We used to call this category "Mid-Size". This is really more than just mid-size electronic cigarettes, it has become the standard that eCigs users carry around. Designed around the 14 mm eGo and EVOD style batteries, these are the most common size electronic cigarettes users have with them on a day to day basis. They are available in a wide range of colors to suit anyone and available in a wide range of features.
We used to call this category "Mods" ... but that really does not do justice to all the fine products available. Mods would normally mean a device that has been modified in some way to enhance its functionality. The mods listed here do not meet this description: they are personal vaporizers with advanced features.
"Mechanicals" are devices with interchangeable batteries that are entirely mechanical and feature no electronics. There are two notable exceptions: some have basic wiring for a firing button and others have a tiny "button" circuit to protect the user from battery failure or damage.
There is no doubt that using eGo and EVOD style batteries is the ultimate in convenience. Just recharge and vape. They are a nice form factor sized like a thick pen. Battery life can range from 3 hours up to 12 hours or so. Most are fixed voltage with some available in "twist" or "spinner" ... that is you can adjust the voltage up to about 4.8 volts. These are rechargeable about 300 times ... once your battery will no longer hold a charge, you need to replace the entire unit. Many Advanced Personal Vaporizers offer the ability to change the battery only. There are a considerable number of batteries sizes and technologies. Vaping is a high-drain on batteries, make sure you select the type of battery that is designed for high-drain use.
We've been using the Nitecore I4 for quite some time now. We found the sliding mechanism a bit stiff, but quite satisfied with it otherwise. We decided to compare it to the new Nitecore D4, Efest LUC V4 and Efest LUC S2. Join us for a non-technical review.
Risks In More Wattage
More mods with more watts. Is that really good for the industry? Heed these warnings.
There are many stories of batteries shorting out and venting. Many vapers carry spare batteries in their pocket -- one of the riskiest ways to get them to short out. Read all about it here.
ALERT: SMY God 180 watt
Vendors and vapers considering the SMY God 180 watt mod should be aware they are reported as flimsy with frequent breakdowns. The company does not stand behind the vendor and vapers are likely to run into issues with these. Read a conversation between the manufacturer and a vendor trying to get support.
Charger: Efest LUC blu6
Here's the world's first six bay battery charger that features bluetooth connectivity. You can charge six batteries together or independently of each other. Change the settings and monitor progress with a bluetooth app (available for IOS or Android).
Battery: Samsung 25R
The Samsung 25R 18650 battery is one of my favorites. It's a 2500 mAh battery rated at 20A with a maximum pulse of 100A. Samsung have released a new version of this battery. The original with the blue vinyl wrap is known as the 25R2 and the new one with the green vinyl wrap is known as the 25R5. While I also have other brands, Samsung 25R is my go-to battery. I always get them from Canvape ... they have the lowest prices anywhere for these Samsung batteries (and it's the 25R5 they carry now.). Here we explore the difference between the 25R2 and 25R5.
Battery: LG HG2 3000mAh
The LG HG2 3000mAh battery is rated at 11.1WH. Released in 2014 and generally available in mid-2015, this is one battery we have been watching for some time. Here we compare it to one of the best batteries around, the Samsung 25R 2500mAh.