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69 points
Desire Mad Dog mech mod
Build Quality - 9/10
Clouds - 10/10
Power - 9/10
Design - 9/10
Ease of use - 8/10
VGOD PRO Mech 2 Kit mech mod
Build Quality - 9/10
Clouds - 9/10
Power - 9/10
Design - 10/10
Ease of use - 7/10

Best Mech Mods in 2018

Best Authentic Mech Mods

  • Outstanding VGOD flag crest design
  • 510 hybrid connection
  • Gold plating on copper contact
  • Floating battery adjustment
  • Requires 1x 18650 battery cell (not included)

The VGOD Elite is an elegant and powerful device for advanced users. The first things you notice are the beautiful VGOD engraving, and gold plated copper contact. This mech mod has an enduring copper body, an outstanding VGOD design, and a flare grip chassis. Together with a copper contact and a carbon fiber switch, its 510 hybrid connection provides ultimate voltage performance. The size of the device is 24mm x 85mm. It is compatible with one 18650 cell battery (not less than 35A, has to be purchased separately).

Floating battery adjustment, aerospace carbon fiber switch and plastic tube insert for battery protection make the device easy and safe to use. The VGOD Elite mech mod comes with one carrying case, one extra spring and an operation manual. The VGOD Elite comes with a three-month warranty. The packaging is quite simple.

  • 7ml e-liquid tank
  • Aeronautical material shell
  • Requires 1x 18650 battery cell (not included)
  • 304-gold plating
  • Works with 510 atomizer

The Desire Mad Dog RDTA Kit is a fantastic combination of a mechanical mod and a Mad Dog RDTA. It is a powerful device with a huge 7ml tank for advanced users. It works with one 18650 battery cell that has to be purchased separately. Provided you have a connector base, you can turn your Mad Dog RDTA into a complete atomizer.

The Mech MOD itself operates with a 510 atomizer. The size of the Desire Mad Dog RDTA Mech Mod is 24mm x 132mm. The Desire Mad Dog RDTA Mech Mod boasts of luxury materials, such as Pyrex glass, an aeronautical material shell, and 304 gold-plating.

The kit includes one Mad Dog RDTA, one mechanical mod without the battery, two Pyrex glass tubes, and one bag with accessories (a hexagonal wrench, screws, o-rings, and base). The Desire Mad Dog RDTA Mech Kit comes with a three-month warranty. The packaging of the kit is quite simple.

  • Hybrid-friendly (gold-plated 510 pin)
  • 9.25mm deep e-liquid well (2ml capacity)
  • Bottom airflow
  • Requires 1x 18650 battery cell (not included)

The VGOD PRO Mech 2 Kit is a powerful high-quality device for advanced users. It works with one 18650 battery that has to be purchased separately. The dimensions of the mod are 24 x 85.2mm. This innovative vaping device is made of high-quality stainless steel and copper, and it feels simply great to hold.

With a gold-plated 510 pin, a 24mm Elite RDA, a 2 ml hole and a dual post design, VGOD PRO Mech 2 will grant you an excellent vaping experience. The Elite RDA of the VGOD PRO Mech 2 has a VGOD engraving on the shield. It is also easy to adjust the kit because its finger tight nut fits flat screwdrivers as well as Philip. Its bottom airflow design is one more feature that will add to the excellence of the vaping experience.

The kit comes with one VGOD PRO Mech 2 Mod, one VGOD Elite RDA, one carrying case, one operation manual and a pack of accessories. The product comes with a three-month warranty. The packaging of the kit is quite simple.

Best Mechanical Box Mods

  • Firing button on the side
  • Regulated voltage: 2.0V – 6.0V range
  • Requires two 18650 batteries (not included)
  • Atomizer, short circuit and low voltage protection
  • Function of battery display

The Noisy Cricket II D25 Vape Mod is an excellent device for advanced users. The dimensions of this box mod are 48*25*87mm. It suits RDA vape tanks perfectly. Also, this device is equipped with innovative safety features that make firing your favorite RDA or RTA safe. A simple twist voltage switch on the side of the mod allows you to dial in voltage easily. The Noisy Cricket II by Wismec gives you an opportunity to choose between constant voltage and direct output so that you could get the experience that fits your vaping style best.

The voltage range you can adjust is 2.0V – 6.0V. There is an innovative bottom feed battery door that makes the battery input safe and prevents the 18650 battery from shorting. The atomizer is protected as well. There is also a spring-loaded 510 contact. The battery display function will keep you informed about how much power is left. The side firing button is comfortable and sleek.

The kit includes one Wismec Noisy Cricket II vape mod, one warning card, and one operation manual. The Noisy Cricket II D25 Vape Mod is an advanced high-quality device for experienced users. For this reason, we do not recommend it to beginners.

  • 250W maximum wattage output
  • Requires dual high-amperage 20700 batteries (not included) or dual high-amperage 18650 batteries as an option
  • Series and parallel output modes
  • Short circuit, low voltage, atomizer and temperature protection
  • PCB circuit board
  • 510 connection

Wismec once created the crazily popular Reuleaux and Sinuous Series that skyrocketed on the market. Recently, they came up with one more innovative product, the Wismec Luxotic NC 250W Starter Kit. This product is a combination of excellent performance, superior quality, and luxury. It comes with the Guillotine V2 RDA. You can choose between dual 20700 or 18650 batteries. The batteries are easy to load thanks to the bottom battery access door. The mod can reach up to 5.3V.

The design of the Luxotic NC 250W Box Mod is sleek and compact. Its diameter is only 24 mm, but it is capable of holding 6 ml of e-liquid. The dimensions of the box mod are 96.2mm by 54.5mm by 26.6mm. The alloy metal and resin of the mod add to its stylish, expensive look. A mechanism of single firing button is very convenient to use.

Also, there is an adjustable voltage controller. If you are not sure if this is a device worth buying, let us tell you that there is also atomizer protection, 510 connection, and such Wismec Guillotine V2 RDA features as horizontal two-post build deck, single or dual coil configuration, dual slotted airflow control and 810 resin Widebore drip tip. The kit includes one Wismec Luxotic NC Box Mod, one Wismec guillotine V2 RDA, one 0.28ohm Clapton prebuilt coil, two 18650 battery sleeves, one ULTEM drip tip, a set of spare parts and one operation manual.

Everything You Need to Know About Mechanical Mods

What is a mechanical mod?

A mechanical mod also referred to as a mech mod, is a simple yet powerful vaping device that boasts of fantastic potential. A mech mod vape is not a fit for all product; it needs particular attention and recurrent maintenance. The majority of mechanical mods are tubes made of metal, but some of them are shaped like a box (they are called mechanical box mods). Authentic mech mods do not have any electronic parts in them, unlike regulated vaping mods that have recently taken over the market.

There are many reasons why enthusiast vapers like mech mods. First of all, these devices work with high-amperage 18650 batteries. There are also users who enjoy mechanical vape mods because of their collectible qualities. Some mech mods have stylish parts made of precious metals. Taken all together, all types and kinds of mech mods are simple to use and reliable. There are no electronics to fail, and if you maintain your device properly, there is a chance that your mech mod will be your friend for decades. Isn’t it awesome?

The Evolution of Mech Mods

Mech mods saw the world back in the times when cigarette-alike products ruled the market. Many users were unhappy that the batteries of their devices died too soon and that the devices were not powerful enough. Vaporizer manufacturers saw this and looked at other, more powerful, devices for inspiration. As they were looking around, they noticed that miniature flashlights had impressively powerful 18650 batteries. So, innovators of the vape market turned such flashlights into vaporizers successfully.

For this reason, you can still find an explanation that mods are called mods because they were initially modified flashlights. It wasn’t very hard to turn a flashlight into vaping device though. An average flashlight consists of a negative and a positive terminal (they complete a circuit), a tube with a battery and a light bulb. To turn a flashlight into a vaping device, one simply had to replace the bulb department with a housing with the atomizer. Of course, such mods were very primitive-looking and simple, and the market offers much more sophisticated products nowadays.

Elements of a Mech Mod

Most mechanical vapes consist of the following three elements: a body, a switch and a connector. The latter two come in a wide variety of styles and types. Let’s have a closer look at the construction of a simple tube mod to understand the function of each part better.

The mech mod body is the simplest part of the device. It houses the battery and connects the switch and the connector. The performance and durability of the mech mod depend significantly on the material of its body. Poor quality can lead to voltage loss in some cases. It is always better to opt for highly conductive metals and precise threads.

As for the switch of a mech mod, it is usually a bottom cap of the device. Switch contacts the negative part of the battery. When a user presses the button of the switch, the mod is activated, and the battery transmits power to the atomizer. There are magnet switches as well as spring switches. Speaking about functionality, magnetic switches usually work better because the material of the spring can affect the productivity of the whole device. High-end mechanical mods typically have magnetic switches.

The mech mod connector is its third constituent part. Its work is to connect the atomizer with the positive end of the battery. In traditional connectors, a metal pin is used to make the connection. The quality of conduction depends on the metal in the first place. You can also find mech mods with hybrid connectors (without the pin, direct battery contact). What’s more, you can even find mods without any connectors at all (the atomizer is screwed onto the tube directly). Even though hybrid connectors perform better, they require more care as well. Such connectors can vent the mod battery when they are used not as intended.

Mech Mod Materials and Their Advantages

As already noted above, mech mod materials vary in different devices. Each material has its pros and cons. Below you will find an overview of the most frequently used materials, as well as their pros and cons.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is the easiest mech mod material to maintain. It’s an affordable material that you will not need to polish. Usually, the 304 grade of stainless steel is used in mech mods. The same type of steel is used for sinks and kitchenware. There are also mech mods with the 316L grade of stainless steel, but those cost much more. This type of steel is usually found in expensive watches. The only disadvantage of this material is that it is less conductive than copper and brass.

Brass

Brass is an alloy made of the three metals, namely tin, zinc, and copper. Brass has better conductivity, but it requires more maintenance compared to stainless steel. You will need to clean the threads pretty often, and if the tarnished look is not your thing, you will need to clean and polish your device quite often as well.

There are different grades of brass. The alloys which have more copper cost more because the performance of copper is higher compared to the other two constituent metals. There is naval brass (60% copper), admiralty brass (70% copper) and aluminum bronze (90% copper). More copper means less corrosion as well.

Copper

If you are very concerned about the performance of your device, choose copper. It is the most conductive material that can be usually found in the best mech mods. However, copper requires maintenance as well, because it can tarnish. It’s also a soft metal that is easier to scratch, compared to stainless steel and brass. Copper mods are usually pretty expensive, especially if we speak of beryllium copper (99% copper). The less oxygen copper has, the better performance it provides. The grade of the metal reflects the copper content in contrast to the oxygen.

Material of the Pin

Traditional mech mod connectors use pins made of different materials. The best mechanical mods have silver plating, as this metal is highly conductive and provides maximum performance. Gold is also a good choice because it is resistant to corrosion and requires little maintenance. Remember that the thickness of coating matters a lot. A thin chip layer will not bring you many benefits and will wear off quickly. There are pins without any plating. Those are usually made of stainless steel, brass or copper.

Maintenance of silver, brass, and copper

If you have a plated pin, you need to take care of it in a certain way. If you have a gold-plated pin, wash it regularly with a mild detergent to remove any residues and dirt. As for silver plating, you can clean it easily with the help of aluminum foil and baking soda. Take a bowl, put a tablespoon of baking soda into it, add boiling water. Crumble some aluminum foil and put it into the bowl together with the pin. A chemical reaction will take place and clean the pin perfectly for you.

Pins without plating are much easier to maintain, especially if we are talking about stainless steel. You can wash your stainless steel mech mod with a mild dish soap. A toothbrush will be very helpful for cleaning the threads.

If you have a brass or a copper mod, you can clean it using automotive metal polish. You need to protect your hands and respiratory system when using a harsh polish. It is also possible to clean your mod with ketchup (due to vinegar in it), but things could eventually get messy.

What Qualities Should You Look for in a Mech Mod?

Good choice of metal is crucial for the performance of your mech mod. One more thing you need to decide is whether you value high performance or low maintenance more. The level of service support matters a lot, too. If you want to spend as little time as possible on cleaning and maintaining your device, go for stainless steel mech mods. They are also a safe bet if you are feeling clumsy. If mechanical mods authentic look is what matters most to you, go for gold or silver plated models.

If performance is your key interest, opt for high-end copper or brass mech mods. The durability of a mech mod and its workmanship are two more factors to consider. Conductivity and performance depend on the metal type, but they also depend on the accurateness of machining. Every loose mech mod connection can be a reason for voltage loss. A well-crafted mech mod won’t have this problem. Safety of a mech mod is another crucial factor to consider. Pay attention to the quality of workmanship when choosing a mech mod, because a battery failure could possibly cause troubles.

Service and support are important too because when you buy a product from a company that is ready to back it up, it means that you won’t be throwing your money away. It’s always better to choose a company that offers support to its customers.

Final Thoughts

Mechanical mods are authentic devices that are definitely not for every vaper. Such vapes demand more attention, maintenance, and experience. However, many enthusiastic, experienced vapers enjoy them and wouldn’t exchange them for the most advanced electronic devices. The main advantage of a mech mod is that with proper maintenance it can be your reliable friend for a lifetime. Being classy yet affordable, they keep conquering the hearts of vapers all over the world.


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David Brown

Smoker for 20 years, switched to vaping 5 years ago. Never felt better since then. The best decision in my life. Proficient in DIY e-juices and custom coil builds. Vape collection - Wismec Noisy Cricket, SMOK Majesty Luxe, Augvape Druga, Dr. Dabber Aurora, Vaporesso Revenger Favorite e-juices - American Patriots by Naked 100, Tobacconist by Element Absinthe , Cosmic Fog Chill'd Tobacco, Starry Night by Quiet Owl

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