If you’re new to vaping you might be finding a lot of the terms thrown around by industry-types, store owners, and websites a tad confusing.
Box mod, vape mod, mech mod, RDA, squonking…
You’re probably wondering what all these strange and exotic terms mean, right?
Well, this is why I decided to do this “ELI5: Vape Mods” feature – I’ll explain everything you need to know, as if you were five years old, so you can make the right choice for your needs.
ELI5 = explain like I’m five, in case you were wondering.
And, yes, I do probably use Reddit too much.
By the end of this, you’ll not only know exactly what a vape mod is but you’ll also have a pretty good idea about which one to get too.
Sound good? Let’s do this.
Vape Mods: Definition
Vape mods make vaping possible.
They come in all shapes and sizes, from tubes to pens, to box mods and semi-box mods (kind of like half-way between a box mod and pen/tube device).
And how they work is pretty simple:
You have batteries (usually 18650 cells), these provide the power, so you can vape; a chip/microprocessor, which regulates that power and implements settings, and a display and some buttons where you control the output – wattage and/or temperature.
This is basically how ALL box mods work: batteries make power > this is sent through the chip, where it’s regulated > your tank fires at the desired resistance (always displayed in ohms) > and you’re vaping.
Box Mods of All Shapes And Sizes…
If you’re an absolute beginner, you’re going to be best off with a standard box mod.
These devices are basically idiot-proof and are fully regulated, meaning even if you do something wrong, the chip will pick it up and nothing bad would happen. It just won’t fire.
If you were using a mech mod, however, which doesn’t have a chip to regulate current, you could have a potential disaster on your hands – heard about exploding vape mods?
Yep. Idiots messing around with mech mods.
Do not be one of those guys, please!
With a standard vape mod, you simply don’t have to worry about any of these issues. Just install your 18650 batteries, turn it on, attach your tank, and you’re good to go.
The chipset inside it will make sure you’re always vaping safely.
Box Mod Settings
Most vapers, including myself, stick to wattage mode vaping; this keeps things nice and simple. You just set the wattage, say, 55W and start vaping.
Want a more intense vape? Knock it up 10W.
Are things getting too hot? Whack it down 10W.
You get the idea.
You also have temperature control vaping as well; I won’t bore you with the details of that here, as we already have a guide on everything you need to know about temperature control vaping.
TC or Wattage mode is basically your go-to settings when vaping.
Mods have loads of other settings, just like your phone and car, but 99.9% of vapers seldom use them.
Simple is best in my book. And when you’re starting out, it’s definitely the best course of action when you’re learning about vaping.
Buying Your First Box Mod (or Vape Kit)
If you’re after buying you first vape kit, but you’re unsure about what to go for, don’t stress it – we got you covered.
During the past 18 months, VapeBeat’s team of reviewers have tested hundreds of vape mods – mods of all shapes and sizes.
Squonk mods. Mech mods. Tube mods. Pod Mods. Again, you get the idea!
If you want to know what the best vape mods on the market are right now, check out our Best Box Mod and Vape Mod Guide – in this post you’ll find 20+ stunning vape mods detailed, reviewed, and ranked in order of awesomeness.
But there are two vape mods that really stood out from the crowd this year; they’re both exceptional devices that look great, perform brilliantly, and are super simple to use.
I honestly can’t choose between them, so you’ll have to decide which one you more prefer the look of.
And what are these magnificent vape mods? Let’s take a look at both below:
#1) Vaporesso POLAR Kit
The Vaporesso POLAR would be my own personal pick out of the two; I just prefer the way it looks with its massive OLED display and sexy styling.
It comes with a very decent sub ohm tank too, but the key thing here is the mod: it’ll last you years and, as you try new tanks, you will always have your trusty mod to run them on.
It does TC and wattage, and just about everything else in between, so it is a fully featured, future-proof mod with one of the most advanced vape circuit boards ever created inside it (the OMNI Board 4.0)
Out of all the mods we tested during 2018, this was the one the team kept coming back to – it quickly became our “benchmark device”. The mod that all other, new mods are compared to.
Epic, epic stuff. Easily one of the finest vape mods around right now.
#2) Innokin Proton Kit
The Innokin Proton is very similar too. It’s feature-packed, just like the POLAR, and it works seamlessly.
The design is very ergonomic and it packs in a beautiful OLED display as well. I just prefer the way the POLAR mod looks, but that’s just me – please do not let me sway you.
These two mods are so equally matched, it’s a bit like comparing a BMW to a Mercedes: they’re kind of the same deal where it counts, just slightly different on the outside.
The only thing that might inch the Proton in your favor is its price: the Proton Kit is a bit cheaper than the POLAR.
Both are exceptional, though. Whatever you go for, you’re in exceptionally good hands.
Innokin Proton Kit | $69.95 (FREE Shipping)
Vaporesso POLAR Kit | $81.95 (FREE SHIPPING)