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What is a Vape Mod?
As you may already know, the term “mod” is short for “modified,” so a vape mod is technically a modified e-cigarette or vape pen. Vape mods are bigger, fatter, and come in different shapes. Vape mods generally produce more vapor clouds and have more parts that can be changed around and modified, like the vape tank, the vape coils, the drip tips, and more. Vape mods tend to house larger batteries and hold more e-juice. Plus, the mechanism used to heat the e-liquid is more potent than the typical e-cigarette. Whatever the enhancements are, you’re unlikely to find them in regular cig-a-likes or vape pens, only in advanced or modified models.
Vape Mods - Brief History
Vaporizers have been around in one form or another, going all the way back to the 60s when a scrap metal dealer and a heavy smoker Herbert A. Gilbert invented the first e-cigarette. However, as with many inventions, he could not convince any companies to start mass production of his device. Fifty-five years later, this technology powered the e-cigarette industry that generates $10 billion worldwide annually.
First e-cigarette invented by Helbert A. Gilbert in 1963 Image Source
The technology, however, has changed massively over the years, adding in features like system processors and other perks, including temperature control and different vaping modes.
All vaping devices have a few things in common. All vape mods (and e-cigs) have a battery. This battery can be internally mounted or external, as is the case with most modern vape mods that use 18650 batteries (mostly). The manufacturers back in the day began making the first vape mods using flashlights; they’d hack the torch to send current to a tank attached to it – this is how everything got started.
As of, or from around 2015, vape mods began to get very intelligent. Just like smartphones, vape mods are continually evolving, adding new technology and features.
Who is the Vape Mod for?
The answer to this question depends on your experience as a vaper. If you just started vaping, then we recommend sticking to your current e-cigarette or vape pen until you feel you are comfortable enough to make the switch. If you’ve been vaping for a while, you might want more flexibility to take your vaping to the next level. So that you could produce larger clouds and experiment with different settings, parts, and flavors. Then it is the time to start looking for an Advanced Personal Vaporizer, aka Vape Mod.
What is a Box Mod?
Box mods are vape mods but in the shape of a box. Simple yet quite an intricate and technological piece of equipment.
Box mods are some of the most sophisticated and popular vapor-producing devices today. But what are they? How do they work? In the next lines, I will explain the key features and functionality of box mod vaporizers.
Regulation and control over vapor temperature is the staple feature of box mods. As a result, you get more flexibility, so you will never have to worry about hot or dry hits again. Box mods allow you to adjust the wattage of their vaporizers. Wattage is the amount of power delivered by the battery to the atomizer. The higher the wattage, the more intense the vapor production. Vapers can customize their box mods with different vape tanks and atomizers, like Fireluke 2 by FreeMax Vapor, to enhance their vaping experience. Box mods also allow for sub-ohm vaping, enabling you to vape at a resistance of less than 1 ohm. What does this last bit mean?
With sub-ohm vaping, you will get giant and puffy vapor clouds and more intense flavor experiences while using less or no nicotine.
Should you get a box mod instead of other types of vaporizers? Well, you see, box mods offer a much longer battery life, so you will get more use out of it without continually charging your vaping device. Wattage control gives you lots of customization options, too. Some vapers prefer huge, cloudy drags and inhale as much vapor as possible to produce billows of clouds. In contrast, other vapers make smaller, shorter hits that produce less vapor, hence less attention. Wattage control allows you to vape on your own terms.
Box mods also allow experienced vapers to build custom coils. For advanced users, building coils can be a hobby. By changing the configuration of the coils and e-liquid volume, you can streamline your setup with much more precision.
Box mods also enable you to use many different attachments, such as FreeMax M Pro Metal tank for e-juices, waxes, and whatever substance you like to vaporize:
Box mods aren’t as cheap as the other vaping devices available on the market, like e-cigarettes, vape pens, vape pods (we’ll be discussing these below), or vape mods. But their customization features, plus their battery life, make them the optimal choice for serious vapers.
These mods aren’t designed for beginners or inexperienced vapers because neglecting the wattage levels (that means setting it up too high) can damage your atomizer.
What is a Vape Pod?
Vape Pods are somewhat in between an e-cigarette or vape pen and a vape mod. They are designed for those looking for a more sleek and stylish, compact, and slender vaping device. Yet with a bit more grunt than an e-cigarette, and without the fuss that larger, chunkier sub-ohm vape mods carry along with them.
More powerful than a conventional e-cig or vape pen and less hassle than a mod, pods use the same kind of sub-ohm technology as a mod to create vapor, though with a fraction of the power and temperature.
Vape pods are ideal for nicotine salts due to their relatively high power to low temperature ratio. Nicotine salts are naturally occurring substances found in and on tobacco leaves. They are produced differently than pharmaceutical grade and freebase nicotine, commonly found in e-juices, cigarettes, and nicotine replacement therapy products found the world over.
Nicotine salts have higher nicotine content than regular e-liquid. They are getting more popular for their similarities to smoking cigarettes due to the throat and nicotine hit they provide. Due to the nicotine content, it's thought that nic salts may give vapers the nicotine dose they crave faster than standard e liquids, which may, in turn, lead to vaping less frequently.
Who is the vape pod for?
You spend a lot of time on the go and lead an active lifestyle. You don’t want to draw attention to the massive vapor clouds blocking the view of the passers-by. Finally, you want to use nicotine salts as the replacement of nicotine found in cigarettes.
If this sounds like you, then the vape pod is what you are looking for as it can provide higher nicotine delivery with less power than regular e-cigarettes.
15 Best Vape Mods and Box Mods of 2021
Selecting a list of the best of whatever is quite a daunting and time-consuming task, especially when the market is flooded with great vaping devices. There are so many brands, each brand putting out many different models and parts. So here we are presenting to you what we think are the 15 best vape mods for 2021, in no particular order. They are all great vaping devices!
1 - VOOPOO DRAG 2 177W (Best Design)
- Wattage: up to 177W
- Battery Type: Dual 18650 battery (not included)
- Resistance: 0.05-ohm minimum
- Compatible with most vape tanks. We suggest trying it with the Fireluke 2 tank by FreeMax:
This starter kit is the VooPoo brand’s successor, continuing the legacy of the original DRAG device with a brand new and highly intelligent GENE FIT chipset. It allows for numerous power output modes so you can customize your experience easily.
There’s also a newly updated chassis which pairs with a UFORCE T2 mesh-coil sub-ohm tank for impressive vapor production. If you liked the original DRAG box mod, you’re sure to adore the DRAG 2, thanks to its modern updates.
The new version boasts rounded edges to allow for more ergonomic handling and a greater range of resin-dyed color options for an even more beautiful display!
The chipset, as you might imagine, is efficient and dynamic, allowing for better battery efficiency and more output power adjustments, including Cloud Set, Battery Set, and Flavor Set, so you can tailor your experience to suit your precise requirements.
The tank that comes with this kit comes with an e-juice reservoir capable of holding up to 5ml of e-liquid together with a sliding ergonomic top filling design for no mess or fuss. There’s a triple-slot airflow control, too, so you can adjust your vapor production with ease.
The shell isn’t just stylish. It’s also scratch-resistant and non-fading, with high-quality, exquisite craftsmanship, so you won’t just enjoy vaping with a high-performance device, but you’ll also look cool.
2 - SMOK G-PRIV Baby LUXE 85W (Best Vape Mod for Beginners)
- Wattage: 1W-85W
- Battery type: 18650 mAh (not included)
- Resistance: 0.05 ohm maximum
With a wattage range between 1 and 85W, a voltage range between 0.5 and 9V, a temperature range between 93 and 315 degrees Celsius, and a minimum atomizer resistance of 0.05 ohms, this is a potent and versatile device that will let you get the most out of your vape.
Made with a high-quality zinc alloy construction, it comes with a large 2 inch, shatter-resistant touchscreen that lets you control your vape quite easily. The screen-lock button allows you to operate this device easily.
It comes in 6 different colors, so you won’t be short of choices to suit your particular style.
Safety is at the core of its design. With a 10-second auto shut-off function, overheating and short-circuiting protection, and a low battery warning light, it is a forgetful vaper’s best friend.
Just one drawback: it doesn’t have a very ergonomic design.
3 - Innokin Proton Mini Ajax (Best New Vape)
- Wattage: 120W max
- Battery type: 3400 mAh (internal)
- Resistance: minimum 0.16 ohm
Capable of reaching 120 watts, this device may come with the Ajax sub-ohm tank. Still, it is pairable with a wide variety of rebuildable atomizers and vape tanks for a customized experience. Try it with M Pro Resin Tank by Freemax for the best experience!
The Ajax tank itself has a large capacity and has mesh coil and bubble glass options that produce impressively tasty and dense vapor clouds that are sure to please both experienced and novice vapers alike.
This box mod is made from a robust zinc alloy, while the chassis was designed to offer excellent protection to the battery. It also boasts a superb firing system and very reliable output.
4 - Geekvape Aegis Max (Most Stylish Box Mod)
- Wattage: 100W max.
- Battery: 18650, 20700, or 21700. (not included)
The latest in the IP67-rated mods, this device is a head-turner. If vapor didn’t come out of it, people might think you are holding the key to an Aston Martin or a Bentley.
To top it all up, it is shock-resistant, dust-proof, and waterproof. All these features make it a product of military-grade architecture. Of course, don’t go scuba diving with it because it will suffer if you sink it to more than 3ft (or about a meter).
One downside is that the battery cap. Manufacturers need to work a bit more on it.
5 - Innokin Coolfire Z50 (Great choice for beginners)
- Wattage: up to 50W
- Battery: 2100mAh (integrated)
This sleek box mod does not precisely have a box shape, but an almost cylindrical shape with a square part protruding out of the cylinder where the ignition button is located. It is a compact model and also quite discreet.
It comes in five different colors, and it is built from durable zinc-alloy. This mode is quite ergonomic and fits snug in the vaper’s hand.
6 - ASPIRE MIXX 60W Box Mod
The Aspire Mixx is quite a beauty and comes in 10 colors. This sleek box mod features interchangeable batteries, a bottom-mounted screen, and a convertible aluminum and stainless steel outer shell.
The design, besides its eye-catching aesthetics, is also very ergonomic. Carrying it in your pocket is also quite a comfortable experience.
7 - Innokin Kroma-R 80W
- Wattage: 6-80W
- Battery: single 18650 (not included)
The Kroma R box mod uses Innokin’s proprietary chip with the most diverse features and the most popular working modes. Enjoy great vaping with Wattage (6-80W) and Voltage (1-7.5V) outputs and Soft, Normal, and Boost Modes.
The Bright OLED screen displays all the necessary information, including battery charge, wattage/voltage, coil resistance, puff count, voltage out, and wattage lock. The Kroma-R features 2A MicroUSB quick charge and integrated safety protections.
8 - Vaporesso SWAG II Generation Box Mod
- Wattage: 5-80W
- Resistance: 0.03 - 5.0 ohms
- Battery: single 18650 (not included)
The second-generation Vaporesso SWAG gives you more power in the palm of your hand by adopting a specially formulated rubber coating, which makes it much lighter than its predecessor, and more durable too.
9 - SMOK A-Priv 225W
This one is a powerhouse featuring a dual-battery mod and an impressive design, and all the features you would love in a mod.
One of the main pros is its price. At the time of this writing, you could pick it up for around $30. Quite a save if you consider most box mods of this caliber usually leave the shelves for more than $50, at least.
To top it all off, thanks to the dual 18650 batteries, it has a whopping 225W output!
The coils feature titanium, nickel, and stainless steel. The design is also quite sleek, although I wouldn’t rank at the top of the most attractive box mods, but it is a very ergonomic device and feels very comfortable when holding it.
A cool display screen sits on the top edge of the device.
10 - Aspire Dynamo 200W
Another powerful box mod with a glistening design is what the guys at Aspire have delighted us with yet again. Like the SMOK described above, it also runs with a dual-battery system, outputting some serious grunt at 225 W (in VW mode).
The elegant round display screen stares right at everybody from the middle of the body of the device. Another comfortable design feature is its rounded edges, which allow for a hand-pleasing grab. All this comes at a price. It’s not as cheap as the SMOK A-Priv (Aspire prices start at $55), but its price is well justified.
11 - Vaporesso Luxe II
Beautiful, elegant, sophisticated, eye-catching, flashy, yet discreet, and practical, the Vaporesso Luxe II is definitely worth the price (around $70).
The Luxe II sensibly incorporates touch-screen technology, with a small panel along the bottom of the screen containing two adjustment buttons and one mode button. The only physical button is the slightly extended firing button on the side.
The 18650 batteries are sold separately, but with high-amp options, you can enjoy the full power output of up to 220 W. The Luxe II also has other modes, including smart TC mode, power ECO mode (for battery-saving), pulse mode (for pulse-like firing), and DIY mode (which adds in custom curves and bypass mode). These features give you great flexibility in your vaping style, but you don’t have to go into any major detail for the most common features. For example, the smart TC mode means the device automatically detects a TC coil to minimize the amount of messing around you need to do.
12 - Innokin MVP5
The MVP series has been a staple in the vaping market for some time. As a result, many of the series’s devices have been hailed as the best box mods. It’s not too surprising, then, that the MVP5 takes a respectable spot on this list. If you’re into vast amounts of power, there are better options out there for you, but with a 120 W maximum output, it does an excellent job for most vapers. Combine this with the impressive 5,200 mAh internal battery, and you can see it’s legitimately a beast of a mod.
It does indeed come with temperature control functionality, including adjustable TCR and integrated support for all common TC wire types. The wattage mode also has a hit strength feature you can use to boost or soften the initial part of your draw. The mod has four spots for custom power curves too. It follows on from the older models in terms of design – although it looks a bit more rugged – and it has the by now expected feature of doubling as a power bank. Innokin took it further this time, though, so now it has a thermometer, compass, barometer, altimeter, and flashlight on-board.
13 - Wotofo Nudge Mechanical Mod
Wotofo is one of the only big-name vaping brands with mechanical mods still on the market. However– as is becoming increasingly common – most of the options available are “squonk” devices. They have a bottle of juice built into the body for an auto-dripper experience. The Nudge runs on a single 18650 battery. It incorporates a 7 ml PET plastic bottle into the body. The 510 connection makes use of 24k gold-plating for improved conductivity, and the fire button is also 24k gold to give the device a bit of a visual pop, standing out clearly against the black body of the device.
14 - VooPoo Drag Mini Platinum
The Drag Mini Platinum has a very similar look to the Drag 2, with one large resin plate (and plenty of color scheme options) and “Drag” written in big, bold letters on the other side. The front panel has a well-presented display screen, along with the USB charging port, fire button, and two adjustment buttons. The maximum power output is less than the Drag 2’s at 117 W, but for most vapers, this is more than enough. It boasts all the same features in terms of TC vaping and the unique FIT mode that dials in the ideal settings for your tank automatically.
15 - Aspire Nautilus AIO (Mod Pod)
The Nautilus AIO earns our pick on this list as the best pod system on the market because it offers the simplicity you’re looking for in a pod system with an impressive amount of flexibility in the coils you can use and great battery life.
It comes with two Nautilus BVC coils, both 1.8 ohms in resistance. One is meant for nicotine salt e-juice, and the other for ordinary e-juice. The device has a rectangular shape, but it’s still very comfortable to carry. There’s a single button on the front to operate the mod. It comes with a 1,000 mAh battery, and since it puts out 12 W of power. It will last you for over a day of use. The pod itself has a 4.5 ml capacity, and you can easily refill it, and the coils are completely changeable. It even has an adjustable airflow system, so you can adjust the draw from the device to suit your preferences –something not very common on pod systems.
Summary and conclusion
Main differences between Vape Mods and Vape Pods:
Vape mods are designed with sub-ohm vaping in mind. So they are meant to be used with an e-liquid with a higher vegetable glycerin content. The higher vegetable glycerin content is what produces thicker and fatter vape clouds than what pod vapes produce. Many vapers prefer vape mods because of the fuller clouds, which provide a more eye-catching experience. Vapers can choose e-liquids that have different concentrations of nicotine or liquids without any nicotine whatsoever.
It all sounds like vape mods are the way to go, right? Not so fast. Vape pods have been gaining quite a lot of attention and popularity lately. This popularity is because the best vape pods work with nicotine salt e-juice. This e-juice packs a higher concentration of nicotine than freebase e-liquids used with vape mods. What’s more, the nicotine salts come in different strengths. Vape pods are also smaller in size, making them much easier to carry around in pockets and purses.
Just be aware that if you use nicotine salts in a conventional tank, it can result in quite a lot of damage. There’s quite a bit of chemistry involved in the explanation, so we’ll skip the scientific details for now. But you get the point. In saying this, if you have a traditional vape tank, I’d suggest sticking to freebase e-juices as they are designed to treat your classic vape tank better.
Because of their higher nicotine salt content, some smokers looking to quit cigarettes find vape pod mods ideal. The best vape pod mods also weigh less than a vape mod counterpart offering a similar experience to smoking a cigarette. Many people have been successful with pods when switching from cigarettes to vaping because they can choose nicotine content with the flavors they enjoy.
Vape mods are slightly larger and offer vapers the ability to play with different settings and easily customize their vape experience. Vapers who don’t require a certain nicotine content prefer these because they can customize their device to create the perfect density for the clouds they want. Some smokers also use vape mods to help them quit smoking.
Refillable pod mods are usually more cost-effective. There are closed vape pods that are not refillable and can be inexpensive, depending on your daily use. However, refillable vape pods are the most frugal way to vape. You can refill your pods with a high concentration of nicotine salts in the flavors that you love. Because you should only need a bottle or two of your favorite e-juice every month, you’ll be spending less money on buying already filled pods and even less money than mod vapes.
Vape mods, on the other hand, require much more work along with the refilling of the tanks, like changing the coil at least twice a month, which may turn out to be quite budget unfriendly, depending on the brand of tanks, coils, and e-juices you choose. To save money on the long run, go for good quality products. They aren’t cheap, but will last longer and will enhance your experience. Like this Quad Mesh Coil by FreeMax: