Single wire build
You start with one slot.
If you're only going to use one wire, that's all you need.
Select the material, gauge and other values, and you're good to go.
Temperature control tip: If you're not mixing materials, and all you want is a CSV file for the DNA 200, the only thing you have to choose is the material.
The other parameters, like the number of wraps or the gauge, do not affect the temperature curve, unless you use two ore more different materials in the same build.
Multiple wire build
The first dropdown menu in the slot is "Wire". Change it to "Parallel".
Now you have two wires in parallel. If you want three or more wires in parallel, click the + button below the second slot.
If you choose "Clapton" you'll get two sub slots.
No more, no less.
However, there's nothing wrong with choosing "Parallel" or even "Clapton" again in one or both of these slots.
The blue box on the left tells you about your resulting wire.
If you want to see the details about any part of your wire, check the box "Show results for all components".
If you want to download the TCR profile as a CSV file to your DNA 200, click the DNA200 tab.
This function is only available if all your selected materials have an associated TFR/TCR profile.
Materials that lack a TFR/TCR profile are marked with an asterisk in the dropdown menu.
Please note that the download function does not work in Microsoft Internet Explorer. The solution is to use any other browser, or manually create a new csv file on your computer and copy the text from the text box.
The more complex your wire build, the less accurate the results are probably going to be.
Especially if your build involves many levels (goes far to the right on the screen, a wire that is part of a wire that is part of a wire, etc.).
Errors tend to accumulate.
Example to really get you started
Let's say you want to build a fancy coil: A clapton that has three thick, parallel wires in the core, and is wrapped with two thin, parallel wires.
Choose "Clapton" in the first slot.
You get two new slots to the right of the clapton.
One for the core, and another one for the wrap.
Under "Core" choose "Parallel", and click the plus button.
You now have three parallel wires in the core.
Under "Wrap", choose "Parallel".
You now have two parallel wires in the wrap.
Choose the materials for each of your five wires.
Choose some thick gauges for the core, and some thinner ones for the wrap.
Why should I use it?
First of all:
If you just want a calculator that is simple to use, and you don't make mixed wires, the old coil wrapping calculator is probably a better choice for you.
It is a much more polished piece of software, and designed to be (almost) as simple as possible to use, while still giving accurate results and a handful of more advanced options.
I designed this calculator with two distinct groups of vapers in mind:
- Those who use temperature control, and want to combine different materials with different temperature coefficients of resistance.
- Those who wrap fancy coils, and want to better understand the flow of the current and heat in the various parts of the coil.
Even if you don't belong to either group, I hope you find this calculator helpful, that it helps you better understand what goes on in the coil, and that it ultimately enables you to build better coils.