best vape mods and box modsIt’s safe to say the quest to build the best vape mod is well and truly on.

This is great news for us, the vaper, but the sheer number of devices can make things very confusing when it comes to making a purchase.

So What is the Best Vape Mod? We Take A Look At Our Top Picks For 2019

If you have found this page then you are no doubt looking for the best box mod available.

The good news is we have used and reviewed over 340 vape mods, it’s a hard life but someone has to do it!

Let’s get stuck into our top rated mods..

1. SMOK Morph 219 – [Editors Choice]

Best SMOK Vape Mod - SMOK MorphSMOK have been producing some great kits as of late and the SMOK Morph mod is one of their best to date. This is an all singing all dancing device with a super clear 1.9″ Touch screen display.

The Morph can be powered upto 219W and is powered by dual 18650 batteries. SMOK have even tweaked the included TF tank to pump out the flavour in barrel loads with the new mesh coils. Oh yeah and in our testing the coils didn’t pack up after 3 days!

An excellent quality kit that looks the part and performs a treat.


  • 219W
  • Mod Dimensions: 44.8 x 30.2 x 84.5mm
  • Powered by 2 X 18650 batteries
  • Touch Screen
  • Packed with features
  • Great flavour

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2. JAC Vapour Series S22 – (Best Beginner Vape Mod)

JAC Vapour series S22 vape modThe 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 one of the best box mods to start your journey, it’s 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.


  • 2600mAh Integrated Battery
  • Both mouth to lung and direct to lung coils
  • Beginner friendly – Simple to setup and use
  • Small and compact design
  • Perfect starting point for vapers
  • JAC Vapour customer service is second to none.

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3. Geekvape Aegis Mini – (Best Compact Mod)

best integrated battery vape modThe Aegis range of mods are some of the best devices on the market when it comes to durability. The good thing is they still look the business, we are big fans of the design.

The Aegis Mini is their integrated battery version that is still waterproof (IP67 rated) and shockproof. So it’s safe to say this can take quite a beating. Should the outer panels get damaged these can be replaced easily.

It offers an impressive wattage of upto 80W, more than enough for most users, and features a 2200mAh battery. The kit comes with the Cerberus sub ohm tank that is a good performer but you can also use any other tank that doesn’t require more than 80W power.

The mod is super compact and feels great in the hand with it’s leather grip. It feels and looks a lot more expensive than it is.


  • 2200mAh Integrated Battery – Long battery life
  • Waterproof / Shockproof
  • Excellent performance
  • Compact and High quality

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4. SMOK MAG Grip – (Best Design)

mag grip coloursSMOK are one of the most prolific brands when it comes to product releases and while not all hit the spot the SMOK MAG Grip is very impressive.

It may sound strange but this is one of the most comfortable mods we have had in our hands. Add to this the ‘clip’ style battery loading bay (that is quite addictive I may add) and this is one fun mod to use. The build quality is also up there with some of the more expensive mods on the market.

All the main features you would expect are there plus we have the added bonus of 18650/20700/21700 battery compatibility with the 18650 firing upto 85W and the rest 100W.

The mod is mostly only available with the SMOK TFV8 Baby V2 tank but the good news is it performs a treat in the flavour and cloud department. So if you already have a goto tank this could act as a quality backup.

Not much more we can say about the Mag Grip kit, it surprised us how much we enjoyed using it day to day.


  • Upto 100W
  • Resistance from 0.1 Ohm (Wattage mode) and 0.05 (TC Mode)
  • Compatible with 18650/20700/21700 batteries
  • Solid, quality build that is a real pleasure to hold and use

5. JAC Vapour Series B DNA75 – (Best DNA Vape Mod)

jacvapour- DNA-75 sandstorm viewThe 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
  • 75W
  • Evolv DNA Chip
  • Removable 18650 battery
  • Temperature Control
  • Great for first time box mod buyers
  • Superb build quality
  • Small and portable.
  • 12 Month warranty

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6. Voopoo Drag 2 – (Best Selling Box Mod)

voopoo drag 2 modThe original Drag mod hit the scene and became an instant hit with vapers across the world. It’s classic design and superb Gene Chip made it one of the best selling vape mods of the year.

Fast forward to today and we now have a number of updated mods in the Drag family being released.

The specific vape mod in this family we are recommending is the Voopoo Drag 2.

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 design remains classic in appearance and shape with one side resin and the reverse ‘DRAG’. Not everyones bag but as someone that doesn’t like in your face I didn’t mind it at all.

Firing at a maximum 177W the dual 18650 battery powered device hits quick thanks to the Gene Chip under the bonnet.

An excellent mod that has been a personal daily vape of mine.


  • 177W
  • Dual 18650 Batteries
  • Solid mod that feels great in the hand
  • Dimensions: 88.3mm x 51mm x 26.5mm
  • Excellent Gene chip
  • Features temp control and advanced FIT settings

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7. Geekvape Aegis – (Best for Durability)

Geekvape Aegis 100Calling all vapers who like to chuck clouds in the shower, the Aegis mod is for you.

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.


  • Wattage: Max 100W
  • Dimensions: 37.8 x 46.8 x 88mm
  • IP67 certification (Water/dust proof) and military standard 810G-516.6 shock proof certification
  • Powered by single 18650 or 26650 battery
  • Temp Control
  • Great design and build quality
  • Simple to use even for newer vapers

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8. Innokin Proton PLEX – (Best Innokin Vape Mod)

Innokin Proton Vape KitInnokin don’t release vape mods very often so when they do we take notice. The latest is the Innokin Proton.

Powered by dual 18650 batteries the Proton can fire upto 235W. The thing that really stands out with this box mod though is the huge 1.45″ OLED display. One of the best we have seen on a mod.

Not only that but Innokin have gone and made this one easy mod to use by way a joystick menu controller. Might sound strange but it all works. It goes without saying it has all the advanced features, should you need them. Oh.. It looks fantastic too.


  • Upto 235W
  • Dimensions: 85mm X 44.6mm X 29.6mm
  • Dual 18650 batteries
  • Firmware upgrades

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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.

The likelihood of you actually using anywhere near that much power is not a reality for most. 50-90W is one of the most popular ranges that will cater to most sub ohm tanks on the market.

So 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.

  1. Are you looking to move on from Vape Pen (Stick) style e cigarette?
  2. Do you use normal mouth to lung vape tanks such as (or similar to) the Aspire Nautilus 2 or Innokin Endura T18/T20? Do you plan to continue with these tanks?

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 for the above tanks, 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.

Intermediate Vapers

  1. Are you using sub ohm tanks (SMOK TFV/Aspire Cleito/ Horizon Falcon)?
  2. Or wanting to explore sub ohm vaping but don’t want to build your own RDA’s?

If so you will need a vape 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 vape mod to be sure they are compatible. All of the devices above are sub ohm capable.

I use a mix of tanks, one of which is the Aspire Nautilus 2. 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 does. 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 25-65W 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 Pro, SMOK TFV12, Freemax Mesh Pro) and to get the best out of them they need to be used at a higher wattage, around 50-85W and for some maybe even 100W+.

So if you can see yourself using coils in this range then be sure to buy a box mod with enough power.

Advanced Vapers

Or are you in the more advanced bracket of vapers that uses RBA’s 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 favourite 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 new shiny new box mod before the current one dies a death.

The other option is a vape 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 vape 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 but newer designs are catering to 20700 and 21700 batteries of which usually have better run times and can be used at higher wattages.

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.

Any questions about which vape mod to buy? Ask away in the comments below!

8 Best Vape Mods 2019

Best vape mods and box mods 2019

    1. SMOK Morph 219
    2. JAC Vapour S22
    3. Geekvape Aegis Mini
    4. Jacvapour Series B DNA75
    5. SMOK MAG Grip
    6. Voopoo Drag 2
  1. Geekvape Aegis 100W
  2. Innokin Proton
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  1. Hi.. I would like to use the aspire nautilus with the vola mod. Would this be a good combination?? If not what would you recommend to use with the vola?? I have been using just the E cig cartimisers with vision spinner batteries and want to go on to something better. I’ve been vaping and off the cigs for 3 years now. But am still not experienced with any other products. I have a friend who swears by the aspire.. But the battery she uses is not available anymore. I’ve married these 2 up together just through reading reviews. Your advice would be great!! Thanks.

      • Thanks for your reply!. You haven’t used the vola. So what would u recommend instead? I have just found your site and am really enjoying reading all your reviews along with the comments. I think I have learnt more in a day from you than I have over the 3 years of vaping. So your recommendation would be appreciated. Thanks.

  2. I currently have 2 mods and a pod. i use whichever mod depending on my mood but have found that they are very good vapes. My Tesla Punk 220 is more durable which is great since I have a bad habit of dropping my mod or it getting knocked over. My Smoant Naboo is also a very good mod with the exception of the tank that comes with it and the magnets that hold the back on where the batteries are located. If I feel like I need that extra boost of nicotine I use my Perkey Lov Transformable Pod. I love that it has a chain so you can wear it around your neck but that it also twists to become the shape of a heart. I have used a few mods over the past year and so far these are the best mods and pod that I have ever used

  3. Hi all.

    Relatively new to vaping and recently upgraded from a Endura T20 S to a iStick Pico with Melo 3 tank and enjoyed it for a whopping 6 days before it completely failed and won’t turn on. I’ve got my money refunded so looking at other options so after some recommendations.
    I like the adjustable airflow on the Melo tank so I could alternate between DTL and MTL but I never bothered (not that I had a chance to learn) all the different temp settings etc and just adjusted the wattage to suit the Melo and my old Prism T20S tank.

    Could anyone recommend other reliable battery mods. Ideally one that gives good flavour (I like the Dinner Lady juice) and not overly fussed with all the settings, and one that uses 18650 batteries as I also bought brand new ones and a charger 😛

    • Hey Lee,

      The flavour is down to your tank and adjusting the wattage on the mod to find your sweet spot so choosing a mod is all down to what you like the look of.

      Here are some recommended single 18650 battery mods that we personally rate highly (can also be seen above).

      JAC Vapour Series B DNA75
      Wismec CB-80
      Geekvape Aegis – A little chunkier for sure but offers a lot (water/shock proof) and looks great.

      Let me know if you have any more questions on anything!

    • I’d recommend you look into just getting a mod that takes 2 18650 batteries… you’re gonna end up carrying around a 2nd battery anyway if you go with a 1 battery model so why not just keep everything in 1 place? I have a really nice sx mini that never leaves the house with me cause the single battery just doesnt last if you need any real power. Also, you mentioned temp control… yea it’s nice to have the option, but it’s not always as consistent on mods in my opinion. I’ve always stuck to wattage mode when using tanks and gotten everything I needed out of them.

      A couple of 18650 mods to consider:

      1) simple but good- the Wismec RX2 21700 is pretty solid. It can use 2x 18650s. I had the older model of this mod; it spent a year sitting in my pocket as my primary mod, and held up nicely. It still works but it’s gone into retirement. This is a pretty simple mod and missing some options that others have, but it’s a solid performer with all the basics you need.

      2) A kit with good features- The Innokin proton. Comes in a kit with a nice tank. Great, easy to use user interface, a big easy to read screen, and some extra frills. My favorite feature is that you can set it up to change wattage over time, so you can program it to heat up your coil for a second then lower the wattage for the rest of the hit. You can also change the display color to match your tank if you like.

      3) portable quality- I know you said you bought 18650s, but something else to take a look at is the Lost Vape Orion DNA. It is a different type of setup that uses higher nic juice but burns less of it per hit; it’s a smaller mod with an integrated battery, and you buy disposable tanks (pods) for it with built in coils. Like I said, whole different style but it’s really catching on. I actually just ordered one after talking to a couple of buddies who have purchased them. Super portable,tons of options, and it switches from mtl to dl.

      A quick note on tanks too… if you’re looking for a sub-obm tank, definitely go for one that uses mesh coils. It’s a newer style of coil that is more efficient; better flavor, lasts longer. I use a freemax mesh pro; it’s a larger tank but it’s my new favorite. There are a ton of coil variations you can get for it to change how it hits. The tank matters more than the mod does as far as getting the type of hit you want off your vape. The innokin mod I recommended above comes with a decent mesh tank so it’s a good set to order if you wanna check out a new tank with your new mod.

      I hope this helps!

    • I recommend either the Tesla Punk 220 watt and a Freemax Pro tank or a Smoant Napoo 225 watt mod with the same tank. I have never had a problem out of the Freemax tank and I have had it on several different mods. The Tesla is very durable and the Smoant has a locking button that keeps you from accidentally raising or lowering the watts on your mod.

  4. Hi Jonny,

    Great site full of good info. I used to have an aspire pocket vape pen to get me into vaping and stop smoking. But now looking for something a bit better as it wasn’t very strudy.

    Id like a MTL vape (mod or not – not too fussed) thats not too big to fit in your pocket but has a punch. Not fussed about making a cloud. What would be the best options to consider?


  5. Hi Jonny! I am looking to buy a vape mod but I still can’t make up my mind even after reading your post. I just want a vape that has good clouds and good taste as I don’t care for the nic. I would want a box that didn’t look too bulky so perhaps the Jacvapour might be a good option, but I read that that is MTL and I think I need DTL. Anyways I also found this other mod from Ijoy called the “shogun univ kit” which looks absolutely amazing and it seems like a good one as well, but I don’t know for sure and I can’t seem to get it shipped to me (netherlands). If you have any suggestions I’d appreciate it a lot.

  6. Hi, thanks for this. One thing to mention, I bought the Aspire Zelos – 50W and it’s junk. Fell apart in no time and the tiny coil didn’t give any flavour. I’m surprised to see it here.

    • That’s a shame to hear Jim.. Mine is still looking good (bar scuffs and scratches) after 1.5 years. Of course the battery isn’t quite what it was but that’s the nature of the beast with cells. Thanks for sharing your experience with it though!

  7. Hiya. I am a complete newby trying to quit the fags. I would definitely be MTL. I am looking for a easy to use vape. I need a one brand does the job kinda vape. But ideally with a tank that has a slightly bigger capacity than the small vape pens I have been using (and they are terrible lol) Any suggestions please.

    • Hi Maz,

      Good to see you’re looking to make the switch.

      The max capacity in the UK is 2ml due to regulations unfortunately. It’s not too bad though for certain devices.

      I’ve been using the Innokin EQ pod mod a lot recently. I’d recommend taking a look at using nic salt e-liquids with this as they can be more effective in helping you stay off the cigs.

      Have a look at the two links mentioned above and any questions on either leave a comment on those posts 🙂



  8. I am using a Vaporesso with a Veco tank. The problem is the EUC Clapton 0.4ohm coils. I have primed them and started low on the watts (15-20) but eventually they either taste burnt or the e-liquid (70vg/30pg) has almost zero flavour once I reach 35+ watts. I haven’t cranked it up past 45 watts and am unsure if I should? Also is Vaporesso a decent make as I was considering getting the Revenger Kit with the NRG tank or would you suggest going down another route. I mainly want decent flavour from my experience.

    • It sounds like maybe you’re having wicking issues. I gave up on tanks where I can’t make the coils and do the wicking myself. Once you get the hang of building a few favorite tanks, you’ll never go back to buying pre-made coil modules. After that, my next addiction turned to mixing my own juices. I now have favorite mixes, and know exactly what kind of wicking they need to ensure a full bodied hit every time. More VG, and you’ll need looser wicking to get enough juice to the coil… more PG and you’ll need tighter wicks to keep it from leaking and spitting.

      • not neccessarily true.. i bought the girlfriend a Voopoo Too as a gift and shes let me try it a few times. I thought it was so impressive that im now considering getting a voopoo drag 2 kit just cos i think the flavour generated by the uforce tank/ coils is very good for a stock subohm tank! sometimes i find that wicking and coiling can be more annoying than its worth – especially if you are out and about.

  9. Hi Johnny, have been running an ijoy lux for a few years and was looking at the ijoy avenger kit with tank and 20700’s.. What’s your thoughts?

    • Hey David,

      Wow.. The Lux has lasted you well, I remember that one 🙂

      We haven’t actually had our hands on the iJoy Avenger kit.

      From what I’ve heard it’s a good kit though and you shouldn’t go too far wrong with it.



  10. Hey I’m looking for a new setup so I can have multiple flavours on the go at once. Right now I have an aspire speeder with a vandy vapes bonza rda running Clapton coils at about .26 ohms. More of a flavor chaser but big clouds are fun. Any recommendations?

  11. Hi guys! I’m from Estonia,smoking SMOK Alien 220w. Its awesome but already a bit old.Want a new one,similar kind. My friend has Voopoo Drag and its great. Should i just buy new Alien or is there any similar vapes.Thanks

  12. Hey team, I am currently trying to decide between a vaporesso revenger and a voopoo drag and was wondering what your recommendation is between the two and why? Cheers

    • Of the two I personally prefer the Voopoo Drag. A great performer and I think the looks and form factor are great 🙂 Feels really solid in the hand.

      Just a personal preference though 🙂

  13. I am a newbie need help! looking to buy a vape device any suggestions? I want one where you get the best in flavor and lasts as I used to smoke.

        • By reading the post linked to that fully explains the difference to those that are new to vaping?? I personally think it’s important for new vapers to learn and understand the basics of vaping. It helps in ensuring the right kind of product is recommended, both hardware and e-liquid.

          Obviously you have a one vape fits all kind of attitude.. Rather than leaving a ‘stupid’ comment why don’t you enlighten us by recommending a product to Philippe?

  14. hi, I was hoping to ask a question. I went from using a 20watt e leaf I stick now a 50watt aspire zelos. I have went through a few of each and I was hoping to get something that might last a little longer . I am a MTL vapor I love my aspire nautilus mini top. I was wondering if mods thathave a removable battery would last longer and if so which one would you recommend for me? I usually only go up to about 10 or 11 watts because I seem to burn my coil if I go up to high.I sick on my mod all day lol. thanks for any info!!

    • Hi Amber,

      Removable battery mods can of course last longer as you can just replace the battery when it starts to diminish rather than changing the entire mod when you have an integrated battery. All this of course is based on the internals of the mod working well over time 🙂

      Just be sure to read up on battery safety and if you are carrying around spare batteries a case/sleeve for your batteries are essential. Never carry around loose batteries in your bag or pocket.

      One more thing that will be good to invest in is an external charger. It will not only allow for safer charging but you will also be able to charge your spare battery so you will always have your mod powered up and ready to go, which as a heavy vaper will be good for you.

      As for devices, the following are all solid options:

      Jacvapour Series B DNA
      Wismec CB-80 Mod
      Eleaf Pico 21700
      Joyetech Espion Solo

      Let me know if you have any other questions..


      • Biggest problem with internal lipo batteries is if they become unbalanced, theres no way to charge them. I had a istick 200 that became unbalanced in a week, and as a safety feature would not allow it to charge. Would definitely recommend removable batteries, and an external charger.

  15. Hi Johnny,

    I was hoping you could give me a couple of box mod recommendations please?

    I have been using an aspire breeze 2 to replace the cigarettes I would normally smoke when in the pub. However I’ve started to notice that the battery runs out before closing time!! I am not a massive cloud chaser but want a compact, well built and long battery lasting mod for direct to lung use.

    Any ideas?


    • Hey mate.. Check out the following:

      Aspire Zelos kit, the Nautilus 2 tank is a good one and it’s compact, not as small as the Breeze mind! But if you are looking for good battery life then this should be good.

      The Nautilus 2 does however provide more of a MTL vape similar to the Breeze, although you can take shorter direct to lung hits with the 0.7ohm coil.

      Jacvapour Series S 22 – Another good kit, easy to use with an excellent tank.

      Let me know if you have any other questions on these or anything else you may see 🙂


      • Great thanks for the reply!!!! I saw the s22 and was considering it so it’s good that you agree!

        However I was also thinking that having a replaceable battery might be useful (especially when going to weekend festivals and stuff) is there an option in this space that offers removable batteries so I can carry spares?

        Thanks again!!!

  16. Hi, I need help guys, I’m vaping since 2016 and still can’t stop cigarettes. Have couple of kits all dna hcigar s and SX minis, lots of flavors all tank models and still can’t throw cigars away. What’s the best juice and Nic doze to end the smoking habit…. thanks

    • Hi Billy,

      It’s hard to say what the best e-liquid would be for you as tates differ, I’ve not personally had any cigar flavoured e-liquid if you are looking to replace that sensation. For nicotine strengths it’s normally recommended to start higher and work your way down but as you’ve been vaping for a couple of years I’m guessing you may have tried that already.

      Michelle, one of our reviewers, was dual use (cigs and e-cigs) but over the last 7/8 days she hasn’t had any tobacco. This is down to vaping with Nic Salts so definitely worth trying these out if you are looking to get the cravings under control.

    • Hi Bill.. i am also planning to quit cigratte so i have started vaping .. it have been 3 weeks i have stopped smoking cigratte ..i stay around people who smokes cigratte but still i dont feel smoking that .. i believe first you have to make up your mind that you are going to quit it..i have been smoking since 22 years and now i feel its time to quit it.. good luck mate …

    • Hey billy,

      I’ve stopped smoking for 3 months now and I was a hectic smoker, 2 packs a day.. try getting rid of the cigarettes especially if you know it’s in your house or somewhere near to you.. and give it one week.. the taste for cigarettes will leave your system.. and you will enjoy your juices more.. but don’t fool your self by having one cigarette a day or lessen you consumption because that would only lead you to smoke one more again.. it worked for me so I’d reccomend that..

    • Om vapors (and I’m sure some others) carry WTA juices, which stands for “whole tobacco alkanoids”. They give you nicotine and some of the other compounds you get from burning cigs that you dont get from vaping normal nic juice. Might be a good starting point to finding a step down that will work for you. I quit smoking by vaping, and the fact that I still wanted cigs after a day of vaping for quite some time showed me how much other stuff besides nicotine comes out of tobacco when you burn it. Good luck!

  17. Hey Jonny,
    I just started the whole vape thing to give up smoking… not doing so great at that though. 🙁
    I bought what I though was a cheap kit when I was in the UK in December, but it seems I got stitched up.
    The day I got back home I charged it up and filled it up but it just spat juice up the mouth piece, took it to a shop and they just said throw away the tank…. 🙁
    Anyway, got a new tank and has been OK but battery life is crap (non replaceable) , lasts only a couple of hours. and doesnt give me a lot of satisfaction… hence I keep grabbing a smoke.

    So my cousin in the UK has a Smok 220w alien kit she swears by, has not had a cigarette since getting it…. They are getting hard to find in NZ so would that be a good kit to get me off the smokes? are there other brands of similar quality?
    I dont want to show off and make big ass clouds.. I just want a smoke 🙂


    • Hey Neil,

      Doesn’t sound like a great start but good to hear you’re giving it another shot.

      The SMOK Alien is good but it’s not necessarily a beginners device. You may know Neil, but if not, there are two main types of vaping, mouth to lung and direct to lung. The latter is what you would be getting with the Alien kit and included tank.

      So, be worth checking out the linked guide above to see what type you are.

      The TFV8 tank that usually comes with the kit is also one of the thirstier tanks out there, it kicks out some clouds too!

      Not trying to put you off, just making you aware 🙂 – If you like the SMOK Alien mod you coud always pair it with another tank such as the Aspire Cleito / Cleito EXO or the Uwell Valyrian tank.

      There are other great brands to keep an eye out for, Eleaf are making some very good quality product, the Invoke kit is very good.

      The iJoy Captain mod is very good – available in two versions – the PD270 and the PD1865

      I have been using the Voopoo Drag on a daily basis, top quality although the design may not be for everyone.

      Finally, Wismec are also one to look out for with the likes of the RX 21700

      Apologies if I’ve listed a lot there, not sure what is available in NZ, although you could look to import from the likes of HeavenGifts/Vapesourcing.

      I’m sure you’ll likely have more questions so please fire away. The main thing is to know what style of vape you are looking for from your tank. That will narrow things down.

      • Hi Neil,

        What Johnny mentioned here is very valuable and thanks to him.

        I would like to add a few of my experience as it feels good when a smoker quits smoking and we as a community should help each other.

        Contrary to what many reports, reviews, suggestions say on what to use as a beginner, I would say this is no rocket science that you need to graduate in progression. You can start with the most advanced one that fits your needs and is safe and legitimate.

        Once you have the vaping hardware, you will learn and master it as time progresses. This saves money and also puts you on the right path to getting most benefit and enjoying vaping, thus helping you to get off cigarettes. What you do need to know before you purchase on the physics behind that helps you to avoid safety hazards and what terminology/technology vaping entails. This is end of the philosophical yet pragmatic view.

        ** Moving on to your case – Technical and Commercial Analysis
        How much do you know about vaping in terms of physics? If you already know, great.

        If limited awareness on this: simply put a liquid is vaporised using a heating coil and with air intake creates the vapour that you inhale with nicotine dissolved in it entering your bloodstream.

        Vaping differs from smoking as there is no combustion, which results in larger particle size distribution for nicotine to enter the blood stream. Hence, the terms Mouth to Lung inhalation is used to get the max absorption rate, since if you inhale into your mouth and then try to take into your lungs, there is a lot of diffusion of nicotine, which kind of reduces the throat hit that you normally experience when you smoke.

        Not that you cannot do mouth to lung – you need to find your sweet spot and there are other tricks like reducing air intake quantity etc. that you will figure out as you get to vape more and more. Perhaps you have already experienced this with your first vaping kit.

        Then there is the aspect of safety regarding current, resistance, power. Most of the accidents of fire with vaping devices happen due to batteries not being able to handle the heat produced due to a surge in current passing through them.

        There is build of gases inside the battery and they explode due to over pressure and catch fire as there is flammable chemical inside it. Thus, it is safer to use vaping mods (firing device where the battery is located) that are regulated, i.e. have a chip that protects current surges, just like your laptop battery. You need to understand the relation between current, voltage and power using Ohm’s law. Power (P) = Voltage (V) x Current (I) and V = I x Resistance (R). For a fixed power, if resistance increases, current drops which means that for a very low resistance vaping coil, current is high.

        In regulated devices, when you set your power to say 50W and you put in a coil of say x ohms, the device will adjust the voltage such that no more than a particular maximum current flows through and you can check that. It depends on number of batteries connected in series or parallel. When you use unregulated device, it does not control the voltage but delivers maximum voltage based on the type, number and charge of the batteries inside.

        So you have only 1 parameter to adjust and that is the resistance of the coil. If you use a very low resistance coil and the device used max voltage, there is a high potential for a very large current to pass through that the battery cannot handle and it can be a safety hazard. Additionally, there also have been cases when the atomiser (the part with the eliquid and coil that sits on top of the mod) has a bad connection with the mod resulting in short circuit leading a large draw of current.

        Hence, here experience is required to know which atomiser is compatible with the unregulated mod. My personal take here, regulated mods are safer inherently, of course you have to take care which batteries you use as these are high voltage batteries usually (more than 4 V) – use only recognised makes e.g. Sony, Samsung, Panasonic etc. and check for their specs should be for high current rating say 20A or higher for continuous draw and peak draw needs to be higher. 20A is usually good enough since most regulated mods have protection up to 20A.

        With the above in mind the next step is to think and decide what type of mod. Criteria for choice here: replaceable battery? No. of battery? Type of battery? A good compromise of all of these for me practically is replaceable 18650 type batteries and minimum 2 and maximum 3.

        With 2, the device is nice and compact to fit in my shirt pockets and not too thick. 3 gives more battery time. With 2 and vaping almost entire day (except sleep) lasts me almost 2 days on a single full charge – I use Sony VTC6 batteries or LG. Next criterion is which company mod to take. For 2x 18650 mod, there are many choices – look at the form factor of these mods. Some are wedge shapes, triangual that are thicker to hold and some cyclindrical/tubular/rectangular that are thinner or flatter and both these types are of the same height almost that is determined by the battery height as they all have 18650 type.

        There are also other battery types but they are heavier, 18650 are most used in vaping and they are the same that go into your laptop battery (3 cell or 6 cell etc., where are connected in series and parallel arrangement to created one big long laptop battery sealed).

        My top budget choices for mods with above criteria that I have bought:
        Smok Alien 220W (2 battery)
        Wismec Reauleaux (2, 3 and 2/3 batteries)
        Wismec Predator (2 battery)
        Vaporessor Revenger (2 battery)
        Pioneer IPV8

        I will pick Vaporesso Revenger or IPV8. All of them do a good job, have a slightly different screen but what matters most is when you fire, it should do a good job. What is good? A quick vapor with every setting you have and less loss of current, better battery management and quicker menu adjustment and most importantly a reliable screen. Smok Alien – I loved it however, the screen gets damaged quite soon.

        You can find on internet so many users had problem with the screen for Smok and most of the solutions work only for a short time and eventually you go blind. I still use it as I know all the settings by heart and rest is my feeling of how the vapor feels but I cannot see excactly what power I am on and how much amps are going through or even what battery juice is left. It is like driving with eyes closed in the neighbourhood where you have been all the year, so you know the roads and the length out of your head :).

        Where to buy: You can find local dealers and if you want to import, USA is the best or try or (I have used all of them several times and all of them are excellent). Gearbest and Fasstech are China based but pretty cheap offers and excellent service. Gearbest has nearly 24 hour live chat support – check the prices out.

        Why go for an advanced MOD as above even as a beginner? Because you will get straightaway the pleasure and satisfaction that will help you quit smoking. I started with a simpler kit but within 2 weeks switched to an advanced one and quit smoking. Simpler devices (tubular pen like etc. or simple all-in-one built-in battery compact ones) do not give a lot of power that limits the amount of vapour and the fullness of taste that is required to forget the taste of cigarettes. The word ‘beginner’ should not be taken that seriously except for the safety aspect that I have written above. The vaping experience itself will grow gradually, just start with an advanced but safe device. Experiement with how you inhale and how you press the fire button and how much air inlet do you want.

        FINAL VERDICT: Invest in a good Regulated MOD (do not go for simple tubular or all-in-one kits thinking you’re beginner – you will waste money and not get the satisfaction). If you need any info you can contact me through Twitter: @dreamyskull

        • wow. That is a lot of pertinent info and is of great help. I recently started vaping and was wondering if I should upgrade to a 100 watt regulated or go upto 200 watts. Most views are that 60 or so would suffice for my needs as I am a MTL person, and I don’t need to be fogging machine.
          Your take is similar to what I was thinking. Go for a 200 watts device as maybe I may need more power in future, so why not have a device that can handle that. Meanwhile just use it on a lower wattage. So, my dilemma begins with what kind of a tank to pair it with? What kind of coils are best for flavors? Whivh of these mouth to lung tanks are the easiest to use and maintain in terms of simple filling procedure and less chances of leaks etc. Which of these tanks offer dual modes like pre made coils to begin with and have providion for adapters that can swap out pre made coils and are rebuildable.
          Getting the answers for these is really difficult as most vape experts are either promoting brands or reviewing products in general. No one is interested in helping out newbie vapers and imparting relevant and pertinent info. And then I chanced upon this page and honestly it felt good to see people genuinely putting in time and effort to lend a hand to people like them who come from a smoking background and trying to quit.
          Hope I will find some answers before I give up and give in to the temptation of lighting one up, as compared to the science and tech and the whole maze of the vaping scenario it seems like an easy way out to get my fix.
          You guys are awesome though and a heartfelt big thank you to Jonny and Sunny for sharing their knowledge and being such help and providing some direction to me.

          • Hey Shades,

            Thanks for the comment.

            What setup are you currently using?

            In short, yes you are right, you don’t *need* a high wattage device.

            A few things to keep in mind when choosing a mod.

            If you are a (Mouth to Lung) MTL vaper keep in mind that you will likely only vape at lower wattage, especially if you are using standard tank that use stock coils.

            I vape MTL on a few different tanks from 18W-24W dependent on what tank I am using. For example I would use the Jacvapour S22 or Aspire Naulitus 2 tank at no more than 17-19W.

            For wattage around 20-25W I use a tank that you can build your own coils/buy pre-made coils and add cotton, the Digiflavor Siren 2. I do sometimes vape this around 28W depending on the coils and eliquid I use at the time.

            I use mods anywhere from 60W-220W for these.

            This of course is only a guideline and personal preference.

            So pretty much any recent vape mod will have you covered powerwise for MTL. There are really two main reasons an MTL vaper may look to go for a higher wattage device.

            The first (as you mention) is that down the line you may decide you want to try sub ohm vaping. But and this is important! It’s very unlikely you will vape over 100W on a regular basis. You can get an excellent sub ohm vape from 40-80W which is a sweet spot for many sub ohm vapers. I don’t personally know anyone that vapes at 150-200W so while it’s perfectly fine to have ‘that extra wattage cushion’ don’t get too hung up on thinking the higher the wattage the device the better it is, a lot of it is overkill.

            If you could see yourself vaping at 60W for any reason in the future though it’s best to buy a mod that offers more than 60W as it’s max output.

            The second reason is that the battery capacity tends to increase with the wattage to a certain extent. This is of course a positive and could really extend your uninterrupted vaping time, especially if vaping MTL tanks.

            Hope that makes sense. Let us know what you are using now and we can recommend some tanks to look at no prob.



  18. Hey Johnny!

    Awesome thread. I’ve been vaping for a couple years now but not a “serious” vaper like some… I’ve had a couple vapes but honestly could not name them. I have an Aspire mini Pegasus now but I need a new one since it’s giving me problems. You seem like you know what you’re doing so I was gonna ask you if you could recommend a vape that is smaller like one that fits in your pocket well but still packs a punch and delivers a good kick. I’m not a cloud chaser or even want that much cloud. I just need that nic buzz every so often and would like to whip out my vape when I need it. Any suggestions? I’m thinking a cap of $75 and smaller would be great but not necessary. Thanks!

  19. I was wondering if you could tell me the best option out of:
    1. Voopoo Drag 157
    2. Wismec predator 228
    3. Vaporesso revenger 220

    Also could you let me know what are the best but economiccal atomizers for the voopoo drag.

    • All good choices Abid… For me personally I really enjoy the Voopoo Drag with the Resin finish. I prefer the design and performance has been excellent.

      So, you won’t go too far wrong here with buying the mod you think looks the best 🙂

      As for economical tanks.. If you mean on e-liquid use then you may struggle 🙂

      Stay away from any of the SMOK TFV range of tanks, they guzzle juice.

      I personally use three tank setups regularly. The Aspire Cleito, the Wotofo Serpent SMM RTA and the Uwell Crown 3.

      Any other question let me know.


  20. Hi Jonny,
    I have the Innokin Cool Fire 4. Will the Aspire Cleito tank fit this unit or should I just stick with the stock tank? Thanks

    • Hey Kevin,

      Yes and no… it fits on the CoolFire 4 no problem. But, not all coils will be good. Only the 0.4Ohm coils will work well. The standard 0.4Ohm Cleito coils are rated for use between 40-60W and as you know the Coolfire is only capable of a max 40W output.

      I personally vape around 28-35W with the 0.4Ohm Cleito coil. May too cool a vape or feel underpowered for some but works for my personal tastes.

      Hope that doesn’t confuse matters more!



      • Thanks for your help Jonny. I will give the Cleito coil a go as I normally vape at 35w as well.

        Just one last question please. Which mod(s) would you recommend for 80vg/20pg or 70vg/30pg that gives the best flavour (with cool DTL hits) and loads of fog. I have been a smoker for many years and have been vaping for about a year now off-and-on, but I have yet to find a mod and juice combo that will allow a nice DTL experience. I know that there are a lot of variables involved, but any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.

        • Hey Kevin,

          The Cleito will handle 80/20 and 70/30 well. The 80VG will offer a touch more in the cloud department but it’s really about experimenting with juices.

          It’s more the tank that will give you the flavour/cloud vaping experience but if you are vaping at around 35W it could be beneficial to have a device that can give you more than 40W for flexibility when sub ohm vaping. You never know when you may need that bit of extra power. You will also likely be able to increase your battery life.

          For mods with integrated batteries the Innokin Cool Fire ultra is one that has served me well and I use daily. You will also be familiar with the form factor (although chunkier) and menu controls.


  21. Hi Karen,

    Not heard of the Triton Mod before, do you have a link so I can check it out and better understand what you have?

    2ml tanks are, unfortunately, now the largest capacity legally available due to the government regulations set in place last May 🙁



  22. Oh sorry, I didn’t get my question by professionally because am still beginner with a good jomotech ultra 60 TC , actually I like the built-in battery , but around the suggestions I don’t have any idea only after I’ll use ! 😋 That’s all ,


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