Squonking is officially taking the world by storm. Squonk mods have actually been around for quite some time but have only recently hit the mainstream. A squonker is a special type of vape mod with a built-in bottle containing e-liquid. It allows you to pump e-juice into your wicks and coils on demand. They are also known as bottom-fed devices because the liquid is fed upwards through the bottom of the atomizer.
Squonk mods can store more e-juice than even some of the larger-capacity tanks, while providing the same flavor intensity as a dripper. See our full guide below to learn more about squonk vapes and how they work — or read on to find out the best squonkers you can get right now.
The “squonk mod for everyone” just got better than ever. The Vandy Vape Pulse BF 80W is a collaboration with reviewer Tony B. It is lightweight, ergonomic and rated for up to 80 watts using a single 18650 or 20700 battery. The device features a leakproof 8 mL squonk bottle and many panel options to choose from.
The Rage 155W is a collaboration between OhmBoy OC and Desire Vape. It is a dual 18650 squonk mod, rated for 155 watts. It is crafted out of a durable Kirsite material and features a firmware upgradeable chipset, a bottom-loading 7 mL squonk bottle and a 0.59“ OLED display.
The DOVPO Basium 180W is a collaboration with The Vaping Biker. Focusing on utility, the Basium is a no-nonsense mod that can only be run in two modes: variable wattage and voltage. It takes dual 18650s and features a 0.96“ OLED screen with dual-battery monitoring capabilities and a 6 mL silicone squonk bottle.
The HCigar Aurora 80W is small in size but big on features. Made of durable zinc alloy, it uses the Towis XT80C chipset, and is rated for 80 watts. Compatible with three different types of batteries, it features a 0.96“ TFT color screen that displays all your vital vaping data. Its squonk bottle holds 7 mL of e-juice.
The Eleaf Pico Squeeze 2 is the evolution of the once super popular Pico Squeeze. A compact and rugged squonking setup, the Squeeze 2 now features the TC-capable Avatar Control chipset, a bright 0.49“ OLED display and an 8 mL squonk bottle. It is compatible with 18650 and 21700 batteries.
A squonk mod is a vape mod with a built-in squeeze bottle used to feed e-liquid to an atomizer, usually a rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA), up through the 510-connection. In essence, a squonk mod eliminates the need for dripping through the mouthpiece and “transforms” a bottle into a tank section for your atomizer. Press the bottle, wait for your wicks to saturate, and vape: you are squonking!
Squonking Is in fact nothing new. It all started with ECF’s user TheCarlos49 back in 2009 with his handmade Juice Box. Soon after, REO was the first company to bring a squonker to the market with their REO Grand squonk mod.
Squonk mods stayed in the high-end enthusiast territory for some time, until Yiloong came out with their Geyscano squonker in 2015, followed by Steam Crave’s 60W squonk mod. But it wasn’t until KangerTech brought it to the $30 territory with their Dripbox mod, that squonking started becoming a thing again. The Dripbox along with the Eleaf Pico Squeeze were the two mods that brought squonking to the masses, and the rest is history.
There are many ways to categorize squonk mods, but probably the most common is regulated vs. unregulated.
Unregulated squonkers are providing the atomizer with the raw power of the battery depending on the resistance of the build. Users have to build according to their batteries’ safety limits using Ohm’s law and battery safety knowledge. Some of the massively produced unregulated squonk mods come with built-in protections that will prevent shorts and potentially dangerous user errors, but others are in essence mechanical mods and carry no such protections.
Regulated squonk mods come with fully-featured VW/VV chipsets that let the user pick the wattage or voltage they wish to go with. The majority of them come with a wide array of safety features and eliminate most of the concerns regarding battery safety. They are generally considered the safest option when it comes to squonking — and the only viable option if you are a temperature-control vaper.
A squonking or bottom-fed atomizer is nothing more than a rebuildable atomizer with a few 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.
With squonk mods being so popular nowadays, you will be hard-pressed to find an RDA without a bottom-feeding pin. In fact, all the best RDAs in our best-of list are squonkable, with some of them having the BF-pin already installed by default.
Squonk mods are definitely not suitable for those new to vaping. However, if you enjoy vaping on RDAs and don’t want to carry vape juice bottles around — or maybe you just don’t always feel like dripping — then yes, you should get yourself a squonker. With many squonk mods carrying the same cost as traditional vape mods, and the vast majority of RDAs coming with bottom-feeding pins, squonking is actually a bonus feature. Feel like dripping when sitting at your desk? No problem. Want to go out and about without having to carry bottles with you? Fill your squonk bottle and you are ready to go!
Squonk mods are also great if you like collecting vape gear. But be prepared; many of the higher-end, handmade 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.