Vape Mod Buying Guide
How To Find The Perfect Mod
Some vapers want a sweet vaping device that can blow the big clouds, while others want one that will fit covertly in a pocket or purse. The is no single best device for everyone, but there are mods out there that are more popular than others. On top of that, there are several different categories of vape mods, further helping you narrow down the perfect device.
The best way to find the right mod is to first understand how each of the styles work. That will help you choose a subcategory. The most common subcategories are: Box Mods, Tube Mods, and the more recently popular Mini Mods. Each of these device styles can be considered in the vape mod category.
They all have advantages and disadvantages inherit with their body style and functions. Box mods for example are best for blending power, battery life, and features, yet lack the ultra-portability of a Mini Mod. These tiny mods are best for traveling and discreet vaping, but are lacking in power output and battery life.
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Things To Consider Before Buying
With all the option available it can be frustrating to find the perfect vaping devices that fulfills all of of the items on your wish list . The three main features vapers are interested in and consider when buying a new device are: power, battery life, and portability.
Below are the details regarding these qualities in regards to the 3 vape device styles that can be regarded as mods: Box Mods, Tube Mods, and Mini Mods.
This is actually probably one of the lowest priorities for many users. Power is important only if you are not satisfied with the vapor clouds and throat-hit of your current device. If you are happy with the amount of power you currently have, why increase it?
Most vapers find that the best power range for a mod is between 40 watts and 80 watts. There are people on both sides of those two fences, but most models are within these ranges for a reason.
If you desire less power, make sure the device you are looking at is adjustable. Just about all the current devices are adjustable so don’t worry about buying a mod with more power than you need. You can always turn down the power.
Box Mods- have the most power options. This body style usually holds two 18650 batteries. On top of this, their design also allows for a large LCD screen to provide a user interface (UI). The advantage of having a large UI is that you can make more detailed adjustments to the internal circuitry to customize the power. Most all of these styles can run sub ohm tanks without issues.
Tube Mods- Tube mods are also very powerful as they usually pack two 18650 batteries as well. However the tube shape reduces the LCD screen size and limits the UI to more basic controls.
Mini Vapes- Mini mods are the least powerful in most cases. There are exceptions, but most smaller mods are not going to pump out anything more than 80 watts. They are best for vapers who don’t require huge clouds. If you want to use sub ohm tanks on these, make sure you check to see if the device you are looking at is capable of sub ohm vaping.
Think of battery life like a gas tank. The bigger the capacity, the longer you can go between charges. It does no good to get a power-hungry mod that dies every two hours of use. For that reason, you should carefully consider the battery life of your next mod.
Box Mods and Tube Mods– Again, box mods are on top of this hill as well. These mods are able to last heavy vapers all day and then some in many cases. Another great benefit to these mods is that they usually have removable batteries. You simply take the old batteries out and replace them with fresh ones. That process requires a separate battery charger, but is cheaper than buying two mods to accomplish the same thing.
Mini Mods– can last all day if you vape at lower wattages. The higher the wattage, the quicker the battery dies. Lucky these tini mods are not all that powerful and can last all day if used sparingly. While some of the best mini vape mods have removable batteries, most do not. Without removable batteries, you should consider getting two small mods if you are a heavy vaper.
Box Mods- Their name might not sound like it will be the best fit in a pocket or purse, but they are quite comfortable to carry. They are shorter than tube mods, but wider. Not a true box shape, but rectangular in shape. I guess the term rectangular mod doesn’t sound right. They are flatter on two sides, making them a good fit in a tight spot.
Tube Mods- Tube mods are losing the popularity war with box mods and mini mods. They are bulky and long making them uncomfortable in a pocket or purse. If you have ever had one of these in you tight jeans and bent over, you know what I mean. These mods are recommended more for at home use or in another fashion that doesn’t involve lots of traveling
Mini Mods- These are the best option for portability and tight spots. That is why they are so popular. While they are not designed specifically for women, many ladies like the small form factor and discreteness these little vapes offer.
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Besides power, battery life, and size, there are some often overlooked qualities that you should also consider when shopping for the perfect vaping device. These items usually involve the company that makes your device, as well as the online vape vendors who sell them. These variables are not related to the device, but to the consumer channels that distribute vaping gear. These factors can change, even of the end product doesn’t and are one of the reasons you should pay attention to where you buy your device.
Reputation of the Vendor
The vaporizer industry has been booming for quite some time. As a result, new manufacturers are entering the market at an unprecedented rate. With so many options available, it is important for consumers to place their trust in the right brand. Always go for vendors that have a solid reputation for selling high-quality vape mods. Most vendors have a reputation to uphold, so go for a know vendor that has a good customer support staff.
Many online vendors will have social media accounts such as Facebook or Twitter. They are constantly exposed to praise as well as criticism and take great pride in their brand reputation. A few bad experiences from customers can do a lot of damage to their image in just a few clicks. For this reason, the top vape vendors are easy to spot. They have the biggest online presence and you can find their website, social sites, and reviews just by typing in their company name.
At Vaper City, we hear about the bad apples and don’t refer our visitors out to these vendors. If you are wanting more info about the best vape vendors, visit our Prefered Vendor page.
Reading online reviews by users or experts is the key to finding the right product. These reviews provide in-depth information about each device and gives you an insight on how it has helped change the vaping experience for users. Learning from other people’s mistakes is the best way to save your money and time. Vape reviews can sometimes tend to be too technical for average users, so if reviews overwhelm you, look for recommendations to keep it simple. Some of the best online vape shops have review sections that allow you to compare different devices so you can research and explore the features of each one.
We have heard of bad experiences where someone ordered some vaping gear, not realizing that it was being shipped directly from China. Imagine spending $100+ and having to wait 8 weeks for your gear to arrive! Don’t fall for a company who thinks of you as just a sale. If you are serious about where you spend your money, read some reviews first.
If it is your first purchase, you may want to buy a mid-range product with the perfect specifications for you. Cheap products will mostly disappoint you while the high-end mods might be a little too much for you to handle in the early days. Low-end mods are between $20-40, mid-range is around $40-$70, and high-end mods cost $70+. Usually, the more features and options you want, the higher the price goes. This is great news for anyone who just wants a basic vaping device!
For a general ballpark, plan on spending under $100 for all your vaping gear. If you find yourself spending more, see our review page, where we compare prices from all the most trusted vendors. You will be surprised on the differences in price for the same vape kit!
After you buy a good vape mod, you will also need some vape juice. This is probably the most expensive part of vaping due to the fact that juice is consumable, and vaping gear is not. But not to worry, vape juice is still cheaper than smoking! For some good recommendations, visit our vape juice page and find yourself a flavor.
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What is a Vape Mod?
The term “Vape Mod” generally refers to any vaping device. But the name has become loosely used term for any electronic cigarette that does not resemble a conventional e-cigarette. When someone say the words “vape mod” or ‘vape” they may be referencing any device in a large group of vapes. Typically the term vape mod refers to any vaping device within box mods, tube mods, or mini mod categories.
As the name suggests, Mods are modified electronic cigarette. They are some of the most powerful and satisfying vapes you can buy.
Back in the day, the term “mod” was used to describe any form of modification to the original e-cig by tinkerers and hackers. Flashlights and other household containers became the housing for these modified devices. The vape industry noticed this and started producing bigger and more powerful e-cigs, commonly called “mods”.
Of these modified vapes, mech mods (old-school unregulated mods) were the heavy hitters in the game. As new vapes evolved, and safety improved, mech mods were replaced with safer devices, that we use today. This due to the fact that mech mods have no power-regulating circuits and can be dangerous.
The amount of vapor that a these device types can generate will easily surpass any disposable, cig-a-like, vape pen, or a tobacco cigarette for that matter. Many heavy smokers are attracted to these popular vaporizers because they offer a battery that lasts all day and can fit a larger capacity e-juice tank than the vape pen style.
Vape Mod vs Vape Pen
The most notable feature of a mod is that the body is bigger than a vape pen. The larger body design holds higher capacity batteries have added advantages. Not only can you vape longer, but with more battery power you are able to increase vapor production, maximizing the amount of flavor from your e-juice. Another advantage vape mods have over vape pens is the thicker diameter of the mod body allows you more options of tanks. You can put a bigger tank on top that can carry more juice and last longer.
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Parts of a Vape Mod
The body of a vape holds the batteries, but also houses the electronic components that control and regulate the device. These electronics usually have some type of safety features that will not allow use if the batteries are inserted backwards, or are too low to power the heating element (atomizer).
The body usually has a user interface (UI) that is displayed on a LCD screen. This screen shows the user data such as the power setting and battery levels. Some of the more advanced mods let you change the way the mod regulates power such as temp control, variable voltage, or variable wattage.
This is the one of the most important parts of any vape device. The battery connects to the atomizer, heating it up. The bigger battery results in a stronger
and more enjoyable vape. Unless the mod is very small, you can find a Lithium-ion 18650 rechargeable battery inside of it. These are easily available in electric stores. It is important to invest in high-quality batteries manufactured by the well-known brands as they tend to last longer and typically generate more power.
Battery safety is import. Vapes use high-capacity batteries and you should respect these batteries and maintain them properly. Users should never compromise the plastic wrapping that protects the battery. Do not use batteries that are damaged, or if outer plastic covering the battery is torn or missing. This plastic wrapper covers the negative polarity of the battery preventing shorts and arcs. Read More
The tank is the component of the vaporizer that serves as the storage compartment for the vape juice. No more using disposable e-juice cartridges like e-cigs do. Not only does this save money, but it also adds much more flexibility to your overall vaping experience.
It is interesting to note that the best vape tanks are often made of glass instead of plastic. The reason for this is because it allows the reservoir to store strong citrus or cinnamon based liquids that could otherwise create cracks in a plastic tank.
Atomizers, also called coils, are the heating elements inside the tank. Atomizers are made of various metals that heat up using current from the battery, vaporizing the e-juice. Most tanks have prebuilt atomizers that come in different resistance levels and configurations. You choose the style of atomizer you want and screw it into the tank. Once installed, you fill the tank with your favorite e-juice and your all set to vape.
You will want to make sure the atomizer you are using is appropriate for the power setting you choose, always start out with lower watts or volts when using a new tank or changing out your atomizer. As the atomizer is primed (e-liquid saturating the coils), you can turn the power up to your desired levels. If you start too high, you can “burn” the atomizer, and the flavor will taste burnt for a long time, or you change out your atomizer.
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The Benefits of Using a Vape Mod
- Regulated Power. Adjustable Watts and or Volts
- Highly Customizable
- Usually Has small LCD Screen
- Larger, bigger battery/unit. Last Longer Between Charges
- Perfect For Heavy Smokers
- Removable Battery. Charge the Battery Separately
- Most Options For The Least Amount of Effort
You are able to adjust the power levels of most mods to suit your personal tastes. This gives you complete control over how you vaporizer performs. The idea is to find your ideal intensity. Once you have done that, you can repeat the process every single time you change your e-juice flavor. Vape mods are also smart devices in the sense that they can remember your previous settings. Therefore, you do not have to repeatedly find the right combination in order to replicate the perfect vaping experience.
As discussed previously, most mods come with replaceable batteries. The fact that it is replaceable allows you to vape along uninterrupted. Once you have run out of charge, all you have to do is replace the battery to continue vaping. This feature, however, is becoming less in demand as charging the device via USB is far more efficient and simply easier as many devices come with charging ports built in.
Bigger and Better Vapor
The purpose of all the changes that a mod brings to the table is the same; allow the user to have a better vaping experience. This is possible because the vape mod enables the vaporizer to extract more flavor from the vape juice. It does this job brilliantly most of the times and lets the user get the best out of their e-liquid.
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To find the perfect vape for your lifestyle, consider all the main features discussed above before buying. The best way to do that is to prioritize one of these features first, then the others. If you need something with plenty of power, you sacrifice portability, and so on.
In short, the best device for you is one that:
- Fits in your pocket or purse
- Provides enough power to satisfy your cravings
- Lasts long enough between charges
- You can afford
- Fits your lifestyle and personality
If you can find a good vape mod that will satisfy all or most of these, you should be a happy vaper!