For those of you who see box mods and imagine they must be much more advanced over tube mods, put the idea out of your mind. They just appear more serious because they eschew the e cig or e cigar shape.
One thing you will always notice about a box mod is that it supplies variable voltage and possibly variable wattage as well. Box-shaped mods are not really boxes: they are slim rectangular devices, just a little thicker than an iPod and often smaller. Their power and price ranges from around $50 to $200.
Examples of Box Mods
Innokin makes a few box mods: the VTR, MVP, and SVD. These are all popular devices, relatively affordable, and sold by a lot of vendors. Dovpo makes a couple of mods that are also featured at several websites and are especially popular with young men who love Transformers.
IPV, Hana Modz, and Sigelei are making box-shaped devices as well. They all appear a little unusual at first with their clearomizers and tanks attached because these break-up the shape, whereas tube batteries and clearomizers together form a sleek cylinder. Below I will look at the Innokin iTaste VTR, ELVT by Dovpo, IPV Box Mod, and VaporFi Vox 50 Mod. Most of these are affordably priced.
Best Box Mods
Leaps in microchip technology are giving vape mod manufacturers room to grow. They continue to find inspiration for designs which renew their presence in a field where a name can go stale quickly. The top 10 box mods demonstrate how useful small things can be: chips so tiny they fit invisibly into compact frames only slightly bigger than cell phones.
The SMY 60W
With its range of between 7W and 60W, this SMY product is perfect for the moderate vaper; one who doesn’t equate vaping prowess with highest possible wattage output. Instead, SMY’s 60W mod looks a bit like an iPhone, except the iPhone is taller and thinner; probably more delicate too. Yet, the face of an SMY 60 is entirely comprised of a high-resolution screen. Graphics are even multi-colored.
View a vapor tachometer, your puff count, voltage, watts, and how much battery charge is left before you need to plug into a USB power port. You can vape while the device charges or take batteries out through a magnetically-attached lid.
Innokin iTaste MVP PRO 60W
This latest incarnation of the hugely popular iTaste MVP series gives advanced vapers a way to enjoy top of the line Innokin technology and warm, sub-ohm vapor. This 4500-mah battery bank provides 60W maximum output and makes good use of an iSub tank.
The screen can be adjusted to the left or right. Fire up with a big square button and change volt or watt values by pressing very small buttons sitting side-by-side under the screen, above a USB port for pass-through charging/vaping.
Sigelei 100W Plus Box Mod
Sigelei’s 100W Plus (TC) provides removable batteries covered with a magnetic door and the internal PCB is a highly-rated Yihi chip for exceptional performance and safety. Of all available chipsets, the Yihi comes second only to an Evolv DNA. Wattage variation starts at 10 watts with maximum voltage output of 8.5V and support for a minimum resistance of 0.15 ohms. Besides vents around the battery, the Sigelei 100W Plus is protected from shorting circuits, low resistance, and reverse battery polarity. A silicone case helps you keep the frame in tip-top shape.
Yihi SX Mini M Class
Best known for chips found in other company’s box mods, Yihi released their own box mod featuring temperature control. That’s where the “J” in “J Processor” comes in, representing joules. Set your mod to read watts or between 10 and 60 Joules (100C to 300C or 200F to 500F). Maximum wattage is 85 when used mechanically but, as an adjustable device, this is a 60W box mod capable of 0.15-ohm resistance for exuberant clouds.
Its ergonomic shape comes in grey, black, and Rose, the elegance of which belies its futuristic capacity. A gravity sensor allows you to read the screen from various angles, which is great for left-handed vapers.
The SUBOX Mini gives you 20W more power than the KBox when you use it with a 0.5-ohm build or up to 26 watts with the 1.5-ohm coil. The exterior is very simple: just a few buttons and a screen but no swirls, waves, or engravings. That is probably because Kanger chose a ceramic coating rather than aluminum or stainless steel. Although not yet released, this is sure to be a winner because Kanger made it and they don’t usually disappoint.
Sigelei 50W VR2
Trust Sigelei to adjust to growing needs from consumers. Their 50W mod contains Yihi’s SX330 chip, just like Version 1 did, but Version 2 is even better with temperature control in place to do more than read values. The 50W will stop operating if it detects too much heat. Lowest resistance is 0.2 ohms.
Take your cell out to charge it or keep it inside its frame. If you want to charge the battery using a laptop, a small port is built into the case. Batteries are also vented with lots of short lines running parallel to each other at a diagonal. Switch on with the large square button; depress either side of a pivoting button to adjust output.
Again, built-in temperature control prevents a catastrophe which could take a vaper’s face off if he was unlucky or, rather, stupid. The highest temperature your box mod is allowed to reach is 662F. After that, it turns down watts until the battery cools down. Sigelei’s 75W box mod gives you resistance as low as 0.5 ohms, so you can take your pick of pre-built coils on numerous rebuildable tank atomizers like the Smok VCT, Horizon Arctic, ELeaf Lemo, and Kanger Subtank. Choose either the USB method or take cells out of their case to charge. At 90 mm in length, this is a really compact mod.
IPV 4 by Pioneer4You
Again we see the Yihi SX330 microprocessor providing temperature control and a capacity of 100 watts. This is a slender device and highly popular. Plug it into a laptop and use it as a pass-through vape. Take out the batteries and charge them separately, replacing cells with fully charged ones. That USB port also enables users to upgrade firmware when updates become available from Pioneer4You.
Hana Modz 40W
Inside the attractive, colorful Hana Modz 40W, you find an Evolv chip; the original American safety chip which prevents overheating and guards your device from all kinds of mishaps caused by low voltage and other problems. The Hana Modz is a US-made item which is why you pay more for it: American products aren’t cheap. The screen is front-facing for a change and the whole item has an original look about it although it’s still a box, yet in vibrant orange or vivid red it’s too cheerful looking for vapers to mind.
If a NASA-designed button doesn’t impress you, maybe the XPV’s shape will do the trick. It’s a tall pillar, like the Innokin VV V4.0 only wider and longer. There are many color choices available. XPV mods are made to order, so you have to wait for your unique article to be built. Maximum temperature is controlled by a safety chip which detects the sort of coil you are using: nickel or kanthal. You can only reach 40W using a Ni-200 coil, the purest type and heat sensitive for use with advanced mods.
Your highest output with the HCigar 40W is 16A. A DNA 40 chip sees to that. You don’t want more than 40W or you could go beyond safe temperatures. Whoever said 40W isn’t enough for sub-ohms didn’t realize what Evolv was up to. Their chip permits 0.16-ohm vaping with those pure nickel coils.
For around $100 this solid unit offers variable voltage and wattage when an 18650 battery is placed inside. The VTR provides sub-ohm capacity which a lot of vapers are looking for simply because this allows them to reach high temperatures and produce serious clouds. Vapers who spend a lot of time away from a power source love this device because it is affordable and the battery lasts for hours, even days.
Adjust the dial from 3 to 6 volts or 3 to 15 watts. Various warnings include low voltage, overtime, and low battery power. There is short circuit protection and other measures to prevent common sorts of damage.
Vent holes are a low-tech means to stop your device from overheating. The VTR, like most Innokin devices, has a highly compatible 510/eGo connection so it can be used with an iClear tank, Aerotank, Aspire Nautilus, etc. The VTR comes in stainless or army green.
Do you vape while hiking or spend a lot of time near water?
Then the E-LVT by Dovpo is for you. It’s shock-resistant, water-resistant, dust-resistant, and has a built-in flashlight.
There is enough power in your fully charged ELVT to run other wireless items if you don’t drain it fully while vaping. The ELVT is made of zinc alloy and silicone rubber, thus accounting for its durability. The 18650 battery (not included) comes out for recharging.
A screen displays voltage and wattage while an LED light indicates the status of your battery. An alarm tells you if the battery has gone in backwards, you are vaping over your limit (overheating), and overcharging simply won’t happen. It turns out the ELVT is protected inside and out. Vape with atomizers coiled for resistance as low as 0.3 ohms from a device in 6 possible colors. Without a battery or a tank this is a $100 device.
IPV Box Mod
The IPV by Green Leaf is a little cheaper than the VTR and ELVT — about $90 — but it does a lot of the same things and more. It can be set to as high as 50 watts and as low as 7 watts; from 0.2 ohms to 3.0 ohms. Again, this compact item works with an 18650 battery, which is not included in your package. The firing button is sensitive: you won’t have to push hard to make it work. An adjustable 510 center pen makes this a compatible device for almost all tanks, atomizers, and clearomizers like the ones noted above and others. An OLED display screen shows you what voltage or wattage you have set and the internal chip protects against all the usual things. You can even install your own firmware upgrades to the IPV.
Finally, VaporFi is best known for making thousands of e-liquid flavors and creating a long list of e cigarettes, but they have also released their own box mod: the Vox 50, which is capable of reaching up to 50 watts and 3 to 8.5 volts.
The Vox 50 reads your ohms resistance to set the correct wattage and protects against various issues that commonly plague e cig users: overcharging, putting the battery in upside down, low voltage, and so on.
Like all VaporFi electronic cigarettes, this mod is compatible with most tanks on their website and many others by Kanger, Aspire, etc.
Although this is a box mod, its rounded edges give the impression a compromise was being made between box and cylinder.
Regardless of shape, the compact Vox 50 takes up little room in a pocket of your jacket or handbag. It is also the priciest device on this list at $199.99 with a battery and charger.