Vape Mods are so called because they are an alteration of the traditional e-cigarette or vape pen. Vape mods are altered to include bigger batteries for more power, and so more heat, and to contain larger tanks so you can vape longer and generate larger clouds. Modern vape mods also contain many advanced features you will not find on your garden variety e-cigarette. 18650s mod are the most common batteries in vaping. They are readily accessible, reliable, and widely tested, and most mods come with 18650 mod compatibility. While newer batteries, such as 20700 and 21700, have raised the stakes, we seldom see them in dual or triple battery vape mods due to their larger size. Manufacturers still incline on 18650 as they combine a smaller size with tried-and-true performance.
Due to the large accessibly of 18650s from electronics manufacturers companies, this list does not contain any rewrapped batteries. But it is not infrequent for the 18650s to be replicated, so always do your research, and only buy batteries from renowned vendors.
Continuous Discharge Rating (CDR)
This is the rating that is used by reputable electronic manufacturers and the one rating that we can use to compare battery discharge. When accurately rated, it signifies the current that a battery can be safely discharged at a continuous rate without taking damage or reducing its capacity.
Rewraps and Chinese manufactured batteries will often overstate the CDR or use other ratings instead of it. One good example is the maximum discharge rating (or maximum discharge current), which may even be the only rating on the wrap. It is the maximum current that a battery can supply in short intervals (that are most of the time not mentioned on the rating). This is not a rating that should be considered when considering a battery, as it is oftentimes misleading. Always look for the CDR of a battery, and cross-check ratings with online sources.
Calculated in mAh, the capacity of a battery signifies its running time. One mAh is equal to the charge transferred by a steady current of one milliampere flowing for one hour. While this rating is sometimes overstated on battery wraps, this does not happen as often as it does with discharge ratings.
Going over the ratings of reputable manufacturers, you will notice a pattern: there is always a trade-off between CDR and capacity. There is (yet) no 18650 with a CDR over 30 amperes. At the same time, no 18650 with a capacity at or over 3000 mAh, will have a CDR over 20 amperes. Until further notice, any battery that is not rated according to these two rules can be assumed to be falsely rated.
Try to avoid rewraps, as the batteries that are used for them may change at any given time. With 18650s being so readily available, finding a battery from a reputable manufacturer should always be a priority
What are the best 18650 mods on the market?
One of the most reliable and balanced 18650s on the market, the Sony VTC5A is an all-rounder. A great 25 ampere battery with enough capacity lasts through the day. One of the finest 18650s for mechanics if you build according to its amp limit, the VTC5A is also an excellent battery for use with regulated mods.
The VTC6 comes with a whopping 3000 mAh and Sony’s reliable brand name. Perfect for lower wattage ranges due to the limited amp draw, this is quite possibly the best 18650 for MTL vaping available. If you want to lift the wattage a bit, pair two VTC6s together on a dual battery regulated mod.
Coming from LG, the HG2 is another high-capacity battery that is ideal for regulated mods. It performs comparably to the Sony VTC6 and the Samsung 30Q, and it is a great option for vaping up to 60 watts per cell. If you want your vape to last for long, the HG2 is another excellent choice.
The Samsung 30Q performs at a similar level to the Sony VTC6. Another lower output battery with a long running time, a couple of 30Qs on an MTL setup will have you forget when you last charged your device. Easily recognizable by their pink wrapper, these cells can keep your vape going for the long haul.
The Samsung 25R is one of the longest-standing tried and tested batteries on the market. There are two editions available that perform at a similar level, with the green wrap 25R having a slightly longer life cycle than the blue one. Samsung 25Rs are easy to find, not very expensive, and work great.
How do you use 18650 mod?
While most times you buy batteries, you just look for the fit in your device. It is not that simple when it comes to vaping. Think of the 18650 as the size of the AA, C, D batteries you buy at the store. That will only get you to the ones that will fit your box mod. Next you need to find the ones that will work best with your device. We have a great guild below that explains how to find the right one for you.
We have also listed below some of our favorite batteries based on the award category. There are three award categories with the first being best longevity. That is the battery that is built to last a long time between charges. The next award is the most durable and reliable which indicates which 18650 cell will stand up to the abuse of being used and continuously recharged over the life of the battery. The last award is the best high drain battery that goes to the best battery with high drain capability as the name suggests. While we prefer some specific 18650 cells over others for applications, there is no right fit for all. It will depend on how you do vape and how you want to vape with your device. So, check out everything below and immerse yourself in the world of 18650 batteries.
How does 18650 mod work for?
Vape mods hold the battery and circuitry required to heat up the coil which is what vaporizes the e-juice. Modern mods give a great deal of control over the wattage used and the temperature of the coil for the ideal draw. Mechanical mods are just as they sound, rather than having an e-circuit, when you fire up a mod you are connecting the battery to the coil mechanically.
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