Mechanical mods, often referred to as “mechs,” are unregulated vaping devices that provide a direct and unaltered connection between the battery and the atomizer. While these devices offer simplicity and a raw vaping experience, they also require a deep understanding of battery safety, Ohm’s law, and coil building. Here’s a guide to vaptasia hardware and mechanical mods:
Understanding Mechanical Mods:
- Basic Design:
- Mechanical mods consist of a tube or box-shaped casing with a firing button and a 510 connector for attaching the atomizer.
- Unlike regulated mods, mechs lack electronic circuitry for voltage regulation, wattage adjustment, or safety features.
- No Electronics:
- Mechanical mods do not have a chipset or safety features like short-circuit protection, over-discharge protection, or reverse battery protection.
- Users are responsible for their safety and must understand the potential risks.
- Mechanical mods use high-drain, high-amp batteries (e.g., 18650, 21700, or 20700) that provide power directly to the atomizer.
- Battery safety is paramount, and users should use reputable batteries, monitor their condition, and never exceed the battery’s amp limit.
- Users can attach various atomizers to mechanical mods, including RDAs, RTAs, or RDTAs.
- Coil building is a key aspect of using mechs, as it determines the resistance and performance of the setup.
Building for Mechanical Mods:
- Coil Resistance:
- Understanding Ohm’s law is crucial when building coils for mechanical mods. Ensure the coil’s resistance is safe for the battery being used.
- Many vapers aim for coil resistances above 0.2 ohms to maintain a reasonable amp draw on the battery.
- Battery Safety:
- Always use a high-quality, authentic battery with the appropriate amp rating for your coil’s resistance.
- Check the battery for any damage, tears in the battery wrap, or issues before use.
- Use a dedicated battery charger designed for your battery type and size.
- Familiarity with Ohm’s Law:
- Ohm’s law (V = I * R) helps you calculate the current (I) drawn from the battery based on the resistance (R) of your coil and the voltage (V) of the battery.
- Understanding this law is essential for safe coil building and determining the maximum safe wattage for your setup.
Safe Usage and Maintenance:
- Battery Orientation:
- Install the battery with the correct orientation, observing the positive and negative terminals.
- Clean Contacts:
- Keep the mod’s threading, contacts, and switch clean for optimal performance.
- Regular cleaning prevents voltage drop and ensures a consistent connection.
- Regular Maintenance:
- Inspect your mechanical mod regularly for signs of wear, damage, or loose parts.
- Disassemble and clean the mod when necessary to maintain performance.
- Vaping Etiquette:
- Use mechanical mods responsibly and be considerate of others. Vape in designated areas, and respect local vaping regulations.
Mechanical mods offer an uncomplicated and customizable vaping experience, but they are not recommended for beginners. Proper knowledge of battery safety, coil building, and Ohm’s law is essential for safe and enjoyable use. If you’re new to vaping, it’s advisable to start with regulated devices and gain experience before venturing into mechanical mods.