Buying Your First Box Mod? Here’s What You Need To Know
If you’re new to the vaping world and searching for your first box mod, things can get confusing pretty quick. You go to buy your first device and come across terms like personal vaporizer, mech mod, unregulated mod, pen style mods, and more. You go to buy your first bottle of juice and you have a million different flavors and a wide range of nicotine levels. Box mods can be pricey in some instances, and when buying your first one especially, you want to find an option that is really going to satisfy you, and one that you will appreciate over a long period of time.
To help you learn about box mods and make sure that you make the right selection with your first mod, we’ve created this Box Mod Newbie Guide. By the time you get through this guide, you’ll know exactly what a box mod is, how a box mod works, and will be able to decide which box mod will most ideally fit your needs.
What is a Box Mod?
Before you choose a box mod, you first have to know what a box mod is. Furthermore, to really understand what a box mod is, it’s best to go back to the beginning of the e-cig scene and see how box mods were first introduced.
The vaping world began with small and low-powered tube-shaped devices that resembled cigarettes. These e-cig devices accepted disposable cartridges that would have to be replaced once they had run their course (which seemed to happen very quickly). Some people enjoyed these models, and while they did grow quite rapidly in popularity, there were many enthusiasts who really desired greater performance from their mods.
Next, came the pen style vaporizer. These devices, while still pen shaped, were much longer and wider than the cigarette-style devices. They had larger batteries, which meant more performance and longer life between charging.
Since mods are relatively simple in their construction, innovative vape users started modifying devices to make them more powerful and give them better production potential. Using all types of household items from Altoid cans to handmade wooden boxes, these early mods set the stage for the commercially produced “box mods” that are popular today.
In the most simple terms, a box mod is a form of vaping device that has a box shape as opposed to the traditional or pen-style cylinder shape. Today’s box mods are much more complex, including large screens and circuit boards that allow for a variety of functions and increased control of each vaping experience.
Box Mod vs Vape Pen
If there is one advantage of a pen-style device over a box mod, it would likely be its small size and discreteness. However, a great number of vape users prefer the benefits of a vape box, regardless of their larger and more irregular size. Although a box vape mod is seemingly less flexible than a cylinder device, the box shape provides for several features that vape pen mods cannot provide, such as:
- Longer battery life: Box mods have more internal space. This means that a greater number of batteries can be included. Many commercial box mods accept 1 or two batteries, while some larger mods accept up to four. More battery power results in higher wattage capability, longer life of the device between charges, and a much greater box mod performance.
- Better cloud production: The increased wattage and performance of box mods gives the advantage of more vapor production per hit, and thus, bigger clouds! Early pen style devices were known for their low wattage and minimal vapor production. Today’s sub-ohm vapor box mods can reach wattages up to 300w and produce clouds that can fill a room in two vape hits. Box mods are perfect not just for cloud chasers, but also regular vape enthusiasts who prefer a better control of how much vapor is produced on every hit.
- Better control: Newer commercial box mods are built with sophisticated circuit boards that give users the ability to manage a number of settings to make the device work best for the user. With these devices, users can learn exactly what their specific vaping preference is, and set their device to provide an ideal hit, each and every time.
Regulated Box Mod vs. Unregulated Box Mod
Regulated circuit boards do more than just allow the user to control the device better, they also ensure that the device won’t fire in the case of a malfunction. Devices that include these circuit boards (personal vaporizer mods) are referred to as regulated box mods. New users (and many experienced users) typically prefer these mods since they don’t have to take on the responsibility of monitoring the device for safety themselves.
Some vapers however, prefer to have more control over the way the actual construction of their device, and choose to build their own box vapes - unregulated mods. These mods are simple in construction, and are built with just a battery, an atomizer, and some type of housing to contain the components. Since these devices are unregulated box mods, there is nothing to prevent them from firing in case the battery is defective in any way. These mods however, can be built with almost an unlimited number of batteries (how many can you fit in a housing?) allowing mech mod users to really trick out their device’s production - far more than is possible through a commercially produced personal vaporizer.
Features of a Regulated Box Mod
Over the years, the chipsets that control regulated box mods have improved drastically. Today, many commercial mods provide advanced controls, including:
- Safety features: Regulated mods have internal regulations to ensure that devices don’t misfire. Mechanical box mods, on the other hand, sends a raw battery voltage to the atomizer without a specified level of resistance. With an unregulated box mod, a low ohm coil combined with a non-compatible battery can lead to failure, without any safety measures to stop it from happening.
- Temperature Control: Many regulated box mods allow for easy temperature and wattage control. By simply changing their settings, users can enjoy a variety of vape experiences and have the ability to increase/decrease the power of their device during usage.
Best Box Mods for Beginners
First time buying a mod box? With so many devices on the market, it can be hard to decide where to start! For first-time mod buyers, here’s three good box mods we recommend.
1) SMOK Alien Baby AL85
The Alien Baby AL85 is a super compact 85 watt device this packed with the most up-to-date features and functions. At only 71 x 28 x 27mm, the AL85 is super compact and is offered in a variety of unique colors including strawberry red, metallic rainbow, silver, and champagne gold. The AL85 has a full range of on-board features, such as temperature control; and hard, soft and standard modes. This box mod kit includes a TFV8 Baby Beast Tank, which holds 3ml of liquid. The device is powered by a 18650 battery and accepts 7 different coil styles to tweak the Baby Beast to perfection.
Customer Review: “Great little mod, fits perfectly in the hand. Very good for people like me that want to just vape and not have any of the unnecessary complications. Super simple to ue, just turn it on and set your watts. Love it!”
Coil Resistance: 0.4 ohms & 0.6 ohms
Max Power: 85 watts
2) Eleaf iStick Pico Kit
The Eleaf Pico is offers major performance, in a small and compact package. With a maximum of 75 watts, this device includes simple temperature controlling power and a suite of built-in protection features. The Pico also includes upgradable firmware, which allows users to upgrade their device’s software for long-term future usage. The Pico was designed by vape designer legend, JayBo, and comes in a variety of colors, including grey, silver, black, pink and white.
Customer Review: “This is the first vape I’ve owned, and I couldn’t be happier! Super easy to use, especially for a first timer like me.”
Tank Capacity: 2ml
Max Power: 75 watts
3) Kangertech Topbox Mini
The Topbox Mini is the perfect starter kit for new vapers, as well as for those looking for an affordable cloud-producing experience. This device is fires up to 75 watts and supports temperature control with nickel, titanium, stainless, and Ni-Chrome wire. The Topbox Mini kit comes along with the Toptank Mini, a 4ml tank that supports the new SSOCC atomizer heads and allows for more airflow and better vapor production. The Topbox Mini is one of the few vape boxes that can satisfy the needs of both new vaper and experienced vape users.
Customer Review: “This mod is of decent size and easy to carry. I bought one of these in every color available. The top fill design on the tank is a real plus. This mod is just a little bigger than the Kangertech Nano styled mod. This mod has temperature control which is a big plus. You have all the features you need to vape the way you want to. The top tank holds a nice amount of vape juice so you don’t have to refill as often as you would with the Nano.”
Tank Capacity: 4ml
Max Power: 75 Watts
Best Box Mods for Power
Looking for a personal vaporizer device that packs a mean and powerful punch? Here are our suggestions for the best box mods for power lovers:
1) Vaporesso Revenger Kit
Known for incorporating cutting-edge technology into fresh designs, the Revenger was built as a revolutionary device. The Revenger is powered by dual 18650 batteries, and includes the Vaporesso’s sophisticated Omni chipset. This vaporizer box mod kit comes bundled with the NRG tank which includes a convenient sliding top-fill design. The NRG tank includes several clever features including a spit-back reducing drip tip, a heat-insulating washer at the base, and a wide compatibility with the extensive GT Cores coil series.
Customer Review: “I must admit, I was a hesitant to buy this mod, but I’m definitely happy I did. A super simple interface, really good battery life, and the clouds are unbelievable. All around, a stunning mod!”
Tank Capacity: 5 ml
Max Power: 220 Watts
2) Wismec Predator
The Wismec Predator is a discrete device that carries a powerful punch. Able to power up to 228 watts, this device houses two 18650 batteries and has a USB connection so that firmware can be upgraded. The Predator kit includes the Elabo tank, which can hold 4.9 ml and run coils at both 0.2 and 0.25 ohms. With a high power, the Predator is the perfect device for both beginners and experienced users who prefer a strong vaping experience with giant cloud production.
Customer Review: “I love this mod! It’s small and comfortable in the hand, but still durable. The display gives me all the info I need and the design is incredible. Produces some huge clouds and great flavor.”
Tank Capacity: 4.9 ml
Max Power: 228 Watts
3) Wismec Reuleaux RX300
The RX300 is a device built especially for power lovers. With 300w capability, this device pushes the extreme limits of power. This vape box mod includes an impressive four 18650 batteries, giving long-time usage between charges. Designed by Jaybo, the RX300 has an impressive and comfortable design, while maintaining its rich feature profile. With temperature control, upgradeable firmware, and options for extensive customization, the RX300 brings all of the cutting-edge technology that we expect from the Wismec brand.
Customer Review: “This has got to be the best mod by far. The only drawback is the bulkiness of it. This is definitely a desk top mod. Not like a pocket mod. But together with the TFV12, nothing comes close as of yet. I have over 30 different mods ranging from 40 watts to 350 watts, and after a HARD month’s use, Jaybo has definitely outdone himself this time. Can’t wait to see what they come out with next to try and top the RX300.”
Battery: 4 x 18650 Required
Max Power: 300 watts
Best Designed Box Mods
Want a high-quality device that really breaks the mold in design? Here are a few of our favorite well-designed box mods.
1) Sigelei Kaos Z
The Sigelei Kaos Z Box Mod is a highly innovative mod that was produced to display the variety of design possibilities with modern vape technology. The Z Box has transparent side panels to show the inner workings of the device. Through these translucent panels, users can see the board’s circuitry and an array of color changing LEDs that give off a variety of lighting effects. The Kaos isn’t just a well-designed device, it’s also high powered; providing up to 200 watts of temperature controlled power. It’s 0.96 inch TFT display provides real time information and allows users to set the mod box to their preferred specifications.
Customer Review: “There isn’t much I can say against the Kaos Z. It’s simple and does exactly what it’s supposed to do. The LED and mirror screens gives this mods it’s own look. It’s a powerhouse if you rig it correctly. I love it!”
Battery: 2 x 18650
Max Power: 200 watts
2) Tesla Steampunk Nano
Teslacigs has raised the standard of design with the release of the Tesla Nano 120 Steampunk Edition. With a zinc alloy chassis, the Nano has a steampunk-inspired design and a number of awesome vaping features. With up to 120 watts of temperature controlled power, the Steampunk Nano is equally balanced in it’s design and performance. This device has incredible power, with a resistance range between 0.1 - 3.0 ohms. Additionally, the Steampunk boxmods have customizable firing parameters and memory for three profiles.
Customer Review: “Puts out very good power. Is easy to use and has an extremely beautiful design. Its creative design is the reason I bought this mod in the first place!”
Battery: 2 x 18650
Max Power: 120 watts
3) Wismec RX Mini Resin
Another mod designed by JayBo, the RX Mini is truly a one-of-a-kind device. Using a unique swirling process, no two devices will ever have the same pattern. This device is ultra portable, but carries the power of a much larger device. Delivering up to 80 watts of power, the device is built for usability and durability. Want a mod that fits your creative personality and ensures that you’ll never see another one exactly like it? The Wismec RX Mini box mod is the way to go.
Customer Review: “Great device for something so small. Been using it for a while now, and I like how solid and durable it is. In plus, it looks really cool. The display is pleasant, and all around, its a great mod.”
Battery: 2100 mAh Integral
Max Power: 80 watts
Choosing Your First Box Mod
Now that you know what box mods are and how they work, and have a few suggestions on some of the best box mods on the market, it should be much easier to make a decision on which mod is right for you. The first step to buying your first mod, is knowing what you want from your mod.
- Do you want a small device that can easily fit in your pocket? Look for small box mods with big performance.
- Do you want a high wattage device that delivers extreme power? Look for the most powerful vape mods.
- Is affordability the most important factor for you? Look at vape mods under $50.
Just remember, the better that your device fits your needs, the more likely you will be to stick to it for the long term. Do your research and check out reviews before making your purchase. Vape on!