What is The Best Tube Mod in 2016?
The best tube mods of 2016 include:
|Best for:||Name||Tank / Battery capacity||Price|
|Cloud chasing||Vaporfi Rebel 3||5.8ml / 3000 mAh||$107.99|
|Vaping on a budget||Joyetech eGo AIO||2ml / 1500 mAh||$19.95|
|Sub ohm vaping
|VaporFi Edge||7ml / 1800 mAh||$129.99|
|Temperature control||Kanger Subvod Mega||4ml / 2300 mAh||$39.99|
|Mechanical||Tugboat V2||Sold separately||$147.95|
|VV / VW||Innokin iTaste VV4||1000mAh||$29.71|
|Quitting smoking||Vaporfi Pro 3||2.5ml / 1000 mAh||$49.99|
|Small size||Eleaf iJust 2 Mini||2ml / 1100 mAh||$25.95|
Best for Cloud Chasing
VaporFi Rebel 3 Starter Kit $107.99
- 5.8ml Tank capacity
- 3000mAh Battery life
- Resistance range: 0.15ohm-5.0ohm
- Adjustable airflow
- Pass through charging
In the Rebel 3 it is astonishing that Vaporfi have managed to fit in a massive 5.8ml tank and 3000mAh battery. All this in a device that you can comfortably wrap your hand around. Vaporfi are truly trail blazers when it comes to smaller sized mods.
The Rebel 3 is one of the newest tube mods on the market, it was released on July 14th 2016. There are no other tube style mods that have been designed with cloud chasers in mind. In terms of cloud size the Rebel 3 is in a league of its own.
The flavor from the Rebel 3 tank is deep and rich. To make the most of the flavour capabilities you should try some of Vaporfi’s highly regarded Grand Reserve e-liquids. The Grand Reserve e-liquids are designed to be rich and intense. The ‘Catch you latte’ flavor is particularly popular, it won the Vape Summit 2015 Award for coffee flavor e-liquids.
Air flow is provide by a single large air hole on the side of the atomizer base. The airflow can be adjusted by rotating the atomizer base. Open the hole completely for the biggest clouds possible.
Cheapest / Best for Beginners
Joyetech eGo AIO $19.95
- 2ml Built-in tank
- 1500mAh Battery capacity
- 0.6ohm Atomizer heads
- Adjustable airflow
The Joyetech eGo AIO, or “All in One”, is the perfect pen style mod for beginners due to its good tank capacity, easy to use design, compactness, and long lasting battery. The 15W – 28W wattage range results in warm, dense vapor with plenty of flavor.
eGo has a reputation for creating excellent beginner mods. Until now the eGo AIO the eGo One was the go to choice for newbies.
Those who are starting to vape in order to quit smoking will appreciate the compact size of the AIO, it has a height of just 118.5 mm and a diameter of 19 mm. It is also lighter than the eGo One.
The AIO foregoes complications like temperature control and variable wattage in order to deliver a cheap, compact, and easy to use regulated mod. The device is operated by a single button and the airflow is adjusted by rotating the top-cap.
Two drip tips are included, a spiral drip tip for mouth to lung hits, and a glass drip tip for lung hits. Mouth to lung hits are the type of hit you get from a cigarette. For those who want to quit smoking mouth to lung capability is an essential feature. MTL hits on the eGo AIO are good but not as good as the Vaporfi Pro III. If you want a cheap introduction to mouth to lung vaping the AIO will be sufficient, but if you need an experience that very closely resembles cigarette smoking then invest in the Pro III.
The tank is built into the battery housing, this is not only aesthetically pleasing but it is an important part of the AIOs leak free design. Ego has included its latest ‘cup’ technology in this tank to prevent leaks. The 2.5ml capacity of the tank will allow most people to go at least a day without refilling. When it’s time to refill there is an easy top fill method.
When you press the power button the tank is illuminated by an OLED light. You can choose from seven different light colours; white, yellow, green, blue, indigo, red, and purple. However this is an optional feature which can easily be turned off.
The AIO comes with two sub-ohm 0.6ohm SS coil heads.
The built in 1500mAh battery supports pass through charging, meaning you can charge the device and still vape with it.
Safety features include a child lock, over-charge protection, over discharge protection, and over-current protection.
Best for quitting smoking
Vaporfi Pro 3 Starter Kit $49.99
- 2.5ml Tank capacity
- Available in 8 colors
- 1000 mAh Battery capacity
- Pre-installed 2.0 ohm atomizer
- Includes USB charging cable
Vaporfi is a trusted brand that has taken the lead on high quality, easy to use, attractive tube and e-cigarette devices.
The Vaporfi Pro 3 is the successor of the much loved Vaporfi Pro 3. It is the only tube mod that has been designed to provide a vaping experience that mimics cigarette smoking. This type of vaping is called “mouth to lung”.
The Pro 3 features a 2.5ml capacity tank with a pre-installed 2.0ohm atomizer. An atomizer is the heating element in a vaping device. A spare atomizer is included in this kit. The tank has standard 510 threading so it will be compatible with almost all vaping mods. The tank has a top fill method so you won’t need to unscrew it for refills.
The battery has a 1000mAh capacity. Atomizer resistance influences how long the battery will last, the lower the resistance the lower the battery life. Although the 1000mAh is a slightly below average capacity, the battery is long lasting because of the high 2.0 ohm atomizer resistance.
To beginner vapers $50 probably seems like a lot to spend, however this is your only option for a tube mod that is designed purely for mouth to lung vaping. If you are trying to quit smoking then a high quality device means you are much more likely to succeed. In terms of health benefits and money saved the extra investment will pay for itself within weeks.
If the Pro III is outside your budget then an alternative is the more affordable eGo AIO for $19.95. It can produce MTL hits but the draw won’t be as tight.
Vaporfi has a 30-day money back guarantee so if the Pro III does not live up to expectations it can be returned and refunded.
Best for Temperature Control
Kanger Subvod Mega TC Starter Kit $39.99
- 4ml Toptank Mini
- Dual adjustable airflow
- 2300 mAh Battery capacity
- Range: 35W-40W
In temp control mode you can set a temperature and your coil will not exceed this temperature. This avoids dry hits or hits that are too hot, improves flavor, and increases battery life. It also allows you to use more wire types such as; stainless steel, titanium, nickel, and NiChrome.
There are very few temperature control tube mods available, this may be because of the range of mini box mods available now. Of all tube style TC mods, the Kanger Subvod is easily the best for performance, ease of use, and build quality. Temperature controlled output is 430 to 460 degrees fahrenheit and Ni200 nickel coils are supported.
Included in this bundle is a 0.15 ohm Ni200 Nickel SSOCC coil and a 0.5 ohm SSOCC coil. These sub ohm coils produce good amounts of flavorful vapor.
This starter kit contains the Toptank Mini which has a 4ml capacity, 22mm diameter, and dual adjustable airflow. The Toptank can also be bought in a Nano size. The Toptank Nano has a 3.2ml capacity and 18.5mm diameter.
The Subvod Mega can handle atomizer resistances as low as 0.1 ohm. One of the best things about Kanger tanks is the range of coil heads available. You can get replacement SSOCC coils in resistances of 0.5 ohm, 1.2 ohm, and 1.5 ohm. There are also Ni200 (0.15ohm), ceramic (0.5 ohm), and Clapton coils (0.5ohm and 1.2ohm) available.
The 2300mAh battery is one of the largest ever seen in a non-box mod. Sub ohm vaping uses up battery relatively quickly so while the battery life is good it is not as long as you might expect given the large capacity. The vast majority of people will be able to go all day without needing to recharge.
Best for Variable Voltage / Variable Wattage
Innokin iTaste VV4 $29.71
- Voltage range: 3.0V-6.0V (adjustable in 0.1v steps
- Wattage range: 6.0W-15.0W (adjustable in 0.5w steps)
- Minimum Resistance: 0.8 ohms
- 1000mAh Battery
- OLED Screen
When it comes to VV / VW tube mods your choice is very limited. Fortunately the Innokin iTaste VV 4 does a great job of fitting these features into a small package. You can set either your desired voltage or desired wattage and the iTaste VV 4 handles the rest.
An OLED screen at the base of the tube displays; voltage, wattage, atomizer resistance, and remaining battery life. You can also view a puff counter, a useful feature if you are trying to cut down or limit your vaping. Battery life is indicated by LED lights in green, red, and yellow.
The Innokin iTaste VV4 is ultra slim and just over 5″ in length. It is available in white, black, stainless, and chromatic designs. The tank connection is 510 and eGo compatible.
The eGo style 1000mAh battery can be charged while you vape. Total charging time is 1.5 hours.
This is a great beginner mod for those who want a device more advanced than a pen mod but who aren’t ready to move onto a box mod. The voltage can be adjusted between 3.0V and 6.0V in 0.1 increments and the wattage can be adjusted between 6.0W and 15.0W in 0.5 increments. Sub ohm vaping is possible, with a minimum atomizer resistance of 0.8 ohms.
As a safety feature you must press the fire button three times in rapid succession to turn on the device.The VV4 will cut off if the activation button is held down for more than ten seconds.
This kit does not include a tank. A mini tank such as the Aspire Nautilus Mini would work well with the iTaste VV4.
Best Mini Mod
Eleaf iJust 2 Mini Starter Kit $25.95
- 2ml Tank capacity
- 1100 mAh Internal battery
- Total height: 118mm
- 22mm Diameter
- Wattage: 30W-80W
- Adjustable airflow
- Included 0.3ohm atomizer
The iJust 2 Mini is an affordable mini tube mod with great flavor and vapour production. The stainless steel device has a smaller tank and battery compared to the full size iJust 2 but no other changes have been made. Flavor and cloud production are just as good in the Mini. You can expect massive clouds at around 70W and awesome flavor from 50W upwards. For such a small and inexpensive mod performance is exceptional.
In terms of height this is one of the smallest tube style mods available, total height including the drip tip is 118.5mm.
Replacement EC coils are priced competitively at $12 for five. They are available in resistances of 0.3 ohm and 0.5 ohm. There are also Ni200 and titanium coils that you can use with a temperature controlled mod. Coils for the Eleaf Melo, Aspire Atlantis, and Aspire Atlantis 2 are also compatible with this tank.
The airflow is adjusted by a rotating a silicone control ring around the atomizer base. The ring also makes the iJust 2 easier to grip, making it less likely to be dropped. Extra grip is useful since the tank is made of glass.
Safety features include; short circuit protection, low voltage protection, and overcharge protection.
Best Mechanical Tube Mod
Tugboat V2 $147.95
- Copper machined and cerakoted
- 5 Color options
- Made in America
- Takes a single 18650 battery
- 24mm Diameter, 90mm height
- Includes matching top cap and case
The authentic Tugboat V2 mechanical tube mod is made of copper. Copper is an excellent choice because it has a higher conductivity than other commonly used metals such as aluminium, brass, platinum, and stainless steel. A high conductivity means the mod is harder hitting and battery life is extended.
The USA made unregulated mod has a silver plated spring, copper contacts, Delrin insulators, and a hybrid connection. It is powered by a single 18650 battery.
The V2 is cerakoted. Cerakote is a type of paint that contains ceramic. Once the Cerakote is applied it is baked at a high temperature to set it. The resulting finish is a very durable paint job. The paint job and the mod itself will be more resistant to wear and corrosion. Until now Cerakote has mainly been used on guns.
The included top cap has a 24mm diameter which sits flush with the mod. Its paint job matches the tube and it is engraved with the Tugboat and Flawless logos. Dual airflow holes on each side measure 7mm. Also included is a Delrin competition cap.
Best Sub Ohm Kit
VaporFi Edge Starter Kit $129.99
- 7ml Tank
- 1800 mAh Integrated battery
- Atomizer resistance: 0.1 – 3.5ohm
- Max power: 100W
- Max voltage: 4.2V
- Dimensions: 22mm x 87mm
- Adjustable air flow
- Ajustable juice flow
The stand out features of the high-end VaporFi Edge are the extra large sub ohm tank, 1800 mAh battery, easy refill method, compact size, and attractive, modern design. VaporFi continues to innovate while most other brands have abandoned tube style mods in favor of box mods.
Even with lighter puffs the Edge will produce huge clouds. The amount of vapor produced will depend on the amount of airflow and the resistance of the atomizer. The large single air flow hole can be adjusted by twisting the base of the tank. Less air flow gives a tighter draw, open the hole all the way for a light and airy draw.
The VaporFi Edge is one of only two tube style mods on the market that can support coil resistances as low as 0.1ohm. The other mod is the Volcano Lavatube 3, however the Lavatube is significantly more expensive as it costs $20 more and does not include a tank or battery. The Lavatube 3 does have temperature control, something that the Edge battery does not support. The edge tank is however compatible with temp control devices.
The Edge tank comes with a pre-installed 0.5ohm atomizer and a 0.2ohm atomizer is included in the box. At 7ml the tank has one of the largest capacities of any vape tank on the market. Sub ohm vaping uses up e-liquid relatively quickly so this is a real advantage.
An advanced cooling system and wide bore drip tip ensures no part of the Edge overheats.
While VaporFi continues to redefine what a tube mod is capable of, they are also making waves in the e-liquid industry. VaporFi e-liquids are made in an FDA registered lab, use flavorings that are specifically designed to be inhaled, and use high quality nicotine. You can try three flavours in a juice sampler pack or check out the award winning Grand Reserve line of flavors.
For more info on mods, check out our guide on the best mods for vaping for January 2017.