Mod Wicks 101: What Are the Different Types Of Wick That I Can Use For My Vape?

 

Before it was so simple, everyone just used silica wick and they were all happy. But fast forward a few years and suddenly there are many different materials that are now available to use as a wick in your e-cigarette.

Each type of wick will have its own attributes like how fast it can wick e-liquid, its flavor production, and how easy it is to use. Each wick will also create its own type of vape, more vapor or less vapor.  Some wicks may also transfer a little flavor to your e-liquid and others may need more prep time before being used.

 

What Is Wicking Material For?

 

The wick is what absorbs the e-liquid that is kept in an RBA tank or directly dripped onto a coil build when using an RDA (dripper). The wick is what keeps the liquid evenly distributed across the coils of the RBA and is an important part of what makes up a rebuildable or pre-built atomizer.

 

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Japanese Organic Cotton

One of the best wicking materials available for your RBA is Japanese Organic Cotton. It is unbleached, not chemically treated in any way and has never been dyed. The best thing about organic cotton is that it will wick up e-liquid very quick and can hold a lot of it. The strips of cotton expand well and hold a lot of e-liquid. When first priming, some say that the material does have a “cotton” taste, but it does go away after a few uses.  Unlike silica, cotton can burn, so never dry fire your RDA if you are using cotton as a wick.

 

Pros:

Cheap

Easy to use

Very absorbent

Holds a lot of e-liquid

Fast wicking

 

Cons:

Can burn if dry fired

Cotton taste with first few pulls

 

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Silica Wick

 

Silica wick is the most common wick that is used in atomizers that are pre-built and are not rebuildable. Its flavor reproduction is rated average and depending on its weave size, it is a great wicking material. Due to the fact that silica has a very high melting point, it does not burn while in use. Although, silica wicks a lot slower than other materials especially when being used in RBAs and does not hold as much e-liquid as natural fibers.

 

Pros:

Easy to use

Wicks well

Does not burn

Cheap

 

Cons:

Frays easily

Slow wicking

Does not hold as much e-liquid as other materials

 


 

 

 

Cellucotton Rayon

 

Cellucotton rayon users swear by their wick of choice due to its characteristics. Rayon is composed of semi-synthetic cellulose fibers that are made from processed wood pulp. It wicks like cotton, but can hold much more than cotton and vapers who use it also claim that it does not have the “cotton” taste.

 

Pros:

Very cheap

More absorbent than cotton

Does not have the “cotton” taste

Wicks very well

 

Cons:

Can catch fire (do not dry fire)

 


 

 

 

Ekowool

 

Comparable to silica in how it looks, but users of ekowool say that it produces better flavor and holds much more e-liquid than silica. It is mostly used in RDAs (drippers) and unlike materials like cotton it can be dry fired without catching on fire. Although like silica, ekowool also frays easily while being used.

 

Pros

Can be dry burned without catching on fire

Holds more e-liquid than silica

 

Cons

Frays easily

More expensive than other wicking materials because it is imported

 


 

 

 

Stainless Steel

 

Mesh

Vapers who use genesis style atomizers use stainless steel mesh as their wicking material of choice as they feel it has the best flavor and vapor production with the genesis tank. But the mesh must first be properly oxidized before it is used otherwise it will create a short in the tank system. Some vapers claim there is a metallic taste when using stainless steel mesh; others say this goes away if the mesh is properly oxidized first.

 

Cable

Stainless steel cable has the same characteristics as mesh, but since it is already fashioned into a cable, it does not need to be rolled before use. Vapers who use stainless steel rope claim that it wicks better than mesh.

 

Pros

Will not burn

Lasts a long time

Has a clean, crisp flavor production

 

Cons

Needs a lot of prep before use

Can cause a short in system if not prepped correctly

More expensive than natural fiber wicks

 


 

 

 

Hemp Wick

 

Vapers who have taken to hemp wick love the stuff. It takes a little more prep than other materials, as it is a bit stringy and not fluffy like other natural fibers. It also gives a “hemp” flavor that some may or may not like.

 

Pros:

Natural fiber

Not put through any chemical processes

 

Cons:

More expensive than other natural fibers

Adds a hemp flavor to vapor

Doesn’t wick as well as other materials

Needs more prep

 


 

 

 

Bamboo Wick

 

Soft and easy to work with, vapers who use bamboo wick find that it is a good alternative to silica wick for their tank setups. It requires more prep time though, as it has to be soaked in boiled water before use and will give your vapor an earthy flavor. But it doesn’t burn easily and lasts longer than other natural fibers.

 

Pros

Natural Fiber

Doesn’t burn easily

Lasts longer than other natural fibers

Wicks fast

Cheap

 

Cons

Requires a lot more prep time than other materials

Gives vapor an “earthy” flavor

 


 

 

Ceramic Wick

 

Ceramic wicks are used mainly for genesis styled atomizers because ceramic is non-conductive it poses no threat of short-circuiting while in use. But it is very brittle can easily break. Although it is fireproof up to 1200F making it a great wicking material.

 

Pros

Handles heat very well

Lasts a long time

 

Con

Much more expensive than other wick types

Needs some prep before use

Laborious cleaning needed unlike other wicks