Upsides and downsides to building mechanical mod
The basic upsides and downsides to building your own mechanical mod
Mechanical mods have been a consistent fixture in the E-cig movement since it started. You can buy them, of course – but one of the most unique things about mechanical mods is probably the fact that they’re easy to build. Yes, believe it or not, even in this advanced age of vaping technology, some people still choose to build their own mechanical mods.
The truth is that this can be a good option for some people… but it’s also not without its downsides.
Here’s what you should know.
Safety note: Please understand that building a mechanical mod can be dangerous, as you are dealing with circuitry and a lithium ion battery that could explode or catch on fire if you don’t build the mod correctly. For this reason, make sure that you THOROUGHLY UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE DOING before ever attempting to build a mod. This is not a safety guide or a how-to – it is simply a pros or cons article. For best results, hire a professional electrician to help you.
The advantages to building your own mechanical mod are pretty straightforward. First of all, it’s incredibly cheap. You can save a ton of money on your setup if you build it yourself.
Another great thing about mechanical mods is that they tend to be pretty fail/future-proof. If you build it well, then it will most-likely last forever. And even if it does break down, fixing it will be easy. These types of devices are very simple, and truth be told, there isn’t much that can go wrong with them outside of basic mechanical failure.
Some people do add more into their mod (safety fuses, circuits, resistors, etc.) than the bare-basics, but this usually requires more knowledge, money, skill, and time to do correctly. Plus, it isn’t required for the device to work.
The beauty of such devices really lies within the simplicity of the idea.
There are some downsides to building your own mechanical mod as well.
First off, the process requires you to have a basic working knowledge of electronics. If you don’t understand this well enough, you’ll either need to hire someone to do it for you or learn by studying it.
There are a lot of diagrams and tutorials online, but these don’t always explain everything to completion. Understanding the entire process, from beginning to end, will give you the best chance at success.
There is also the issue of a lack of options with a mechanical mod. They are very basic – and while that makes them sturdy, it also gives you one option for wattage and voltage (unless you change your atomizer, put some extra circuitry in the device, or do something else to directly affect these levels).
Store-bought box mods will generally come with a range of options, and will even boast an LED screen to help you navigate them. But such luxuries are often unobtainable to the do-it-yourselfers, and home-made mechanical mods are seldom more complicated than a box, a few wires, a button, some connectors, and a tank.
Building a mod will also require some basic tools and technical know-how. Even if you choose to build your mod from a mint can (one of the easiest and most basic designs), you will still need to master some basic metal-working and electrician skills to get the mod up and running without a problem.
Should you consider building your own mod?
If you’re handy with tools, crafty, creative, have a knack for technical things, enjoy a challenge, prioritize thriftiness over bells-and-whistles, and consider yourself a decent problem-solver, then building your own mechanical mod might be an excellent project for you.
It really isn’t all that complicated – and just about anyone could successfully accomplish such a project if they really applied themselves and made sure that they knew what they were doing.
But if you tend not to be any of these things, then you might just end up discouraged and overwhelmed by the process. You might also want to avoid taking on such a project if you have safety concerns that seem too worrisome to negate through research and fact-finding.
Remember, safety should always come first. Be sure that you know what you’re doing if you decide to build your own mod, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re not sure what to do in any given situation.