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July 26, 2014

Mechanical Mods vs. Variable Voltage Mods

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Written by: vapeadmin
Mechanical vs Variable


If you’ve only used simple disposables or cheap e-cigs in the past, you may think devoted vapers are speaking a foreign language (or using indecipherable high-tech gibberish) when they discuss their more powerful electronic cigarettes.

Actually, there are only a few key concepts and terms to grasp, and then phrases like “mechanical vape mods” and “variable voltage mod” will make complete sense to you. You’ll also realize that all we’re really discussing here is whether you’re able to control the power produced by your ecig’s components.

Don’t be scared – here we go.


This is the easiest term to understand, but perhaps the most important. “Mods” (sometimes referred to as vapor mods) are just the part of an e-cigarette that contains the battery and mechanics. If you’ve used a “starter” ecig in the past, you can think of the mod as the equivalent of the long white component (which manufacturers usually call the battery). In short, the mod attaches to the atomizer and tank in order to power the e-cig.

Most mods look and feel like a large penlight, rather than a traditional cigarette. They’re also more sophisticated in design – and more powerful – than those cheap ecigarette batteries, which is why they’re bigger and weigh more. The extra size means you’ll get thicker, stronger vapor from a mod than you can get from one of the throwaway products you pick up at a gas station or convenience store. That’s why mods will last a lot longer without needing to be replaced. They’re usually made of brass, stainless steel or copper.

Mechanical Mods

If you’ve read the last two paragraphs, you already know what a mechanical mod is – the term is usually used interchangeably with “mod.” It’s also sometimes called a “mech mod” or a “mechanical vape mod.” But no matter what phrase you use, the key point is that a mech mod has no electronics or switches inside, only the battery and mechanics. That makes it the longest- lasting type of mod you can buy, but also means you can’t control the power it puts out. In order to do that, you need to take a step up.

Variable Voltage Mods

A variable voltage mod (sometimes called a variable voltage/variable wattage or VV/VW mod) is just the big brother of a mechanical mod vape. In effect, it takes your electronic cigarette and gives it a brain (consisting of advanced internal electronics), while giving you full control over the device.

The most important feature of a variable voltage ecig is that you can adjust the electrical power produced by your mod, which is important for two reasons. First, as you adjust the power, you’re changing the intensity and quality of the vapor your e-cigarette produces – letting you modify the vapor to your preferences. Second, each atomizer has optimal power requirements, so you can easily find the sweet spot where your mod and atomizer work in harmony to create the perfect vape.

There are other cool features usually found in variable voltage mods; the most common is a small LCD screen which displays things like voltage and wattage levels, battery charge level, even the number of puffs you’ve taken. Some advanced models will determine the best settings for your atomizer and adjust automatically.

It does take some time to get used to a VV/VW mod. Making the proper adjustments on the mod and balancing them with the right amount of eliquid in your tank can be tricky at first.

However, if you’re looking for the strongest and most satisfying vape possible, a variable mod is the way to go.

That’s all there is to it. The difference between a mechanical mod and a variable voltage mod is simple: the first will last virtually forever, while the second gives you complete control over your electronic cigarette.


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