So, you’ve decided to ditch smoking for vaping. Congratulations!
You have probably heard of mech mods (mechanical mods) but if you’re a vaping rookie, you may not know a whole lot about them. Well, feel free to treat this as your guide to mechanical mods!
For Expert Vapers Only?
There seems to be an unspoken rule in the vaping community that mechs are for experienced users only. But don’t be put off by that. This is simply because they are ‘re-buildable’ devices with low ohm coils (this is not necessary but thats what people usually lean towards. Low ohm coils). They have no inbuilt protection and things can get nasty if you over-drain the battery and have no idea of dealing with it. So, it’s just good to have some experience first.
Anyway, let’s get back to basics first.
What is a mechanical mod?
It’s a basic personal vaporizer. It comprises a tube that holds a replaceable and rechargeable battery. It has a button on the tube that supplies unregulated current to the atomizer upon its activation.
Is it similar to a personal vaporizer?
Not exactly. It’s a form of APV but the PVs themselves come with built-in protection features making them safer to use than mechs.
How does a mechanical mod work?
After installing the battery, the battery’s positive end stays in contact with the mech’s positive connection. When the button is engaged (there is a button), it results in a connection between the device and the battery’s negative end.
The positive connection then channels the voltage to the atty’s positive contact point and on to the fitted resistance wire. This causes the coils around the moistened wick to heat up and the result is, you guessed it, vapor generation.
What do you need to get started?
To get you started with a mechanical vape mod, you’ll need the following:
- A Mod
- Charger with voltage display
- Ohm meter
- Resistance wire
- Cotton balls
- Small wire cutters
10 Mechanical Mod Safety Tips To Keep In Mind
A guide to mechanical mods would not be complete without safety tips. Here are some mechanical mod tips that may prove useful if you’re a newbie.
- Acquire a multimeter
It helps you to monitor battery voltage and atomizer/clearomizer resistance, not to mention detecting shorts on the body of the mech mod.
- Battery type and quality
Avoid unprotected standard lithium-ion batteries because they tend to overheat. Go for ICR chemistry battery instead or lithium manganese oxide (IMR) batteries which are less volatile.
- Battery chargers
A fully-charged IMR battery should range between 4.15-4.20 volts. Anything above 4.25V is simply put, turning this into a little pipe bomb.
- Battery low voltage
Have a multimeter on hand and if you don’t have one, make sure your battery is recharged at 3.6V as soon as the vapor production recedes.
- Battery polarity
Make sure the battery is properly inserted.
- Battery stacking
Use only a single battery.
- Remove batteries
When not using your mechanical mod, remove the battery.
- Resistance testing
Use atomizers and clearomizers with a resistance of less than 1.8 Ohms. To test, touch the positive probe to the center post where it stems from the device, and the negative probe to the metallic outer ring adjacent the post. Or you can also use a voltage drop meter to test the resistance.
- Vent holes
Never use a mech without vent holes which allow gases to escape in case of overheating. Some mech mods have vent holes in the bottom – always check to see if the vent hole is operational while firing the mod. The reason being, in some mods the vent holes get covered by the firing pin.
- Firing button lock
If your mod is good quality, it should have a switch-locking maneuver. Always keep the mod locked when not in use.
Last Words on Guide to Mechanical Mods
So we know this post is pretty technical but it is our sincere hope that you’ve found this mechanical mods for beginners post useful, and that it has given you a clearer picture of what a mechanical mod is and its dos and don’ts.
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Thanks for reading and good luck with that mechanical mod!