Box mod vaping devices are designed to provide longer battery life than vape pens or e-cigs. Their larger box shape allows them to accommodate a number of safety features as well as variable voltage and temperature control, giving vapers much more command over their experience. They also have a number of safety features that you just won’t find in a vape pen or e-cig. Some box mods include built-in batteries, but not all of them, so you may have to purchase a separate battery. You may also need to get a clearomizer, which is a clear plastic or glass tank that attaches to the top of the box mod and holds your eJuice. The clearomizer contains the atomizer, which is the part that heats the liquid and creates the vapor. Let’s take a closer look to our best vape mods of 2017 list.
Best Mods for Beginners
Eleaf iStick Basic
Our best box mod list starts with Eleaf iStick Basic. If you’ve just started vaping then this vape mod is perfect for you. It is easy to use, the battery comes with it and it’s more powerful than a cig-a-like. It includes a 14mm tank that attaches magnetically, so you won’t need a 510 connector system.
There are no power adjustments necessary and the GS Air 2 tank simply fits inside the box with just the tip exposed. This really is a very effective set up for anyone looking for a great starter-kit.
Joyetech eVic VTC Mini
The Joyetech eVic VTC Mini e-cig mod is the smaller, but perfectly formed version of the popular Joyetech eVic VTC. But this compact creation has the same power and features in a fantastic all-inclusive kit with an improved temperature range up from 500F to 600F for more effective vaporizing. The Mini uses an easily replaceable 18650 battery, comes with a pre installed Ni-200 coil head and can sense Titanium and SS.
The Mini doesn’t just pack more heat, but you style with it as it’s available in a variety of colors making this a nifty little upgrade on the previous edition.
Eleaf iStick 30W
Eleaf have stepped it up by taking all the popular features of 20W and bringing customers a new and improved tiny sized vape mod and they’ve done it at a great price level too. With surprisingly advanced features such a being able to fire down to 0.4ohm, it’s compatible with sub ohm tanks for those who enjoy bigger clouds and more intense flavor from their vapes.
At $35USD this 30W, mini box mod with the option to sub ohm vape is a fantastic option for beginners who want to vape discreetly or the more experienced looking for something priced just right.
VaporFi VOX Mini
Small and sleek and yet incredibly powerful, the VaporFi VOX Mini e-cig mod has variable wattage from 7 W to an enormous 40 W while being able to handle resistances between 0.3 ohm and 3 ohm. This attractive box mod is also packed with features, from a auto ohm resistance meter to help users to choose the best voltage for them to a stylish digital OLED screen.
This device is perfect for both men and women, being small enough to pop into a pocket or hide away in a clutch bag and having a modern stainless steel finish with a black central streak for an attractive contemporary look. It is easy to see why this is one of the hottest mods available today.
Cloud Chasing Vape Mods
This super-modern box mod brings cutting edge technology together with contemporary style in an attractive and powerful piece of kit. The Smok X Cube Ultra fires up to 220W when it is in its normal wattage mode and it can fire up to 600°F in its temp mode. Its unique fire button is unusual in that it is integrated seamlessly into the design, and it features cool controllable LEDS between the mod and the fire button which can change color to suit your preference!
The X Cube Ultra also has the latest Bluetooth technology enabling the user to control it from their latest IOS or Android smartphone as well as via the LED screen. The downloadable app enables the user to change the temperature in the best possible way to make the most of this box mod’s capabilities.
The bigger and more powerful relative of the Koopor Mini e-cig mod, the Koopor Plus offers a variable wattage of between 6 and 200W. A sub-brand of the well known SMOK manufacturer, this box mod is really well designed and boasts plenty of excellent features such as a stealth mode.
Not only is this box mod affordable, it is relatively compact when compared to other similar spec moods. Supporting various types of coil including stainless steel, titanium and nickel it is a versatile and cost effective option.
The R200 vape mod is impressively powerful while still being pretty compact in size. Lightweight and portable, this box mod still has a variable wattage up to 200W for a strong and open draw. Available in a choice of cool colors, this mod has a durable and anti-slip body and weighs only around 100 grams.
Its buttons are well designed with a smooth touch while the OLED display is clear and easy to read. Users can change the temperature between 200°F and 600°F and this mod is compatible with all kinds of coils including stainless steel as well as nickel and titanium for the greatest versatility.
For those who are looking for an affordable sub-ohm box mod, the Joyetech Cuboid e-cigarette mod is a great choice. Firing up to 150W, it is also USB updatable and can even be upgraded to 200W if the user prefers. It is compatible with titanium, nickel or stainless steel coils in its temperature control mode and the unit itself is well made and well designed, coming packed with a host of useful features like the contemporary 9 inch OLED screen and complete suite of temperature controls.
Not only this, but it is simple to use with its one-handed operation of the rocker adjustment switch and easily accessible battery compartment.
The Aspire Odyssey vape mod is one of the best looking box mods on the market that blends convenience and style with excellent performance. Combining the high performing Triton 2 tank and the powerful Pegasus Manual Edition Mod, this could be the perfect vaping set up. The stainless steel and Pyrex glass tank holds up to 35 ml of e-liquid and features a 0.5 ohm Clapton coil.
It also comes equipped with two spare coils for the greatest versatility and to take advantage of this mod’s variable temperature controls – a 1.8 ohm coil and a 0.15 ohm Ni200 coil. This box mod has automatic resistance based switching, temperatures up to 600F and resistances down to 0.1 ohm. It can also deliver 70 W of power making sure that it produces impressive vapor clouds.
Affordable yet powerful, the updated Sigelei 150W Temp Control dual vape mod is a device that performs impressively. Its controls are user friendly and simple to use while the unit itself is robust and durably built. Ergonomically designed and easy to hold, this box mod is available in a choice of colors to suit every vaper’s taste.
The OLED display screen is easy to see and to read while the firing button has a smooth and appealing feel. Firing up to 150 W, it is capable of handling resistances down to 0.1 ohm and has a host of safety features including protections against overheating, low resistance and high voltage.
Innovative and compact, the Eleaf iStick Pico box mod provides an output of 75 W while being super-lightweight and portable. With its up to the minute upgradeable firmware and easy to read OLED screen, this is a modern and stylish vaping device, available in a choice of cool colors and finishes.
Despite its small size, the Eleaf iStick Pico is high performing and powerful while incorporating all of the safety protections that you might expect such as overheating shutdown and 10 second cut off. It supports stainless steel, titanium and nickel coils to take best advantage of the temperature control facility while enjoying a reasonably long battery life.
Using the state of the art upgradeable SX330-200 chipset, the Pioneer4You has variable wattage from 10W up to 200W. It is also compatible with Nickel, Stainless Steel and Titanium coils and boasts a stylish ergonomic design. Its atomizer resistance range is 0.15 up to 3.0 ohms and it is powered by its dual 18650 batteries.
The Pioneer4You IPV5 box mod has an attractive control face with three buttons which make it easy to make adjustments, and an OLED display which is simple to read. The Pioneer4You IPV 5 is incredibly robust and durable, able to be paired with almost every Sub-Ohm tank, RDA and RTA on the market.
Intuitive and innovative, the Sigelei Fuchai 200W vape mod incorporates the most cutting edge technology into an attractive and ergonomic design. Offering a maximum output of a huge 200 W, this box mod can support Titanium, Nickel and Kanthal coils for great versatility and comes in three stylish colours.
Powered by dual 18650 batteries, this powerful mod can power up to 572°F and comes equipped with all the safety features that you would expect including overheating prevention, high voltage warning and low resistance protection.
Packed with features and boasting all of the latest technology, users can enjoy a fantastic vaping experience when they choose the Tesla 240W TC Mod. Made from the best quality aluminum and carbon fiber, this mod is very robust and durable while remaining suitably lightweight.
Its sleek appearance is combined with excellent performance thanks to the excellent temperature control feature, up to 240W of power from the dual 18650 batteries and minimum resistances of 0.1 ohm.
Part of the impressive and state of the art VOX series, the VOX 60W TC mod may be pocket sized but it is not short of power. With a zinc alloy outer case, a lightweight design, sleek lines and robust durability, the VaporFi VOX 60 TC mod even has a silver-plated brass center pin which is able to adjust automatically to any connected atomizer.
This stylish vaping device also features an easy to read OLED screen, built-in battery pack, and adjustable temperature controls in 0.5 W increments.
Available in a choice of attractive colours, the Eleaf iStick 50W box mod is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and yet boasts all the features you would expect of a larger device. With a high capacity 4400 mAh battery, the Eleaf iStick has an adjustable voltage of between 2.0 and 10.0 volts so vapers can enjoy a longer vaping time at the level of their choice.
Supporting an atomizer resistance of between 0.2 and 5 ohms, the iStick even features a temperature safety alert to automatically shut the device off if it reaches 70°C. The integrated LED screen is easy to read and the device is incredibly durable thanks to the stainless steel 510 thread.
A revolutionary vaping system, the Kanger Dripbox vape mod is not only replaceable but also a rebuildable dripping atomizer platform. Easy to use, it raises the dripping experience up to a whole new level. Equipped with a massive 7ml squonk tank, this plug and play system can be configured to suit the user and thanks to the gold plate contacts, there is always excellent conductivity for a smooth vaping experience.
Featuring a slim design, the Kanger Dripbox is able to be used single-handed and is powered with a high amp 18650 battery. With a constant 60 W output, its atomizers are able to work down to 0.2 ohms of resistance. The device is also fully equipped with safety features which makes it an ideal device for advanced vapers who are looking for an affordable yet feature packed box mod.
Powered by an internal 1300 mAh battery, the Council of Vapor Mini Volt vape mod is a small yet stylish box mod which is adjustable in increments of 0.1 W up to 40W. Incredibly portable in size, it is only 2″ tall and only 22mm in diameter but can fire down to resistances of 0.2 ohm, and is pretty powerful despite its tiny size.
The Mini Volt comes equipped with 3 power mods – power, standard and soft, yet comes in at an affordable price to suit the needs of most vapers on a budget. Not only does this device offer a powerful vaping experience but it is stylish too, coming in a choice of colors and having a well designed, ergonomic finish.
The Lavabox DNA 200 vapor mod is stylishly and ergonomically designed while being small enough to be discreet. Lightweight, it is constructed from billet aluminium and features a clear and simple to read LED screen which can be customized in eScribe.
The Lavabox DNA boasts an impressive performance, delivering up to 200 W of power, and it is compatible with both Nickel and Titanium coils for the greatest versatility. Although the battery life is not as long as that of some rival devices, the Lavabox DNA 200 can be used while charging so there is no down time.
The Wismec Reuleaux DNA 200 vapor box mod is a premier vaping device with a modern, sleek and ergonomic design and plenty of power. Its attractive display face is visually appealing while the triple 18650 batteries ensure optimal performance.
Able to produce an output of up to 200W as well as complete temperature regulation and fully customizable settings and screens, the Wismec Reuleaux can be used with Escribe software which allows changes to virtually every output aspect. Firing up to 600 Degrees Fahrenheit, this device is able to handle resistances down to 0.08 ohm allowing for an impressive experience.
Featuring a stylish aluminium chassis, the Vaporshark DNA200 has an ergonomically designed rubberized coating and is durable and robust. Its integrated 2A zip charging system enables the battery to be charged in just 90 minutes while the wattage can be adjusted from 1W to 200W.
The LED screen can be customized thanks to the Escribe software, which also allows for the customization of many other options such as setting outputs. Firing up to 600 degrees fahrenheit, the Vaporshark DNA200 produces impressive clouds of vapor while it can support resistances down to 0.08 ohm.
The Lost Vape EFusion DNA 200 has one of the most advanced integrated chips – the Evolv DNA 200 and boasts especially attractive craftsmanship. bMade from adonized aluminum, this device features stainless steel buttons with a smooth, responsive feel. The integrated FullyMax 1300 mAh battery ensures high performance and stability while output and LED screen appearance can be completely customized via the EScribe software.
The Lost Vape EFusion DNA 200 is capable of firing up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit and has adjustable temperatures from 1 W to 200 W. Able to support resistances down to 0.08 ohm, the Lost Vape EFusion DNA 200 is an effective and high performing device.
Made in the United States, the Flawless Tuglyfe Unregulated Box Mod is a mech mod with plenty of features in a choice of 3 attractive finishes. Made from stylish aluminum, the Tuglyfe requires dual 18650 batteries and is paired with a MOSFET to ensure the best safety and durability that supports resistances down to 0.15 ohm.
It is simple to fit the atomizer thanks to the self-adjusting, spring loaded brass 510 and the device features a smooth-click side button which makes this mech mod easy to fire. The Tuglyfe Unregulated Box Mod represents the great value for money and high performance that you would expect from Flawless, one of the most trusted names in the vaping industry.
Compact and stunning in appearance, The Duke by Vicious Ant uses dual 18650 batteries for ultimate power. This mech mod features an innovative and unique threadless battery cap with self-adjusting copper pins and is made with the highest quality materials for ultimate durability.
Its textured finish is a lovely black matte with silver accents, and it has a compact size at 44mm x 22mm x 93 mm which makes it easy to transport and use every day. Easy to set up, The Duke has a large firing button for simple use and a locking bar so that it can be carried safely.
The TID Mods Mini V2 is a dual parallel device which is protected by a MOSFET. Featuring a stylish chassis together with a battery sled that is custom made, the TID Mods Mini V2 boasts impressive performance. Available in three attractive colors, the Mini V2 is pretty compact at only 50 mm x 26 mm x 100 mm while still being sturdy and durable. Batteries can easily be fitted thanks to the subtlely hidden access notch yet the fit is strong and secure thanks to the door magnets attached to the battery door.
Its MOSFET protected switch is capable of dealing with up to 343 amps for durable and consistent use while the firing button is soft-feel and has an appealing recessed design. The TID Mods Mini V2 has all the protection of a Limited Lifetime Warranty, guaranteeing its excellent performance and long lifespan.
This vape mod kit comes equipped with a 30 W battery, mouthpiece, 3ml tank, 0.5 ohm Kanthal wire coil and micro USB charger. There are even options for add-ons like a wall charger and 5 pack of Minion coils for an additional cost. This makes it an ideal kit for anyone who just wants a grab and go kit rather than a complex customization.
Simple to use, it has constant voltage output at 3.5 V with a long lasting 3000 mAh battery. The MigVapor Minion also comes with plenty of safety features to avoid overheating so users can be sure of a safe yet powerful vaping experience.
Perfect for sub-ohm vaping, the Halo Tracer starter kit is the perfect way to launch into low resistance vaping. Easy to use, it has a single fire button yet it is still powerful enough to produce some really impressive clouds. With four-port adjustable airflow, the Halo Tracer not only has an attractive appearance with its stainless steel shell, but offers fantastic performance.
The kit comes complete with a powerful 2600 mAh battery, a 3.5 ml tank and a stainless steel mouthpiece. It also comes equipped with 0.5 ohm coil heads, a USB charging cable and wall charger at no extra cost and even a free 30ml bottle of e-liquid with the option to choose your favorite flavor.
A simple starter kit to to get starting with sub-ohm vaping, the VaporFi Edge is incredibly versatile by being easy to use. Attractive and stylish, the VaporFi Edge is also innovative and boasts impressive performance. Capable of powering sub ohm tanks it does not skimp on cloud production and as it features a powerful integrated 1800 mAh battery with a maximum output level of 100 W, vapers can be sure of an excellent experience.
This device is capable of handling resistances between 0.1 and 3.5 ohm and a maximum voltage output of 4.2V. This starter kit also comes complete with a huge capacity 7ml tank and a charging cable at no extra cost.
The Provari P3 comes in a choice of stylish colors and finishes from attractive blue to sophisticated stainless steel ice. With styles suitable for both men and women, the Provari P3 enables users to adjust the device to suit their own vaping preferences with its variable voltage and wattage options, and with its regulated power output, vaping remains constantly at a high performance level, regardless of remaining battery power.
Its thread top connection enables the Provari P3 to work with a range of tanks while its self-adjusting central pin ensures perfect connection every time. This device can support resistances down to 0.5 ohm, however it is packed with safety features including a 16 second cut off facility, overheating protection and battery monitoring shut down.
Innovative and modern, the Innokin SVD 2.0 is said to be a revolution in vaping. Beautiful, yet powerful, this device even comes in at an affordable price point while running a powerful Evolv DNA Experience microchip which offers exceptional consistency and impressive power control.
Its variable wattage is adjustable in 0.1W increments between 5.0 to 20.0W while the device has safety protections including short circuit and atomizer protection, overheating prevention and reverse polarity protection. With its attractive appearance, it still boasts a great performance, handling resistances between 3.0 ohm and 0.5 ohm.
Innovative and infinitely stylish, the Smok Magneto comes in a choice of five attractive, metallic colors and boasts a stainless steel finish. Compact and easy to use, this device is equipped with an adjustable center pin so that it can be used with a wide choice of 510 atomizers. Its fire button is easily lockable, preventing accidental firing, and thanks to its compact proportions, it is easy to carry around.
Compatible with either a 18350 or 18650 battery, the Smok Magneto has brass contacts allowing for perfect conductivity every time. Easy to use, yet impressively powerful, the Smok Magneto is a good choice for either experienced users or those looking for their first mech mod.
A box mod (or APV – advanced personal vaporizer) is more powerful than an e-cigarette which allows the user to adjust the power to suit their preferred vaping experience. The original box mods were invented when vapers who were looking for more power combined their vape pen with a flashlight however today, the market is full of much sleeker commercially available versions. With integrated chips, they have excellent power outputs together with a host of excellent safety features.
There are two types of variable mods – variable wattage and variable voltage. Although some people think that they are the same, this is not the case.
There is a formula which can be used to determine the variables that you need to achieve the perfect vape for you:
Although you can work it out manually, you can also use an online calculator to make it easier to adjust your box mod to get the right wattage or voltage.
A variable mod tends to be preferred rather than a mechanical mod and today’s variable wattage mods are capable of matching the power output of the most capable mechanical mods. They are often preferred because they are easy to use and are equipped with safety features like protection against short circuits and over heating as well as auto cut-offs to prevent accidental firing.
There are a number of different battery types used for vaping devices, however the most popular ones include:
- Lithium IMR (Li-Mn)
- Protected ICR Li-Ion
Although there are also LiPo batteries, these are only internally integrated batteries and cannot be used as removables.
The batteries that are recommended to be used with box mods are IMR/Hybrid and Lithium IMR batteries as they are safe and cannot explode under stress, but vent gas instead. The Lithium IMR type has a lower capacity than the ICR battery which is now considered to be obsolete, but are the best choice if you want to vape using the maximum load current.
IMR/Hybrid batteries are the newest variety available, are safe for use and are recommended by users. They have better capacity than the Lithium IMR battery and so are becoming ever more popular.
There are some manufacturers of e-cigarettes who sell their own special type of e-cig batteries which come ready to connect to your chosen vape tank.
If you are looking for a battery, you will need to know the size you require. Batteries come in 3 popular sizes, 18650, 18490 and 18350. There are some mods which take a 26650 size battery but they are quite rare. Check your manual to determine the right battery size or ask for advice in a store.
After choosing the right size, you must also think about capacity (which is the mAh rating) and the current handling (or amps). If a battery has a higher amp, it usually has lower capacity so for those who have a high wattage device or who prefer sub-ohm atomizers, a higher amp battery is best. Lower amps are fine for those who only infrequently go beyond around 20 watts.
Generally, 100 mAh equates to around an hour of use although some brands have a tendency to overestimate the mAhs and amp rating of their batteries. You should therefore always select a battery from a reputable brand as then you can be sure you will get good value for money.
If a generic battery comes included with your starter kit, you should replace it as soon as possible with one from a well known manufacturer to get the best experience.
Although many of the best mech mods are relatively simple to use, they should still really only be used by advanced vapers. As they do not have a regulating chip they offer a more complex experience than vape pens while a regulated mod is better suited to novices as they are able to be adjusted to a lower power output.
Anyone who invests in a mech mod should know about the different battery types and rebuildables as it is only possible to customize their power output and vaping experience by choosing a battery and by building a coil themselves.
On the other hand, a mech mod is simple to fix and is able to produce more impressive vapor than the majority of regulated mods. They also come in a choice of shapes and sizes and are simple to customize since parts are able to be easily interchanged. There are huge number of possibilities when using mech mods, so regardless of how powerful modern regulated mods may become, there will always be a market for mech mods.
While some say that mech mods are more dangerous regulated mods this is not the case as long as they are owned by a user who has a good understanding of the way the device works and who uses it in the correct manner.