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What is a Mod?

About Mods…

An e-cigarette “Mod” in it’s simplest form is a battery tube.

It’s a tube that holds a rechargeable battery with a connection to attach an atomizer. This could be a cartomizer, clearomizer, glassomizer or a tank. The combination of a mod and atomizer would give you a functional e-cigarette mod.

In the beginning…

When e-cigarettes first appeared on the market some people would modify them to get better performance or improve battery life. These devices were called “Mods”.

The term “Mod” is short for modification.

People will use the term “mod” in the vaping world to describe other modified items such as a modified atomizer.  In this article we will be talking about the term “mod” when applied to an e-cigarette.

Now because e-cigarette mod’s have become so popular many large companies have started to mass produce them at very low costs.

And then there were clones…

A mod clone is simply a copy of another mod. Most of the time original mod’s would be made in the US and cost $200+. The cloned mod would be made in china and sell for under $60 dollars.

Now even Chinese made mods are being cloned. For example the Chinese company SmokTech make many good quality lower priced mods for about $35 – $60 dollars. Most of the most popular products end up being cloned and will sell for $20 – $30 dollars. Not All  Clones a created equal. HCigar has built a reputation on building many of the highest quality mods and direct drip atomizers and atomizer tanks.

Can I use a  direct drip atomizer on my Ego battery?

Not really Many people have been creative and built micro coils for their Kanger Protanks but ti’s not quite the same as a  full blown mod. Why? Direct drip atomizers are sub ohm (under 1.5) and will not work on your Vamo or Evic. Another reason is Amperage. You need to have a device that can accept sib ohm atomizers and can deliver high amps.

Mod Terminology

Mechanical Mod – This is a mod without any circuitry. Usually e-cigarettes like eGo’s or stick style e-cigarettes have a circuit board to regulate the electricity. Sometimes they even provide different functions such as variable voltage, variable wattage, puff counters, resistance meters, ect. A true mechanical mod won’t have circuity of any kind and most don’t even have wires. They are simply a battery tube with a button, when you press the button you complete a circuit that power’s the attached atomizer.

Regulated Mod – Same as an APV, it’s a mod with circuitry and it’s electrical current is regulated.

PV – Personal Vaporizer, Basically it’s another term for an e-cigarette.

APV – Advances Personal Vaporizer, usually applies to a mod that has circuity. Most of the time an APV will have features like variable voltage (VV), Variable Wattage (VW), and other advanced features.

Hybrid Mod – This is an e-cigarette mod with a custom rebuildable atomizer.

Telescopic / Telescoping Mod – This is a mod that can extend to fit a range of battery sizes, usually 18350, 18500, and 18650.


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