Vaping has quickly become a worldwide phenomenon. Something that simply started as a safer, healthier alternative to smoking, has almost become the new trend. But are you one of those who recently switched to vaping, and are now considering upgrading to the next available vape, or mod on the market? If so, there are a few things you need to consider before hand. These items will help filter out some of the nonsense that is out there, as well as could potentially keep things safe for you.

Most people start out vaping with your standard pen style vape. They are quick and easy to use, and a great introductory item into the world of vaping. But you will quickly notice that they can have a tendency to not last very long, or overall be a little on the faulty side. The battery life of the device itself isn’t really the issue here. I could get 3-4 days of one of my pen vapes back when I was using them. I mean the device itself has a tendency to be a little on the unpredictable side. I had two of the exact same pen vapes, and one was completely shot within a month of the purchase, while the other one is still workable today. It is going to be a gamble on devices like this. One that some of you might not be willing to take.

So like many people, you might be considering a move to what is called a “Mech Mod”. What this is is a device that is machine made, and runs strictly off of a battery. No wires or other electronics here, so there is nothing really to malfunction. However, these will require a little knowledge. These devices don’t use the standard tank you will most likely be familiar with. They use what is called a Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer, or RDA for short. Instead of buying coils that you screw in, like with the vape tanks, you are literally building them yourself. This is where the danger comes in. You need to make sure what you are building will not be overly taxing on your battery. So knowledge of Ohm’s Law is a must. No worries, there’s an app for that. If this seems too much for you, and you don’t want to risk it, don’t worry. There are other solutions that are less time-consuming, as well as easier, while still being a massive upgrade from the stand pen vape.

If you happen to be one that likes to conserve your e-liquid, a mech mod may not be the exact choice that you are looking for. Depending on the size, or Ohms, of you coil, these devices can run through your juice extremely fast. On the other hand, as you become more familiar with the building of coils, you will eventually learn to dial in what works best for you, and you can find the ideal build to will fit your needs.

Your next likely choice would be a device called a “Box Mod”. These are simply called that because they resemble a box. The vast majority of these will be regulated, which means there are electronics, and it will prevent you from making something that is dangerous. They are compatible with the RDA’s that I mentioned earlier, but they are also great for vape tanks. Most people who use these do go with the tank option, that way they don’t have to keep putting juice on it. They normally hold up to 5 milliliters of juice, so you don’t have to refill as often. Because there is electronics involved with these devices, you need to be careful with how you handle your e-liquid. You might have read about horror stories on the Internet about people’s tanks that overflowed, or perhaps spilt, causing the device to die on them. But there is also the worse case scenario, where the device itself could catch fire. Make sure this does not happen to you, and be mindful of where you juice is going. I would highly recommend removing any tank from the device if you are going to be leaving it somewhere for any extended period of time.

Another simple piece of advice, is to not get too set in your ways. What I mean by this is don’t put all of your eggs into one basket with a single device. I realize that some of these devices are not that cheap. But it’s wise when upgrading to have a few choices around you at all times. Because it will eventually happen, most likely at the most inconvenient time, your device will die on you. You’d hate to have that happen, and have nothing of equal power to fall back on. 

Lastly, if you are going to end up going with the rebuildable route, you will be forced to make your choice of wicking material. Most people use straight cotton that you can get from any drug store in the country. But you will have the choices of organic cotton, Japanese organic cotton, mesh, and even ceramic. All of these materials have their place in the world of vaping, but like the mods and devices themselves, they are all subjective. You are the only one that will be able to find what is right for you. People, such as myself, can only point in the direction and lead you in the right direction.

That is pretty much what you need to know when planning to upgrade you vape. You might be saying, “But there are still so many options out there!” You’re right. But what is great for one person, might not work for another, and vice versa. This is where getting out there and using them comes in. Most vape retailers have a floor model that they will be more than willing to let you try. Because much like buying a car, you test drive it to make sure it’s a wise purchase and is something that is going to work for you.