The best vape mods of 2020 fall into many categories that span across all the things that vapers look for in a vape mod kit. This best-of line-up consists of several types of devices from box mods to squonks to mech mods, from big to mini, which appeal to different vapers with different skill and experience levels.
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VooPoo Drag 2 177W Box Mod Kit with Uforce T2 Vape Tank
10/10 Review score
GENE Fit for enhanced features
Interchangeable resin inlay side-panel
Available in eight different colors
The VooPoo Drag 2 is a groovy looking box mod starter kit that is similar to its parent vape. The biggest differences are its size, weigh...
They also come from a diverse line-up of some of the best vape companies, like SMOK, Innokin, and Vaporesso. All the vape units here (mods and tanks) can push at least 100W, so they are best for vapers who love to push clouds and use either sub-ohm or rebuildable atomizers. Vape devices like the Drag and the YiHi SXMini are well-known names in the vaping world, and often considered two of the best devices out there.
They both feature high-tech chipsets and can regularly push high wattage levels. The same can be said of the GeekVape Legend and SMOK X-Priv that have gone through several versions to keep improving to be the best with new features like new user interfaces, and high-quality build materials.
Comes with a 0.4ohm U2 Dual Coil and a 0.2ohm N3 Triple Mesh Coil
Easy to use instruction manual
Compatible with a variety of e-liquids and parts
Covered by a warranty
Only sub-ohm vaping capabilities
The VooPoo Drag 2 is a groovy looking box mod starter kit that is similar to its parent vape. The biggest differences are its size, weight, and revolutionary GENE chip named the GENE Fit. The GENE Fit improves the speed of the vape, along with its safety and efficiency.
Additionally, it allows for compatible Uforce coils to become detectable no matter the tanks that they are in. It will then preset the unit with the optimum specs for using those coils and creating the smoothest, tastiest possible vapor, along with the best power and vaporizer life possible.
As mentioned in its title, the VooPoo Drag 2 also comes with the Uforce T2 Tank, and a spare glass tube with a 3.5 mL capacity, but it can take tanks larger than that as well. Last but certainly not least, this vape mod has a wide temperature range of 200°-600°F/100°-315°C and a voltage output of 0-7.5 V.
Lots of pre-installed safety features to protect unit and user
Designs are busy for those who prefer solid exteriors
The Aspire Puxos box mod vape kit is praised for its customizability and versatility. For starters, this box mod has magnetic panels that allow for altering the unit’s exterior to one’s preference. If this is not enough, the Aspire Puxos is also compatible with three different degrees of cells: 21700, 20700, and an impressive 18650. The unit outputs 80-100 watts despite its compact size.
Pairing the Puxos with the Cleito Pro tank will give the box mod what it needs to produce the highest quality of delicious smooth vapor, no matter the juice. In addition to the vape tank, a purchase of the Aspire Puxos comes with a 21700 4000 mAh battery, two 0.5 ohm Cleito Pro atomizers, a spare glass piece, a USB charging cable and battery adapter, spare parts, a warning, and a warranty card. Plus, the Aspire Puxos is covered under a warranty, reducing any risk there is in trying it.
Compact size of 82mm (3.2 in.) x 27.5mm (1.08 in.) x 38mm (1.5 in.)
Not a large variety in colors offered
The VooPoo Mojo is one of the most compact (though not necessarily a mini device) high-quality vape mods on the market. It comes in seven different colors, including black, dark grey, stainless steel, scarlet, orange yellow. A purchase of the unit comes with a Conjure RDA, three slotted screws, stainless steel hex socket screw, an Allen wrench, a slotted screw screwdriver, a USB charging cable, and a Gene chip card.
The VooPoo Mojo R also comes with a user manual that is easy to follow, and a warranty in case there is something wrong with the purchased unit. The Mojo’s temperature range is 100-315°C/200-600°F, allowing users to vape at nearly whatever temperature they may prefer. Its output voltage is 0-8.5 V, and its resistance range is 0.05-3 ohm for its power mode, and 0.05-1 ohm in TC mode. The vape unit’s 26000 mAh battery keeps the life of its sessions long. Additionally, the Mojo’s advanced Gene chipset allows the device to fire in .0001 seconds, giving vapers a variety of firing options.
Temperature range of 212 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit
Batteries sold separately
The YiHi SXMini utilizes its SX485J chipset to provide one of the most luxurious vaping experiences a box mod can offer. This chipset’s strength is providing the most accurate and consistent outputs possible. The SX Mini’s output wattage can range from 5 watts to 100. Its atomizer resistance range goes 0.05 to 3.0 ohms, providing users with both sub ohm and ohm vaping abilities depending on their preference.
A purchase of this unit comes with a micro USB cable, a scratch protector, and an 18650 battery adapter. As per usual, vapers will also get a user manual, a warning card, and a warranty, standard stuff for any kit. The SX Mini is more expensive than a lot of other box mods, but it is also much higher quality. Because of this, it is likely a better purchase for a somewhat experienced vaper than a brand new beginner. However, it will be easy to use and enjoyed by either.
2 required 18650 high amperage batteries not included
GeekVape’s Aegis Legend is a vape mod inspired by the Gods. It has a strong and powerful looking design, along with the specs to match! It is available in 5 different colors: stealth black, black and orange, camo, silver and brown, and snakeskin. There is a style for every different vaper and even different juices. A purchase of the unit includes a GeekVape Aero tank, a 0.15 ohm mesh coil head, a USB charger, a replacement glass tube, a set of replacement parts, and a simple user manual. With its bubble glass tank extension, this unit has an impressive capacity of 5 mL of e-liquid. This is a great vape mod for use on-the-go since it is reinforced, water-proof, dust-proof, and shock-proof. The Aegis also utilizes a high-tech AS chip, which makes the device faster to respond to user changes. It also gives the mod’s display screens color for a fun touch.
It is no secret that the Vaporesso x Zophie Vapes Luxe unit is priced higher than a lot of box mods on the market. With its higher price comes higher quality though. For starters, this Vaporesso vape unit comes with lots of extra goodies. The package will include an SKRR-S sub-ohm tank, a 0.18ohm QF Meshed, a 0.18ohm QF Strip, and a spare glass tube.
Vapers will also get a nifty silicone tank case that they can use for any of their tanks, a micro USB cable, spare o-rings, a user guide, and a warranty card. Unfortunately, this Vaporesso unit is only available in two different colors: silver and rainbow. Both colors are sleek and appealing though. The vape box kit has 9 different types of pre-installed protection features to protect both the vape and the user from any harm or damage. This high-power Vaporesso unit is also known for its grand clouds regardless of the juice inside the tanks.
Fits in the hand at 52.5 (2.07 in.) x25 (0.99 in.) x 138.8mm (5.5 in.)
Impressive 6 mL tank capacity
Wide temperature and voltage range
Warranty does not always apply
Batteries not included
The Uwell comes in nearly every core color of the rainbow: red, yellow, green, purple, blue, and white. The Crown IV kit includes a Crown IV tank, a spare glass tube, a 0.4ohm coil, a 0.2ohm coil, a drip tip cover, replacement o-rings, a micro USB cable, and a user manual. The temperature range of the unit is right up there with the more expensive kits, ranging from 200-600ºF/100-315 °C. Its glass extension bubble allows the tank capacity to hold 6 mL of e-juice, which is more than most kits. The voltage output starts at .7 and works its way up to 8 volts for those who prefer a power-packed session. The Uwell Crown 4’s resistance ranges from 0.1-3 ohm. Lastly, its 510 thread provides a consistent even connection for the best, uninterrupted sessions.
Temperature ranges from 200°F to 600°F / 100°C to 315°C
Gold-plated 510 contact and stainless steel 510 threading
Easy to grasp or carry in a pocket: 46.5mm (1.8 in.) by 30.4mm (1.2 in.) by 88mm (3.5)
Voltage range of 0.5V to 9V
Does not include lots of extras or spare parts
The SMOK X-Priv comes in blue, black, chrome, gunmetal, gold, and pink. Its zinc alloy composition paired with strategic carbon fiber paneling makes this SMOK unit sturdy and fit to carry around throughout the day. The SMOK X-Priv has a 2 inch colorful and high definition screen that allows users to customize vape settings, such as its temperature and power.
A purchase of the SMOK X-Priv includes a high-quality USB charging cable and an easy to follow user manual. Some special features of this SMOK mod are its short circuit, over-heating, and over-discharge protection, and its intelligent atomizer recognition. The SMOK X-Priv also has a dual battery life indicator and a puff monitoring system for curious vapers who like to track their sessions.
Durable stainless steel construction and beautiful design
Guillotine V2 RDA with impressive features
96.2mm (3.8 in.) by 54.5mm (2.1 in.) by 26.6mm (1.04 in.)
Only 2 air slots
Batteries not included
The Luxotic NC, as the name may imply, is certainly a luxurious vape, (though this comes for a price). It can reach a wattage output of 250 watts, and its voltage output ranges from 1.3-5.3 volts. The box mod has several protections: short-circuit, low-voltage, temperature, and atomizer. These built-in protections stop the vaper from accidentally damaging their device, and protect the user as well!
A purchase of this box mod kit includes a Wismec Guillotine V2 RDA, a 0.28ohm Clapton pre-built coil, two 18650 battery sleeves, an ULTEM drip tip, spare parts, and a user manual. The Luxotic features a bottom-loaded sliding battery door for easy removal and inserting, and a single-button operated firing mechanism. The Luxotic NC screams high-quality and simple.
This cool vape kit comes with a demon killer tiny box mod, a Demon Killer Tiny RDA vape tank, a set of spare parts, ten 0.8ohm demon killer pre-built coils, and a user instructional manual. It is super small, with dimensions of 76mm (3 in.) x 38mm (1.5 in.) x 14mm (0.5 in.).
Its internal battery is 800 mAh and rechargeable for decently lasting battery life and a 1 amp maximum charge. Its tiny RDA has two posts and is suited for single coil building. The fact that this RDA only has two posts means there will be lots of room for building for those who need it. Its minimum atomizer resistance is .5 ohm, and it has a ULTEM top cap and drip tip. Lastly, it has a top mounted OLED display for users to customize their settings.
Uses recent technology to ensure a great connection every time
PEEK adapter to prevent overheating
Only comes in black
Batteries not included
The Stentorian squonk mod provides vapers with high-quality vapor that does not break the bank. A purchase of this box includes three PET 7 mL food-grade squonk bottles and a user manual. Unfortunately, its battery is not included. However, it does come with a lot of sought-after features, such as its 510 spring contact pin compatible with all atomizers, and 24k gold plating on metal parts to provide vapers with the highest level of electric conduciveness. The Ram has a fire button with a safety lock to protect the user and the unit. The exterior of the unit has either Noble Padauk or Resin material to give it a lovely appearance. The non-included but necessary 18650 battery will provide the smoothest vapor for any juice and with maximum efficiency.
Comes with low voltage, reverse polarity, and .08 ohm cut-off protection
LED battery light indicator
Gigantic 8 mL e-liquid capacity
Comes with stickers for decorating
510 threaded for solid connections
Single 18650 cell only
The Innokin LiftBox squonk mod is named after its industry-revolutionizing LIFT Siphon system, which ensures that vapers’ coils will be automatically saturated with every puff. All they have to do is fill the huge 8 mL tank on their Innokin unit, attach their bottom-feeding RDA, prepare their coils for their session, press the button on the exterior of the unit, and begin to vape.
A purchase of the Innokin LiftBox comes with a micro USB charging cable, a quick start guide, a user packet, a warranty card, a warning booklet, and a pack of Innokin stickers that make great decorations. The dimensions of this Innokin unit are 3-¼ in. x 2 in. x 1 in., and it is constructed with a 303 stainless steel alloy. Its resistance range is 0.08-3.5ohm, and its voltage range is 3.3V-4.2V.
A vape mod is a large-in-size (although there are mini versions), high-powered vaping device with more capabilities and performance than a regular e-cigarette or vape pen. The mod section holds the battery or batteries, as well as the internal circuits and screen that control its features.
Users attach a suitable tank or atomizer (even mini tanks can work) to the mod, which then sends a controlled electrical current to the coil inside the tank to create vapor. The term “vape mods” can also apply to different devices across different categories, as seen by this list:
Box mods – aka Advanced Personal Vaporizers, regulated mods, are high-tech devices with internal circuits and electronics designed to be more precise, safer and high-powered than e-cigarettes and other vape pens.
Mech mods – mech mods, aka unregulated mods, have no internal circuitry or adjustable features they are typically single-cell devices that send an unlimited current to an attached atomizer coil to create vapor.
Squonk mods – aka, bottom-feeders, squonks can be regulated or unregulated, and their distinguishing feature is that they have an internal e-juice reservoir that refills an attached squonk atomizer whenever a user squeezes the bottle.
Types of Box Mods
Vape mods have many differences among them, but maybe the most important are the differences between regulated and unregulated mods, as there are several. Every regulated mod has the following:
Internal electronics – often called a chipset, board or just a chip, this piece of equipment gives users a fair amount of control over things like power output and vaping temperature, they also carry safety features that prevent accidents and situations like overheating
User control interface – this section consists of several parts, mainly a screen or a display that shows information like battery life, temperature or wattage settings, vaping mode, etc. and control or adjustment buttons for users to change their settings, as well as an independent power/firing button which also makes up a part of the interface
510-connection – 510-threading is universal, as most every mod (there are a few exceptions) carries a 510-connector atop its frame so users can attach a 510-threaded tank atomizer
Some vapers prefer having a regulated mod, which allows them greater control over almost every aspect of their vape. Not only that, users can install new software onto a mod’s internal chipset, and control non-vape related elements of the device like screen brightness, and color.
The best mech mods (aka unregulated mods) can deliver pure power from its single, internal battery to heat the coil in an attached 510-atomizer. That’s it.
There are no internal electronics, no LED or OLED or touchscreen display, there are no adjustment buttons, and the 510 connection differs among devices. Even among unregulated mods, there are some differences.
Unregulated mods can be:
Mechanical mods use a single cell and consist of a single battery tube, usually made of copper, brass, or stainless steel, the tube uses a standard 510 connection that connects the atomizer to the battery
Hybrid mods have the same construction as a standard mech mod with one significant difference, which is the mini hybrid top cap that allows for a direct-to-battery (DTB) connection for the atomizer that has a hybrid 510 pin (only protruding, hybrid 510 pins can be used with hybrid mods, more on that later)
Series or parallel mods have more than one battery; the cells work together (in “series”) to generate power (more than a single battery) for low resistance coil builds that hit harder and faster than traditional mech mods
All mech mods might sound simple from the description above, but they are not. As there is nothing to regulate the current or adjust the power output or temperature of the vape, mech mod vapers need to know about Ohms law and battery safety to make sure their atomizer or coil build can support the unrestrained power of the battery.
How to Use a Vape Mod
Using a vape mod – properly using a vape mod – depends on what you are vaping. Regulated, unregulated and squonk mods all have different requirements that a person needs to know before they start vaping it.
With their complicated menu systems and different settings, regulated mods may seem like the most difficult to use. But once you figure out the menus (companies usually keep the same menu configuration, so if you learn it once, it will be the same even in 2020), they are quite easy since they do a lot of the work of setting up the best and most enjoyable vape.
There are still some essentials that anyone should follow when using a variable wattage/voltage or temperature mod:
Charge the batteries: Whether they are internal or external, fully charge all batteries before using the device, regulated mods guarantee a consistent voltage output, but still using charged batteries ensures the best performance
Know your device: Know the resistance range, temperature range, wattage range of your device and stay within those limits
Use only compatible coils: Regulated mods have a coil resistance range for a reason since they all cannot fire at very low or high resistances (some even have low-resistance protection to prevent such a thing from happening)
As regulated mods have intelligent chipsets, they are more suited to beginners. Chipsets can recognize a coil’s resistance, and then even set the appropriate wattage, which is one example of how they cater to new vapers.
Of course, not all chipsets are alike. The most popular and well-regarded chip is the DNA chip from Evolv. Vapers everywhere hold up the DNA chip as the gold standard; it should be what every chip strives to be.
The reason the DNA is so well-known is because of its accuracy and performance, and what it allows vapers to do. Other chips are not so detailed or fine-toothed as the precision DNA chip. They work well, but they do not perform on the level that a DNA chip can.
Unregulated mods also look very easy to use, and they are, in some respects, but if someone misuses them, it can cause severe, even fatal damage. Since unregulated mods have no circuitry or other electronics to protect against things like short-circuits or a low-resistance, you need to pay special attention to the battery inside your mech mod above all else.
Use the correct batteries – Try getting either protected (IMR lithium ion) or non-protected cells (IMR lithium manganese), they each have their advantages and drawbacks, but always make sure they are never torn, ripped, overcharged, overstressed batteries in your mod; cells can start leaking gases (venting) when they are worn and overused, which can lead to a big BOOM!
Make sure you have airflow – Using a mech mod without airflow vents to keep the battery cool, as well as to let it vent to prevent the build-up of gases, is asking for trouble, always make sure that you have enough airflow
Lock the firing pin – Accidental misfires are common for all vaping devices, for mech mods, one safety feature they do carry is the option to lock the firing pin when they mod is not in use, or in your pocket
Advantages and Disadvantages of Vape Mods
Vape mods have several advantages, as well as disadvantages, depending on the person who is using them. An experienced vaper may not appreciate so many controls, and limits (aka safety features) that come with using a regulated mod. While an inexperienced vaper may be putting themselves at risk using an unregulated mod that they do not fully understand.
Here, then, are some advantages to regulated mods:
They have adjustable settings for temperature and wattage output
They have many safety features built into their chipset
They perform consistently, meaning they have a steady output of power, independent of the battery’s charge
Regulated mods come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and design accents
They are also customizable, and some chipsets have firmware upgrades that users can download and install
Disadvantages to regulated mods:
They can break/damage easily, especially with so many moving or electrical parts
They are big, because of their batteries, so they are not the most portable devices
They prevent vapers from firing at a meager resistance, which some may not appreciate
They can be confusing, frustrating, and complicated to use, especially ones with a poor display screen
Unregulated mods, like their vaping cousins, regulated devices, also have their benefits, as well as their downsides.
Advantages of unregulated mods:
They are very durable, made from solid materials like brass or copper
They have no electronics so you can fix them quickly if they break
They are more portable and smaller in size
They offer unrestrained power output
Disadvantages of unregulated mods:
Not for inexperienced vapers
They require an in-depth knowledge of battery safety, Ohms law, and coil resistance to be used safely and properly
They have no safety protections
They can (if not properly maintained and used) blow up in your face
The Best Vape Mods of 2020: The Last Word
Vape mods can come in different shapes and sizes, and do things that e-cigarettes or vape pens cannot. The best vape mods, whether regulated or unregulated, can reach high-wattage levels, and produce enormous amounts of vapor.
They are made from durable, high-quality materials, and the regulated devices use some of the most high-tech chipsets in vaping. The debate over which, regulated or unregulated, is the most user-friendly, goes on since there are advantages and disadvantages to both. The products on this list represent everything that vape mods, in 2020, can do.
Published: May 2, 2019Updated: January 8, 2020
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