It doesn’t cost much to buy a decent mod — a vaporizer providing powerful output and the opportunity to vape at your full potential. Paying more will buy you more watts and sometimes a collectible device or a CNC-machined article from the United States.
Less than $60, however, is all you need to purchase an advanced tube or box mod from a well-known Chinese manufacturer such as Eleaf or Kanger. Usually, the setup is for a mod only: no tank, and sometimes no battery either, but you soon discover what you’re looking for. These are my top 10 cheap vape mods.
1. The Kanger KBOX Mod
Vapers already knew Kanger as the maker of a top series of tanks and the well-liked EVOD, but the KBox was Kanger`s first mod. Although you can buy a 200W Kanger device these days and lots of stylish starter kits, those are not as cheap as their 40W original which works with 18650 batteries and is a light, portable product with a sturdy exterior.
It is unusual, I know, but wattage variation is set at roughly 5W intervals. A battery level light tells you when to recharge the battery and you can attach any 510-threaded tank like the Kanger Aerotank or a Nautilus by Aspire: both excellent low-resistance tanks.
2. Eleaf iStick 20W
Eleaf’s attractive, tiny mod provides up to 20 watts of power or 5.5V with a 2200-mAh built-in cell. Charge it via the USB port found on its frame for pass-through vaping while you recharge the battery. An OLED display indicates when to recharge, shows you volts and watts, and provides safety alerts such as “low-power.”
You are protected against a short circuit and low voltage but should only be using 1- to 3-ohm coils in order to prevent a short. A smart chip inside these types of devices creates limits to power and resistance and won’t accept anything outside of those boundaries.
3. Cloupor Mini 30W Box Mod
Switch between Variable Watt and Variable Voltage vaping with this 18650-powered box mod by Cloupor. A battery is not included which means you can replace the cell with a charged one. That’s great for those tired of recharging via USB and having to either wait to vape or remain stuck at their desks, connected by a cord. Pass-through vaping is a possibility, not a necessity. For your safety, this device cuts off power if you vape for longer than 15 seconds, so the mod doesn’t overheat. It also prevents damage if you put the battery in wrong way around. The Cloupor Mini 30W mod contains a resistance meter and works safely with sub-ohm coils of 0.45 ohms or higher. Choose 3.6V to 7V or 7W to 30W with user-friendly controls and attach a tank such as the Aspire Atlantis or SMOK TCT.
4. The Aspire CF
Here is a sub ohm mod in the cylinder shape made by the manufacturer of some of the industry’s best tanks and clearomizers. This carbon fiber battery supports 0.3 ohms resistance or better with 2000 mAh of power. Overcharge and over-discharge protection are built in along with short circuit defense and a battery light indication system in place of an expensive screen.
5. Eleaf iStick TC 60w
Eleaf does it again: they tend to feature in the “affordable” category over and over but consumers can still rely on their quality and safety. Use an 18650 battery to power this temperature control mod, one of the cheapest TC vape mods money can buy. The top values are 60 Watts and 600F using 0.05- to 1.0-ohm Nickel 200 or Titanium coils on a 510-threaded tank like the Melo 2. In VW mode, you can achieve 0.15 ohms to 3 ohms with Kanthal wire.
6. The Innokin Cool Fire IV
There are several colors of Cool Fire IV available to customers who want a VV/VW system supporting 40W and 0.2 ohms. Apparently, it’s the mod of choice among people in laboring or industrial professions because the Cool Fire IV is almost indestructible. A 2000-mAh cell is built into this mod which comes with various protective features.
7. The Joyetech eGo ONE
JoyeTech had to be on this list sooner or later and here they are with the tubular eGo One. Again, Joye spawns many copies with their thick, tough device capable of either 1100 mAh or 2200 mAh and measuring 19 mm in diameter. The eGo One tank holds up to 1.8 ml of e juice and supports coils of 0.5 ohms or greater. It’s solid, simple, and steady.
8. Wismec Reuleaux RX200
You might not have been expecting such a power-house in the “cheap” list but here it is: Wismec’s excellent and stylish 200W TC vaporizer. Select from 4 modes, one of them variable watts and the other TC variations related to coil material (stainless steel, titanium, or Nickel 200). With TC mode and up to 300C/600F, you can reach 0.05 ohms safely and comfortably on this well-protected device with safeguards against reverse polarity, overheating, and more. The 0.69″ screen displays operating values in real time. Removable batteries are sold separately and held in place behind a magnetic door.
9. Innokin iTaste MVP20W
Innokin has developed a more powerful version of this device, but the 20W MVP is still an excellent unit and a multi-tasking machine at that. Use it to vape or to charge other items via USB like a Smartphone. That’s handy if you are on the go but this is also a powerful vaporizer with the potential to provide 20W of power and plenty of clouds. Set output from a possible range of 6W to 20W or voltage between 3.3V and 7.5V. The puff counter enables vapers to keep track of their vaping activity with electronic cigarettes.
10. The Eleaf iStick 50W
Here we are again with Eleaf and their adorable, compact 50W unit. Don’t let their size fool you: iSticks are serious vaping devices and this one is among their most powerful offering 5W to 50W with a 4400-mAh built-in cell. Select VW or VV (2 volts to 10 volts) and you can run a tank containing 0.2-ohm coils or higher. The Eleaf iStick 50W sets off a temperature alarm if it’s running hot.