So which are the best box mods in the various wattage classes?
This is an area of vaping devices that is on the serious rise, as vapers are moving to 30, 50 and 100 watt machines.
What is it about a box-shaped e cig that has so many vapers excited, willing to pay $100 or more dollars (even more than $200) for a device with no battery or tank? Why are they turning heads in spite of the beautiful tube mods out there?
Box mods are exciting because they are generally variable wattage devices; at least, that is what consumers are usually talking about. In their eyes, a box mod almost automatically features a 20 watt maximum or better, sub-ohm capacity, and a smart chip. As for the “box” style, that’s flexible. Some are boxier than others. Here are some of the best box mods for under $200.
Vaporfi VOX – 50 Watts – $199
At $199.99, the VOX is one of the higher-priced mods on this list. It’s capable of 7 to 50 watts and sub-ohms to 0.2.
This is also the item on the list that has the most complex design, with a blend of rounded edges and corners to combine geometry with fluidity.
It offers a pass-through function, but batteries are removable too. Use 30A, 2100-mAh batteries. Despite high-tech looks, consumers say it is fairly easy to get the hang of.
The VOX 50 voltage output is between 3 and 8.5, selected automatically by the machine depending on the resistance of your atomizer which the internal chip also detects.
As your machine chooses values and you select watts, a screen shows everything: resistance, watts, and volts. This is how a variable watt e cig works.
While many box mods measure about 3 inches long, the VOX is big at 3.9″, but that’s still small when viewed as part of the bigger picture. It’s not heavy, but by using stainless steel Vaporfi ensured the VOX wouldn’t be a lightweight either.
The VOX 50 is tough, but much of the protection you enjoy (against battery reversal, short circuit, too much voltage, too low voltage, and more) comes from the chip. Brains keep you safe in this case, not brawn.
Innokin iTaste MVP V2.0 – $60
Innokin makes excellent box mods like the MVP which is not capable of high-watt, low-ohm use but is a power bank, a sleek and slim machine, and much cheaper than some of the other boxes listed. Those new to VW items should start with Innokin.
This is 510 threaded and has a nice price point
This is a very well known, popular box mod.
It features variable wattage adjustment from 6-11 watts and voltage can be adjusted from 3.3 to 5.0 volts.
It is available in a couple elegant colors like grey, black and white, and when purchasing from MBV, they offer 1 free 15ml e juice with purchase.
Check out the connector, which allows you to charge your smartphone, too cool!
This is a popular box mod that has up to 35 watts of power, which is sufficient for producing some great vapor.
It features variable wattage from 7-35w, an OLED screen, numerous protective measures and uses 1 18650 battery.
It also has a USB port for charging, and you can plug in another device into it to charge it.
It also uses an SX-330 chip.
The price listed does not include the battery.
On principle, I’ll stop at 100 watts because I think 150 is unnecessary and even 50 watts is plenty. Call this a compromise featuring one of the e cig world’s best-known names.
Sigelei’s offering is a black box with big buttons and a bright, easy-to-read screen.
All of the features are there at $149.99. You get the same protective features as you find in other box mods, but it is necessary to stack batteries.
Two 18650 batteries are needed and coils have to be built to 0.33 ohms resistance or lower if you want to reach 100 watts.
Anything over 0.33 ohms will disable higher voltage options. All 100 and 150 Watt box mods require two batteries.
This is a 510 threaded mod with a nice price point
It features variable wattage from 7-20 watts, and an OLED display which shows oHms, watts, voltage and the battery life.
The body is made of finished aluminum, and is available in a variety of colors.
This Chinese company makes numerous VW mods. One of them is a 30 watt, but they go higher. No matter what you decide, Cloupor is a good model although it uses the Yihi chip.
Some people would argue that it’s not good enough to rival the Evolv and they would probably be right. But you could also argue that since chips are upgradeable anyway, you can always keep the box and upgrade the firmware of your Cloupor in the future or replace a chip if it blows up.
Otherwise, you will love the style and ease of a Cloupor mod. Sub-ohm vaping is a standard feature of anything over 30 watts and the same goes for Cloupor devices which also detect resistance, warn against incorrect settings, and defend your mod against short-circuit or overheating. Screens on these devices are small but clear.
The Hana Modz ties with the VOX for most expensive box mod. Even though I have seen this mod sold at higher prices, finding one for $199.99 is relatively easy.
One feature the Hana Modz has that a VOX 50 will not give you is vivid color. Hana Modz offers their mods in two sizes and numerous bright hues which rival the Halo Triton for sheer brilliance.
Another point in their favor is that Hana Modz makes their gear in the United States. Vaporfi designs their products in the US but they are made in China.
But a VOX will protect against reverse battery while the Hana Modz cannot guarantee protection in such a case. They strongly recommend taking care not to reverse the polarity.
An internal chip does register some potential issues like low resistance, the need to charge your battery, a weak battery, and more. Its screen automatically becomes dim if you don’t press buttons for a while and turns off entirely after a few minutes. That will save your battery in the long run. It is possible to operate a 20-watt maximum or 30 watts just by inserting a particular battery: Hana Modz tells you which one.
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The new and improved VaporShark DNA features an Evolv DNA chip (the best of its kind) and a zinc aluminum exterior for durability. It accepts resistance as low as 0.5 ohms, detecting ohms and reporting the figure on your OLED screen.
With this value and your choice of watt setting, the VaporShark DNA chip knows what voltage to choose so your device runs efficiently and safely. It is a 3-inch long, stealthy box mod costing $170.
You can carry it around discretely. If anyone tried to guess what it was before you attached a tank and started vaping, they might mistake your mod for a mini retro video game console.
Generally, VW box mods use the 510 connection but either an adjustable pin or a fixed one. Thanks to a spring-loaded pin, most tanks and RDAs fit snugly to the VaporShark. Use a rechargeable battery, 1200 mAh, for at least 2 days of vaping before it’s time to recharge. It might be the best box mod available.
Billet Box Mod – $180
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How To Choose Box Mods
There are box mods developed by e cig companies and box-style vaporizers. Each one features the same cube-like shape or something close to that. In the e cig department the term “box mod” distinguishes vaping “pens” from bigger APVs like the Innokin iTaste MVP. Vaporizer companies selling box mods are talking about tabletop devices that plug into a wall socket.
Box Mods for Herbs
If you vaporize herbs rather than e-liquid, then your box mod is literally just a heating element inside of a cube or a shape like a cube wearing a hoodie. The back extends a little higher than the rest of the unit. There are risks when buying this particular sort of vaporizer, namely the fact that they are so easy to make. Anyone with a bit of electronic aptitude can buy the parts, knock out a shape, and stick the heating chamber inside.
The danger is that wiring will not be properly connected. Materials will fail to resist high heat and will not be food-grade. Overheating materials of sub-standard quality will release toxic fumes into the vapor. Vaping is healthier than smoking, but not when this happens.
Moreover, these homemade box mods often don’t work or they only work for a short time. If you paid $40, got what seemed like a great deal, then wound up with a useless hunk of junk, you probably bought your vaporizer from a company with a PO Box that changed addresses as soon as they made a few bucks. Now you can’t find them to get your money back.
Always Buy from Reputable Dealers
Look on a website for authorization from a company to sell their box mods. This protects you from being left high and dry with a faulty machine. You can make a claim against the warranty and have faulty pieces exchanged. Also, customer service is there to help you work out minor problems which might arise from simple errors made at your end.
Box Mods on the Market
The Easy Vape 5, Hot Box mods, and Vapor Brothers models have all achieved decent reputations. They are efficient, user-friendly, and often attractive. Hot Box mods are available in plain colors and prints and cost between $110 and $200. The Easy Vape 5 is popular. It features digital five-button controls, a ceramic heating element, and heats up quickly.
Vapor Brothers have been making devices since 1999 so their reputation has had time to steep. See what they’re up to by visiting a vaporizer supplier online.
Some Features of a Box Mod
If you have always wanted a hands-free vaporizer, this is your best bet. Box mods often come with a ground glass system which means the connection between chamber and wand is secure. You really literally do not have to use your hands when vaping. That is convenient if you read and vape simultaneously.
Box mods often create thick vapor. They also come in two formats, like candle-style tabletop devices: digital or analog. Set the controls by turning a dial or pressing buttons. Temperature options range from about 200F to around 400F.
Look out for boxes with multiple tubes suitable for use by two or three people at the same time. Also check the length of tubing. A few are fitted with too-short vinyl tubing, a problem you can easily rectify without technical support.
Profile of a Box Mod
Vaporite entered the market in 2005. Their latest model is a high quality, affordable 6th Element Box Mod shaped like a rectangular ham radio or old-fashioned VCR. Made of steel, it is coated black and pre-assembled. Use it right out of the box to vaporize oils and aromatic herbs by deploying a whip system which is assisted by forced air.
The dual digital temperature display is a nice touch and easy to read. 6th Element vaporizers are popular globally.
Pricing of Box Mods
They are simple and straightforward to use, so it’s no wonder box mods commonly sell for affordable prices. You can easily purchase a good one for less than $100. It won’t have the many features of a Volcano with automatic shut-off timer and a cooling coil, and it won’t work with a balloon, but for less than $100 you would have a mains-powered device working consistently and reliably for several years.