Best Vape Mods, Tanks, Box Mods and Starter Kits

Best Vape Mods: Full Reviews of the Best Tanks, Box Mods and Vape Mod Style Starter KitsThis section was designed to act as a basic introduction into the world of vaping mods for more advanced e-cig users (vapers) who are looking to take the next step in their vaping journey.

In this Section:


Best Vape Mods: Full Reviews of the Best Tanks, Box Mods and Vape Mod Style Starter KitsIf you are someone who is looking for more out of your electronic cigarette or, are looking for something new entirely like an APV (Advanced Personal Vaporizer) or vape mod, you’ve come to the right place.

This page features reviews of the best vape mods and “mod style” vaping kits for 2018. Use this section to find the vaping mod/APV/box mod, etc. that suits you best.

For many of us who make the switch from being full time smokers to full time vapers, vaping often becomes our little hobby and for some like myself, it almost goes as far as being a passion.

It’s almost a running joke among my close friends how we always try to hide how much we spend on this stuff. For me, it’s great fun and is still much less expensive (in so many ways) than smoking would be.

Best E-Cig and Vape Mods: Best Tanks and Batteries for 2018 -Reviews of all the top new vaping mods for 2018!I spent over $3000.00 every year on tobacco (close to $60,000.00 in my lifetime).

I have never even come close to spending $1000.00 per year on vaping accessories, mods and such, but somehow spending $10.00 at a time on a pack of smokes feels like less psychologically than dropping a few hundred dollars all at once on a single mod.

Weird I know, but that’s how it goes…

So if you’re reading this page, you are probably like myself and have some experience vaping.

Hopefully you’ve now quit smoking altogether and you are looking to explore other possibilities in an effort to take more control of your vaping experience than a simple cigalike or variable voltage ego style e-cig can offer.

You’ve probably seen videos of modded e-cig users exhaling clouds of vapor so thick you can’t even see through them.

My first exposure to a good mod was at a little vape shop in Montreal where the dealer was straight inhaling huge hits and exhaling the most vapor I had ever seen.

He put on a new tip for me and let me use it, and I was blown away at the difference between that and my more traditional ego style “spinner”.

When he first handed it to me and told me I could straight-inhale, it took me a minute to understand exactly what he meant.

I was so used to mouth-to-lung vaping, the same way I used to smoke, I had never even considered direct lung inhaling until that point.

Best E-Cig and Vape Mods: Best Tanks and Batteries for 2018 -Reviews of all the top new vaping mods for 2018!Vaping Mods can seem overwhelming at first as it seems like there is so much to learn, so let’s start just with the basics for now by looking at what a “mod” actually is.

The word mod as you may have guessed is just a shortened version of the word modified and that’s really all it means.

Initially, mods were either home-made, or home-modified devices built by techies to extend the battery life and sometimes the size of the tanks on their devices.

As things progressed, variable wattage became something that was added to most modded battery setups on top of the variable voltage that was already available in many ego style batteries.

Best Vape Mods: Full Reviews of the Best Tanks, Box Mods and Vape Mod Style Starter KitsSome of the newer box mods on the market now even offer temperature control!

The word mod or mods now refers pretty much to any type of electronic cigarette that steps out of the traditional cigalike or ego style vape pens into a world of it’s own and could more aptly be called an advanced personal vaporizer or APV.

Because the world of vape mods is so vast, and changing on a daily basis, my plan with this section is to guide you through some of the more basic mods to start you off, and let your imagination take you from there.

Best Vape Mods: Full Reviews of the Best Tanks, Box Mods and Vape Mod Style Starter KitsI hope this section helps you on your journey into the world of vape mods and possibly inspired you in taking that next step if you haven’t already.

I loved to smoke while I did, and I smoked for over 20 years. I have now come to love vaping even more and I never seem to grow tired of trying out new devices, e-liquids, etc.

When I speak about those who like to push the envelope, I guess I am one at this point. One thing is for sure, vaping isn’t boring!

With electronic cigarettes, vaping mods, add-ons, upgrades and so on, we really could go on for days. I hope this section provided a nice jumping off point and was helpful in increasing your overall vaping experience and pleasure.

Best Vape Mods: Full Reviews of the Best Tanks, Box Mods and Vape Mod Style Starter KitsIf you feel that you are not ready for these yet, you can always go back and review some of the best cigalike starter kits here or, see the top rated ego style (vape pens) available here.

For those who are as passionate about vaping as I am, feel free to check out my other blog where I focus completely on finding the best dry herb vaporizers.

For anything I may have missed, or any question you may have, please feel free to use the comment section below and by all means, feel free to suggest what you think are the best vape mods for 2018!

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Happy vaping!





36 thoughts on “Best Vape Mods, Tanks, Box Mods and Starter Kits

  1. Great info! On my 5th day of vaping and cig. free!! Feels great, so intrigued with vaping and learning the ins and outs! Love my nautilus aspire!!!!

  2. This is a great thread that you have written. I have been using the 20 watt I stick with a nautilus mini tank. I am looking to upgrade to a cotton drip mod but there are so many out there. I vape all day long and go thru a lot of coils. I want the best cotton drip mod available.. I love the fact that you can change flavor s whenever you wwant. The nautilus mini cost me too much money on coils. So two questions first one is: what’s the best cotton drip mod out there and two: do you know of a website that sells the nautilus mini coils cheaper than $4.00 a piece. Thanks….matt

    • Hey Matt, thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. The setup you have is great although I know when you do vape all day, you can go through a lot of coils. Personally they last me 2-4 weeks depending how much I’m vaping. One of the best RDAs around right now is the Mutation Indulgence X V2. You will need to build it yourself of course, but it’s among the easier to build on. It has great airflow and a slightly larger drip tip that the Aspire Nautilus. You can roll your own coils, or you can even by some ready-made coils like these (they’re around 60 cents each).
      If you prefer a tank the best and most popular RTA right now is the Kayfun Lite.
      Hope that helps!

      • Hey Babs, glad you’re thinking about getting your first vape! That’s awesome! For a first timer I would recommend the Nautilus for sure. The Kayfun is a rebuildable tank atomizer, so you’d have to build it yourself. Since you’re new to vaping, I would say stick with the Nautilus because you can use it right out of the box, no building involved. I hope that helps and I really hope you enjoy it! Welcome to the #vapefam!

    • wash your nautilus coils in Hot water, make sure you get the cotton ones. Push water from back to front through the coil. Then blow through the coil until its almost dry. Hook it up to your atomizer without the tank
      just the coil sticking up and fire for very short bursts and you will hear the water sizzle. Just before you see the coil begin to glow, stop. Then prime with new juice and fill your tank, Let it wick. I have used the same Nautilus cotton coil for three months. I also do this with the Kanger Aerotank coils as well and they work just as good and wick even faster. I have not thrown a coil away in a year and a half. If you have to soak in ethanol (ever clear) NOT {methanol or isopropyl}…. Leave the coil in the water and or alcohol overnight if your need to but I never do. I switch e-juice 3-5 time daily with the same coil. No residual from former e-juice.

      I discovered this on a youtube video and tried it with some cheap juice first but it works perfect. They want you to buy coils every month for a five pack but cotton is cotton and wire is wire. I have had no problems since I watched that video and saved a ton of money. Occasionally I will burnout a coil by running out of juice or drying the coil too long and burning the cotton, but very rarely. Don’t dry the coil with the atomizer if you use alcohol it may ignite and it evaporates very quickly. just blow through it.

  3. Excellent info. Thank you! I actually bought an Aspire Nautilus tank (5ml) before I read this and I agree. It is fantastic. I also have the Innokin itaste MVP20W which I really enjoy. Cig free since March 13, 2015. Haven’t even felt tempted to go back.

  4. Hello,
    I’m new to the world of vaping (2 weeks) and I’ve fallen in LOVE…Anyway, I started out with the vision spinner (1300 battery) with the ASPIRE ET-S GLASS BOTTOM VERTICAL COIL CLEAROMIZER 1.8 OHM 3 ML (had to cut and paste this stuff cuz imma newbie).
    Your article (which is very helpful to me thank you) convinced me to purchase the aspire nautilus 5 ml tank…(it’s on the way!!) I know it will work with my vision spinner, but the battery on my spinner doesn’t seem to last that long as I like to VAPE. So, my question is will the nautilus work on the Eleaf iStick 50W Variable Voltage Battery you talked about? I am really looking for flavor and something I don’t have to continuously charge as I am vaping lots. I also don’t feel I get a lot of power from the spinner I’m usually vaping at 4.3 or max 4.8 still chasing flavor…..or do you have another battery that will be easy for me to use and that can last days without charging? Thank you.

    • Hi Keisha,
      I’m so glad to hear you made the switch! Congratulations! To answer your question, yes you can absolutely use the iStick or any other battery listed on this page with the Nautilus tank. You should easily be able to go 2-3 days between charges, I know I get at least that out of mine! Enjoy it and vape on!

    • Hey Scott! Glad you agree! You know what they say about great minds…haha 🙂 Enjoy whichever is your final choice and definitely come back, let us all know what you think!

  5. Hi Shawn, I enjoyed this article! I now have a Joy tech Delta II tank with the 50w I stick and have loved it although I’m looking for a tank that holds more liquid and makes bigger clouds. I thought about the Aspire Nautilus ate reading this article but what would you recommend? Thank you!

    • Hi Logan!

      Glad you enjoyed it! You have a pretty good setup now, I understand wanting longer time between filling though 🙂

      Personally, I love the Subtank. Although lately I’ve been favoring my Lemo a little more but it’s an RDA only. You might consider the large version which holds a full 7 ml. Nice thing about the Subtank is you can use premade coils or start making your own with the same tank.

      As Unclewinky mentioned about, the Cleito by Aspire is another option. It’s Aspire’s newest tank which I have been enjoying and have also been considering adding here. I still prefer the Subtank personally but you can check out the Cleito here.

      Hope that helps a little and definitely come back and let us know how you’re enjoying what you chose!

  6. Hi Shawn,
    I’m new to vaping, and am transitioning from the small batteries with atomizer tanks like the Aspire K1 to an Aspire Odyssey Mini Pegasus Kit With a Triton Mini tank (haven’t received it yet). Is there an adapter that allows the use of a tank like the Triton Mini with a threaded male connector to be used on a battery with a threaded male connection, and would this be a good idea?

    • Hey Lee!
      Glad you got it! We’ve all been there 🙂 I know they don’t look like they should fit together lol. Just don’t use sub-ohm (under 1 ohm) atomizers with the older ego style batteries, they weren’t made for that type of usage.

  7. Hello, I have the Halo reactor 50W battery but I really don’t like the tank they provided just because it is too big (5ml) with 0.5ohm vertical coils. I wanna use something like Atlantis Aspire 2.5ml tank and as far I read , it has 0.5ohm vertical coils as well. Can I use Atlantis Aspire with my Halo Reactor battery? and I have plenty of 0.5ohm coils came with Halo kit, do you know if those 0.50ohm vertical coils are compatible with Aspire? Thank you very much.

    • Hey Ibo,
      Yes, the Reactor battery is a sub-ohm battery which will safely fire coils as low as .4 ohms. I sometimes use it with my hand wrapped coils as well. It will work fine with the Atlantis. As far as the coils go, you would need to buy Atlantis coils unfortunately. Hope that helps!

  8. Hi Shawn,

    Well, the eLeaf 100W went kaput … the thread all of a sudden started spinning on itself and it would no longer recognise any atomisers. So, I went back to your reviews and read through them again. You Sir are my hero … oh yes!!

    I bought myself the RX200 and got an Aspire 5ml Nautilus tank and also an Aspire 5ml Atlantis Mega sub ohm tank. Well … whooooooooweeeeeee!! I got my clouds … oh yes I have … GREAT BIG WHITE BILLOWING CLOUDS …. oooohhhhhhh yes Siree!!

    I wasn’t sure whether sub ohm was for me so I got the Nautilus as well. I can’t see myself using that much … I am IN LOVE with the Atlantis … what a tank!! The crisp clean flavours of my juices, holyguacamolee … I had no idea of the taste I had been missing out on!!

    Thank you Thank you THANK YOU for your fantastic reviews. You have saved the day for me and I can’t thank you enough. I’m like a steam train … I leave a vapour trail in the empty air!! Haha!!

    Just wanted to share with you how thrilled I am with my new mod and tanks. Having been a Kanger girl for over 5 years, it was a BIG thing to lash out and try something new … I’m SO GLAD that I did. Kanger has NOTHING on Aspire!!

    Might have been some hit and miss earlier this year but now, it’s the best it’s going to get for me. All that time that I have chased those AMAZING clouds you see on youtube … now I have my own and I could not be happier.

    Thank you once again Shawn.

    Kindest regards,
    An ecstatic (bit over the top) Mishy 😀

    • Mishy!
      So glad to hear you are finally seeing the clouds you were hoping for and the added flavor too! I couldn’t be happier to hear it! Enjoy!

  9. I’m using an ego at the minute,but read through your review because I’m thinking of upgrading to a box mod,I’ve finally realised by reading this review that the burning taste I’m getting is because my coil might be knackered,although I’ve only been using it roughly about 3 weeks,is that normal,I am a heavy user though on a starter kit with an uprated adjustable battery,I thought at first maybe I was turning it up too much,the criteria I need to fill with the boxmod is better battery life,bigger tank and a much bigger flavour hit on the draw,I seem to be hammering this ego to get a decent draw,any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • He Carl,

      I used the egos for quite a while myself, it was a huge step up from the cigalikes at the time! Ya, if you’re getting a burnt taste, it might be time to replace the coil. I would expect that after 3 weeks, the coil would need to be changed depending how much you vape. Coils on average usually last for about 30 ml of e-liquid.
      Pretty much any mod you see on this page will be a nice upgrade for you, I would consider the iStick series or the new Reuleaux RX200 for power and if you are a mouth to lung vaper, check out the Aspire Nautilus. If you want big clouds and a huge lung hit, check out the Atlantis instead.

      Hope that helps!

  10. Shawn. Love ur article. Been subing about a year now. Using the Kranger 200w and the nautilus tank along with the quid 4 tank by Smok. Both work fine. Want to get into building my own RDA. Any suggestions u may have on witch one to start with would b helpful

    • Hey Dean,
      Thanks! Great question, I was actually thinking about adding a more advanced page now featuring some new and awesome RDAs and RTAs that have come out!
      I think right now the easiest RDA to build on and certainly the most popular, is the Velocity by Avid Vaper in New York. It is rather pricey though especially for an RDA at $125.00.
      There are clones available for it, and the one by Tobeco is not bad and just as easy to build on as the original. The overall machining isn’t quite as smooth but the performance is pretty much on par (I don’t have a link for this one but if I remember correctly, I got mine on E Bay).
      If you want to stick with an original but want to avoid the cost of the Velocity, there is also the Tsunami which just came out recently and features the same two post velocity style deck but with larger post holes.
      Hope that helps and let us know how it goes!

  11. I’m a couple months new to this world but my starter kit is a Kangertech Topbox Mini Platinum edition. It has 75 watts and Temperature Control but just like anything else I do, I shoot for the best and spend endless hours researching what I’m after. With that being said I’m out first a kick ass touch screen set up and see you have the Segelei T150 on your list that I was eyeballing but I’ve seen everything from great reviews to complete crap, don’t buy it reviews. I see Laisimo has one and another I saw was a Tesla Hell’s Gate….do you have any feedback for any or all of these? Just wanna be confident with my purchase to throw a TVF4 tank on that I can’t stop looking at. Thanks in advance bud

    • Hey Jason,

      Sorry for the delayed response I was away last week. I would say in your case, it really is more a matter of personal preference than anything else. That being said, I have pretty much been a huge fan of Sigelei for as long as I’ve been using their products. I haven’t really had anything to complain about with any of them. Their new 213 is pretty cool too but no touch screen.

      The Laisimo and Hell’s Gate are both 200 watt mods, so if you are looking at ultra-low builds, coils etc. they might be better suited for you. If you use/build coils of .5 ohms or more, the Sigelei would be more than enough as far as power is concerned. With the TVF4, they would all work splendidly. I would go for the Sigelei myself but in the end, it’s really up to you! Enjoy whichever you choose and come back and let us know!


  12. Hei .. plz i want your advice .. i want to buy E cig but i have no idea which one i should use .. i need very good battery i can charge it , also i want a possibility to change Caliber Can you send a name for full package plzzz

  13. Hey Shawn. Great article! Best I’ve read so far for gaining some clarity. I started vaping a few years back and i’m looking to upgrade, however the market is an absolute minefield now. I am currently running a Tecc Curve VT40 and atomizer (united kingdom). Using it at 5V(16.5 Watts) and 160 degrees for flavour with a standard 1.5ohm coil. Not doing it for me anymore. What set up can you recommend for a complete upgrade? Looking excellent battery life and a tank with big capacity, maximum flavour and with easily interchangeable coils. Don’t think I’d like building coils! Been looking at the Smok Alien but dont know if its overkill? Thanks in advance

    • Hey Carl,

      I understand how confusing the market has become, it’s incredible! You might consider the Rouleaux RX 200 along with the TFV-4. They are both fantastic and give you a lot of room to continue growing along with many different types of coils to choose from.

      The SMOK Alien is another nice kit, from what I’ve seen it usually comes with a TFV-8. Another good choice for sure. I haven’t used that particular device but I’m familiar with SMOKtech’s work and technology and I’m pretty sure you’d be pleased with either setup. I’m partial to the Rouleaux but the Alien looks good too! Let me know what you decide and how you like it!


  14. Hey bro. I really want to start vaping and quit smoking. I need some help to figure it out. Is Smok Alien better than Smok Xcube Ultra? What do you think?

    • Hi Dave,

      I totally understand. They are really quite similar, other than design, I’m not sure you’d notice much difference between them. The XCube Ultra now features “over-the-air” technology meaning you can upgrade the firmware without needing to be connected physically.

      Other than that, they’re pretty close. Choose the one that appeals to you most! Good luck with quitting smoking!


  15. Yo ? For you looking for help been vaping for over 2 years and no cigs it’s awesome smoked for over 30 years lol the money I spent I have 2 nautilus and they are pretty good joy tech cubis which is good I got the nautilus 2 looking for more flavor but one good drop and the pin broke not impressed it was better then original and different then cubis i pretty much Mtl but also like once in a while dlh coils 1.0-1.6 at around 14 watts any clues on new tank I should get thanks and great article

    • Hey Terry!

      Congrats on making the switch to vaping! Feels a lot better, doesn’t it? Based on the fact that you do go back and forth between mouth to lung and direct inhaling, I would recommend checking out either the TFV4 or 8 as they both offer some great options for both styles of vaping.

      Hope that helps!

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