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.
By far, the fastest growing category of vaporizers, and the most popular devices are Box Mods. This style of device is great for those who want more power and control, and when you purchase a regulated mod, these devices are quite safe as well.
A box mod is going to give you maximum control over your vapor production. Box mods are the top of the vaping food chain. They are somewhat similar to the tube style vaporizers that we talked about in the starter kits section, but they have more of a box style housing for the battery. This style of vaporizer is steadily becoming more popular, and there is really no need to feel intimidated by them- as all of the recommendations I’ve made below are very easy to use and you’ll be vaping very quickly right out of the box.
One other great benefit of this style of mod is that many companies are now offering free software upgrades, which will greatly extend the life of your mod as you no longer have to go out and buy a new mod when the software becomes outdated.
Top 20 Box Mods
1- Hotcig DX200 DNA Kit
The Hotcig DX200 is this company’s first try at a DNA200 mod, and it is one of the highest quality DNA200 devices available. It comes with a 900 mAh LiPo pack that can be swapped with a higher capacity pack if you like. It also comes with a spring loaded 510 connector.
This is a nice small device with a great hand feel. It has a very premium look as well as a high build quality. This device has possibly some of the best temperature control you can experience vaping, due to the preheat feature. This gives your coil extra power until it’s heated up to the selected temperature. You have full control over customizing this through escribe. What this means for you, is that you will be way less likely to overheat or burn your juice. You have to experience this to get a true sense of the benefit. This is one mod I highly recommend.
2- Halo Reactor
Once again, one of the best companies in the industry has done it again with a fantastic device. The Reactor box mod kit comes with everything you need to get started. This device comes with a 4,400 mAh battery with adjustable wattage and voltage and an LED screen. The tank holds 5 ml of E-liquid and houses a .5 sub-ohm dual-coil head.
Each kit also includes a wide-bore glass and stainless steel mouthpiece, a USB cable and a wall adapter.
This is a really great device that fits perfectly in your hand and is extremely easy to use. Both the voltage and the wattage are adjustable, which means you get a vape which is truly customized to you.
This mod comes in four different colours and the battery charger has a pass through feature, so you can vape while it’s charging. This is a great mod at a great price.
3- Wismec Reuleaux DNA 200w
The name of this md (Reuleaux) comes from the ‘center most‘ triangle created when three circles intersect. Everything in this mod is represented in sets of 3. You get 3 18650 batteries, the mod is a 3 piece design and this mod was created by JayBo Designs, Wismec and Evolv.
This is the very firs mod to use 3 removable 18650 batteries which output 200 watts of power. These 3 batteries provide a total of 11.1 volts. This is one of the most powerful devices you can buy. For those of you who are looking for huge, thick clouds, this is definitely the device for you. You have to see it to believe it!
4-Joyetech Cuboid 150W TC
This is JoyeTech’s first 150W mod. The Cuboid is a variable temperature controlled system that’s powered by 2 replaceable 18650 batteries. The batteries are super easy to change, simply remove the slip open cover. The LED screen is huge at 0.96 inches and it will allow you to easily review all of the important settings.
The Cuboid accepts many different types of wires including titanium, nickel and stainless steel. You can easily adjust values for different materials, which will get you really accurate temperature control and ensure that you always get consistent flavour.
Charging and upgrading software is done easily with a micro USB port.
Overall, this is an excellent device, at an unbeatable price. At less than $40 you should run out and get yourself one right away.
5- Kanger KBOX 200 TC
If you are looking for the latest vaping technology, the KBOX 200 just may be what you are looking for.
This mod features a USA-made TI Infineon stability chip, 360kHz high-speed synchronous DC-DC control mod, a wide range of safety protections, and advanced temperature control to give you amazing flavour.
This device can fire up to 200W, with temperature control and can take on Stainless Steel, Nichrome, Nickel, and Titanium wire. The design is simple and functional and it’s a great size. There’s an OLED display on the front, USB port for upgrading and charging, as well as 2 small buttons for adjustments.
6- Pioneer4You iPV D3 80W
Pioneer4You has just released the all new iPV D3 device, which is the latest and greatest in this lineup. This device has a billet aluminum body and temperature control, as well as a single 18650 battery with a magnetic battery door for easy access. For the chip, it uses the YiHi SX150 H chip and has a 510 spring-loaded center pin to allow it to connect with any atomizer.
Unlike the previous D2, the D3 includes voltage step down, which allows for lower wattage vaping. The other great benefit is a longer battery life. This is a very powerful device that allows you to fire up to 80 watts, offers up to 50 joules in temp control mode and lets you range from 200F to 572F.
This device has everything you need, and at around $60 you can’t beat the value.
7- SnowWolf 200W V1.5
This is a device that has gotten a lot of buzz. This vaporizer will give you lots of power, the very latest technology, and it just happens to look great too.
This is a really beautiful design, with stainless steel used throughout the entire device. The side panels are a black glass which really makes it look high end.
While this mod is very simple aesthetically and also simple to use, it doesn’t lack in performance. it comes with 200w of vaping power, and it can fire at as low as 0.05 ohm. The temp control feature will prevent dry hits while stretching your e-liquid consumption. This device has a range of 212 to 662F which really allows you to customize your experience. It really doesn’t get much better than this.
8- VaporFi VOX® TC
The Vox TC allows you to find at wattage or temperature that works for you, and once you’ve set it, you can forget about it. No matter what kind of atomizer or tank you use, the device will adjust the power to match. If you’re new to temperature control devices, it may take you a few tries to get the right wattage, but it’s really easy- just use the two buttons marked + and – in 0.1 watt increments.
The TC can save up to 5 settings, which will allow you to experiment with different e-liquids. It comes with comes with one powerful high-quality 18650 battery, which is very convenient (often with mods that have external batteries, you’ll need to buy them separately.)
This device can produce massive clouds of vapour, and it has a very high end look to it. I would have ranked this device higher on the list- the only negative I found is with the battery life. If you are a heavy vaper, it’s unlikely that you’ll get a full day from this device. Charging is very easy (there is a USB port located under the device, or you can remove the battery and use an external charger.) If you use the USB, the device supports pass-through, which means you can vape while it’s charging- a definite benefit or some of us.
9- Eleaf iStick 100W TC
This is one of the best devices out there for performance. This vaporizer comes from a long line of iStick devices. This device is exceptionally powerful and delivers huge clouds. The iStick can fire atomizers as low as 0.15 ohm and offers the very latest temp control features.
This device features a sturdy magnetic battery panel which allows you to easily access the dual battery bay for your 18650 batteries. The coolest thing about this device is the option to upgrade the firmware and switch between a variety of TC modes (Ni/Ti/SS/TCR) or VW, Bypass modes. The V1.10 update will allow you update the device to 120W max output. Buying a device from a company that offers firmware updates means that you won’t have to worry about your device becoming outdated as fast, protecting your investment.
This is a very ergonomically designed device and it includes a hidden trigger button, giving you better grip. Overall, this is a fantastic device that I highly recommend.
10- Tesla Invader III 240W
The Invader III is a killer simple mod that balances power, aesthetics and ergonomics. This device is capable of generating 240 watts with a resistance as low as 0.1.
There are three finishes available- blue, black and silver. This device uses two 18650 batteries and a proprietary chipset that produces high power ad protects against short circuits and reverse connections.
There is no display with this device, but it is dead simple to use and you will find that you don’t really miss the display! For those of you who are looking for something rugged and simple, yet powerful and reliable, this is the device for you. And this device definitely looks like it costs more than it does. At less than $35, this mod wins the prize for best value on this list.
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.
eVic VTC 60W
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.