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Best Vape Mods in 2017 (Box Mods)

We share our picks for the best vape box mods.  Find the best ecig mod for your rig with the features you want.  More power? Temperature Control? Faster Firing!

Best Vape Mods for Clouds

Cloud Chasing mods for Direct Lung Vapers

Almost everyone likes blowing a huge cloud every now and then (or all of the time).  A lot of recent mods are capable of sub-ohm vaping, which is to say it is capable of handling lower ohm resistance builds.  

When finding the right mod for direct lung vaping, we are looking for a few features in particular:

  • capable of low ohm resistance builds. .1ohm lower bound is now available in wattage modes and .05ohm is common when using Temperature Control (TC) mode
  • capable of higher wattage for fast powering 
  • multiple batteries are a nice feature

To complete your cloud blowing rig, you are going to want to get a vape tank that has good airflow for huge lung draws as well as a high or max VG (vegetable glycerin) e-juice.  The VG is what actually causes the visible cloud in the vapor. 

Smok Gx 2/4 Apv Box Mod Rating: 9/10

Smok GX 2/4 - two / four battery APV box mod

The Smok GX 2/4 APV (advanced personal vaporizer) box mod seems to be the spiritual successor to the Alien 220W.  It is stylish, well designed, and powerful.

When the Alien was first released it was received extremely well. It was the everyday workhorse mod for a large number of vapers including myself.  This mod has become started to take over that spot.

It has the ability to fire up to 350W when using four batteries and 220W in two battery mode.  The mod features a slim profile squeeze or front firing bar that is natural feeling to depress.

Smok bills the GX2/4 as the smallest two battery mods on the market and when in 4 battery mode it isn't much bigger than some three battery mods.

If you are looking for a powerful mod that is also easy to use and also looks attractive, this may be the mod for you.

Pros

  • squeeze fired with a slim profile front fire bar (feels natural)
  • two battery (220W) and four battery configurations (350W) with four battery door included
  • very well designed, sleek and stylish looking , high build quality
  • upgraded paint (very smooth like a waxed car) in a variety of colors
  • can take 25mm tanks without overhang 
  • comfortable in the hand
  • spring loaded 510 pin

Cons

  • fire bar is slightly offset in two battery mode and perfectly centered when in four battery mode (may be a con to some)

Smoant Charon 218w Tc Rating: 9/10

smoant charon 218w mod

The Smoant Charon 218w TC box mod is a very strong performing dual 18650 device.  Shaped in a familiar kind of configuration for a two battery device, it comes in gold black, stainless and bronze and has lots of wraps that you can put on the battery door to make it more customized.

Using the Ant218 chipset, this device is able to fire down to 0.1ohm and can handle Ni200, titanium (Ti), stainless steel 316 (Sus316) and nichrome (NCR), as well as TCRs and custom temperature curves (supported through use of software).

Similar to the Battlestar in many ways, the Charon is very fast firing with no real discernible delay between pressing the fire button and getting action.  

The menu system is super easy to use and switching modes is a snap. 

Overall this is a very good device selection for any vaper looking for a versatile yet easy to use mod.


Pros

  • very fast firing like the Battlestar with lots of protections built in
  • fires down to 0.05ohm and features automatic resistance lock
  • solid feeling device with no battery or button rattle (high build quality)
  • clicky fire button
  • very easy to use menu system and mode switching
  • will handle up to 25mm tanks without overhang
  • temperature control capable (Ni, Ti, SS) with TCRs for custom temperature control
  • firmware upgradeable 
  • a good (and more affordable) alternative to DNA based devices
  • battery venting is fairly prominent 
  • well fitting, easy to remove battery door with a enjoyable feeling leather wrap
  • spring loaded 510

Cons

  • Smoant products while very good, aren't available at most retailers.
  • custom temperature curves are controlled with software instead of on device, but not many people actually mess with curves

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Smok Alien 220w Mod Rating: 9/10

Smok Alien 220 - collage

This squeeze-fired two-battery mod from SMOK quickly became on of their most popular mods ever for good reason. The Alien has one of the most informative and well designed display screens.

Pros

  • Two Battery - 220w device with Ni/Ti/SS TC modes as well as TCR
  • Squeeze Fired instead of button triggered, an enjoyable feature and welcomed change from just seeing front fire mods
  • Most informative and well-layed out display screens we have seen
  • easily upgradeable firmware
  • aesthetically pleasing with different color accents to match your style
  • looks good with 24s and 25s
  • secure bottom loading battery compartment

Cons

  • bottom battery door can be awkward to open
  • have seen reports of button bar rattle but have not experienced with pictured unit

Best Single Battery Mod

Lower wattage, Mouth to Lung (MTL) vaping and vaping on the GO!

A lot of new vapers and recent ex-smokers are really well served by getting a vape starter kit as it cuts down on the extra pieces like tanks and batteries.

Vapers that already have a good MTL vape tank or other tank in mind however are going to want to look for a few features to make the right selection.  

Features that you want in a mod for quitting smoking, lower wattage (50w and under) and MTL vaping:

  • Small and portable for easy storage as well as possible stealth
  • single 18650 battery (due to size) or perhaps a built-in battery
  • regulated device for safety features such as battery protections
  • on/off capability for safe storage
  • ability to take a common 510 threaded tank capable of mouth to lung hits

Vaporesso Nebula Rating: 8/10

Vaporesso Nebula

The Nebula from Vaporesso is a single battery mod (capable of using either standard 18650 or the wider 26650).   It features the new OMNI board which is capable of a bunch of cool features, such as custom firing curves in both wattage and TC mods, in addition to features that vapers have come to expect.

Pros

  • It is small. Particularly for a mod capable of taking a 26650, easily fitting in the hand. 
  • Ergonomic design with comfortable hand feel.  Has a pleasant feeling textured back plate and trigger front firing button.
  • The width of the device is able to take a 25mm tank and still look great
  • Has smart VW for estimating optimal firing based on coil resistance. Helps prevent those overfiring situations when you switch your tanks.
  • Custom firing curves for wattage and TC in addition to TCR modes. Curves mode really lets you get a custom vape tailored to your tastes.
  • The mod is capable of firing up to 100w (80 with 18650) which is more than you would want single battery, just for battery life. This is not a mod for high watt vaping. (comes with a battery adapter for using the 18650 option)
  • Has an extra mode button to stay away from those annoying multiple button press menu design seen on many other mods

Cons

  • Surface picks up fingerprints
  • the design aesthetics may not be for everyone
  • very slight firing delay

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Best Vape Tanks for 2017 (Sub-Ohm and RTA)

We are including the best tanks, RTAs (rebuildable tank atomizers) as well as sub-ohm (replaceable cartridge) tanks, for cloud chasers and flavor chasers alike. Find the tank that suits you best.

Best Sub-Ohm Tanks for Clouds (Clearomizers)

Tanks or consistent cloud chasing (direct lung vaping)

Sub-Ohm tanks have come to be understood to mean: tank with a pre-built coil insert that has a low resistance.  

Features that we want to see in a sub-ohm cloud tank:

  • well designed pre-built coil
  • coils must be widely available and easy to acquire
  • good airflow that is controllable
  • easy to fill
  • good juice flow to prevent dry hits

Best All Around Sub-ohm Tank

tank for normal vapers that arent looking for just clouds

Uwell Crown 3 Rating: 9/10

Uwell Crown 3

Version 2 wasn't as well received as the original but now the Uwell Crown 3 has been released and has brought a lot of attention. This tank is a real beast. Amazing flavor, great airflow, lots of vapor. Everyone is talking about how the new version has brought back the glory to the Crown sub-ohm tanks and this may be the best version yet with its new design elements and new parallel coil system.

The Crown 3 is a 24.5mm wide vape tank that can hold up to 5ml of juice.  It features an anti-leak top fill system that has two 3mm by 6.5mm fill ports.  The system can be effectively shut off by closing the "precision adjustable triple airflow system" that has three 11mm x 2mm bottom airflow slots.

Uwell has included 2 stainless steel (sus316) coils one .25ohm (80-90W) and one .5ohm (70-80W) which are parallel vertical coils with 3 juice channels for even wicking.  The Crown 3 coils use the new "plug and pull" system that has no threads!  Just unscrew the bottom of the tank, pull the coil, plug in the replacement and that's it.

Another feature is a two piece  locking system, which consists of a locking nut and key, that keeps the tank from coming apart when unscrewing the top or bottom.  Interesting but if you don't like using it, you can just remove it as it is not necessary.

Overall, this a very good sub-ohm tank (under 100w) that goes well with two battery mod.

Pros

  • Great Flavor! 
  • Lots of vapor production!
  • coils are super easy to replace and have a very short break in
  • The build quality of this tank is high. It has a really well thought out design and excellent machining.
  • has a minimum juice indicator on the side of the chimney / coil housing
  • comes with 2 SS (SUS316) coils (.25ohm and .5 ohm), a nice 510 but is easily replaceable, one replacement quartz glass, a uwell crown key (a tool for locking the tank to prevent disassembly) and the usual spare parts

Cons

  • The top fill system always seems to have a bit of juice on it but not a big deal.
  • The coils may be slightly underrated. They seem to perform best at the upper end of the range instead of the lower end as we see with other sub-ohm tanks.  However start at the lower end and ramp up the watts to find the sweet spot.

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Smok Tfv8 Big Baby Beast Rating: 9/10

Smok Big Baby Beast Tank
Price: $30

Smok offers the Big Baby Beast which is a 24mm tank that is right between the Baby and the Cloud Beast.  

This tank is hugely popular and is featured in several of the sub-ohm kits currently being offered by Smok.  

It produces huge, dense clouds and pretty good flavor which can all be customized thanks to a huge variety of coil options available in the V8 Baby line of coils.  Low ohm, high ohm, huge airflow, restricted airflow, multiple coils are all available.

Pros

This is a high performance, well designed sub-ohm tank that comes with:

  • swivel, top fill cap
  • comes with 2 Baby coils with various resistances (.15 quad and .2 sextuple)
  • replacement coil inserts are widely available 
  • RBA deck (an add-on that comes with tank but has to be purchased separately if the tank is part of a kit)
  • lots of airflow 
  • drip tip adapter

Cons

need to switch glass to use the RBA section

Best Flavor Sub-ohm Tank


Aspire Cleito Exo Rating: 9/10

Aspire Cleito EXO - collage
Price: very affordable - under $20!

The Cleito EXO is the update to widely popular Cleito sub-ohm tank.  Some big changes have been made but this tank still delivers amazing flavor at an amazing price.  

The design for the Cleito was very straight forward, as well as traditional, and delivered great results.  The EXO got rid of some standard features such as bottom controlled airflow along with the glass tank in favor of top down airflow built right into the PCTG barrel that is impact and chemical resistant.  No more breakage and it is also designed to prevent leakage. The new airflow design provides a non-adjustable restricted lung hit that is a similar draw to the Augvape Merlin.

The design of the tank is based around the coil, which uses it as the entire chimney. Aspire altered classic Aspire Cleito coils, which it is still able to use and even comes with one, to have a wider chimney housing.    It still contains the same clapton wire but now has a lower resistance and has an extra wicking port. 

However when the EXO coil is in place the tank capacity drops from 3.5 ml with the classic coil down to 2 ml making this tank TPD complaint for the U.K.  Both coil types perform well, but I prefer the .4 ohm classic coil.

At under $20 for the tank and the coils are widely available thanks to backwards compatability, picking up one of these toppers is an easy choice.

Pros

  • huge flavor! The clapton wire inside the coil insert really shines.
  • smooth draw with a restricted lung hit. A very enjoyable vape.
  • comes with a .16 ohm EXO coil and a .4 ohm classic Cleito coil
  • no glass to break! This feature is quite nice for the more accident prone among us, believe me.
Cons

  • uses a delrin sleeve instead of an actual drip tip 
  • if you are looking for controllable airflow and/or glass check out the classic Aspire Cleito!

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Aspire Cleito Sub-Ohm Tank Rating: 9/10

Aspire Cleito SubOhm Tank
Price: under $20

This is a very simple designed sub-ohm tank that delivers plenty of air flow for good vapor production but was designed for max flavor.

The coil uses a vertical spaced clapton coil and acts as the chimney also making the flavor go right off the chart. Coils come in two resistances and are very common, available at pretty much every vape shop.

If you are looking for an affordable, straight forward, direct lung flavor chasing sub-ohm with controllable bottom airflow, this is the tank for you.

Pros

  • designed give the most flavor!
  • The coil pack / coil heads for this tank are widely available and relatively inexpensive.
  • simple chimney design that provides plenty of airflow 
  • Affordable!

Cons

  • since the coil and chimney are connected right to the top cap, the top can heat up but Aspire included a heat sleeve to prevent discomfort.

Flavor Mouth to Lung Sub-ohm Tank


Aspire Nautilus 2 Rating: 9/10

Aspire Nautilus 2
Price: around $30

The Nautilus 2 from Aspire is an update to the very popular first version.  It uses the same coils (they work well!) and provides the same flavorful mouth to lung (MTL) vape experience that consumers have come to expect from this subohm tank.

Pros

  • great flavor mouth to lung subohm tank
  • perfect subohm tank for new vapers, ex-smokers and low wattage MTL vapers
  • comes with  0.7 ohm and 1.8 ohm coils
  • coils are widely available and inexpensive compared with other subohm coils
  • precise airflow control to dial in performance (really tight draw to very restricted lung hit)
  • glass is shrouded to help prevent some accidental breaks
  • comes in a matte finish in black, silver, dark grey and red

Cons

  • prepackaged drip tip seems to provide best fit. other 510s may not fit properly

Best RTA Tank for Clouds

Rebuildable Cloud Tanks

Geekvape Griffin RTA showing the velocity deck

Velocity Deck

When selecting a rebuildable tank atomizer (RTA) for clouds, there are a few primary features that you want:

  • a easy to use build deck (we enjoy building on velocity style decks)
  • a spacious chamber section to house larger coil or more exotic coil builds such as macro coils or clapton builds
  • lots of airflow available to move over the coils 
A good example of a classic modern RTA tank design is the GeekVape Griffin.  This design has become an 'inspiration' for big section of the vape companies out there.  It has a velocity deck that is super easy to build and get a balanced set of coils on each side.

Notice the air flow ports placed directly underneath where the coils would be placed to get a good mixture of air and vapor on a huge lung hit.  At the bottom of the tank is a really wide air control slot.

Other items that you would want to pair with your cloud chasing rig would be a juice with a higher VG to PG ratio.  Since the vegetable glycerin (VG) is what actually cause the cloud, an 80/20 juice to max VG (just VG no PG other than the additives) would be recommended.

Getting the right mod is also important.  When sub-ohm vaping you need a mod that has lower resistance capability as well as higher wattage capability to achieve faster firing and more rapid heating of the coil. It is always a huge plus to get the safety protections to prevent any catastrophic failures.

Wotofo Troll Rta Rating: 9/10

Wotofo Troll RTA - front and dect
Price: huge value at $35

This RTA from Wotofo is another home run in their current line up to compete in the 24mm market.  Great Flavor and lots of vapor!

Pros

  • Innovative Post Design - Stacked T post that has wide milled post holes for complex wire builds with a German-made Peak Insulator 
  • Provides great flavor due to post design, shorter chimney and Kennedy style airflow
  • Lots of vapor production
  • Steel Threaded top cap to prevent stripping
  • Less leakage than we have seen with other tanks

Cons

  • (Not much of a Con) - Can't switch drip tips, however built in one is really good
  • posts use philips screws instead of allen key grubs 

Obs Engine Rating: 9/10

Price: $30

This is probably one of most well regarded tanks of the past year.  It features top down airflow, top fill and a familiar two post velocity deck with innovative bottom wicking.  Huge bonus: No bottom juice seepage!

Pros

  • innovative, controllable top down airflow and chamber/chimney design that provides dense, flavorful vapor
  • build deck design features the familiar velocity style two post deck but has fast bottom wicking with the deck locking into the chimney.  This provides juice coming around and under the chimney.  This deck inspired the Troll RTA.
  • The juice fill port is located behind a sliding ring at the top of the tank (5+ml capacity)
  • These design elements combined perform admirably and NO LEAKS!  The top down airflow prevents flooding seen on bottom airflow tanks but there is no seepage either.

Cons

bottom of tank can heat up if heavily chain vaping due to no bottom air port

Best Flavor Tank (RTA)

Flavor chasing clearomizers

Flavor chasing tanks have come along in the past year.  There are a few decent options available.

Properties of a really good flavor tank:

  • single coil build deck (but not always!)
  • compact chamber
  • well controlled airflow
  • shorter chimney

Wotofo Serpent Smm Rating: 9/10

wotofo serpent suck my mod (SMM) flavor rta

The Wotofo Serpent x Suck My Mod (SMM) RTA is a 24mm, single coil flavor tank that is the result of a collaboration between Wotofo and vape celeb Suck My Mod (SMM).

At first glance, the design is reminiscent of the highly regarded dual coil flavor rta,  The Troll RTA.  It has the same basic shape and look as the Troll but there are several differences including the drip tip no longer being part of the top cap. 

Far and away the most exciting thing about the RTA besides the performance is the build deck.  The deck is a two post, single coil build deck that has the side airflow ports milled right into the posts. Each post has a slot on each side for securing a coil lead with top mounted phillips screws and is able to take coils regardless on the direction the coil is wrapped.

Pros

  • designed for flavor
  • high build quality and innovative single coil build deck
  • very straightforward to build as the deck can take coils wrapped in either direction 
  • top fill tank with two large kidney shaped fill ports (slots)
  • includes a tapered 12mm ULTEM drip tip and is 510 drip tip compatible
  • comes with 2 spare glass tanks pieces, japanese cotton, 3 prebuilt clapton coils and some spare parts

Cons

  • Not a fan of the included prebuilt claptons that were included as they have a flat wire core and wrapping wire is really tight.

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Geekvape Ammit 25 Rating: 9/10

GeekVape Ammit 25 - collage

The Ammit 25 is an update to its well received RTA line of flavor chasing tanks. It features a new two-post single coil deck system and airflow design. 

The tank is a 25mm tank as the name suggests.  A chimney piece and larger glass are including to transform the tank from 2ml to 5ml just like we have seen with the VandyVape Kylin.

This RTA pairs well with fused klapton wire builds.

Pros
  • Great flavor! There isn't much extra space in the chimney leading to a tasty vape experience.
  • Smooth airflow overall. Bottom and side airflow hit the coil directly but all those channels restrict the air a bit.
  • The build style is easy and similar to other single coil rtas (the posts just have built in airflow ports). Slide one lead in one post to position then swing the other lead into the other post, clip.
  • wide wicking slots for preventing dry hits
  • large kidney shaped top fill juice slots
  • high build quality as always from GeekVape
  • includes a 510 drip but can take an 810 (goon style) by switching to included 810 sized top cap
Cons
  • doesn't come with an 810 even though it includes a different top cap which is strange
  • Not much forgiveness in the spacing between the deck and chimney as the wires have to be clipped very close to post screws to prevent a short
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Vandyvape Kylin Rta V2 (Flavor) Rating: 8/10

Vandy Vape Kylin RTA - Collage

The Kylin RTA from Vandy Vape is a fantastic flavor chasing tank that has several really stand out features that make this a pretty solid pick for a lot of vapers out there.  

  • The Kylin converts from 2ml (max flavor from the shorter chimney) to 6ml with the included chimney extension and larger included glass.
  • Its gold plated postless build deck can handle dual or single coils while looking great. 
  • The wicking channel is straight forward to pack and it is the right size for even flow. 
  • The bottom and side airflows on the deck provide really great flavor.  
  • The bottom airflow has a clicky control ring and doesn't whistle when you close it. 


Pros

  • great flavor and smooth airflow
  • The deck is great to look at but provides an innovative air flow design (bottom and under-side) for great flavor
  • takes claptons well in single or dual coil builds. (Single builds will require larger diameter coils to have enough cotton to fill wicking channel)
  • very big kidney shaped top fill ports w/ large notch styled knurling along the top
  • multiple RDA style wide bore drips which are all pretty good
  • 510 adapter included in case you have a favorite tip
  • doesn't whistle 
  • some people reported leaks on the first version of these tanks which has been remedied according to the manufacturer.  I haven't experienced leaking this issue with the new version. 

Cons

  • as the deck is postless and vertical, you may have to clip the leads on the coils a couple of times before get the right distance
  • recommend the stainless version as paint can chip from colored versions
  • recent controversy with the V1 may turn off some vapers

Augvape Merlin Rating: 9/10

Price: under $30

The Augvape Merlin is a single coil, bottom airflow, top-fill flavor RTA that provides a restricted lung hit, smooth draw and dense, delicious flavorful clouds.

Pros

  • Great Flavor RTA!
  • easy build velocity deck 
  • single coil but can hold two micro coils if built that way
  • bottom airflow with 2 settings
  • Provides restricted lung hits (along with some dense clouds) and mouth to lung (bottom airflow reducer) 
  • provides the perfect lower wattage vape (at around 20w and a high mah battery can vape all day)
  • Top fill

Cons

  • juice flow control could be more independant
  • fit against base can make airflow adjustment tight




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Best Vaping Starter Kits for 2017 (Box Mod / Vape Pen)

Often the most effective and budget friendly way to quit smoking, introduce a new vaper, or get a new rig is to get an e-cig starter kit.  Find the right kit for your situation and vape style.

Best E-Cigarette Starter Kits

Kits are the way to go for new vapers

Innokin Endura T18 kit on white background

MTL vape

E-Cigarette Starter kits are the most beginner and budget friendly way to get in to vaping. Most beginners and ex-smokers (including myself) got in vaping with a starter kit.  

The most familiar type of kit that current smokers or non-vapers are familiar with are the cig-a-likes.  This would be a little kit that looks like a cig but is similar to larger vape pen style kits.  We have used these in the early days but think pretty much all of these are trash.  

Vape starter kits don't always have the same target audience.  There is a vape kit out there for every type of vaper and experience level.

Vape pen style mouth to lung vapes are far more easy for a new vaper to use than some of the more complex kits that target intermediate to advanced vapers.

To get started with vaping you need several items:

  • an atomizer (tank) and mouth piece (drip tip)
  • mod (device providing the power mechanism to heat the coil in the atomizer)
  • battery and charger
  • e-liquid

Unless you buy a vape starter kit these are all sold separately; with a kit you can get most of these in one package and with cost savings. Some kits come with the battery built in and some don't.

Different Styles of Vape Kits

Box Mod and Vape pen style

display comparing box mod and  vape pen (all-in-one) vape starter kits

Box Mod vs Vape Pen (Tube) Kits

As you can see from the comparison photo, the box mod and the pen style mods are quite different in appearance.  

Looking at the box mod style kit you can tell that it has a screen which indicates that it has adjustable settings and more advanced options.  

Vape Pen Kits


The pen style mods on the other hand are more simplistic in design going after the assemble and fire type of vaping.  

The voltage/wattage are set in stone as well as the tank that comes with the kit is usually only able to handle the cartridge designed to go with the tank.

If you are going to stick with vaping for a while and have a more adventurous spirit go with a box mod style kit as you can upgrade as you go.  

Unlike the box mod kits, vape pen kits come with a built in battery and charging capability.

If you are looking for a ready to go, easy to use and understand kit, go with the pen style.

Aspire Pockex [All-In-One Starter Kit] Rating: 8/10

Aspire Pockex - Collage
Price: under $25

The Pockex from Aspire is what they are calling an All-in-One starter kit.  

It is an easy to use battery included vape pen style starter kit that is perfect for newer vapers as well as vapers looking for a small on the go style device.  It has a single button for firing and on/off (traditional 5 clicks).

It is a non-adjustable top airflow device that takes air into the top of the cartridge down one coil and then up the other coil into the chimney in a U shape which is something new.  Having the coil structured this way provides a smooth draw that would be considered a loose mouth-to-lung to fairly restricted direct lung.

As with most other devices this size, it features a 2 ml capacity and it is TPD compliant for British vapers.  The built in battery is 800 mah and is charged through a bottom usb port.  

Pros

  • Dead simple to use.  5 clicks on, fire, 5 clicks off, charge.
  • Great for new vapers, ex-smokers.  It is inexpensive without feeling cheap; Makes a great gift!
  • The coil (short chimney design) provides very good flavor.  The kit comes with 2 NautilusX coils both 0.6 ohms.  
  • Small stature and feels comfortable in the hand. Would easily fit in a pocket or purse.
  • Aspire designed this kit to be leak free.

Cons

  • We wish aspire would have made this device 1000-1200mah
  • The tip can get hot with chain usage like other subohms that use the coil housing as a chimney.

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Innokin Endura T18 Rating: 9/10

This offering from Innokin is an affordable kit with awesome mouth to lung vape which is perfect for those wishing to switch from smoking to vaping.  

Pros
  • Perfect for a new vaper or ex-smoker. It makes a great gift!
  • Fantastic assortment of tip styles included. Something for everybody!
  • easy filling and charging
  • sturdy design
Cons
  • cartridge can seem to get a bit stuck when replacing it

Smok V8 Stick Tube Mod Kit Rating: 9/10

Smok V8 Stick
Price: $45

This tube mod kit from Smok is a fantastic on the go cloud kit that features the Big Baby Beast tank as the topper.

Pros

Comes with the TFV8 Big Baby Beast!

  • 5ml capacity
  • 2 subohm TFV8 baby coils (.15 and .2)
  • Swivel Top Fill 

The Regulated Tube Mod:

  • the mod comes with a 3000 mah built in battery
  • Smart Mechanical style output that depends on current battery life
  • full safety protections that are expected on modern regulated mods (8 sec/ low resistance / low voltage / short circuit)
  • Intelligent battery life indicator ring around button

Cons

can't adjust settings (like essentially all other regulated tube mods)

Box Mod Kits


The box mods typically come with variable voltage and wattage but temperature control (TC) is also a common option.  Tanks that come with the kit, such as the pictured Eleaf Pico Mini, are often able to utilize different resistance and TC cartridges.  

The mod is pretty much always to be able to handle tanks other than the one that it came with in the kit (assuming it has a standard 510 connection and enough space).  

Keep in mind box mod kits don't typically have built in batteries which makes the start up cost slightly higher.

If you are looking to stick with vaping and upgrade some of the parts individually go with the box mod style kit.

SMOK announced they were creating a smaller version of the insanely popular Alien mod, and the vape community went bananas in anticipation. Whatever type of vaper can use the SMOK Alien AL85 Kit it does not matter if you are a new vaper or a novice.  AL85 Kit consists of AL85 mod and TFV8 Baby tank.

Pros

  • small, compact design with a comfortable hand feel
  • easy to use, squeeze fire
  • the screen has lots of data and is easy to read
  • secure single battery compartment
  • sub-ohm tank (Baby Beast) is a strong performer with widely available coils packs

Cons

Lack of battery venting

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Smok Gx2/4 Bigbabybeast Starter Kit Rating: 9/10

Smok GX 2-4 vape starter kit

The Smok GX2/4 is a interesting starter kit that features the highly regarded TFV8 Big Baby Beast sub-ohm tank and is a convertible vape mod that takes 2 or 4 18650 batteries.

This kit is targeting vapers who want a powerful device that has a more slim profile but is able to have more capability and capacity when needed.  The GX2/4, mod in particular, will easily become a go to for a lot of vapers looking to replace their Alien.

This is a really sleek kit that comes in a whole range of rich colors.  The paint used on this kit seems to have come leaps and bounds from earlier Smok products.  The paint feels very smooth, similar to a waxed car. 

The kit includes two battery doors; one for two battery mode and a larger one that holds an extra two batteries, doubling battery life and maximum wattage increasing to 350W from 220W.  The mod also supports all the major temperature control materials (Ni, Ti, Sus) and supports custom TCRs.

The form factor goes from one of the smallest two battery mods on the market, thinner than the Alien 220W but roughly the same height, to diamond shaped when holding all four batteries.  

The mod is front firing using a squeeze bar just like the Alien, however the fire bar is a more slim design, only taking up half of the width of the device. Both shapes fit well in the hand and firing the mod is comfortable in both positions, however the fire bar seems to be more front facing in four button mode.

A bright OLED display on the face of the mod has a well designed, easy to read, data packed screen. Adjustments to the device are made with two up/down button just like normal.

The Big Baby Beast needs little introduction as it is a staple of sub-ohm vaping at this point, particularly with the Smok starter kits.  It it indeed a beast of a sub-ohm tank, featuring a easy to use top fill system, a wide variety of coil options and produces huge plumes of very saturated, flavorful vapor. 

Pros

  • comes with highly regarded TFV8 Big Baby Beast subohm tank (has a very saturated, flavorful vape and big clouds)
  • small form factor in two battery mode (Smok bills as "smallest") and will take 25mm tanks
  • Powerful, squeeze fired mod (220W in two battery and 350W in four) and even feels good to fire with right thumb
  • accurate temperature control (TC) with TCR 
  • tuneable TCR for temperature control
  • High build and design quality
  • easy firmware upgrade
  • bright, easy to read OLED display with a lot of data
  • nice paint job on the mod with matching tank and is available in wide variety of colors
  • hinge free, easy transform battery door system (with two and four battery mode doors included)
  • no built in battery charging which may be a con for some but it is far safer to charge on a standalone battery charger

Cons

  • fire bar is more aligned in four battery mode than two battery mode but still comfortable to fire

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Best RDAs and RDTAs in 2017 (Drippers)

RDAs (rebuildable dripper atomizer) and RDTAs (rebuildable drip tank atomizers) are for the hobbiest vaper who loves rebuilding and getting a tasty, warm, more customized vape.

Why get an RDA or RDTA?


RDA or rebuildable drip atomizer is more simple style of top for your vape rig, that were far more common back in the day when there were only unregulated mech mods around.  The drip style of vaping had some big benefits so it is still popular with a segment of vapers.

An RDTA or rebuildable drip tank atomizer is a hybrid of traditional RDA features combined with a tank underneath the deck for rewicking your coils.  This design takes out the actual drip step while keeping the performance characteristics.

We would recommend getting an RDA/RDTA for the following type of vaper:

  • adventurous spirit 
  • vape connoisseur 
  • hobbiest (likes building coils and experimenting with different setups)
  • budget vaper (huge savings from building your own coils)
  • someone looking for an at home vaping rig
  • person who likes warm vapor, great flavor from their e-liquid
  • vaper tired of replacing broken tank glass (RDA only for the most part)

Best RDA for Flavor Chasing

Flavor is King!

Since RDAs can do both flavor and clouds obviously some are better than others for flavor but most can do both to a degree.

When we are getting a flavor RDA how we set it can be just as important as the design. As far the design goes, it should have:

  • a good build deck - flavor chasers may look for decks with single coil options
  • a more compact design, chambers with less open space is better
  • easily restrictable airflow - (airflow goes down, flavor goes up) 
  • replaceable drip tip or drip tip adaptor for using delrin style tips - (the super wide tips are more for clouds and airflow)
  • deep juice well is a plus but not necessary

Geekvape Peerless Special Edition Rda Rating: 10/10

geekvape peerless RDA

Geekvape released the 24mm Peerless RDA earlier this year and quickly released the Special Edition in stainless steel two months later.  This version fixes the customer complaints about the original making this RDA one of the years best.  Good job, GeekVape!

The Geekvape Peerless Special Edition RDA provides a great, flavorful vape which features highly controllable side airflow. 

One thing that this RDA has that can't be found elsewhere is the awesome build deck which has a three terminal per post, two post design. It has smaller terminals on the top for tradition round wire builds and wider slots lower down that can handle thicker and more exotic coils, which is great.

This RDA is probably one of the best RDAs out there just due to fact that it is so versatile.  It can handle pretty much any build from single coil round wire all the way up to dual coil instagram style builds and still perform like a champ.

Pros

  • great flavor and provides a really nice vape
  • single coil capable!
  • stainless steel construction instead of aluminum (as on the Peerless standard edition),  that comes in stainless steel, black and gold
  • 810 fitted top cap with two goon style drip tips (one black delrin and one PEI)
  • affordable price with premium performance
  • great two post, triple terminal per post build deck with top hardened grub screws (nice!) that can handle big and small coil builds
  • deep juice well
  • lots of side airflow via airflow holes and cutouts in the top cap which is capable of single airflow
  • high quality machining
  • comes with squonking pin

Cons

  • no 510 drip tip adapter which may not be a con for everyone

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Vandyvape Govad Rda Rating: 9/10

Vandy Vape Govad Flavor RDA

The Govad RDA is 24mm and is a very stand out addition to the vape market.

The Govad has a single coil oriented two post spring loaded clamp style build deck with top phillips screws. The deck can accommodate fairly wide builds and can hold larger coils easily. Having the spring loaded clamps makes building this deck super straight forward. 

VandyVape included 3 goon style 810 drips (really wide / thick,  medium which is preinstalled and a tall / thin tip) and also was kind enough to include a 510 adapter for vapers that already have a favorite tip.

This flavor monster has a single bottom airflow (fed by two bottom ports) along with 6 side airflow ports (however only 4 are available at any time). This RDA can really turn up the flavor by shutting off all of the side airflow and just utilizing the bottom airflow.  With that may airflow ports, lots of configurations are available for which will make any vaper happy.

Pros

  • outstanding flavor 
  • super simple to build and is perfect for more exotic single coil builds
  • high build quality with good tension on the o-rings
  • highly configurable airflow to get a custom vape and perfect amount of vapor 
  • it has a deep juice well which can hold 1.3ml of juice (a large amount for an RDA)
  • restricted lung hit all the way to full lung hit
  • 3 included 810 drip tips and an include 510 adapter, which is appreciated

Cons

  • have to take off top to drip, can't just drip down the top cap without getting some leakage due to the way everything is packed into this design

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Goon Rda Rating: 10/10

Goon RDA with Deck
Price: varies around $60

528 customs brings the Goon RDA which has quickly become on of the most favored RDAs on the market thanks to great flavor and a clamp style build deck.

Pros

  • Short Chamber that delivers amazing flavor!
  • Clamp Style build deck making exotic coil builds easier to accomplish
  • great, smooth, controllable airflow for dual or single coil builds
  • Flat top cap to limit spit back
  • 24mm

Cons

  • Slight Con - brass top clamps are prone to slight bending on thicker coil builds. Flip top plate over on next build to restraighten.
  • Different build versions are slightly different prices, black or brass a bit more than the copper and stainless steel versions

Wotofo Lush Plus Rating: 9/10

Wotofo Lush Plus RDA

The completely redesigned Lush Plus from Wotofo is their new flavor chasing RDA and it is a big hit.  The Lush is a 24mm topper that is designed to be super simple to use and be ready to go right out of the box. The kennedy-style airflow utilizes two bottom airflow channels on each side.  The posts now feature a y-shaped two post deck that makes building pretty easy even with more exotic coils.

Pros

  • huge flavor at a great price!
  • all airflow is set - no more trying to find the sweet spot
  • easy to build, even when using wider builds such as fused claptons
  • offset, wide post holes - the phillips top screws work well here
  • chimney is shaped for easy removal for adding more juice

Cons

  • wide bore drip tip is a proprietary size
  • bottom airflow takes space that would normally be used for juice

All Around RDA

Mixed Use RDA for Clouds AND Flavor

Obs Cheetah V2 Rating: 9/10

OBS Cheetah II - collage

The Cheetah V2 from OBS is the new version of their RDA brought by an innovative company probably best known for its home run RTA the OBS Engine.

Overall, this is quite a good RDA.  It has everything we have come to expect; great flavor, smooth side airflow, and looks good but it has something new.  An super awesome deck that can take pretty much any (dual coil) build.

OBS definitely had the builder in mind when they designed this sweet deck that is a dream to build on.  It is has wide ports for the top lead and very wide bottom clamps for the other lead, tightened down with top mounted post screws (phillips).

Pros

  • awesome hybrid clamp style build deck
  • great flavor (@ half airflow for me)
  • smooth barrel top cap interaction
  • easily controlled side airflow and the port width is just the right size
  • knurled top cap with included goon style 810 drip tip

Cons

  • only takes the goon style (810) drip tips - no 510 adapter included
  • the outside edge of the top section could slightly taller for more surface area which would give a more consistent grip.

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Best RDA for Cloud Chasing

All Around RDAs that have good airflow and flavor

A well designed RDA for cloud chasing would have:

  • a build deck for two coils - velocity for normal coil builds or clamp for exotic coils
  • lots of airflow is necessary to get a huge cloud
  • chuff style or competition tip (wide bore) - these are optional on a lot of RDAs
  • bigger chamber is a plus - more air means more room for vapor
  • deep juice well - more juice equals more vapor

Wotofo Troll V2 Rating: 8/10

Wotofo has made some significant upgrades to the Troll for version 2 making it one of the best, affordable RDAs.  Significant airflow, deep well, and deck improvements provide a mix of great flavor and huge clouds.

Pros

  • Huge Vapor Production for dense clouds
  • great airflow and air control options
  • easy to control airflow for good flavor
  • deep juice well
  • easy to build and use

Cons

o-rings and fit can be tight (can counter by lubing with a bit of juice)




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Best Vape Juices, E-Juice and E-Liquids 2017

Vape juice (e-liquid) is the vaper's most difficult and expensive (over time) choice. No sense in vaping garbage or wasting your money on junk.

Best Vape Juice (E-Juice) Flavor

Classes of Flavor Types

One of the best parts about switching from cigarettes to vaping is all the variety of flavors you will now have at your disposal. I myself liked the tobacco taste so for the first few months I was vaping tobacco flavors. If you smoked menthols there is also a wide variety for you also. Everyone has their own taste buds so opinions will vary but most people like the fruity flavors, bakery style, or dessert E-Liquids.




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Batteries, Chargers and Vaping Accessories

Vaporizer and E-Cigarette gear: the best 18650 batteries, battery chargers, accessories and tools for rebuilding your coils.




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Herb Vaporizers

Herbal vaporizers have been around for many years to assist people seeking benefits of various plants through aromatherapy.




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