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(10) Advancing Up the Vaping Ladder with Egos and Mods

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by , 10-02-2013 at 11:50 PM (22656 Views)
Quote Originally Posted by 4star60 View Post
Hi all...been a cig smoker for 38yrs.... just recently had my second open heart surgery. Ran into a vendor at the mall and learned there are better options for Ecigs than the crap I tried from the drug store. The guy there was vaping on a coffee flavored juice that caught my attention. He convinced me the cig style with cartridges was the way to start out. Only problem Ive had so far was with him saying a cartridge was comparable to a pack of cigs.... not true in my opinion. Ive also found that I need a bigger setup. ..a mod as I've seen them called.
Agreed, the kiosk vendors in the mall are notorious for misrepresenting how their products compare to an analog (cigarette). Accept it as part of the learning process...at least you got your foot in the door by learning about e-cigarettes. There's a whole other world to discover once you start vaping.

Most novices start out with the cigalikes (cigarette-size batteries) and those may get them off of the smokes. But people soon learn that the cigalike experience can be frustrating with poor battery time (only 2 - 3 hours), limited juice attachment options, and lacking performance in general. They start advancing up the vaping ladder with bigger and better gear.


Ego Spinner battery with Kanger Protank clearomizer, Ego Twist with Mini Vivi Nova clearomizer

The intermediate step up is the ego battery setups like above. These batteries are slim and lightweight, about the size of a cigar. These allow 6 - 12 hours use per battery charge (depending upon the size of battery), a larger e-liquid capacity, and a much more satisfying vaping experience. Some models, like the Spinner or Twist, have variable voltage (adjustable voltage).


iTaste MVP with iClear 30 clearomizer

The next step up are APVs (advanced personal vaporizers), or mods. These offer even more options with replaceable rechargeable batteries, or large-capacity built-in rechargeable batteries like the above Innokin iTaste MVP. This APV is a box mod which can go up to 3 days on a charge. This is an affordable regulated mod for entry level or advanced vapors alike. It can be used while using the charging cord to save even more battery life. The smaller iTaste VV3 has the same features with less battery time.

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Above is a tube-form mod that uses replaceable rechargeable batteries, called a Provari from Provape. It's a high end regulated mod which has variable voltage, built-in battery voltage and ohm meters, LED display to provide information feedback, and is known for its reliability and ability to precisely sustain the set voltage from the beginning of a new battery until it needs to be replaced.

Other regulated tube mods are the Vamo, VMax, ZMax, Tesla, SVD, & Evic among others. These also all have a variable wattage function.

Reo bottom feeding box mods

Another class are bottom feeder mods. These have both the battery and the juice container inside the mod. There is a window in the mod's body where you press the juice container to feed the liquid up to the atomizer attachment. This is a self-contained and often pocket-friendly unit preferred by many vapors. The Reo is the most popular name brand. These are usually mechanical mods that have no variable power options.

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BB & Silver Bullet from AltSmoke and Caravella mechanical mods

Mechanical mods
are bare-bones tube or box battery holders with no power regulation/variable power and no built-in safety features. These have recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity because of RBAs (rebuildable atomizers). Because there is no computer to regulate voltage, these depend solely on the battery's output and the resistance of the heating coil. Vape quality will progressively decline as the battery is used.

Regulated mods
(variable voltage) use micro computers to regulate the vapor to stay constant to what is dialed in by the user. These processors have built-in safety circuitry which make them a better choice for novice or intermediate vapors because of their safety features.

There's a variety of toppers, or juice attachments that can be used on the above battery devices: Proper Terminology: Is it a carto, a tank, or what?

Updated 09-17-2014 at 11:46 PM by Baditude



  1. WarHawk-AVG's Avatar
    Excellent, beginner introductory writeup! Brilliant
  2. Ames's Avatar
    Thanks For This Blog!
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    Thank you! Great detailed info
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    Excellent, Many thanX
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    Thank you!!
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    great info!! Thanks!
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    Baditude, you ROCK! I so appreciate all your work in providing us newbies such great information. Thank you!!
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    Great post! Very clear and concise! Truly appreciate it! Baditude you are a credit to this forum!!!
  9. YEOJ's Avatar
    Thanks for the write-up... if you were to reccomend a vape for all day use would it be a mechanical or regulated mod that takes batteries?