Vaping hardware has developed at a rapid pace over the last five years. Back in 2013, the idea of variable power, all day battery life, or even basic feedback from the device were all things that could not be found in mainstream products. Now, we have touchscreen mods, sophisticated temperature control and even app functionality. This list highlights five mods which have shaped vaping.
1.Eleaf iStick 20W – Today, the original iStick seems like a basic mod but at the time it was revolutionary. While most of us were getting to grips with the rudimentary variable voltage of stick devices, like the Vision Spinner, this mod came out of the gates with full variable wattage, a massive 2200mAh battery and tiny form factor. This wasn’t the first affordable VW device, but with its (at the time) high ceiling of 20W, it brought variable power to the masses, in a user-friendly way.
2. Sigelei 100W – Like the iStick 20W, the Sigelei 100W was released in 2014. It had an entirely different target market, though; enthusiasts. From 2014-2016, manufacturers were racing to produce mods with ever higher wattage outputs. This device set the bar and started the wattage wars. It was bulky and certainly not designed with ergonomics in mind but what it lacked in elegance, it made up for with raw, reliable performance. The Sigelei 100W is still known as one of the most hard-wearing devices ever made. Chances are, the ones that are still in circulation work flawlessly to this day.
3. Geekvape Aegis – This is the mod that put Geekvape on the map. A quick glance at their releases over the last few years should tell you that this device was a runaway success. The concept is simple – a mod designed to be near impossible to break. With its water-resistant internals, sturdy zinc alloy chassis and rubberised protective layer, the original Aegis, released back in 2017, absolutely met the claims of an “indestructible” mod. The idea of a life-proof device has proven so popular that Geekvape now have seven devices and counting in the Aegis lineup.
4. Vandyvape Pulse BF – Squonk mods have been around for years, but for a long time, they were niche devices, made by independent modders in limited numbers. Tony B and Vandyvape changed this in 2017 with the release of the Pulse BF. It was the first truly mainstream squonker, at an affordable price. The design of the device itself was rather simple and despite it not being the hardest hitting mechanical out there, 20700 compatibility, a locking switch and relatively compact form factor made for one popular mod. Immediately after release, squonk devices became the new gold rush for manufacturers.
5. Innokin MVP 2 – A list of influential vape mods would not be complete without the MVP 2. Released at the back end of 2013, this device changed the game for countless vapers. Most of us were using an eGo pen, or some equivalent back then. Some of the more expensive eGo style devices featured variable voltage, but left a lot to be desired in terms of battery life. The MVP 2 filled this gap in the market, with a massive 2600mAh internal cell, and variable wattage up to 11W. This might not seem like much now but at the time, it was a game changer. Throw in fantastic build quality, along with the ability to use the device as a power bank and you have a mod that set out the blue print for all devices that came after it.
So there you have it, the top 5 influential vape mods. According to us, at least. Of course, everyone will have a different opinion on which devices influenced the course of vaping the most and we’d love to hear your thoughts below!