Temperature control (or TC for short) is a mode available on lots of vape mods but sadly not many use it due to lack of knowledge. So what is TC? What TC does is read the resistance change in your coil and throttle output to provide a nice smooth consistent vape with no dry hits.
In power mode, your vape will start off cool and get warmer the longer you puff but in TC mode it can provide a vape that stays consistently the same across the whole duration of your puff which makes for an amazing vape. Not to mention you’ll never get a dry hit either which is nice. So in this guide, I’ll explain 5 steps to use temperature control correctly.
How to use temperature control correctly?
1) Pick the right mod!
Picking the right mod is one of the most important steps to use temperature control correctly. Nothing you can do can work right if the mod doesn’t do TC well. Just because the feature exists on a mod doesn’t mean that it’ll work correctly. Too many people have tried TC on a mod that doesn’t do it well and gave up on it as not being good. Ideally, the best mods for TC are DNA mods and SX mini mods but both are quite expensive and not in everyone’s budget.
Thankfully there are affordable mods that do a good job. Sadly most reviewers don’t pay attention to it though so it’s hard to know which are good and which are not. In general anything from Smok, Ijoy, Wismec, Joyetech, Eleaf, and Sigelei don’t do a good job. Companies like Modefined, Aspire, Smoant, and Vaporesso do a good job for budget mods. I recommend asking around forums and reading reviews from hobbyists to get advice on picking a good temp control mod before you buy.
2) Know your mod!
Every mod is different. Some require different settings than others. DNA requires the right profile. Yihi requires you lock resistance etc. know your mod and how it works. Read the manual and ask on forums if you need help to make sure you are programming your mod right. If you don’t set it up right, it’ll never work right.
3) Pick the right wire
Not every wire can be used in TC mode. 2 of the most popular wires, Kanthal and Ni80 or nichrome are not compatible for temp control. The common compatible wires are SS (316 most common but also 304, 430, and 317) Ti (titanium) and Ni200 (Nickel). Nowadays for vaping Ni200 and Ti aren’t very popular. Both those wire types can only be used in TC mode and can’t be dry burned. That makes SS wire the best choice as it can be used in both power mode and TC mode with no issues, most commonly SS316 or SS316L.
If you are buying your own wire go for SS316 which can be purchased in simple round spools or even fancy spools like fused claptons. If you aren’t making your own coils and are using a premade coil tank, then options are pretty limited these days. Because most companies only make Kanthal coils.
Freemax offers an SS coil on both their mesh pro and Fireluke mesh tanks that you can use for TC. Outside of that, Aspire makes some for their old Cleito tanks. Plus Eleaf makes one that is compatible with a ton of tanks like the Smok baby beast, Vaporesso cascade baby, and Wotofo flow and quite a few other tanks fit them as well.
There is also the crown 3 but don’t be fooled by them being labeled as SS316 as they aren’t fully SS316 but a mixture with Ni200 leads and won’t work in TC mode.
4) Start at room temp.
Now that you have the right mod with the right settings with the right wire on the right atomizer what is next? Well, it’s pretty easy. Make sure your coil is properly primed and that the coil has cooled to room temperature. Put the atomizer on your mod and select new coil and if your mod requires it lock the resistance and now you are ready to go!
5) Fine-tuning your vape.
The last step is to dial in the vape the way you like it. The best way to do this with SS316 wire is to work in TCR mode.
TC should give a warm vape in the 420-480F range and a cool vape below that and a hot vape above that but every mod is different. If you have a TCR mode select it and use a TCR of .00092. Then set the temp to 300F which should be barely any vapor. Slowly raise it up after each puff until you get a good vape. If you go to 500 and still don’t get a good vape, then put it back down to 450F and lower the TCR little by little until it gives you a good vape.
And that’s all the steps to use temperature control correctly! Now vape and enjoy.
I started vaping in late 2011 to quit chewing tobacco. over the past few years i got a lot more into the hobby side and buying and collecting a lot of gear. Fed up with the lack of good fair reviews i decided to start doing reviews late 2016 and haven’t looked back. I enjoy providing people with technical reviews that are fair and unbiased and from a place of knowledge to help them spend their money wisely.