In most cases, a mechanical mod is much more expensive to purchase than other electronic cigarettes, at least when viewing the entire picture. Usually the prices listed beside such items refer to the tube only: no tank, atomizer, battery, or charger. When you add all of those pieces onto the price of even a really cheap mod, you are looking at an investment. If the mod is inexpensive, that investment might take you forward two or three months, maybe a year. If your investment is substantial, that mod could be the last one you have to buy.

Good Reasons to Switch to a Mod

Consumers appreciate the waste inherent in their vaping habit or hobby. A lot of things will wind up in the garbage eventually, or a recycling bin. Batteries, tanks, coils, and wicks all become trash. The sturdy mod tube, however, is separate and does not necessarily wear out.

Why they are Called “Mechanical” Mods

The two items in an e-cig line which are known as mods are mechanical devices and APVs. Control for the latter items such as the Innokin iTaste MVP or a Joyetech eVic comes directly from a battery and built-in circuitry which allows you to view things on an LED screen or even adjust values like wattage or voltage.

For example, by turning a dial or pressing a button, you can choose how hot you want your atomizer to become and decide to drain your battery more quickly or more slowly. An LED screen (not featured on Spinner products) displays voltage, how much battery power you have left, and maybe the temperature of your battery.

Anything termed “mechanical” is controlled without the use of circuitry. It’s a bit like the difference between an automatic car and a stick-shift. The automatic makes adjustments as the car’s computer registers speed, but with a stick-shift you have to switch gears manually. Vapers with mechanical mods must manually change air flow by turning the ring on an air vent or drilling extra holes etc. There is nothing to regulate temperature except experience which tells you not to press the firing button too long for instance and vents built into the tube as battery protection.

Brands of Mod

Authentic mods are those which have been designed and created in relatively small batches, small enough for each one to be engraved with a serial number. Clones seek to replicate these items in larger numbers using less expensive methods to churn out more of them while copying certain features. Telescopic mods change their length with the use of additional tubes so that consumers can use 18350, 18490/500, or 18650 batteries.

The Stingray is a Stainless Steel budget item for $22. A Panzer Clone costs around $25. The Gnome can be purchased for around $16.

A Sentry, which looks like something you would find inside a car engine, costs about $50 and is made in black, blue, red, or silver. Aluminum threading accepts 510-threaded atomizers.

Many Filipino mods like the 4Nine Mod by Tarsius Customs are too expensive to toy with. It’s one thing to make a mistake and blow your $20 beginner’s mod, but when it costs $170, that’s an expensive lesson in how to treat a modifiable e cig.

The Bullet V.1 by Jet Creations costs a little less: $120. Like the one above this device is serialized.

An ePipe is also a mod and though it looks different from the ones above because of its hammer-head shape, prices vary similarly. Pay $35 for a basic, stainless steel device or $150-$200 for a custom-made item carved from wood. Both types are made with a delrin insulator and typically accommodate an 18350 battery. The tank for one of these would take the place of a pipe stem.