Regulated, Unregulated, Series, Parallel? Vape Mod Terms Explained

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If you’re a new vaper or someone who is looking to purchase his first mod and finally quit smoking, you might be a baffled of the terms that local shop attendants will tell you when choosing your first mod. Unregulated, Parallel, Hybrid? What are these?

While these terms may be confusing for new vapers, it doesn’t require a scientist to decode if you are aware of them and how they work. These terms are very helpful for you to determine which mod suits your vaping goals.

If you are looking to get your next vape mod but you are a bit confused with the terms that you are reading on product descriptions or seeing on vape shops, this article will be of great help for you.

Series vs Parallel

Basically, these are the types of battery configurations that come with the mod. It is the same concept as what you were told during your primary and secondary school electronics class. The batteries are connected differently, resulting to a difference in power output. Check the diagram below for a visual on how the batteries are placed (the gray part is the atomizer, I’m a bad illustrator, I know).

A series connection basically doubles the voltage output while maintaining the same rating. Simply put it, the battery life would be same as a single battery, but the power output is doubled. Take note that the resistance limit of your build is higher in this configuration.

The parallel battery configuration on the other hand, doubles the amp hours while retaining the voltage output. You will get double the battery life with this battery configuration. In theory, this should also reduce the resistance limit to half of a single battery, but we wouldn’t suggest that you build as low as that to reduce vaping-related injuries.


Regulated vs Unregulated

Regulated mods are vape mods that are controlled by wires and a chip that with a push of a few buttons and switches allows you to adjust your vape mod’s power output . They are also called variable vape mods because of this. Regulated mods are safer than unregulated vape mods, and are more suited for beginners since most of the time, they wouldn’t fire unsafe builds.

Unregulated box mods on the other hand, are controlled mainly by science. Seriously, the output of the battery depends on your coil’s build. This type of mod may also be called a mechanical mod, due to their crude nature. One thing that you should remember is that unregulated box mods fire no matter what resistance your build is, so it’s best to take note of the rules of vaping safety when using a mod of this type.

510 vs Hybrid

A 510 mod has a connecting rod from the battery to the atomizer while the hybrid directly connects the battery to the atomizer. Not to be confused with the hybrid material that is used in some mods as the SOB (Smoke Out Box Mod), this refers to how the battery is connected to the atomizer.

Naturally, the hybrid connection has more power output since it has less voltage drop, but it isn’t the safer option. If your atomizer’s positive pin is recessed or is flushed inside your atomizer’s 510 thread, there is a risk of a hard short, so once again, I am stressing out the rules of vaping safety here.

Whatever vape mod you would like to purchase, it is important to know how it works and if it suits your vaping goals. If you are unsure of what type you would like, you may ask your local vape shop attendants and they will be more than happy to help you choose your first vaping mod.

Rafael Deramas

Rafael Deramas is a digital marketer and a vaping advocate. He started vaping to reduce smoking back in 2011, and has fully quit cigarettes for 2 years and counting. He is also an e-liquid manufacturer and vape shop owner.

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