Is a Mechanical Mod Right for You?

Is a Mechanical Mod Right for You?

January 28, 2018

Are you ready to take your vaping to the next level? If you are, a mechanical mod may be the right choice for you. Mechanical mods are simple, powerful and inexpensive. They’re the primary vaping devices of thousands of experienced vapers around the world -- but mechanical mods aren’t for everyone. Though they have many benefits, mechanical mods also lack the features that modern regulated mods use to help keep you safe. Should your next vaping device be a mechanical mod? This guide will help you decide.

 

Mechanical Mods Are Simple and Inexpensive

A standard mechanical mod is a metal tube with threading on one side and a button on the other side. The tube has room for one battery -- usually an 18650 battery. When you push the button, a metal pin touches the bottom of the battery and completes a circuit. A mechanical mod has virtually no parts, so there’s almost nothing that can go wrong with one. After many years of use, the button of a mechanical mod may begin to lose its original resiliency. You can replace the button at a cost of just a few dollars. If a part goes bad in a regulated mod with integrated circuits and a digital display, you’ll probably have to replace the entire mod.

 

Mechanical Mods Are Powerful

When you read about mechanical mods, you’ll often see the opinion that they “hit harder” than regulated vaping devices. When people say that mechanical mods hit harder, what they’re really saying is that a mechanical mod is very quick to react when you press the activation button. A mechanical mod doesn’t need to use any of the battery’s power to drive an integrated circuit, check safety parameters and power a digital display. All of the battery’s power goes straight to the atomizer, so the atomizer heats up extremely quickly. The quick heating is ideal if you prefer to use an e-cigarette with shorter, quicker puffs. While mechanical mods do heat up more quickly than most regulated mods, a mechanical mod does have a potential shortcoming in that it can’t reach the same wattage levels as a modern dual-battery regulated mod. Today’s sub-ohm tanks often have very high-mass and low-resistance coils that demand plenty of power. To power a large sub-ohm tank effectively, you may need a regulated mod capable of delivering the wattage that the tank demands.

Mechanical Mods Are Stylish

Do you want to own the smallest possible e-cigarette that still delivers ample power and huge vapor clouds? Because mechanical mods lack internal electronics and digital displays, they are often barely larger than the batteries they contain. The fact that mechanical mods are so small and stylish is a big part of their appeal.

 

Mechanical Mods Make You Responsible for Your Safety

Mechanical mods have plenty of benefits, but they also have a significant downside in that they have no features to keep their users safe. A regulated mod has built-in safety features that should automatically disable the device if:
  • The battery’s voltage is too low
  • The power demands of your vaping configuration are greater than what the battery can supply
  • The internal temperature of the device is dangerously high
  • The atomizer, battery or another element in the power chain has a short circuit

The safety features of a regulated mod make the device almost error proof because they prevent you from vaping dangerously. With a mechanical mod, on the other hand, pressing the button will complete the circuit even if something about your vaping configuration is unsafe. If you use a mechanical mod, it’ll be up to you to monitor the condition of your battery, check the resistance of your atomizer and test for shorts. Battery explosions -- and terrible injuries -- have resulted from the unsafe use of mechanical mods.

 

Final Thoughts

For those who use them, mechanical mods are great vaping devices. They’re cheap, small, stylish and powerful. However, they’re often best left in the hands of those who understand and know how to minimize the risks. If you aren’t familiar with the principles of lithium ion battery safety, a regulated mod is probably the best choice for you.

 



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