Regulated vs. Unregulated
- A regulated mod is a device that contains a circuit board to regulate the current.
- Any device that has a variable voltage or wattage setting is a regulated device.
- A regulated device can be programmed to exact voltage, wattage and sometimes temperatures.
- The voltage applied to the atomizer is controlled to what you set it to regardless of the charge state of the battery.
- If a coil resistance is too low for the regulated mod then the vaper will receive an error message and the mod will not work.
- Regulated mods provide vapes with a consistent vape until the battery reaches the point where it must be charged.
- When you set the wattage on a regulated device, you will get the same wattage every time you vape.
Examples of regulated mods:
- Kanger Sub-box Mini by Kangertech
- MVP by Innokin iTaste
- eVic-VTC by Joytech
- Snow Wolf by Asmodus
- VT200 by Hcigar
- IPV 3 by Pioneer
- Sigelei 150 watt by Sigelei
- Unregulated mods are also referred to as mechanical mods.
- Depending on the device unregulated mods can run a single 18650 and dual-parallel 18650.
- Mechanical mods operate by point of contact.
- Unregulated devices do not have a circuit board for regulating current to the coil.
- Some unregulated, dual-parallel box mods require a protection feature called MOSFET (metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor) which is a type of transistor used for amplifying or switching electronic signals. *This will be touched on in-depth for a future post.
- The output voltage of a mechanical mod varies depending on multiple factors. These factors include: size of battery, charge state of the battery, resistance of the coil.
- Unregulated mods require use with a “high drain" battery.
- Using an unregulated device allows you to power very low resistance coils and receive massive power out of the coil.
- Unregulated devices are incredibly simple, if you understand the way they work, there is very little that can go wrong with them, and if something does go wrong you or a local shop can generally fix it.
- Does not give you a consistent vape for the life of the battery.
- Since there is no circuitry in a mechanical mod, the battery will continue to fire until it is completely dead. This is considered over-discharging, and should NEVER be done!
Examples of unregulated/mechanical mods:
- Tugboat Mod by Flawless
- SMPL Mod by Epic Designs Studios
- Dos Equis Box Mod by Mohawk Mods
- Dimitri by Vaping Kiko
- Tuglyfe Unregulated Box Bod by Flawless
- Limitless Mod by Limitless Mod Company