Regulated vs Mechanical Mods

Alrighty Vapers, it is Throwback Thursday time and if you are a vaper who knows their stuff, then this blog might not be for you. The point of these Thursday blogs is to bring back some basic information for those who need reminding about certain hardware. Todays blog entails the main differences between a Mechanical Mod and a Regulated Mod.

Alrighty, there is a lot of confusion out there about what a Regulated Mod is and what a Mechanical Mod is, and the similarities and differences between the two. Well sit down on your soft comfy couch, with your leather bound books, and your deliciously flavored vapor and lets learn a little bit more about these devices.

Now, to start we are going to discuss what these devices are, and then we will get into the pro’s and cons of each device. So lets start with Mechanical Mods.

Mechanical Mods are internally, the most basic device you can get. They have no internal wires or circuit boards. They are composed of a tube that holds your battery, a top cap that makes contact with the positive side of your battery, and a bottom cap that makes contact with the negative side of your battery. Now the bottom cap on most mechanical mods will usually have a locking mechanism. This allows you to keep the mod in a mode where it will not fire your battery when you are not meaning to use it. When locked, inside a mechanical mod, the battery will be able to make contact with the top cap but not the bottom one. When unlocked, you are able to push the button on the bottom of your mech mod and by doing this you are pushing up the negative contact that is on your bottom cap to make contact with the negative side of your battery. This completes the circuit and allows current to be pushed up through your battery and into your coil, to heat it up and vaporize your e-juice.

But hold on,  you are probably wondering, “If they are so basic, then why are they meant for advanced users?” Well that is a good question, A+ for you if you thought about that. Mechanical mods have no internal processor to keep your voltage at a set level. So in Layman’s terms your battery will have a voltage output starting at 4.2 volts and then will slowly deplete with use. The lack of a processor means there is no internal protection for over-depleting a battery which can lead to battery failure. This lack of a circuit also means there is no protection if your atomizer has a short. The lack of these two protections can make the mod dangerous to use if you are not educated throughly on battery safety and electricity. Therefore we recommend them for advanced users only. If you are an advanced user looking for a mechanical mod, here is a link if you would like to see some the Mechanical Mods that we sell: Infinite Brand Mechanical Mods.

Now, lets get into Regulated mods. Pretty much any other e-cig device you see out there that isn’t a mechanical mod is a regulated mod. All this means is that regulated mods have internal circuitry.  These types of mods include standard voltage mods, variable voltage mods, variable wattage mods and variable voltage and wattage mods. They do have the appropriate circuitry to protect from, say continually firing a faulty battery and melting it. Your regulated mod will shut down if something is wrong with your connections, which makes them a newbie friendly device. Some of these regulated mods also have a built-in voltage meter and Ohm reader which become very handy as a teaching tool for those getting into the advance e-cigarettes. Regulated mods can get a little more advanced as you get in to variable voltage and wattage devices. If you are using one of these devices, or are thinking of trying one out, just make sure you look up Ohm’s Law and understand the relationship between resistance, current, voltage and wattage. Here is a tutorial video that you can watch about this topic:

Here is a link to some of our Regulated mods: Regulated Mods

So both devices are wonderful, but they are definitely on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the user. With mechanical mods you really need to know about battery safety and the basics of electricity and Ohm’s Law. So as you move forward, if you decide to pick up a mechanical mod, please just take this into consideration and make sure you know your stuff before you dive in. If you are content with using regulated mods, thats great! People really only tend to get into mechanical mods because they start wrapping their own coils and want to achieve a higher wattage that some regulated mods can’t achieve.

Something to Think About:

So here comes the big decision, what do you prefer? Everyone has a preference! Are you going to brave it and try out the Mechanical Mod, or play it safe and stick with the Regulated mod? Please let us know what you prefer and why, some newbies might like to hear what you have to say!



Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

  • Aj says:

    2 months into vapping here. started with a Hana mod 50w. the first 3 days i couldn’t vape above 20watts. was embarrassing (no clouds for me) after a week i ran at 50w no matter what. quickly bought a Segeli 100+ and gave my wife the Hana (she is at 20w)
    now I’m selling the Segeli because 100w isn’t enough. looking to get a series Mec box mod. ( 8.4 volts …oh yea!)

  • Will says:

    I started off on a vape pen, I used it mostly for tricks and such, then I started watching videos on vaping and eventually bought an eleaf 50w. I like the mod and all, it’s just lately it’s been malfunctioning. So I started looking into getting a mech mod and either a tesla 200w or a Snow wolf 200w. My only problem is my current mod, if I try to vape above 30w at any ohm it shuts down.

    • John Swanke says:

      When did you buy the Eleaf, and did you purchase it through Mt Baker Vapor? All of our Hardware (excluding coils, cartomizers, and removable batteries) has a 6 month warranty for any manufacturing defects. If it is malfunction it can be sent in to us for a replacement. Please contact support@mtbakervapor.com if you believe the product is still under warranty.

      If you’re truly looking for a new mod let me suggest the IPV 4S. It’s an incredible box mod. Or if you’re looking for a mechanical mod I actually use a silver SMK Flagship Mechanical Mod and have for close to a year now and absolutely love it.

  • Pol Isay says:

    Hi. I started vaping way back 2011 using a pen vape w/ a cartomizer on it. But then i only used it for a month and went back to smoking again. Now i finally decided to quit smoking after 18 years (w/ a 1month break LOL) and switched to vaping. I have a regulated mod (Snow Wolf 200) but at the same time i use a RDA (Cigreen Lycan RDA) and i build my own coils. I really love those coil porns that i see on my IG account and at the same time as a newbie, regulated mod comes in handy.

  • Phil says:

    Hey all, I had a regulated mod (kbox mini) it was okayish I mean I’ve been vaping for 5 months now and a month after I started my mini was stolen at work. So I switched (or took a leap) and got a unregulated box mod (frank-n-box redvapor.com) and kept it still going strong. It runs on dual 18650s. I had a hellboy clone RDA and made a single wire 28 gauge twisted parallel 3/4 wrap dual micro coil. It read at 0.14 ohms which melted the peep insulator and now I’m stuck with this cheapo clone of a clone patriot RDA matted to my hellboy top cap with a single wire parallel 5/6 wrap dual micro coils. So for all you newbies out there, vape safe and congrats on the switch from analogs.

  • Tony says:

    Has anyone know somebody that had a mechanical mod blow up on them

  • Ja TR says:

    Will regulated mod explode like mechanical mod?

    • Josh Hanna says:

      No mod can be 100% safe but regulated mods are significantly less risky since they have a chip in them to adjust the power output. Just be sure to have all the right hardware to run the mod correctly and safely.

  • chris says:

    Is the vape production on a mechanical mod the same as regulated device, and can u use tanks on unregulated mods

    • Josh Hanna says:

      You can use a tank on an unregulated mod, just make sure you read up on battery safety. You can check out an awesome article here http://onvaping.com/battery-safety-and-ohms-law/ on battery safety. The vape production depends on the mod and how you use it. On an unregulated, the production starts going down as the batteries start to drain. The regulated will have the same production the whole time.

  • John Anthony A. Clemente says:

    So started vaping my first mod is incubus and a succubus rda.. I am new to vaping and may i ask is it good for begginers like me and i just bought this mod recently so i want to stick with it.

  • Rafy says:

    I Started Vape With a Vape pen for 3 month then i lost it. because of that i start smoke again for 1 Years. then i start vape again with a mech mod with an Rda atty now im really bored of my mech mod and want to try regulated mod any recommend mod that i should use ? (for vape tricks & cloud chase)

  • lan says:

    I’ve been vaping for 2 mos now. i use a smok x cube mini but today my regulatod mod is not functioning well and it’s not turning on and sometimes its just go off looping to a like welcome note on it’s screen. as i open the screws and check the mod I noticed that the some parts of my mod has juices in it. tried to let it dry out and so far it’s seems functioning again now but haven’t tested it yet with atomizer. what should i be worrying now?

  • Brian Paullin says:

    I have seen vaping come a long way. Back in 08 i bought one of the ecig sets from 711 for 25 bucks. The ones that actually looked like a cigarette. Is was shit. So I never thought about vaping and always thought of cloud chasers as douchy overcompensating newage stoner wannabes. Then 4 months ago my daughter was born. I made the switch to vaping to quit tobacco and ill be damned if i was hooked immediately. I bought an rx200 and a smok tfv8 and looking into getting a rda.

    • Josh Hanna says:

      It helps! Congratulations on the new addition to your family! It is a great reason to switch and as you said, things have come a long way!

  • matt says:

    Ive been vaping for nearly a year now. I’m using a kbox mini with the kanger pro tank 4 with pro rba duel plaited 28g 6 wraps running at .3 ohms. Loving it. Plenty o clouds and flavour. Need to get a mod that dosnt use batteries as much. Switching batteries every 3-4 hrs.

    • Josh Hanna says:

      Kbox is a great mod. If you are looking for one that does not use a ton of power but last a long time, I would suggest the RX200.

  • Naveed khan says:

    Hello plz tell me whether eleaf Pico is mech or Otherone. Plus I have another question to ask which tank should I buy with it..? I need an atomizer which can support prebuilt coils plus the ones which I could make by myself. Plz reply me I really need to know that I am a newbie..

    • Tim Mechling says:

      The iStick Pico is a regulated mod with temperature control. I’d recommend the Griffin RTA from Geek Vape for the Pico: You can build on it, you can install pre-made coils, and it’s small enough to fit on the Pico!

  • Jerome says:

    Hi, so I have a kbox mini and I am wondering wether I am safe or not. I used to have a mech mod which exploded right in front of my mouth, good thing I only had minor burn on my lips. Is it safe for me to push my kbox at a higher wattage? I usually build at .2-.25 ohms.

    • Tim Mechling says:

      Since the KBOX is a regulated device, there are much more safety features than a mech mod. Keep in mind, even regulated devices require user caution and battery safety. My best advice is to know as much about your mod before vaping on it.

  • Sebastian says:

    been vapin for almost a month now, first used an SUBOX mini with its .5 ohm coil at 30w was decent then i straight swapped it to a Koopor Mini + Velocity V2 (Quad-coil, 7 wrap) reads at .2 ohm on 60w and been happy with it but now im planning to switch to a dual/tri batt mod cause this single batt mod drains so damn fast. planning to buy an RX2/3 or an osmium, anything to recommend on the same price range as an RX2/3?

  • Christian says:

    Hello, I am new to vaping and just planning to start. Is it fine if I get a mech mod right away? Coz I cant afford the regulated mods. Thank you

  • Jill says:

    How would I know if I have bought a mech mod or a regulated mod? I paid £34 for one in a vap shop and £10 for one off the internet which is a ‘Blu’ model? Now I’m not sure if either is safe and I’m frightened to use it.

    • Corey G says:

      I would need to know the product number to be able to answer this. This article explains all the differences between the two. You should be able to find your answer after reading.

  • Wes says:

    Is the Aspire Atlantis 2 on an istick TC40w a “safe” setup? Seeing all of the horror stories made me think I better be sure. I just saw the one where a guy had 7 teeth knocked out, etc, etc. Yet interestingly enough, his hands appeared totally unharmed.

    • Corey G says:

      We all have a vested interest in vaping safety. If someone gets hurt while vaping, it hurts the user, and the vaping community as a whole. If we want to keep vaping in the free world, we need to stay up to date on safety. Here is a list of great vaping safety tips!

  • Chip says:

    I was a heavy smoker sometimes 2 or more packs a day. I quit after a 3 yr jail trip and started cigar smoking upon release. Tried a vape-pen and hated it some I went to a Kbox mini and haven’t smoked any tobacco products for 6+months. I run at 40 watts, but would like a thicker cloud. Should I upgrade, or try higher watt coils?

  • SantiQuitsSmoking says:

    Hi, i am new to vaping. Been vaping for 2 months now trying to quit smoking. Im using Joytech Evic 75w. Im firing at around 40-45w .15 ohms, using 24mm avocado RDTA 22 gauge (.60) kanthal A1 wire 6 loops. Im about to upgrade to RX200s because my old mod drains quickly. Is good to have 3 LG chocos in it? And any tips guys before i use it? I wanted to learn more about it before i use it.

  • Jay_vape08 says:

    Hi, newbie here.. can you recomend a mod setting for the Eleaf iStick Pico 75w starter kit?? plus in the starter kit is has a Melo3 Mini tank.. what kind of coil does it have?? thanks

  • Chip says:

    I have upgraded from the Kbox mini to a smok alien mod 220w with the baby beast tank. I’m running athe 5o watts currently. I’m not impressed with the current tank size and am looking for any advice on a larger tank please and thank you.

  • Vaper_84 says:

    Chip the Smok Alien is capable of taking tanks up to 25mm in diameter such as the Geekvape Eagle or Griffin and most modern tanks come in either 24 / 25mm. The Alien is a good device and the chip I have to say is impressive compared to some other mods.

  • Loki's Joker says:

    I have been vaping for about 4 years now and have loved every minute of it. Through the years I’ve been asked several times about Mech vs Reg. For me it comes down experience. Mech mods are wonderful for their simplicity and raw power. I own several myself and will often turn to them when I want to cloud chase and have a little fun. BUT, they can be dangerous for someone who is not experienced in coil building. I also love and own regulated mods and are generally my daily carry for ease of use, functionality, and versatility. When choosing between the two, I would always recommend regulated first if you new coil building. From there you can get a grasp on what you doing safely. After that, if you are comfortable with you skills and have learned proper battery safety, then go for mech. Just be careful because accidents can happen and can be harmful. I know it gets old hearing time after time but it is for good reason. All in all, both have great properties to their own. Stay safe, vape safe.

  • Jay says:

    Well i started with mech mods, etc out of the gate in 2012. Tesla came out with the VV, then box mods hit three scene. Once the uwell crown came around with the high-wattage tank and sigelei throwing out the 100 in the 150 my mechanical worries been driving myself nuts about my build being perfect I’ve been using regulated ever since now. At the moment I’m weighing the following options the design capabilities for mechanical mods has become unbelievably gorgeous not to say that regulated isn’t that swell but there’s just so much for Riot e a beautiful mechanical boxes out there oh and for a fraction of the price that I think I’m leaning back towards the mechanical mod the question is do I really want to start building again so I’m not ashamed vanity.

  • Kelly says:

    I’ve been vaping for about a year and a half. I started with a cloupor mini (but it was always manfunctioning) then after two months of that, jumped right in and grabbed an ipv4. This thing is durable. I’ve dropped it so many times; the threads on top are stripped; the battery door falls off sometimes; yet still works like a champ.

    I’ve been annoyed with its size, recently. I used to carry a purse so i didnt mind, but now I’m thinking about going mech. I’m no “advanced” vaper so I’m wondering if it’s for me. And, any suggestions?

    • Corey Gefroh says:

      Luckily when it comes to size, mechanical mods are not your only option! Read up on battery and vaping safety to see if it’s for you, and check out some alternatives in case it isn’t. The Aspire K4 and Smok AL85 are great examples of smaller sized, regulated devices.

  • Stephanie says:

    Hello all you mad vapors:))). I have been using a regulated mod and a subohm tank for about a year now and am looking to try building on an Rdta. I was thinking about the VGOD Rdta since I have the VGOD pro 150 regulated box mod. Any suggestions. I am also partial to the Mad Hatter Rdta as well. Thank you

  • Kelly says:

    I’ve seen some smaller boxes but they never seem to hit quite as hard as my current setup. Any reason that may be?

  • Dave says:

    After over 5 years of vaping with all manner of kit I have just bought my first bottom fed RDA to use with a squonk mod and the flavour is amazing. I also purchased a Wasp Nano RDTA to have a play with and the flavour and performance from that is equally as good so I’ve decided to purchase a mech mod to sit it on as I sold mine a few years ago to a friend and all my other stuff is regulated. Love my toys and you can never have enough.

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