping experience.
Difference Between TC Vaping vs. Regular Vaping
Temperature control has earned its special place in the vaping niche because of the type of vaping experience it provides. It’s a newer technology compared to regular VW vaping, but it rose to fame quite quickly. But how does TC vaping and regular vaping compare to one another?
In regulated mod vaping, you basically vape with a device which you can set how much wattage the battery delivers to your atomizer. Once you set a definite wattage the device will keep delivering the same amount of power all throughout until you change the wattage.
In this set up, kanthal wire is used to build into coils. Kanthal is less resistant to changes in wattage, making it the ideal choice for this type of vaping. Kanthal coils will keep delivering the same current no matter how often or fast you press the firing button. In short, you get consistent vaping experience unless you decide to change the wattage.
What happens then to the coils is that it delivers the set current to the atomizer on all your draws. If you chain vape, you’ll notice your device heating up quickly and juice running out. It’s also likely to experience dry hits at some point. Furthermore, your battery can run out quickly because of the constant and consistent strain you put into them.
On the other hand, temperature control vaping allows you to set the maximum temperature your device should reach before it tries to reduce power or shut down. Even if you vape fast and often, you’ll experience a cooler vaping device because it tries to manage its own temperature.
Remember that temperature in most vaping devices climbs in 5-10F degrees. Keep on vaping on a temperature control vape and when it reaches the maximum temperature, it will try to cool down reducing the amount of power set to your atomizer. This way, you don’t burn your wicks, protect and lengthen the life of your coils as well as help preserve battery life.
Nowadays, you’ll find a number of VW/VV regulated mods with a built in temperature control feature. This is a perfect marriage if you’re looking to maximize your vaping experience by switching between the two vaping methods on the fly.
Pros of TC Vaping
No More Dry Hits
Dry hits are the nasty burnt taste you feel when the vape has ran out of e-juice. The sensation is so awful you could get into a coughing fit. It’s bound to happen if you vape fast and often and you’re not watching your e-juice level properly. The last few drops of the e-liquid could get burned in your wicking material, resulting to the very awful sensation in your throat and tongue.
With temperature control vaping, you will be able to bring the temperature down when you’re about to run out of e-liquid or need to saturate your wick again. This signals the device that your juice is running out or the wick has dried out and you need to address it to continue vaping. Also, many vapers suggest to keep the temperature at 400F degrees or below to keep the wick from drying out.
Cooler Vaping Experience
Regular vaping devices can get hot very fast especially if you draw on your vape in very short intervals. But since the temperature control mod is programmed to cool down once it reaches the maximum temperature, you don’t suffer from a hot device in your hand. Temperature control basically doubles as a safety feature which tells you that you’re pushing the resistance and temperature too far which can get potentially risky for explosion or device malfunction.
Longer Coil, Wick and Battery Life
Since you’re able to regulate the temperature on your TC device, you also prevent overcooking the juice and heating the coils way too much. As a result, your wicks are also protected from burning.
The battery also enjoys better treatment because your device doesn’t push beyond the temperature limits. According to vaping experts, a TC device uses 1.5 less power than its VW mod counterpart.
Cons of TC Vaping
Although the cost for TC devices have gone down over the years, they’re still relatively more expensive than regular vapes. Fortunately, the cost is compensated by the fact that you don’t have to replace the coils, wicks and batteries as often.
If you’re looking for big fluffy clouds, TC vaping is certainly not for you. Due to the program and components of your TC set-up, you will produce lesser vapor than desired. It is therefore not the most suitable device for cloud-chasing and sub-ohm vaping.
More Difficult to Build Coils
Nickel is more delicate than Kanthal. If you’re building your own coil, you might find it difficult to wrap the nickel wire and obtain the level of resistance suitable for TC vaping. Additionally, you need to be more careful and precise when wrapping up the nickel wire and make sure that they are spaced evenly and that they’re fitted properly. This can be challenging since Nickel is soft and delicate, but achievable given some patience.
Setting Up for TC Vaping
If you’ve decided to try your hand out with TC vaping, you need to gather a few things first to develop your TC set-up.
Your wire of choice is very crucial for temperature control vaping. Kanthal wires are dominantly popular for regular vaping because they’re fairly static no matter how much temperature you apply when you vape. Therefore, when you do variable wattage vaping, you’ll notice that the wires will get hotter as you vape because the temperature never changes and the coils are simply putting up with it. When you continue do this, your e-liquid could soon get overcooked, producing those nasty dry hits.
The most recommended wires for TC vaping are Nickel, stainless steel and titanium simply because they have low temperature coefficient of resistance or TCR. TCR refers to the amount of resistance a material has for a given temperature. Nickel, in particular, is a great and popular choice.
Do take note that when working with nickel to build coils, you will need more wraps (sometimes thrice) than those with Kanthal coils to generate the same resistance. The more number of wraps you do with the nickel wire, the slower it conducts electricity and the better equipped your device is in managing temperature.
Temperature Control Mod
The next important consideration is a temperature control mod. You cannot build a TC device without both a nickel coil and TC mod and you cannot shortchange one of them with any other unfitting alternative.
Fortunately, a lot of mods nowadays have a TC feature, making it easier for you to build your own TC device. You just want to make sure that it has TC capability, otherwise, don’t risk it.
A lot of atomizers nowadays can easily be used in your TC device. You can even use your sub-ohm tank with nickel replacement coils. Or if you’d like to use an RBA, make sure that you pick nickel to build coils with.
If you’ve gotten this far in your vaping journey that you’re already considering TC vaping, chances are, you at least have a fair idea of putting together your own device. The great thing about TC vaping is that you have the freedom and joy to do that too, and still reap the benefits of TC vaping. You just need to be extra careful, as you would with any vaping-related activity, to ensure that you’re safe from day one.
TC Vaping Safety Tips
There are a number of things you need to keep in mind to continually enjoy TC vaping and yes, most of them are related to your own safety.
- Never use mods that don’t have a temperature control feature.
- Never use any other kind of wire unsuitable for TC vaping. Your best options are nickel, stainless steel and titanium.
- You must know how to measure resistances and do a little math. You cannot just take chances when it comes to serious things like TC vaping.
- Start low when setting your maximum target temperature. The recommended temperature for first time TC vapers is 420F degrees.
Is TC Vaping Right for You?
Any vaper would swear that a dry hit is a very nasty sensation they never wish to experience again. And the most fitting solution they’ve found is temperature control vaping.
TC vaping has in fact became very popular since the day it was launched and any new mod released in the market had a TC feature on it. While initially expensive, TC vaping provides a safer and more pleasurable vaping experience.
Additionally, setting up a TC device is simpler than you expected. Simply get a mod with a TC feature, screw in a TC suitable wire like nickel and set your desired maximum temperature. The rest is virtually figured out.
Now if you’re still wondering if this vaping method is right for you, the only way to know is to give it a try. Expect a cooler device in your hand and lesser vapor, but a safer feeling while you vape.