Regulated vs Unregulated Mods: Which Should You Use?

There isn’t a dearth of vaping devices available for purchase on the market. With each product marketed as being superior to the other, selecting one from a litany of options can be tedious. 

To get the vaporizer best suited for you, you’ll need to pay attention to the device’s specifications. 

Today, in an attempt to help you make a well-informed purchase, let me clear the air about regulated and unregulated mods. Before we get to that though, you need to know first what a mod is exactly. 

What are Mods?

In most cases, a mod lies on the bottom of your vaporizer and accommodates the battery of your vaping device. It supplies power to the atomizer and enables it to heat the vape juice and create inhalable vapor. 

Compared to e-cigarettes, vape mods are larger, more powerful, and capable of holding more e-liquid (nicotine). Thus, it is usually preferred by those seeking higher vapor production. 

Understanding Regulated Mods

As you may have guessed, a regulated mod largely benefits from an electronic circuit board that helps regulate current, thus preventing the vape device from overloading, combusting, overheating, and exploding. 

Regulated mods often come with a built-in voltage and ohm reader and have specific features that enable users to adjust temperature and power settings. These mods are heavily favored by many for their safety components. 


Safe usage

As I mentioned earlier, a regular mod has a built-in voltage and ohm reader. 

This means that you can simply expect your device to regulate the current on its own, giving you a worry-free and safe vaping experience. Without a regulation unit, you’d have to understand Ohm’s law and be aware of all the battery rules to work the mod safely. 

Some of the safety mechanisms found in regulated mods include cut-off protection, maximum current, minimal resistance, low voltage, etc. 

More options 

Unlike unregulated mods, regulated mods are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs. There are models available for both newbies and advanced users. 

Reliable output

Simply put, regulated mods are more consistent with their output than unregulated mods. They facilitate a stable performance even when the battery is low. 

Upgradable firmware

High-end regulated mods feature upgradable firmware that helps enhance performance, fix device issues, or simply offer a more flexible use. 


Incompatible with all types of coil

Since a regulated mod has specific resistance restrictions, it can only be used with the coil it is compatible with. 

Safety mechanisms make users complacent

The presence of safety mechanisms in a regulated mod can make users complacent with their devices. 

Complacency on the users’ part can lead to extended charging. The vape device can be damaged when left plugged into the power outlet for too long. 

Not user-friendly

I have mentioned earlier that regulated mods often come with numerous features. However, navigating through these features can prove to be unnecessary and troublesome to those who are technologically challenged. 

Understanding Unregulated Mods

Unlike regulated mods, unregulated mods (also called mechanical mods) don’t have an electronic circuit board. Thus, no safety component prevents the vaping device from overheating, combusting, or overloading. 

The atomizers can short out at any moment too. Don’t go for an unregulated mod if you are new to vaping.  

Since there is no regulation unit in an unregulated mod, you won’t be able to adjust the power and temperature as per your preference. 

On the upside, the lack of features makes unregulated mods relatively easier to use. In most cases, they simply function with the press of a fire button. 


Easy-to-use design

As mentioned, the design of an unregulated mod is as basic as it gets. Simply press the fire button and you are ready to vape. 

Compatibility with all types of coil

An unregulated mod is compatible with all types of coil and this gives you the liberty to use your vaping device as you wish. 

This feature usually benefits the heavy vaper the most. Taking advantage of the unregulated mod’s compatibility and ability to supply unparalleled current, you can increase the power of your device and enable it to produce harder and more intense hits.  

This also one of the things that make mech mods great for creating clouds.

Easy fixes and maintenance

Should an issue arise, you can attempt to fix your mod yourself. Compared to a regular mod, unregulated mods boast a simpler body framework and comprise of fewer electronic components. 

If you aren’t confident enough, take it to your nearest hardware store. Any employee of the store should have the expertise to fix it back. 


Not for the uninitiated

A regulated mod has a built-in voltage and ohm reader that do most of the legwork for the user. However, to use an unregulated mod, the user will need to understand Ohm’s law, battery safety and limitations, coil rebuilding, etc. 

Users also don’t have the luxury of relying on the safety mechanisms of unregulated mods as the mods simply don’t have them. The lack of such important safety components can expose the user to plenty of risks including overheating of the device, overloading, and in extreme cases, explosion of the battery.

Inconsistent performance

Unlike a regulated mod that provides stable performance regardless of the battery power, unregulated mods suffer when the battery is drained.  


Both regulated and unregulated mods have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages. While some may prefer regulated mods for their safety mechanisms, others will love the extreme power supply of unregulated mods. 

People who are open to experimenting will love the different features of regulated mods while simple folks will open up to the unregulated mod for its basic design and ease-of-use. In conclusion, selecting a mod depends entirely on your preference.