Site Information

WARNING: This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.
 Loading... Please wait...

The Vape Mall Blog

A Beginner’s Guide to Finding the Ideal Vaping Device

Posted by David on

Thanks to the vaping industry, countless thousands of people have finally been able to quit cigarettes and enjoy this new technology. The majority of people who switch from smoking to vaping start with electronic cigarettes, primarily because they look and feel like cigarettes, but also because they’re extremely easy to operate and maintain. However, after a while, most e-cig users decide that they’re ready to upgrade their vaping system to something that’s a bit more customizable and a bit more satisfying.

So, if you’re an e-cig user who is ready to transition to something that’s a little more advanced, we’ve created the ultimate guide for you. Today, we will be breaking down the main types of vaping devices that are on the market today and explaining why they may appeal to you as a vaper.

Benefits of Moving Beyond E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes were really the first vaping devices to hit the market, and they did a great job of helping people quit smoking. However, e-cigs are relatively simple devices, technologically speaking. They don’t offer much in terms of power, customizability and convenience.

That’s why hardware brands began popping up, creating all kinds of devices that improve the vaping experience. Now, vaping devices are a bit more complex than e-cigarettes. However, by following this guide, you’ll be able to understand them much better and make the right decision for your vaping needs.

Different Types of Devices Available

Now, let’s get into the four main types of vaporizer devices that are used by those looking to replace cigarettes.

Pod Mods

Pod mod systems are becoming extremely popular among those looking to upgrade their setup from e-cigs. That’s mostly because they’re the most user-friendly devices after e-cigarettes. They’re also similarly portable, which is great for those who wish to vape discreetly.

Pod systems consist of two components: a pod cartridge and a pod mod. The mod is the battery that’s encased in a protective covering, and it’s a low-wattage device. The cartridge attaches to the battery, and it contains the e-liquid as well as the coil that heats the e-liquid so that it may become vapor. Pod mods are small and slim, and they utilize vape juices made with nicotine salts, which are more potent than vape juices containing freebase nicotine. So, if a strong hit of nicotine is your main priority as a vaper, pod mods are probably the way to go.

It’s also important to point out that there are two kinds of pod systems on the market: open pod systems and closed pod systems. Open systems utilize empty cartridges that can be filled with any salt nic e-liquid on the market. Closed pod systems are already filled with vape juice by the manufacturer, and are therefore easier to use, but more limiting in terms of your flavor options.

Box Mods

Box mods are more advanced than pod mods, and they’re far more powerful as well. Box mods are mainly associated with vapers who desire large plumes of vapor known as vape clouds. Because they’re high-wattage devices, they heat a lot of vape juice at one time, resulting in a lot of vapor.

Box mods are fairly robust devices, and they often take separate lithium-ion batteries. Attached to them are vape tanks, which hold several milliliters of e-liquid, as well as a replaceable coil. Box mods are highly customizable as they allow you to explore different output levels. They require a decent amount of maintenance and technological knowledge, so bear this in mind when considering all of your options.

Mech Mods

Mech mods are the most advanced mods that you can go with as a vaper. They’re unregulated, which means that the user must use them at their own risk. They are very simple devices because of the fact that they lack circuitry. Essentially, the batteries used in this type of device send a raw current to the coil. The longer you hold the firing button of the mod, the more power will be sent to the coil. Like box mods, mech mods are used with large capacity-type vape tanks and replaceable coils. However, if you’re not experienced with more advanced vaping technology, we suggest choosing another type of mod.

Wax/Oil/E-Juice Vaporizers

If you’re a vape enthusiast who also enjoys some herbal concentrate, you can find a vaporizer that utilizes e-liquid as well as waxes or herbal oils. These kinds of devices vary tremendously in terms of size, output, design and portability. But, they’re highly convenient if you enjoy both of these kinds of products.

Factors to Consider

Now that you have a basic idea of the different types of vaping devices that are out there, let’s help you zero in on what you need by going over the different factors that you must take into consideration before making a purchase.

Cost

First, you have to determine how much you wish to spend. This doesn’t just refer to the upfront cost of purchasing a new piece of equipment. Different types of vaping systems have different levels of recurring expenses. For instance, open pod systems are considered very affordable over the long term because the vape juice costs less and the user tends to use less of it. Box mod setups may be more costly per month because the user tends to go through coils more frequently, and also burns through vape juice at a faster rate.

Flavor vs. Clouds vs. Throat Hit

There are three different main vaping attributes, and each vaper has his or her own preference. If you crave a strong flavor more than anything else, you can satisfy your needs with either a pod mod, a box mod or a mech mod. If huge clouds are what you’re after, a box mod is the way to go. And, if you desire a strong throat hit that reminds you of your old analogs, a pod mod is what you will likely want.

Nicotine

Again, there are two types of nicotine used in vape juices: freebase nicotine and salt-based nicotine. Salt-based nicotine, as we said earlier, is more potent, and feels a lot more like smoking a cigarette. Freebase nicotine is smoother and less potent, on the other hand. If you want salt-based nicotine, you must use a pod mod device. If you want freebase nicotine, a box mod is probably right for you.

Convenience

If convenience is a big factor, a pod mod will probably suit you best. Pod mods are pocket-friendly and low-maintenance, making them much easier to manage.

Brand

Lastly, the brand you go with is very important. You must purchase your vaping device from a trusted brand that has a reputation for making high-performance, reliable and safe products.

Find a Device That Works Best for Your Vaping Needs

In order to stay off cigarettes for good by using vaping, we must find the right type of device to satisfy our needs. This way, we can continue to satisfy our nicotine cravings without giving smoking a second thought. We know that the world of vaping devices can be a bit intimidating due to all of the technological jargon that’s out there. That’s why we’ve created this user-friendly guide that will help you along the way.

View Comments


Why are Some Vape Tanks Compatible with One or Multiple Mods?

If you’ve been vaping for a while, you’ve likely spent a good amount of time checking out the latest hardware to hit the market. Mods and tanks are like toys to most vapers, and many of enjoy collecting a broad range of hardware pieces to add to our collection.However, there’s one question that most vapers have, and it’s in [...]

Read More »


How to Avoid Vaper’s Tongue When Vaping CBD Oil

Let’s say that you finally got home after a long day of work, and you pull out your CBD vape oil and vaping device. You’re ready to sit back, relax and enjoy that delicious cannabinoid while taking in some tasty vapor at the same time. So, you go and take a hit and, suddenly, you discover that [...]

Read More »


A Few Quick Ways to Identify a Clone Pod System from a Real Pod System

It's a sad fact that many brands out there produce counterfeit pod systems that look just like the real products that come from the brands you trust. Typically, clone pod systems look identical to the real products that you wish to purchase. This makes it extremely hard to tell the difference between a clone and the real thing.  The good [...]

Read More »


Different Drip Tip Materials

The drip tip is often the most overlooked component of a vaping setup. However, the material from which your drip tip is made can affect many factors of your vaping experience. Here are the different drip tip materials that are commonly used:TeflonTeflon is a high-quality, heat-resistant plastic material that is also known as thermoplastic polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Many people associate Teflon [...]

Read More »


The New Vaper Persona

What is the new vaper persona? Many entered the world of vaping in search for an alternative to cigarettes. The appeal is the look and feel of a cigarette in a more discreet package. Ask a smoker why they smoke, and their answer will carry a tinge of shame and stigma. Out of the ashes of the burnt-out smoker [...]

Read More »


Top 3 Starter Kits at The Vape Mall

It seems like each day, there's a new vaping system that has taken the industry by storm. With so many incredible brands out there creating state-of-the-art starter kits, it's very hard to keep up. If you're wondering which starter kits are better than the rest, you've come to the right place.  These three starter kits are exceptional thanks to innovative [...]

Read More »


The Vape Mall Refresher: Ohm’s Law

Ohm's Law is one of the biggest things that vapers need to know, whether your sub-ohming or just doing some normal vape sessions. Not only will you be able to have a better vaping experience, but you will also know how to make sure your devices are exactly how you want them to be without damaging them. You will [...]

Read More »


Strategies to Avoid Coils Burning Out So Soon

When a vaper is using their device, they want to have a smooth and enjoyable experience. If you end up burning out your coil, then that’s the last thing you are going to get. Not only is your throat going to burn but the taste will be absolutely disgusting. If having to deal with the gross taste wasn't enough, you’ll [...]

Read More »


Vaping in the UK

When it comes to the various regulations on vaping and the different types of devices used for it, the United States and the United Kingdom take extremely different approaches. Currently, the FDA in the United States is being pushed by several senators to ban flavored e-liquid products in response to the recent spike in teenage vaping. While the United Kingdom [...]

Read More »