A cloud chasing mod is essentially a variable watt personal vaporizer with or without temperature control (TC). Most devices are now being constructed with the TC chip, but the main point you are looking for is the ability to run an atomizer capable of less than 1 ohm: 0.5 ohms is the average minimum.
The Top 10 Cloud Chasing Mods
In the top 10, there is a wide variety of styles including Bluetooth devices, ones with excellent screens, VW, TC, and more. Plan to spend at least $50, and possibly more than $100, but keep in mind that sometimes the simplest items are deceptively superior to their fancier cousins.
#10. SMY 170 Temperature Control Mod
Simeiyue designs mods to resemble smart phones. The face contains a large display in full color and besides numbers and letters they employ graphics to depict mod performance. Only two 18650 batteries are needed to reach up to 170W. The TC range is 200F to 600F with a super-low resistance of 0.05 ohms. Use the tiny USB port to recharge. Simeiyue’s 170W vaporizer is rounded for comfort in your hand which, added to a selection of colors and the beautiful screen, makes the SMY 170W an attractive choice.
#9. Innokin iTaste MVP series has been a top-selling sensation. The highest wattage in this line is their 60W. Like others from the iTaste MVP series, Innokin’s 60W Pro satisfies several criteria. You get a built-in battery and pass-through functionality. Use this as a battery bank to recharge another USB device, thanks to its 4500-mAh cell. Choose a great color and coordinate with your clothing. Vape with a 0.2-ohm atomizer build and create massive clouds. The screen is lovely and large and it features a timer and puff counter.
Buy The SMY 170 At: http://www.directvapor.com
#8. Sigelei 150W TC
The silicone sleeve on Sigelei’s 150W TC in addition to softened edges makes this a joy to hold. The chip runs cool while allowing users to set a temperature when using Ti or Ni200 coils. The minimum resistance of 0.1 ohms and excellent Sigelei build quality make this one of the best cloud chasing mods money can buy.
Buy The Sigelei 150W TC:
$74.95 At: http://www.elementvape.com
$85.00 At: http://www.wakeandvape.com
#7. Smok XCube II
This Bluetooth device offers temperature control and is uniquely designed. Don’t press a power button: deploy the power bar. Using your handheld phone, you can decide how to set up the XCube II to a desired wattage or temperature and also read reports of the way you have been using it. The display is easy to read. Smok has succeeded once again in producing a quality product.
Buy The X Cube II:
$69.95 At: http://www.directvapor.com (Includes Free Shipping!)
$55.00 At: http://www.wakeandvape.com
#6. Innokin Disrupter
With its latest slide ‘n lock battery, the Innocell, Innokin creates a two-toned, revolutionary mod known as the Disrupter. Batteries usually hide within a compartment, but with the Disrupter the battery is part of the mod’s appearance. Your top wattage is 50 and lowest resistance is 0.2 ohms, all powered by a 2000-mAh Innocell. While its biggest draw is aesthetic, the Disrupter is also a powerful vaporizer for chasing clouds.
Buy The Disrupter:
$49.99 At: http://www.vapordna.com
#5. SMY 90 Watt Vaporizer
Select from black, blue, brown, rose, or silver: the SMY 90W positively glows with confidence. It is also a little large compared with many competitors (100 mm long) but you won’t feel like complaining.
The lowest resistance its Xingtang smart chip can handle is 0.1 ohms. This chip is also your safeguard if you reverse the position of a battery, the device overheats, you experience a short circuit, resistance is too low, or the current is too high.
#4. Joye eVic Box Mod
While earlier eVics were tubes, this version is a box mod. An OLED screen depicts your temperature, wattage, voltage, battery power, and resistance down to 0.05 ohms when coils are temperature-sensitive. Joye installed a 5000-mAh battery which is recharged using the built-in USB port.
#3. Eleaf iStick 100W
An iStick is often thought of as a baby mod; extremely small and moderately useful to cloud chasers. The Eleaf iStick 100W takes this brand out of the minor leagues, however, with lots of power and the capacity to handle 0.15 ohms. The iStick 100W is a pass-through mod meaning you can vape and charge at the same time. A smart chip defends users against short circuit, high current input, and the usual possibilities.
#2. Kanger Kbox
Small, clicky buttons and non-metallic colors give this Kanger mod an unusual aesthetic advantage. It is certainly an attention-seeker with its long profile. The highest output is just 50W and lowest resistance is 0.3 ohms, so where this list is concerned it’s not the most powerful. Then again, the highest wattage and lowest resistance don’t make the best mod for cloud chasing. Quality, durability, simplicity: these are all essentials too. Kanger provides value for money at every turn with built-in protection and a sturdy exterior.
#1. Innokin Coolfire IV
The Coolfire is indeed a cool mod and it sits at the top here for reasons similar to the Kbox’s lofty position. You can get cute and complicated with vaporizers, but what most people want is a device that’s easy to operate. The Coolfire IV, like its predecessors, is just that. What they lacked, however, was the 40W output and 0.3-ohm resistance. The Coolfire IV comes with a well vented 2000-mAh built-in battery, an OLED screen, and a USB port. Use it as a pass-through device so that recharging doesn’t interfere with vaping. You will notice that if you vape too long the Coolfire shuts down. You will always know if there’s a problem, thanks to the smart chip and display which sends you error messages as required.
As you look through this list it’s possible your options still seem too broad. Kanger’s Kbox comes as part of a package which could be appealing since the kit contains a visually and functionally compatible atomizer. There are some iTaste MVP kits consisting of mod, cable, and tank as well.
Vapor stores will sometimes compile custom kits which could save you some money. The owner of your local shop is always a great source of information when there is so much choice out there that it’s hard to select a single item from the long and growing list of cloud chasing mods.
If you want to buy a box mod (a variable watt and perhaps temperature control device) then you are about to spend some serious money. An e cig of this kind is highly advanced and not usually a complete package when you buy it.
VW and TC box mods frequently arrive without batteries and don’t come with atomizers. Considering you pay around $40 or more for a good one, then you can see what I mean when I say this is an investment, not a throw-away item.
What are the best mods out there? What do you want from a mod in the first place?
Variable Watt or Temperature Control
Usually, a company will release a TC upgrade to their VW or VV mod but you can always adjust VW as a minimum. TC devices, however, are considered safer as they regulate the temperature of your vaporizer at all times according to how you set them. Overheating is considered one of the biggest dangers in this arena and you can imagine what a catastrophe could be caused by a battery becoming too hot.
I would have to say that the best screens around are made by Simeiyue. Their SMY series (the 60 Watt, for instance) comes with large, bright screens displaying color graphics, not just the usual values in ohms, watts, temperature, and voltage plus a battery icon. These look more like handheld phones than e cigs.
A number of cloud chasing mods come with batteries already installed. Some people consider this a convenient bonus, especially if it enables them to use the mod while it charges (pass-through mode). The Innokin iTaste MVP series is one such device and doubles as a battery bank. The highest wattage in this line is their 60W. Eleaf iSticks are not just pretty but they also come with this feature. Another contingent of vaping society would argue that it’s better to have the choice of removing batteries and replacing them with freshly charged ones or vaping their devices while they charge and being tied to a laptop by a cable.
You do not really need to go for a 200-watt mod, but some people think this is the route to cloud chasing paradise. If that is where you are at, I would stick with anything containing an Evolv DNA 200W chip. That is the safest chip you will find anywhere offering automatic heat control, a bright screen, and for use with high-end coils like the Ti and Ni200. Failing this, there are high-watt machines by Sigelei and others too, and Sigelei does a great job with their variable watt mods, especially their highly lauded 150W and 150W TC. Customers can’t say enough about how well these devices perform.
What if you want to use as much technology as possible while vaping? In that case you probably want a Smok XCube II. This Bluetooth-compatible temperature control device is excellent and has been designed with unusual power features like the power bar (as opposed to a button) and long strip of LED light. Use your smart phone to customize performance including watts, volts, an automatic timer, and temperature. Use the Bluetooth feature to monitor the way you use your device: how many puffs you take in a period of time and preferred settings, for instance.
Unusual and Beautiful
Innokin’s new vaporizer employs an Innocell: the battery which slides into place to create a part of the overall structure of a Disrupter. With seven shades of Innocell and just three of the Disrupter, it’s possible to create an interesting two-tone appearance that is as much a talking piece as a vaporizer, but you can trust Innokin to get their hardware right.
The Squonk is like a flask which has been rested on a dowel while the metal is warm then bent. MadVapes makes a mod inspired by Alien and similar sci-fi movies. You can just imagine sharp teeth dripping with saliva or worse when you hold the ergonomically designed Deviate mod with its highly textured surface. The Deviate vaporizer contains an Evolv DNA 40 chip and is made in the United States.
Made in the USA or China
Most of the best US vaporizers designed for cloud chasing were made in America, not just designed here. Although many brands are located within the US, their devices are made offshore, and because of the added benefits such as customer service and warranties, the prices are often $150 or more.
Compare that with $90 for a Smok, $70 for an iStick 50, and other items. Hana Modz, by contrast, are designed and manufactured in the good old U.S. of A. They come in loads of lively metallic colors and contain US-made Evolv chipsets.
Can mechanical mods be useful as cloud chasing devices? If you know how to use them and pair them with excellent atomizers, there is a good chance they will supply a combination of style and performance.
The Smok Magneto is a beautiful telescopic mod at a low cost (about $45) and employs a bottom-mounted magnetic button. The Chi You Megan is also popular, although you might want to buy a clone for $45 or $50 rather than paying full price for the authentic, serialized product.
Atomizers Make a Difference
You can buy the best cloud chasing mod for your price range and preferences and waste all of the time and money you spent selecting a device by attaching a terrible atomizer. Only a sub-ohm compatible accessory will do: the Atlantis rather than a Nautilus; a full-sized tank rather than a clearomizer.
Organic cotton coils ensure you get the best flavor as compared with low cost cotton. Vertical coils are considered the best for handling highly viscous e juice: that is, liquid just right for creating clouds. Any BVC coils (the Herakles by Sense or Aspire tanks such as the Atlantis and Triton) would suit your purpose. You do not need a rebuildable coil deck like an RDA but if you select an RTA it should come with pre-built coils down to 0.2 ohms.