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June 26, 2018

When it comes to vaping, not all devices are created equal. And as the market becomes more advanced, there are tons of different types of e-cigarette and vape mod devices to choose from. But which is the best one for you?

If you’re unsatisfied with your current device or are new to the world of vaping, finding the perfect device for your needs can be quite challenging. So let’s quickly go through the basics of how an e-cig works before we really delve into the various types to choose from.

The Basics

E-cigarette and vape mod devices are virtually the same thing, and both have two core components: the power unit, which holds the battery, and the tank, which holds and vaporizes the e-liquid. We can group electronic cigarettes into two broad categories: Cig-A-Likes and Vape Pens and Vape Mods and APVs.

All vape mod and e-cig devices work using pretty much the same method: inside the e-liquid tank there is an atomizer, which contains a wire wrapped around a type of wicking material. This is referred to as a coil. The wick soaks up the e-liquid and draws it into the coil. When activated, the coil heats up and vaporizes the e-liquid. And that’s it; now you’re vaping!

Now let’s discuss the different types of devices out there so you can find the one that’s right for you.

Cig-A-Likes And Vape Pens

E-cigs, cig-a-likes and vape pens can range in battery life, e-juice capacity and vapor production. There are multiple generations that provide users with the exact vaping experience they’re looking for. But the main draw for these type of devices is their affordability and simplicity.


Minis are sometimes referred to as the “first generation of e-cigarettes.” These devices often mimic the look and feel of tobacco cigarettes, thus their nickname: cig-a-likes.

  • Size. As the name implies, minis are quite small, simple and lightweight and are extremely similar in size to traditional cigarettes.
  • Power Source. These basic devices are available in both a rechargeable option and a disposable model.
  • Vaper Level. Minis are great for first time users because they tend to provide the most desired experience and the most natural transition from tobacco cigarettes.
  • Perks. Cheap, portable and good transition from cigarettes.

Vape Pens

The pen style vape mod is quite simply a vape shaped to resemble a pen.

  • Size. This type of mod is cylindrical in shape, creating a familiar experience for those who smoked in the past. Vape pen mods are made up of a battery with a firing button, a mouthpiece and an atomizer.
  • Power Source. As we’ve mentioned, a vape pen has a single battery. Because of this, vape pens are typically lower in wattage but extremely easy to carry.
  • Vaper Level. Vape pens are perfect for those new to vaping or former cigarette users who are looking for a similar smoking experience. These devices have very few settings. You simply fill and go, making them perfect for vapers looking for a no-fuss option.
  • Perks. Simple, affordable and discreet.

Pod Mod Systems

Pod mods are a whole new generation of the pen style mods. Pod mods are rooted in simplicity. All you do is pop a pre-filled or refillable pod into your device and you’re good to go.

  • Size. Pod mod systems are built for compactness. This type of mod can easily be carried in a purse or pocket. And you don’t need to carry around bottles of e-juice anymore, simply grab some pods and you’re set for the rest of your day.
  • Power Source. Pod mods work very similarly to most e-cigarettes, using a coil and wick system and a battery to heat up the e-liquid. The design is simple yet effective.
  • Vaper Level. Vapers looking for a small, easy, lightweight device that can fit anywhere and go with them anytime should try a pod mod system. These devices are also great for vapers in the market for a secondary device that is more portable than their main vaping device.
  • Perks. Discrete and light travel companion.

Vape Mods And Advanced Personal Vaporizers

Advanced Personal Vaporizers (APVs) and vape mods are the newest members to the e-cigarette lineup. They’ve become popular due to their ability to offer almost complete control over your vaping experience. The main draw is that advanced users can maximize their vapor production and customization while getting an extended battery and e-juice life.

Box Mods

Box mods are bulkier than other types of vape mods but allow for a more powerful yet safe vaping experience.

  • Size. Box mods are typically larger in shape and much more bulky compared to other types of vape mods. But this boxy style often allows them to fit anywhere from 1-4 batteries.
  • Power Source. Box mods’ ability to hold up to four batteries can result in longer usage between charges and, more importantly, the potential for greater wattages. Box mods can reach anywhere from 10 watts to 300 watts, depending on the device. Most commercial box mods are regulated. This means that while these mods have internal circuit boards, they also have safety features to ensure that the device won’t misfire or operate if there is an issue with the atomizer, battery or connection.
  • Vaper Level. Box mods are for vapers who want a larger-tanked device so that they don’t have to refill their juice as often and a better battery life so that they can vape more between charges.
  • Perks. Powerful, safe device with long-lasting battery and large e-juice tank.

Mechanical Mods

Mechanical mods are relatively simple devices that run directly off battery power. Mechanical mods are the most powerful, most customizable devices a vaper can get.

  • Size. These devices are normally only comprised of three parts: the housing, the atomizer and the battery. Mechanical mods or “mech” mods as they’re more commonly called, come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
  • Power Source. Unlike other vape mods, mech mods are not “charge-and-go.” These devices have building coils that need to be installed properly by the user, so there can be a steep learning curve with these devices. Mech mods don’t have circuit boards which are regulated for safety, so precautions need to be taken before firing up a mechanical device like a mech mod.
  • Vaper Level.Mechanical mods are perfect for an expert vaper looking for a more powerful device. Users of mech mods need to be able to rebuild and maintain the coils of the device safely and properly. But these devices give veteran vapers the ability to customize their experience and really push the limits of their device.
  • Perks. Big clouds and maximum wattage capability.

New To Vaping?

If you’re new to vaping and are still unsure of which device to try, we suggest starting out with a vape mod starter kit and working your way up to more customized devices if that’s what you’re looking for.

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