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Comparing and Contrasting the Different Vaping Devices of 2018

Comparing and Contrasting the Different Vaping Devices of 2018

The vaping industry is evolving fast.

It doesn't feel like so long ago that the old-school cig-a-likes were the only vape devices on the market.

And while these archaic dinosaurs are still available, modern vaping devices are all about upping those amps to achieve beastly clouds or smoke rings.

Here's what's out there in the world of vaping in 2018.


An old-school vintage option, the cig-a-like was the first vape to hit the markets after being invented by a Chinese pharmacist back in 2004. The cig-a-like owes its name to the fact it looks like a cigarette, an intentional design feature to help former smokers overcome the psychological distress of quitting.

Cig-a-likes are underpowered by today's standards, and many models cannot even be refilled. Consequently, they've fallen out of favor big time.

Vape Pens

In the never-ending quest for a more powerful and user-friendly experience, a new device hit the shelves circa 2011 called the vape pen. As you might have guessed, these long cylindrical devices are built in the shape of a pen.

As the first to feature an easily refillable clearomizer tank, these puppies were revolutionary at the time. In 2018, however, more powerful units rule the roost.

Some first-time vapers still opt for pens for their low price point and simplicity.

Mechanical Mods

It didn't take long for vaping to reach new heights as tech-savvy enthusiasts started tinkering with their gadgets.

Dubbed mechanical mods, these bare-bones constructions feature none of the safety features found in your standard vape device. Therefore, users who aren't up to speed with their wattage, voltage, and ohms law run the risk of literally blowing their hands off.

Despite the dangers, hardcore enthusiasts still swear by mechanical mods for the customization they afford.

Previously, mechs were the only device capable of running a sub ohm tank which can produce crazy amounts of power.

Rebuildable Atomizers (RBAs) and Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDAs) remain two major drawcards for mechanical mods in 2018. The latter sees the user dripping e-juice directly onto the heating coil which results in ridiculously immense clouds.

Mechs come in either pen or box styles.

Regulated Box Mods

Manufacturers took note of the rise of the mechanical mod and got to work producing a safer and more accessible version.

These units are shaped like a rectangular box which allows them to fit in more lithium-ion batteries and, consequently, a hell of a lot more wattage.

Assuming the battery is up to scratch, their inbuilt processor prohibits overcharging which makes them safe enough for a first time user.

In 2018, box mods remain one of the most popular devices for newbie and seasoned vapers alike.

Squonk Mods

Similar to the box mod, the main difference with the Squonk is it features an internal tank which feeds into the atomizer from the bottom rather than the top.

This way, there's ample liquid available to blow enormous clouds for hours on end.

POD Systems

Vape trends appear to have gone full circle because 2018 is all about the Ultra Portable POD Systems. At the forefront is the ubiquitous JUUL, which purports to have taken a 50% market share since it's release two years ago.

Slender and chic, the USB shaped JUUL has come under fire for appealing to underage vapers.

Rather than using e-juice, these systems rely on tiny disposable pods which contain nicotine salts. The end result is a more satisfying but more addictive vape.

What Vape Device Should I get?

As you can see, there are many different types of vaping devices out there. Working out how to choose a vape can be daunting. Some feel box mods are the best all-around option.

That said, we can see how those on a budget might be more drawn to pens or pods.

Whichever you're after, you'll find all these and more at the Blazed Vapes online store.

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