Yea, really should not be called aliens, they are just flat wire claptons. Aliens tend to have two or three core wires, wrapped with an angled stretched out clapton outer wrap. these are not aliens so they won't hold as much juice, last as long or work with the cotton as well as real alien coils. They still look well made though and to be honest will probably be a bit more reliable in temp mode due to less of a wire shorting issue that you can find with complicated SS316l builds.