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

Batteries, Chargers and Vaping Accessories



Best 18650 Batteries

Some batteries are better than others

Vaping is a very personalized experience and not every battery is the right pick for a given situation.  For instance if you are using a high ohm / low wattage build, you might not pick the same battery as you would for some low sub ohm / high wattage vaping.  

Batteries are typically designed in 3 ways: 

  • High Continous Drain Rating (A) / Low Capacity (mAh)
  • Low Continous Drain / High Capacity
  • Mid Continous Drain / Mid Capacity (a good general usage battery that is a good fit for a large portion of vapers)

Most of the time you might pick something right in the middle of high capacity and high amperage for a good general use battery.  

Check out our battery safety guide for some more in depth detail that explains Amperage and battery capacity as well as how to stay safe with regulated vape mods as well as unregulated mech mods and more.

Best 18650s for general usage vaping

solid, all around picks

These general use batteries usually are good middle of the road picks that can suit low powered all the way to higher (but not the highest) wattage situations.  They provide a good mix of battery life and amperage.

These 18650 batteries provide consistent power and drain and at an amazing price. 

Batteries for High Wattage (Regulated Mods)

or Low Sub-Ohm Unregulated

The higher wattage ranges on regulated mods or lower ohm builds on unregulated need to be primarily concerned with the continuous drain rating on their battery selection.  

Batteries that are capable of putting out more power without becoming unsafe are an absolute must. 

The trade off for having a higher continuous drain (A) is that the battery capacity is not high. 

Lg Hb6 18650 1500mah 30a Rating: 9/10

LG HB6

The LG HB6 is a very highly regarded 1500mah 30A 18650 battery that is perfect for vapers that need extra amperage for higher wattage vaping or lower ohm mech builds.

Pros

  • has a 30A (continous drain) that is awesome for vaping at higher watts on a regulated mod or lower ohm builds 
  • *(always check your build with an ohms law calculator if you are using unregulate or mech)

Batteries with Higher Capacity


By higher capacity, it is understood to mean higher mAh.  This is the rating that indicates how long a battery will last.  

These typically have a lower continuous drain rating (A) meaning they are designed to be used in a higher ohm build (mech) / low wattage (regulated) situation. 

These higher capacity batteries are really good fits for single coil builds and in a single battery mod.

Vaping at 12w with a 1+ohm coil one of these high capacity batteries can last more than a day or two, depending.

Samsung 30q 3000mah 15a Rating: 9/10

Samsung 30Q

The Samsung 30Q is a great 3000mah that provides long battery life for low wattage all day vaping.

Pros

Lg Hg2 20a 3000mah 18650 Rating: 9/10

Samsung HG2

Often referred to as the Brownies, the HG2 provides a great mix of long lasting life (3000mah) and a suprising 20A continuous drain that will suit most vapers needs.

Pros

  • 3000mah
  • 20A continuous drain
  • very popular and highly regarded
  • Can also come in a three pack for savings

Useful Items and Must Have Vape Accessories

Items every vaper needs in their life

Best Battery Charger

Vaping uses various battery types and not all chargers are created equal

Far and away the most common battery used in vaping today is the 18650 battery.  However some of the more recent vape mods are starting to use the wider 26650 battery.  

When looking for the right battery charger we want it to have the following features:

  • handle a wide array of battery types focusing on those that we use 
  • 'Smart' - meaning it can show the current voltage of the battery and know when to stop charging
  • high quality and well regarded manufacturer - you don't what to get cheap batteries or cheap chargers for purely safety reasons
  • optional but nice: variable speed (0.5A, 1A, 2A), dedicated wall charger for max safety, extra USB port for pass through of another device such as a cell phone

Efest Luc V4 Battery Charger Rating: 9/10

efest luc v4 stock

This high quality, 4-channel battery charger will charge most 3.7V Li-ion or LiMn batteries including 18650 and 26650 at variable power rates of 0.5A, 1A and even 2A.

Pros

  • 4-channel, variable power modes
  • has additional USB output that can charge most consumer electronics

Built in safety features:

  • reverse polarity protection
  • short circuit protection
  • over-current protection (will stop chargin when batteries are full - HUGE)
  • Zero voltage activation function


Supplies for Rebuilding your own coils


Ohm Meter

Measuring Coil Resistance

If you are rebuilding coils a must have is a high quality ohm meter.  Building on a ohm meter to prevent any shorts in the RTA or RDA is just plain safer. 

If you don't have an ohm meter you are forced to build directly on your regulated mod and as well know they don't have a wide enough base to remain stable and upright very well.

We want an ohm meter that:

  • is well constructed and from a well known manufacturer
  • wide and stable base to make building easier
  • is accurate (tolerance within 0.01 ohms)
  • can handle a large range of resistances but focus on sub-ohm builds
  • a niceties would be built in fire button, errors

Coil Master 521 Mini Ohm Reader Rating: 8/10

Coil Master 521 mini ohm reader

This easy to use ohm-reader is an accurate reader that can read down to .02 and up to 9.99.  It is powered by a standard 18650 battery and is able to fire while on the device.

Pros

This ohm reader is an easy to use and accurate (some tests available show error to be 0.01 ohms at 0.1 resistance) for builders. 

The shape makes it stable to build on and is designed to no have any places where juice could flood the device easily.  It has two modes, read and fire modes making it perfect for vapers who like to dry fire their coils to reduce hot spots.

Cons


Price: $20

Full Rebuild Kit

All the tools necessary to rebuild a coil

Complete rebuild kits are a pretty easy way to get all of the tools and items you need to get started rebuilding coils. 

These are also nice because they come in a well laid out carrying kit where everything fits snugly in foam cut outs.

Parts that are included in most kits:

  • ohm meter
  • pliers
  • tweezers (metal and ceramic) 
  • precision clippers (diagonal pliers)
  • coil kit - sized coil wrapping assist tool (2, 2.5, 3, 3.5 mm usually)
  • scissors
  • screwdrivers

Coilmaster Diy V3 Rebuild Kit Rating: 8/10

Coil Master v3 Kit

The DIY kit is further improved in version 3 with the improved world famous Coil Master Jig and the new 521 mini ohm meter.

Pros

The complete kit comes with all of the tools you will need to build your own coils with ease:

  • the 521 tab mini ohm reader (sold separately for $20)
  • version 4 of the Coil Master jig set, which has been redesigned to be easier to store and use
  • wire snips, precision screwdrivers, ceramic tweezers, angled tweezers, pliers, scissors, a multiple headed driver and 10ft of wire to get started

Cons

You will probably want to get some better scissors for better cuts

Price: around $45


Master of Clouds Kanthal Wire

Master of Clouds wire provides some easy to work with wire at a great price.

VivaPlex Amber Glass Eye Dropper Bottles

These amber glass eyedroppers are perfect for the home hobbiest. Whether you make your own vape juice, beard oil, essential oils, or other diy liquid, these dropper bottles are a must have.

Eleaf ECR Head

These rebuildable heads for the Eleaf tanks, such as the Melo line, are sure to save plenty of money over the factory heads.

Jores HG-1500Y Heat Gun

This is a nice sub-20 dollar heat gun that is a must have safety item for every vaper who doesn't like replacing batteries just due to wrapper tears.

Jackly JK6089-A 45-in-1 Professional Screwdriver Set

This precision 45-in-1 screwdriver set makes like simpler for the rebuilder.  Instead of keeping up with all the various drivers just use this one set.

LG HE2 18650 2500mAh 20A Batteries

These 18650 batteries provide consistent power and drain and at an amazing price. 

Coilmaster Coil Jig

This is a must have tool for any vaper that builds their own coils.  It makes building all sorts of common coils easy, fast and consistent.