Regulated Mods Vs. Mech Mods: Know The Difference
With large amounts of media hype surrounding “Dangers of E-cigarettes exploding” and many viral articles with a lot of mis-information there has been some fear among Vapers and people looking to switch to vaping are becoming worried that something like this may happen to them. Here at Ideal Vapes we have recieved many questions about whether “e-cigarettes” are actually safe to use due to the all the media surrounding these incidences. We have decided to write a blog about what is actually happening here when someone experiences an incident like this.
Firstly, I will explain what you’re seeing here:
In the media you will often here the term “E-cigarette” I have been using quotations for a specific reason, which is that these devices are being completely mislabeled and misunderstood. This is actually what is called a Mech-mod which is a term standing for “Mechanical Mod” and it is very different than any regulated vape you will find in shops. Notice there are no dials, or screens allowing for selecting wattage/voltage temperatures? Notice how it looks like a long copper/metal tube with just a single space for a battery? And most importantly, notice how there is an average looking Tank/Clearomizer on top of this metal tube?
We first need to understand the difference between regulated and Unregulated devices:
Your vape will generally have a dial, or screen with measurements allowing you to select the right temperature (Wattage or Voltage) for your personal use and some even have measurements telling you the resistance of your coil (Atomizer) this is the piece inside your tank that produces the vapor you are inhaling. Along with these awesome features is something that many average vapers are not aware about, that is a regulating chip, a computer chip inside your vape that creates many safety features along with enabling some great features for your individual use.
Some of these safety features include:
- Overheating automatic cut-off, so if you press the fire button for too long it cuts off power to the device temporarily to prevent from overheating your battery
- Short-circuit cut-off, this prevents the device from firing at all if there is a short anywhere in your device
- Over dis-charging prevention, this prevents you from firing your device at temperatures too high for your battery load to handle
- And more!
These added safety features are what prevents a Regulated Vaporizer from having any sort of dangerous incidents from ever occurring in the first place.
Now, what a Mech-mod is and why people enjoy using them:
A Mech-Mod is a type of vaporizer that is essentially a box, or tube made of copper or any viable type of metal and will sometimes be enclosed in different casings for aesthetics. These devices are generally meant to only be used with what is called an RDA (Dripper) where one builds their own coils to use with their device, this is a very important aspect with the issues you have been seeing in the media recently, if you look back up at the picture of the Mech-mod that has been burnt you’ll notice there is a Tank on top in a tank there is a very small but important design flaw that makes them unsafe to use in a Mech-mod, while there are exceptions, generally because the connection in the bottom of a tank (called the 510 pin/connection) is spring loaded and will have very little space separating the positive from the negative sides, while this is not inherently unsafe, it is more than likely that if the 510 pin were to shift out of place in any way it can create a short in your device and cause the issues you see above.
Because a Mech-mod is Unregulated, all the safety features added in a regulated device a Mechanical mod does not have. It is simply a case, with a battery, and a firing button. This is completely safe to use as long as you understand certain concepts such as battery safety precautions, OHM’s law (Very Important), and how not to short circuit! However, many people do not understand these simple procedures and unfortunately occasionally store owners will carry Mech-mods and not make enough effort to ensure the customer understands how to use an unregulated device properly and safely. General safety rules for using an unregulated device:
- Do not create a short anywhere, do not use a tank on a Mech-mod especially a hybrid Mech-mod as this can very easily create a short
- Make sure you understand OHM’s Law
- Never put too much load on your device for your battery to handle
So, simply put: Regulated Mods are SAFE and UN-Regulated Mods are still safe as long as you the user, keep safe!