By the way, there’s a couple of brand new features in the coil calculator:
New heat flux interface
When I first made Steam Engine back in 2014, uttering the words “heat flux” in the presence of vapers would only evoke blank stares. I still chose to include the value as an unremarkable little output under “advanced results”.
Fast forward a couple of years, and people had started taking notice. When I discovered that some paid app even had one-upped me by giving heat flux a more prominent place in the user interface, I quickly followed suit, moving the value to the the more visible “basic results” section. A small coloured icon was added in order to draw the user’s attention, while simultaneously giving them a hint about what’s hot and what’s not. I still wasn’t sure that this was something vapers would actually care about, though.
The last year or so has removed all doubt. I see people on forums discussing what heat flux they prefer to vape at, everyone who’s into coil building seem acquainted with the term, and some even use it as a starting point for their builds. It seems the concept is here to stay. Time to update Steam Engine accordingly.
You can now enter the heat flux you want to vape at in the “new old” coil calculator. The calculator will then tell you how much power or voltage your mod needs to provide in order to reach the selected heat flux.
In addition to being more intuitive and more practically oriented, this also solved the problem with how to recommend a reasonable power/voltage setting for the mod. Now that the heat flux dictates these numbers, it’s no longer a question of a practical but ultimately subjective estimate, now it’s a straight forward and objective calculation. Two birds with one stone.
(The next challenge would be to automatically suggest a heat flux based on the heat capacity, and possibly some other values, but that’s a task for another day.)
Incidentally, I also plan to implement something similar in the Wire Wizard, although it is a bit more complicated because the heat flux will have to be an average of all the wire components. The required voltage will depend on the TCR and the temperature at any given time, so I’m not quite sure what exactly to display yet. The preheat and boost features of many modern TC mods may complicate matters even further. There’s definitely some design decisions to be made there.
Ok, back to the “new old” coil calculator:
Dynamic step size for target resistance
When you use the arrows (or the arrow keys of your keyboard) to adjust the target resistance in the coil calculator, the step size will now depend on the selected resistance at any given moment:
- Below 0.4 Ω: Step size 0.01 Ω.
- 0.4 Ω to 1 Ω: Step size 0.05 Ω.
- Over 1 Ω: Step size 0.1 Ω (like before).
This should give the sub-ohmers some long awaited fine control when approaching the holy grail of the short circuit. 😉