A vape device that supplies raw battery battery power to an atomizer with no electronic circuitry, power adjustments or electronic safety features

Coming in the form of metal tubes or boxes made from wood to metal or plastic, an unregulated mod is the simplest of all vape mods in terms of functionality. Housing one or multiple batteries, a press of the button will complete the circuit and send raw battery power to the installed atomizer and coil.

Although simple in functionality, unregulated mods are deemed “advanced devices” because they will power any atomizer & coil regardless of the coil’s resistance, the type of wire, or even if the atomizer has a short (not good!). But they also allow the knowledgeable hobbyist freedom to create a wide range of vaping experiences from subtle to the extreme.

Mechanical mods (tube): Mechanical tube mods first hit the market in 2008 with the Screwdriver by Trog. It took a few years, but mechanical mods became highly sought-after. Generally in single-battery set-up housing an 18650 (or 18350, 18490, or 26650), and in a variety of metals, like stainless steel to copper to brass, these were the ideal device for hobbyists that eventually helped DIY coils (“building”) and cloud blowing become a thing.

Squonk Boxes: Started in ’09 with the JuiceBox, and then popularized by Reosmods, squonk mods are (mostly) unregulated box mods with either a single battery or battery bank with an on-board bottle of ejuice. That bottle is squeezed (or squonked) through a small window to supply juice upward into the atomizer. These devices helped make dripping more like using a tank.

Series mods: An advanced mod like the Wismec Noisy Cricket (v1) that uses more than one battery, most times side-by-side. Based on how the batteries are “wired” together (see image in gallery), the voltage of each cell is added together (ex. 3.7V + 3.7V = 7.4V) resulting in twice the voltage. But, the max current and battery life is a single battery. In that example, it’s twice the voltage of a single battery, but with the battery life and load capabilities of one battery.

Parallel mods: In a parallel mod, no matter the number of cells used, the voltage will remain that of one battery unlike a series mod (ex. 3.7V + 3.7V = 3.7V). In a parallel configuration, the batteries evenly share the load of the coil’s resistance. However, the battery life (mAh) and maximum current (amps) will be doubled, thus allowing very low coil resistance while minimizing the strain on any one cell.

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