How to Wick a Vape Coil Using Cotton

Once your vape coil is done, it’s time to wick it. Beginner builders can have a problem with this, which is a real shame since without proper wicking, all that effort that went into building a coil is wasted.

First thing’s first - you will have to choose a wicking material. There are many options out there to work with, so choose the one you’re most comfortable with:

  • Organic cotton
  • Japanese cotton pads (Koh Gen Do)
  • Ekowool
  • Silica
  • Rayon fiber

Now, an answer to how to wick a vape coil is simple - with patience and a bit of practice. For best results, follow the next few steps (we’re assuming you’re using cotton as it’s the most popular vape coil wicking material right now). Make sure to watch the video as well, as it demonstrates four different styles of vape wicking that might come in handy one day.

  • Stretch the cotton into a rope-like shape - take a ball of cotton and pull on it until you have what is, effectively, a small cotton rope. Make sure that it’s at least several inches in length since you can easily cut off the excess.
  • Thread the cotton into the coil - pinch one end of the cotton and thread it carefully through the coil installed to your RDA. This is fine art - the thickness of the cotton should be just enough to go through with a slight pull, but not so thick to bend the coil out of shape. Also, if there’s no resistance, your cotton is not thick enough and will not wick properly, resulting in a lot of dry hits.
  • Cut the ends of the cotton - make sure that you leave enough to fill the juice well of your RDA. Different RDAs will require a different fill so you will need to experiment with this.
  • Tuck the cotton under your coil - use small pliers or scissors (or even a toothpick) to tuck the ends of your cotton vape wick underneath the coil. Make sure that the ends are touching and that the cotton is not sticking out of the juice well.

That’s that - now you can add a bit of vape juice to your dripper coil and vape away.