While there are dozens of types of e-cigarettes, the vape mod is perhaps the most popular and widely seen among vapers. The term may not be the most descriptive, but generally speaking, vape mods categorize any device that uses a larger battery, features variable wattage or voltage, and utilizes either a sub-ohm tank or RDA which can be removed. The devices are generally quite versatile, and will often sacrifice portability for power, performance, and customizability.
Unlike some e-cigarettes, which are generally cylindrical, vape mods can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, giving vapers a plethora of choices if they care about ergonomics. Vape mods can often be purchased in bundles — including the mod and tank — making them ideal for budget-friendly vapers or new vapers looking to pick up a device that will last them a while. The inclusion of a tank is definitely something to be considered when looking at a vape mod, though in some cases you may be able to purchase just the mod itself.
Why choose a vape mod?
Above all, vape mods give users a great sense of customizability over their vaping and allows users to try out a variety of tanks, RDAs and RTAs if they choose. The ability to control wattage allows for personalization of a users vaping experience, and the larger devices often incorporate robust batteries that last longer and output more power. Ultimately, a vape mod is ideal for any user who isn’t too concerned about portability and discretion, as these devices are somewhat bulky and often produce large amounts of vapor, or are designed to.
As with most devices in vaping, there are thousands of options for vape mods, each with their own pros and cons. While all vape mods do share quite a bit in common, in terms of functionality, there are several differences in terms of design, materials, and the chipset powering the device.
VooPoo Drag Mini
Based on the incredibly popular VooPoo Drag and Drag 2, the Drag Mini serves as a more compact version of the two aforementioned devices. Styled after the Drag 2, the VooPoo Drag Mini features the distinct resin backing, on an even smaller and more ergonomic body. In terms of internals, the VooPoo Drag Mini comes packed with a 4400mAh internal cell and the rapid firing GENE.FIT chip.
The GENE series of chips has been a favorite among vapers since the original Drag, due in part to its fast ramp up time, accurate ohmage reading, and precise controls. The use of the GENE.FIT chip allows the Drag Mini to work with temperature control for Ni/Ti/SS and TCR. The device will support atomizers with a resistance range of 0.5 – 1.5ohms and 0.05 – 0.5ohms with TCR.
Built for cloud chasing and pure power, the SMOK Species 230W is one of the most powerful devices on the market, following SMOK’s history of producing cloud chasing machines. Drawing its power from dual 18650 cells (sold separately) the SMOK Species is capable of 230W of power, as the name suggests, and supports atomizers in the resistance range of 0.1 – 2.5ohms. The vape mod also comes with temperature control for Ni/Ti/SS/TCR coils within the range of 0.05 – 0.2ohms.
Included with the SMOK Species 230W TC kit is the iconic TFV8 Baby V2. This tank is considered one of the best sub-ohm tanks on the market, and comes with large adjustable airflow control channels and works with a new coil series. The coil series includes the A1 0.17Ω single core mesh coil rated for 90 – 140W and an A2 0.2Ω double core coil rated for 50 – 80W.
Sigelei SnowWolf Mfeng 200W
Combining eye catching design elements with high-power, the Sigelei SnowWolf Mfeng will truly stand out from the crowd and doesn’t hide behind its looks. Comprised of a 1-piece zinc alloy outer chassis, the Sigelei SnowWolf Mfeng is immediately recognizable thanks to its distinct wolf emblem on the front of the device. The machining on the device is impeccable, and the slightly rounded edges give the device a distinct but comfortable feel in the hand. In terms of internal qualities, the Sigelei SnowWolf Mfeng utilizes two 18650 batteries (sold separately) and is capable of delivering 200W of power to the atomizer.
Included in the Sigelei SnowWolf Mfeng 200W TC kit is the 28mm Wolf Tank. This sub-ohm tank features a screw on top fill cap, a silicone flap to cover the fill port, triple adjustable bottom airflow, and two distinct coils. The coils available for the Wolf Tank are the 0.2 WF for maximum flavour and the 0.16 WF-H for cloud production.
Desire Design Mad Mod Kit
Sleek and lightweight, the Mad Mod by Desire Design implements a unique chassis cast from a lightweight aerospace aluminum. Powered by a single 21700 or 18650 battery (both sold separately) the Mad Mod is capable of 108W of power and supports a full temperature control suite for Ni/Ti/SS/TCR. The device also comes with a Power Multiple Graph (PMG) mode which allows users to define a custom power curve for their device, setting a percentage of the main power level between 10 – 200 for the first 5 seconds of an inhale. All of the settings and controls are shown on a 0.96” screen which can be navigated using the large firing button and +/- buttons.
Included in the Desire Design Mad Mod kit is the innovative M-Tank, which features an intuitive push-slide fill top, an 810 delrin drip tip, and a protective aluminum shell with cutouts to show the level of e-liquid you have remaining in the tank. Included in the kit is a 0.15ohm mesh coil rated for 50 – 90W and a 0.4ohm double coil rated for 35 – 55W. The M-Tank is also compatible with the SMOK TFV8 Baby Beast coil series.
Why we chose these vape mods
Vape mods truly make up the backbone of the vaping industry and are still the most commonly used devices in vaper’s hands. Their customizability and extended battery life suit almost all vapers needs, though this does come at a bit of a sacrifice of portability and discretion.
The products featured on this list cover all the bases you’d look for in a vape mod, while also excelling in other aspects. Whether you’re looking for pure power, or a more rounded device, you’ll be sure to find something on this list that will serve you well.