| Andy Staples
Mesh coils were designed with the goal to maximise the surface area of the coil without increasing the size. They are essentially thin, flat strips of metal with lots of holes punched in.
These holes mean that the surface area is maximised, but the volume of the overall coil still remains small. Mesh coils are usually made from either stainless steel or kanthal, which is the trademark name for an alloy of iron-chromium-aluminium.
Why Do We Want A Maximised Surface Area on Vape Coils?
When we get fluid in the coil, it heats up and turns into vapour. This basic process of e-liquid coming into contact with a coil is what allows us to vape.
So, a larger surface area means that more e-liquid can come into contact with the coil at one time. When more e-liquid comes into contact with the coil, more e-liquid is heated up at once which therefore creates more vapour. Plus, it can also create more intense flavour production.
Mesh coils are therefore best suited for cloud-chasers - if you aren’t interested in increased vapour production, then mesh coils may not be for you.
Sometimes cloud-chasers may use dual coils or triple coils - this means that there are 2 or 3 coils instead of 1 which, of course, increases the overall surface area. However, this is a less common practice since the introduction of mesh coils. Mesh coils avoid the need for a large, bulky collection of coils - the smaller volume is far more efficient and desirable.
The Pros and Cons of Mesh Coils
The most obvious advantage of mesh coils is that they create more vapour and flavour. Many vapers claim that they are the best coils for flavour production.
Secondly, mesh coils can last much longer than regular vape coils. This is because the heating of the e-liquid is more spread out over the larger surface area, meaning the coil does not get burnt out in one focused area.
In addition, you require less power from your e-cigarette device in order to reach optimum performance. When using a regular coil, you would need much more power in order to experience the delivery that you will get from a mesh coil.
Lastly, mesh coils create a far more consistent vape experience. There is a more even distribution of heat on the coil, meaning the vapour and flavour production is more even and balanced.
The only real disadvantage of mesh coils is that they will use up more e-liquid than regular vaping coils. Since more e-juice is heated up and converted into vapour, more vape juice is used.
However, if you are experiencing more vapour production, you may actually choose to use your e-cigarette less often (which would probably be the wise thing to do). In this case, you will be using up the same amount of vape liquid overall.
The Best Vape Tanks Compatible With Mesh Coils
Compatible with the Freemax Mesh Pro Kanthal Coils
Compatible with the Smok TFV8 Baby V2 Coils
Compatible with the Freemax X Coils
The Vaporesso SKRR Tank
Compatible with the Vaporesso SKRR QF Coils