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Like most things in life, you’ll have to look back to appreciate how far the vape technology has come. Therefore, this post covers how the vaping device’s fundamental design has evolved, and some critical points along the vape timeline, such as when new technology and equipment emerged.
The Use of Vape Coils
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Early History of Vape Coils
The next major innovation in vape technology came in 2006. It combined the flavor cartridge and atomizer into a single piece. And as you would expect, it was called a cartomizer. The inventors of this innovation, Umer and Tariq Sheikh of XL Distributors, left out the ultrasonic technology in favor of the wire and cotton that became the simple vape coil.
This simple resistance wire has become integral to all designs of vape coils since then. In many ways, the innovation in resistors has played a vital role in the rapid change in consumer technology in other markets such as personal computers and mobile phones.
After The First Cartomizer
After its introduction into the vape market, the cartomizer dominated the scene for the next couple of years. However, the cartomizer’s only limitation was the power output it generated, which advanced based on capacity. Before 2011, 2 or 2.5 ohms was the typical resistance of most coils, and they only required small amounts of power. This allowed them to have more comprehensive battery options for early mods such as the variable voltage mods and early screwdriver mods.
This allowed manufacturers to later introduce dual coils into larger cartomizers with higher capacities and vapor production. The advances in coil technology and power output resulted in bigger vape setups. In 2012, the vape world welcomed the carto tank. It consisted of a clearomizer and a plastic or glass reservoir housing a ported cartomizer, which increases juice capacity. This innovation replaced packed cotton with wicking systems.
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The Mass Market
By 2014, innovators offered vapers several options such as quad, dual and single coils.
The Arrival of Atlantis
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The vaping industry took off in late 2014 when Aspire’s Atlantis came on the scene. In essence, the Atlantis was a clearomizer. However, it will go down in history as the first of its kind with a sub-ohm tank, 0.5-ohm coil, and a strong appeal for juice and watts. Its introduction brought other competitors than resulted in a race for more vapor and flavor.
Most of these new coils took a lot of inspiration from earlier hobbyists. Sub-ohm tank coils feature thicker 22 and 24 gauge Kanthal which allows a lot more juice at a lower resistance to avoid dry hits. Also, parallel builds featured dual coils such as the Clapton wire. These coils became known for their improved flavor by early 2016.
Exceptional new designs for vape coils later emerged in 2015. These unique designs leveraged the bigger size of coil cases to improve the coil setups. Hence the triple, quad, and sextuple coils were born with the ability to handle more power. Today, the market has octo-coils capable of handling up to 260 watts.
The Evolution of Temp Control
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The company behind the first variable wattage mod, introduced in 2010, is Evolve LLC. This company introduced temperature control to the vaping mass market in 2014 with the chipset called DNA 40. Instead of using NiChrome or Kanthal, the DNA 40 chipsets used nickel 200 wire. The reason for this switch was the unique property of nickel that allowed it to change resistance as it’s temperature changed. Thus, DNA 40 could achieve a specific temperature by adjusting resistance and power output simultaneously.
The evolution in the vape world shows how hobbyists and consumers can influence the development of a product. Many factors have pushed the limits of vape coils and brought new ideas that have pushed the market this far. So far, the future looks promising, with many possibilities for growth.