Joe Craven reviews the Rig V2 and the matching RoughNeck V2 RDA from American Made – and at over £200 these are certainly at the highest end of the market - but well worth every penny.
As we all know, regulated mods dominate the vaping market from your basic Cool Fire IVs all the way to premium devices like the Tuglyfe DNA200 Box Mod or any DNA 200 chipped device. With these devices, whether they be powered by an internal rechargeable battery or you need to stick in a couple of 18650s, you know exactly what you’re getting both Wattage and Voltage wise, and in some of the more expensive and newer mods temperature as well. You are in control, you know how to make each vape you take perfect.
Regulated Mods were a revelation to the industry when they burst onto the scene as they allowed Vapers to tailor the vape to their needs, want and desires. They were a much needed upgrade from the normal pen style batteries that we all started on, but now I see more and more long term vapers switching back to unregulated devices. I’m not talking about going back the CE4 Clearamizors or eGo batteries that last a couple of hours if you only take 3 tokes at a time, I’m talking big heavy Mech Mods. So why are people turning back the clock and Vaping on an unregulated device you may ask? Well, it’s all about flavour and clouds.
Having attended many Vape meet ups and seen countless Cloud Comps, I was intrigued how these guys were producing a fog that Victorian London would be proud of, and how I could do the same. After asking around, and generally lurking next to anyone who had entered these Comps, I was shown the world of Mech Mods and how the single 18650 devices would kick out more power and take lower ohms than some of the more expensive mods.
If you do a quick google search on Mech Mods you will find a plethora of different devices ranging in price and a whole load of information about safety when using such a device but no real answers on which to get. Having tried different Mech Mods, and asking regular users which to get, the answer was always the same - spend big or not at all.
The more money you spend the better quality you will receive. The higher the price the better the quality of the materials that have gone into building your device, which in turn will give you a much better power output to help you produce those big clouds and that awesome flavour.
I opted to buy the Rig V2 and the matching RoughNeck V2 RDA from American Made – and at over £200 retail price. these are certainly at the highest end of the market - but well worth every penny.
A basic mechanical mod is a tube of metal, such as stainless steel or brass. Along with the tube, there’s a firing pin that allows for the current in the battery to reach the attached RDA, they’re extremely durable and modifiable meaning you can drop these in water and then pull them out dry them off and be up and running again in no time.
They are basic, simple, but potentially harmful.
And yes, you read that correctly, potentially harmful, but so are regulated mods so don’t get too worried. The major danger comes from the battery - as it does with all mods – so, as long as you practise good battery safety you’ll be fine.
Another problem with Mech Mods is defects - buying a Mech Mod is like buy a car, just because your mate’s Fiat Punto isn’t a banger doesn’t mean the one you’ve seen on Autotrader isn’t either. Never buy a Mech Mod without getting your hands on it first; the last thing you need is to buy a Mech Mod with a deformed battery chamber effectively turning it into a time-bomb waiting to go off.
If you are looking for stronger flavour, and increased vapor production, have a solid understanding of ohm’s law and battery amperes limits, then go for it! If you don’t, but still want a Mech Mod, make sure you do your research and stay safe.