Most folks are familiar with rebuildable dripping atomizers (RDAs) and the performance they offer. The one disadvantage of using RDAs is the actual “dripping” part of the equation. Carrying around a bottle of e-liquid and constantly dripping into your atomizer can often be inconvenient and potentially messy. So, what if you could drip without dripping and still enjoy the inherent performance of a conventional RDA? Good news, you can!
Welcome to squonking! Below is a collection of the most recent and best bottom fed vape devices.
Best squonk mods 2017
- Drip Tip Height: 7 mm
- Drip Tip Width: 18 mm
- Material: Aluminum + SS
- Physical Dimensions: 73 x 46 x 25 mm
- Juice Storage: Reservoir / Bottle
- Refilling Method: Dripping / Squonk
- Battery Type: Single 18650
The Athena Squonk Kit is compact and attractive. It comes with everything you need to start squonking today. The kit includes the mod, a bottom fed dripper and an extra squonk bottle. Power and portability in the palm of your hand. Its safety lock allows you to chuck it in your pocket.
The included Athena RDA features a top airflow design, ideal for bottom feeding. It isn’t going to leak if you over-squonk, but still provides intense flavor. This box mod is fully mechanical, and runs on a single 18650. If you’re looking for your first squonker, this is it. A must-have for squonk enthusiasts.
- Accepts 18650/20700 battery
- Locking power switch
- Spring-loaded 510
- 8 mL Food grade silicone bottle
- Copper contacts (full mechanical)
- Replaceable front and back panels
Looking for an affordable bottom feeder mod? The Pulse BF is a great option, especially for the price. It’s a hard-hitting mechanical box mod, designed to squonk. Utilizing a single 20700-battery, it’s also compatible with an 18650 using the provided adapter. Don’t let the price fool you, this thing chucks.
The Pulse BF Squonk mod is compatible with all your favorite bottom-fed attys. The body is made of a nylon material that makes it lightweight and durable at the same time. It has an oversized firing button and a locking switch for safety. An excellent “balling on a budget” choice for squonk lovers.
- Brand: Lost Vape
- Model: Therion BF DNA75
- Material: Zinc Alloy
- Mod Type: Temperature Control Mod | VV/VW Mod
- APV Mod Wattage Range: 51-100W
- APV Mod Wattage: 75W
- Temperature Control Range: 200 - 600 Deg. F
- Battery Form Factor: 18650
- Battery Quantity: 1pc (not included)
- Battery Cover Type: Magnetic
- Connection Threading of Battery: 510
- Atomizer Type: Rebuildable Atomizer | Rebuildable Drippers
- Connection Threading of Atomizer: 510
The Lost Vape Therion BF utilizes the latest DNA75C chipset. It provides a smooth and accurate vape, whether in wattage or temp control mode. The Therion BF also comes in a variety of unique designs and colors. It’s a luxurious device for hardcore squonkers, who don’t want to sacrifice performance.
If you like to squonk in style, this is for you. The Therion BF has a full color TFT screen complete with theme designer software and a customizable interface. It is powered by a single 18650-cell and can support atomizers up to 25 mm. This is truly a pimped-out version of your traditional squonker mod.
- Size: 78.2 x 52.3 x 30 mm
- Max Wattage: 100 W
- Display: 0.96-inch
- Resistance range: 0.05 - 3.0 Ohm
- Suitable tank: no overhang with 26 mm tanks
- Battery type: high-rate 20700 battery (continuous discharge current ≥ 40 A | not included)
- Thread: 510 threaded
The iJoy Capo Squonk box isn’t your average squonk mod. Like most squonker mods, it utilizes a single battery with the option of either an 18650, 20700 or the 21700 included in the kit. With a 21700 cell, you get almost the performance of two 18650s, from a single battery. Flavor for days…
This squonk mod is a regulated device, unlike your typical mechanical squonkers out there. It goes up to 100 W, and features a big OLED screen. The fire button is big and comfy, and it holds up to 9 mL of e-juice in its easy-to-squeeze silicon bottle. The kit comes complete with the Combo RDA Triangle.
- Size: 88.5 * 45 * 31 mm
- Main material: aluminum alloy + zinc alloy
- Display: 0.96-inch TFT color screen
- Wattage range: 10 – 150 W
- Modes: POWER / Ti1 / Ni200 / SS304 / SS316 / SS317
- Voltage input: 3.2 - 4.2 V
- Battery support: 1 * 21700 / 1 * 20700 / 1 * 18650
- Resistance range: 0.1 Ohm - 3.0 Ohm
- Eliquid capacity: 5 mL
- Coil supporting: Kanthal / SS (304 / 316 / 317) / Titanium / Ni200 / TCR
- Charging support (Micro USB): DC 5 V/2
Regulated bottom feeder mods are rarer than unicorns. Not anymore. Sigelei has stepped up to the plate with the Fuchai Squonk 213. Don’t let the name fool you, this mod has a max output of 150 W when using a 21700 cell. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with one. The kit includes the Fuchai RDA.
The Sigelei Fuchai Squonk 213 also works with a 20700 or 18650, which will give you about 90 W of power. The interface is very much like the original Fuchai 213 dual battery mod. If you were a fan of the original Fuchai 213 and are into squonking, you’re going to love the Sigelei Fuchai Squonk 213.
- 5ml capacity squonk bottle
- Powered by 1 x 18650 battery (not included)
- Magnetic cover panel
- Round corner design
- Stainless Steel Construction
- 510 threading connection
- CNC Engraved
- 22 mm Diameter
- Two Post Build Deck
- 24K Gold Plated Dec;
- PEEK Insulator
- Clamp Snag System
- Convenient and Secure Assembly
- Comes with Gold Plated Brass Pin and SS Squonk Pin
The Druga RDA has been well received by squonking fans. Augvape has capitalized on its success by turning it into a full squonking kit. The combo includes a 22-mm version of the popular Druga RDA. The mod is made of tough plastic, so it’s durable yet lightweight. Inside is a 5 mL squonk bottle.
The Druga 22 squonker utilizes an attractive, square-shaped Ultem firing button. It has silver plated contacts to provide minimal voltage drop. It’s a fully mechanical device, with a simplistic design. The box mod has rounded edges for comfort and the signature Druga logo laser-engraved into the body.
- All Silver-Plated Contacts
- 6 mL Squonk Bottle (30 mL Quick Fill Bottle sold separately)
- Super soft Squonk Bottle
- 22 mm 510 connector
- Fully mechanical
- Delrin contact spacer to reduce heat
- Peak Buttons
- Waterproof plastic hard case
Armageddon made a splash with their Apocalypse RDA. Now they officially entered the squonk arena with the Armageddon Squonk Box V2. With notable improvements on the first Armageddon Squonk Box, such as an improved 510-connection and a smaller form factor. It’s their best squonk mod yet!
Designed for use with the Apocalypse RDA, but can be used with any squonk-ready dripper 25 mm or smaller in diameter. Constructed out of waterproof hard plastic, this box is truly Armageddon-proof. It also features silver-plated contacts and a peek firing switch. This hard hitter utilizes a single 18650.
- Dimensions: 78 x 50 x 25 mm
- Battery: 1x 18650 cell (not included)
- Material: Resin/Wood body
- Thread: Spring-loaded 510 thread (with BF pin)
- Bottle: 7 mL PET Food Grade
This resin squonk mod won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Aleader has designed the perfect squonker for vapers on a budget, who don’t want to sacrifice aesthetics. The X-Drip Squonk Box has the look and feel of an expensive box mod, but is super affordable. This mod redefines “balling on a budget”.
Running on a single 18650, the X-Drip holds up to 7 mL of juice. It uses interchangeable side panels, so you can customize it to your personal style. Complete with a big firing switch and locking feature. It’s one of the more inexpensive devices, but performs with some of the best squonk mods to date.
- Brand: HCigar
- Type: Electronic Cigarettes Accessories
- Accessories type: MOD
- Model: VT Inbox
- Material: Aluminum
- APV Mod Wattage Range: 51-100 W
- APV Mod Wattage: 75 W
- Adjustable voltage range: 0.2 – 6 V
- Temperature Control Range: 100 - 300 Deg. C / 200 - 600 Deg. F
- Battery Form Factor: 18650
- Battery Quantity: 1pc (not included)
The HCigar VT Inbox isn’t just a regulated squonker. Powered by the DNA75 board, it provides accurate temperature control and wattage outputs. It runs on a single 18650-battery and holds 8 mL of e-juice. Using the Evolv software, this mod is fully customizable based on your specific needs.
The device uses interchangeable magnetic battery doors. You can easily change the look of it to suit your style. On the power button, there is a battery indication light that tells you how much life you have. The VT Inbox accommodates all your favorite bottom fed drippers up to 25 mm in diameter.
- Fire Button with safe lock
- 1 PEEK with 510-adapter to prevent overheating
- 24k gold material on metal parts to ensure the best electronic conductivity
- 510 spring contact-pin to support all atomizers
- 3pcs PET food grade bottles with 7ml capacity
- Noble Padauk/Resin material for mod body
- Uses one 18650 Battery (not included)
Resin squonk mods are usually quite pricey. Not this one! Stentorian in collaboration with Wotofo has created a flashy resin squonker that won’t send you into poverty. It has that high-end box mod look, while costing a fraction of what you would expect to pay for one. Well it’s about damn time…
The Stentorian RAM doesn’t just look nice, it performs well too. Running on a single 18650-battery, the RAM performs the way a mech mod should. Inside the mod is a 7 mL squonk bottle, protected by powerful magnetic doors. They also included a safe, locking switch feature for when it’s not in use.
How a squonker works
The operation of a squonk device is very simple, as shown in the diagram below. Simply press the e-liquid bottle via the bottle opening (squonk hole) in the mod and liquid is fed by pressure via a tube into your atomizer through the 510-connection, saturating the wicking material. Releasing the pressure will reclaim excess liquid back into the bottle.
History of squonkers
The origins of bottom feed mods date back to 2009. The person most often credited with creating the first commercially available squonker is “Carlos49”, at the time a member of the E-Cigarette Forum (ECF). His creation, the JuiceBox, featured an integrated atomizer.
The JuiceBox never achieved commercial success due to the inability to service the integrated atomizer without sending it back to the modder coupled, and because of an inability to fulfill orders.
The JuiceBox did, however, serve as the inspiration for what is likely the most popular and successful squonker of all time: The REO, created by Robert O’Neil, another ECF member. The REO is widely considered the gold standard in bottom feed mods and has introduced thousands of vapers to the joys of squonking.
Rob introduced his first REOs to the world in early 2010 and has continued developing new models up to the recent REO P67, introduced earlier this year. The REO eschewed an integrated atomizer in favor of external atomizers such as 306/801/901 cartomizers and 510 atomizers.
In the years since the introduction of bottom feeder mods, many more have come to market as squonking is rapidly gaining in popularity among the vaping community. With the additional entrants to the market have come numerous improvements and innovations.
Most notably are regulated squonk mods, both variable wattage and temperature control, and the ability to use 25 mm atomizers, whereas older models may have only accepted 22 mm atomizers.
Regulated squonk boxes will typically be considerably larger than their mechanical counterparts due to the additional space required for the circuit board and associated components. Squonkers using YiHi SX350J and, especially, the Evolve DNA250 chipsets are going to be downright large.
However, whether you prefer mechanical devices or regulated varieties, there is a bottom feeder mod out there for you. While still a niche market, the options available to current and potential users of bottomed mods is ever expanding. In the last year, we’ve seen a huge surge in bottom feeders.
Let’s take a minute to discuss squonking atomizers. A squonking or bottom feed atomizer is nothing more than an RDA with some modifications to facilitate the feeding (squonking) and reclamation (draining) of juice. The 510-positive pin of the atomizer is hollow, allowing e-liquid to pass through.
Be aware of the materials used in your squonking atomizers. Modifying copper and brass pins for squonking will allow your e-liquid to be in contact with those metals and potentially lead to elements leaching into your liquid. We recommend using only stainless steel 510 pins for squonking applications.
Fortunately, these days, most modern RDAs come squonk-ready. (See Best RDAs for more options.)
Which squonker is right for you?
Now that we’ve covered the basics of squonking and atomizers, how about some mods? Historically, squonking has been an expensive endeavor. While there are still plenty of high dollar squonk rigs to choose from, a few recent entrants from China have hit the market at very reasonable price points.
Some budget friendly squonkers include the Pulse BF (regulated), the Aleader X-Drip (regulated), and the Geek Vape Athena (unregulated). Scroll up to find some more affordable, entry-level squonkers.
From there your options are only limited by your wallet and, to some degree, availability. Many of the higher end squonk mods are produced in very limited numbers and are highly sought after, making securing some of them a daunting proposition. Acquiring a lot of the higher end mods often requires joining a waiting list or through various other mechanisms typically available only through the modder’s Facebook page or group. These budget squonks are giving them a run for their money!
Is squonking for everyone? Absolutely not. However, with some of the inexpensive options available now, the cost of entry isn’t prohibitive, so many more folks may opt to see if squonking is right for them. Remember, don’t drip and drive kids! Squonk instead! What’s YOUR favorite squonk device?