Squonk mod or bottom feeder mod and the term squonking has now become mainstream and is developing into one of the most popular vaping methods around.
Most of you are familiar with rebuildable dripping atomizers (RDA) and the performance they can offer. The disadvantage of using an RDA is the “dripping” part of this method. Lugging around a bottle of e-liquid and regularly dripping it into your atomizer can often be awkward and usually messy.
What if you could drip without the need for constant dripping and still enjoy the performance of a traditional RDA? Well, you can with a lightly modified RDA which has a bottom-feeding center pin that allows the drip feeding (squonking) and recovery (draining) of the juice back into the e-liquid bottle, stored in the box mod, sometimes known as squonk box or squonker box.
Squonking offers the convenience of a vape tank with the flavor benefits of an RDA. This all in one solution is captivating vapers, allowing them to vape all day long with the large capacity bottles found in most squonking mods.
Pulse X 90W
The ‘people’s squonk mod’ just got the X factor with a much-anticipated power upgrade and the ability to use 21700 batteries. There’s also some nifty G10 panels and improved board features to boot. The Pulse X keeps the same excellent lightweight form factor, 8ml leakproof bottle and customizable panels. It’s a worthy upgrade on an already excellent regulated squonk mod.
Dovpo & TVC
The DovPo Topside 90W Squonk Mod is made in collaboration with The Vapor Chronicles. It’s the first squonk mod to deploy a top-fill system, and it’s excellently executed. It has a unique 10ml squonk bottle and can utilize 18650, 20700 and 21700 batteries. It also features a no-nonsense chipset, which can be run in variable wattage or Bypass with the option to firmware upgrade for Temperature Control.
Wotofo x Mike Vapes
Wotofo and Mike Vapes extended their Recurve collaboration to introduce an 80W unregulated squonk mod. It features a built-in protective chipset, a rubberized zinc alloy body, 18650/20650/20700/21700 battery compatibility, and an 8ml capacity squonk bottle and LED battery indicator. All of this in one of the most ergonomic curvy frames.
OhmBoy OC & Desire
Desire Designs and OhmBoy OC teamed up to create one of the most unique dual battery squonkers, the Rage. It’s rated for 155 watts and features a fully loaded upgradeable chipset, 0.59″ OLED display, and a 7ml bottom-loading squonk bottle. The Rage comes in a plethora of colors and is crafted from a durable Kirsite material.
DovPo & Vaping Biker
The Basium is a no-nonsense dual 18650 regulated squonker. Designed by DovPo and the Vaping Biker, it focuses on affordable utility with only two modes; variable wattage, and voltage. It has a maximum output of 180W, a 0.96″ OLED display and a 6ml squonk bottle. Sadly it’s not firmware upgradeable as there’s no micro-USB port.
Feedlink Revvo Kit
The Feedlink Revvo kit by Aspire is an unregulated squonk mod which operates in bypass mode. It’s incredibly comfortable with its grip style form and top-mounted fire button. It features an LED battery status indicator and a 7ml squonk bottle. It’s also available with the Revvo Boost tank which has quite a unique design itself.
The HCigar Aurora features the Towis XT80C chipset and has a power output of 80W. It’s made from zinc alloy and features a 0.96″ TFT color screen, and a 7ml squonk bottle. It’s compatible with 18650, 20700 and 21700 batteries, but still manages to retain a compact and portable design.
Pico Squeeze 2 100W
The Pico Squeeze was one of the first and most popular commercial squonk mods. Now after a long wait, Eleaf have finally delivered on the upgrade. The Pico Squueze 2 brings with it a full Avatar Control chipset capable of TC, a 0.49″ OLED display, an 8ml capacity squonk bottle, and it can now utilize both 18650 and 21700 batteries. It also one hell of a solid and rugged design.
Introduction To Squonking
Squonking offers the convenience of a tank, with the flavor benefits of an RDA. Vapers have recently become enamored with squonkers as they offer an excellent all in one solution.
What Is Squonking?
Squonking is a style of vaping that requires a bottom fed RDA (rebuildable tank atomizer) and a squonking mod. It’s aimed at any style of vaper, but more specifically people who are looking for an ‘all in one solution.’
The bottles contained within squonker mods tend to have large capacities, which means there may be no need to carry around separate bottles of juice through your day. The atomizers used are RDAs (rebuildable dripping atomizers) with bottom feed pins, which also mean you get the very best flavor and vapor.
Make sure you only use an RDA with a BF pin on a squonk mod, do not use them on standard everyday mods.
How Do You Squonk?
Squonking is pretty simple and very easy to get to grips with. You’ll need a specific squonk mod, which is a mod that has a removable squonking bottle (and a space to squeeze the bottle) and an RDA with a bottom feed pin fitted.
Then when you squeeze the squonk bottle, the e-liquid will be injected up from the bottle and into your RDA from underneath, which coats your wicks with juice. Then it’s the normal procedure of hitting the fire button on your mod, and vape away.
It just takes a couple of quick squeezes on your juice bottle every few puffs or so, which will be enough to keep your wicks coated and help avoid dry hits. So squonking is basically like dripping without having to remove your top cap!
Squonking – The Good
The best thing about squonking is that you have the convenience of a tank, with the flavor and vapor benefits that an RDA provides.
You also have great e-liquid capacity, as most squonk mods come with bottles of 7-10ml, allowing you to carry an entire day’s worth of juice. Plus, the bottles only tend to feed juice up to your atomizer with a squeeze, so there isn’t much chance of leaking.
Most of the most popular RDA’s have bottom feed pins either included or available, which means they can be used with squonk mods.
Many of the kits listed above are well-priced options, which can actually work out cheaper than many box mod and sub-ohm tank combinations.
Squonking – The Bad
Under-squonking – you might struggle at first with ensuring your wicks are juiced correctly, which can result in not squonking enough and give you dry hits.
Over-squonking – on the opposite side, you may end up squeezing too much liquid which will flood your deck, causing leaking and the dreaded spit-back.
You might find you have an adjustment period while you work out the best balance and what works best for your mod and atomizer. The other factor is although the squonking market is rapidly expanding, at the moment there is limited choice compared to other style mods.