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Best Box Mods

2017 has been a great year for vaping tech, with all different kinds of  cool box mods coming out on the market. As someone who has been vaping for many years, I can’t believe the high-quality of today’s mods. The new high-tech features that manufacturers are adding to their box mods are giving vapers so many different cool choices for how they want to enjoy their vapor.

Of course, all these choices can make things a little bit confusing and lead to analysis paralysis. Is temperature control important? Do I really need 220W of power or could I do without? Is touch screen a cool feature or just a gimmick? What about USB charging and update capabilities? It’s enough to make your head spin.

In this guide we’ll take a look at which box mods are the best choice for your vaping needs so far in 2017.

Kanger KBOX 200

The Kanger KBOX 200 is always my first recommendation for anyone who is looking for an inexpensive temp control box mod.

Kanger KBOX 200 Box Mod
Kanger KBOX 200 box mod


The KBOX 200 is a small, high powered (200W) dual 18650 mod with a great temp control capability. It’s manufactured by Kangertech, so if you want a mod that has been built by an established, reputable company than this is a great choice.

You can easily find one of these for under $40 dollars, making it one of the most inexpensive mods on this list. The fact that Kangertech is able to pack so many robust features into such a small package is truly astounding.

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We’ve made it pretty far into 2017, and at this point it’s basically settled: The Alien is *the* go-to box mod for serious vapers. It’s by far one of the most popular mods on the market, and for good reason. It comes in some of the coolest colors imaginable, and has the performance specs to back it up.

Smok Alien Box Mod
SMOK Alien box mod

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The MAXJO Zenith is an extremely cool-looking mod that features an ergonomic design and a large top-firing button. It has a dial to make voltage adjustments but does *not* feature a display screen. If you’re the type of vaper who likes to have a display screen, this isn’t the one for you. But if that’s not a dealbreaker, the MAXO Zenith kit is a great way to go.

iJoy MAXO Zenith RDTA 5S Kit
iJoy MAXO Zenith RDTA Kit

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Smok may be rolling in the Benjamins thanks to the massive success of the Alien, but that hasn’t stopped them from innovating even further.

The T-PRIV is the newest box mod kit from SMOK and it truly is the next evolution in vaping design and technology. It’s a dual-18650 cloud chasing beast of a mod that comes in some of the coolest colors imaginable.

You get some cool LED lights (9 different changeable color options), a *massive* LED screen, and a squeezable firing bar for ergonomics and comfort.

The T-PRIV kit truly has everything you could ask for and more.

SMOK T-PRIV box mod
SMOK T-Priv box mod

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If you’re the type of vaper who likes to be the center of attention, the Kaos Spectrum is right up your alley.

This box mod features customizable LED lights that glow brightly whenever you vape. With up to 2.5 A charging, you can recharge this box mod faster than virtually any other mod on the market.

The sophisticated temperature control and preheat functionality make this one of the best high-performance box mods on the planet today. The state-of-the-art TFT screen gives you all the most important stats, so you’ll be able to optimize your vaping experience on the fly.

The Kaos Spectrum is extremely light when compared to other units that are of similar size (such as the Predator).

Sigelei Kaos Spectrum box mod
Sigelei Kaos Spectrum box mod

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Anyone who lays eyes on the Predator knows that it’s indisputable that this is the coolest looking mod on the market today.

It supports coils all the way down to 0.1 ohms (for those clouds). It supports a unique “buck-boost” technology to even out the output, giving you a consistent vaping experience every single time. The temp control mode supports Ni, SS, and Ti.

The crisp OLED display gives you all the most important stats and allows you to customize your vaping experience according to your own unique preferences.

If you like to blow huge clouds and want to look cool while you’re doing it, the Predator is a solid choice.

Wismec Predator 228 TC box mod
Wismec Predator 228 TC box mod

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If you couldn’t tell from the title, the MAXO Quad is a quad-18650 behemoth of a mod.

If you’re really serious about blowing the biggest clouds imaginable, then the four 18650 batteries that this mod supports will give you more than enough power to blow those huge cumulous-like clouds.

This mod is capable of firing at an astounding 315W, so if you’re the type of vaper who likes to take things to the next level, then the iJoy MAXO Quad is a great option for you.

iJoy MAXO Quad box mod
iJoy MAXO Quad box mod

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The Alien Baby is the cuter, more compact version of the full-sized Alien.

Unlike it’s bigger brother, the AL85 is powered by a single-18650 battery. It can fire down to 0.1 ohm; has a squeezable firing switch; and a crisp, easy to read OLED screen for all the important details. Unlike the full-sized Alien, the AL85 can only fire at up to 85 watts.

If you’re looking for an extremely compact single-18650 box mod that doesn’t suck, then we highly recommend going with the AL85 kit.

SMOK AL85 Alien Baby Kit
SMOK AL85 Alien Baby Kit

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Types of box mods

Box mods come in a virtually infinite variety of aesthetics, design, and performance specs. Some mods come with fixed, internal batteries while others use removable 18650 lithium-ion batteries.

Most mods allow for so-called “passthrough” use, which means that you can vape while charging through a micro-USB cable. Mods that utilized removable batteries can use anywhere from one all the way up to five 18650 batteries. Obviously the more batteries that the mod requires, the more power you can potentially get out of your box mod.

Box mods are, as the name implies, shaped like a box. But that’s where the similarities end. The appearance can range from sharp, straight lines all the way to curved, smooth, ergonomic edges. They range in size from petite little mods that you can throw in your pocket and go, all the way up to massive mods that are better for at-home use.

While there are unregulated box mods, the overwhelming majority of them are regulated, which means that they have an internal chipset to provide most of the functions. These chipsets vary depending on type of mod, but they’re typically capable of doing everything from simple safety precautions all the way up to complex temperature control and variable wattage functions.

How to choose which box mod is right for you

The best way to choose which box mod is best for you is to answer some questions about your preferences.

  • Am I a cloud-chaser or a flavor-fanatic?
  • Do I want something small and portable or large and powerful?
  • Do I want a mod with the latest bells and whistles or would something simpler be better?
  • How much do I care about the looks of the device?
  • What’s my budget?

No matter how you decide to answer those questions, there’s certainly a box mod on the market that meets your needs. For example, a person who wants a good-looking mod that is small enough to carry in a pocket that has an advanced chipset would want to take a look at the Alien Baby Al85. But if you wanted something bigger with more power, you might want to check out the iJoy Quad Maxo.

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