The name vape mod can be traced to earliest days of vaping. Mod being short for modification, it originally described devices far removed from the technological tour de force which is the modern vape mod.
Looking at the new and innovative vape mods of 2022, it is hard to believe that the first vape mods were modified flashlights and mechanical mods free of circuitry or safety features were available at any number of vape shops just 5 or 6 years ago.
Mechanical mods were never widely adopted but accidents from improper use made viral headlines and unfairly painted vaping in a bad light. Mechanical mods had nothing to do with the Kanger, Joyetech and similar devices of the time.
Vape mods have improved dramatically since the earliest days of vaping. No one is mistaking them for a flashlight. They kick out more than enough wattage to make mechanical mods a thing of the past for all but hardcore hobbyists.
Vape mods vary greatly in size. The fundamental trait they share is 510 threading for the tank and the ability to kick out enough wattage for serious sub-ohm vaping. They are perfect for high-VG e-liquids with lower nicotine strengths and freebase nicotine.
Vape pods, no matter how large and powerful they become, do not have cross compatibility with other brands. They often do not have compatibility with similar devices from the same manufacturer and earlier models in the same product line.
If you browse the current inventory of modern vape mods, you may think that not much has changed. A Smok TFV4 Tank from 2015 looks an awful lot like a Smok TFV19 tank if you squint your eyes. There are innovations like bubble glass but the fundamental functionality isn’t visible and the shape in basically the same. Underneath the skin, there have been huge improvements.
A Smok Morph 2 looks like a Smok Alien with a screen because battery technology and user friendliness make that shape perfect for a mod.
The basic vape mod is a square box with a screen, lock-fire button, and a pair of wattage controls to navigate the menu. As mentioned above, the 510 connection is a unifying thread in vape mods.
Sizes will vary. Most new vape mods come with an optimized tank. If you have an old tank you love, make sure there is no overhang. Outputs have also been consistent for several years, peaking at around 220 watts.
Don’t be deceived by superficial appearances. The efficiency of vape tanks increases year over year. Preventing leaking and making filling easy has paid dividends in 2022. The press fit coil designs are easier to use. Superior mesh coils provide unprecedented vapor and flavor.
The two biggest areas of improvement are durability and flexibility. Vape mod manufacturers have doubled down creating vape mods meant for all day use. There are also more small mods that compete with vape pod kits.
Vape mod technology continues to improve but the standard styles of vape juice have been consistent. There used to be a wide range of commercially viable high-PG vape juices for vape pens. These have largely fallen by the wayside.
One of the most popular styles of e-liquid are potent nicotine salts with a 50/50 VG/PG blend. These usually have a nicotine strength of 25 to 50mg and should never be vaped at high-wattage out of a sub-ohm tank. They were designed for mouth-to-lung vape pod kits with lower wattage.
The second option is high-VG vape juice with a 70/30 VG/PG ratio and lower strength freebase nicotine. This is mod fuel and perfect for a high-tech vape mod. Despite wattage outputs in the 200 range, even the heaviest hitting coils rarely handle much more than 100 watts.
Synthetic nicotine marks another change. It has a clearer flavor than tobacco-derived nicotine. It will allow the vape industry to finally cut all ties with tobacco. High-PG, high nicotine freebase juices were once popular. These were vaped out of vape pens and filled a similar role to nic salts. But they used freebase nicotine, which has a higher pH making it harsher at higher nicotine strengths. This limited how strong a high-PG juice could be and the level of satisfaction enjoyed by the adult vapers who used these devices.
At their basic level, a mod is two parts that work together. The tank is just a juice reservoir, and an atomizer coil. The mod is a battery that powers the heating element through a 510 connection and vaporizes the juice. But the most innovative vape mods of 2022 are so much more. This is perfected and mature technology.
Innovative designs, improved performance, superior ergonomics, greater reliability, more user friendly interfaces and superior durability were all focuses of the vape hardware industry in 2021. The fruits of these labors can be enjoyed in the new and innovative vape mods of 2022.
The name Geek Vape Legend 2 L200 is a mouthful. This is a classic vape starter kit that uses a pair of rechargeable 18650 batteries lithium ion batteries. The Geek Vape L200 Aegis Legend 2 200w Vape Mod is the successor to the popular GeekVape Aegis Legend. The Legend 2 was designed to be the most durable and user-friendly vape mod on the market.
The Aegis Legend 2 by Geek Vape is resistant to shock, water, and dust. This is not a fragile or high-strung device. It delivers massive performance and IP68 certified durability. It looks serious, with a zinc alloy chassis that oozes toughness while fitting in the palm of your hand.
The screens on vape mods continue to improve, and the Aegis Legend 2 is no exception. It sports a 1.08” TFT screen. Legible in bright sunlight, menu navigation is a breeze. The 200 watt output is harnessed with an excellent Z 2021 tank.
Vape mod innovation in 2022 focuses on durability and ease of use. The L200 delivers.
The Smok Scar 18 is more than just a platform for the improved TFV9 tank. On. Its own, this tank is innovative, and designers focused on reducing leakage. The IQ-X chip provides smoldering performance and maximizes cloud generation with nearly instant fire speeds. The Smok Scar 18 is IP67 certified for water resistance. No small deal if you want to use your vape mod outside the house.
The Smok Scar 18 packs a serious punch with a 230 watt output. Apart from splash and immersion protection, the Scar 18 is chock full of safety features.
The quality of the vape mod is not just a reductionist exercise of comparing features. Ergonomics also matter. The durable zinc alloy chassis and grippy leather just feel right in your hand. And the insets will help vapers keep a grip on the Scar-18, so you do not have to put its IP67 certification to the test with an unfortunate drop into a sink, bathtub, or lake. Power and durability are not innovations on their own, but they are when taken to the levels found in the Smok Scar 18.
The 0.96” screen of the Scar-18 is your basic interface. Clear and legible, the intuitive menu makes it easy to unlock this power mods potential. You will need a pair of 18650 lithium-ion batteries to get the party started. Once it is charged and firing, the Smok TFV9 Tank is sure to impress.
The Scar 18 kit comes standard with a pair of V9 Meshed 0.15 ohm coils. The e-liquid capacity of this sub-ohm tank is 6.5ml. If you vape outdoors and live an active lifestyle, your list of choices is short when it comes to vape mods. That list should include the Smok Scar 18.
If you have been vaping for a while you may be wondering where all the tube mods have gone. They haven’t gone anywhere, and Vaporesso Sky Solo has taken this design to the highest level.
A tube mod is a cylindrical mod with a built-in battery and fewer complications than a box mod. This makes a device like Vaporesso Sky Solo a perfect option for novice vapers or a veteran vaper who has fully settled into their vaping habits. The vape pen like shape is very convenient.
The Vaporesso Sky Solo does not have a menu or screen. Performance is dictated by the soil. There is a single button which is used for locking and firing. The Omni Mini Chip and GT Coil take all the work out of vaping. Simplicity in terms of design and control does not mean worse performance. On the contrary, the flavor and vapor production of the Vaporesso Sky Solo are very strong.
The Vaporesso Sky Solo is powered by an integrated 1400mAh battery. It is built-in and fully integrated. The vape juice tank is also integrated. It may look like you can remove the tank, but the coils plug directly into the base.
With the bubble glass tank equipped, the Vaporesso Sky Solo holds 3.5ml of vape juice. For those looking for a longer lasting tube mod, the Vaporesso Sky Solo Plus has a 3000mAh battery and 8ml tank.
The Vaporesso Sky Solo has an output of up to 90 watts. All of this in a narrow mod only 4 inches in length. There are longer disposable vapes. You can save a ton of money by switching from a prefilled to a refillable device.
The Vaporesso Sky Solo kit comes with a pair of 0.18 ohm Meshed Coils. This flexible coil operates best between 65 and 80 watts.
Flexibility is not limited by the lack of a menu thanks to the Vaporesso GT Coil family. There are four optional Vaporesso GT Coils. The GT CCell has a resistance of 0.5 ohms and meets the needs of vapers looking for less vapor and more flavor. This higher-resistance coil can handle more potent e-liquid strengths and turns your Sky Solo into a high-performance vape pen.
It may never be mistaken for a diminutive Lost Vape Orion DNA Go Vape Pod, but the Sky Solo delivers a level of flexibility comparable to the best vape pod kits.
The success of the Voopoo Drag and Voopoo Drag 2 mean that the Voopoo Drag 3 has big shoes to fill. You will notice right away that the Drag 3 is a striking design and has rich leather insets. The zinc alloy chassis is light. Voopoo knows how to make an attractive, even artsy, vape mod.
The Voopoo Drag 3 is an innovative vape mod offers plenty of power, convenient features, and innovative tank technology.
A Type-C dock can increase battery charging speeds by 50 percent. Still reliant on a pair of 18650 batteries, the 1.08” TFT screen is a notable upgrade on the simpler design of the Voopoo Drag 2.
The TPP Tank is one of the biggest innovations in vaping for 2022. It is worthy of Voopoo’s flagship box mod.
The Drag 3 uses an improved GENE.FAN 2.0 Chip. The major innovation, apart from improved efficiency, is High Burst Super Mode. This name may sound a bit cartoonish, but the results are real and tangible. Flavor galore and massive vapor cloud production with a decreased battery drain is the advantage of this firing sequence, which seems to be a direct response to Vaporesso’s popular pulse mode.
The Drag 3 kit comes with two TPP atomizer coils: the TPP-DM1 0.15 ohm and TPP-DM2 0.2 ohm coils.
Missing but compatible is one of the vaping industry’s big innovations of 2022: the Voopoo PnP tank. The PnP tank is a step towards a universal atomizer, as it can attach to a mod with a 510 adapter or snap into one of Voopoo’s amazing Mod Pod kits.
The Vaporesso Swag starter kit is a compact mini-mod. Relying on a single 18650 battery, the mini-mod format has much to recommend. The Vaporesso Swag 2 is an improvement over the original Swag.
It will be a familiar device and it has the same rubberized touch surfaces first made popular on the Vaporesso Gen mods.
The Swag 2 is not much taller than a pod system when held in your hands. It is wider and more powerful though. Discrete packaging and stellar performance make the Vaporesso Swag 2 a winner.
the Vaporesso Swag 2 packs a lot of performance into a mod that is only 4.25” tall with the tank attached. The core of the Vaporesso Swag 2 kit design is a 3.5ml NRG SE tank with a pre-installed 0.4 ohm coil. The kit also comes with the GT CCell Coil, which has a resistance of 0.5 ohms. It may look like a mod, but this performance clearly targets the top vape pods in the land.
The Vaporesso Swag 2 has an impressively sized 0.91” OLED screen. There are up to 80 watts of power on tap. This is more than enough for most vapers, coils which require more than 100 watts are few and far between in 2022 thanks to the quality of the mesh designs on the market.
The Axon chip, which is also used in full-size Vaporesso vape mods, is cutting edge. Regarding edges, this design can handle up to a 25mm tank without overhang.
If you are shopping for a mini-mod, you may wonder what the biggest difference is between the Vaporesso Swag 2 and Vaporesso Gen Nano. Two words: integrated battery. The Vaporesso Gen Nano has an integrated 2000mAh lithium-ion battery. The Swag 2 requires an 18650 battery that is sold separately.
Do not judge the Vaporesso Gen Nano by its size or rather standard vape mod shape. This is one of the smallest and most versatile vape kits on the market.
The Vaporesso GTX tank plays a big role in the unbelievable performance of the Gen Nano. You can tap into this power with a large 0.91” screen. Install the highest resistance GTX coil and use the adjustable wattage settings to lower the output and you have a vape mod that functions like a vape pod kit.
Keep in mind that the two standard coils are not suitable for the most potent salt nic juices. The coils you want if you use e-liquids with a higher nicotine strength are sold separately. But the kit does come with a 0.6ohm GTX Mesh Coil can handle higher nicotine strength juices. It operates best between 20 and 30 watts.
The 0.2ohm GTX Mesh Coil generates more vapor, operating between 45 and 65 watts. Both coils are press fit. If flexibility is the ultimate innovation, the Gen Nano belongs at the top of the list.
The original Voopoo Drag and gorgeous Voopoo Drag 2 were massively popular vape mod designs. There is now a Drag 3 that incorporates the large screen and new tank that mark a top tier product. The Drag 2 Refresh has the new tank, but the screen remains the same. Yet it remains a best seller because the design is bulletproof.
Voopoo Drag 2 Refresh is the same beautiful and practical vape mod as before. The big change is the addition of the PnP Tank.
The PnP tank is redefining vaping. We are now one step closer to a universal tank. The PnP tank arrives ready to work on the 510 threaded Voopoo Drag 2. It is a great classic vape tank. You can also remove the 510 adapter and attach your PnP tank to one of Voopoo’s Mod Pods. place on any of Voopoo’s Mod Pods. A pair of 18650 batteries still serves as the power bank for the Voopoo Drag 2 Refresh.
The Voopoo Drag 2 Refresh Edition still has a 177-watt maximum output. This is the same as the original Drag 2 and the next-generation Voopoo Drag 3. The GENE.FIT chip is still competitive with the fastest firing software on the market. The reliability and ergonomics that were the Drag 2’s selling points have not been tampered with.
We mentioned before the PnP Tank. Voopoo calls this the Mod Pod tank. An apt name since it can be press fit with magnetic connectors to vape pod or screwed into a vape mod’s 510 threading.
Of more than academic interest, the PnP coil family is huge and covers every style of vaping. Low-wattage and high-resistance coils were not on the radar when the Drag 2 first hit the market. Every box mod with a menu has adjustable wattage, and most ramp down to 5 watts. Here is a tank that can use that end of the powerband.
The universal atomizer is the biggest innovation in vaping. The line between pod and mod has been seriously blurred as vape pods increase in power and vape mods begin to offer higher resistance coils. The PnP tank gives us a glimpse into a future where a stock standard, fire breathing mod can be adjusted to higher nicotine vape juices.
If you look up vape mod in the dictionary, it should show a Vaporesso Gen S starter kit. With a soft touch exterior and soft lines, the rubberized coating is innovative and gives a high-quality feel.
The Vaporesso Gen S has a classic look but is not just a run of the mill vape mod. The 0.91” screen is outstanding. The SKRR-S tank is an innovative vape mod design. QF coils are compatible with this the Gen S. It is an across the board improvement over its predecessor.
The Gen S weighs just 107-grams. This lightness is notable in your hands, but it does not feel cheap. If anything, the great fit, and finish make the Gen S seem like a very upscale design.
Vaporesso Pulse Mode is an innovation made possible with the AXON chip. This firing program is automatically activated when selected and pulses the coil to create densely flavored vape clouds. The Vaporesso Gen S relies on a pair of 18650 batteries and is charged using a Micro-USB port.
Bubble glass designs were an innovation of a couple years ago and are now the industry standard for full-sized vape mods. Preinstalled, it gives the Vaporesso SKRR-S Tank a capacity of 8ml. The straight glass option cuts the capacity to 5ml.
The QF Meshed Coil is preinstalled and has a 0.15 ohm resistance. The QF Strip Coil has a 0.2 ohm resistance. Both coils have a recommended wattage range of 65 to 75 watts. They are perfect for fans of max-VG and high-VG vape juice.
The controversial HD touch screen of the Smok Morph 2 is gone. The Smok Morph 2 has an intuitive 0.96” OLED display and classic button navigation. Output has been increased to 230 watts in the Smok Morph 2. Power still comes from two 18650s.
Simplification is the innovation that the Smok Morph 2 brings to the table. The TFV18 tank has replaced the old Smok TF tank.
With a firing speed of 0.001s, it is one of the fastest drawing mods around. The Smok Morph 2 uses the IQ-S smart chip and has a complete list of standard safety features.
The Smok TFV18 has an e-liquid capacity of 7.5ml but does not appear bulky. The coils are press fit. The TFV18 Meshed 0.33 ohm Coil is pre-installed and operates best at an imposing 100 to 110-watts.
The Smok Morph 2 also comes with a 0.15 ohm Dual Meshed Coil. It works best in the same power band. The biggest change is a newfound focus on leak reduction at Smoktech.
It is still an option to purchase a vape mod with no vape tank but purchasing a starter kit is a better value. The innovative designs reviewed above are all starter kits that include a tank.
What you won’t find in your starter kit are 18650 batteries. These are sold separately rather than pre-installed. Otherwise, a vape mod starter kit contains everything you need to start vaping.
If you are looking for a vape mod with an integrated battery, there are plenty of great options as well.
Some of the innovative vape mods of 2022 have the potential vape nic salts. Many are not suitable at all. In every case, you need a low wattage setting and a high-resistance coil. Nic salts are too potent to be vaped in the same manner as max-VG juices
If you have no interest in high-VG juices, a vape pod starter kit is the logical choice. But if you can find a mod with a coil that has a resistance of around 1.0ohms and works at 20-30 watts, you are in business. The Gen Nano is a great example, although it does not have the cigalike form factor that many vape pod users prefer.
For vape mods that use 18650 batteries, they can technically be recharged in the device, but a standalone charger is recommended. Not only can it prolong battery longevity, but you can always batteries on standby as well.
Vape mods come in all shapes and sizes. There are tube mods which have few features but a fire button, battery, and sub-ohm tank. The Vaporesso Sky Solo is a great example of this style. There are mini mods which have the same form factor as a larger vape pod but at 2/3rds scale. Then there is the whole confusing business of vape pods, mod pods, and pod mods.
Let us double back to the increasingly blurred lines that separate vape mod from vape pod. Not long ago this was an easy question to answer. Vape pods were cheap little Juul alternatives with high-resistance coils that vaped nic salts. Vape mods were big beefy devices with 230 watts of power.
The technology of gas station vape pods has not improved, although they now offer fewer popular flavors, but refillable vape pods have improved dramatically.
A powerful vape pod kit can handle high-PG and max-VG juices. The Smok RPM40 was one of the first to be able to do this competently and with adjustable wattage. In 2022, even small refillable vape pod kits like the Vaporesso XROS or Smok Novo will have a low-resistance pod that can handle higher-VG juices.
It is not hard to find vape pod designs that have outputs over 40 watts. Some have even more power than that on tap. These are pod mods. Voopoo has an arsenal of these, starting with the Vinci.
The most powerful vape pod mods still has less power and performance than a full-sized vape mod. With mesh coils, it may not matter to you, but this is an undeniable fact. Just as clear is the fact that few coils require 100 watts, and many operate at 60 watts or less.
To make matters more confusing, vape pods are generally moving away from the fixed coil set in a pod. The old design style was wasteful. The plastic pod is basically unscathed, even if the coil is shot. With swappable coils, a refillable pod can last for months or longer. You just need to swap out the coil when it starts to fade.
The newest Smok Novo 4, the lineal descendant of one of the original refillable vape pods, now has swappable coils. Vape pods with swappable coils are sometimes referred to as AIO or all-in-one vape pods.
The only exception are tube mods, the Sky Solo reviewed above has a tank which is integrated. The coil and glass can be detached but what would be the base of the vape tank is anchored.
510 threading is a huge feature if you already have a favorite tank. Vape tanks are also wide enough to allow larger coils than fit in a vape pod. This means better flavor, vapor, and performance.
Vape mod starter kits are a great value. At Ejuices.com, we make a point of stocking all the best and most innovative vape hardware. The kits described share some basic similarities but there are plenty of unique attributes. It is worth researching each model before making your selection.
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