Vaping in 2019 is going nowhere, and neither is the fact it’s a hell of a lot less damaging to your health than smoking.
So whether you’re an experienced vaper or thinking of taking up a new hobby this year, we’ve assembled a list of the best vape mods and vaping brands on the market.
Top Rated Vape Brands List
Before we delve into actual vape hardware, there are a ton of good vape brands popping up all of the time.
The best vape companies try to do something a little different and so it’s worth knowing about the brands themselves.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular vape brands and why they just might appeal to you, and remember - we are listing good vape mod brands here, not necessarily the best products - which will follow in a definitive list below.
Innokin has been around since 2011 and got their name by crafting simple and less feature-rich yet extremely reliable hardware. They have a huge factory in Shenzhen, China and a Customer Service/Repair Centre in California, just for an idea on how truly global this giant is.
Innokin’s products tend to be pleasing aesthetically, but also very robust and hard-wearing.
While not particularly fancy or modern, the reliability and low price make them a great choice for vapers new and old.
Uwell are another China-based company that has been around since the early days. While they similarly offer relatively simple but very reliable products, their offerings are generally a lot more interesting than Innokin’s. With an artistic flair, respectable build quality and cool designs like the Nunchaku, it will be interesting to see where Uwell goes next.
Now we are getting into the more upmarket offerings. SMOK has a huge range of products and has supplied over 80 million customers worldwide, making them one of the top vape mod brands. Despite this, they have a better build quality and much more varied range than the other suppliers, and are constantly releasing new products to suit all levels of experience.
VooPoo claims its main goal is to “provide the most innovative and up to date vape devices for global users” and it makes a fair go of it, releasing new mods regularly and coming up with all kinds of unusual abstract designs and new ideas including a wealth of smart wattage features. They are one of the more recent brands on our list, originally making medical hardware and moving into the vape industry in 2017.
GeekVape by name, GeekVape by nature. This company are aware who their target market is and provide a range of nerd-attracting features like military-grade materials, shockproof and waterproof mods, huge batteries and more. They look the part too, with several of their products sporting brutalist designs, and a few others coming across like sci-fi weapons. The build quality is generally top shelf but they definitely aren’t designed around accommodating beginners, so this is one for the vape geeks (of course).
Aspire are another Chinese vape manufacturer who have exploded globally in a few short years. They pride themselves on their customer service and overall product quality. They are also responsible for a few revolutions in the industry that are still used today, including being the first brand to allow adjustable airflow in a vape mod, and creating the first-ever piece of hardware that allowed sub-ohm vaping, which is now a pretty big deal and offered by all major brands.
4: Council of Vapor
Council of Vapor are an incredibly high-quality brand, known for creating products that give off an air of luxury and solid craftsmanship. If you were unaware of vaping, you would be forgiven for confusing some of their hardware as some sort of power tool or taser. They seem to be going for this style, with some of their vapes even having pistol grips and triggers instead of buttons. CoV also go for a unique style with their smaller pens and other items, trying to create modern and stylish designs for the contemporary vaper.
iJoy is a huge corporation with a wide range of products, but they are best known for creating some of the best-rated vape mods. Outside of the iJoy brand for their main hardware, they also create e-cigarettes under the name CigPet. They claim they are trying to be ‘the Louis Vuitton of vaping’ and are constantly pushing new products with improvements for the user and trying to position the newest technology into benefits and additional features.
Sigelei are one of the oldest vape manufacturers and are arguably a big part of why vaping has become so mainstream. If you’re a new vaper, starting out with a Sigelei is not only a wise choice, but it’s likely to result in nods of approval from the most snobby of OG vapers. Sigelei mods radiate beauty and originality with designs ranging from looking like alien technology to a top of the range perfume bottle. They do have a selection of more standard designs too, which are also pleasing to the eye and make the gulf in quality between Sigelei and other brands pretty clear. One of the most surprising things about Sigelei once you see the quality of their products, is that they aren’t particularly expensive either, making them a no brainer for many. They are known for a large amount of the highest-rated vape mods ever.
The strides Kanger has been making in product range, hardware quality and keen pricing simply can’t be ignored. They have a wide range of products to suit all vapers, all with unmatched build quality, balanced and innovative form factors, and cost less than many of their lower quality competitors.
Top Ten Vape Mods and Box Mods
Ok, so those are the giants of the industry at the moment, and the people most worth following into the future. But if you’re new to the vape game, and looking for some information on the best mod that money can buy, that isn’t going to help you right now.
The question on a lot of people’s minds in that situation is a simple one.
What is the best vape?
Let’s take a look at the top ten vape mods you can get in 2019, ending up with our pick for the best vape in the world.
These are our favourite devices overall, so there will be a mixture of vape mods and box mods, concentrating on overall design, features and value for money instead of whether the mod is better suited for new or experienced vapers - although we will note this if relevant.
Innokin BigBox Atlas
Coming in at number 10, Innokin’s BigBox Atlas sports a unique and eye catching scale-like design that makes it pretty unique in the vape world. Don’t let the bright colours misguide you though, as with a max output of 200W, an array of quality materials and temperature control functions, BigBox Atlas is a highly powered piece of vaping kit. Innokin have paid close attention to every component and edge, and it certainly shows. It’s not one of the cheapest vape mods on the market, but if you like your mod to be eye catching and stylish, you will struggle to do better.
MigVapor WTF SUB 40
Being a mini box mod, the WTF SUB 40 is unique on this list, but it pulls off what it does incredibly. It is designed around being as easy to use and unproblematic as possible. This reliability, combined with offering a box mod in an extremely ergonomic and portable form factor, make this a unique offering. The mod also comes with a herb atomiser and is a strong choice for vaping marijuana (where legal) and flavoured tobaccos, but does come with an E-liquid tank too. It has a low power output compared to the full-sized box mods on the list, but if you want great tasting clouds from a stealthy package with the ability to easily use dry herbs, this is the best vaping device for you!
SMOK T-PRIV 220W
With ferocious design sensibilities and insane tank performance, the T-Priv is one of the best box mods available and features nine separate customisable LED strips and one of the most instantly informative OLED displays you’ll come across. It’s maximum power can be increased to a monstrous 220W, and it’s feature complete tank is arguably the most user-friendly and reliable on this list.
Kanger Kbox Mini (Subox Kit)
The Kbox Mini brings everything you need into a simple package that’s extremely welcoming to beginners but still provides a high quality experience and draw. Its power goes up to a respectable 50W and is capable of resistances as low as 0.3 ohms, meaning the new vaper who uses the Kbox Mini as their starting mod may just end up sticking with it.
Vaporesso Polar 220W TC Box Mod
This mod uses a pair of 18650 batteries and a high quality 2 inch TFT screen. The OMNI 4.0 chipset allows it to offer seven different vaping modes including Insta-fire that allows you to use it immediately without any heating up stage. The power output is 220W and the mod has a glossy coating which looks great but unfortunately does attract fingerprints.
Halo Reactor Mega
The Reactor Mega is an absolute powerhouse of a mod. Whereas it’s actual wattage is considerably less than the more powerful mods on this list, it’s packing a 5,000 mAh battery, meaning you’ll still be vaping on the road long after your friends have taken their mods back home to charge, earning this mod it’s name ‘Reactor’.
It also has a lovely, simple and functional look that will allow it to fit into your life easily.
Not the ideal choice for cloud chasing vapers, this mod has its eyes on practicality and manages to master it, making this perfect for day to day, hardwearing use.
SMOK GX350 TC
This mod is a high-tech marvel that combines the ability to hold up to four powerful 18650 batteries with SMOK’s brand new chipset that allows it output up to 350W. It also has the full temperature control suite and variety of heating elements that we have come to expect from modern mods. The TFV8 tank itself is one of the most popular tanks that have been released and for good reason as the tank holds 6ml of E-liquid, dual adjustable airflow, a lockable top fill system, and more. If you’re looking for high power output, this device won’t steer you wrong.
Mig Vapor Neo
The main benefit of the Mig Vapor Neo is that is offers some serious sub-ohm vaping without any of the fiddliness that can often entail. It has a good battery with 4500 mah capacity and plenty of space for 4ml of E-liquid. The Vapor Neo is great for beginners who want to experience sub-ohm vaping, and even experienced vapers will love the ability to do this with minimal hassle. In many ways for inexperienced vapers this makes the Vapor Neo the best vape to start with.
Sigelei Kaos Spectrum 230W TC
One of the best looking mods that exist and in many ways representing the next generation of great vape mods, the Kaos Spectrum comes with unmatched quality, a full range of additional features and a pretty mean power output.
It features a LED bezel around the front face of the device which can be customised to your choice of colour or turned off entirely. With advanced safety features, 230W of power, preheat function and minimum resistance of 0.1ohm, the Kaos Spectrum is one of the most powerful, function-complete and aesthetically appealing mods released yet.
SX Mini G Class 200W TC
Here we come to it, our choice for the best box mod available anywhere today. The high price of the Mini G Class means it’s probably out of the reach of beginning or casual vapers, but if you take vaping seriously, and demand the best possible experience every time, you will not do better than the SX Mini G Class 200W TC. This mod comes with a name and design reminiscent of a Mercedes vehicle and is the equivalent of that brand in the vape mod/box mod world.
It has a beautiful screen, luxurious design including a leather grip, more vaping options than anything else on this list, and even features you were probably never aware you needed like Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to alert you when it’s time to refill.
Besides the price, the only other possible downside is that it’s slightly heavier than most box mods, but this is a subjective issue and we found it only increased the ‘premium’ feel of this absolute masterpiece.
What’s the Top Rated Vape Juice or E-Liquid?
Just as the range of vape mods continues to grow, E-liquids are becoming so varied it’s hard to keep track. After reading our list of the best vape mods available, you might be wondering what’s the best liquid to put inside your recent or upcoming purchase.
Here are the best quality E-liquids available right now:
Killer Kustard Strawberry Vapetasia:
The original Killer Kustard by Vapetasia was one of the best tasting custard flavour E-liquids ever created. How do you improve on that? Add some fruity flavour to it too!
A smooth, homemade flavour makes this a great choice for anyone that enjoys vanilla and strawberry flavours. The ratio of ingredients is 70% VG and 30% PG, which means >no headaches and a lovely fruity taste.
Vapemate Director’s Cut Froot Joose:
This mouthwatering blend of apricot, pineapple and peach come in an even more agreeable blend of 80% VG and 20% PG for a perfect balance between cloud size and flavour intensity. It is one of the most highly rated E-liquids on the internet and is available in 0mg, 3mg, 6mg nicotine varieties.
Soda Steam Twisted Fruit:
This wonderful twisted fruit flavour E-liquid comes with a strong and sweet fruity taste reminiscent of Fanta Fruit Twist. It has 5 options for the amount of nicotine content and the flavour blend is made up of lemon, lime, strawberry and pineapple. Perfect for summer, and seems to get 5 star reviews across the board.
Blacknote Virginia Tobacco:
The most popular E-liquid flavours tend to be fruity and sweet, and the above choices are unmatched for flavour and enjoyment in that arena. But what if sweet and fruity isn’t your thing?
Blacknote’s Virginia Tobacco has zero added artificial flavours and tastes exactly like the premium Italian tobacco it’s based on, so if you are trying to quit cigarettes and sweet E-liquids aren’t cutting it for you, you need to put this one right at the top of your “to try” list.
Most Popular Vape Pen
The list above focuses on high power and high-quality vape mods and box mods. But sometimes you just want a low cost, low effort, easily portable piece of vaping hardware, and that’s when vape pens or e-cigarettes come in.
A dolphin vape pen called the Atopack Dolphin by Joyetech has recently released, and while we haven’t tried it yet, the stats are great for such a diminutive piece of hardware. It’s certainly worth a try if you want a pocket-size vape pen with a cute design.
For tried and true results, however, The Uwell Nunchaku is the perfect choice with a decent amount of power for its small size, a super unique style, and a plug and pull system designed to make it super easy and fast to swap out coils.
If you’re a cigarette smoker and have been tempted to try your first vape mod by this list, you may want to check out our guide to making the switch to e-cigarettes, and keep your eye on our page for more updates about the world of vape!