By now we have reviewed many of the more popular e-cig mods currently available on the market but despite giving you a detailed and honest perspective of every vaporizer that you might be looking to purchase we do understand that the massive diversity of brands and products can be overwhelming and make it very challenging for you to find exactly what you’re looking for.
That is why today we are presenting you with an ultimate and up to date best of e cig mods 2016 to hopefully serve you vaping friends out there with a complete guide to lead you towards a satisfying purchase, whether you’re looking to buy your very first box mod or a new addition to your vaping arsenal.
Since this article is meant to be a starting resource for beginners and advanced vapers alike we will start at the very beginning and give you an overview of what exactly box mods are, how they work and everything else you need to know about mods before finally moving on to our actual top 5 of box mods in 2016. If you’re an experienced vaper or really just want to see the top 5 then by all means go ahead and skip the next section.
What is an e cig mod?
Originally e-cigarettes have been invented to provide a healthier alternative to common tobacco smoking. By heating your e-liquid to a point where you produce an inhalable vapor you reduce the amount of harmful chemicals and toxins released which usually occur when combusting tobacco to produce smoke. Since the goal was to help people stop smoking tobacco without giving up on their oral fix or daily dose of nicotine it is obvious why the very first e-cigarettes were made to closely resemble their tobacco counterparts in terms of appearance and feel.
However, a lot has changed in the vaping scene over the past few years. People no longer exclusively view vaping as a tool to stop unhealthy smoking but started vaping recreationally. The more excited people were over the enjoyable experience of vaping the more urge there was to further improve the quality of your vapor and bring the very best taste out of every drop of e-liquid.
At this moment, so called mods (short for modifications) are the pinnacle of this development in technology and have only very little in common with the tiny cig-a-likes. With increased performance and innovative new features to fine tune your vaping experience these e cig mods also became bigger and bulkier. Typically, a very basic mod would consist of a battery box that obviously holds the battery and at the very minimum features a fire button and a spring connector on to which you will connect the atomizer. Of course, nowadays there are tons of features and control options and entirely different styles of vaping that all impact the vapor and taste you experience. Let’s have a look at some common features, how they work, and what you will want to look for when deciding what to buy.
What features, specs and methods are commonly seen on mods?
One could categorize vaping styles into four different methods. Mechanical mods are the simplest of them all, they function on minimal electronics as there are usually no switches, chips or regulators present and the voltage output of the e cig mod is simply the direct voltage output of the used battery. These mods don’t offer many options but are very easy to use and the lack of electronics makes them less prone to malfunctioning since, well, there’s really not much in the mod that could malfunction. Then there are variable wattage and variable voltage control mods which allow you to manually set either the wattage or the voltage output of your mod in order to adjust your experience in terms of vapor production, vapor temperature as well as e-liquid taste. The last control mode is one that has recently enjoyed a lot of popularity and can be found integrated in most of the new released box mods on the market, especially high end vaporizers: the temperature control mode. This allows you to manually set exactly what temperature you would like your atomizer’s coil to heat up to, usually allowing temperature settings between 100°C and 315°C.
Most e cig mods in 2016 are powered either by one or more of your standard, replaceable 18650 batteries or have a custom battery integrated into the vaporizer. Depending on the mod, batteries can either be taken out and charged separately or charged via mini USB port, some of them even allowing you to use the mod while connected to the charger.
What are the best e cig box mods in 2016?
So now that we covered the basics of what a mod actually is, what it consists of and what specs you need to look out for in order to compare and find mods suitable for your needs it’s about time we move on to the main part of this article and your resource to making a smart purchase. Of course, this is only our personal opinion based on products we have personally reviewed in the past and you might not agree with some of our choices, however, we hope this will be a good starting point to finding quality mods.
We attempted to pick e cig mods of various size, wattage output and prize in order to offer everyone at least one solid choice depending on what it is you’re looking for. Obviously a low output, budget price mod can not compete with an expensive, high-end vaporizer in terms of performance but it can still justify it’s place in this top 5 by being a fantastic pick in it’s specific market niche. This list comes in no particular order.
Innokin Coolfire IV Plus 70W
- Wattage: 6-70W
- Battery: 3300mAh
- Resistance: 0.1 Ohm
- Price: $64.99
The original Coolfire IV has been a very popular choice for beginners due to it’s straight-forward, easy to use functions. With the Coolfire IV Plus Innokin has further upgraded this e cig mod most notably in terms of battery lifetime and performance, with the Coolfire IV Plus now firing to up to 70W. The lower minimum resistance of 0.1 Ohm makes it perfectly suitable to use with most sub-ohm tanks. Unfortunately, to stay true to their no-fuss attitude Innokin have decided against integrating a temperature control mode. For what this is supposed to it’s an absolutely brilliant mod, though slightly on the pricy side.
- Easy to use
- Great performance
- No temperature control mode
- Relatively expensive
Eleaf iStick 30W
- Wattage: 5-30W
- Battery: 2200mAh
- Resistance: 0.4 Ohm
- Price: $34.99
While the original Eleaf iStick 20W simply didn’t provide enough power to make it worth your while, Eleaf’s upgrade of this highly portable and tiny e cig mod to 30W now makes this a very viable pick for anyone looking for a vaporizer as small and discreet as possible. Now being able to fire down into sub-ohm range gives this even more options to use with some of the most premium sub-ohm tanks out there to get the most out of this vaporizer. This is a very uncomplicated and inexpensive beater mod great for use in public environments.
Tiny size perfect for outdoors
Maximum output of 30W might not be enough for some
Build quality only average
Wismec Reuleaux RX200
- Wattage: 1-200W
- Battery: 3x 18650
- Resistance: 0.1 Ohm
- Price: $59.99
The Wismec Reuleaux RX200 is a remake of the very popular Wismec Reuleaux DNA200 that is pretty much identical except for the chip set. The DNA200 chip set is widely regarded as the very best chip set for modern temperature control box mods, however, prices of mods featuring this chip set are currently through the roof and unless you’re an absolute die hard vaping freak it is probably not worth it. The RX200 replaces the chip set with one that is much more affordable without sacrificing an awful lot of performance making it a great alternative and fantastic value for money. Updatable firmware, high wattage output and temperature control mode at resistances as low as 0.05 Ohm round off what is a stunning deal at that price tag.
Boasts great specs and all the features you could ask for
Superb value for money
Designed by famous Jay Bo
Unique triangular chassis shape may feel uncomfortable for some
Sigelei Fuchai 200W
- Wattage: 1-200W
- Battery Dual: 18650
- Resistance: 0.05 Ohm
- Price: $69.99
The Sigelei 150W TC has long since established itself as one of the most solid, reliable, well built high wattage e cig mods on the market. A bestseller on most well known vaping retail websites and a vaporizer we always find ourselves coming back to and love to use for testing any new tanks or e-liquids. The new Fuchai is Sigelei’s latest release now impressing with up to 200W output and a very accurate temperature control mode. It features all the latest gadgets and overall is just an amazing all-rounder that you really can not go wrong with.
Impressive build quality
Good battery lifetime
Does not vape very hot, even at max temperature
Volcano Lavabox DNA200
Battery: 900mAh 3 Cell Lipo (removable)
Resistance: 0.05 Ohm
The release of Evolv’s new DNA200 chip set has brought vaping, especially temperature controlled vaping, to a whole new level. This is the pinnacle of technology in the vaping universe with never before seen performance results and incredible efficiency. Of course, this comes at a price and most mods running this chip set are well in the $200 range. We are here to show you the best box mods available, though, and DNA200 mods are the very high end of vaping in terms of performance. Our personal favorite and recommended pick is Volcano’s Lavabox. This is a great looking e cig mod with replaceable rubber grip that can be purchased in many different colors. At a price of $169.99 this is one of the most affordable DNA200 mods with fantastic specs that is surely worth the investment. The 3 Cell Lipo battery is a bit on the smaller side but allows for the Lavabox to be smaller in size than it’s competitors and the battery still has good lifetime. If you’re planning to spend big on a DNA200 mod then look no further than the Lavabox!
DNA200 mod at affordable price
Very appealing design
Relatively small battery