The wick is part of an atomizer whose use is to juice before it is atomized. The coils wrap the wick. When it is dripped or stored in the tank, the wick absorbs the e-juice. There are different characters with the various types of wicks. They are dictated by how well the e-liquid is held. The level of flavor produced and how much vapor they are capable of producing is part of the differences. For every type of wick, there are difficulties in their usage. When you switch from one e-juice to another, the amount of remaining juice is also a factor to consider.
Before we discuss the two main different wicking techniques, let’s look at the different dominant wicking materials.
- Cotton: For Drippers, this is one of the most preferred materials. It is cost effective, easy to wick with, and offers fast wicking. However, t is characterized by poor durability. It also requires re-wicking because the cotton remains with the unburnt flavors. It can be used for both external and internal wicking.
- Silica: This is one of the initial wicking materials. It has moderate wicking speeds and good durability. It’s harder to develop than the cotton wicks. You can sing it many times. Moreover, it can recover from burnt/dry flavors. It’s one of the best wicks for internal wicking. However, it is not suitable for external wicking. It can also be used in a pinch.
- Steel Mesh: Due to its lack of build flexibility, it is not one of those common dripping materials. It offers faster wick speeds coupled up with durability. For simplistic builds, it is the best build. When combined with other materials, it’s nest for vertical wicking format.
The Differences Between Internal and External Vaping Wicks
External Vaping Wicks
- It includes surrounding all/part of the coil in contact with the wicking material without any wick in the coil.
- Due to excess wicking material acting as heat sinks dripper’s deck, it is thermally inefficient. It leads to heat loss.
- Has a high potential to absorb large amounts of e-liquids to prevent dry hits and provide large buffers.
- For the vapor to be released, you need a naked section of the coil.
Internal Vaping Wick
- This is the basic wicking method we all know.
- It involves threading a wick through the inside coil.
- Thermal efficiency characterizes it due to minimized wicking material.
- During intense burns, it causes dry hits. It also relies on tail wicking.
As you can see, wicking techniques differ based on their application. Moreover, they are also dependent on the level of skill and what you want to get from your vaping experience.