We have some innovation in the vaporizer industry. Not only are there new kinds of mods, but vape manufacturers are each trying to give the vaping public what it wants.
Most “Best of” lists are a matter of preference and perspective. Someone who prefers a squonk mod might not even consider a typical box mod. Someone who prefers low wattage won’t necessarily like a high wattage vape.
There are a lot of products out there, each offering its own unique pros and cons. Before we begin discussing the best vape mods delete of 2019, lets first discuss things to consider when purchasing a vaporizer.
9 Types of Best Box Mods
Geekvape Aegis Solo
The Geekvape Aegis Solo takes what made the original Aegis so popular and made it sleeker and easier to carry. It’s waterproof, dustproof, and nearly indestructible. Its design looks like a smaller version of the Geekvape Aegis mini, mainly due to its 18650 single-battery design.
- IP67 rating for protection. You don’t have to worry if you drop your vape
- Battery longevity
- 100W maximum
- Cerberus tank included with the kit does not do well above 80W.
- Vape is cool, a negative for those who like throat hit.
- Screw on/off the battery door.
- Not compatible with 21700 or 20700 batteries.
● Bypass mode
● Intuitive display
● Two adjustment buttons
● IP67 protective rating
● Single 18650 utilization
Voopoo Drag 2
Though the name might raise an eyebrow, the Voopoo Drag 2 took what made the original Drag great and made small, welcome changes. It still looks, feels, and operates like its predecessor. The design is similar to the original Drag, adding beveled edges that make for a nice grip. The Voopoo Drag 2 even improved on the print quality of the original, meaning fewer flakes and less chipping. The Drag 2 offers a 20W increase over the original going up to 177W.
- Ergonomic design
- Fast firing
- Fast power ramp-up
- FIT mode
- Connection plate for the 510 is raised
- The battery door is wobbly
- Display is outdated
● Powered by dual high-drain 18650 batteries
● GENE FIT chip
● Has power, temperature control, and memory modes
● 0.91-inch LED display
Vandy Vape Swell
What if the godfather of vaping, Tony B, put his personal seal of approval on a vape? Let’s ask another question. Have you ever misplaced your mod and wished you had an app that would make it beep? What if it was also waterproof and impact-resistant? The Swell by Vandy Vape has all that going on and more. Highly versatile, lightweight, and constructed from zinc alloy, this vape has a lot going for it.
- Bluetooth retrieval function – ping your vape from the app
- Lightweight, durable construction
- Unique design schemes
- Weird power spikes above 120W
- Need to remove both panels to swap batteries
- Noisy airflow
● Zinc-Alloy chassis construction
● Intuitive firing button
● Magnetic battery door panel
● Waterproof PBCA chipset
● Spring-loaded 510 connection
Vaporesso is a designer that can be counted on to produce high-quality mods. Their easy-to-use vapes often provide some of the best vaping experiences that can be found. For those that want a highly customizable vape, the Vaporesso GEN has just about every mode you could want on a box mod. Some critics have named the Vaporesso GEN as the best mod of 2019.
- Soft, rubberized paint
- Multiple modes
- OLED display
- “Eco Mode” to extend battery life
- The display could be more advanced
- “Normal” modes buried in a DIY menu
- SKRR-S tank is average
● Aluminum construction
● 220W output
● AXON chipset
● Centered 510 plate
● 107-gram weight
SMOK is one of the industry leaders for producing both tanks and mods. When SMOK decided to start making pod-style vapes, the first few of the line were unimpressive. Well, the SMOK Nord puts the maker in contention for the best pod vape of the year. The SMOK Nord allows for DTL vaping as well as vaping nicotine salts and has an MTL vaping option as well. The refillable pod that comes with the SMOK Nord is a welcome addition as well.
- Excellent flavor
- Nice DTL draw
- Good cloud production
- Can do both standard MTL vaping and sub-ohm vaping
- MTL coil is too airy
- Sensitive fire button
- A bit more costly than other pod vapes
● 10-15W output
● Replaceable pods
● 3mL pod capacity
● “Plug and play” coils
● Micro USB charging
Lost Vape Paranormal DNA250C
The latest release from Lost Vape has the latest Evolv DNA 250C chip. It allows for modern functionality along with laser-precise customization and control that fans of the DNA chip have come to expect. The screen for the device has been updated from its predecessor. Replaceable inserts mean that you can customize this mod to fit your own personal aesthetic.
- New DNA chip integrates new modes and functions
- Performance in all modes is excellent
- Chip stores all settings
- Moving parts are a bit annoying
- Atomizers need to be a lower diameter than 22mm
- The carbon fiber replacement panel jiggles
● Replay function that allows you to pick the perfect fit for you with one button
● Boost mode will get you that hit without waiting for that annoying ramp-up time
● USB On-the-Go Mode allows you to charge your cell phone with your vape and
still have plenty of juice left for vaping
DovPo Hamp; TVC Topside Dual
Improving on their last device, DovPo teamed up with The Vapor Chronicles to make a high-wattage squonk mod. The same convenient top-filled design is paired with more power for those looking for a low-resistance build. Replace the built-in squonk bottle with another or just refill the bottle inside for ultimate convenience.
- Good build quality
- Top filled
- Leak-free squonking
- Easy to read display
- No reheat options or watt curve mode
- Heavy build
- Mediocre temp control performance
- The shape isn’t that ergonomic
● 2-10mL squonk bottles
● Dual 18650 batteries
● Fires up to 220W
● 0.96-inch OLED display
Wisemec Luxotic MF Box
They call this mod the “Swiss Army” of vape mods. It will allow you to squonk when you’re at home and have a regular box mod for when you’re away. Not only that, but the majority of its parts are entirely replaceable, allowing for a wide range of customization. This mod is an absolute must for those vapers who like to tinker around to get the best performance possible.
- Multiple battery configurations
- Solid performance while squonking
- Power, temperature control, and bypass modes
- Ease of use
- No single coil support
- Squonk bottle connection is short
- Guillotine 2 RDA impacts battery life
- Only fires up to 100W
● Proprietary Avatar circuit board
● Supports single 18650/21700 or dual 18650 batteries
● Supports power, TC, and bypass modes
● Supports direct voltage by swapping boards
SMOK Stick Prince
These days, many vapers are all about portability and ease-of-use. That’s what makes the SMOK Stick Prince stand out – it offers both. The SMOK Stick Prince offers extreme vaping performance, without having to worry about setting wattages or temperatures. It comes in an array of whimsical colors so don’t worry about finding something that fits your aesthetic.
- TFV12 Prince Tank compatible with other SMOK Prince devices
- Easy to use
- Large juice capacity
- Coil longevity
- No spare glass
- Slow charging
- Performance drops with battery life
- Large for a pen vape
● Simple tube design with built-in 3000 mAh battery
● Five clicks on and five clicks off
● LED light that tells you when to recharge
● Weight of 150g
Innokin Endura T-20S
While attractive and affordable, the Innokin Endura T-20S leaves a lot to be desired, even for a beginner vape. The starter kit only comes with one single 1.5 ohm coil, so if it’s DOA and you didn’t buy extra coils, you have to make a trip to the vape store. Overall, you’re better off buying another pen vape that will do a better job.
- Max 13 watts
- Need to empty the tank completely to change the coil
- Average flavor quality
- Design is unoriginal and lacking in features
- No power flexibility or airflow control
● Mouth-to-lung hits
● Top-fill design
● Single-button operation
● Glass tank
If you are new to vaping there are a few things that you should take into account before buying box mod.
This is probably the most important thing to consider. Because the initial purchase can set you back a bit, you need to know how much you’re willing to spend. If you’re absolutely new to vaping, you might not want to drop a whole lot of cash on something you might not like. Vape pens are going to be the most affordable, with prices starting at $20. From this starting point, you will find vapes that offer different features. This is where you will start seeing temperature control and variable wattage. You won’t find many box mod vapes out there for much more than $200. Remember to factor into your budget the things that eventually add up, such as replacement coils.
Another big consideration is what features you want. If you’re just concerned with having enough wattage to get a taste of the juice and deliver some nicotine, a pen-style vape or low-wattage box mod might be for you. Some other vaporizers have popular and luxury features like touch screen vapes with digital displays. Do you want a visible tank or a JUUL-style pod vape? What kind of battery life do you need? Lower wattages tend to last longer per charge. Mods with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are also popular since the batteries are easily switched out.
Box mods can be big and clunky-looking or they can be contoured and futuristic looking. There are box mods that light up and box mods that can take a beating. Most box mods come in a variety of colors, so that is something to consider as well. Does it need to fit in your pocket? Or are you okay with carrying it around in your hand? Choosing a vape that fits your style is important, too.
Are you new to vaping? Looking to kick cigarettes? A vape-style pen with one button and few features will probably be the best place to start. Do you want customization, but not the kind of customization that comes with building your own coils? Any box mod on the market will fit your needs. For those that like to tinker with coils and builds, there are mods on the market for you, too.
Q: How much does vaping cost?
A: For someone just starting, a starter kit, which includes everything needed: a mod, tank, charging cord, and sometimes an extra coil, will cost between $50-$200. You’ll also need e-liquid or vape juice. This generally runs from about $10-$15 per 15mL. Vape juice is the biggest recurring cost of vaping. Next, you’ll need to buy new coils every so often. The cost of coils varies depending on your setup, but the cost is typically minimal.
Q: What flavors of e-juice are available?
A: There’s a lot of choices when it comes to vape juice flavors. From tobacco and mint-flavored juices for those who still want to taste their cigarette to flavors intended to mimic everything from certain types of candy to cereals. There are vape juices out there that taste like flavored milk, coffee, and even bacon.
Q: What is a box mod?
A: A box mod is a vaping device that has either an internal battery or an exterior slot for batteries. The square shape gives the device its name.
Q: What is a pen-style vape?
A: A pen-style vape is just what you’d think. It is a pen-shaped vaporizer. Pen-style vapes can be easy to use and offer little customization. Pen-style vapes that have a few more functions, like variable wattage or variable voltage tend to be a bit larger. For whatever you want to vape, there’s a vape pen for that, for example, if you prefer vape pens for oils there is a huge variety in the market.
Q: What is adjustable airflow?
A: For there to be vapor, you need air. Adjustable airflow allows you to control the amount of air that flows through your atomizer. This makes it easier to inhale the vapor. A more open airflow produces more vapor and is easier to pull. A more closed airflow produces the opposite effect.
Q: What is dripping?
A: In box mods with a tank and atomizer, the vape juice is automatically rationed for you. It typically requires pre-built coils, although you can choose to build your own if you have the know-how. In a drip tip mod, you drop the vape juice directly on the atomizer. This is definitely not recommended for beginning vapers because it generally requires custom-built coils.
Q: What is in e-liquid?
A: E-liquids that come from a reputable manufacturer should only have a few ingredients. One is propylene glycol or PG. The next is vegetable glycerin or VG. Most vape juices are a mix of these two. The third thing that a vape juice may contain is nicotine, though there are juices available with no nicotine. The fourth thing in vape juice
is going to be flavorings. Only buy e-liquids from a verified source, especially if you’re buying online. Never buy
off of places like Craigslist or eBay or Facebook Marketplace unless you’re sure of the origin of the juice. Reading on, you’ll find the best vaporizers. As technology advances, those advances will be tailored to vape, so expect the industry to keep producing a wealth of different kinds of vaporizers to suit each person’s differing needs
Q: What is a DNA chip?
A: The DNA is a chipset created by Evolv Vapor. The chip delivers power, consistent output, and increased functionality to the device.
Q: What is a squonk mod?
A: A squonk mod is a vape mod with a squeeze bottle that is built into the device. This bottle feeds vape juice to the atomizer, usually a rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA).
Q: What is an unregulated mod?
A: An unregulated mod is any box mod that doesn’t have a circuit board for regulating power flow through the device. It allows for more customization via coils and wattage than your typical regulated mod.
Q: Can a vape or vape battery “explode?”
A: Poorly made vapes can catch fire. The lithium-ion batteries that power vapes pose a fire risk, especially in certain conditions. If left in direct sunlight on a hot day, the device is over-charged, or if there is a malfunction, the vape can catch fire. Many fires are started while charging the vape, and unless it is specified that the vape supports the
feature, you absolutely should not vape while charging. The “explosion” happens when the battery seal ruptures, builds pressure, and the housing ruptures.
Q: What are dry herb, concentrate, or wax vapes?
A: Moving out of the realm of nicotine vapes for a moment, dry herb, concentrate, and wax vapes are primarily used for vaping marijuana concentrates and dry herbs. Most are designed much like pen vapes, but some are a little larger. While there are some all-in-one devices out there, most are used for either dry herbs, waxes, or concentrate oils.
The truth is that any “best of” list is going to be extremely subjective. Vapes have come a long way since the start of their popularity and no doubt will evolve as technology evolves. Everyone has their own preference in a device and what suits one person may not be good for another.
The best advice before you go plop down your hard-earned money for any vape mod is to get online and read reviews. YouTube has a plethora of video reviews if that’s more your style. Once you’ve done your homework, delete go to a brick and mortar vape store and see your choices in person. Ask the employees about their opinion. Most vape store owners and employees vape themselves, so they’re not likely to steer you wrong. When it comes down to it, you need to pick the vape that’s right for your needs and your preferences. The good news is that there are a plethora of available, high-quality vape mods out there, so your choices aren’t going to be limited. As you gain experience, you can choose to upgrade your vape or stick with what works for you.