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What Are Mechanical Mods? A Brief Introduction

What Are Mechanical Mods? A Brief Introduction

Are you a vape beginner wanting to get into mech mods but don’t know where to start? Well, in this concise introduction, we give you some of the basics of what precisely mechanical mods are, how they work, and even if you should get them as your first device. So if you’re ready, let’s get started.

Table of Contents:

  1. Mechanical Mods Explained
  2. The Difference Between Unregulated Mech Mods and Regulated Mech Mods
  3. How To Use a Mechanical Mod
  4. Are Mechanical Mods Dangerous?
  5. Conclusion

Mechanical Mods Explained 

Although there is no set mechanical mod definition, a short description is enough to explain what separates them from other vaping devices. Mech mods are the simplest devices in the vaping world, but they are only suited for veterans. They have a metal body where the battery goes and on top is a rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA) and a mouthpiece. They also have a button either on the bottom or on the side of the vape, and this button is used to make the battery create a current that powers up the device. There is no on or off switch, just this button. There are also no safety features, and as soon as you press the button, a current of electricity will be created. 

The Difference Between Unregulated Mech Mods and Regulated Mech Mods

There are essentially two types of mech mods. There are regulated and unregulated mods. Most mech mods, as stated before, are unregulated, which means they don’t have any safety features or a safety chipset, and if something were to go wrong, the battery could potentially go into thermal runaway (explode).

You see, with an unregulated mech mod, you can’t control the wattage, and the wattage will only go down as the battery drains.

However, the problem is that the battery continues to work even when it reaches its discharge state, which stresses the battery and might cause it to go into thermal runaway. 

That’s why mech mod owners must learn when to stop using their mods and charge their batteries. However, for beginners that have no idea how long a battery lasts, they will need to check the voltage. 

So, you might be thinking to yourself, if mech mods are less safe, why are they still used? Well, that’s because:

  • They are simpler to use; just press down a button, and it starts working
  • They have fewer parts that can stop working, so they are simpler to repair and rarely break
  • There is no need for software or complicated firmware
  • And there is maximum output of power to your atomizer, which means huge clouds

On the other hand, regulated mods do have safety chips that stop the current and power down the device completely. This is great because there is less of a likelihood of the battery malfunctioning. With most reregulated mods, you can also choose how much wattage is sent to the atomizer. Pod systems, box mods, and vape pens are all great examples of regulated vape devices.

How To Use A Mechanical Mod

Even though there might be different designs, mech mods all work similarly. To use a mechanical mod, you first have to assemble it. First, screw in the switch housing into the body or tube. Then insert your battery, making sure the negative side points downward to the bottom of the body of the vape, where most likely the button will go. Now you’ll screw in a 510 connector on top of the body of the vape, and this connector will connect the atomizer and the mouthpiece. Since most mech mods have rebuildable dripping atomizers, all you have to do is drop a few vape juice drops on the atomizer, press the firing button, and inhale. 

Are Mechanical Mods Dangerous?

Whether mechanical mods are dangerous or not depends on the user. If the user is well aware of battery safety, knows ohm’s law, can measure the battery’s current drain, and actively makes sure never to over drain the battery, then they are just as safe as regulated mods.

If you’ve just started vaping and want to get a mech mod without understanding any of the concepts above, then yes, you’ll most likely be heading toward potentially dangerous territory. 


We hope that with this very brief introduction to mechanical mods, you realize that perhaps the best option to go with as your first vape is to get a regulated mod. Since the persons reading this guide will usually be new to vaping, we advise you to stay away from mech mods until you can grasp battery safety and how to build coils which all require knowledge of some scientific concepts. Although they are not hard to grasp, it’s better to move to mech mods only when you have experience building coils on a regulated mod and have learned and practiced battery safety with a regulated device. Our hope is that with this information, you can move on to do more in-depth research since this blog only covers the very basics.


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Andres Roman

Andres Roman is a content writer with 3+ years of experience, a former 3 pack a week smoker who used vaping to kick the habit, he now wants to educate the world about vaping. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.