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Vape Pens or Vape Mods: Which is Right for You?

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CSR Team 20/07/2017


As more and more people join the New Zealand vaporizer scene they may find themselves facing a dilemma: Vape pens or vape mods, which is the right model for you?

Oils, Herbs, or Concentrates?

A key difference between mods and pens is the material they vaporise. Generally pens use oils, e-juice, and concentrates. There are exceptions on the New Zealand market like the snoop dogg vape pen which can take dry herb, but for the most part you’ll find that pens go with oils.

Portable vaporizer like the PAX 3 are generally intended for use with dry herbs, but a large selection of models, such as the Grizzly Guru, can use oil and other concentrates.

So if you only want to vape oils, get a pen. If you only want to vape dry herb or want a selection of materials get a mod!


The most popular type of vaporizers in the New Zealand are more portable models, non portable models do have their adherents the market tends to favor portable units heavily. This is because portable vaporizers are far easier to store and operate and, of course, carry when you’re away from your home. When considering whether to get a vape pen or a vape mod it’s important to consider what level of portability you need.

Generally vape mods are going to be bulkier than vape pens due to a need to have a chamber that accommodate dry herbs. Pens don’t have this limitation as the majority on the market use oils or waxes for vaporisation. Another factor is that vape mods generally have a larger display and more control inputs than a vaporizer pen.

When we only consider portability it depends on your preference, if you want a device that you can just throw into your pocket and hit the town, then a vape pen is for your. However if you have a bit more room then a vape mod isn’t overly unwieldy and should fit comfortably into a jacket pocket or bag!

Battery Life

If portability is your main concern when you’re choosing whether to get a vape or a mod then you need to consider the respective battery lives and power usage of the units. A vape mod is always going to use more power than a pen. This is mainly down to the way it evaporates its materials. While vape pens use an atomiser and wick to slowly draw oil up from the tank and onto a small heating element a drop at a time, mods have a more involved technique. Vape mods have a small chamber heated by either conduction or convection heating elements to vaporise the active ingredients of herb. This forces a mod to heat a larger surface area so it will naturally use up more battery life!

Obviously your vaporizer is only as useful as long as it has power so a rapidly drained battery will severely hamper its portability. In this area the more power frugal pen wins. However if you have the room, many vaporizer mods have removable batteries that can be swapped out for a fresh and charged spare. Again, not as portable as a pen, but you can mitigate the limitations of the battery somewhat!


Vape mods are quality pieces of kit that are often jam packed with advanced features, sensors, and even bluetooth connectivity! This unfortunately doesn’t come cheap. A good vape mod can be a major investment, the good news is that you will get what you pay for and a decent unit will be worth every penny.

Vaporizer pens tend to be simpler devices and even a high quality one will remain relatively affordable in comparison to a mod.


This is an area that vaporizer mods win hands down. By sheer dint of their design and intended use vape mods come with a whole host of features that make them eminently versatile. Their temperature control allows you to essentially pick and choose what active ingredients you want to activate in your dry herb. It can do this by taking advantage of the various boiling temperatures of the chemicals present in dry herb. Also you can use the temperature settings to affect the density of the vapor and tailor your vape experience even further!

On top of that as we mentioned above thanks to the nature of the vapor chamber many vaporizer mods can use dry herb, concentrate, and oils! Pens are truly blown out of the water in this category!


Vape pens tend to be fairly bare bones and straight forward when it comes to features. They may come with bluetooth connectivity in some cases or have a boost mode. For the most part, however, they will have little more than an on button.

Mods however come with a whole host of bells and whistles, from haptic vibration alerts that let you know when your vaporizer is ready for use, to bluetooth connectivity for interacting with apps that will let you adjust your temperature to the very degree.

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