Ceramic Vape Wicks: Pros and Cons

Ceramic is surely one of the world’s most versatile materials. Thick ceramic plates can shield vehicles – or the body – from heat and harm. When melted and spun like cotton candy, though, ceramic material becomes a soft fiber that’s extremely absorbent while maintaining the heat-resistant qualities that make the material so useful. Did you know that ceramic vape wicks exist? If you’ve never considered moving beyond standard wick materials such as cotton, get ready for some information that’s going to open your mind to some very interesting new ideas.

Types of Ceramic Vape Wicks

The two main types of ceramic wicks for e-liquid vaping are ceramic fiber wicks and sintered ceramic wicks. Ceramic fiber wicks are made from the soft spun fibers mentioned above. Sintered ceramic wicks are made from liquid ceramic that’s poured into a mold and heated until it’s solidified. Ceramic vape wicks have specific benefits and drawbacks that we’ll discuss in greater detail below.

Ceramic coils aren’t just for e-liquid vaping. Vaping product manufacturers have also made great strides in the world of CBD oil vaping by replacing cotton and silica wicks with permeable ceramic wicks. You’ll soon learn why ceramic has the potential to change the CBD oil industry forever. First, though, let’s learn about the benefits that ceramic wicks hold for all forms of vaping.

Ceramic Fiber Wick Blanket

Insulating blankets made from spun ceramic fiber.

Benefits of Ceramic Vape Wicks

When you search online for ceramic wicks for e-liquid vaping, you’ll find that they aren’t quite as common as they once were. At one point, ceramic seemed poised to replace cotton in most of the world’s electronic cigarettes. However, that didn’t end up happening for reasons that we’ll soon describe.

Most of the ceramic coils that you can find today are made for older tanks. Coils for tanks such as the Kanger Subtank and the original Uwell Crown are higher in resistance and lower in mass than many of the coils that people use today. You aren’t going to want a ceramic wick, in order words, in a coil for serious cloud chasing. If your demands for cloud production aren’t quite so high, though, ceramic coils are well worth seeking out.

Superior Taste Compared to Cotton Wicks

Have you ever used a vape tank with a cotton wick and thought that you could actually taste the cotton? Some people have gone so far as to say that vaping with a cotton wick tastes like inhaling a burning t-shirt. If you’re a member of that crowd, a ceramic vape wick might be just the answer for you. People love the fact that ceramic is an extremely inert material that adds no flavor of its own to an e-liquid.

Superior Heat Resistance Compared to Cotton Wicks

The second way in which ceramic wicks are superior to cotton wicks is in their heat resistance. If you forget to refill a tank with a cotton wick, you’ll burn the wick – and if a cotton wick burns, its flavor is ruined forever. Ceramic, on the other hand, is impossible to burn at any temperature that your vaping device’s atomizer coil can reach. Dry hits will still be harsh with a ceramic wick, but they won’t ruin the wick.

Potentially Available for the Tank You Already Use

Did you know that ceramic coils may be available for the tank you’re using right now? Many Vaporesso tanks have both cotton and ceramic coils available. Vaporesso’s cCell technology works with both e-liquid and CBD oil. In addition, third-party companies such as Atom Vapes have manufactured ceramic replacement coils for popular tanks from makers like Kanger, Uwell and Aspire.

Efficient Wicking With Thick Liquids

One thing people noticed about early sub-ohm coils with cotton wicks – and the above-ohm coils with silica wicks that preceded them – was that those coils didn’t always perform well with viscous liquids. For people who liked thick max-VG e-liquids, ceramic wicks provided an early solution that made those e-liquids much easier to use. That benefit has carried forward into the world of CBD oil vaping today. We’ll discuss that topic shortly.

Drawbacks of Ceramic Vape Wicks

While ceramic wicks were briefly popular among users of early sub-ohm electronic cigarettes, they fell out of favor as cloud chasing increased in popularity. The irony of ceramic as a vape wick material is that, while ceramic has incredible temperature resistance when used in close proximity to heating elements, it isn’t actually ideal for high-temperature vaping. For all forms of high-temperature e-liquid vaping, cotton has reclaimed its original place as the most popular wick material. Here’s why ceramic wicks haven’t worked out for cloud chasing.

Slow Wicking Action at High Temperatures

While ceramic wicks are very absorbent, the wicking action of ceramic is not as efficient as that of cotton. For extreme sub-ohm vaping, a ceramic wick simply doesn’t work unless you wait a long time between puffs. If you don’t wait, you’ll get dry hits.

Degradation of Material at High Temperatures

The second drawback of ceramic fiber wicks is that some people have noticed degradation of the material after long-term high-temperature vaping. In some cases, ceramic wicks for sub-ohm vaping have disintegrated into a sort of powder. That doesn’t seem to be an issue, however, at lower vaping temperatures – and that brings us to the area in which ceramic wicks most excel today.

Ceramic Wicks Have Revolutionized CBD Oil Vaping

Reading this article, you’ve learned that ceramic wicks:

  • Offer great performance with extremely thick liquids
  • Work best for vaping when used at low temperatures

For any e-liquid vaper who loves to chase big clouds, ceramic isn’t the ideal wick material because it doesn’t perform well in high-temperature vaping scenarios. In the world of CBD oil, though, it’s an entirely different story.

CBD oil is a dietary supplement extracted from industrial hemp. People take CBD oil because it may help to alleviate conditions such as anxiety and chronic pain. The most common way to use CBD oil is orally. When it’s processed by the digestive system, though, CBD oil can take quite some time to become active in the body. For faster relief, many people choose to vape CBD oil and inhale it instead. People who vape CBD, for the most part, aren’t cloud chasers. For those people, low-temperature vaping is perfectly acceptable.

Here’s the problem with CBD oil vaping, though: You can’t just put CBD oil in a standard vape pen with a standard vape coil and expect it to work. The thick oil will gum up a cotton wick, causing poor performance and dry hits. Vape additives for CBD oil do exist, but a CBD oil vape additive is really nothing more than nicotine-free e-liquid that dilutes the concentration of the CBD. You’ll have a much better experience if you vape CBD oil without diluting it. Porous ceramic wicks make it possible vape CBD oil at full strength with no additives.

Author: Jason Artman

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