Best Vape Mods and Box Mods
By Lindsay Fox Posted January 4, 2018
Vape mods are the devices of choice for long-term vapers, offering huge improvements in battery life and performance in comparison to eGo-style and (especially) cigalike devices, and opening up levels of customization in your vaping experience you can’t get any other way. But the world of mods is a big one, and with such a fantastic range of mods – from the beginner-friendly VV/VW devices to the mechanical mods some veteran vapers still prefer – how do you go about choosing the best vape mods?
We conducted surveys of vapers, looking at the best VV/VW mods and the best mechanical mods, and we’ve used the results to produce definitive top 10 lists of the top vape mods and box mods on the market in 2018 for these classes of device.
So which are the best vape mods and box mods for 2018? Here are the top 10s.
Best Vape Mods and Box Mods (VV/VW)
10 – SMOK T-PRIV 220W
Brought forth the latest addition to the powerful line-up of intelligent SMOK branded vaping devices comes the new SMOK T-Priv VV/VW box mod starter kit, a furious mix that combines the highly unique T-Priv box mod and the incredibly performing Big Baby Beast tank.
SMOK puts out some of the best box mods on the market and the T-Priv version earned enough votes to make it to our top ten. The SMOK T-Priv features a stunning design that incorporates nine colorful LED strips that are fully customizable and synchronized to the stealth firing bar. Along with an intuitive OLED display that offers rich data feedback, intelligent atomizer recognition among a slew of vital safety features, the T-Priv box mod is all that and more. Navigating its advanced menu system, you’ll have options to adjust its maximum power up to 220 watts, while its temperature control suite offers support for Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel heating elements. A hinged battery cover conceals a dual 18650 battery bay and a micro-USB port is equipped for charging and future firmware upgrades.
To deliver the perfect pairing, the SMOK Big Baby Beast tank rests atop sporting a 24.5mm diameter with a large 5mL e-juice capacity. This stainless steel and glass constructed tank offers all the right features to complete the experience, such as a top fill design, dual adjustable airflow control, a delrin ultra-wide drip tip, and the use of the patented baby turbo engines coil structure, which can support up to 100 watts of vaping power. The SMOK T-Priv starter kit is an extraordinary box mod for those that want an aggressive, quality vape experience.
The SMOK T-Priv starter kit is currently priced at $72.95.
9 – VooPoo Drag 2
The VooPoo Drag 2 picks up where the original left off, dropping the angular edges of the original and making the package more compact and portable, while still maintaining the exceptional performance. It’s a dual 18650 mod, with a rugged-yet-cool look and a simple layout in terms of buttons and displays; it looks formidable but also user-friendly. It runs on the Gene Fit chip, which takes the speed and responsiveness that made vapers love the original Gene chip and makes it even quicker, more efficient and safer.
The device supports wattage-based vaping up to a massive 177 W and TC vaping, working with coils as low as 0.05 ohms in either mode and supporting titanium, nickel and stainless steel, so all types of TC coil. It also allows you to adjust the TCR so you can perfectly tailor the device’s performance to suit your preferences. All of this is housed within sturdy zinc alloy chassis, with a magnetic battery door and simple layout all round.
The vape mod comes in a kit with the 3.5 ml capacity Uforce T2 sub ohm tank, which comes with 0.4 and 0.2 ohm coils, a spare (larger-capacity) glass tube and some parts. You also get a USB charging cable when you pick up the kit. It costs $79.95 from DirectVapor.
8 – Innokin BigBox Atlas
Taking the spot of eighth best vape mod on the market is Innokin’s BigBox Atlas, a device that blends powerhouse performance with an eye-catching and cool design. It’s a chunky, dual 18650 box mod, but it packs a substantial punch with a 200 W maximum output and has plenty more to offer thanks to fully-stocked temperature control functionality and the Aethon chipset powering the whole thing.
The most striking thing about the BigBox Atlas is undoubtedly the design, with a resin body sporting an impressive honeycomb design, and the whole thing coming with an 810 (wide-bore) drip tip with a similar style too. Below the surface-level, though, the mod is still an impressive offering. Along with the huge 200 W maximum power output, it features TC vaping with nickel, titanium and stainless steel coils, meaning you can pretty much vape any way you want with the device. It has the same menu system as most recent Innokin devices, but it’s undeniably easy to navigate as long as you’ve used a mod before. From the magnetized battery door to the, 24k gold spring-loaded 510 connection, they’ve taken a lot of care over every aspect of the design, and it shows.
The BigBox Atlas costs $69.95 new. While it might not be the cheapest vape mod you could pick up, it’s definitely one to consider if you want your device to turn heads.
7 – Eleaf iStick Pico 75W
Delivering yet another incredible setup by Jay Boy Designs, the Eleaf iStick Pico 75W has become the latest hit on the vaping market and ranking as the seventh best ecig mod in the VV/VW class. It capitalizes on the Eleaf name, maintains the small footprint the brand has become so known for, yet it’s still capable of providing one of the best performance offerings available.
The Eleaf iStick Pico 75W kit is the combination of the iStick Pico 75W TC mod and the Melo III Mini sub-ohm tank. This marvelous pairing focuses on both appearance and performance, while convenience isn’t left far behind. The iStick Pico box mod offers an ultra compact design, spanning only 45mm by 23mm by 70.5mm, yet still capable of holding a single top loaded 18650 battery.
It features a spring-loaded 510 connection, a micro-USB port for both charging and future firmware upgrades, and three button operation for quick and precise adjustments. As one of the most modern devices of today, the Eleaf iStick Pico mod also comes equipped with a two-line OLED screen that displays battery life, output wattage, temperature, as well as atomizer resistance. Where this little guy really shines is from its power output, being able to deliver up to 75 watts, a low 0.1ohm minimum resistance, and a bypass mode feature. Eleaf has always favored temperature control, so a full temperature control suite allows you to take advantage of Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, Stainless Steel, and a three memory TCR mode.
The Melo III Mini tank, one of the most popular sub-ohm tanks on the market, is included in the kit, which sports a 22mm diameter, a reasonable 2mL e-liquid capacity, and a top fill system that makes filling and refilling easier than ever. To enhance airflow, an invisible airflow control also comes equipped, which pairs nicely with a heat insulated drip tip. The Eleaf Melo III Mini really comes to life when you combine the 0.3ohm and 0.5ohm Kanthal coils into the mix, which is apart of the Melo III Mini Coil System. The 0.3ohm coil will allow you to reach up to 80 watts, while the 0.5ohm coil will allow you to blast up to 100 watts of vaping power.
The iStick Pico 75W starter kit is available for the fantastic price of just $36.95, making it ideal for vapers looking for high-power vaping without spending too much.
6 – Vaporesso Revenger 220W
Introducing the latest addition to the market comes the new Vaporesso Revenger 220W TC starter kit. This new Vaporesso flagship shares an incredible experience starting from its looks and ending with its performance. The Revenger earns a spot as one of the best e-cig mods for this great beginner vape kit.
The Vaporesso Revenger kit is the combination of the Revenger 220W mod that’s powered by the OMNI Board 2.0 chipset, and the NRG sub-ohm tank. These two mesh together to create a stunning appearance and great performance. The Revenger is designed with an aluminum chassis and in-mould labeling injection coating, while also featuring a four button control and a 0.96 inch OLED display. This e-cig mod has the capability of holding dual 18650 batteries and can be accessed via the magnetized battery bay cover. As you would expect, a micro-USB port comes equipped, and it allows for future firmware upgrades and a 2.5A quick charge system, which is lightning fast compared to most mods currently on the market.
Along with a whole slew of safety features, the Revenger is also capable of delivering a 220 watt output and six total output modes. Enjoy modes like its smart VW mode that will automatically recommend an ideal output, its customized curve of wattage that gives you the ability to customize the wattage output by second increments, a bypass mode that allows you to charge and vape, and a temperature control mode that allows you to take advantage of Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, SS316, and TCR.
The new NRG sub-ohm tank on the other hand, sports a 26.5mm diameter, a slide-to-fill top fill system, a large 5mL e-juice capacity, and dual adjustable bottom airflow. Another vital feature of this tank is its 14mm bore delrin mesh drip tip that was designed to prevent spit back. Lastly, the GT Coil Family is utilized, which features dual and quadruple vertical coils, letting you reach up to 110 watts.
You can pick up the Vaporesso Revenger in a kit with the Subtank for just $69.95, making it one of the best box mods for vapers on a budget.
5 – Sigelei Kaos Spectrum 230W TC
Ranking as the fifth best box mod on the market in the VV/VW class is the Kaos Spectrum by Sigelei. Considered by many as the next generation in mod design, this device features not only a brilliantly crafted exterior, but boasts a mean power output, plentiful features, and top notch quality.
The zinc alloy constructed futuristic offering from Sigelei sports an elegant leatherette backing and an LED color light screen bezel that will make you rethink the future of mod designs. This incredible LED bezel offers up to six color options to truly transform its outer appearance, yet can be disabled for a more stealth look.
Along with a three button control that consists of an oversized firing button and two adjustment buttons, the Sigelei Kaos Spectrum vape mod also comes equipped with a color display that changes color based on current settings, such as the wattage and temperature input. Aside from additional features such as a full safety suite and stainless steel 510 threading with a spring-loaded gold plated center pin, the Kos Spectrum is also known for its power and temperature control modes. The Kaos offers up to a massive 230 watts of pure power, a 0.1ohm minimum resistance, and a full temperature control suite with support of Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, SS316L, TCR, and even preheat functionality.
Not your average vape mod, but surely one of the most capable, appealing, power driven to hit the vaping market. The Sigelei Kaos Spectrum is available for $59.95.
4 – SMOK GX350 TC
The SMOK brand has become a leading force within the vaping market, and it continues to show with products like the new SMOK GX350 vape kit. This highly advanced powerhouse of a vaporizer, which received a fair number of votes in our best ecig mod poll, utilizes SMOK’s latest generation chipset, an ultra slim chassis, yet maintains the capability of housing four high amperage 18650 batteries for an incredible vaping experience that you’ll enjoy time after time.
This kit combines the SMOK GX350 mod and the beloved TFV8 Cloud Beast sub-ohm tank. The GX350 mod boasts an ultra slim chassis with a tridimensional polygon design that fits nicely in the palm. It has the capability of holding up to four 18650 batteries and conceals them with a locking bottom battery access door. To match its battery capacity, the SMOK GX350 box mod utilizes SMOK’s latest generation chipset that allows you to take power to new heights as it offers up to 350 watts of pure power. Much like with most modern devices of today, the GX350 also features a full temperature control suite that delivers great range and supports various heating elements.
The TFV8 tank is no stranger to many, as it’s one of the best performing and most sold tanks on the market. It starts by offering a 24.5mm diameter upon a stainless steel and glass construction. It sports features like a 6mL e-liquid capacity, a hinge and lock top fill system, an 8.5mm delrin drip tip, and dual adjustable airflow control. What makes this power hungry tank tick is the use of the SMOK Turbo Coil Family that it uses, allowing you to take advantage of an octuple coil up to 260 watts and a quadruple coil up to 180 watts. If you’re power hungry, there are no limits with this beast.
3 – SMOK Mag Baby
The SMOK MAG Baby is a gorgeous addition to the Mag family. With aggressive and tasteful styling, it is the ultimate blend of style and substance. Small in stature but capable of fierce performance, this conveniently sized hand-held vape mod is the picture of ergonomic perfection. Shaped for comfort, it fits easily in your hand and offers a crisp trigger action that helps you get the perfect pull every time.
On the technological side, all of its functions are easily navigated on a large OLED screen and the 1600mAh battery provides plenty of juice. With a maximum output of 50w, it works seamlessly with the hard-hitting Baby Prince vape tank, which is included along with 2 replacement coils and an extra glass tube in this kit. Built-in venting holes prevent overheating while the Cobra drip tip adds an additional flourish of style and a powerful draw.
Whether you are an experienced vaper or looking for your first vaping mod, the compact and stylish SMOK MAG Baby Kit is a perfect fit. Available at just $59.99 from Vapor4Life, it is a great value.
2 – Halo Reactor Mega
Halo’s Reactor Mega is a beast of a mod. While it doesn’t pack quite as much power as many of the other best box mods on this list, it’s in-built 5,000 mAh battery means it can keep you vaping for longer between charges than most of the competition. Halo may be most well-known for their e-liquids, but the Reactor Mega is a reminder that they can make some seriously competitive devices too.
The Reactor Mega can provide a maximum of 80W of power. With other entries on this list of the best vaping mods going beyond 200W, this might not seem like enough, but realistically most vapers don’t go beyond this in day-to-day use. It might not be the perfect mod for a cloud competition, but for everyday vaping the power output combined with the impressive battery life is a winning combination. It also offers TC with nickel (Ni200), titanium and stainless steel coils to help you avoid dry hits.
The Reactor Mega comes in a kit with the Reactor tank, a 5 ml capacity, top-filling sub ohm tank that comes with two 0.15 ohm Ni200 coils and one 0.5 ohm dual vertical coil offering. Combined, they offer great performance and a very dependable setup all-round. You can pick up the Reactor Mega for just $75.
1 – Yihi SX Mini G Class
Taking over 14 percent of the vote in our poll to earn it the title of best box mod within the VV/VW class, the Yihi SX Mini G Class is a 200W box mod with temperature control functionality from 212 to 572 °F (firing at between 5 and 200W), and a compact, ergonomic design.
The appeal of the device is much the same as that of the iPV D2, offering a full-featured vape mod in a slim design put together with comfortable operation in mind. The SX Mini G Class features a hexagon shaped firing button, making it easy to press regardless of how you hold the device, and the adjustment button – located below the display screen – is recessed to help prevent accidental presses. The result is an aesthetically-pleasing mod that is intuitive to operate.
The SX Mini G Class takes two 18650 batteries (sold separately), accessed through a coin-slot screw point on the bottom of the device. It comes with the standard array of safety features for regulated ecig mods, and you can also charge you battery through the included micro-USB connection, with the option of passthrough vaping (so you can use it while charging).
The mod will fire any coils down to 0.15 ohms in wattage mode and down to 0.05 ohms in temperature-control mode, working with pretty much any atomizer on the market when combined with the brass, spring-loaded 510 connection. Finally, there are four output modes to give you more options for customizing your vaping experience.
The Yihi SX Mini G Class is fairly expensive, though, coming in at $219.95, but for the best vape mod on the market as voted by vapers, it’s worth spending a little more to pick it up.
Best Mechanical Mods
Now we move onto the best mechanical mods. Although they’ve been falling out of favor thanks to the proliferation of regulated, high-power VV/VW mods, our mechanical mod poll actually received more responses than the VV/VW mod poll, and mechanicals are well worth consideration for anybody shopping for the best ecig mod for their needs.
10 – Sub Zero by Sub-Ohm Innovations
The Sub Zero by Sub-Ohm Innovations is a C145 copper 18650 mod, featuring an eight-point clutch contact, a 360 degree locking ring, including an adjustable 510 connection (with a 12 mm reverse-threaded contact) and plenty of vent holes in the bottom. The locking ring has both audible and tactile clicking to let you know when it’s locked, and the eight-point contact ensures consistent performance. It boasts an efficiency of over 99 percent for any builds of 0.1 ohms or higher, keeping voltage drop to an absolute minimum.
The device has an elegant design, with the copper and black cerakote versions both looking sleek and understated, with SΩI SubZero engraved on the bottom. The device is for sale from Sub Ohm Innovations for $135 and from Element Vape for $179.95, but both are currently sold out.
9 – SMPL Mod by Epic Design Studios
The SMPL Mod from Epic Design Studios is a stainless steel, 22 mm diameter 18650 mechanical mod with a direct battery-to-atomizer hybrid connection and a coin slot adjustment point for the button to make changing the battery as easy as possible.
The aim is to keep things simple (hence the name), and that ethos carries through into the design, with the body of the mod made from a single tube. This mean it’s a “no top cap” (or bottom cap) design, with no adjustable pins either. There are also no gaps on the body and no logos cluttering the design up, aside from one on the button, which also bears a set of six vent holes. Despite this focus on simplicity, it was voted as one of the best mods for vaping by our readers.
The original version costs $119.99, but is currently unavailable. However, there’s a Project Sub-Ohm edition version for $134.99, which also includes a hot-button-eliminating Radel Thermos switch, palladium-plated contacts and a juice well to protect the tube from leaking.
8 – Rig Mod V2 by Vaping AMP
The Rig Mod by Vaping American Made Products (AMP) took the spot of 8th best ecig mod in the mechanicals class based on our poll, taking over 4 percent of the total vote. The second version of the Rig Mod has a smaller size than the original – measuring just over 87 mm tall, rather than 110 mm – but maintains the same 25 mm diameter.
The Rid Mod V2 features a copper contact, button and hybrid disc, with improved button housing to protect your device in case you drop it, and delrin insulators. The battery contact can be adjusted using the included tool, and the flush button keeps voltage drop to a minimum. It takes a single 18650 battery and has venting at the top of the device (by the positive connection).
It comes in a choice of finishes – black cerakoted copper, tungsten grey cerakoted copper, 360 naval brass, oxygen-free copper or stainless steel – and all feature the characteristic oil rig engraving on the body and the liberty bell on the button. The V2 is available for $130 direct from Vaping AMP or from VaporDNA (although it’s out of stock at time of writing at VaporDNA).
7 – Glas Ti by Glas Vapor
The Glas Ti by Glas Vapor just beat the Rig Mod V2 to seventh place (by a single vote) in our poll of the best mech mods, but it’s a completely different class of device. The mod is basically a work of art – it’s a collector’s mod and it’s priced accordingly.
The Ti version uses grade 5 titanium for the body, with a fine-grain media finish and a button made from aerospace stainless steel with a sapphire crystal placed into it. The button also makes use of 24k gold plated magnets to ensure a short, smooth throw. All of the internals, including the contact screw, spring and button housing, are silver-rhodium plated. The Glas Ti clearly one of the most elegant e-cigarette mods on the market, but all of this also goes to ensure maximum conductivity and keeps voltage drop to an absolute minimum.
The mod has a 22 mm diameter and uses an 18650 battery, has a 180 degree locking ring and features a self-adjusting plunger system in the stainless steel top cap so you can get set up without having to deal with telescopic pins.
The result is nothing short of beautiful, but it comes at a premium: the device costs $375 direct from Glas Vapor.
6 – Caravela by Caravela Mods
The Caravela is the original “unicorn” mod: the mythical mod that everyone wants but very few can get their hands on. Not much has changed, except now some vapers are willing to pay much more to get their hands on one. Simply put, it's one of the most legendary vape mods in the industry.
The Caravela is a 22 mm diameter, mod with a stainless steel or brass tube (in 18350, 18500 or 18650) – all featuring the iconic ship logo – silver-plated contact pins, a reverse-threaded locking ring, an adjustable, recessed 510 contact point and a stainless steel button. The device looks elegant and sleek, with every one bearing a unique serial number, and the build quality is nothing short of exceptional.
5 – Nemesis by Atmomixani
The Nemesis is a mechanical mod from Atmomixani, taking over 4.6 % of the vote in our mechanical mod poll and comfortably ranking as one of the top vape mods on the market.
The Nemesis features silver-plated brass contacts, an adjustable center pin, delrin insulators, an in-built airflow control, and comes in the standard three tube sizes, each accommodating a kick. The bottom pin is also adjustable, so you can tweak your throw to your liking. And it goes without saying that the performance and build quality of the device is pretty exceptional, with a very low voltage drop and a solid hit.
It comes in matte or polished stainless steel or copper, as well as brass, all of which look sleek and elegant, and bear the iconic angel of death logo. It’s currently available from Atmomixani for between $153 and $165, depending on your chosen finish, but there are also plenty of clones on the market.
4 – The Copper by Scottua
The Copper by Scottua just placed ahead of the Nemesis to earn its spot as the fourth best vape mod – and is a long way from the third-ranked mod – but it’s a well-received device that deserves it’s spot up here with the best mods for vaping.
The device has a 22 mm diameter, a magnetic switch (using neodymium, but beryllium copper springs can also be bought) and a PEEK insulator for around the 510 connection. As the name suggests, the Copper is made of copper, and each one actually is built from a single solid bar of 99.95 % pure copper. This leaves the Copper with a seam-free design, offering a smooth, sleek copper tube mod with a uniform profile. The only real decoration is on the button, which has “The Copper” and “Scottua” written on it.
The mod is unfortunately unavailable at the time of writing, but you may be able to pick one up second-hand if you want to spend as little as possible. The device costs around $150 new.
3 – REO Grand by REO’s Mods
The REO Grand is a mechanical box mod that’s built like a brick and runs on a single 18650 battery. The device took almost 9 percent of the vote in our best vaping mods poll for mechanicals, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Not only does the REO Grand have a sturdy build – milled out of a single block of aluminum, it seems virtually indestructible – it can hold a 6 ml bottle of e-juice right inside its body.
The REO Grand features an adjustable stainless steel 510 connection, copper, beryllium and gold-plated contacts and a high-heat plastic push-button to fire it, with a magnetically-closed door covering the slot for the battery and your bottle of juice. It looks pretty awesome too, and is available in tons of different colors. To get the most out of the on-board bottle of e-juice, you need an atomizer that can be filled from the bottom, but even without one you get a hard-hitting mechanical box mod. The device costs $151 direct from the manufacturer.
2 – VCM Competition Mod by Vaperz Cloud
The VCM Competition Mod from Vaperz Cloud took almost 12 percent of the vote in our best mods for vaping poll for mechanical devices, and offers a fairly straightforward, 23 mm diameter 18650 tube mod. The device is built from copper, has a hybrid connection and a silver-plated copper contact, with a silver-plated copper and beryllium conductor around the contact to minimize voltage drop. It also has a PEEK battery rattle adjustment with reverse threading.
The mod looks fairly basic, but has “VCM” in huge letters running down its body and a series of vent holes around the sides (as well as some around the hybrid connection). The device comes in full copper, black copper or brass, and has a Vaperz Cloud logo with a serial number on the button. It’s currently available in copper or brass from Vaperz Cloud for $105.
1 – Templario Mod by Pedro Miguel
The Templario Mod took over 14.4 percent of the total vote in our top vape mods poll for mechanicals, making it the top-voted mechanical mod by a convincing margin.
The Templario Mod is a 22 mm diameter brass-bodied device, and can be bought in 18350, 18500 and 18650 tube sizes. It features a hybrid-style top, a magnetic button (which uses neodymium) and two large vent holes towards the bottom. The button sits flush to the bottom of the device, and has a nice smooth throw.
It must be said that the Templario is a beautiful mod, with an elegant design that screams quality and a top-class build, featuring an enamel shield with a red ruby cross and the name of the mod below it, along with a sword engraving and the signature of the mod-maker engraved on the opposite side. Pretty much every piece of the device is also engraved with the unique serial number for the device: from 0 to 249. The whole thing comes in a wooden case, bearing a plaque and adding to the air of quality.
That should tell you just how rare the device is, and will give you a clue that it isn’t going to come cheap. The Templario is for sale at between 220 and 255 Euros, or between $250 and $290, but you have to add yourself to a list to pick one up, and they’re only released periodically. Pedro Miguel has a Facebook page that keeps you up-to-date with the latest on their availability.
Best Vape Mods and Box Mods (Recommended by ECR Staff)
With plenty of excellent VV/VW devices and a fantastic selection of mechanicals, anyone looking for top-quality vaping mods definitely has a lot of options, but the 20 devices above only really scratch the surface of what’s available. So if you’re looking for more options to choose from, here are 10 of our picks for the best vape mods and box mods, with five options for VV/VW devices and five for mechanical mods.
5 – Innokin iTaste MVP 3 Pro
We’ve long been fans of the iTaste MVP series here at ECR, and we’d rank the new MVP 3 Pro box mod as one of the best vaporizer mods on the market, offering up to 60 W of power on atomizers down to 0.2 ohms in resistance and having an in-built 4500 mAh capacity battery. It builds on what the older MVPs offered, maintaining cool extras like the output port (to charge other electronics) while still improving the display, the 510 connection (which is now spring-loaded), the chipset and the power output. The MVP 3 Pro is available for $54.95.
4 – Kanger Kbox Mini (Subox Kit)
The Kbox Mini earned a spot on the main list, but we’d definitely rank it among our choices for the best box mods too. The VV/VW mod offers everything most vapers will need in a simple, beginner-friendly package, providing up to 50 W of power and supporting resistances from 0.3 ohms and upwards, the Kbox Mini has a lot going for it. When you throw in the very popular Subtank along with the mod for $68.95, it’s a fantastic deal, especially for new vapers.
3 – Joyetech eVic VTC Mini
The eVic VTC Mini from Joyetech is basically a smaller version of the eVic VT, packing a lot of the same features into a smaller and more affordable package. The VTC Mini still offers up to 60 W of power (with resistances down to 0.1 ohms), temperature control between 200 and 600 °F (resistances down to 0.05 ohms – supporting nickel and titanium coils) and the same clear display screen, but requires an 18650 battery to run and uses two buttons for adjusting your settings instead of a dial. The eVic Mini is available in a kit with the eGo One Mega for $59.95.
2 – Pioneer4You iPV 4S
The most recent incarnation of the iPV series – the 4S – ranks among our favorite vapor mods, providing up to 120 W of power and offering temperature control between 212 and 572 °F, all in a well-designed device with an improved grip and a slimmer, more rounded shape than the iPV 3-Li. The iPV 4S takes two 18650 batteries, which you have to buy separately but the mod is available for just $72.95, which is a great deal for a very capable mod.
1 – Sigelei 150 W TC
The 150 W version of the Sigelei made the main list, but we’d rank the Sigelei 150 W TC as our favorite vape mod in the VV/VW class, offering all of the core benefits of the older device with an improved design and the addition of temperature control from 212 and 572 °F. The mod has plenty of features – such as a spring-loaded 510 connection, a real-time battery life readout on the OLED display and all of the safety features you expect on regulated mods – and is available for $88.95.
Best Mechanical Mods (As Recommended by ECR Staff)
5 – Aspire CF Sub Ohm
Although this isn’t technically a mechanical mod, it works in much the same way: the Aspire CF Sub Ohm delivers the battery voltage and fires low-ohm coils (down to 0.3 ohms, but only up to 1 ohm), with the performance dropping off as the battery’s charge drains. It’s effectively like a mech, but it offers the protections you get on a regulated mod while still having the attach-an-atomizer-and-vape simplicity of mechs. It also includes a 2000 mAh battery capable of putting out up to 40 A. It’s currently available for $39.99.
4 – Phantom by WOTOFO
The Phantom by WOTOFO is an 18650-size mechanical mod from the manufacturers of the Freakshow and Troll RDAs, offering a pretty affordable mechanical mod with a minimalist appearance. You get both a hybrid and standard top cap, so you have options for any type of atomizer, and there are two 24k gold-plated springs included so you can adjust your throw to suit your preferences. Everything has rhodium-plated copper contacts, and there’s an adjustable delrin ring on the negative side of the battery. The Phantom mod costs $44.99.
3 – The Ragnarok Full Copper by VLS
This is a 24 mm diameter mod made from 99.99 percent pure copper but keeping the price relatively low. The mod has a copper telescopic top pin and a copper bottom firing pin (spring-loaded) – both to maintain good conductivity and to stay in line with the overall aesthetic – offering a smooth throw with an absolutely minimal voltage drop. The full copper body does a great job of improving the overall appeal of the mod, even thought the design is really unstated, with the mod still retaining a sleek, understated appeal. The device costs $99.99, although it may be difficult to find in stock.
2 – The Sleeve Mod by Limitless
The Sleeve mod by Limitless is another affordable device we’d rank as one of our favorite vaping mods when you consider price as well as the overall quality of the device. The mod features a hybrid connection to minimize voltage drop, and uses a four-point rail system to ensure good conductivity to the battery and also provide some grounding. It also has an adjustable delrin section at the negative end of the battery so you can remove battery rattle. The “Sleeve” in the name comes from the fact that you can buy many mod sleeves to fit it. The aluminum version costs $67.95.
1 – Tugboat V2 Mod by Flawless
The Tugboat mech mod is our pick for the best e-cigarette mod in the class, from the same company who brought us the RDA of the same name, coming in a cool splatter design put together with the combined appearance of the two devices in mind. It’s an 18650 tube mod, featuring copper construction, a hybrid atomizer connection, copper contacts, a silver-plated spring, delrin insulators and the famous Tugboat logo. The mod is the most expensive of our suggestions, though, priced at $147.95.
The huge range of vape mods on the market today – both VV/VW and mechanical – may make the decision a little harder for vapers looking for high-quality vape mods and box mods, but the fact that we have so many options really serves as a reminder that we’re in the golden age of vaping. With tons of high-power regulated vaporizer mods and plenty of options for mechanicals, there has never been a better time to take a step up in terms of performance, reliability and capability and pick up one of the best vape mods on the market.