Sunday, October 18, 2015

A brand new love affair - 430 Grade Stainless Steel Wire

Sitting on top of my bookcase, next to my desk, is a stack of wire. There's Kanthal A1 in 32, 30, 28, 26, and 24 gauges. I have Titanium #1 in 28 gauge and Ni200 in 30 and 28 gauges. Nearly 100 feet of each - and a couple spools with little bitty remnants - and at roughly $8 per spool that's a relatively significant investment in wire. And, they're getting ignored because I am having an affair with a new wire.

28 gauge 430 Stainless Steel!

The resistivity is high enough at 0.0085 Ohms / mm that a single coil can be used on most any mod. 11 wraps on 3 mm will yield a bit more than 1 Ohm and will run nicely on an iStick 10 or 20, Vamo, or iTaste VV. A dual coil, with a couple fewer wraps, yields a very nice vape in a bigger tank or an RDA.

In fact, I spent last night putting .3 Ohm dual coil builds in most of my RDAs last night. They fire cooler than Kanthal, but yield great, clean taste and huge clouds. At .3, I feel safe on all of my batteries in my mechs as the Amperage - even on the freshest of batteries - should not exceed 13.5 Amps. Well below the continuous current rate of my LG HE2s, HE4s, HG2s, Samsung 25Rs, EFest 35 and 38, Aspire 40As, MXJOs, and Sony VTC4s.

Well, there is that one UltraFire. And I wouldn't run it on an 18500 or 18350.

But the point is this wire can be used on most devices when built right.

And, then, you can put the very same atty (cooled down, of course) on to your SS enabled TC mod, or your TC mod that allows manual entry of TCR (.00138), and vape with the benefits of Temperature Control.

It's the best of both worlds!

However, if that's not enough to convince you to try 430 Stainless Steel, then how about this:

I just bought another 200-feet of 28 gauge 430 grade stainless steel for $8 shipped!


  1. Thank you Shawn......Very helpful.....

  2. best wire,and battery last longer cause rump up much faster.and you can vape on lover voltage too :)

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    1. I got my 430 from Unkamen on Etsy. I get my 316L from Lightning Vapes.