Which Box MOD Is The Best? We Take A Look At Our Top Picks For 2018
Updated January 2018:
The past year has seen the vaping industry boom with new advances in e cig technology and the vape mod is undoubtedly one category that has been at the forefront of this movement.
This is fantastic news for us, the vaper but makes things very confusing when it comes to making purchasing difficult. If you have found this page then you are no doubt looking for the best box mod available which is what we are going to show you today.
Now before you jump in and buy a box mod (or vape mod depending on what you call them) you need to ask yourself a few questions as not all box mods will suit all vapers.
If you just want to see the recommended box mods then keep on reading.
The box mods in the list below are a mix of external battery mods and integrated devices, the latter meaning that the batteries are in built and not replaceable. If we have missed out your favourite vape mod leave a comment below and let us know what it is!
Jacvapour Series S22
The Series S22 by Jacvapour is kind of in between a vape pen and box mod but don’t let that put you off. This is a fantastic device for all levels of vaper. However, if you are a newer vaper this is a great mod that is as easy as it gets.
It doesn’t have the features you may find in other devices but that’s kind of the point. You fill the tank, pop it on the battery and away you go. The supplied S22 tank is a great performer as well.
It offers a mouth to lung vape and a good sub ohm coil for direct to lung vaping. The mod automatically detects what coil you have installed and delivers the power accordingly, no variable wattage settings to mess about with here.
The mod is lightweight in the hand while still retaining a top quality build. Add to this a 2600mAh integrated battery and it also offers plenty of uninterrupted vaping. This does come as a kit so may not be suitable for those wanting to use their own tank.
Read our full Jacvapour Series S22 review here
- 2600mAh Integrated Battery
- Both mouth to lung and direct to lung coils
- Simple to setup and use
- Small and compact design
- Perfect starting point for vapers
Aspire Zelos – 50W
The Zelos is one of the latest vape mods from Aspire, a company that have been on the e cig scene since 2013.
This MOD is sold in kit form with the excellent Nautilus 2 tank. This is a mouth to lung tank that is a great starting point for new vapers or experienced vapers who vape MTL style.
The Zelos mod actually looks far better in the hand and has superb build quality. The size is just right, fitting into the palm perfectly making it a great all round, out and about device.
I use this with both sub ohm tanks and the nautilus 2 on a regular basis and the very respectable 2500 mAh battery gives a good amount of vaping time.
Overall an excellent mod suitable for all levels of vaper and more importantly a great starting point for vapers buying their first box mod.
Read our full Aspire Zelos Kit review here.
- Excellent 2500 mAh integrated battery
- Solid mod that feels great in the hand
- Pass Through – Can vape whilst charging
- Dimensions: 78 X 40 X 23mm
- Excellent choice for first time box mod users
- Auto rotating screen
- Features temp control and advanced settings such as Bypass mode
Innokin Cool Fire 4 – 40W
The Innokin Cool Fire 4 may have been out for a while but this is still one of our favorite box mods here at ecigclick and one I personally use on a regular basis paired with an iSub tank.
This MOD is suitable for all level of vapers and for those that want that solid build that Innokin so very often deliver. A sub 50W quality device that continues to sell well today.
Read our full Innokin Cool Fire 4 review here.
- Can fire coils down to 0.3ohm
- 2000 mAh integrated battery
- Pass Through – Can vape whilst charging
- Superb build quality and pleasing to the eye
- Perfect for first time box mod users
- Compact, portable and well built
SMOK Q Box MOD – 50W
The Q Box mod from SMOK is one of the latest additions to our best box mod list and what a great addition it is.
This mod may be tiny, and it really is tiny, but the Q Box still offers up-to 50W of power output and temperature control functionality for those of you that are that way inclined.
Not only that, it looks great. The screen is bright and big, taking up most of one side of the mod.
The size may not be for everyone, if you are using tanks that require the full 50W output then the 1600 mAh battery life may not enough for you. For mouth to lung/lower wattage vapers the battery should do nicely.
It’s safe to say we have really enjoyed using this mod and it’s one of the most portable on the list.
- Tiny mod, very portable
- Integrated 1600 mAh battery
- Great starter kit
- Top build quality
- Temp Control functionality
Jacvapour Series B DNA75 MOD
The Series B DNA75 mod from Jacvapour has been an excellent addition to the box mod world.
I absolutely love this thing. It’s a classy looking device, especially the Sandstorm edition.
It’s not all about looks though – as my mother used to tell me – the DNA75 has all the functions you would expect and is powered by a removable 18650 battery. Add to that the quality of the build and we have a little star of a vape mod.
Oh… Did I mention the size, as you can see from the image above the Jacvapour Series B nestles nicely into the palm of the hand and my hands aren’t the biggest.
One of the best vape mods to date and a worthy entry into our top vape mod list.
- Dimensions – 88mm x 22mm x 35mm
- Evolv DNA Chip
- Removable 18650 battery
- Temperature Control
- Great for first time box mod buyers
- Superb build quality
- Small and portable.
- 12 Month warranty
Innokin Cool Fire 4 Plus – 70W
We are still fans of the Cool Fire 4 but for those that want more power and longer battery life the cool Fire 4 Plus is a top notch choice. Now offering up to 70W and more importantly a jump to 3300mAh battery life this vape mod will give you plenty of vaping time.
Did I mention this still fits perfectly in the palm of the hand? Yep, the size increase is there but it still sits nicely in the palm of your hand and the same solid build quality is still there. We love this mod!
- Can fire coils down to 0.1ohms
- 3300 mah battery
- Integrated battery
- Pass though – Can vape whilst charging
- Great for first time box mod buyers
- Compact – fits in the palm of the hand
- Superb quality build
VaporFi VEX Mod – 75W
The Vaporfi VEX 75 oozes quality. The build quality isn’t the only thing we like about this vape mod.
You can also take advantage of 75W power output, temperature control, and powered by a replaceable 18650 battery.
As with most Vaporfi devices they do come at a slight premium but what you do get is quality.
One of the big selling points for us and of course Vaporfi is there 30 day money back guarantee. If you don’t get on with any of their products you can simply return. Even after using.
- Powered by replaceable 18650 battery (Not included)
- Backed by the Vaporfi money back guarantee (even if you’ve used the device)
- Solid build quality
Eleaf iStick Pico 75W
The Eleaf iStick Pico packs a lot of features into it’s compact body.
It’s a great looking mod that sits in the palm of the hand well. It’s worth noting that any tank above 22mm may be a squeeze but that shouldn’t be an issue for most.
Powered by a removable 18650 battery (must be purchased separately), power output upto 75W and with temp control compatibility the Eleaf Pico ticks a lot of boxes.
Read Our Full Eleaf Pico Review
- Dimensions: 45mm x 23mm x 70.5mm
- Wattage: Upto 75W
- Pass Through Vaping
- Firmware upgrade
- Powered by 18650 battery
- Temp Control: Ni / Ti / SS / TCR
- Resistance range TC: 0.05 – 1.5ohm
- Resistance range VW: 0.1 – 3.5ohm
iJoy Capo 100
One of the newest additions to this list, the Capo 100 is a class act.
It’s a great looking mod that sits in the palm of the hand well. It can be powered by three battery types (20700, 21700 and 18650) although we highly recommend the 20700 for some good extended battery life.
The max 100W output is pretty impressive for such a compact vape mod and will cover most vapers needs. Add to this all the advanced features you would expect.
Read Our Full iJoy Capo 100 Review
- Wattage: Upto 100W
- Pass Through Vaping
- Firmware upgrade
- Can be powered by 3 battery types – 20700, 21700, 18650
- Temp Control
- Quality build
- Simple to use even for newer vapers
Innokin CoolFire Ultra TC150 – 150W
The CoolFire mods are, for us, one of the work horses of the vape mod world. They may not look as fancy and colourful as some of the mods we see released on a daily basis but they do what they are supposed to do.
The CoolFire Ultra TC150 mod is the latest in the series and while it keeps the same form factor of the others under the hood it features an impressive 4000mAh battery.
The TC150 will also cope with pretty much any tanks or dripper you can throw at it, firing coils from 0.1Ohm.
The mod is very solid in the hand with a nice weight without being ridiculously big. The included Aethon chip makes it a pleasure to use. Very easy to get the hang of and for vapers that want a mod with an integrated battery it’s a great choice. This is a mod I personally use on a daily basis.
- Upto 150W
- Resistance from 0.1 Ohm
- 4000mAh integrated battery
- Solid, quality build that is a pleasure to hold and use
Voopoo Drag – 157W
I’ve got to say when I saw the pre-release images of the Voopoo Drag I loved the design. In the hand it’s even better.
A top quality mod from a relatively new brand but it isn’t just the aesthetics and build quality that excel.
The Drag features the Gene chip which delivers an almost instant ramp up providing a superb vape every time to rival the DNA chip.
Powered by two 18650 batteries the mod has all the features needed under the bonnet to keep even the most advanced vapers happy.
Simply a great quality mod with the design to match.
Read Our Full, Hands On Voopoo Drag Review Here.
- 2 X 18650 Batteries
- Gene Chipset – Provides almost instant ramp up
- Temp Control
- Min. Power resistance: 0.05ohm
- Min. temperature resistance: 0.05ohm
Geekvape Aegis – 100W – Waterproof/Shockproof
The Geekvape Aegis vape mod is all about withstanding the elements. Unlike a lot of mods that claimed to be able to resists shocks and water the Aegis actually delivers.
We have sat this in water, dropped it from head height a number of times and finally froze it in a container full of water for a full 3 days. It survived all. Impressive to say the least.
Design wise, it’s a beautiful looking device. Under the hood it has everything even the most advanced vape needs to get the most out of their vape.
The Aegis has full temp control compatibility and is powered by Single 18650 or 26650 Battery.
We really like this mod, it’s solid device that’s a pleasure to use and despite it’s chunky appearance it fits a treat in the palm of your hand. If you are on the wrong end of the clumsy scale this could be the mod for you.
- Temp control capable
- VPC mode
- Bypass mode
- 18650 or 26650 battery configuration
- Waterproof / Shock Proof
iJoy Captain PD270 – 234W
The iJoy Captain PD270 is one of the first vape mods to feature the 20700 battery which is a larger capacity than the 18650’s used in most mods as standard.
Straight off the bat the Captain offers excellent battery life from the two supplied batteries in the kit. It does also come with an adapter to allow the use of any 18650’s you may have.
The mod has all the other features you would expect from an advanced mod as well as a huge 234W power output. All this is regulated by the IWEPAL chip that does a great job in all modes.
Despite the new bigger batteries the iJoy Captain can house it’s still a compact device, albeit on the heavy side, which for us personally adds to a quality feel.
Read Our Full iJoy Captain PD270 Review here
- Kit comes with 2X 20700 batteries
- Temp control
- Great battery life
- 18650 battery adapter included
- Can accommodate tanks up-to 30mm tanks
SMOK Alien 220W
Smok have been on a run with a number of mods hitting our top rated list and the latest and our favourite to date is the Alien 220W mod.
The zinc alloy build with the satin paint finish results in a superbly built and finished mod that feels great in the hand. It looks the doggies too!
The Alien runs off two 18650 batteries giving a good amount of vaping time before a charge is needed. It also has the features, such as TC, to keep even the most hardcore vaper happy.
If you are a vaper that wants that padding in their available wattage and a mod capable of handling low resistance builds then this is a great option at a great price.
The SMOK TFV8 Mini that is provided in the ‘kit’ version works a treat with this mod.
Read Our Full SMOK Alien Review Here
- 0.1ohm-3ohm (VW) / 0.6ohm-2ohm (TC)
- Powered by 2 X 18650 batteries
- Temp Control
- Solid box mod with plenty of power.
Box Mod/Vape Mod Buying Guide
For new vapers: Just because you’ve seen a MOD with a 200W power output doesn’t mean this is the best box mod or more importantly the best vape MOD for you.
There are many ways of approaching what would be the ideal device for you.
The first is considering what kind of vaper you are and what you expect to do with your box mod.
Are you looking to move on from Vape Pen/ EGO style e cigarettes?Do you use normal tanks/clearomizers such as (or similar to) the Aspire Nautilus, Kanger Aerotanks, CE5 clearomizers or EVODS and plan to continue with these?
If so then you really don’t need a 200W box mod. Our list starts at 30W and while these will still be overkill in terms of power output, the build quality and battery life are the big selling points and the features that will benefit you most.
It’s worth noting care needs to be taken if going for higher wattage devices, set the power too high and your coils will burn and of course be ruined.
Are you using sub ohm tanks (Kanger Subtank/Aspire Cleito/ SMOK TFV8)?
Or wanting to explore sub ohm vaping but don’t want to build your own RDA’s?
If so you will need a box mod capable of handling coil resistances lower than 1.0 ohm. Most of the popular sub ohm tanks use coils around 0.2-0.5 ohms.
Double check the coil resistance of your tank before buying a box mod to be sure they are compatible. All of the devices below are sub ohm capable.
I use a mix of tanks one of which is the Aspire Nautilus X. This is mainly used when I’m going out as the performance is good yet it doesn’t spit out the clouds that a sub ohm tank.
I for one don’t want to be blowing out humongous clouds when I’m out in a bar!
70% of my use is with sub ohm tanks around the 25-45W mark depending on the tank I am using. This is perfect for me and will likely be where a high percentage of sub ohm vapers will sit.
There are sub ohm tanks that come with 0.15-0.3 Ohm coils (Aspire Cleito, SMOK TFV8, Geekvape Eagle) and to get the best out of them they need to be used at a higher wattage, around 50-75W and even upto 200W+.
So if you can see yourself using coils in this range then be sure to buy a box mod with enough power.
Or are you in the more advanced bracket of vapers that uses drippers almost exclusively?
This is still kind of similar to the advice given for sub ohm tank users above. You will need a device with a high wattage output that can handle low resistance builds.
Although if you are at this level then you likely know this already. It all depends on what resistance you are building at.
Integrated Battery or replaceable?.
- Do you want a device that has a built in battery and you simply recharge using a USB cable?
- Or do you want a box mod with a removable battery?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying a unit with an integrated battery (these are some of my favorite devices) but they are in essence disposable products.
When your battery dies the whole unit needs replacing. This sounds worse than it is in reality. Under normal use a Lithium Ion battery should last a long long time although performance will degrade slightly over time.
You will most likely be well on to your net shiny new box mod before the current one dies a death.
The other option is a box mod with removable batteries.
This allows you to just replace the battery when it dies or decreases in performance rather than replacing the whole MOD.
Most box mods that require replaceable batteries, if not all, require you to buy batteries separately and if you don’t have a suitable charger then you will also need one of these. The most popular size of battery used is the 18650.
You will also (definitely) need to learn what batteries are suitable for each device. I can’t state how important that is! Read our guide on batteries for sub ohm vaping here.
So there are lots of things to be clear with before making that purchase. If you are new to sub ohm vaping please read our beginners guide to sub ohm vaping here if that’s the direction you want to go.
2018’s Best Box Mods / Top 8 Vape Mod Favourites
- Innokin Coolfire 4 – 40W (Beginners)
- Aspire Zelos – 50W (Beginners/Intermediate)
- Eleaf iStick Pico – 75W (Beginner/Intermediate)
- Jacvapour Series B DNA75 – 75W (Intermediate)
- Innokin Coolfire 4 TC100 – 100W (Intermediate)
- Geekvape Aegis – 100W (Advanced/High Power)
- iJoy Captain PD270 – 234W (Advanced/High Power)
- SMOK Alien Mod – 220W (Advanced/High Powered)