It’s hard to find an up-to-date list of the best mechanical mods. If you’re an enthusiast vaper that loves using mechs, you know this to be true. Mech mods are not as popular as they once were, due in large part to the modern technology of box mods having more universal appeal. Also, because strong user-knowledge is recommended to operate a mechanical mod safely, they’ve fallen out of favor in the marketplace. Most online vape shops no longer even have a section for mechanical mods! That’s okay. Here’s a list compiled by our team of vape enthusiasts that are more-than-familiar with this category of vape mods.
A dream come true for mech lovers. Designed by Stan aka TenaciousTXVapes, the Dreamer features a hybrid connection and a reversible tube for customizable grip. It is 27 mm in diameter (tapers down to 25 mm) and can be used with an 18650, 20700 or 21700. Its multipoint contact pin provides maximum conductivity.
A high-end look and feel for an excellent value. The Thunderhead Creations Tauren is a 24 mm tube mod that comes with a hybrid connection. It is compatible with 18650s, 20700s or 21700s. The switch fires instantly using a 360° full contact design. An affordable and versatile device for mechanical mod enthusiasts.
Sub Ohm Innovations returns with another hard-hitter. The SUBZERO X is a cross between the popular Legendary and Shorty mech mods. The 25 mm mod uses silver plated contacts and interchangeable sleeves. Powered by 18650s via a hybrid connection, it features a copper locking switch and automatic battery adjustment.
The Broadside Admiral 20700 is a powerful and versatile tube mod. It features a clutch-style switch that ensures consistent firing response. It runs on either an 18650 or a 20700 and makes contact using a floating 510 pin. The adjustable battery contacts are made from copper-plated silver for maximum conductivity.
The Viva La Cloud El Thunder is a hard-hitting mechanical mod from Russia. It’s 26 mm in diameter and utilizes a hybrid connection. Powered by a single 18650 battery, the device has an ergonomic feel and dependable performance. The switch uses a self-cleaning collet connection for a smooth and consistent throw.
VGOD offers a nice value with the Pro Mech 2. It comes with a hybrid connection and loaded with unique features that you don’t see on most mech tubes. Featuring a comfortable Delrin grip exterior and a self-adjusting battery ring. The TriCon carbon fiber switch ensures increased contact with your battery.
Wismec introduces an affordable option to the mech tube market. Designed by JayBo, the Wismec’s RX Machina is one of the smallest 20700 mech tubes around. It comes with four decorative/protective sleeve options, a gold-plated firing button and an innovative design that includes a spring-loaded top cap insulator.
Mechanical mods demand user knowledge of ohms law, lithium-ion battery safety, and electrical conductivity.
A mechanical mod is a simple yet advanced vaping device that delivers raw battery power to an atomizer without electronic regulations, safeguards or protections for the user. For knowledgeable hobbyists, this allows for a wide degree of customization depending on the batteries used, the build of the atomizer and the materials used on the mech mod itself.
There are just a few parts to a mech mod:
Unlike the industry-dominant regulated box mods, mechanical mods will send battery current to an atomizer regardless of its resistance. That means that even if your atomizer has a short or a dangerously low resistance for your chosen battery, a mechanical mod will still power it and continue to power it if the button is pressed, which could lead to catastrophic battery failure.
Warning: it’s strongly recommended for the average user to avoid hybrid mechanical mods.
A hybrid mech mod is a mechanical metal tube mod with serious and inherent risks beyond the typical mechanical mod. A hybrid mech mod differs from a traditional mechanical mod in one way: there is no insulated 510 contact in the top cap of the mod. The atomizer’s 510 pin makes direct contact with the positive terminal of the battery, delivering power more quickly than a typical mechanical mod due to less metal the current travels through.
In the early days of e-cigs, atomizer threading was considered proprietary and meant to only work on a given brand’s devices. Now, 510s are standardized, enabling almost any brand’s atomizers to work with almost any brand’s mod. The danger with hybrid mechs is that almost all atomizers will fit, but very few were designed to work safely on them. Here’s the problem:
The metal threading of an atomizer’s 510 is a negative ground insulated from the positive pin that sits inside of it, but the pin doesn’t stick out very far from the threading (maybe a millimeter or less). In normal mods — all mods separate from hybrid mechs — the pin doesn’t need to stick out far, if at all, because it only touches the mod’s insulated positive pin. But In a hybrid mech mod, there’s typically not enough clearance between an atomizer’s negative threading and the battery’s positive terminal. Because of that, there is a chance the atomizer’s negative threading will make contact with the battery’s positive terminal which would result in a dead short, possibly leading to thermal runaway (a battery violently venting like a roman candle.) For this reason, it is strongly recommended to steer clear of these devices.
Mechanical mod vape devices represent a niche and hobbyist segment of the market and are not the type of devices to “learn on.” Vaping is meant to be a safer alternative to smoking, and one should always keep that in mind no matter what you see others doing in vape shops or on YouTube. There are no advantages to using a mechanical mod over a regulated mod that warrant the risk for the average user. If you’re new to vaping, do yourself a favor and begin with recommended vape starter kits. If you’re experienced at vaping but want to try something with more power, check out a list of high wattage regulated mods.