A mod is an essential component of a vaping device, housing the battery and supplying power to the atomizer. With the power, the atomizer heats up the e-juice and produces inhalable vapor.
Most new models of vape mods come with an abundance of temperature control and high wattage features. These different features accommodate different vaping styles.
However, such vape mods need to be powered by batteries with high capacity—18650 batteries won’t be able to cope/last long under tremendous stress.
To keep up, manufacturers started incorporating 26650 batteries into the specs of the mods, thus birthing 26650 mods. A mod that accommodates only 18650 batteries simply can’t compete with the battery life, power, and higher battery capacity provided by a 26650 mod.
In a nutshell, a 26650 mod triumphs over the 18650 mod simply because of its integration of higher-powered batteries.
The large influx of 26650 mods in the market has made it challenging for the casual vaper to select a reliable 26650 mod.
Fortunately, there’s no need for research when I am around. Here are some of the best 26650 mods in my book.
At A Glance: Our Top Picks for Best 22650 Mods
If you’re in a hurry, you can jump straight into our top picks (these are the 22650 mods that most people buy).
- GeekVape Aegis Top Pick
- Vapor Flask Stout 100W TC Runner-up
- Vaporesso Nebula 100W TC Vape Mod Runner-up
Top 5 Best 26650 Mods 2020 – Our Reviews:
1. GeekVape Aegis
What makes the GeekVape Aegis truly appealing is the fact that it is all sorts of “proofs.” It is shockproof, waterproof, and dustproof.
As for its construction, it appears as though the GeekVape Aegis is built to last a lifetime; there is no wonky element to its design.
The mod also boasts of temperature settings ranging from 200 to 600°F! With the TC mode working effectively and accurately round the clock, you can expect the mod to maintain the preferred temperature setting with minimum fuss, thus facilitating consistent vape.
Although it is primarily advertised as a 26650 mod, the GeekVape Aegis also accommodates 18650 batteries. What more could anyone ask for?
- Resistant to dust, water, and shock
- Ergonomically designed with robust construction
- Accommodates both 18650 and 26650 batteries
- Full TC suite
- You cannot charge the battery on-board through the USB port
- Display edges are a bit too sharp
2. Vapor Flask Stout 100W TC
The Vapor Flask Stout 100W TC is among the smallest 26650 regulated mods around, making it extremely portable.
The Vapor Flask Stout is nothing striking to look at; however, it makes up for its lack of aesthetic appeal with its performance. Boasting a variable wattage feature capable of firing up to 100W and having a temperature control settings range of 200 to 600°F, this mod supports all types of coils including stainless, titanium, and nickel.
I like that the Vapor Flask Stout also accommodates 18650 batteries. Like all high-performing mods, it also has a TC mode, of course.
- TC modes and variable wattage perform accurately
- Affordable pricing
- Not visually appealing
- You don’t get 26650 batteries with this mod
3. Vaporesso Nebula 100W TC Vape Mod
The Vaporesso Nebula 100W TC vape mod works exactly as marketed. It is powerful, lightweight, and extremely easy to use.
It helps that mod fits and feels well with the hands too. Constructed of premium materials, the Nebula can operate on both 26650 and 18650 batteries.
A standout feature of the Nebula is its temperature control system which provides accurate temperature settings and facilitates the adjustment of temperature from 200 to 600°F.
The Nebula, with its compact design, also fares well in the portability department and yes, this mod is compatible with all types of coils including stainless, titanium, and nickel.
- Compact design makes it lightweight and easy to carry around
- Satisfying fire button
- TC mode and variable wattage modes available
- Operates on either 18650 or 26650 batteries
- You aren’t provided with a drip top tank
- The battery lid detaches far too easily for my liking
4. Tesla 26650 Invader Mod
The Tesla 26650 Invader mod should fulfill the requirements of all types of vapers. It has a sleek design without sharp edges and the fire switch is extremely satisfying to use.
Constructed of high-quality aluminum, the Tesla 26650 is a shoo-in to stand the test of time. It has a nice form that fits and feels well in your hands, and operates on either 26650 or 18650 batteries.
Let’s talk a bit about its ability—the Tesla 26650 has an output voltage from 3.2 to 4.2V. It is also capable of accommodating atomizer resistance from 0.1 to 3.5 ohm.
Go for the Tesla 26650 Invader if you are looking for a mechanical mod that offers plenty of safety features.
- Sturdy design
- Plenty of safety features
- Affordable pricing
- Easy to use
- Not enough holes for battery venting
- Too slick for dry hands
5. IJOY Solo Plus 85W Box Mod
Let’s talk about the Solo Plus’s capabilities right off the bat. It can handle atomizer resistance from 0.08 to 1.5 ohm, has a temperature control settings range of 300 to 600°F, and a variable wattage feature capable of firing up to 85W!
Constructed of aluminum alloy and other high-quality materials, the Solo looks capable of managing a few bumps and falls.
The IJOY Solo Plus also benefits from having an OLED screen. The display projects the battery life, coil resistance, etc. and they are visible even outside.
For the casual vaper, this mod can last an entire day. For chain vapers, you can get this mod working for half a day.
- Sturdy construction
- Long battery life
- Affordable pricing
- Lightweight and portable
- You’d have to purchase the batteries separately
- Doesn’t work on 18650 batteries
The 26650 mods on this list are all excellent choices in their own right, so you can blindly put your trust in any of them. However, if I were asked to choose one at gunpoint, I would recommend the GeekVape Aegis.
It is resistant to water, dust, and shock, and it operates on either 18650 or 26650 batteries. Of course, it can produce high-quality vape consistently too.