The Difference between MODs and True Herbal Vapes

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Vaping is fast becoming a major international trend but when you actually start exploring the industry you will come across many different types of devices, vaping methods and purposes.

To begin with, you will find a vast range of portable devices on the market which seem to be the most popular when it comes to ‘trending’, and each define a niche industry.

Two of the most common niches are the MOD users and the Herbal Vapers.

So I wanted to take a moment here to outline what these devices are, what people are vaping and what you need to know about them before deciding which way you want to go.

What’s the different between Mods and Vape pens?

There are many styles of portable vaporizers such as mods, pens, and discreet portable vaporizers. While each category can vary greatly with product selection, style, and look, the two main terms you’ll hear are Mechanical Mods and Vape Pens. 


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A mod is a very basic ‘mechanical’ vaporizing unit compared to an electronic device. The less electric work the less complications you meet. These devices normally look like a tube of some kind and are very customizable. They have a battery compartment which has a replaceable rechargeable battery. There is usually a button which activates the device. 

Here is an awesome video from Vape Station which explains how they work>>>

Pros of Vape Mods

  • Portable

  • Ability to customize your device more

  • Heavier (harder to lose)

  • Highly durable

Cons of Vape Mods

  • Higher learning curve

  • Risk of catching fire or exploding

  • Lots of DIY work such as coils and parts


Vape Pens

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These devices are vastly different to the mechanical Mods all together. Yes they are used to vape materials as well, but the mechanics are very different. They generally have high tech heating controls built in, so you can control the heating elements which heat the materials slowly. You also usually have the option to use convection where the element does not come in contact with your materials and releases a cleaner vapor. Other devices are purely conduction where the materials come in direct contact with the heating elements. Click here to learn more about convection and conduction heating method.

Find out how these vaporizers work here>>>

Vape pens come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Pros of Vape Pens

  • Portable

  • Small

  • Inexpensive

  • Fast to learn

Cons of Vape Pens

  • Less durable

  • While small size is a plus for a lot of users, there a select few who find these devices too small

  • Often less control over things such temperature, draw ratio, etc.


Various Inhalables

Okay, so now let’s take a look at WHAT people stick in these devices and for what purposes.


Dry Herbs

E-Juice Wax/Shatter/Dips Therapy Juice

Dry plant material that placed into or onto a heat chamber. The most natural form. Great for aroma, herbal, and holistic therapy.


(This is what I use them for and get my kick out of.)

A mixture of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine, plus flavoring &/or nicotine. A purely synthetic form, not suitable for any forms of therapy. A concentrate of plant materials such as oils, or crystal, that are stronger in potency than dry herbs. Vapers only need to use a small amount. The most expensive option for vaporizing as the process of production is the most dangerous.

Holistic e-juice, also known as herbal or aromatherapy e-juice are made of essential oils that are safe for human consumption and inhalation. These use the ancient medicine of essential oils to create medicinal vaping via e juice.

Just the Parts

Now, that we have clarified the difference between Mods and herbal vapes, as well as the different materials people vape, I need to take you through the different parts you will see on the market. These are the things people talk about, modify or upgrade the vapes with. They also determine the way the vapes are used, so to get into vaping, you best learn the lingo…

RBA – Rebuildable Atomizer
These are for dripping the e-juice onto the coil and wick, they dry out after a drag or so and the drip more juice onto them.  Also knows as a atomizer.
RDA – Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer
These are a tank the holds e-juice always, usually made from a type of transparent material.  Also known as cartomizer.
Are for dry herbs these canisters are usually a solid metal, sometimes with a silicone casing, these canister unscrew allows users to fill with chopped dry herbs of their choice.
These type of devices are usually cylindrical and feature a clear polycarbonate plastic or pyrex glass tank. A clear tank allows you to see the level of e-juice inside of a clearomizer. E-juice is delivered to the heating coil via the wick. Some styles have a top heating coil with longer wicks, others have bottom placed heating coil with short wicks which allow for easier wick saturation.
Heat plate
Is a ceramic or metal plate that you can place dry herbs, or waxes/dips, usually encased in a glass bowl with a plastic mouthpiece.
Dips/Wax bowls
Are tiny ceramic bowls that have a coil inside which you place pieces of wax, dip, or shatter, these tiny ceramic bowls are usually encased inside large glass bowls with a plastic tip.
Rechargeable Battery
An internal battery that is charged via cable and has a life of usually 2 – 4 years depending on wear.
Interchangeable Batteries
Usually, external batteries that can be changed/replace from the device, allowing users the option of carrying either multiple batteries or a battery charger.
A mouthpiece usually consisting of the plastic whip (hose), some brands offer glass bowls with a smaller hole at the end for inhaling or a small plastic tip.
A plastic bag attachment that fills with vapor, usually you remove the bag from device and attachment turns into the mouthpiece.
A straight, more durable plastic, it’s not hard, but it’s not as flimsy as whips, still bendable.
Are similar to straws usually and are attachments to increase the length of current straw.
Used in many brands of vape pens these tips come in many forms from plastic, prexy glass, or wood. They vary in colors, designs, lengths, and shapes.
Cleaning brush
Often included in beginner kits cleaning brushes are usually designed to clean the specific model you’ve purchased, these amazing little helpers not only help you always achieve a crisp, fresh vape, but also prolong the life of your device and parts.
Mod Battery usually ranges anywhere from 18650 to 26650 MAH.
Pen Battery usually ranges anywhere from 900 to 1100 MAH.


MOD or Vape Pen is Great for Any Event

Depending on your style or what you want to achieve with your vape, if it’s blowing awesome clouds or getting the best out of your herbs… there are many brands on the market right now to choose from.

For passionate vapers you’ll probably want to or end up with a variety of brands/models as each is not only great in its own way but also useful for certain events and purposes.

Find your style and get vaping!

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