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’s examine the topic of regulated vs unregulated mods and look at the differences between regulated and unregulated vape mods.

Before we get to the different types of mod 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 vape mods, such as most vape pens and box mods, often come with a built-in voltage and wattage display 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 features. 


Safe usage

As I mentioned earlier, a regular mod has a built-in variable 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 and have a safe vaping experience. 

Some of the safety mechanisms found in vape pens, box mods, and other regulated vape mods include cut-off protection, maximum current, minimal resistance, variable wattage, variable voltage, temperature control, low voltage, etc. Some even show the voltage, wattage, and available battery charge left.

More options 

Unlike unregulated vape 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 vape 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 features in a regulated mod can make users complacent with their devices. 

Complacency on the users’ part can lead to extended charging, even though most models come with a battery charge indicator which makes it easy for the users to check the battery level. 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 or mech mods) don’t have an electronic circuit board. Such mods can house one battery or more, too, depending on the device and the preferences of the user.

Thus, no safety component prevents the vaping device from overheating, combusting, or overloading. 

The atomizers can short out at any moment too. Forget tampering with and using an unregulated mod or mechanical mod if you are new to vaping.  

Since there is no regulation unit in a mech mod, you won’t be able to adjust the power and temperature as per your preference. There’s only fixed voltage; there’s no easy way for temperature control, or voltage or wattage adjustments here.

On the upside, the lack of features makes unregulated vape 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 mech mods is as basic as it gets. Using a mech mod with a fixed voltage means simply pressing the fire button and you are ready to vape. 

Compatibility with all types of coil

An unregulated vaping 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, mech 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 vaping mod, the user will need to understand Ohm’s law, high vs low resistance, battery safety and limitations, coil rebuilding, etc. 

Users also don’t have the luxury of relying on the safety mechanisms of mech 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 vape mod that provides stable performance regardless of the battery life, mech mods suffer when the battery life has gone low.  


Now that you’ve seen the differences between regulated and unregulated mods, it’s clear that both regulated and unregulated mods (or mechanical 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 or mech 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, deciding between a regulated or unregulated mod depends entirely on your preference.