A: This designation refers to a particular grade/alloy of stainless steel, commonly used in marine applications for its corrosion resistance, food or pharmaceutical prep areas, surgically with biomedical implants and more. It's the most popular grade of SS used for vaping.
Q: What is "G"?
A: This refers to gauge, the thickness of a wire, measured in American Wire Gauge standards. The smaller the number in gauge, the thicker the wire. For example, 20 Gauge wire is significantly thicker than 30 Gauge wire.
Q: What is a "Clapton"?
A: The most common type of wire we sell falls under the category of clapton builds. These, presumably named after Eric Clapton because they are very similar to guitar strings (we didn't name them!), are composed of a core round wire (or two, three, four, etc) with a smaller outer wrap wire wrapped tightly around it. This provides an increase in total surface area over the round core wire alone, which boosts the amount of juice being vaporized and thus flavor and cloud production at a cost of a higher wattage requirement.
Q: What is a "Fused Clapton"?
A: This is a variant of a clapton that just simply means that multiple core wires are within ("Fused together") the outer clapton wrap. So for example our 26 Gauge fused clapton is composed of two 26 Gauge wires running side by side, wrapped in an outer wire, as opposed to the normal clapton setup which is a single 26 Gauge wire within the clapton wrap.
Q: What do all these numbers mean?
A: Numbers like "28x3G/36" are a shorthand to denote the configuration of a particular wire type we sell. In this example, we use this shorthand to signify that it is composed of three strands of 28 Gauge (American wire gauge size standards for wire size) running in parallel wrapped in the clapton style with 36 Gauge wire. It is a quick way to denote the composition of the wires we sell.
Q: Is stainless steel safe to use in wattage mode?
A: The stainless steel we sell on our site is safe to be dry fired and used in both wattage mode or temperature control mode. it does NOT need to be used in temperature control mode to be used safely.
Q: What is the TCR of 316L?
A: The TCR of 316L is .00092 (92)
Q: What is the TCR of 430SS?
A: The TCR of 430SS is .00138 (138)
Q: What is 430SS and why is it different than 316L?
A: This is a different alloy of stainless steel that is primarily used for temperature control applications because it has a higher TCR value, meaning its resistance is more reactive to temperature than 316L, which affords it the highest temperature control accuracy among the stainless steel alloys commonly used in vaping. Although it is possible to use in wattage mode, we recommend using 316L for wattage mode applications as this is a more temperature control specialized alloy.