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 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!

  • Posted by Kelly on Apr 02, 2016

    Lewis.. As to your question about the NC or Nichrome wire, according to at least I seen it on the K-Box & in the instructions, it can work in Temp control if your temp settings allow it, I know my wife has the K-Box 200 & it has a setting for NC or Nichrome under type of wire in the settings for Temp Control, hope this helps. It should say in the manual you got or in the tc mode there would be an option to set it to Nichrome.

  • Posted by Tyler on Apr 02, 2016

    The Topbox Mini has 4 Temperature Controlled modes NI – TI – SS – NC.
    Each mode corresponds to the a coil type. Ni = Nickle(NI200) // NC = Nichrome(NiCr) // SS = Stainless Steel(SUS316) // TI = Titanium?. There doesn’t seem to be a corresponding coil for that setting lets just hope its for a currently unreleased Titanium coil because that would just be… great.

    Also it is highly recommended that you do not use the NC Temperature controlled mode for the NC labelled coils. There seems to be some people who are using this with positive results but as the manufacturer does not have any input (that I am aware of) I would still use them in the VW mode until further notice
  • Posted by Scott on Mar 31, 2016

    I really don’t like these kanger premade coils the Clapton ones are the best but my batteries hate me 1 hour batterie life I just use the kanger rda and I need to get the one with the bigger holes the small hole rda dosnt suck in juice I wicked that one like 8 times till I found out from reviews the store had better ones then the one that came with the kit

  • Posted by Steve on Mar 14, 2016

    If the Clapton coils are kanthal wire and kanthal can be used under tc in nichrome mode. Why can they only be used on wattage? According to the box should be able to tc on any coil kanger offers.

  • Posted by Lewis on Mar 08, 2016

    Thanks for taking the time to explain this.

    My new topbox has an “NC” (temp control) mode- can I not use the NC SSOC coils (red seal) in this mode?

    So much confusion!!

  • Posted by Max on Feb 25, 2016

    you’re the real MVP!!

  • Posted by Tom on Feb 21, 2016

    um your chart does not match what you are writing like the clapton says .15 while you wrote .5 in your paragraph this may be confusing to some

  • Posted by George on Feb 21, 2016

    Thanks for help clearing up the confusion.
    The one thing I would add is the SUS316 (pink seal) can be used in both TC and Wattage mode.

  • Posted by Gary on Feb 14, 2016

    Thank You a million times over for posting this. I sure wish Kanger had this info on their website.

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