Regulated and Mechanical Mods - What’s the Difference?

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If you want to understand every component of your e-cigarette and be able to get the absolute most out of your vape, then it’s important to know the difference between regulated and mechanical mods. To help you understand the difference and decide which is better for you, here’s a quick look at them both.

Mechanical mods- Today in 2020, mechanical mods have gone by the wayside, but it's still an interesting technology to look back on for those that are curious.  They are like old carburated muscle cars in their simplicity compared to today's modern fuel-injected and electrical cars.  In that way, they also have a cult following for the small niche for aesthetics and customizability.

Mechanical mods are the most basic mods available when it comes to what is inside. They have no internal wires or circuit boards, and are instead composed of a tube that holds the battery, a top cap that makes contact with the battery’s positive side, and a bottom cap that makes contact with its negative side. The bottom cap is designed with a locking mechanism that allows you to keep the mod in a mode that will not fire the battery when you aren’t using it. While locked, the bottom cap will not be in contact with the battery’s negative side. When unlocked, pushing the button on the bottom of the mod allows contact with the battery to be made, which is what gives power to the coil that vaporizes the e-juice.

Mechanical mods may be basic in their design, but they are actually for the more advanced vaper. Mechanical mods have no internal processor to keep your voltage at a limit; there is no protection from over-depleting a battery, which can eventually lead to total battery failure. The lack of a circuit also means there is a lack of protection should your atomizer have a short. Without these two safety features, using a mechanical mod can be dangerous if you are not an educated vaper that is aware of battery safety and electricity.

Regulated mods- if it’s not a mechanical mod, it’s a regulated mod, this is the general rule of thumb when it comes to e-cig mods. Regulated mods have internal circuitry that is designed to protect from continually firing a faulty battery and melting it. In the event that something goes wrong with your connections, a regulated mod will shut down and is hence a much safer device for new vapers. There is no need to worry about unintentionally firing the battery to the point that it overheats and malfunctions. Some regulated mods also have a built-in voltage meter and Ohm reader which are both very useful in teaching anyone that wishes to get into using more advanced e-cigarettes.

Regulated mods have also seen a shift in the past few years to compact pod-based systems for their convenience and the availability of high nicotine ejuices that use salt nicotine.  When they were first introduced, these devices were all low output requiring the use of relatively high amounts of nicotine to be effective.  However, the past year has seen the industry go full circle back to high power outputs that once again allow for the use of low nicotine levels like 3mg/ml and 6 mg/ml.  The main benefit of course is far superior flavour compared to low output devices.

So which one is right for me?

If you are new to e-cigarettes, it’s recommended that you go with a regulated mod. It remains the best choice to get the most out of your vape and avoid safety hazards at the same time. People often get into mechanical mods because they want to start wrapping their own coils and want to achieve a higher wattage that some regulated mods cannot reach. If you do decide to go with a mechanical mod, it’s important to make sure you are educated on battery safety, along with Ohm’s Law and the basics of electricity.  If you didn't pay attention in high school physics, you may want to self-study it a bit to be safe.  It's all a moot point today anyway of course now that almost no shops continue to carry mechanical mods.  They have become more of a collector's item for curiosity's sake and are now considered relics in today's market.  If you still love your mech, share your thoughts with us and let us know what you miss most about the old days!

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