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Vape Pens vs. Box Mods

Are you shopping for a new vape mod? There has never been a better time to buy a vaping device than right now. Vaping devices are safer than ever, more capable than ever and more reliable and satisfying than ever. They also cost less on average than they did in the early years of the vaping industry. In short, it’s a great time to be a vaper! The incredible product selection does have a small drawback, though; choosing just one device out of the dozens available at any given vape shop might sometimes feel almost impossible.

Today, we’re going to help you overcome a significant hurdle in your buying process by comparing two of the most common types of vaping devices that exist. You’re going to learn about the differences between vape pens vs. box mods.

What Is a Vape Pen?

A vape pen is a small tube-shaped vaping device that, as the name implies, is shaped a bit like a pen. Vape pens are among the sleekest of all vaping devices, and they often cost less than box mods. A few vape pens have permanent built-in tanks that aren’t removable. Most vape pens also have permanent batteries. It is common for a vape pen to have just one control button.

What Is a Box Mod?

A box mod is a larger box-shaped vaping device that’s typically similar in shape and size to a pack of cigarettes. Box mods are the largest of all vaping devices. Although they are more affordable now than ever before, box mods are also typically the most expensive vaping devices. Some box mods have permanent internal batteries, and others have batteries that you can remove and replace. A box mod usually has a digital display and a menu system that allows you to adjust various settings.

The Pros and Cons of Vape Pens

Tiny but Mighty

The greatest benefit of vape pens is that they’re very small and light while still producing a very satisfying vaping experience. If you want a device that you can carry in your pocket without feeling weighed down by a lot of extra bulk, a vape pen is definitely what you want. The vape pens of today, though, aren’t like the tiny and weak vape pens of the past. A modern vape pen is a device so small that you can just about enclose the entire device in your hand – and yet, you’ll enjoy huge vapor clouds that will more than satisfy you regardless of your nicotine requirements.

Easy to Use

The simplicity of vape pens also makes them ideal if you’re an intermediate vaper who wants to upgrade from your first e-cigarette starter kit but aren’t ready to dive into the complicated menu systems of advanced box mods. A vape pen is a bit more complicated than a beginner’s e-cigarette. You will need to learn how to fill the device’s tank and periodically replace its atomizer coil. Once you’ve done that, though, vaping is simple; just hold the button and inhale. There’s no need to worry about whether you’re using the correct settings. The typical vape pen is a direct voltage output device and always outputs the battery’s full available power.

May Not Work Well With All Tanks

While the direct-voltage design of vape pens makes them extremely easy to use, it can also be a bit of a drawback because it limits a vape pen’s flexibility. A direct-output device will always operate at between about 3.3-4.2 volts depending on the charge level of the battery. A vaping tank that doesn’t work well throughout that entire wattage range will either overheat and produce dry hits when the battery is fully charged, or it won’t produce enough vapor to satisfy you when the battery is partially depleted. A vape pen generally works best with the tank included in the package.

The Pros and Cons of Box Mods

Compatible With All Tanks

While vape pens are somewhat inflexible vaping devices, box mods give you virtually unlimited flexibility. A box mod doesn’t output the battery’s voltage directly to the tank. Instead, it uses power regulation circuitry to let you choose the operational wattage ideal for the connected tank. A single-battery box mod typically operates at up to 80-100 watts. A dual-battery mod can often operate at over 200 watts. If you want to try many different vaping tanks – and possibly even build your own coils – you’ll have the best experience with a box mod that can adapt itself to anything.

Durable Design

An additional benefit of using a box mod is that, if you choose one with removable batteries, you’ll have a device that you can potentially continue using for many years. If you have a vaping device with a permanent battery, the device will be useless when the battery eventually stops holding a charge. Since you’ll most likely need to charge your device two or three times a day, you’ll be fortunate if you get more than a year of use out of it. When you use a vaping device with removable batteries, on the other hand, it doesn’t matter if your batteries stop working because you can always replace them.

Complicated Setup Process

A box mod typically has a variety of adjustable settings. That’s what allows box mods to work with all attachments; you can dial in your ideal vaping experience regardless of the tank, atomizer or other attachment that you use. The downside of that flexibility is that you’ll have to learn how to use the menu system if you want to have the best possible vaping experience. At the very least, a good box mod will allow you to adjust its operational wattage. Many box mods, though, have additional settings for features such as temperature limiting and atomizer coil preheating. Some of those settings require specific types of atomizer coils. Temperature limiting, for example, doesn’t work with kanthal coils. It does work with stainless steel, titanium and nickel coils. If you don’t have the patience to learn how its settings work, a box mod may not be the ideal vaping device for you.


~ Jason Artman


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