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Best Vape Mods of 2022

by Robert Taney on February 15, 2022

Best Vape Mods of 2022

History of Vape Mods

The first vape mods were modified flashlights. This where the term mods originated. The term mods also includes mechanical mods. While chips were commercially available, in their purest form these were just a battery and a heating element.

Mech mods and early DIY vape mods bear no resemblance to the current generation of vape mods. While the box mod form factor was apparent by 2014, the similarities are only skin deep. Apart from the fact both generate vapor, the best new vape mods of 2022 are comprehensively superior to the old Kanger and Joyetech mods that launched the segment. Joyetech remains in the game but certainly the game has advanced. 


Vape Mods 2022

Year over year improvements in vape mod performance is expected by vapers. Performance, reliability, and reduced leaking are three areas of tremendous improvement. No one is mistaking the latest offerings from Geek Vape or Voopoo for a flashlight.


Vape Mod Starter Kits

With over 200 watts of power on tap, modern vape mods take advantage of this wattage with an amazing selection of tanks and coils. Most mods are sold as a starter kit which includes both tanks and mods. These kits will include multiple coils as well. The only thing missing in some starter kits are the 18650 batteries that power the device. These are sold separately. It is best practice to have a high-quality wall charger for these batteries.

For the sake of convenience, there are vape mods that have integrated lithium ion batteries.


Vape Mod Improvements

The perfected form of the vape mod was established by 2015. For this reason, the advances from year to year may seem more evolutionary than revolutionary. A Smok TFV4 Tank from 2015 looks an awful lot like a Smok TFV19 tank. In terms of user experience there is no comparison. The current generation of vape tanks are less prone to leaking, have longer lasting coils, super flavor, generate more vapor, and are generally more efficient.

The screens and controls are also more user friendly an easier to read on the best mods of 2022. A final, and major, area of improvement is durability. Not only are modern mods more reliable but many have been hardened against the wear and tear of daily use. Splash, dust, and drop resistance certifications will be found on more vape mods in the future and breakthroughs have already been made.


Vape Mod Coils

The improvements made to vape mod hardware and tank design would make no difference if not for the corresponding increase in coil performance. An 8.5ml tank with bubble glass using a 2015 Baby Beast coil is still going to hit like a Baby Beast.

Vape mods range up to 200 watts but you will notice that coils are not designed to operate at that wattage. One reason is the efficiency of mesh coils. Mesh coils are extremely efficient. They ramp up quickly, generate tons of vapor, and great flavor. If you have been vaping more than five years you may remember when mech mod users would wind their own coils.

The intricate mesh coils on the top vape mods of 2022 last longer than the old wound wire coil designs. They also are improved year over year. So is the airflow and leak resistance of vape tanks.

Mesh coils heat up faster, have greater surface area, generate superior flavor and more vapor. Compared to previous generations of coils, 50 to 80 watts with a mesh coil usually provides plenty of vapor for an adult vaper. 


Vape Mods versus Vape Pods

The fundamental trait that separates vape mods from vape pods is 510 threading for the tank. Even as vape pods increase in power, the replacement pod options are still limited to those proprietary designs sold by the device manufacturer.

As a rule of thumb, vape mods are best for high-VG vapes juices. Smaller mods may offer high-resistance coils but if you vape nic salts it is best to stick with a vape pod kit. On the flipside of the coin, even a powerful vape pod cannot match the power and flexibility of a top box mod.


Vape Juices

Vaping technology has improved dramatically but formula for great vape juice has been relatively consistent. Of course, new amazing flavors arrive but they have to be compatible with existing vape hardware.


Nic Salt Vape Juices

There have always been two major styles of vaping. There is mouth-to-lung vaping. This style uses less powerful devices, focuses on flavor and generally uses higher nicotine juices. Before the arrival of salt nic juices, this niche was filled by high-PG juices that were vaped in cigalikes and devices like the eGo Twist.

High-PG juices with freebase nicotine have been largely replaced with potent salt nic juices. Most salt nic juices are 50/50 VG/PG. They should NEVER be vaped in a high wattage sub-ohm tank. The nicotine strength of nic salts usually is between 24 and 50mg.


High-VG Vape Juices

Most vape mod coils and tanks are perfected to handle 70/30 VG/PG ratio vape juice with lower levels of freebase nicotine. Low resistance vape pod coils can certainly handle this freebase liquid but nothing beats a mod in terms of performance. High-VG vape juices range in nicotine strength from 0 to 6mg. There are a few 12mg versions but these are increasingly rare. When it comes to delicious, pillowy vapor, high-VG juices are the best.  


Synthetic Nicotine

For more information, make sure you read our feature: What is Synthetic Nicotine? Non-tobacco nicotine has the potential to be the biggest vaping gamechanger since salt nic juices. Non-tobacco nicotine has a more neutral, meaning that the vape juice flavors shine brighter. Non-tobacco nicotine can be either freebase nicotine, which is used in high-VG juices for vape mods, or in nic salts.

Apart from the flavor advantages, non-tobacco nicotine cuts the tie between the vaping industry and Big Tobacco. This is no small deal for many vapers. It also has less of a negative environmental impact.


Vape Mods Kits 2022

The top vape mods of 2022 represent a mature and reliable technology. They have never been better and with the PMTA process in effect, there is no better time to upgrade. Performance, ergonomics, reliability, and durability are the top features of the best vape mods of 2022. These advances have been achieved while creating vape mods that are also more user friendly.


Innovative Vape Mods for 2022


Vaporesso Sky Solo Starter Kit

It is hard to believe that a tube mod is the first vape mod listed. Yet we might as well work from large to small. Tube mods make great vape mod starter kits for novice vapers and the features of these simple devices appeal to vapers of all experience levels.

Tube mods offer great performance in a slim package. Not much larger than a longer lasting disposable vape, the 4.5 inch Vaporesso Sky Solo has the power and coil performance to hang with much larger box mods. It is portable and does not have any confusing controls or a screen. The battery is built in. Just fill the Sky Solo and vape. The Omni Mini Chip and GT Coil take all the work out of the process and leave you with just great performance.


Vaporesso Sky Solo Features

The Vaporesso Sky Solo has an integrated 1400mAh battery and the tank holds 3.5ml. There is also a 3000mAh Vaporesso Sky Solo Plus and it also has a larger tank. Keep this in mind if you want a tube mod but are worried the Sky Solo won’t last through the day.

The Vaporesso Sky Solo holds 3.5ml of vape juice, the Sky Solo Plus up to 8ml. It has an output of up to 90 watts. It is only 4 inches long.  

The Vaporesso Sky Solo kit comes with a pair of 0.18 ohm Meshed Coils. They operate between 65 and 80 watts. If you are looking for less vapor, the Vaporesso GT coil family has some higher resistance options as well. These basically turn your tube mod into an old fashioned vape pen or a vape pod alternative, depending on what comparison you want to make. The high resistance coils are not included. As equipped, the Sky Solo should not be used for vaping potent salt nic juices.

The sleek Sky Solo will never be mistaken for the diminutive Lost Vape Orion DNA Go, but that is a good point of comparison if you want to look at flexibility. The Sky Solo is a much more powerful and long lasting device with far larger coils.  



Vaporesso Gen Nano Starter Kit

We kicked off with a tube mod. Now let us look at a mini mod with an integrated battery. This design is just as easy to use out of the box as a Sky Solo but offers a few more features. 


Vaporesso Gen Nano Features

The Vaporesso Gen Nano has an integrated 2000mAh lithium-ion battery. This is its primary advantage over the similar Vaporesso Swag 2. It also has the amazing Vaporesso GTX tank.

GTX tank plays a big role in the unbelievable performance of the Gen Nano. Our list of the best vape mods of 2022 may include larger devices, but none are more flexible thanks to this tank.

Unlike the display free Sky Solo, the Gen Nano has screen and menu controls. It is a nice screen too, measuring 0.91”. The wattage controls allow you to tap into more styles of vaping and try more vape juices. The GTX coil family has all of your bases covered.

Install the highest resistance GTX coil and use the adjustable wattage settings to lower the output. Now you have a sophisticated mini mod that functions like an MTL vape pod kit.

The two standard coils that come with the Vaporesso Gen Nano are not suitable for the most potent salt nic juices. The coils you want if you use e-liquids with a higher nicotine strength are sold separately. But the kit does come with a 0.6ohm GTX Mesh Coil can handle higher nicotine strength juices. It operates best between 20 and 30 watts.

The 0.2ohm GTX Mesh Coil generates more vapor, operating between 45 and 65 watts. Both coils are press fit. If flexibility is the ultimate innovation, the Gen Nano belongs at the top of the list.  


Vaporesso Swag 2 Starter Kit

The Vaporesso Swag starter kit a mini-mod, much like the Vaporesso Gen Nano. Unlike the Gen Nano, it uses a single 18650 lithium-ion battery which must be purchased separately. This is an advantage for many vapers who already have 18650 batteries and a charger on hand. The Swag 2 is a compact design, an ideal mini-mod. It has a different tank than the Gen Nano and a slightly different form factor.


Vaporesso Swag 2 Kit Features

The Vaporesso Swag 2 kit design comes with the 3.5ml NRG SE tank with a pre-installed 0.4 ohm coil. The kit also comes with the GT CCell Coil, which has a resistance of 0.5 ohms.

The Vaporesso Swag 2 has an impressively large 0.91” OLED screen. The Axon chip, also found in full-size Vaporesso vape mods, provides amazing performance.


Vaporesso Gen S Starter Kit

Vaporesso also has a full-sized and full powered vape mod for 2022 vapers. The Vaporesso Gen S has a classic look but offers some upgrades over the original Vaporesso Gen vape mod.  The big 0.91” screen is outstanding. The SKRR-S tank and QF coils make the Gen S a big improvement over the original Vaporesso Gen.  


Vaporesso Gen S Features

The Gen S weighs 107-grams but does not feel cheap. In fact, the soft touch surface makes this one of the most comfortable vape mods to handle. Vaporesso Pulse Mode is automatically activated when selected on the easy to navigate menu.

Pulse Mode is a firing program that pulses the coil to create densely vapor clouds loaded with flavor. The Vaporesso Gen S relies on a pair of 18650 batteries and is charged using a Micro-USB port.

The Vaporesso SKRR-S Tank holds 8ml of vape juice. The straight glass option cuts the capacity to 5ml. The QF Meshed Coil is preinstalled and has a 0.15 ohm resistance. The QF Strip Coil has a 0.2 ohm resistance.  Both coils have a recommended wattage range of 65 to 75 watts. They are perfect for fans of max-VG and high-VG vape juice.



Smok Scar 18 Starter Kit

The Smok TFV9 tank is a great new tank. Why not attach it to one of the most durable and easy to use vape mods on the market.

The Smok Scar 18 is IP67 certified for water, dust and splash resistance. The mod itself has a full raft of loaded temperature and wattage controls. It also has a suite of safety features.

All of this is encased in a sturdy zinc alloy chassis. This is a beefy and robust box mod that is meant for all day use in any scenario.

The durability does not detract from the power of the Smok Scar 18. It churns out 230 watts with a pair of 18650 batteries. The grippy leather insets and heavy duty frame make for a vape mod you can bring anywhere you want to go.


Smok Scar 18 Features

The 0.96” screen of the Scar-18 is large and easy to master. The IQ-X chip offers provides near instant fire speeds.

The Scar 18 kit comes standard with a pair of V9 Meshed 0.15 ohm coils. The TFV9 holds 6.5ml of vape juice. If you vape outdoors and live an active lifestyle, your list of choices is short when it comes to vape mods. The Smok Scar 18 should be near the top of list.


GeekVape Legend 2 L200 Starter Kit

What is better than IP67 certified protection?  IP68 of course! The Geek Vape Legend 2 L200 offers this level of durability.

You will need a pair of 18650 lithium ion batteries to get it firing.  The Geek Vape L200 Aegis Legend 2 200w Vape Mod is the follow-up to the smash hit GeekVape Aegis Legend. The Legend 2 was designed to offer unmatched durability and a user-friendly interface. Mission accomplished.  


GeekVape Legend 2 L200 Starter Kit Features

The Aegis Legend 2 by Geek Vape is resistant to shock, water, and dust at the IP68 standard.

The Aegis Legend 2 has a 1.08” TFT screen, which is unusually legible and bright even in sunlight. The world beating Z 2021 tank brings vapor quality that backs up the technological achievements on the vape mod end.



Voopoo Drag 3 177w Starter Kit

The Voopoo Drag 3 is a follow-up to the Drag and Drag. It is attractive, innovative and intuitive to use.  The Type-C dock can increase battery charging speeds by 50 percent.  A 1.08” TFT screen is a huge improvement on the Drag 2’s much smaller dual color option. The TPP Tank is at the top of the class.  


Voopoo Drag 3 Features

The Drag 3 uses an improved GENE.FAN 2.0 Chip. It offers High Burst Super Mode, with the sort of power on tap that even the most powerful vape pod kits cannot match. The Drag 3 kit comes with two TPP atomizer coils: the TPP-DM1 0.15 ohm and TPP-DM2 0.2 ohm coils. The TPP is Voopoo’s flagship vape mod tank and a beautiful design as well.



Voopoo Drag 2 Refresh Edition Starter Kit

The original Voopoo Drag and gorgeous Voopoo Drag 2 were massively popular vape mod designs. Earlier, we covered the innovative Drag 3. The Drag 2 Refresh has the new tank, but the screen remains the same. It is still a best seller because it is a design that simply works.

The big change is the addition of the PnP Tank. The PnP tank is redefining vaping. We are now one step closer to a universal tank.  The PnP tank arrives ready to work on the 510 threaded Voopoo Drag 2. It is a great classic vape tank. You can also remove the 510 adapter and attach your PnP tank to one of Voopoo’s Mod Pods.  place on any of Voopoo’s Mod Pods. A pair of 18650 batteries still serves as the power bank for the Voopoo Drag 2 Refresh.


Voopoo Drag 2 Refresh Edition Features

The Voopoo Drag 2 Refresh Edition still has a 177-watt maximum output. The GENE.FIT chip can match performance with just about any mod around. The key to the refresh is the Voopoo PnP tank. Referred to as a Mod Tank, it affixes to the Drag 2 with a 510 threaded attachment. Remove this attachment if you want to transition to one of Voopoo’s vape pods, where the same tank magnetically snaps into place.

The PnP coil family is huge and covers every style of vaping. Low-wattage and high-resistance coils were not on the radar when the Drag 2 first hit the market. Now you have a reason to use the lower end of your mod’s power settings. Most vape mods rarely stray below 45 watts. With high-resistance coils, the Voopoo Drag 2 Refresh performs in ways you never thought a vape mod could.

The universal atomizer is the biggest innovation in vaping. The PnP tank is a step in that direction.



Smok Morph 2 Starter Kit

Smok has put a pin in the touchscreen concept pioneered in the Smok Morph The Smok Morph 2 is back to button controls. It has an intuitive 0.96” OLED display and classic button navigation. Power still comes from two 18650 lithium-ion batteries and the peak output is 230watts.

The Smok TFV18 tank is an upgrade on the excellent Smok TF tank. With a firing speed of 0.001s, the Smok Morph 2 one of the fastest drawing mods around. The Smok Morph 2’s IQ-S smart chip and has a complete list of standard safety features.


Smok Morph 2 Features

The Smok TFV18 has an e-liquid capacity of 7.5ml. The appearance is of a tall mod but it is not top heavy. The coils are press fit. The TFV18 Meshed 0.33 ohm Coil is pre-installed and operates best at an imposing 100 to 110-watts.

The Smok Morph 2 also comes with a 0.15 ohm Dual Meshed Coil. It works best in the same power band. The biggest change is a newfound focus on leak reduction at Smoktech.


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