How to choose cotton for your electronic cigarette: tips for a better vaping experience

How to choose cotton for your electronic cigarette

Published on: 31/05/2023


Do you have some vaping experience and have decided to switch to regenerable electronic cigarettes? Good idea: it could be a decisive step towards fully enjoying the pleasure of vaping.

Before you start, however, I hope you have informed yourself well on how to handle these devices. Regenerating resistors can be a hassle for beginners and the result is not always satisfactory, especially if you do not know how to choose the ideal cotton for your atomizer.

Want to know more? In this article, I would like to explain how to choose cotton for your electronic cigarette to improve your vaping experience.

Cotton density for electronic cigarettes: what to know to get the most out of your device

The most important characteristic to take into account when choosing cotton for regenerable electronic cigarette resistors is the density. There are many types on the market, each of which has a different fiber concentration per square centimeter. Broadly speaking, they can be subdivided into:

  • low-density cottons;
  • high-density cottons.

Cotton density for electronic cigarettes

RDTA or RTA devices, i.e. regenerable atomizers that include a tank, require the use of low-density cotton. The reason is simple: in order for the resistance to be able to absorb a sufficient amount of e-cigarette liquid, it is necessary for the cotton to allow an adequate inflow.

If its density is too high, on the other hand, the coil may not feed sufficiently and ‘dry out’, increasing the risk of burning fibers while using the device.

Dripping atomizers (i.e. RDAs), on the other hand, are a perfect match for high-density cotton. These devices do not have a tank and are used by pouring a few drops of liquid onto the heating element from time to time (hence the term ‘dripping’).

High-density cotton soaks more slowly, but is able to absorb larger quantities of e-liquid. Therefore, using it with RDAs makes it possible to decrease the frequency with which the resistance is fed. A nice convenience for those who enjoy dripping! 

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 Electronic cigarette cotton: did you know that it can affect the taste of the liquid?

In addition to density, there are other important characteristics that can guide one in choosing the ideal cotton for one’s needs, namely taste and size.

Let us start with the first. I know, talking about ‘cotton taste’ may sound strange. After all, when you vape you only expect to taste your e-cigarette liquid, right? Yet, cotton also contributes to the range of flavors you perceive when using your regenerable e-cig and each type is better suited to a particular taste: tobacco, creamy or fruity.

Unfortunately, this characteristic is closely linked to personal preference. In other words, I cannot give you an objective guide on the types of cotton best suited to vaping liquids with certain flavors. What I can give you, however, is valuable advice: experiment with different cottons and, in time, you will find the perfect ones to match your e-cigarette liquids.

What is the ideal cotton format for you?

Let us now talk about the second feature mentioned above. Cotton for electronic cigarettes can be found on the market in many different formats:

  • in wads;
  • in pads, i.e. pre-cut rectangles;
  • in string form;
  • in strips that look a lot like bacon. So much so that there are specialized companies that call their products ‘cotton bacon’.

What is the ideal cotton format for you?

Obviously, the shape of the cotton does not affect its properties, but it is important to choose the one that makes it easier for you to process. Those who are used to regenerate resistors for electronic cigarettes know how important it is to create a suitable wick for their atomizer.

If the cotton is processed too little and its fibers are not thinned out enough, there is a risk that the coil will not be able to absorb enough liquid to become completely moist. And do you know what the result would be? A ‘splat’ of the kind you don’t forget!

Conversely, if the cotton is overworked, the wick will allow too much liquid to pass through and the resistance may ‘flood’, causing e-liquid to leak out of the air passage holes. A mess!

In short, if you want to use a regenerable e-cig, you have to learn how to work the cotton properly and find the best size to facilitate this task. With regard to this feature too, I advise you to experiment and try to work out which product you are most comfortable with: wads, strips, strings and so on.

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In conclusion

You now have all the information you need to choose the right cotton for your regenerable electronic cigarette. If you are willing to invest the necessary time in their maintenance, these devices can be an excellent companion for any vaper. If you think they are not the ideal solution for you, however, do not have any qualms about picking up an e-cig with interchangeable heads. The important thing is to find the solution that suits you best.

Whatever you choose, enjoy your vaping sessions with electronic cigarette liquids from Terpy, the number 1 shop in Europe. In our store you will find the best products for vapers, including all the ingredients you need to mix your own DIY e-liquids: neutral bases, liquid nicotine and concentrated flavors for all tastes.