Many electronic cigarette users (commonly referred to as vapers), have moved on from the cigarette looking “cigalikes” to more powerful and feature infused devices. A vapor mod is any battery or power source that has been modified from the basic design. There is a wide variety of mods available, and most try to showcase their seemingly unique features. Most mods fall into two categories: mechanical and variable.
Mechanical mods are typically a metal tube outfitted with connections for a high capacity, high output battery. The metal is usually one of three materials: copper, brass, or stainless steel. Mechanicals are uncomplicated units that can appear very simple and sleek, to extremely decorative and ornate.
Regardless of the outer appearance, mechanicals use a firing button to complete a circuit, delivering power to the atomizer. Despite the simplicity of the design and function, mech mods are recommended only to the advanced user with a comprehensive knowledge of electricity.
Most often, mech mods are used with rebuildable drippers or tank atomizers in which users physically build the coils that vaporizes the e-liquid. These builds can be customized to the vaper’s preferences and capacity of the battery being used.
Variable Voltage/Wattage Mods
Variable voltage/wattage offer some level of adjustability or customization. As is in the name, the most common customization is power adjustability.
The least complicated of these devices simply has a dial on the end of the battery that lets the user literally turn the voltage up or down, resulting in a hotter or cooler vape depending on the capacity of the tank/coil or composition of the e-liquid being used.
Moving up the chain of variable mods, the features increase in complexity with more advanced models featuring LCD screens, resistance meters, puff counters, and auto shut off. Some variable units offer USB power outputs for charging other devices, while others might boast Bluetooth or apps for smartphones.
The one thing all variables have in common is that they let the user adjust the flow of power at any time with a press of a few buttons. Variable mods have exploded in popularity due to their versatile nature, informative displays, and increasingly smaller form factor. You can find a great selection of vapor mods from your local vapor store.
As the technology in electronic cigarettes continues to progress, further innovations are just over the horizon. It’s anyone’s guess as to what vapor mod will change the industry next. You can find more information on getting started with vaping and the best E Cigarette tanks here.