Mech Mods FAQ’s
CAN MECH MODS EXPLODE?
Yes, it is possible for a mech mod to explode. Mechanical mods are generally no less safe than a regulated mod, but there is always the possibility that things can go wrong. Since mechanical mods don’t use a circuit board with safety features built in the mech mod vaper has to be more proactive in keeping the mod safe to use. Knowledge of Ohm’s law and batteries needs to be applied to safely use a mechanical mod.
WHAT CAUSES MECH MODS TO EXPLODE?
Most of the time it is for the same reason as a regulated mod. In most cases it is because the batteries were damaged to begin with.
HOW CAN MECH MODS BE PREVENTED FROM EXPLODING?
The very first line of defense against a mech mod blowing up is to make sure the batteries are not damaged and have the wrap intact. Next is to watch out for warning signs that something is wrong. If there is a sensation of being shocked, similar to a static electricity shock when using, then stop immediately. Other signs are: if the batteries get very hot, there is a fizzling noise when firing, if nothing happens when hitting the fire button.
Next is to keep the mod cleaned and maintained. Check the pin and make sure it is protruding and clean. Use an Ohm reader or multimeter to see if the build is working correctly. Check for bits of coil that may have fallen into the device when building that may be bridging the circuit. Finally, stay under the Amp limit of the type of batteries being used.
WHAT WATTAGE DO MECH MODS VAPE AT?
It depends. Factors in what wattage the mod vapes at are determined by coil resistance, battery voltage and how charged the battery is.
To check what the wattage should be before vaping, an Ohm calculator should be used. These can be found online and are simple to use.
DO MECHANICAL MODS HIT HARDER?
Technically speaking, mechanical mods do not hit any harder than a regulated mod. Ohm’s law is Ohm’s law and the circuit boards of regulated mods are there only for protection. A coil that is getting the same voltage from a mechanical mod as it does from a regulated one will react in the exact same way. If it seems that a mech mod is hitting harder than a regulated mod, it will mean that it is simply firing at a higher wattage.
HOW LONG DOES A MECHANICAL MOD LAST?
As with just about any piece of electronic equipment, cleaning and maintaining the mech mod will keep it lasting longer. Mechanical mods don’t have any circuitry that could eventually fizzle out and batteries are not part of the mod and can be replaced when they no longer hold a charge. Thus, mechanical mods by nature should last longer than a regulated mod. As long as the metal in the mod holds up, it can continue to work. How long will that be? It depends on the mod builder and the material used.
HOW TO CLEAN ALUMINUM MECH MODS?
Using a cotton swab dabbed in isopropyl alcohol will effectively clean the gunk off of the aluminum in the mod. Same for any other metal surface like coils and such. Make sure the metal is completely dry before rebuilding the mod.
HOW TO CLEAN COPPER MECHANICAL MODS?
Similar to cleaning the aluminum, take a cotton swab, but this time dabbed in white vinegar and salt to rub the copper. This is the gentlest way to clean the copper of the patina that might make a connection difficult.
HOW TO CLEAN BRASS MECH MODS?
Brass connections generally still connect well when they have a slight patina, but should still be cleaned regularly to make sure. As with copper, the best way to clean the threads and connections made from brass is to make a paste with white vinegar and salt. Use a cotton swab to scrub the grime off the threads and then wipe any remaining salt mixture. Some people use ketchup and a toothbrush, but that takes a while to clean off after the initial cleaning of the threads.
CAN MECH MODS USE TANKS?
Technically, yes, tanks can be used on a mech mod. There are many people that will outfit their mechanical with a tank since they don’t want to drip vape. Safety is a major factor in trying to use a tank on a mechanical mod, however. Many times the 510 pin does not connect well with the atomizer and can cause a short which would be very dangerous. Then, there is the security in knowing about the coil build when building one. It is much easier to check for shorts on a self-built coil than what can be found in a factory atomizer. There are instances when vaping a tank outfitted mech mod can be done safely, but that should be determined by experts and not somebody new to vaping a mechanical.
HOW TO USE MECH MODS SAFELY?
Invest in an ohmmeter and multimeter to understand if the mech mod is operating within safe limits. A multimeter will indicate what volt the battery is charged to. Avoid using a battery that is overcharged or almost dead. Typically a battery should not go over 4.2 volts and under 3.3 volts. The meter will help determine the voltage. An Ohm’s meter will indicate the resistance of the coil and understand if there is a short somewhere.
Since mechanical mods don’t have any safety precautions, a mechanical mod will not shut off in case of a short, so make sure you have checked for shorts before vaping. Prevent misfires like from keeping a mech mod in a bag. Some mechanical mods do feature an automatic shut off if it is being fired for more than 10 seconds. Keep airflow open to allow the batteries to cool. Do not block the battery vents when vaping.
Lastly, make sure the proper battery is being used and that they are not damaged in any way.