What Goes Into Developing a Temperature Control MOD?
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Temperature Control MODs are still some of the newest innovations in the vaping industry. Temp control involves the regulation of heat that gets to the coils. Unlike wattage control devices, temperature control devices detect a change in the resistance of the coils, following which they determine whether to lower or restrict flow of heat to the coils. In this way, temperature control prevents dry hits and damage to your coils and even self-injury. If you’re considering trying temperature control vaping, especially if want to enter the world of sub-ohming, then here are some basic facts you must understand about TC, the MODs used for it, and even the coils for this vape style. These are not typically effected by battery type or chargers that are used.
The Science and Technology Behind TC Vaping
TC functions on the basic principle; resistance is directly proportional to temperature. So, what does this mean? It means that the resistance of your coils will increase as temperature increases and vice versa. Therefore, if resistances of your coils rise, it means that the temperature must have increased. The temp control function detects changes in coil resistance and uses this to denote a change in the temperature.
TC devices allow you to set your desired temperature, meaning that you are still in control of your vape. The chosen temperature is the maximum that the TC device will allow throughout your vape. As a result, you achieve a consistency in the quality of your vape and do not have to worry about the devastating effects of overheating.
However, you have to note that this principle only applies to specific alloy. Therefore, when getting into TC vaping, it is advisable that you ditch your Kanthal wires and opt for Nickel, Stainless steel or Titanium wires. So, Why not use Kanthal wires? Kanthal (FeCrAl) is full of impurities. The impurities cause a wide scattering of the Kanthal electrons, jeopardizing its conduction performance. In fact, there are so many impurities in Kanthal that you would heat this wire but the resistance would not change.
How to Select the Perfect Temperature
There many factors that come into play when choosing a suitable temperature for TC devices. First, you have to take in to consideration the type of TC device you are using. Also, it will depend on the components of the e-juice that you are vaping at that particular moment. But a good rule of thumb is to stick to the minimum temperature.
Most e-juices contain propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, ethanol and or water. These liquids have varying boiling or vaporization points. Water has a boiling point of 100 degrees Celsius while ethanol has a boiling point of 78 °C. On the other hand, Propylene glycol has a vaporization point of 188 °C while vegetable glycerin vaporizes at 290 °C.
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The flavoring and nicotine content will also affect the minimum set temperature. You will find that to get that menthol taste, you have to set temperatures higher than you would with a banana flavor. Also, if the manufacturer uses an exhauster (responsible for making the different flavors more pronounced) or a sweetener, this will affect the minimum temperature set. But even then, manufacturers make you work easy by setting most of these TC devices with a temperature reading of between 200 °C and 250 °C.
Your vaping style also affects the minimum temperature. For example, most vapers that like to take short puffs prefer to set their temperature around 250 °C. This is because, with shorter puffs, it becomes hard for the coils to heat homogenously. Consequently, this causes a buildup of gunk as the e-liquid does not vaporize adequately.
What Are The Benefits of Temperature Control?
- Prevents Dry Hits – If you have been vaping for some time now, you have probably experienced a burnt hit. Perhaps, you had noticed your e-liquid draining, but did not refill or your wicking job is shoddy. Whatever the reason behind your getting dry hits, you know how bad it feels. With TC devices, you don’t have to worry about dry hits anymore. Notice how your vapor liquid is draining, but fail to refill? No problem. TC devices detect when your wicking runs dry. Besides, temperatures will rise if the wick is dry. Therefore, TC cuts on power so that you get less vapor rather than getting a burnt vape.
- Safety – Your safety comes first. And, TC ensures that you are protected from exploding devices, just because the wattages were too high and the coils could not take it. Also, TC ensures that you do not inhale dangerous carbonyls, such as formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a gas produced due to the burning of a dry wicking material.
- Battery Safety – TC devices are known to carry batteries for a longer time than variable wattage devices. This is because you only set a temperature that is enough to get your coils, hot enough to vaporize your e-juice.
- Improved Coil and Wick Life Span – With variable wattage devices, you might have to change your coils and wicks too many times. But TC helps to protect them. TC devices allow you to set the minimum temperature for a good vape. Consequently, you don’t have to deal with burnt coils and wicks.
Additionally, Temperature Controlled vaping is very easy to comprehend. Besides, everything is pre-set for you and your only job is to regulate the temperature setting so that you can achieve your desired vape. Therefore, if you are looking to enhance your vapor and flavor output, this is definitely the way to go. Just ensure that you get a TC mod and TC coils to go with it. TC coils for most of the TC mods are readily available. However, if you cannot get the right TC coil for your device, but already have a re-buildable deck, you can buy nickel or pure Titanium wires and have fun rebuilding your coils.