Clearing Up the Confusion About The Kanger SSOCC Coils

Posted on Jan 12, 2016. 18 comments

Inasmuch as the new Kangertech Stainless Steel Organic Cotton Coils (SSOCC) perform remarkably well, there is an immense amount of confusion surrounding them. Due to the name, it is natural to assume that the wire material of the coils is in fact made with stainless steel. However, this is certainly not the case, as the SSOCC coils are made with a variety of wire materials. This brief article is meant to clear up the confusion once and for all.

First and foremost, let’s clarify the terminology of the name. The phrase “Stainless Steel” (SS) in the name “SSOCC” refers to the casing of the atomizer coil, not the material of the wire. Whereas the majority of atomizer heads are constructed with aluminum casing, the SSOCC coils are made with stainless steel. This was a major oversight on the part of Kanger for making this so confusing and difficult to understand, as they should have been aware of the potential for misperception due to the recent popularity of atomizer coils made with 316L Stainless Steel wire.

Kangertech currently makes four various types of SSOCC coils, all of which use the stainless steel housing as well as organic cotton wicking. Each type of coil is identifiable due to the different color seals that the respective head uses, as well as the writing on the casing. This was an intelligent move on Kanger’s part, as those who choose to alternate between the different coil types can easily discern between them.

The Nichrome SSOCC Coils are available in 0.15 ohms, 0.5 ohms, 1.2 ohms, and 1.5 ohmsKanger SSOCC Coils - Nichrome resistances. They can be identified by the red seals on the heads, as well as the etching on the coil itself that writes “NC.” The Nichrome SSOCC atomizer coils are to be used in variable wattage mode, and cannot accommodate temperature control (TC) mode.  The Nichrome SSOCC Coils can be found HERE

The Nickel (Ni-200) SSOCC Coils are only available in 0.15 ohms resistance. They can be identified by Kanger SSOCC ni200 coilsthe blue writing on the box, the “Ni” written of the casing, as well as the blue seals on the heads. The Nickel SSOCC coils cannot be used in wattage mode, but can rather exclusively be used in temperature control mode using a temperature control and sensing device.  The Nickel Ni-200 Coils can be found HERE

Kanger also makes SSOCC Coils that are fitted with Clapton wires. The Clapton Coils are available in 0.5 Kanger SSOCC Coils Claptonohms resistance, and can be clearly identified by the box, which states “Clapton Coils,” as well as the black colored seals on the heads themselves. The Clapton SSOCC Coils are made with Kanthal resistance wire, which is to be used in wattage mode only.  The Clapton SSOCC Coils can be found HERE

Kanger SSOCC SS316L coilsLastly, Kanger has made SSOCC Coils that do actually use 316L Stainless Steel wires. The SUS316 SSOCC Coils, as they are called, are available in 0.5 ohms resistance. The stainless steel coils, which are etched with the letters “SS” on the casing, can be easily distinguished by its pink seals. The Stainless Steel SSOCC Coils are for use with temperature control devices in TC mode.  The SUS316 SSOCC Coils can be found HERE



For convenience, you can refer to the following chart:










0.15, 0.5, 1.2, 1.5










Stainless Steel












Hopefully, this short article has helped elucidate and clarify the vast confusion that has besieged the Kangertech SSOCC Coils since they were released. There’s no telling what additions Kanger may potentially make to this particular line of atomizer heads—perhaps titanium coils? However, rest assured that this article will be updated as needed.


  • Posted by Rob on Jun 03, 2016

    Best new vaper friendly article ever. I’m bookmarking this for future reference.

  • Posted by Kaye Rasgo on Jun 02, 2016

    Hi, i bought the SSOCC which all are referring to NC. But upon checking the coild. It didnt menti. NC anywhere but a 5K instead (mine has Red ring) i am confused because i fired it on SS temp mode earlier bout 10times.

  • Posted by Kris Wk on May 21, 2016

    Stainless steel can be used for both TC and wattage.
    Also, Nichrome cannot be used for TC no matter what..that’s why they have nickel and stainless steel coils.
    Nichrome is good for a shorter ramp up time, which is why it’s often used in real Clapton coils..

  • Posted by BOB on May 18, 2016

    Is it possible to use SUS316 SSOCC Coils in VW mode or only TC mode?

  • Posted by Lauren on May 12, 2016

    Thanks so much for this!!! Just got a TopBox Nano w/ temp control (FINALLY, my first sub-ohm-capable setup! Woohoo!!!) and was a bit overwhelmed with all the coil options. This article is exactly what I was looking for! It has everything I needed to know, written clearly & concisely!

  • Posted by Kellie on May 10, 2016

    Thank you so much for this article! Having recently purchased a Kanger Subvod from V.A., this information has been greatly appreciated.

  • Posted by Robert on May 09, 2016

    Thank you so much for this information. I went through numerous sites and stores looking for this breakdown.

  • Posted by Chris on Apr 04, 2016

    Can I use a ssocc coil in my joytech ego one tank

  • Posted by Tiffany Mosack on Apr 04, 2016

    Thank you so much for this easy to understand break down!! I am brand new to vaping and just got a topbox mini and was wondering about the rba. I just did my own and was wondering what mode to run on with that?? Just wattage mode I’m guessing??
    Thank you!!

  • Posted by Bill on Apr 03, 2016

    Lewis, I can’t imagine why you couldn’t use the NC coils in NiChrome temp mode. I wonder the same thing….I mean, that’s what its for, right?
    To the author of this article…Great explanation of the coil colors and engravings. That will clear up lots of confusion with the Kanger tank users. Thanks!

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