If you’re looking for the best mods, atomizers, or batteries to start out with, here is the guide for you. Here is a collection of the best perform devices and mods to date and everything you need for the ultimate vaping experience done right the first time. Feel free to let me know if I left anything out or if you have any suggestions.
Cloud-Chaser's Gear Guide
Nemesis Style Mechanical Mod (stainless steel / with telescopic 510 contact pin)
The nemesis is the AK-47 of mechanical mods. It’s reliable, provides great battery contact, has a good button, and is very inexpensive and is nearly industrictable. Highly recommended as a first mech mod and used by the pros.
Nemesis Style Mechanical Mod – $24.63 from: FastTech
Chi You Style Mechanical Mod
Another great mechanical mod with very similar looks to the nemesis. Performs very similarly to the nemesis so grab this one if you like the aesthetics more.
Chi You Mechanical Mod – $32.53 from: FastTech
Innokin iTaste SVD Variable Voltage/Wattage Mod / APV
For those of you that love variable voltage / wattage (VV) mods and need to have a screen to display things like ohms, wattage, voltage, and battery life here is one of the best options. It’s cheap, light weight, and supprots all the same features of more expensive mods from Provari and Sigelei. You can’t go wrong with this one but remember, VV mods generally don’t go below 1.3 OHMS which makes it difficult to produce giant clouds.
3D RDA Rebuidable Dripping Atomizer The 3D is a dripper with a catch. It has a 1ML well on the bottom that you can “squeeze” up by pushing down on the top of the atomizer. It’s an rather early concept but it works. It provides the clouds of a dripper with a 1ml tank so you’re not always popping the cap off to wet the wicks. This bad boy supports 1 or two coils and has 2 adjustable air holes. Recommended for everybody with a nemesis mod as this doesn’t have 510 threading but instead goes directly into the nemesis replacing the top cap.
3D RDA Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer from: FastTech
IGO-L Rebuildable Stainless Steel Dripping Atomizer The IGO-L is one of the original drippers and still one of the best. If you want something that works and has a lot of building room, this is the dripper for you. Drill out the air holes (guides on this site!) and drop to sub-ohms for massive clouds.
IGO-L Style Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer – $6.68 from: FastTech
IGO-W4 Style Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer If you want an IGO with more posts, here it is. The IGO-W4 has 3 posts and is just as reliable as any IGO.
IGO-W4 Style Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer Kit – $6.73 from: FastTech
SvoeMesto Kayfun v3.1 ES Styled Rebuildable Atomizer (4.5mL) The Kayfun is a gravity fed bottom coil tank which has pretty much revolutionized how tanks work. The Kayfun 3.1 is simple to set up, has adjustable air flows, has a large capacity tank to prevent the need for dripping, and is very reliable. With the right build, the kayfun can produce some giant clouds and can be your all day vape eliminating the need to carry around juice. Highly recommended for everyone to have a Kayfun.
Sony US18650VTC3 18650 1600mAh 3.7V Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries (2-Pack) Generally considered the best of the best, these Sony batteries support a high rate of discharge and have a 30 amp limit. If you are going sub-ohm for cloud chasing, these are the batteries for you.
Panasonic NCR18650B Rechargeable 3400mAh 3.7V 18650 Lithium Batteries Another good option, these are very similar to the Sonys and have very high quality cells. Don’t skimp out on batteries people and get the real deal, for your own safety!
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Black Ice E Juice Baker Vapor
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Lightning E Juice Baker Vapor
Try one of our more complex flavors Lightning. A strong blend of citrus and menthol that will blow your socks off! Price: $5.99
TEMCo has some of the cheapest and highest quality Kanthal around anywhere and you can get it right from Amazon. This 28G kanthal is the most versatile and you can really get some nice microcoils ranging from .5 to 1.3 ohms. They ship fast too, I got a roll of 100 ft in about 3 days flat. 100 Feet is enough to last you a two years at the least.
TEMCo Kanthal A1 Wire 32 Gauge 100 FT (0.25oz) Resistance Resistor AWG A-1
If you prefer higher ohms or just a thinner wire in general, 32 gauge can produce some nice and thin coils with more wraps. 32 gauge is also great for twisting the wires to get lower ohms like a 28 gauge but covers more surface area.
Cotton has quickly become the standard for wicking and the best known flavor of most wicking products. Known for it’s great absorption abilities, cotton is cheap and easy to turn into perfect wicks. Make sure you use organic cotton as it doesn’t have any dyes or other chemicals which are unsafe to inhale. It’s also recommended to boil the cotton for 5-10 minutes before using to remove any machine oils or other miscellaneous ingredients.
3mm Silica Wick
Silica wick is a good alternative to cotton as it’s not combustible and can be dry burned at any time to clean the coils without destroying the wick. Although not as absorbent as cotton and has an ability to slightly mute flavors, for builds above 1+ ohms silica can be a great alternative and is easier to work with as it’s already threaded.
Ekowool Silica Wick Braided Hollow Rope
Ekowool is a rather new material that is very similar to Silica wick. It has an even higher temerature rating meaning that this can handle very high degrees of heat. It’s slightly more absorbant than silica and wicks slightly better too for better flavor.
When it comes to chargers, you don’t want to skimp out here either. Although rare, the cheaper chargers generally from China don’t have the necessary protection circuits and could overcharge your batteries. This will not only shorten the lifespan for the battery, but could potentially explode the battery if it gets damage somehow. The Nitecore is known for being one of the best and can charge nearly any type of rechargeable. Well worth the $20 or so.
NiteCore IntelliCharger i2 Charger
The NiteCore I2 is smaller and has only 2 battery ports. A cheaper and smaller alternative but just as good with great protection.
Switch Magnets for Nemesis Mod (10-Pack) Although the Nemesis is a great mod, a lot of people want a more “fluid” feeling button. These magnets replace the spring for a very smooth throw and very inexpensive for 10 of them (You only need 2 or 3). Highly recommended if the Nemesis is your go to like me.
Switch Magnets for Nemesis Mod (10-Pack) – $2.40 from: FastTech
Kayfun Nano Conversion Kit The Kayfun 3.1 nano kit converts your Kayfun 3.1 into a Kayfun Nano. It really really reduces the height and makes it a much more comfortable fit in your pocket. Reduces the weight too. For about $5 it’s worth a try.
Kayfun Nano Body Kit – $5.19 from: FastTech
Pre-Coiled Welded Wires w/ Wicks – NR-R-NR (50-Pack) If you’re still new to all this or simply don’t like wrapping coils, you can buy some pre-built ones in a 50 pack for only a few dollars. These are only about 1.8 ohms though, so don’t expect major clouds like sub-ohm coils.
Pre-Coiled Welded Wires w/ Wicks – NR-R-NR (50-Pack) – $3.87 from: FastTech
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