Posted on Jan 12, 2016. 80 comments

Clearing Up the Confusion About The Kanger SSOCC Coils

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 can be used with temperature control devices in TC mode, as well as in wattage/power 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 Andrew Ellis on Jan 14, 2017


    Whathe coils would you use for the Subox mini? I tried using 0.50 and ithe will not fire up.

  • Posted by Shelby on Jan 02, 2017

    I recently purchased a KangerTech SUBVOD-C Kit. The coil that comes in it is the Stainless Steel. I see on the Kanger site that I can purchase the Kanthal (made with Iron-Chromium-Alluminum). I read on one site that if you have a nickel allergy you should stay away from Nickel, Nickel-Chromium and Stainless Steel (made with Chromium-Nickel-Carbon). I have a Nickel allergy but as far as I know it’s only when nickel is laid against my skin for extended periods of time. I don’t know if using a coil that has any type of nickel wires in it will be an issue for me. I have no confirmed this pattern yet but previously when I or my fiance would go back to vaping it seems like that is when my neck, face and chest would start to itch.
    So, based on what I have read in this thread, I don’t gather that it is okay to use a Kanthal coil in the vape I got. Does anyone know?

  • Posted by Phillip on Dec 26, 2016

    Your article was very informative as to which coil is which but what is the difference in them, is one better than the other

  • Posted by jorge lacerda on Dec 26, 2016

    and what about the orange package with grey seal?

  • Posted by Joe on Nov 28, 2016

    Thank you sir! Just bought a kbox mini and I was wondering why my replacement coils (red ones .5) were tasting like pure shit on the temperature control setting as compared to the Nickel one that came with it. Preciate chu!

  • Posted by Rhonda Strickland Bolton on Nov 21, 2016

    EXAMPLE… My KangerTech Clapton Coil has a black ring at tha bottom… According to band color do I use a diff method of Vaping? Also as I was adding juice… Small whiteish clear band fell out of tha tip that I unscrew to fill with juice…Where does it go? Help please! Do I use diff method of Vaping according to band color?

  • Posted by Roy on Nov 15, 2016

    If blue are nickel then why does it say “Stainless Steel Organic Cotton Coil” on the back of the box at the top?

  • Posted by Cory R on Nov 06, 2016

    What mode are the ceramic coils meant to be used in?

  • Posted by Michael N. on Oct 13, 2016

    I am new to vaping and this has cleared a lot of confusion about atomizers for me. Thanks for this insightful article. That chart was very useful.

  • Posted by Mike on Oct 08, 2016

    I’ve got the Laisimo vaper with Kangertech 0.5 Ohm SSOCC (Red), I find that it burns smoothly in Power mode around 19.5 – 20W (Wattage is Amp *(times) Voltage). Ti mode I personally like ~350 Fahrenheit, and it crackles when I set it over 400 and burns hotter. I really like the Vaper and am happy that I picked it up. There are a lot of options of tanks to put on it and the EJuice I tank with must be the main variable limits to aim for, just by experimentation.

    Thanks for the great info on this page!

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