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What is a Box Mod?

September 01, 2020 0 Comments

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If you are new to vaping, chances are you have come across multiple types of vaporizers including e-cigarettes and vape pens. Admittedly, deciding upon a vaporizer can be a daunting task since due to the sheer number of features and price points. In this article, we will be discussing one particular type of vape – the box mod. It is our hope that by the end of this article you will be able to comfortably shop for a box mod and compare various features to find the perfect vaporizer for you.

So, What Exactly Is A Box Mod?

Box mods stand out in comparison to other vapes with their robust battery power, size, and advanced capabilities. For the most part, box mods are compatible with 510 thread atomizers giving users unparalleled customizability where they can switch out different types of atomizers for certain materials, i.e. oils, e-liquids, wax, and dry herbs. These vapes are designed for portable use but are larger in size than standard vape pens or e-cigarettes. Also, these vaporizers can command a higher price point.

Box Mod Common Features

All box mods will have a common set of features that make them stand out in comparison to other types of vaporizers. In this section, we will go over a few features that make box mods unique!

1. Large Battery

Originally, box mods are were used for e-liquids and have rapidly risen in popularity ever since. Users opt for box mods largely because of their stronger batteries which offer potent hits and lush clouds.

2. Atomizer Compatibility

These vaporizers offer greater flexibility with their universal 510-thread atomizer compatibility. Regardless of the material you are looking to vape, from oils to wax to dry herbs, an atomizer can easily be installed on a box mod allowing you to vape whatever material you want as well as whenever you want. Of course, one type of atomizer is not superior to another. It is a matter of preference.

3. Robust Features

In general, box mods stand out most when it comes to features that enhance one’s vaping experience. For example, you can find box mods with an LED display that shares important information like puff count, battery life, and wattage/temperature settings. Also, there are a handful of box mods that offer Bluetooth technology where users can fine-tune their vaping experience from their smartphones. In terms of safety, box mods can have advanced features that prevent shorts, coil overheating, and more. 

4. Portability

Like vape pens and e-cigarettes, box mods are portable and great for taking on the go. Their robust battery life is an added bonus which will allow you to vape longer with less needs for constant recharging. If you vape heavily throughout the day, you would be hard-pressed to find another option that is both portable and incredibly powerful.

5. Durable

Periodic coil replacements aside, box mods will last you a number of years if cared for properly. The only other thing we will say on this point is that your box mod’s batteries may have to be replaced periodically as well.

Pay Attention to Atomizer Wattage

Since box mods have been designed for customization, it is important to pay attention to the max wattage of your atomizer. If you install an atomizer that is incapable of handling your box mod’s power, there is a good chance your coils will be burned out leading to poor flavor and a burnt throat. Needless to say, we recommend you consult your atomizer’s wattage range before beginning vaping.

Types of Box Mod Atomizers

As we have previously discussed, the term ‘box mod’ refers to the battery base that is used in conjunction with an atomizer/tank. Depending on the type of substance you plan on vaping, you will want to choose an atomizer that is equipped to handle the said substance. In the section below we will break down the different types of atomizers for each substance and what makes them different.

E-liquid Atomizers

In the beginning, box mods were designed to exclusively handle e-liquid atomizers. The combination between a robust atomizer and ample battery power is capable of producing large clouds, which is why box mods beloved by multiple vaping enthusiasts. Atomizers for e-liquids can use different coil types and appear in a range of sizes. You can find atomizers with large liquid capacities for e-liquids from multiple brands.

Oil Atomizers

While box mods were originally used with e-liquids, times have changed. For the most part, oils are roughly the same type of substance as e-liquids, just with different chemical makeups. Thus, oils can often be used with e-liquid atomizers due to their similarities. Of course, one can always find atomizers designed specifically to accommodate oils too. Oils offer users increased flexibility in the type of atomizers they use – especially if they vape e-liquids as well.

Wax Atomizers

First and foremost, the term wax can be slightly misleading. Wax can appear in multiple textures, including shatter, crumble, crystal form, and butter (texture). It is important to note that wax CANNOT be vaped in tanks or atomizers for oils and e-liquids. The requirements for vaping wax are slightly different. With wax, the substance is placed directly on a coil which can come in multiple types – ceramic rod coils, ceramic chambers, quartz coils, etc. In comparison, oils or e-liquids are placed in a cartridge where the substance is not directly placed on a coil/heating element.

Dry Herb Atomizers

It is important to keep in mind that dry herbs are vaporized in two ways, combustion or convection. If you are interested in achieving the cleanest vaping experience possible, you will want to opt for convection – which is not used with most box mods. For box mods, the usual dry herb atomizer utilizes combustion, where heat is directly applied to the herb and smoke is produced, not vapor. This is something to keep in mind!

How To Choose A Box Mod

First and foremost, we will say that the concept of a ‘best’ box mod is entirely subjective and depends on the preferences of the user themselves. The breadth of available models today is truly astounding, with a wide range in features, price points, and aesthetics. Most importantly, you will want to determine the type of materials you will be vaping.

Size & Weight

Compared to vape pens and e-cigarettes, box mods are heavier and larger in size. This is attributed to their greater battery capacities. If you care most about portability and sleek designs, then a box mod might not be the best option. In general, vape pens are the most portable and sleek when compared to these vaporizers. That said, you can find smaller box mods that can easily slide into a pocket.

Display Screen

Not all box mods feature display screens. For those that do, the size of the screen and display options can largely vary. There are larger display screens that show wattage settings, puff count, and other pertinent info. In some cases, you find box mods with touch screen displays giving them an added futuristic feel. If you plan on fine-tuning your vaping experience, then a display screen can be incredibly useful and intuitive.

Internal vs. Replaceable Batteries

It is important to note that not all box mods are made the same when it comes to batteries. There are box mods with external batteries that can be taken in or out of the device and are charged via USB or charging station. Also, you can find plenty of box mods that feature internal batteries that cannot be removed or replaced. With this type of box mod all one has to do is plug them in via USB and charge them overnight. We will add that the type of batteries used does not necessarily make one type of box mod superior to another.

To Sum It Up

In this article, we have thoroughly discussed box mods and pointed out what makes them different from other vaporizers and why you might want to consider one. If you are interested in maximum potency, controlling every aspect of your vaping experience, and flexibility, it does not get much better than a box mod when it comes to versatility. Hopefully, you found this guide helpful and have a rough idea as to whether these vaporizers are the perfect fit for you.

Written By: Colby M.

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