Tutorial: How to Choose Your First Vape Mod
Do you know which vape mod is right for you?
Over nine million adults in the U.S. now vape on a regular basis. If you’re one of them – or thinking of becoming one of them – you might have run across information about vape mods. But if you’ve never tried one before, the world of mods can be a little confusing.
We’re here to clear things up. In this guide, we’ll give you everything you need to know about choosing the best vape mod for you. Keep reading to upgrade your vape experience!
What is a Vape Mod?
The word “mod” stands for, you guessed it, modify. This term got its start when vapers started to build and modify their e-cigs on their own.
Since manufacturers wanted to capitalize on this trend, storebought mods soon followed. Mods add to the power and capabilities of your e-cig. Today, there’s a huge variety of mods to choose from.
When to Try a Vape Mod
Vape mods are ideal for the vape beginner who’s already gotten started, and is looking for something new.
Let’s say you’ve been vaping for a few months. You use a simple e-cigarette, and you’ve become a master at adjusting the airflow, filling the tanks, and changing the wattage. However, you might not yet have played around with advanced features such as temperature control.
You start to feel like it’s time for a fancier, more powerful device. You might also be thinking about appearance – what if you had a nicer-looking vape?
However, when you start to research mods, you find an astounding number of options to choose from. There are so many manufacturers constantly releasing new products to compete with each other.
What you need is a guide that breaks down the features and benefits of each different type of mod. Otherwise, you could waste hours in e-cig forums without ever getting clear answers.
Feel like you’re ready for a mod? Here are a few things to consider.
Reasons to Try a Vape Mod
There are quite a few positive qualities to using vape mods.
First of all, they look nice. The shape and size can be quite different than that of a traditional e-cig.
They also offer a higher range of power, and you can produce more vapor with some mods. These advanced features offer more control over exactly what your mod can do. For example, you might be able to change the speed of the coil heating up with some mods.
Another top reason to try a mod is to enjoy the longer battery life. These larger battery capacities can go longer without being charged.
Reasons Not to Try a Vape Mod
In spite of the countless people who love their vape mods, there are still a few who will prefer life without mods. What are some of the ways to tell a mod isn’t for you?
If you don’t care about having lots of power, you might not need a mod. And if you don’t want any advanced features, a traditional e-cig may be more your style. E-cigs are simple to use, which is why they’re ideal for beginners. They also are smaller and lighter than most mods.
Types of Vape Mods
Now that you know whether mod life is for you, here are a few of the different features you might consider when you make your choice.
1. Variable Wattage/Power Range
The majority of mods on the market are variable wattage (VW) mods. These let you adjust how much wattage makes it to your atomizer.
One of the simplest considerations when you’re choosing a mod is the power setting range. For the most part, a wider range is ideal. But most vapers don’t need a terribly high power.
Think about how much power you’ll probably use, rather than going for the highest power on the market. If low-wattage devices aren’t working for you, or if you want bigger clouds of vapor, you’ll want higher power. However, for the average vaper, 80 watts is plenty of power.
2. Temperature Control
With temperature control vaping, you can set a particular temperature for your vaping, instead of a particular wattage.
This can make your e-liquids taste better, and helps get rid of “dry puffs” with charred, unpleasant liquid.
Mods can offer a range of temperatures to choose from. However, for temperature control, you’ll need to vape with titanium, nickel, or stainless steel coils.
3. Wattage and Temperature Control
Most temperature control (TC) mods keep your mod going at a particular wattage when you start vaping.
In fact, the wattage is fixed on some e-cig devices. Many mods stay at the maximum wattage possible no matter how you set the temperature. But a fancier TC mod will also let you change the starting, or “ramp up,” wattage.
If you increase the wattage, you’ll get a harder hit. When you decrease it, the hit becomes softer. Many modern TC mods offer this option – but not all, so you should always check before you buy.
4. Output Mod
Often, mods don’t have that many output options besides the wattage, TC, and the occasional “bypass” option. However, a few mods do offer other options that allow you to choose strength.
You can simplify adjusting your mod with this option, which lets you choose a “hard” or “soft” hit. The “norm” setting is usually ideal for most vapers, but if you want more control, you’ll enjoy having the other options.
Ready to Choose a Vape Mod?
The vape mod world is constantly changing, and new features are being added all the time. However, with this guide to the basics, you’re ready to get out there and get started with your first vape mod.
As time goes by, you’ll probably build up a collection of vape mods, depending on what you like best. Check out our mod reviews here to get started.