What is a Vaping Mod? (Part 2 of 2)

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  • Nuts & Bolts of Mechanical Mods [cont.]
  • Advanced Personal Vaporizers – What’s Up with these Mods?
  • Understanding APV Resistance Checking
  • Care & Expertise with Modding

Nuts & Bolts of Mechanical Mods [cont.]

Now, to be clear, just because an ecig doesn’t have a voltage regulator does not always mean that it is mechanical – because other electronic components, such as displays, may be present. (Note as well, on the topic of voltage regulators, that there are a couple different types of these. Some maintain a consistent voltage, such as 5 volts, and others make it possible to adjust voltage.) The mechanical mod has become increasingly popular after going through a backslide when advanced personal vaporizers (APVs) were introduced that had advanced variable voltage/wattage. Mechanical devices became less attractive because APVs were offering users a better vaping experience with stock tanks and cartomizers. Now, though, veteran vapers often like to take a mechanical mod and use it with rebuildable atomizers and low-resistance coils. Warning: You don’t want to try to go this route when you first get into vaping. It’s unsafe without understanding how electricity is delivered and how batteries function. This danger is inherent to a mechanical mod. The battery could fail because the end-caps of the mod or atomizer is tightened excessively. It’s also possible the battery will over-discharge if you press the firing button too many times in a row, resulting in excessive heating and possible explosion. Understanding that note of caution, mechanical mods are kind of in their heyday now. There are many different types of mechanical mods now available. You can get them handcrafted or mass-produced. Usually mechanical vaporizers are tube mods rather than box mods. That’s typically the way they’re built because it allows easier connection of the battery to the atomizer.

Advanced Personal Vaporizers – What’s Up with these Mods?

Initially, the advanced personal vaporizer (APV) was available in a tube or box style with variable voltage. Boxes usually were plastic battery boxes, although people did get creative – using Altoids® tins, for instance. What is so advanced about an APV? Basically you are making more sophisticated choices through electronics. First and foremost, you can better manage power output. An APV allows for a specific voltage setting. Other features are often included as well. If your device is a little more high-end, you can set the voltage or wattage at different levels. “Variable voltage sets the power output to a specified level no matter what is attached to it,” explains Steve K’s Vaping World. “Variable wattage devices automatically adjust the voltage output based on the resistance of the clearomizer put on the device.” You also will see APVs that offer additional elements including screens, battery life displays, and resistance checking (discussed below). If you want to get even more complex, you can get one with a USB port that allows you to update your ecig’s software for the most up-to-date user experience. In the direction of a simpler APV, you can decide how much voltage you want by hitting a button whatever number of times (like three-way incandescent bulbs that give you 50, 100, or 150 Watts). Another way that APVs are differentiated is in terms of power output, which is usually denoted by amperage. One of the more affordable options might only deliver 2 amps, while more sophisticated vapes could offer 5 amps or more. “This dictates how much power can be applied to the tank attached to the device,” says Steve K’s Vaping World. “Of course, for most people a 2 amp limit is fine, few people need to go much past 10 watts to begin with.” The advanced personal vaporizer is typically a tube mod, but there are also box mods on the market.

Understanding APV Resistance Checking

Resistance is similar to a valve on a garden hose. As you ramp up resistance, you are slowing down the flow. You don’t release as much water; and of course, that’s sometimes what you want. In the context of an electronic cigarette, giving yourself more resistance means you are impeding the flow of electricity. That reduces your heat. If your resistance is decreased, on the other hand (less Ohms), you will see a hotter vape, with voltage remaining equal. Again to go back to the water hose analogy, voltage is the water pressure. If you increase voltage, you will get more flow, assuming resistance remains the same. Ecig user AttyPops recommends on E-CigaretteForum getting a multi-meter with your APV for resistance checking. He also notes that some people go with two coils, which requires special consideration. “Voltage is the same, but amps (current flow) doubles,” he says. “Some devices can’t handle it.”

Care & Expertise with Modding

There is a reason that modding has become so popular: it gives vapers more control over their devices. However, you want to make sure you know what you’re doing since you don’t want to overheat your battery. At eCIG.com, you can stay safe because we only stock new, authentic, brand-name products and accessories, with customer support available 24/7. See our mod catalog.

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