In some wattage categories, there isn’t much competition. Where 50, 100, and 200W box mods are concerned, there are lots of jostling for position. I’m explicitly highlighting box-style devices, however, not tube mods, so here are the top 10 mods from lowest to highest output.
The following five box mods have been selected as the “top 5” based on the fact that they are bestsellers with 4 ½- or 5-star ratings. Absolute successes aren’t as highly rated, although still good devices. I’ll stick to familiar brands supplying excellent value for money accessible to get hold of.
Innokin’s iconic iTaste MVP 20W device shines as one of the most popular box mods. It’s a bestseller beating out giants like the Sigelei Fuchai 200W. Connect eGo or 510 tanks to the MVP and adjust output between 6W and 20W. Accuracy is controlled to within 1% of your chosen setting. VV is also available.
At nearly 107 mm it’s not nearly as compact as other low-watt mods, but there’s a good reason. The battery built into Innokin’s iTaste MVP mod supplies 2600mAh to run the MVP for a weekend or to recharge other USB-chargeable items like your cell phone. When the MVP has to be recharged, plug it into a laptop and keep vaping. Various safety and warning features are built-in, one of which is a light-indicator to warn when the battery is running low.
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Top 10 Box Mods on Sale
1. Pioneer4You iPV2S 60W
This is an example of popular technology from a well-loved brand containing a respected chipset, the SX330 V2 by Yihi. It’s a sleek device with a water-resistant exterior and 60W maximum output. You can also upgrade to 75W by downloading new firmware. Minimum resistance is 0.2 ohms, the screen is large, and you can replace the battery. Lock your iPV2S, so it doesn’t misfire and trust the chip to prevent short-circuiting.
2. SMOK XPRO M50 Mini
This box mod might be small, but SMOK packs power inside with a 6W to 50W range supporting 0.2 ohms in VW mode. Switch to mechanical vaping if you would rather override the chipset. A mixture of aluminium and zinc plus compact dimensions create a lightweight, free feel while a grip-enhancing exterior finish prevents the mod from slipping through your fingers. Charge removable batteries separately or using a USB port.
3. Eleaf iStick 50W
Eleaf’s mid-range mod is small and limited compared with some of the big performers below, but it’s large when you remember Eleaf makes a 10W iStick too. Vary voltage or wattage: 2V to 10V or 5W to 50W respectively, powered by a 4400mAh built-in cell. This is rechargeable using a USB cord and a laptop, plus you can vape while charging. Stainless steel threads resist wear and rust. The spring-loaded connector allows vapers to attach virtually any atomiser capable of 0.2 ohms resistance. Watch the OLED screen for readings of output, battery power, resistance, and voltage. This screen also displays safety warnings.
4. Innokin Coolfire IV 40W
The Coolfire IV adopts something close to a typical box mod shape, only sportier. Innokin provides 3V to 7.5V by 0.1V intervals and 6W to 40W by 0.5W at a time. With an eGo adapter, you can install all kinds of tanks from a low-resistance iClear to the sub-ohm Apex. The Coolfire IV is a pass-through vape containing a 2000mAh cell. A display screen flips for left-handed vapers. You don’t have to remember your last setting either: Innokin’s mod does that for you and counts your puffs while also protecting you and the Coolfire IV from over-discharge and other dangers like over-vaping.
5. Wismec Presa TC100W
Finally, we have a TC mod on the list. Older firms are updating pre-existing formats, but Wismec starts with their ergonomic, small device which displays data over a big screen. Select a Nickel 200, Titanium, or stainless steel atomiser coil to operate the TC function between 0.05 and 1.5 ohms. Your power options are 18650 or 26650, contained within a magnetic cover and removable for charging if you don’t wish to utilise the USB power port, not recommended for quick charging. Operate in stealth function if you’re a shy vaper.
6. Pioneee4You iPV5 200W TC
The iPV5 offers 200W or 572F in a modest-sized box powered by a Yihi chip. Pioneer4You selected an ergonomic shape that’s comfortable to hold, light when you’re carrying it around, and powerful in use. Select between 10 watts and 200 watts or choose a temperature and let the chipset adjust wattage. For those who understand Joules, there is also a range of 10J to 120J. Operate at 0.05 or 0.15 minimum resistance depending on your mode, the lower figure supported in TC setting only.
7. Laisimo S3 200W TC
Here’s another lesser-known name which, like Wismec, is climbing up the charts. Their S3 200W TC device is good looking and well made with the ability to handle 0.05 resistance from Ni200, Titanium, or stainless steel at up to 662F. You’ll require two batteries, sold separately, which means recharging is a breeze. Just swap old cells for freshly charged ones and keep vaping with minimal interruption. The OLED screen rotates to accommodate left-handed vapers and different vaping positions.
8. Wismec Reuleaux RX200
Here’s the formidable upstart again: Wismec, with their Reuleaux RX200 featuring a design by Jay Bo. The triple-cell used to power their 200W mod is held within a triangular shape that’s easy to hold, so different from the boxier 200W styles. A magnetic battery door lets you remove the cell, however, and replace it with a charged one if you don’t wish to use the USB charging method. Wismec joined forces with Joye to give you Temperate Control supporting all three styles of TC coils inside a compact unit measuring 84 x 40 x 50 mm. The 0.69″ is more than functional; it`s attractive and easy to read as resistance, temperature, watts, voltage, and battery level are all displayed to the vaper.
9. Sigelei T150 Touch Screen TC
There are lots of abbreviations for mod functions, but this one might have to take the cake. You could call it a VW TC TS mod if you were picky. This would signify that you can operate the Sigelei T150 in Temperature Control and Variable Watt settings, adjusted via the Touch Screen. The signifier T150 tells you this is a 150W mod too. Vapers can lock the screen to prevent children from mistaking this for an iPod and changing your settings. Operate coils ranging from 0.1 to 3 ohms and select wattage between 5W and 150W. Use TC mode to set the heat at up to 600F. It looks heavy, but an aluminium alloy allows for a durable but light build which is internally protected against reverse polarity, overheating, and short circuit.
10. iPV5 200W TC
Who would have guessed that Pioneer4You would dominate this chart? They make a fine machine and customers love them, so while a list of expert’s favourites might be different, the customers have spoken, and they love Pioneer4You. This 200W dual-mode box mod contains the Yihi SX330-200 chip to deliver 10W to 200W, 10J to 120J, or 212F to 572F. It’s beautiful, ergonomic, affordable, and modern.
Some Facts About The Box Mod Craze
When the first box mod was released, it was an industrial, practical thing. There were some problems with its design from the beginning, yet this new idea sparked innovative minds to be more imaginative; to conceive ways of overcoming those problems to build safer, more customisable devices; even fashionable products available in numerous colours.
The History of Box Mods
As I said, it wasn’t a pretty sight in the beginning. Consumers with knowledge of electronics were taking the components of electronic cigarettes and placing them inside of a thick box-type frame. This gave them a variety of new options. There was room for a large battery or two and a large screen; the opportunity to place a tank inside the mod but still reach high power (a few units like these came out before Joyetech perfected the combo with their e-Grip), and later to develop incredible output levels.
Problems with Mods
The first big issue with box mods was that they often weren’t vented. A vaporiser of any kind containing a 18650 battery, or one even more powerful than that, needs to let the air out from around the cell to prevent overheating and pressure build-up. Otherwise, the battery could explode, and when that happens, a vaper could be amazed by how much force a little lithium-ion cell can produce. It’s like a bomb.
Another problem was ergonomic. The basic box shape is uncomfortable to hold owing to sharp angles all around. Inventors and designers had to come up with better ways and coatings that were more compatible with the human hand.
Homemade mods were soon replaced by inexpensive devices designed and manufactured by top names in the vaping industry; or by names which would eventually become synonymous with reliability and quality. These brands included (and still include) Eleaf, Sigelei, Kanger, and SMOK. SMOK makes a device called the XCube which is Bluetooth-compatible and, though very boxy in its overall shape, is rounded at the edges and compact.
Eleaf’s iStick series is even more compact, colourful, and ergonomic while Kanger’s various “box” mods take ergonomics to the next level with their soft exterior coating. Sigelei’s Mini Book is utterly round on one side, like half a tube welded to a box on the other side.
These companies and many others produce mods which provide from 20 watts up to 200 watts. Vapers are advised to buy from known brands and avoid claims of higher power and lower resistance compatibility from virtually unknown names in the business.
Consumers expect a box mod to feature a variable wattage setting. This provides a way to raise or lower output and, thus, increase or lower temperature of the vapor. Hotter vapour could create more significant clouds, and that is just what serious vapers want: clouds they can virtually chase around a room. They are dense and lasting; thick and flavorful. In Variable Wattage mode where the threshold is 40W or higher, a user can operate this system with a sub-ohm tank attached, and coils rated 0.5 ohms or lower; even down to 0.1 ohms. Running atomiser coils at sub-ohm resistance is dangerous as this can cause a short circuit or overheat, but electronics have caught up with the demands vapers are placing on them.
Schools have “Smart Boards” teachers write on and use to air online educational videos; vapers have a different kind of smartboard. This is a “PCB”; a microchip or control board. It provides the limits like wattage thresholds, adjustment intervals (0.1W, 1W, or even 5W at a time in some cases), runs a screen for displaying values as they rise and fall, and also protects the vaper and his device. A PCB stops a box mod from continuing to operate when it becomes too hot, or values reach extremes (too much or too little voltage or resistance). In some cases, they allow the vaper to choose a different mode of operation from Variable Wattage.
It’s almost a given that if a new mod is about to hit the market, an upgraded version of an existing model by a familiar brand, it will either feature more watts or Temperature Control (TC). In this mode, a device is particularly customisable, and so is the flavour of vapour being produced. A vaper can change or maintain how hot or cool his breath becomes. A box mod with TC function can only operate this way when individual coils have been installed in an atomiser tank. They have to be made from Titanium or Nickel 200. Kanthal wire won’t do the trick.
In TC mode, vapers notice several advantages which help them save money even though their coils are more expensive at the outset:
• their batteries don’t have to work as hard to keep e juice hot
• e juice levels run down more slowly
• coils don’t burn out
• juice tastes better
Battery conservation is just one advantage of a TC mod while better flavour and using less e juice per session are two more. A TC mod typically uses at least one but often two or three 18650 batteries or a built-in cell.