What’s the Difference Between Regulated Box Mods and Mechanical Box Mods?

August 22, 2015

The world of electronic cigarettes has a vocabulary all of its own, and it’s relatively easy for a newcomer to get confused with the various details and nuances of vaping jargon. One of the most common areas of misunderstanding is in regards to electronic cigarette box mods. Two of the most prominent terms used in the area of box mods are regulated mods and mechanical mods. So what exactly is the difference between these two box mods? We’ll start with an explanation of mechanical mods, and then we’ll move on to regulated mods.
Mechanical mods are a very basic, “no-frills” device. They do not feature any circuit boards or internal wiring, but are essentially little more than a tube that holds a battery. The top cap of your mechanical mod makes contact with the positive end of your battery, and the bottom cap of your mod makes contact with the negative (flat) end of your battery. When the mod is locked, it doesn’t allow the negative end of your battery to make contact with the bottom cap, as this will engage the coil, heating it up and turning your e-liquid into vapor. Although mechanical mods are a “bare-bones” operation, their lack of circuitry means that there’s no way to regulate temperature, which could be dangerous to novice users.
Regulated mods, on the other hand, do feature internal circuitry that allows you to control the voltage settings to a more precise level. With an electronic mod, you have the choice between using regular or variable voltage, and variable wattage as well. Their internal circuitry provides protection from potentially dangerous situations such as firing a faulty battery to the point where it melts. If there’s anything wrong with your connections, your regulated mod will shut down, a feature that functions as a fail-safe for novice e-cigarette users. Many regulated mods feature built-in Ohm meters and voltage meters, which serve to help familiarize newbies with the ins and outs of controlling power flow in their e-cigarette device. There’s quite a variety of regulated mods available on the market, some of which can get fairly advanced in terms of providing variable wattage and voltage settings.
The matter of whether to choose a mechanical mod or regulated mod is largely a matter of personal preference. Mechanical mods require a solid understanding of battery safety, while regulated mods take a lot of the “grunt work” out of voltage and wattage control. Whichever mod you choose, make sure you gain a thorough understanding of the features and characteristics of that device, so that you can stay safe and have a pleasant vaping experience.
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