When you’re deciding on your MOD setup, it’s easy to get bogged down in the terminology. From battery power and digital display option to variable voltage, customization options, and anything else you can imagine, the knowledge you must gain when researching is huge. One of the terms you’ll probably come across a lot is that of regulated and unregulated MODs.
To understand the benefits and differences between regulated and unregulated MODs, we first have to understand exactly what each of these terms actually means. A regulated MOD is any MOD setup that includes a circuit board specifically set up to regulate current. With this internal circuitry, the MOD is able to keep newer vapers from overloading or overheating the battery. Lots of these regulated MODs also include a built in voltage and ohm reader, to ensure that new MOD builders are getting the correct ohm readings from their coils.
On the other hand, unregulated MODs don't have this internal circuitry. To create a circuit, unregulated MODs have a cap that must be pressed to allow current to flow. Though this may seem very basic, not having the internal circuitry means there is no safety mechanism to keep you from overheating your battery. There’s also no safety from atomizers shorting, meaning unregulated MODs are more dangerous for the uninitiated. This doesn’t mean unregulated MODs are worse, though! Regulated and unregulated MODs both have upsides specific to them.
Regulated MODs are significantly better choices for newer vapers, as there are more safety checks for potentially dangerous electrical currents. Since current and voltage is regulated, the battery life on regulated MODs is usually significantly longer. Because voltage is regulated, there's no chance of pulling with an extremely high voltage that could potentially drain the battery quickly. Furthermore, regulated MODs usually come equipped with a digital display that is extremely useful for noting voltage, wattage, battery charge, and ohms.
Unregulated MODs do not come equipped with all this fancy machinery. They make up for this lack of so-called modern technology with unparalleled power. With no voltage restrictions, unregulated MODs are able to increase voltage and wattage output significantly. More-so, the unregulated varieties of MODs are able to utilize lower ohm coil use, since they can use significantly more power than regulated MODs could. These MODs are also far more customizable, since the wiring inside does not all have to run through an internal circuit board.
In essence, choosing the right MOD for you comes down to your experience level and how comfortable you are with vaping with high levels of electricity. Making the right choice is essential, as choosing an unregulated MOD without the proper level of vaping experience could result in some critical mishaps occurring. If you’re a seasoned vaper who is ready to take that next step into the extremely powerful and complex world of unregulated Modding, then go for it. However, if you’re a more relaxed experienced vaper who doesn’t particularly want to be on alert during vaping sessions or if you’re a new modder, then a regulated MOD is definitely what you should aim for. Either way, MODs are the most powerful devices on the market today. Your vaping experience will be changed forever once you make your decision.