Vape tech: Mesh coils, what’s all the fuss about?

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Vape tech: Mesh coils, what’s all the fuss about?

Benedict jones
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Until recently, the vast majority of stock coil tanks used round wire coils. With quick ramp up times, low material cost and a relatively simple manufacturing process this just made sense.

We saw huge leaps in performance from such coils over the last few years as a result of experimentation with wire gauges, spacing and wicking improvements but suddenly there’s a new kid on the block, mesh.

Historically in the vaping world, wire mesh was used in genesis atomisers as a wicking material rather than a heating element, so why are all the major manufactures re-thinking their coil design?

A big reason is surface area. Whilst there are countless variables that can affect the performance of a coil, surface area is a significant factor. Larger surface area tends to increase both vapour production and flavour intensity, but often adds a lot of mass to the coil, making it more power hungry.

We saw a surface area arms race as manufacturers battled to produce coils of increasing complexity, but there is an issue of diminishing returns and coils that require 100W+ of power simply aren’t suitable for most vapers.

This is where mesh coils shine. They have a huge surface area relative to their mass, which means almost instant ramp up times, even at mid-level wattages. The more evenly spread heat also seems to produce very intense flavour and huge clouds of vapour. The first sub-ohm mesh coil was brought to the market by Freemax in the form of the Fireluke Mesh tank. The vape quality when compared to non-mesh tanks released around the same time is simply night and day.

The huge success of the Fireluke Mesh started a trend which now dominates the sub-tank arena. You’d be hard pressed to find a flagship tank now that does not accept mesh coils and it’s not just the vape quality that’s markedly better. Mesh coils tend to out-last their round wire counterparts by quite a margin. Whether you’re a frugal vaper or just like sweeter e-liquids, this is a huge bonus.

As we would expect from the hardware sector, a new race is now on to produce the very best mesh coils and we are already starting to see triple, quadruple and even MTL mesh configurations, so it’s fair to say that we’re still yet to see the true potential of this new format.

Those of you who are not totally sold on the idea need not even purchase a new tank, since many of the new coils on offer are backwards compatible, so really there’s no reason to miss out on this exciting improvement to stock coil vaping.

As a long time user of RTAs and other rebuildable devices, I thought it impossible for a stock coil tank to match the vape quality of a self-built atomiser. Mesh coils are incredibly close to achieving this and that’s fantastic news for vapers who do not wish to delve into the hobbyist side of e-cigarettes.

 

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Benedict jones
Benedict jones

Vapouround Magazine's in-house reviewer. Professional vape nerd since 2016.

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8 Comments

  1. Mattew 14th December 2018

    I recently purchased a pro mesh tank omg the taste is incredibly awesome.i use the quadruple mesh and triple mesh I couldn’t see myself using another tank ever

  2. Brian 11th January 2019

    I recently purchased the mesh pro tank by freemax with the double mesh coils. The flavor is wonderful and ramp up speed is instant. I have been building my own coils and it is just as good as a buildable in my opinion. I have some quad coils on order and can’t wait to compare. I would highly suggest getting one of these mean coul tanks. The price vs the gain is well worth it.

  3. Eric 26th January 2019

    I recently bought new coils for my amok vape pen 22 and didn’t notice until I got home that they were 0.15 ohm instead of 0.3 or even 0.25. At first I was upset until I realized…they are now mesh! However, I definitely noticed a decrease in flavor from the traditional round wire coils.

    1. 19th February 2019

      In the case of the Vape Pen 22, the battery may struggle to fully power a 0.15 mesh head in all honesty, this could explain your perceived loss of flavour!

  4. Ruana V. 14th February 2019

    I don’t know what’s wrong – or even if there’s anything wrong – but I actually have a lot of problems with the Innokin Plexus coils (regular and 3D) in my Zenith MTL tank and also in the new iSub-B tank. At lower room temperature they just can’t keep up (using a 70/30 VG/PG vape juice). I get a burned taste all the time, even with a almost brand-new coil (2nd day). I wasted about 5 coils within one month. With the Zenith I’m afraid to go higher than 15 watts now (0.5 ohm) and I vape the iSub-B at the absolute minimum wattage of 30 – 35 watts (0.35 ohm). At 50 watts I got a terrible dry hit – instantly! Only the Crown 4 seems to be capable of handling the lower air temperatures in the Austrian winter. I still vape on my first mesh-coil (purchased on 31st Dec. 2018!). That’s 6 weeks now and the flavor is still good (with Mom & Pop “Calipter Chow”, a vape juice known to kill coils fast). Therefore I don’t understand what’s wrong with the Plexus coils. Is it my mistake? The manufacturers? I purchased the tanks and this coil because I heard many positive feedbacks on YouTube. And now I wonder…and I’m very disappointed.

    1. 19th February 2019

      Hi there, what’s the ambient temperature for you during the winter? If it gets extremely cold, it’s important to consider the VG:PG ratio of your liquid, as VG becomes harder to wick in colder climates 🙂

  5. Tk 18th February 2019

    Mesh seems to be great for flavor, but I have to disagree on longevity. I’ve tried multiple different mesh coils, most of them wouldn’t even last a week. Traditional round wire coils will last me two weeks before they even begin to burn out. Smok seems to have the poorest quality mesh coils. I experience burn out on their coils within 72 hours. ( I prime and clean them, they just really aren’t that great) if I’m using my prince, I’ll stick to T10s

    1. 19th February 2019

      What kind of e-liquid are you using? To be honest I’m surprised to hear that you’re not getting good longevity out of mesh coils, as this is the complete opposite of what I have experienced, using many different brands!

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