Best Vape Mods & Box Mods in 2018

Best Vape Mods & Box Mods

Ecigguide brings you another best box mods in 2018. Our list is based on the highest rated and ranked vape mods we recently tried and tested. Our last ratings are based on mods we reviewed in the fall - summer 2018. We already reviewed and rated some great vape mods.

This list will be updated whenever we receive newer, better vape devices. The recommendations we make are based on our own experience, basic ECG tests, user opinion and tests of fellow experienced vapers.

Best by category: quick scroll

Best performance RDA drip mods Best small mods Best high wattage Best squonk mods Best for cloud chasing Most affordable Best for beginners Best sub ohm

If you're looking to take vaping a step further you have arrived at the right spot. We highly recommend you to switch to a more powerful vaporizer. The, "box mod" or "vape mod" offers exactly that and more. With these devices you have much more control over your vaping experience. Being able to change wattage, voltage and temperature makes vaping way more fun than simple vape pens or cig-a-likes.

Outstanding vape & box mods | Summer 2018 edition

Category Vape Mod Wattage Best Price
Performance VOOPOO Too 180w $82.95
Dripper KangerTech DripBox 60w $34.95
Sub Ohm Vaporesso Revenger 220w $69.95
Cloud Chasing SMOK Majesty 225w $59.95
Small Mods VOOPOO MOJO 88w $59.99
Best Price/Quality Tesla WYE 200W TC 200w $54.95
High wattage SMOK GX350 350w $72.95
For beginners Eleaf Basal 30w $42.95
Best Squonk Mods Driptech DS Unregulated $135.95

This list was updated April 6th 2018

Useful info: quick scroll

Current top 10 Quick guide Choose the right vape mod

Be aware that batteries and tanks might not be included in new box mods. Some of these kits will only come with the mod, which is basically an empty box with room for a battery and a 510 connection to screw on a tank. In most cases you will have to find a matching tank and add recommended batteries. We urge you to read the reviews. We give recommendations on finding the right tanks and batteries for your vape mod.

Note: We receive a small commission when clicking on the links to the products. We rated these devices un-biased and to the best of our ability. If you have specific questions please hit us up.

Some visitors will not agree on some of our ratings. We encourage vapers to contact us trough email. Our team loves hearing your opinion on the vape mods you like and dislike. We take this information seriously and process it when making the next top list of vaping mods.

Best Performing vape mods

Current top 3: 1. Voopoo too2. SX mini G class3. Smoant Cylon

VOOPOO TOO 180W STARTER KIT

VooPoo Too 180W

The TOO has one of the most responsive chips on the market. The 180W Voopoo delivers a smooth and consistent vapor with every puff. Overall efficiency is at 95%. Also the U-Force sub ohm tank perfectly matches mod's output.

The snake skin themed slip covers are absolutely gorgeous. The build quality on this bad boy is one of the best out there at this moment.

Pro's: Great chip, packed with features, really good sub ohm tank included

Cons: A bit bulky

Verdict: The VOOPOO TOO 180W STARTER KIT looks and performs top notch. It's one of the best devices we tried in 2018. Exceptional build quality and exceptional performance. All of this at a very affordable price Read the full VOOPOO TOO 180W review here.

BUY NOW lowest price - $82.95

YIHI SX MINI G CLASS 200W TC

SX Mini G Class Mod

Yihi has always delivered outstanding products. The YIHI SX MINI G CLASS 200W TC is no exception. After vaping on this bad boy you will understand its top placement. Great build quality, flawless performance and an accurate chip make this our favorite vape in 2017.

The newest mod from the SX Mini family comes with USB-C port and fast charging. It also has an extremely accurate temperature control and a beautiful OLED display.

Pro's: Great battery life, USB-C port, fits 30mm atomizers

Cons: Joystick can be tricky to use, price

Verdict: The YIHI SX MINI G CLASS 200W TC is well engineered. It delivers a fantastic vaping experience. The perfect mod for high performance RDAs from 22-30mm. You simply can't go wrong with it. Read the full YIHI SX MINI G CLASS 200W TC review

BUY NOW lowest price - $219.95

SMOANT CYLON TC 218

SMOANT CYLON TC 218

The SMOANT CYLON TC 218 is where performance meets affordability. This mod was one of the biggest surprises of 2018. It also it definitely deserves a place on the podium. The chip is extremely good. The Cylon can accommodate atomizers up to 30mm on top.

The combination between zinc alloy and leather give it a classy and durable look and feel.

Pro's: Very good chip, great performance, beautiful display

Cons: A bit bulky

Verdict: The SMOANT CYLON TC 218 is one of the most affordable high performance mods we tested. Build quality is exceptional! The display is gorgeous and the user interface is very intuitive. Read the SMOANT CYLON TC 218 review

BUY NOW lowest price - $67.70

GTRS VAPE VBOY

GTRS VAPE VBOY

The GTRS VAPE VBOY is an incredible piece of vape engineering. It uses the same Yihi SX500 chip as the SX MINI G Class but is a lot cheaper. Build quality and performance are really impressive on this bad boy. Its ergonomic shape makes it easy to hold and to use.

The mod comes with a 1.3" display and user interface is one of the best out there.

Pro's: Great board, ergonomic design, build quality

Cons: No Bluetooth, the battery door is a bit flimsy

Verdict: The GTRS VAPE VBOY might look a bit weird on first glance. This mod will surprise you after you get used to it. The button layout is a bit off but performance and user friendliness rank very high. Read the full GTRS VAPE VBOY review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $119.99

SMOANT RANKER 218W

SMOANT RANKER 218W

Latest release from Smoant, the Ranker 218W is impressive in terms of looks and performance. It's powered by an updated Ant218 V2 chip. The device can fire in under 0.015 seconds. Build quality is very good. The mod doesn't rattle and the leather accents give it that nice high end vibe.

And with the power curves option you can fully customize your vape experience to the last detail.

Pro's: Outstanding performance, great design, very good chip

Cons: Mostly intended for left hand use, works only with atomizers up to 25mm

Verdict: The SMOANT RANKER 218W is packed with features. It has a very responsive chip and it's extremely affordable. The metal and leather body give it a luxurious look and the display is gorgeous. Read the full Smoant Ranker 218 review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $54.99

Top Squonk Mods

Current top 3: 1. Driptech DS2. Ijoy Capo Squonk3. Geek Vape Athena

DRIPTECH DS

DRIPTECH DS

Designed by 528 Custom Vapes, the DRIPTECH DS squonk mod is quite impressive. It's fully mechanical and definitely not intended for beginners. This dual 18650 bad boy allows for low ohm builds and cloud chasing performance. The driptech is made from lightweight anodized aluminum. We can say that the device feels sturdy and durable.

Also all the connectors have been gold plated. This ensures extra conductivity and low voltage drop

Pro's: Outstanding build quality and performance, great squonk bottle

Cons: Not intended for beginners

Verdict: The DRIPTECH DS squonk mod is machined to perfection. It has a great build quality and offers unparalleled performance. The DS comes with one of the best squonk bottles out there. Read the full DRIPTECH DS review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $135.95

Ijoy Capo Squonk

Ijoy Capo Squonk

The iJoy CAPO Squonk 100W TC is one of our favorite squonk mods. It's compact, well-built and it's designed for clouds and flavor. Included in the kit you get a high drain 20700 battery. It has a huge 9ml e-juice bottle, a lovely display as well as the iJoy Combo RDA Triangle. This 25mm rebuildable dripping atomizer has screw-less two post deck and a beautiful 810 ULTEM drip tip.

Pro's: well built, compact, great performance

Cons: it's regulated

Verdict: : If you enjoy a good squonker, you are going to love the iJoy CAPO Squonk 100W TC. It's great for beginners as well as pros. Awesome quality, perfect clouds

BUY NOW lowest price - $66.95

Geek Vape Athena Squonk Kit

Geek Vape Athena Squonk Kit

Powered by a single 18650 battery, the Geek Vape Athena Squonk mod is ideal for performance at an affordable price. Paired with the Athena BF RDA this starter kit is one of the best we tried. Fully mechanical, this  small vape hits as hard as a locomotive. The deck is easy to build on and flavor is just off the charts.

Pro's: build quality, performance and price

Cons: battery is not included

Verdict: : The Geek Vape Athena Squonk kit is excellent for any type of vaper. Whether you're intermediate or pro you will love it. The deck is easy to work with. Also the device is fully mechanical and it works with a 18650 battery.

BUY NOW lowest price - $57.99

VANDY VAPE PULSE BF

VANDY VAPE PULSE BF

The PULSE BF squonk mod is one of our favorites. It is designed by famous youtube reviewer Tony B and built by Vandy Vape. It's made from Nylon and ABS thermo resistant plastic. Also this lightweight device is very affordable and easy to use. Comes with an 8ml easy to squeeze bottle and an ingenious locking mechanism.

The mod is fully mechanical and therefore not intended for beginners.

Pro's: Great performance, very affordable, nice lock mechanism

Cons: Not intended for beginners, made from plastic

Verdict: The VANDY VAPE PULSE BF squonk mod is one of the most affordable devices in this category. It also and offers great performance. Despite being made from plastic it feels quite durable and sturdy. The magnetic panels are a nice touch. Read the full VANDY VAPE PULSE BF review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $29.21

Beginner mods, the best starter kits for the inexperienced

Current top 3: 1. Eleaf Basal kit2. Vaporfi v-grip3. Smoant Charon TC218

ELEAF BASAL KIT

ELEAF BASAL KIT

The ELEAF BASAL KIT is one of the most stylish and affordable devices for beginners. This mod and tank combo offer a fantastic mouth to lung experience. The coils are also really good. It features 2A fast charging, 0.75 Ohm coils and a maximum output of 30W. This is hands down a perfectly balanced stater kit.

The colors - rose gold, brushed silver and gold - are also a thing of beauty

Pro's: Great mouth to lung experience, beautiful, ultra portable

Cons: Bottom filled tank

Verdict: The ELEAF BASAL KIT is one of the best options for beginners. It combines style with performance in a very unique way. It offers a really smooth mouth to lung experience with its 1.8ml tank. Read the full ELEAF BASAL KIT review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $42.95

VAPORFI V-GRIP 75W TC

VAPORFI V-GRIP 75W TC

When it comes to elegance and ease of use the VAPORFI V-GRIP 75W TC is hard to beat. This metallic box mod has a fire bar instead of the usual fire button. It also works with atomizers and tanks up to 22mm on top. Has all the temperature controls and it's powered by a swappable 18650 battery.

The V-GRIP is a device intended for beginners and intermediate vapers. It's is simple to use, elegant and stealthy.

Pro's: Stealthy, well built

Cons: A bit pricey

Verdict: The VAPORFI V-GRIP 75W TC is an excellent choice for beginners. It's the perfect mod for any entry-level or mid range tank and features all the necessary tempt controls and TCRs. Read the full VAPORFI V-GRIP 75W TC review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $59.99

SMOANT CHARON TC 218

smoant charon TC 218

The SMOANT CHARON TC 218 belongs in this list because of the shear power you get at an affordable price. The device is powered by the ANT 2180 chip. It's the type of mod that doesn't disappoint and temperature control works on it like a charm

Pro's: One of the most affordable high power box mods

Cons: No cons, except the hard to tweak temperature curve

Verdict: 218 watts at that price? That's almost impossible. It seems the brand is doing their utmost to enter the Vape market as a great alternative to DNA chips. Read the SMOANT CHARON TC 218 review here

BUY NOW lowest price $59.90

Innokin Oceanus kit

Innokin Oceanus kit

Innokin has released a great number of top rated beginners' kits. So far and the Oceanus is no exception. It's fitted with a 0.5 Ohm coil and an easy to build RBA head. It's also perfect to get you started in the world of vaping. Comes with two batteries inside the box. And to be clear, the 110W power output is more than enough for day to day needs.

Pro's: Well built, sturdy and it includes the Scion sub ohm tank.

Cons: 20700 batteries are not that popular or easy to find

Verdict: The Innokin Oceanus is a great tool for beginners. It delivers incredibly puffy and flavorful clouds and battery life is pretty good. It also includes an RBA head to help you experiment with building your own coils and wicking. Read the full Innokin Oceanus kit review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $79.95

Joyetech Atopack Penguin

JoyTech Atopack penguin

The Joyetech Atopack Penguin is one of the most affordable starter kits today. At little under $30 it's hard to beat. And despite its low price, this device manages to deliver an impressive vape experience. The pods are easy to refill and swap. Also the battery is enough to last you a whole day.

Pro's: Very affordable, refillable pods, great battery life

Cons: No airflow adjustment

Verdict: The Joyetech Atopack Penguin is a lovely all in one vape kit. It's affordable and great for beginners. Unlike its competitors the pods are refillable. Also the 2000mAh battery ensures great performance all throughout the day.

BUY NOW lowest price - $29.95

Best high wattage mods

Current top 3: 1. SMOK GX3502. SMOK T-Priv 33. Sense V-Jet

SMOK GX350 kit

SMOK GX350 kit

The SMOK GX350 Kit is not something for the faint-hearted. This bad bot is able to reach a whopping 350W power output. It comes with a TFV8 Cloud Beast sub ohm tank and plenty of features. It's definitely a product for cloud chasers. It will fill any room with vapor in matter of seconds.

Pro's: SMOK build quality, power output, awesome tank

Cons: Rather bulky

Verdict: The SMOK GX350 Kit is the perfect choice for those looking for power and clouds. The TFV8 Cloud Beast keeps up with the mod perfectly. It even works with high VG e-liquids without any dry hits. Definitely not beginner material. Make sure to read the full SMOK GX350 review.

BUY NOW lowest price - $72.95

SMOK T-PRIV 3

SMOK T-PRIV 3

SMOK knows how to make a good 300W box mod. This is why the T-PRIV 3 is no exception. It's powered by an extremely fast board. It also comes with lots of features. This portable powerhouse is ideal to pair with any top range RDA or sub ohm tank.

The LEDs all around its body give it a very futuristic appearance. Also and the tank included in the kit is very good.

Pro's: 300W output, LED lights, great tank

Cons: Limited to 25 - 26mm atomizers

Verdict: The SMOK T-PRIV 3 is the perfect mod for anyone looking to vape at high wattages for a long period of time. With its 300W output and solid construction this cloud chucker is definitely worth checking out. Read the full SMOK T-PRIV 3 review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $67.95

SENSE V-JET

SENSE V-JET

Sense have really stepped up their game with the V-JET. This 230W cloud machine comes with a great tank inside the box and it's pairs just perfectly. Has a big colored display and a very cool user interface. It also comes with all the temperature controls and power curves you might need.

We know you will be fully satisfied with the V-Jet tank. If not you can also use it with atomizers up to 28mm without overhang.

Pro's: Build quality, performance, tank

Cons: Cannot adjust wattage in TC mode

Verdict: The SENSE V-JET is excellent for intermediate or vetaran vapers. If offers high output, great performance all at a reasonable price. Build quality is amazing, the tank is superb and the user interface is worthy of 2018. Read the full SENSE V-JET review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $94.95

Small mods, the best compact vaping mods

Current top 3: 1. Voopoo Mojo2. Smoant Battlestar Mini3. SMOK Alien Baby

VOOPOO MOJO

VOOPOO MOJO

When it comes to compact mods the VOOPOO MOJO is hard to beat. This 88W bad boy has that nice sports car vibe and comes with an impressive sub ohm tank. The device is powered by the highly praised Gene chip. This ensures super fast response times and works flawlessly.

You can use it with other atomizers up to 24mm. It has all your temperature controls and wattage adjustments.

Pro's: Nice design, build quality, ultra fast chip

Cons: Non replaceable battery

Verdict: The VOOPOO MOJO is one of the best options in the compact mods segment. Despite having a funky button layout, performance on this bad boy is really impressive. Also the chip is absolutely amazing. Read the full VOOPOO MOJO review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $59.99

SMOANT BATTLESTAR MINI

SMOANT BATTLESTAR MINI

the SMOANT BATTLESTAR MINI is definitely worth checking out. Especially if you're looking for a lightweight, portable mod. Extremely affordable and built to last, this cute mod follows the footsteps of its bigger brother. Great performance, good chip and intuitive user interface.

This mod is perfect for beginners. You can easily pair it with any 22 - 23mm atomizer.

Pro's: Affordable, compact, temperature control, good chip

Cons: Battery life

Verdict: Powered by a single 18650 battery, the SMOANT BATTLESTAR MINI is a very good compact mod. Has a very responsive board. It's also packed with all modern features like variable wattage and temperature control. Read the full SMOANT BATTLESTAR MINI review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $36.00

SMOK AL85 Alien Baby kit

SMOK alien baby kit

The SMOK AL85 Alien Baby hides a lot of power under its tiny hood. This despite it's petite 71 x 48 x 27mm stature. The 85W output is perfectly matched by the included TFV8 Baby Beast tank. Also performance on this small vape is truly incredible. Packed with features and built to last this is one of our favorite compact mods so far.

Pro's: Size, power output and the TFV8 Baby Beast tank included with the kit

Cons: Battery life

Verdict: The original SMOK Alien quickly bacame a legend in the vaping community. Therefore its younger brother doesn't fall far behind. This compact kit ensures great vapor and flavor. You can also fit it inside any pocket. Read the full SMOK AL85 Alien Baby kit review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $56.95

Best mods for cloud chasing

Current top 3: 1. SMOK Majesty2. Aspire Speeder3. SMOK t-priv

SMOK MAJESTY

SMOK MAJESTY

The MAJESTY from SMOK is great for delivering rich, flavorful clouds. It also looks like a vape designed for the Royal Family. The body is made from beautiful resin material and each design is unique. Paired with the lovely color display this small mod can go up to 225W in no time.

The TFV8-X Baby Beast tank you get in the kit is one of the best we tried.

Pro's: Great design, beautiful colors, fantastic clouds

Cons: Resin body costs extra

Verdict: The SMOK MAJESTY is a really good option if you're interesting in enjoying rich vape clouds. This mod not only looks exceptional. It also performs like a true champ. Read the full SMOK MAJESTY review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $59.95

Aspire Speeder 200w

Aspire speeder

Boasting an all mighty Athos tank, the Aspire Speeder 200W starter kit is ideal for clouds. This well built powerhouse is intended for intermediate or advanced users . Especially those looking to for the ideal sub ohm experience. It's powered by two high drain 18650 batteries. Therefore this device is more than capable of chucking out fog, especially between 60 - 100W. The coils are engineered to perfection. They have a long lifespan and work with high VG eliquids.

Pro's: Great quality, amazing coils, perfect for clouds

Cons: : Bulky, tank is a bit too airy

Verdict: : The Aspire Speeder 200W is where looks meet performance. This lovely starter delivers clouds like no other and built quality is top notch. Read the full Aspire Speeder 200W review here.

BUY NOW lowest price - $76.95

SMOK T-Priv Kit

SMOK T-Priv Kit

The SMOK T-PRIV KIT not only looks fantastic but it also performs like any big league vaporizer. It has a sturdy exterior and multiple LED lights all around the body. This ensures that very sexy look. It includes the Big Baby tank in matching color. When put together they perform like a miniature fog machine.

This vape is the perfect combination between looks and performance. It's also every cloud chaser's dream come true. Reliable and with a power output of 220W it definitely deserves a spot on this page.

Pro's: Great battery life, responsive chip, LED lights all around the body.

Cons: Minor button rattle

Verdict: The SMOK T-PRIV is a fantastic kit for beginners and experienced vapers. The Big Baby tank offers a wide selection of coils. It also matches the power of the mod. Read the full SMOK T-PRIV review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $72.95

Best mods for Sub Ohm vaping

Vaporesso Revenger

Vaporesso revenger mod

The Vaporesso Revenger stater kit combines style and performance in a way we haven’t seen before. This state of the art mod is packed with all modern day features. It comes with a tank that is a true champ cloud chaser. Temperature control, TCR and power curves are just some of the benefits of this absolutely gorgeous device. Also the analog clock screen saver is a nice touch. Overall performance and responsiveness are really impressive.

Pro's: : Beautiful, high power, very good chip

Cons: : Fingerprint magnet

Verdict: : The Vaporesso Revenger is a chic stater kit intended for clouds. Packed with the mighty NRG tank, makes a great combo. Get ready to fill up the room with vapor in a matter of seconds. Read the full Vaporesso Revenger review here.

BUY NOW lowest price - $69.95

SMOK MAG

SMOK MAG

At first sight it might look like the remote control from an RC car. However the SMOK MAG is one of the most ergonomic mods we tried so far. It has an output of 225W. It also comes with the mighty TFV12 Prince tank. Together they make one of our favorite kits in the sub ohm category.

In terms of vapor, flavor and overall experience the MAG is hard to beat.

Pro's: Very ergonomic, great performance, great tan, nice safety features

Cons: Love it or hate it design

Verdict: The SMOK MAG is one of our favorite kits for that authentic sub ohm experience. The TFV12 Prince tank delivers excellent vapor and flavor. Also battery life is really impressive on this bad boy. Read the full SMOK MAG review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $84.95

Best Drippers & RDA mod kits

Kangertech Dripbox AIO

kanger dripbox Mod

We reviewed a lot of all in one devices over the years. We can confirm that the Kanger AIO DripBox was the first one ever to come with a drip atomizer on top. This innovative product is designed to deliver dripping to the masses. Vapers who are not into building their own coils get the best of both worlds when trying the AIO.

Pro's: Great all in one vape, great price

Cons: No device lock, changing the pre-built coils can be hassle

Verdict: For an all in one device this is definitely a device we would recommend. It appeals to vapers with interests in making their own builds. The KangerTech AIO is not for everybody. Not that great for commuters. Interested to find out more about this dripper? Please check out the review on the KangerTech Dripbox AIO

BUY NOW lowest price - $34.95

Best affordable cheap mods

Tesla WYE 200W TC

Tesla WYE 200W TC

Built from PC and ABS, the Tesla WYE 200W TC is one of the lightest mods around. It also has one of the best quality to price ratios so far. At only $55 this brightly colored powerhouse has been designed for clouds. Able to reach 200W the device is packed with features. It offers temperature control and TCR and it's worth checking out. The chip is very responsive and accurate. You can also fit any size atty on top.

Pro's: : Ultra light dual 18650 vape, low price tag

Cons: : Design and colors

Verdict: : While the looks of this mod are a bit love it or hate it, its performance is undeniable. The Tesla WYE 200W TC packs a lot of features and power for this price and it’s so easy to use. Read the Tesla WYE 200W TC review here.

BUY NOW lowest price - $54.95

Smoant Charon 218 TS

Smoant Charon TS 218

The Smoant Charon 218 TS is one of the best performing touchscreen devices on the market. Build quality is amazing and responsiveness is off the charts. Also looks-wise it’s an absolute winner. There are a lot of features and the user interface is one of the best we've seen. This dual 18650 box mod is perfect for any high end RDA or tank. It’s capable of outputting 218W.

Pro's: Touch screen, well built, high power

Cons: Rather bulky and quite heavy

Verdict: If you like touchscreens you are going to love the Smoant Charon 218 TS. This high end box mod offers all the perks of modern day vapes. This without the glitches we've seen in the past. Read the full Smoant Charon 218 TS review here

BUY NOW lowest price - $93

Leading Vape Mods Fall-Summer 2018

 

To give you a overview on the highest quality mods we made this small top list. This rating is based on average scores that our team of reviewers gave these vapes.

  1. VOOPOO TOO - Performance winner
  2. SMOK T-Priv 3 - High End
  3. ELeaf Basal - Beginners
  4. SMOK Majesty - Cloud Chasing
  5. Vaporesso Revenger - Sub Ohm
  6. Tesla WYE 200W TC - Best price/quality
  7. SMOK GX350 - Best high wattage mod
  8. VOOPOO MOJO - Most compact
  9. Driptech DS - Best Dripper/Squonker
  10. Smoant Charon TC 218 - Most affordable

Making absolute top lists is impossible when it comes to vape & box mod devices. The reason is that no mod is the same. When looking for a mod you need to ask yourself the following questions; How much do I vape a day? Am I interested to take vaping a step further or am I ok with easy to use devices. Do I need a complete kit or am I comfortable ordering my tank separately? Do not forget that you need to take your time when researching what's best for you.

*Note: We update this list on a regular basis. The prices mentioned are the lowest at the moment. If by any chance you find these vape mods somewhere for less please contact us and we will make sure you will always get the lowest rates.

Vape Mods - A quick guide

What is a box mod?

Box mods are the most powerful and feature rich types of electronic cigarettes. Depending on their type they are suitable to all categories of users from beginners to pros. They work with atomizers and tanks and the battery is either replaceable or built-in. Vaping mods can be regulated or unregulated.

Electronic box mods

Regulated box mod also known as electronic mods are the most popular. With power outputs ranging from 30W all the way up to 300W these devices are top of the line. Variable wattage, temperature control, easy-to-follow safety features and user defined power curves are just some of the features available. Also these mods also come packed with multiple protections and safety mechanisms. Everything from shot circuit and reverse polarity protections to low voltage, high temperature and automatic cut-off.

Why temperature control?

Temperature control is one of the most important features of box mods. It allows the user to select a certain temperature above which the coil will automatically stop heating. This prevents dry hits and accounts for a more consistent vape experience.

TC is based on the proprieties of some materials where resistance varies linearly according to temperature. By constantly reading the Ohms, a mod is able to accurately predict coil temperature at any given point in time. It’s also the reason why temperature control only works with some materials like Nickel, Titanium and Stainless Steel.

In TC mode, depending on initial wattage, the mod with deliver electricity to the coil until it reaches the desired temperature. Once it does so, it will automatically lower its power output to maintain that value. High end mods also have a feature called temperature curve. This allows the user to control specific coil temperatures at specific time intervals in the 10-second cut off interval.

Stainless Steels is the most popular wire used in TC mode. This is because it’s the only material that can also be used in regular power mode without any issues or risks. Some vapers even consider the flavor coming from SS to be better than that from Kanthal.

Unregulated box mods

Unregulated box mod are also called mechanical mods. These device don’t have any sort of circuits or boards inside and they usually behave like a simple circuit. This means that there are no safety features available whatsoever. Once the power button is pressed, electricity from the battery heats up the coil. This process is governed by Ohm’s Laws. It basically means that coil resistance is the only variable which defines the mod’s output rate.

In terms of performance, this accounts for really high output power, minimal voltage drop and excellent vapor production. On the other hand if the resistance is lower than what the battery can offer, it could end up with a potential safety hazard. When the current drawn from the battery is higher than its continuous discharge rate, uncontrolled venting and explosions are not uncommon. This is the main reason behind why there are so many exploding e-cig headlines.

We only recommend mechanical mods to experience users who clearly understand the implications of Ohm’s laws of electricity. These device are not toys and beginners should avoid them at all costs. Especially hybrid mods, where the atomizer makes direct contact with the positive pole of the battery.

The Batteries

When it comes to batteries, we have two different types of mods: removable and built-in. Mods with removable batteries ensure more flexibility while device with a built-in cell are easier to use.

Built in batteries don’t require any type of maintenance. You just plug the cable and recharge until it’s full. These devices are great for beginners and intermediate vapers. On the downside, you will not be able to vape once the battery has been depleted. Another con is the limited number of recharge cycles any cell is physically capable of undergoing.

Mods with removable batteries have their perks. You can always swap the cell with a freshly charged on an continue vaping the whole day. And since you can always replace batteries, the mod with have a much longer life span. You are no longer limited to the usual 300 cycles before having to buy another product. On the downside, you will spend extra money on batteries and chargers. Also you will have to be careful when carrying these cells in your pocket as they can be a real fire and explosion hazard.

Choosing the right Vape Mod for you

Mods for beginners

Low output regulated box mods are great for beginners. If they come as a starter kit then they are even better. When experimenting, 50W is more than enough. With this power output you can enjoy both mouth to lung or direct lung styles of vaping. These devices usually come with an internal battery of with a removable 18650 cell. They are easy to use, intuitive and most of the times even have temperature control.

High power mods are usually big and bulky. They are hard to carry around and they usually require two batteries and desktop chargers. The menus can a bit complicated, with hard-to-understand features and less intuitive interfaces.

Mods for intermediate vapers

When it comes to intermediate vapers, anything goes. It all depends on budget and the types of features needed. We recommend mid range vape mods that may or may not come as starter kits. Chances are you already have at least one or two tanks or atomizers from the previous vape.

Wattage around 80 - 100W is more than reasonable and it’s the perfect output to experiment with different sub ohm atomizers. It’s also great for trying coil builds on an RDA or RTA. These usually come with two 18650 batteries or a bigger built-in cell. Temperature control is a must in this case.

Mods for advanced vapers and power users

Most advanced vapers already know what to look for. These guys are usually more into the high end stuff and genuine mechanical mods. Many of today’s top of the line devices have a power output close to 200W. These are great for drippers or top-range sub ohm tanks.

Advanced mods have all the features and usually allow for future firmware upgrades. Everything from temperature control, TCR, power curves and temperature curves. Balanced fast charging, in depth menus and beautiful colored displays.