Why Box Mods Are Better Than Electronic Cigarettes

My mother has been a smoker for 30 years. She had a few phases where she quit, but she always went back to smoking eventually. When electronic cigarettes first came out, I urged her to get one. “But I heard this news story about an electronic cigarette exploding in someone’s mouth and they died.”

So, one person died?” I replied. “How about the hundreds of thousands of people who die from cancer every year?”

She bought an electronic cigarette that day.

My mother isn’t one of a kind, there are many people just like her. They have an electronic cigarette to quit smoking. They like it, but they don’t love it. Some are worried about the safety. Others say that the flavor isn’t intense enough. The majority say that the battery life leaves a lot to be desired. For the longest time, it seemed as though their concerns fell on deaf ears.

Enter: The box mod.

If you’re a beginner at vaping, then you may not have heard of a box mod. Most simply, a box mod is like upgrading your e-cigarette. Think of going from a flip phone to a smartphone. You have much more ability to create a more customized experience.

The number one benefit that box mods have over electronic cigarettes is that they have supreme safety features. Remember the worry that my mother had about the cigarette exploding in her mouth? The person who suffered from the exploding cigarette probably over-vaped. That is, they tried to get a hit way beyond the capability of the cigarette. The box mod comes with an excellent security feature that not only regulates how much power you’re using, but also has an auto power off that will activate of the box mod gets too hot.

Another complaint for traditional electronic cigarettes have is that the vapor isn’t strong enough for them. This problem is also solved with a feature that allows you to control the power in a box mod. The feature is called variable voltage, and this lets you get a warmer, more flavorful vape depending on how high you set it.

A brother feature of variable voltage is variable wattage . In this case, you set the power at a specific wattage, and the box mod always releases that amount of vapor. If it detects that your device coils are clogging, then it automatically adjusts the voltage to coincide.

Then, there’s the dreaded time that your electronic cigarette dies. You have to plug it in and patiently wait for it to charge. If you’re lucky you have a spare with you, but if not, you’re out of luck. Many box mods come with a pass through function. Easily put, you can plug in your device and still use it while its charging. With its many charging adapters including USB, A/C outlet, and car chargers, you’ll easily be able to power up when the power’s down.

One of the more creative modifications that you can add to your box mod is a case. Again, think iPhone covers. Eventually, you might want to stop having the fake cigarette hanging out of your mouth and amp up the style. From vapes shaped like sonic screwdrivers to ones that look like pens, you won’t ever be bored with the options when it comes to customizing your vape.

Whether you’re completely new to the vaping scene or if you’re just looking to upgrade your electronic cigarette, the box mod is surely the way to go. Not only are they safe, but they stylish and improve your experience overall with their many features that you can customize to your personal preferences.

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Extreme Q Vaporizer Review

The Extreme Q Vaporizer is mid level at home vaporizer with a high-end design and function but a mid level price. The Extreme Q is commonly the vaporizer people buy when they can’t afford (or don’t want to drop the cash on) the Volcano Vaporizer. There really aren’t any other competitors in the mid to high range at home units, its Extreme Q or Volcano, with Volcano being significantly better but also significantly more expensive.

Besides a lower price, the one big advantage the Extreme Q Vaporizer has is the fact that it supports multiple inhalation methods:

Direct Tube Inhalation: You take the provided medical tubing, attach it to the base, and use your own breath to inhale the vapor.

Forced Air Tube: This is the same as direct tube method except this time you turn on a fan which blows the vapor right into your mouth. This is great for people who don’t have decent lung strength- it really removes the work involved, you just turn the unit off when you’ve had enough.

Balloon System: This is the most popular method, and is the same method used for the Volcano. You attach a provided balloon to the unit, fill it with vapor, then remove from the unit and inhale directly from the balloon.

Regardless of the method you use, the Extreme Q Vaporizer heats up in three minutes (or less depending on the temperature you set it at). You can choose anywhere between 100 and 400 degrees.

You adjust the temperature via the LCD display (can be displayed in both Fahrenheit and Centigrade) as well as see vitals such as current temperature, target temperature, fan speed, and a timer.

The Extreme Q also comes with a remote that you can use to control the unit from across the room. Most use this to either turn the heat on or off.

The internals of the Extreme Q Vaporizer is of good quality (as it should be for the price). It has a ceramic heating element along with a high quality three speed quiet fan. I was initially concerned about the fan for noise reasons but it is actually very quiet and a non issue. The Extreme Q comes with everything you could need to use the unit regardless of which method you’d like to use.


One of the most popular aspects of the Extreme Q is the fact that it has a lifetime warranty offered by the manufacturer, Arizer. This is a big deal in an age where most cheaper vaporizers come with little to no warranty at all.

Really though where this unit shines as compared to the cheaper units is the quality of the vapor that comes out of this machine. If you want a “kick in the face” you can certainly do it with the Extreme Q. You get medicated very quickly.

Summary: The Extreme Q Vaporizer is the second best at home vaporizer in the world.  The only vaporizer better is the Volcano. If you want high quality at a lower price, and you want the ability to vape in multiple ways, the Extreme Q is the vape for you.

Best Current USA Price: $239

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Volcano Vaporizer Review

The Volcano Vaporizer is the undisputed best vaporizer in the world and it has been for years. Handmade in Germany by Storz & Bickel, this bad boy doesn’t come cheap, starting at over $500, but boy is it worth it. In the Vaporizer World, the Volcano is known as the Rolls Royce of Vaporizers.

The effect is amazing.

What I didn’t know, but what I found out right away, was that nothing can beat the strength of the draw that you get from the Volcano’s exclusive balloon-bag attachment. You are limited only by how deep of a breath you can take.

The machine takes about 3 minutes to warm up. You just put the medicine into the bowl, attach the balloon, and turn on the fan. The balloon fills up with vapor, which you can fill all the way up or just a little. You can also customize the size of your balloon to your needs.

You pop on the mouthpiece, and – boom. After only a few inhales, I realized why they say the Volcano is the vaporizer of choice for people who need high levels of medication to cope with extreme pain. The Volcano packs a hell of a punch, better than any other vaporizer I’ve tried, no contest. The Volcano is worthy of the name.

Two models to choose from:

The one you pick depends on how important it is for you to set the heat exactly. The Classic (the one I use) features a dial with heat calibrated on a scale of 1 to 10. The Digital model lets you choose the exact temperature you prefer.

The Classic is the more popular, probably because it’s virtually identical in every respect and is $130 cheaper. But those who find it important to select the exact temperature they’re comfortable with are more than happy to pay the extra $130 for the Digital.

Two valves to choose from

I first looked at the “easy valve,” which you must replace but never have to clean. Then I looked at the sturdier-looking “solid valve,” and that’s what I went with. The solid valve needs 2 minutes of cleaning every 4 weeks or so – no big deal.

My Recommendation: I’d rather go to the slight trouble of cleaning than have to deal with periodic replacements. Both valves cost the same, so I say, go with the solid valve.

Price: $539.00

Disadvantages of the Volcano

The machine is the best, easy to use, and very flexible to everyone’s needs, but the big downside is the price. You’re going to pay more for the best, and thus you’re going to pay more for the Volcano. I will say that I have purchased a lot of vaporizers at different price points, and the Volcano is one of only two vaporizers that I use exclusively. That should tell you something.

Biggest Advantages of the Volcano

Vaping in general saves you herb but Volcano users specifically say they use up to 50% less medicine than is needed for other methods, especially water pipes. Storz & Bickel are proud of that and rightly so. The money you expend up front is quickly offset by the greater efficiency of burn.

My Recommendation: Go for it. There isn’t, and will never be, a superior vaporizer on the market. You will use your medicine safely and cleanly, in exactly the amounts and heat you desire. You’ll use less of it, get just as good results, and know that you picked the best. If you are tight on money or don’t feel like spending this much, your next best bet is gonna be the Extreme Q Vaporizer. In my opinion the best vaporizer combo in the world is a Pax Vaporizer for portable, and a Volcano for at home.

All Volcano models are backed by a full 3-year warranty. There’s no denying that you’ll be paying a lot more for the Volcano than for any other vaporizer on the market. But when you tote up all the advantages – especially the savings on medicine – I figure it’s worth it.

Best Current Price: Classic $539.00
Best Current Price: Digital $669.00

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Magic Flight Launch Box Vaporizer Review

When it comes to inexpensive vaporizers, you can’t do any better than Magic Flight Launch Box. The MFLB is known as the least expensive legitimate vaporizer on the market.  Even though it might look kind of crude and homemade, and certainly couldn’t be compared to the high end Pax Vaporizer, there’s a reason why it sold like hotcakes when it came out and continues to be incredibly popular:

It’s the most efficient device for the money. It’s simple and easy to use, yet the Magic Flight gives you really impressive vapor quality for its size and price.

All Kinds of People Choose the Magic Flight

Let’s face it, the most important reasons for buying a vaporizer, any vaporizer, are to save money on medicine while getting all the benefits of medicine, and for the incredible health benefits. On those counts this simple little device really delivers!

But don’t get me wrong, it’s not just people on the cheap who buy the Magic Flight. It wouldn’t be the best seller if they were the only demographic.

Actually, a lot of users with plenty of disposable income purchase the Magic Flight Launch Box. They want something small, easy and portable to walk around with, while they leave their expensive home machine where it belongs, at home.

Also, since the MFLB appeared on the scene, it’s been the vaporizer of choice for the occasional user. Someone who partakes only so often has absolutely no need to shell out big bucks. The small but effective and affordable Magic Flight suits them fine.

Why the MFLB Rocks

At 2.5” x 1.25” x 0.9”, the Magic Flight is as small and discreet as they come. You can hold it in your hand, or walk around with it, and literally no one will know, and when it is in your pocket you can barely tell it’s there.

It also works really fast. From lighting up to getting the benefits of vapor is going to be about three seconds. No vaporizer is faster.

People seem to forget how much herb you save when you use a vaporizer versus traditional combustion methods, and the MFLB is no different.  It is extremely efficient. All vaporizers are efficient when you compare them to water pipes, clay or porcelain pipes, or roll-your-owns. But the Magic Flight Launch Box is TRULY efficient. Regular users will save so much money on medicine that the cost of the Magic Flight will be easily earned back in a month or so.

I also was blown away by the fact that the manufacturers offer a lifetime replacement warranty. It doesn’t matter why the box fails, or how many years from now it fails, they’ll send you a replacement on request for free. This is a big deal.  No other company does that for the lifetime of the unit.

Personally, I love the fact that it’s made of wood. Seems very natural to me and I’m a big fan of the look and the material.

Finally, as I said before, it’s simple to use. Takes 10 seconds to learn how to use it.

Price: $119 at VapeWorld (free discreet shipping + grinder)

Ways It Doesn’t Rock

No doubt, a vaporizer this small and inexpensive is going to have its drawbacks. The battery has two problems. First, you have to recharge it a lot.  Far more often than the higher end portables like the Pax Vaporizer. They do give you two rechargeable batteries, plus a recharger that plugs into the wall, but still.

Second, as soon as you put in the battery the Box heats up. So as soon as you’re done, you have to get into the habit of taking the battery out right away or you will drain the battery.

Besides the battery issues, I have to admit that the fact that it comes in three parts is kind of a bummer, especially when you’re out and about. That’s a lot to carry around, even though the pieces are all small, and it can be a little annoying.

And vapor quality just doesn’t compare with the big units like Pax or Volcano, so you can’t get your hopes up too much about that. Shoot for a nice, solid, healthy vapor and you’ll get it with the MFLB, believe me. Just don’t expect it to compare to the high end units.

Even So, The Magic Flight Is a “Must”

It’s not just me who says it. You can find people all over the Internet rating and commenting on the Magic Flight, and they love it. Whether they buy it for its low price, or because they want a small, portable occasional device, they’re happy with what they get, just as happy as I was when I first got and used my MFLB. I kept my expectations realistic, and they were met.

Best USA Price: $119 at

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Pax Vaporizer Review

The Pax Vaporizer is the best high end portable vaporizer on the market. It’s sleek Apple-like design and function won over vaporizer users and critics alikewith shout outs from Gizmodo, Tech Crunch, Cool Material, and more.

Pax is my go-to vaporizer for both home and portable use. I use the Volcano as well but the Pax is easier and faster and lets me move around as well.  I know many people who opted to get the Pax as their only Vaporizer and use it on a daily basis.

Like An Apple Product.

The Pax Vaporizer is made of medical grade stainless steel with a compact design and function.  The main indicator light on the front tells you what you need to know.  The smaller temperature light changes 3 different colors as you adjust it.  The mouthpiece hides in the unit.  When you press it, it springs out which also functions as turning the unit on and off.

Not only is the machine built great, it looks great. You can buy it in black, blue or purple designer colors. But even though you may want to show it off, you don’t have to. It’s tiny enough to live in a jacket or breast pocket undetected. You won’t believe that you get such a powerful draw out of an item that’s only 4.1” by 1.4”.

It’s also super-easy to clean, with only two removable parts and almost no need to replace them. I’ve had mine for 4 months and there have been no problems so far. (And if you do have to replace them, the replacements are inexpensive and easy to order)

The Pax Vaporizer is so small that you can slip this bad boy into any and you can barely feel it’s there. All other major portables are much much larger.  This is a very big deal for the portable vaporizer market. So you can hide it. Yet it looks so elegant.

Easy To Use, Effective Vapor

Load up your product in the oven door. There’s no simpler loading area in any other vaporizer.
Make sure the lithium ion battery (it’s replaceable) is charged up. Charging takes less than an hour on the included charger stand.  Even if you forget to turn the Pax Vaporizer off, it will automatically go into low use mode and save your battery until you pick it up.  When it senses movement it will go back into normal mode.


Anyway, if you’re all charged up, you choose one of the three temperature settings. I usually go on the middle or highest setting.

The unit comes with easy to follow instructions that are all pictures. Within 30 seconds you will know how to use the Pax. Your Pax Vaporizer will be warmed up in 30 seconds. Yeah, you read that right: 30 seconds of warmup until you’re ready to use.

Worth It

San Francisco-based company Ploom made the Pax its first vaporizer. Maybe it’s the location or just their incredible commitment to quality, but Ploom hit it out of the park the first time out when they decided to OWN the portable vaporizer market.

It’s expensive. I agree. But not any more so than other portables that are bigger and often less reliable. If you are like me, you need a good, reliable vaporizer that will pay for itself as quickly as possible. That’s The Pax. You need to remember vaporizing in general is much more efficient than using a pipe. Your medicine will last much longer and ultimately save you money if you get a vaporizer, in addition to all the added health benefits.

You’ll feel less of a sting if you buy through VapeWorld. There’s no better price, and they offer free discreet shipping as well as a free grinder.

Best USA Price: $249

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