6 Best Wicking Materials for E-Cigs

A lot of vape users want to know which material is the best wicking material to use for their e-cigs. In this article, I am going to compare and contrast the strength and weaknesses of the different wicking materials we have for e-cigs.

Cotton BallA lot of vape users want to know which material is the best wicking material to use for 

The cotton ball is available everywhere and you could walk into a CVS, Walgreens or whatever but specifically, you want to find the organic cotton balls because when you buy a regular cotton ball it is treated with bleach and tons of other chemicals, whereas organic cotton balls are just treated with hydrogen peroxide. That being said, whenever you buy a bag of organic cotton balls, you want to boil off the peroxide. This is very simple to do just like boiling something in your pot with water, just drop the cotton balls in and do this a couple of times say 3 or 4 times. This is a safety precaution and just to make sure that all hydrogen peroxide there is boiled out and you just have a clean cotton ball. This is probably the wicking material most people are using for their e-cigs because many people are still not up on the Japenese cotton. It works fine and it retains a decent amount of juice and it is easy to wick with.

Japanese Organic Cotton

These are amazing wicking material for e-cigs as they hold more e-liquid than the cotton balls. It doesn’t seem like it but the pads of the Japanese organic cotton are pretty porous, they are a lot thinner and are easier to pull apart than the regular cotton balls. Regular cotton balls offer resistance when you pull on it and because of that, it can’t retain so much e-liquid. However, the Japanese cotton balls pull apart so easily that when you are actually wicking through the mods. At first, it might be a pain because it keeps breaking apart but once you get used to the technique, you would see that you would not drip so often. That being said, Japanese organic cotton is the best wicking material in terms of absorption of the e-liquid.

Silica Wicks

Silica wick is cheaper, easy to use and more durable because it is more of a fiberglass material you could torch this stuff without any repercussions. So it is very good and it is fairly cheap as well. Now silica wick taste wise, you are not going to get as many problems with it because it’s silica, so it doesn’t really affect the taste but you will get a nasty taste if you don’t boil it as you would with cotton. They do not retain much juice and I am going to recommend this to starters.


Ekowool is made by a Russian company and it’s basically the same thing as the silicon wick except that it’s braided instead of twisted and that pretty much helps with the juice retention. The taste of Ekowool is cleaner and in general, it allows you to hold more juice and it even burns less incense that you know because it holds more juice and you have to drip less. It can be pretty expensive and hard to find but I still like Ekowool because they have the best taste so far.

Others are Cellucotton which is a term that means cotton texture and rayon is a semi-synthetic or semi-organic, it’s not a purely synthetic product nor is it purely considered organic it is typically always made from wood pulp. So there you have it, these are the best wicking materials for e-cigs in my opinion.