Best Box Mods and Vape Mods 2018 [Updated]

We take a look at the best box mods on the vaping market.

Best Box Mods

This is our detailed list of the best box mod vapes currently on the market. Our top box mod list comprises beginner vape mods, single battery box mods, high powered vape mods, and compact mini box mods.

Over many years of vaping the whole Vaping Vibe team have seen many box mods come and go. Of course, we haven’t had the chance to test and review every single box mod on the market, but the ones we have chosen we have personally tested and believe to be top choices for each of their respective categories. Please take into consideration that there are so many new mods coming out on a daily basis. So not everyone may agree with our list. But we’ll be updating the top box mods list as we review more devices going forward.

Enjoy looking through our best box mods list. We hope it will provide readers with a clear overview of some of the best vape mods on the market today.

Best Box Mods and Vape Mods

Innokin Proton 235W

Innokin

Proton 235W

The Proton may have been Innokin’s first dual 18650 high-powered mod, but that didn’t miss a thing, it is outstanding. It features an excellent 1.45″ color display, an ergonomic side firing panel and fantastic joystick for easy navigation. Innokin has also integrated an elegant menu system, and it’s all backed up by a brilliant and reliable chip that can fire up to 235W.

9.4

Editors Vibe

Vaporesso Armour Pro 100W

Vaporesso

Armour Pro 100W

The Vaporesso Armor Pro is capable of using a single 18650, 20700 or 21700 battery and is powered by the latest OMNI 4.0 chipset. It’s feature-rich, with the ability to set power and temp curves, along with fast charging. Its also has a sleek, stylish design with a large firing bar and excellent OLED display.

9.2

Editors Vibe

Vaporesso Polar 220W

Vaporesso

Polar 220W

The Polar 220W is another excellent mod from Vaporesso. It’s dual 18650 and has the superb feature rich OMNI 4.0 chipset, along with 2.5A fast charging. It has an excellent ergonomic design, housing a 2″ TFT color display and a centered 510 connection.

9.0

Editors Vibe

Rincoe Manto 228W

Rincoe

Manto 228W

Rincoe knocked it out of the park with their first device! The Manto is a dual 18650 device which can fire up to 228W. It features an excellent 2″ 3D-effect color display and comes in a slightly curved classy body. But it’s not all about looks; the Manto also has an incredibly rapid-firing chip, rated at 0.002 seconds.

8.9

Editors Vibe

GeekVape Aegis Legend 200W

GeekVape

Aegis Legend 200W

The Aegis Legend is a dual 18650 version of the robust and indestructible original Aegis. It’s constructed from the same high-quality materials, making it shock resistant, water and dustproof. It also has the same reliable performance from GeekVape’s AS chipset, now with the ability to deliver up to 200 watts.

8.9

Editors Vibe

Joyetech Espion Solo Kit

Joyetech

Espion Solo Kit

Joyetech’s 10th Anniversary saw them release one of their best devices to date. The Espion Solo is a single battery version of the Espion range capable of utilizing either 18650 or 21700 batteries and can fire up to 80W. It features a 1.3″ OLED touchscreen and an easy-to-use operating system. It’s packed with all the typical features in an understated but very stylish design.

8.8

Editors Vibe

Eleaf iStick NOWOS

Eleaf

iStick NOWOS

The NOWOS is our favorite iStick device created by Eleaf. It’s a simple wattage only mod, only capable of firing up to 80W. However it does feature a massive 4400mAh internal battery, an excellent hidden LED digital display and touch-sensitive buttons. There’s also USB C with integrated quick charging, and it’s all wrapped up in a clean and elegant design.

8.6

Editors Vibe

Eleaf iStick Pico S 100W

Eleaf

iStick Pico S 100W

The iStick Pico S is Eleaf’s latest and most modern iteration of the popular Pico line. It brings with it an upgraded chipset which features preheat modes, 2-amp charging, and customizable LEDs. It also features a unique removable battery tube which can utilize either 18650 or 21700 batteries and is capable of firing up to 100 watts.

8.3

Editors Vibe

What is a vape mod?

A vape mod is essentially a case that contains one or more rechargeable batteries that supply the power or electricity to the heating element or vaping atomizer. They can also be referred to as box mods or vapor mods.

The term “mod” came from the early years where vaping hobbyists would ‘modify’ existing electrical hardware of cases and batteries, for their own custom use. Now all vaping boxes are called mods.

Almost universally all box mods have a firing switch or button. Simply press the fire button, and the atomizer gets power from the batteries within the mod and “fires,” vaporizing the e-liquid with the heating of a coil. Release the button, and then the power is cut off.

The Anatomy of a Vape Mod

Different variations of box mods

Box mods come in all different shapes and sizes. Each of which may show distinctions with their internal configurations or aesthetics.

There are two different battery configurations used; either integrated or replaceable. The integrated battery box mods consist of LiPo or Li-Ion batteries which can usually only be charged via a USB cable. The majority of USB chargeable box mods allow vaping while they are re-charging called “passthrough” mode.

Removable battery vapes mods may incorporate one to four rechargeable Li-Ion batteries, although one or two is most common.
Removable battery mods allow users to “swap out” depleted batteries for fully charged ones. Both types of mods are popular and regularly available.

Not only do box mods came in different styles, but also a variety of regulating chips/boards depending on the manufacturer, providing simple safety protections to more sophisticated functions, such as temperature control and variable wattage output.

Most of them will have a display screen showing all the information of the included functions and settings.

Vape mods can come in any conceivable type of design, from a mix of materials like; wood, metal or plastic. Also with a range of colors, and some even push the boundaries to become sought-after works of art.

As with most vaping equipment box mods qualify as disposable. This is not only down to the cheaper materials used in some devices, which can lead to decreased lifespan but also because of exponential advances in technology that make many outdated within a year of the vaping world. However, many of the high-end quality material devices will serve you well for years to come.

What are temperature controlled vape mods?

When vaping began in 2005, it used primarily fixed voltage power sources. Then in 2011, variable voltage was developed, quickly followed by variable wattage.

Then in 2014, it was temperature control that followed on from those earlier improvements. Temperature Control (or TC) was a major development in the technology in vaping chips and is now an industry standard feature.

All atomizers operate by vaporizing e-liquid by heating a metal element, usually a coiled wire. E-liquid is then supplied to the atomizer by a wicking material of either; cotton, silica, or another fibrous cellulose material, which goes through or around the wired coil or coils.

However, if the wick is not sufficiently saturated with e-liquid, then it can result in what’s called a “dry hit.” This is when no vapor is produced and becomes a terrible nasty burnt taste.

Also, unregulated vape mods perform less efficiently when the battery/batteries drain. So, what may start out being a great tasting vape with charged batteries begins to diminish over time, providing less flavor and vapor.

Temperature control can address both these issues by regulating and controlling the amount of power that’s supplied to the coil. When the coil is not amply soaked in e-liquid, it quickly overheats, which produces dry hits. Temperature control technology doesn’t actually sense the working temperature. Instead, it monitors the changing resistance of the coil, which corresponds to predictable changes in temperature. Therefore when the coil begins to overheat, the TC chip will instantly reduce the power, preventing the wick from burning and eliminating dry hits happening. Also, if the coil becomes completely dry, the power will be entirely cut off.

Also, temp control provides a consistent vape throughout utilizing all of the power range during the battery drain.

Temp control vape mods require atomizers to be made from coils using one of three specific wire types; stainless steel, nickel or titanium. However, as the technology is improved and refined, other wire types, such as Nichrome, or even Tungsten, may be usable with temp control.

TC lets vapers specify the maximum temperature allowed before temp protection activates. The range is typically from 300-600° Fahrenheit or 100-300° Centigrade. The mod will apply as much power as necessary to maintain the set temperature, but never more.

Temp control has not have been comprehensively adopted by all vapers. However, those who use TC swear by it, due to better battery and e-liquid efficiency – and seemingly a more consistent vape.

Which is the right vape mod for you?

Choosing the most suitable vape mod requires you answering a few questions about your preferences:

  • How small or large do I want my box mod to be?
  • How much power do I want?
  • How important are ergonomics and aesthetics of my box mod?
  • How important is sophisticated chip technology to me?
  • How long can I vape between battery charges?
  • How important is temperature control to me?
  • How much am I prepared to spend?

There’s certainly a box mod available in the market for any combination of responses, check our above reviews to see if any of our best box mod vapes fit your answers.