Our Top Picks for the Best Vape Mod of 2018 (400+ Mods Tested)
Updated: December 2018 – Our dedicated review team have reviewed hundreds of mods over the past year. In this article we will go over our top picks for 2018. Some of our picks may surprise you so read on to see if your favorite mod made our list.
The Best Box Mods and Vape Mods of 2018 Include:
|Best For||Name||Best For||Name||Wattage||Price|
|Top Rated Overall
(4.8 / 5)
|Think Vape Finder||Think Vape Finder||300W||$149.99|
|Top Rated Overall
(4.6 / 5)
|Innokin Proton||Innokin Proton||235w||$69.95|
(4.5 / 5)
|Vaporesso Armour||Vaporesso Armour||100W||$47.95|
(4.7 / 5)
|Innokin Kroma A||Innokin Kroma A||75W||$39.95|
(4.2 / 5)
|Tesla WYE||Tesla WYE||200W||$44.95|
(4.4 / 5)
|IPV Eclipse||IPV Eclipse||200W||$36.95|
(4.6 / 5)
|Innokin Big Box Atlas||Innokin Big Box Atlas||200W||$64.95|
(4.4 / 5)
|Rincoe Manto||Rincoe Manto||228W||$47.95|
(4.6 / 5)
|Smok X Priv Baby||Smok X Priv Baby||80W||$54.95|
(4.3 / 5)
|Vaporesso Tarot Baby||Vaporesso Tarot Baby||85w||$49.95|
(4.5 / 5)
|SX Mini G Class||SX Mini G Class||200w||$209.95|
(4.8 / 5)
|Asmodus Lustro||Asmodus Lustro||200W||$74.95|
What is a Vape Mod?
Box mods are box-shaped vaping devices. Their size means they can offer longer battery life, variable voltage and wattage, temperature control, extensive safety protections, and many more features than e-cigs or vape pens. Box mods typically fall into two main categories: Regulated and unregulated.
Regulated: If a device has variable voltage or variable wattage settings it is a regulated mod.
Unregulated mods, also known as mechanical mods do not regulate the current.
Unregulated mods are generally used by vaping enthusiasts who understand their potential safety concerns.
In this article, we are covering the best-regulated mods as that is what the vast majority of vapers use in their day to day life and where most vapers should start their journey.
Top Rated Mods Overall
These are the best overall mods that we have tested. Some on the list may be a little long in the tooth. If they are an older model it just means that nothing has come out, in our opinion that knocks it out of the top ranking in its respective category.
Think Vape Finder DNA 250C – $159.95
You can’t go wrong with any mod with a DNA 250C chipset in it, this one happens to be our current favorites. This is a triple 18650 mod with a beautiful color display. The three 18650s will give you plenty of battery life. This is an all-day mod for sure when it comes to battery life. The build quality on it is fantastic and the performance is second to none.
This is a big mod because it does take three batteries but it also fits some pretty big atomizers without any overhang. 30 mm atomizers will do fine on this mod. Not only does it take big atomizers but it also has the power underneath to drive those big atomizers. While it’s not the most stealthy mod in the world, it is very solid, easy-to-use, and extremely reliable.
If you are a temperature control vaper, then this is the end of the line and as good as it gets right now. You also have access to one of the most intricate and customizable, boards on the market right now. Because, when you buy a DNA 250C, you are invited into the world of Escribe. The Escribe software that is available with your purchase of any DNA mod allows you full customization of your screen and everything else that applies to the Evolv board inside your mod.
This mod hits all of the qualifications as far as build quality, performance, form-factor, and innovation goes. As far as the price point, it is definitely a little bit on the pricey side but then again like most things in life, you do pay for quality. If you do want to save a few bucks, Think Vape makes a very similar looking mod called the Finder 250C. The build quality is not as nice as the Triade but the performance is the same.
Innokin Proton – $59.95
The Innokin Proton is definitely one of the best mods of the year so far. To be honest, we don’t see anything coming along to knock it out of the top 5 in our upcoming 2018 Mods Of The Year video. Innokin, always does a great job when it comes to build quality and the Proton is no exception. This mod has some awesome build quality and a big, beautiful, color screen. It has plenty of features available to it and the menu system is about as intuitive as it gets.
This is a dual 18650 mod that goes up to 235 watts. Plenty of power for most any vaper. It will fire down as low as .05 ohms and it is no slouch in the temperature control department. Innokin has definitely upped their game when it comes to TC and they are not too far behind the performance that you can get from a DNA or Yihi chipset.
No buttons on this one, everything is controlled via a joystick located on the face of the mod. You can fit a 25 mm tank on it without any overhang but if you are going to buy this mod, you are definitely better off spending a few extra bucks and getting the Scion tank that comes with it. When it comes to value, the Innokin Proton is a tough one to pass by. With this mod, you get a lot of bang for your buck as well as performance.
SX Mini SL Class – $139.95
In case you haven’t noticed, all of the mods on this list are multiple cell mods. The reason for that is, that part of the vape market is a very crowded space and it tends to create the most competition. As most of us know competition is what breeds innovation and improvement. We felt like we had to include SL class on this list because it is just the best damn single-cell mod on the market right now, bar none.
Yeah, we know that’s a bold statement but we truly believe that the SL Class can back that up. Not only does it come with a legendary chipset that does awesome temperature control but it is extremely accurate in power mode as well. It has the SX 485J processor in it and it will take a 21700, 20700, or an 18650 with the included adapter. It has a maximum output of 100 watts or 100 joules and it will fire down as low as .05 ohms.
Build quality on this mod, like most SX Mini mods is absolutely phenomenal. It feels great in the hand and it is extremely pocketable. It comes in a bunch of different colors that include black, coffee, steel, and carbon fiber. For a little bit more money it is also available in stabwood. Don’t sleep on this one, just go get yourself one and you can thank us later.
Best Vape Mods for Beginners
Most of the mods listed in this section are available in kit form. Because we are talking about beginner mods in this part of the article, we would highly recommend that you start off with the starter kit and get the tank that comes with these respective mods.
Innokin Kroma A – $39.95
Innokin put out a great little internal battery mod with the Kroma A. It has a 2000 mAh internal battery and goes up to 75 watts. I will fire down as low as .1 ohms and it does legitimate TC in all the modes which include SS 316, Ni, and Ti. It’s also extremely accurate in power mode as well. Then again we should expect nothing less given the reputation the Aetheon chipset in this mod has made for itself over the years.
The Kroma A is small and pocketable. It has some nice contours to it as well as some nice textures as well. It feels extremely comfortable in the hand and it is an easy carry. Its power to size ratio is definitely impressive. The menu system on the chroma is extremely easy to operate. As with all Innokin products, all of the safety features are built in, so you do not have to worry.
Because of its size and simplicity, the Kroma A is the perfect kit for a beginner. It’s diminutive size will not intimidate most new vapers. It’s simple menu system will be easy for transitioning vapers to learn and master. Throw in Innokin’s reputation for build quality and you have a winner here. The Kroma A has 2 amp charging and it is available in black, red, white, blue, and purple.
Voopoo Mojo – $39.95
Voopoo made its bones with the Drag mod and the Gene chipset. Basically, they took that same exact chipset and slapped it into an internal battery mod with a tiny form factor that is extremely pocketable. The Mojo sports a 2600 mAh internal battery and it is capable of 2 Amp charging.
Now, we have to be honest we are not too thrilled about the Mojo when it comes to its tipsy form-factor. It is a very top heavy mod and extremely easy to knock over while on a table or a counter. We will Overlook all of that because of the performance of this mod. It is extremely accurate in power mode and the temperature control mode is very solid. While it’s not a DNA or Yihi chipset, it is definitely a solid second-tier TC chipset.
The Mojo has a maximum output wattage of a 88 watts and it will fire down as low as .05 ohms. The power to size ratio on this mod is absolutely phenomenal. 24 mm tanks fit without any overhang And while you can run any tank that you like on this mod we highly recommend that you buy it in kit form. The Uforce tank that comes with this kit is a flavor machine. The Mojo is available in a plethora of colors that include red, blue, white, yellow, silver, orange, and black.
Vaporesso Armour – $47.95
This is the only external battery mod that made our best vape mod for beginners list and to be quite honest, if it wasn’t for the SL Class this probably would have been the best single cell mod of the year, so far. Small and sleek, the Armour goes up to 100 watts and will fire down as low as .05 ohms. Not only does this mod have a great power to size ratio but it fires extremely fast.
The Armour takes a single 21700, 20700, or an 18650 battery. Inside the mod is where the Omni board 4.0 chipset is housed. Because of the chipset Vaporesso used, you know that this is a very capable TC mod. It is also very accurate in power mode as well.
The Armour has a .96 in full color display as well as a beautiful built-in fire bar. We do wish the font on the screen was a little bigger because sometimes it can be tough to see. The fire bar is extremely clicky and tactile feeling. The menu system on this mod is one of the most intuitive menu systems you will ever use. The Armour has 2 Amp internal charging and like most of the mods in this section we recommend that you buy it as a kit because the tank that it comes with is just fantastic. This mod is available in black, silver, green, red, blue and red/blue.
Best Mods On A Budget:
In this section we are going to go over mods that give you the best bang for your buck. We look at the best mods that are under $40.
Modefined Lyra – $39.95
Modifined is the sister company of Lost Vape, so you know that they know how to build a serious vaping machine. Enter the Lyra, a dual 18650 mod with a centered 510 connection. The centered 510 will swallow up any atty that is less than 28 mm in diameter, without any overhang. The Lyra has a maximum output wattage of 220 watts.
The Lyra also has a 1.3 inch color OLED display which is really nice for a mod at this price point. The menu system is easy to use but very basic and probably exactly what you would expect from a mod in this price range. It is a four button mod so navigating the menu is pretty simple. It has all of the TC materials as well as Bypass mode and manual TCR mode. It does not have any curve options included.
Batteries are loaded via a bottom hinged battery door that is very solid. The form factor on the Lyra is smooth, sleek, and very comfortable. Build quality is pretty nice as well. The Lyra actually makes you feel like you spent more money on this mod than you actually did. The Lyra is available in amber/silver, black/silver, black/black, black/red, and black/amber.
IPV Eclipse – $36.95
Anytime you can score a Yihi chipset for under $40. It’s a big win. The Eclipse has the SX420 chipset and believe us when we tell you, this thing vapes and it vapes well. This is a dual 18650 mod with 200 watts of Yihi power behind it. It may not have all the bells and whistles of the flagship Yihi chip but this thing performs well in power mode and TC mode. As far as performance goes, you get a lot of bang for your buck with the Eclipse mod by IPV.
Even though the 510 on this mod is not centered, 28-millimeter atomizers are no problem on the Eclipse. Bigger atomizers actually look good on this mod. The Eclipse has a smooth, comfortable, form factor, that just feels great in the hand. The fire bar is one of the best ones on the market and it has an extremely clicky and tactile feel to it.
The 1.3 in color display on the Eclipse is big, bright, and beautiful. The menu system is typical Yihi, pretty easy to navigate and learn. The Eclipse does have a maximum output wattage of 220 watts and it will fire down as low as .05 ohms. It also has a maximum joule output of 110 joules.
We here at Vaping Insider, feel that you would have a hard time finding a better performing mod at this price point. Add in the build quality and you have a real winner here. The Eclipse is available in silver, red, blue, green, purple and yellow. We think it’s an extreme value and that is exactly why it is on this list.
Tesla WYE – $44.95
The first thing that you are going to notice when you put the WYE in your hand is how feather-light this mod actually is. It has the same form factor of a Minikin V2 but it is extremely light. So light, that it actually makes the mod quite durable. I know for a fact that I have dropped mine on many occasions and nothing has happened to this thing.
The WYE is primarily made out of an ABS Polycarbonate blend. That’s where the weight comes into play. When you drop this mod even with a full set of batteries in it it is so light that when it hits the ground it actually doesn’t do any damage. Now, we don’t recommend that you go around dropping your mod here and there but it’s good to know that this mod can take a hit. It is also a very easy mod to carry.
The WYE is a dual 18650 mod that has a maximum output wattage of 200 watts. It will fire down as low as .05 ohms and it has all of the usual TC modes available in the menu system. The menu system is extremely simple and easy to use. It also has preheat settings as well. The WYE is available in black, blue, orange, red and a bunch of splatter combinations. Lightweight, performance and looks, all in one package.
Best Mods For Cloud Chasing
There are some really high wattage vapers out there. In this section we will cover the best mods that have a maximum output of 200 watts or better.
Rincoe Manto – $47.95
Rincoe is a new company they made quite a splash with their Manto mod. This company basically got everything right on its first try. The Manto is a dual 18650 mod with an absolutely gorgeous 2 inch TFT color screen. The layout and the colors are just phenomenal. The mod will fire up to 228 watts. It will fire down as low as .05 ohms in TC mode and .08 ohms in variable wattage mode. This thing fires really fast, it’s practically instantaneous. Plenty of power for those that are looking for it and it gets to your coil in a hurry.
The menu system on the Manto is as user-friendly and simple as can be. You don’t even need to look at the manual, you can just play around with it for 5 minutes and you’ll be navigating this menu system like a pro. Modes that are included are Bypass, Variable Wattage, TCR, Ti, Ni, and SS mode. The TC menu options on this mod is what we would call a legitimate second-tier TC mod. Meaning, you would have to go to a DNA or Yihi chipset, in order to get a better TC Vape.
The Manto is available in black, silver, blue, rainbow, and red. It has a very sleek look to it and the form factor on it is just fantastic. Tactile and clicky buttons as well as a solid battery door round off the awesome build quality on this mod. We highly recommended it for the vapors that are looking for serious power in a small package.
Tesla XT 220W -$74.00
If you are looking for big wattage with big battery life, look no further than the Tesla XT. Make no mistake about it, this is a big mod but you also get some next-level battery life out of it. It is a dual 21700 mod but it also takes dual 20700’s as well as 18650’s with the included adapters. It has a maximum output wattage of 220w and it also has a 1 inch OLED display. The screen on this mod is laid out beautifully but it is nothing fancy. The menu system is extremely easy to use and intuitive.
The Tesla XT has all of the usual TC modes as well as a manual TCR mode. All of the obligatory protections are built in and this mod features a separate on/off switch. We love the on/off switch so much, that we wish other manufacturers would start including this in there mods as well. It just makes things very simple, safe and easy.
We have already alluded to the big form factor of the XT but we also have to comment on the weight of the mod. This is a pretty heavy mod especially when you run dual 21700 batteries in it. We just want you to be aware of that and know that before you go and purchase something like this. It’s not ridiculously heavy but it has that heft of quality to it. The XT is available in purple, blue, silver, green, and white. We highly recommend that you buy this mod as a kit and get the tank that comes with it.
Innokin Big Box Atlas – $64.95
We don’t know why but for some reason the Innokin big box Atlas just got overlooked this year. Maybe it got lost in a sea of awesome dual 18650 mods. We think it’s a shame because this is one competent, awesome performing, box mod. We happen to think it’s a good-looking box as well.
The Big Box Atlas comes in some nice colors and the finish on it is just amazing. It has a rubber like coating that gives you a great grip and it feels awesome in your hand. The screen is nothing special but it is nice and bright. This mod houses the Aetheon chipset but this is the first time Innokin has pushed this chipset to 200 watts.
Of course, because this is an Innokin mod all the safety features are built in and you know that the mod is made with some awesome build quality. Kickbox will fire up to 200 watts and it will fire as low as .1 ohms. Not only is this box mod a looker but because it has an Aetheon chipset inside, it does temperature control vaping very well. The Big Box Atlas is available in red, purple, and green. Put one in your hand today and you’ll know exactly what we are talking about.
Best Mini/Small Mods
Included in this section are mods that are small and because of that they tend to be internal battery mods. Internal battery mods have one big fault, they are basically throw away mods. The reason I say that is because eventually, the internal battery will wear down after a certain amount of cycles and it will render the mod useless. All that being said they still have their place in a vapers arsenal because of their size and stealthiness. Most of these mods are available in kit form and we recommend that you purchase these mods in kit form.
Vaporesso Tarot Baby -$49.95
This tiny little powerhouse has a 2500 mAh internal battery with 2 amp charging. The power to size to ratio on this mod is just fabulous. Don’t let its size fool you. This little mod packs quite a punch. It will fire down as low as .03 ohms in Super Player mode and it has a maximum output of 85 watts. Not only do you get 85 watts of power but this mod fires fast. Vaporesso says it will fire a coil in .002 seconds.
On the top of the mod we have a center mounted 510 connection.It will hold 24 mm atomizers with no overhang at all. The Tarot Baby has a beautiful .91 inch color display with a clock feature. There is a three button menu system that makes navigating this device a breeze. The menu system is as simple and intuitive as it gets.
The Tarot Baby is available in red, teal, black, rainbow, silver and blue. For such a small mod, the build quality and finish is definitely impressive. Pick this one up in kit form with the NRG SE Tank and we just know that you will impressed.
Smok X-Priv Baby – $54.95
Just like its big brother, the X-Priv Baby is all screen. We’re talking about a 2 inch large screen that is bright, vivid, and vibrant. It can be seen in all lighting conditions, including outdoors in direct sunlight. The screen is also customizable with a bunch of different color choices.
This 2300 mAh internal battery mod is capable of a whopping 80 watts. We say whopping because when you take into consideration the small size of this mod the power output is impressive. The X-Priv Baby fires down as low as .1 ohms in power mode and .05 ohms in TC mode. The micro USB port can be used for charging and updates.
The fit and finish is just beautiful. The mod has a sort of anodized finish with a honeycomb look on the back of the mod. It has a very smooth texture and it feels phenomenal in the hand. The X-Priv Baby is available in a bunch of colors just like most Smok devices. The colors that it is available in include pink, chrome, gunmetal, black, rainbow, blue, and gold. Of course, we recommend that you buy it in kit form because the kit includes the legendary TFV12 Big Baby Prince tank.
Geekvape Aegis Mini – $49.99
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you have heard of the Geekvape Aegis series of mods. The first one that they came out with was practically bulletproof. Then they released the dual-battery Aegis Legend that was extremely durable as well. Now, Geekvape has released the Ageis Mini and it is the same type of form factor as the original Aegis. It looks like a smaller version of the original one but the Mini has an internal battery. Battery life on it is pretty good because of the 2200 mAh battery. It’s capable of 80 Watts and it has the AS-80 chipset.
The Aegis Mini is a Workhorse of a mod that likes it rough. This type of setup is perfect for the blue-collar worker. You can knock it over, submerge it, or you can get it really dirty and it won’t matter because the Aegis will come through with flying colors. This is a rough and tumble mod made for the rough-and-tumble type of vaper.
They just has a very simple menu system and it does all of the TC’s as well as manual TCR. It’s power to size ratio is just fantastic. Combine that with the fact that it is dustproof, shockproof, and waterproof, it’s an all-around winner. Dangerous is also equipped with a fast charge feature that will allow it to charge up to 80% in a mere 20 minutes. If you buy it in kit form, you will be able to get the very flavorful Cerberus Sub Ohm Tank tank. The Cerberus tank comes with a lower wattage mesh coil that is just fantastic. Because the Geekvape Aegis checks off all those boxes, we feel its rightful place is in this list
Best Advanced Mods
Asmodus Lustro -$74.95
Some companies have those legendary mods that all of us have heard of. Asmodus is mainly known for its Minikin line of mods, especially the Minikin V2. In fact, the V2 is still a very popular and widely sold mod till this day. The Lustro, reminds us a lot of the Minikin V2 but it’s more like a teched out version of Minikin V2. By teched out, we mean that this mod has all of the popular bells and whistles that are available in most of today’s mods and it also has a feature that is not available in other mods.
The first thing you notice upon powering on the Asmodus Lustro is the absolutely gorgeous color touch screen. The colors just pop even if the screen layout itself is a little bit on the busy side. The menu system is very easy to learn. What this mod has that we have never seen on another mod is an infrared sensor. What the infrared sensor does, is it allows you to control the mod via hand motions that you do in front of the screen. We do think that it’s a little gimmicky but we definitely give Asmodus a huge amount of credit for doing something innovative and different.
The Lustro has all of the usual temperature control settings as well as a TCR function. The Lustro also has power and temperature curve settings available as well. Like most Amodus mods, this really isn’t the greatest in the TC department but Asmodus is definitely getting better when it comes to their temperature control capabilities.
The Lustro has a maximum output wattage of 168 watts and it will fire down as low as .1 ohms. It also has an LED strip on the side of the mod that allows you to run different colors or completely shut it off, if lights just aren’t your thing. Like most mods that Asmodus makes, the Lustro is available in a ton of colors. Those colors include black, white, purple, candy green, army green, navy blue, tiffany blue, teal, yellow, and red.
SX Mini G Class – $209.95
You just know we couldn’t compile this list without including a mod that has a Yihi chipset in it. Most experienced vapers know that when it comes to temperature control vaping, it’s between this chipset and the DNA board. The nice thing about this mod is not only does it have a fantastic chipset in it, but you also get the revolutionary joystick that allows you to have complete control over the menu system.
The G Class takes dual 18650’s. At the heart of this beastly mod you have the Yihi SX550J flagship chipset. The menu system is very simple and you have 5 different presets for each preheat setting. It fires up to 200 watts in power mode and 120 joules in TC mode. It fires down as low as .05 ohms and it has an output efficiency of 94%. It also has a full-color 1.3 inch TFT display and it is firmware upgradeable.
While the form factor is comfortable and smooth, make no mistake about it, this is a big mod that can also be on the heavy side with dual 18650’s in it. It will handle 30 mm atomizers with no overhang but it’s not exactly the most pocketable mod on the market. Still, we think the build quality, battery life, and the performance make this mod a must-own. If the price point does not bother you, you really just can’t go wrong with a G Class.
Here’s a pro tip. If the price of admission for a G Class is to high for you, check out the GTRS V-Boy 200 watt. It has the SX500 processor and some vapers actually prefer the form factor on this mod. Oh yeah, its nearly half the price of the G Class.
Lost Vape Paranormal 250C – $139.95
A lot of vapers believe that when it comes to accuracy, power, and temperature control vaping that the Evolv 250C chipset is the last word. They have a good reason to feel that way because this is one of the two best chipsets on the market right now. LostVape, took this wonderful chipset and put a beautiful wrapper around it. The first thing you notice when you open up the Paranormal is the fit and finish. It is drop dead gorgeous. Not only is this mod a looker but it also comes with interchangeable panels so you can change the look of your mod depending on your mood and style for the day.
The Paranormal 250C is a dual 18650 mod with .96 in color TFT display. It is capable of a maximum output of 200 watts and it is fully customizable via the Escribe software. It has 2 amp onboard charging and of course it is firmware upgradable. It can fire down as low as .1 ohms in power mode and .08 ohms in TC mode. You will get great battery life on the Paranormal 250C because the efficiency rating on the chipset is 97%.
From the cushioned leather panel wraps to the carbon fiber plates, this mod is all about quality and class. Definitely one of the most well-built mods to come out of China. That quality is going to cost you though, this mod retails for around $150. We think it’s worth every penny. The Paranormal 250C is available in a bunch of different color configurations with multiple colored frame options.
What We Look For In A Device
Here at Vaping Insider we have literally tested hundreds upon hundreds of mods and atomizers. There are certain things that we look for when we review and test a mod. Some of those things but not nearly all of them include:
We always check out the build quality of a mod. We want to make sure that it’s a quality product and that it’s put together in a precise way. We also check the brightness of the screen, the paint, the way the buttons perform, and whether the mod has clear battery indicator markings.
We check to see if the mod is comfortable in your hand. Is the mod easy to carry? Pocketability? We also check to see what the largest atomizer is that you can use on the mod without any overhang.
Whenever we test a mod in the performance area we use it everyday and for quite some time before we complete a review. We refuse to do OO TB (Out Of The Box) reviews. We want to make sure that we check all the ins and outs of the mod and how it performs. We also want to make sure that it’s accurate in the modes that are available on the mod that we are reviewing.
Is the mod innovative? Is the company that is producing the mod doing something different and unique? We go over all that, in most of our reviews.
Since have tested hundreds of mods we feel like we have our finger on the pulse of the vaping marketplace. We normally comment on whether a mod is a value or not.
Please remember, while these are some of the things that we look for, our reviews are much more intricate than what we have listed above. All the mods that we review here at Vaping Insider are used by real world vapers. We also make sure that we use them in real world situations in order to provide you with some of the most comprehensive reviews available in today’s marketplace.
Parts Of A Mod
In the section we are going to go over some of the main parts of a mod. We are going to touch on the basic parts that are found on most of the mods currently being produced.
On the top of the mod, where you attach your atomizer is called the 510 connection. Normally there is a stainless steel plate around it and stainless steel threading. In most of today’s modern mods the 510 connection is spring loaded and gold-plated. Different mods have a different types of spring to them and you may hear reviewers say it’s got a very loose 510 or a very stiff 510, this is the part of the mod they are talking about when they say that. The 510 connection is an integral part of any mod and it can make or break a box mod. You can have a great mod with quality construction but if it has a low quality 510, that makes a bad connection, all bets are off. You need to have a 510 that makes a solid connection and one that can take the wear and tear of constantly putting an atomizer on and off the mod. Low quality 510’s will have an affect on how accurately the mod reads the resistance of the coil. This may negatively affect the quality of your vape as well as the TC functionality. High quality 510’s will read the coil more accurately, which will result in a higher quality vape especially in TC mode.
Next is the screen. They’re all different types of screens. Some are vertical, some are horizontal, some are color, and some are monochrome. The screen is where you are going to find all the information about how your device is acting. It will tell you what your battery life is doing, resistance, mode, voltage, and a plethora of other information. Some people like big fancy colored screens and other people like smaller more discreet screens. It really is more of a personal choice because most screens convey the same information with varying layouts and configurations.
The other main part of a mod are the buttons. Most mods will have a three-button type of setup. This includes a fire button, plus button, and a minus button. Other mods have a 4 button interface that adds a menu button. Some of the newer mods coming out on the market lately don’t have any buttons and just use a touchscreen and a fire button. Others have a joystick on the mod itself that controls everything. Again, this is a personal choice as to which type of setup you are going to like.
When it comes to fire buttons, there are basically two different types. There is the fire bar-type, where almost the whole side of the mod acts as a fire button. Then there is the traditional fire button that comes in many different shapes and sizes as well as locations.
The battery tray is another piece of the mod that you will need to become familiar with. This is the place that will house your batteries if you have a mod that takes external batteries. Most of the times, the battery tray is clearly marked with battery indicator markings. It is also very common for you to see at least two gold plated, spring loaded, battery contacts in a dual-battery mod. Normally the other two battery contacts are button style and gold-plated as well.
Common Settings Explained
In this section, we are going to go over some of the basic, most common settings that you will find on most of today’s mods.
This setting controls how much wattage is sent to your coil. This will affect how hot or cool you like your vape and it will also the affect the flavor in a lot of scenarios. Finding a wattage that is right for you will take some trial and error but after some time you will get the hang of it. A lot of mods scroll up and down in .1 watt increments. Lately we have seen this change to 1 watt or .5 watt increments.
Most regulated mods have a temperature control feature. Most of them allow you to Vape in SS, Ti, and and Ni. SS stands for stainless steel, Ti stands for titanium, and and Ni stands for nickel. When vaping in temperature control mode, you have to make sure that you have the right coil for the right setting. You cannot vape a stainless steel coil in Ni mode.
Most people use temperature control vaping to achieve a more consistent vape. This is done in two ways, controlling the temperature of the coil, controlling the wattage sent to the coil. Most good TC chipsets have a temperature setting as well as a wattage setting. The temperature setting will control how hot or cool you like your vape. The wattage setting will control how quickly the coil that you are using ramps up to that set temperature. If you want a quick ramp up, then you bump up the wattage. If you want a slow ramp up, then you knock the wattage down a bit.
Power curves are relatively new, they came onto the scene about a year ago. What a power curve allows you to do is send a certain amount of power for a certain amount of time incrementally to the coil. On a typical mod you could set it so that for the first half a second your mod may hit at 60 watts, for the next half a second it might bump up to 65 watts, then 70 watts for the next half a second, and back down to 60 for the last half a second. You can normally do this for a total of 5-10 seconds at an interval that the user chooses. It’s a feature that has become quite popular with a lot of vapers.
I’d say about 90% of the mods that we have tested in the last year or two all have a bypass mode. What this does is, it basically turns your mod into a mechanical mod with the safeties still in place. It basically makes your mod a direct output mod and gives you the maximum current that is available to your atomizer according to the batteries that you have installed. Some people use this mode when they want a really hard hit or they are running big builds that require a lot of power.
Most mods allow you to put them into stealth mode. What this does is it turns off the screen even while you are vaping. This is normally done on most menu systems by holding the plus and minus button together or some other combination of the +/- button and fire button.
Almost every box mod that we have used has some sort of locking feature to it. There are normally two types. One type allows the user to just lock the plus and minus buttons, so your wattage doesn’t get accidently adjusted. The other type of lock allows you to lock all buttons so that you cannot fire the mod or adjust the wattage. Very rarely do you see both features on one mod. It’s normally one or the other.
Which Mod is Right for you?
In the search for a new mod you want to take three things into consideration. Those three things are experience, budget, and goal.
Most mods on the market today can accommodate any type of user from the absolute newbie to the very experienced vaper. You can go buy a mod that has all of the advanced features that an experienced user would want. Just because the mod has all of those features, does not mean that you have to use them all. In fact some vapers recommend this, so you are able to grow with the mod. Here at Vaping Insider, we would suggest that you start off with something simple and easy to use. You want something with a simple menu system and an easy learning curve. The mods we listed in this article definitely fit that description.
When you are considering your personal budget for your first vaping mod you also have to take into consideration that you are going to need batteries and a charger. Like most things in life, some mods just have a better build quality than others and will last longer. In this list we think we came up with some pretty good pics that can fit into most anyone’s budget.
What do you want to get out of your first mod? Do you think you are going to be a cloud chaser or a flavor chaser? These are things you need to consider before you purchase your mod. You also have to consider how much use you are going to get out of that mod on a daily basis. Do you think you’ll need a single cell mod or a dual cell mod with extra battery capacity? Most vapers wind up vaping anywhere from 40 to 125 watts. For those types of vapers, a dual cell mod will get you through most of the day. If you think you’re going to be vaping higher than that, you may want to consider a triple or quadruple cell mod.
Are They Safe?
In general, we would have to say that most mods especially the regulated ones with a chipset in them are very safe. We have tested well over 500 mods here at Vaping Insider and we have yet to have anything catastrophic happen to anyone of us. Most of the modern mods coming out today have all types of protections built in. Let’s go over some of the protections and what they mean.
This protection will kick in when your bored gets too hot. It will stop you from firing the mod until you’re bored actually cools down.
Mod Short Protection
You will see this message on your screen when your atomizer has a short. Normally it’s a lead that has not been clipped properly or may still be in the deck. It could also be something as simple as a loose post screw.
Ohms Too High/Low
You will see this message on your screen if you are building outside of the parameters of the mod. Most mods have a low resistance that they fire as low as and high resistance that they can fire as high as. A typical range for a common mod is from .05 ohms to 3 ohms. Go outside of those parameters and you will get this message.
Whenever you see a check atomizer warning it normally means that your atomizer is not making a good connection at the 510.
This message will show up on your screen when your batteries are too low to fire the atomizer on top of the mod.
We genuinely hope enjoyed our best vape mod article and that it will help you purchase a device that is right for yoy. We can’t stress enough that some of the best ways to get information is to talk to other experienced vapers. It has been our experience that most vapers are more than happy to help when it comes to picking out a new mod. Vapers love talking about their favorite setups and experiences. So what are you waiting for? Get out there, buy yoour first setup, and start vaping.