With the wrong mod, you'll be stuck blowing thin lackluster clouds. You would think you could just buy the mod with the highest wattage range, but that's not necessarily the best strategy. Some manufacturers use chipsets that aren't very consistent, which cause inconsistent clouds. I like to use reliable mods that can push out massive power every single time.
Top Cloud Chasing Vape Mods of 2019
Chucking clouds will always be more about the atomizer than the mod, no matter what anyone tells you. But your mod needs to be two things: consistent and powerful. That's the bare minimum you need in a cloud mod. Hopefully it's comfortable in your hand and has a sick design, but those things won't impact the performance. Let's get to it!
1) iJoy Shogun UNIV 180W
My favorite mod for fogging up the room is the iJoy Shogun UNIV. It can push out up to 180W of power, which is more than enough to power the top cloud chasing atomizers.
It's powered by two 18650 batteries (in series) and runs on iJoy's newest generation UNIV chipset. The UNIV chipset is the new kid on the block, but it's no slouch. iJoy claims that it fires instantly, which is actually somewhat accurate. It sure does make my iJoy Captain X3 seem like a dinosaur. Overall, it fires pretty friggin' fast and reliably. I'm impressed.
The build quality of this mod is pretty solid. It's not indestructible feeling, but solid nonetheless. The resin panels have a smooth, almost rubbery feel to them and a little curve to round out the feel. The frame is zinc alloy and feels pretty durable.
A lot of vape stores sell this mod as a kit that comes with the Katana sub-ohm tank. The Katana tank is good, but not anything to go running around bragging about. If you already have a good tank, then getting the mod by itself is a solid bet.
For chasing clouds this mod is perfect because it cranks out up to 180W of power and has a fast and consistent chipset. If you like resin this is a solid contender for your next mod.
- Up to 180W
- Consistent power output
- Centered 510 pin (up to 28mm attys, no overhang)
- Temp control suite (300°F to 600°F)
- Very comfortable in hand
- Firmware upgradeable
- Has a pod mode
- Screen is not vibrant or groundbreaking in any way
- Hate it or love it resin design
- Does not round robin
- When you go all the way up to 180W, if you press the up button again it does not round robin to the starting wattage (1W), which is annoying
Best Chucker of 2018
The iJoy Captain X3 is, in my opinion, the all around best vape mod for clouds right now. You can blast your tank with up to 324W of power, if you have an iron throat. Even though you probably won't vape that high too often, you'll still have the options in case you get the itch to show off.
It's a triple 20700 mod that can chuck massive clouds all day long. The batteries that come with the kit combine to give you 9,000mAh of power.
- Wattage Range: 5 – 324W
- Temp Control: 200-600°F (Ti, Ni200, SS)
- Dimensions: 79mm x 51mm x 44.6mm
- 2A charging
- Upgradable firmware
Look and Feel
If you're familiar with the Rx Gen 3 (my pick for best cloud mod of 2017), you'll notice that these mods look strikingly similar. The body shape is basically the same, the buttons are in the same places, and it feels similar in your hand.
If you were to close your eyes and hold both mods, you might have trouble telling them apart without trying to feel the finer details. It's actually a good thing that these mods are so similar, because the Gen 3 was a comfy mod. The design was excellent, with the main debatable flaw being the battery life.
Well, iJoy saw that “flaw” and hopped all over it. The Captain X3 takes three 20700s, and the batteries are included in the kit. This gives the Captain X3 a big advantage over the Rx Gen 3. The battery life is pretty beastly.
The Captain X3 has a pretty good chipset and performs amazingly well for the price. It's consistent, smooth, and powerful. I can't ask for much more than that unless I want to pay a couple hundred bucks. For less than a hundred bucks, this is a steal.
My only con in the performance category is the initial heat up time. If you haven't used this mod in the last hour or so, be prepared to warm it up. Your first hit will take about a half second to heat up, maybe even 0.8 seconds. Seriously. I don't even put my mouth on it for the first firing. I just briefly hold the button for around a half second or so. After it's warmed up, it'll fire pretty fast for the rest of your vape sesh.
Captain X3 Sub Ohm Tank
The tank that's included in the kit is surprisingly nice. It has an 8mL capacity and comes with an extra 5mL glass. This large tank is ideal given the strength of this mod. You can only vape up to 110W on the coils that come with the tank.
If you want to push her to her limits, you're going to need to plop on another tank. This tank is a nice one though. It has a really wide 810 cobra resin drip tip and comes with a 510 adapter.
Sad to say, one of my favorite things about this tank is that it doesn't leak. Most of the tanks that I have leak their a** off. I've abused this one and it hasn't leaked on me at all.
The best place to get the iJoy Captain X3 kit is at VaporFi. My guess is that they're trying to compete with everyone else, so they are having some good deals. At the time of this writing the kit is going for $69.95. That's a steal. Other popular sites are selling it for $81.99, and that's without the batteries. VaporFi's kit includes the batteries and 18650 battery adapters.
Best Cloud Mod of 2017 (300W)
The Wismec Reuleaux Rx Gen 3 was the best mod for chucking massive clouds in 2017, hands down. It only takes three 18650s, but can crank out 300W of power. It gives you the flexibility of a 300W mod but it's the size of a smaller 200W mod. In fact, it even weighs less than a lot of 200W mods. It's still one of my favorite cloud chuckers and will remain in my lineup until something as versatile as it comes out.
It's size is one of its biggest advantages. I don't like carrying around four-cell mods, but they're cool for using at home or for crazy battery life. You can carry a three-cell mod comfortably and more conveniently, especially this one.
I like this mod better than most 300W mods because of the size, comfortable design, and most importantly, the consistency. You probably don't vape above 200W all that often, so three cells will provide more than enough power. Sometimes you will feel the need to chuck a monster 300W cloud, which makes this mod ideal. It's perfect for monstrous sub-200W clouds with the occasional 300W cloud.
- Wattage Range: 1-300W
- Temp Control: 200-600°F
- Dimensions: 69mm x 39.3mm x 48.8mm
- Weight: 145g
Ever since the release of the RX200S, Wismec's chips have become one of the top chipsets in all of vaping. Many expert vapers have been comparing them to the Evolv DNA chip series. They must have had a huge technological breakthrough with that release. The RX Gen3 follows suit with stellar performance.
It hits powerfully and consistently. You won't have to worry about the fluctuations that other mods have. This one cranks out the same power every time. It can power any tank on the market, but make sure you choose wisely. Your tank will have a big effect on your clouds.
Don't put a POS tank on this beauty, it deserves better. Be sure to grace it with a top cloud chasing tank. With the right tank, you will blow your competition out of the water and amaze your friends.
The RX Gen 3 price table below took me hours to build. If you find it helpful, let me know in the comments. I'll add more stores and slowly implement more of them throughout the site.
|UrVapin||$46.89||Mod Only (China)||12URVAPIN - 12% off|
|Element Vape||$54.95||Mod Only (USA)||N/A|
|VaporDNA||$54.99||Mod Only (USA)||DNA10 - 10% off | 5OFF - $5 off $40|
|Direct Vapor||$56.95||Mod Only (USA)||Sign up to their email - list 10% Off|
|UrVapin||$63.79||Includes GNOME Atomizer (China)||12URVAPIN - 12% off|
|Element Vape||$69.95||Includes GNOME Atomizer (USA)||N/A|
|VaporDNA||$69.99||Includes GNOME Atomizer (USA)||DNA10 - 10% off | 5OFF - $5 off $40|
Top Quad 18650 Pick
If you are going to vape above 200W consistently, then I would go with the SMOK GX350. The reason it's a better choice for vaping at those ranges is because it takes four 18650s whereas the RX Gen3 only takes three. With four cells, you'll be able to have a better battery life that can support constant high wattage vaping.
For a four-cell mod, it's fairly comfortable. It's the most comfortable four-cell mod in my opinion, but it weighs a considerable amount more than the RX Gen3. It's almost double the weight of the RX Gen3. The angular shape of the GX350 helps it to fit more comfortably in your hand than the big square brick-like mods, but it's still heavy.
- Wattage Range: 1-350W
- Temp Control: 300-600°F
- Dimensions: 84.5mm x 59mm x 40.4mm
- Weight: 280g
One of the best features of this mod is the OLED screen. It's positioned on the top of the mod as opposed to the side. Its location allows you to see it while you're vaping, which is pretty cool.
If you find this mod to be too heavy for you, then you can drop down to two cells. When powered by two 18650s, you'll only be able to push out 220W of power. That's enough to power up some beastly tanks and shed a lot of the weight. Vaping below 200W with this mod will give you excellent battery life when using all four cells.
The biggest advantage to using this mod is the four-cells. If you want to use two cells consistently, then get a two-cell mod. You don't want to carry around this big thing with just two cells. The four cells allow you to vape at super high wattages without having to keep swapping out batteries, and vape at lower wattages for an even longer time. You'll have to sacrifice size, opting for a bigger body mod. But if size doesn't bother you, the GX350 is a great choice to fog up the room.
Sleeper Mod Pick
The VooPoo Drag is not the most powerful mod on the market, but it performs well above its pay grade. You'll rarely vape north of 200W unless you're some kind of iron-throat machine. For most people, vaping that high is uncomfortable and unenjoyable. You can chuck some nasty clouds around the 100W mark, which is why I love the Drag mod.
With the consistent power output you'll get with the Drag, you will surely wow some spectators.
Look and Feel
Can you say, sexy beast? The VooPoo Drag is a resin mod, which is a hate it or love it kind of design. This mod is a true “box” mod, featuring an old-school rectangular design. The new-school mods usually try to curve to your hand. VooPoo went old school with this one. If you've been vaping for years, you'll probably get nostalgic feels from the Drag.
I love the boxy style but I must admit that the new ergonomically designed mods fit more comfortably in my hand.
- 5W – 157W
- 0.05 – 3.0 ohm range
- 40A max output
- smart VW (auto adjust to ideal output)
- TC (Ni, Ti, SS) 200° – 600° F
- TCR mode
- dual 18650 mod
- 90mm x 54mm x 24mm
- upgradable firmware
This beast runs on the 157W GENE chip which out performs any chip in this price range. If you want better performance, you're going to have to pay up for a DNA mod. The GENE chip is one of the main reason everyone is loving this mod. You will get accurate performance and consistent hits.
The best part about the GENE chip is the fire up time. It's crazy fast. Basically, as soon as you fire the mod it's kicking out vapor. Apparently it has the fastest fire up time out of any mod to date. I don't know how to accurately test it but that's the word on the street.
The Drag has all the modes we've grown to love plus a new one, SUPER Mode. Super mode is a special mode that is activated when you vape at 130W or more. It's like overdrive in a car, it gives it some extra oomph. At 157W, you'll be chucking some huge but smooth clouds. It hits like a champ.
Best of all, you can get the VooPoo Drag for $47.99.
Choose Your Tank Wisely
The SMOK TFV12 is still the reigning champ as far as chucking massive clouds goes. It's an all out monster. If you own the TFV8, you will still be able to chuck some amazing clouds. It's only a hair behind the TFV12 in my opinion.
A lof of people like the TFV8 better than the TFV12. I think people were just let down because of all the hype. The 12 chucks better clouds, but not that much better. This tank was hyped up like it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, but really it's just the leader of cloud chasing tanks. That's still an awesome title to have, but it was way over hyped.
By the way it was hyped up, you would of thought it could prime itself, fire your mod, and blow the clouds for you. It can't quite do all of those things, but it can definitely chuck some ridiculous clouds.
- Capacity: 6mL
- T12 0.12ohm (60-350W)
- X4 0.15ohm (60-220W)
- Q4 0.15ohm (60-190W)
- Top Fill
- Airflow: Dual adjustable bottom airflow
- Height: 70mm
- Diameter : 25mm base (28mm widest point)
- Threading: 510
Tired of SMOK?
Some people are sick of all the hype surrounding SMOK products. If that's you, there are other options for high performance sub-ohm tanks that will easily fog up the room.
This tank is a cloud chucking machine, giving off a wicked amount of vapor. I didn't expect it to produce as much vapor as it does, being Wismec's first high performance tank and all. It was a pleasant surprise. It comes with a 0.5ohm ceramic coil that will give you RTA like flavor, while still producing a ton of vapor. If you want to try something different and not have the same tank as everyone else, this is a stellar choice.
- Capacity: 6mL
- Diameter: 25mm
- RX Triple 0.15ohm coil pre-installed (60-160W)
- RX Ceramic 0.5ohm (40-80W)
Eleaf Melo 300
This one is neck and neck with the other two. It's a beast and can chuck gargantuan clouds. It can handle up to 300W of power and produce enough vapor to fog up a haunted house. This is also a very good option if cloud chasing is your game.
- Capacity: 6.5mL or 3.5mL
- Diameter: 26mm
- 2 x ES Sextuple 0.17ohm (100-300W)
The bottom line is, you can't go wrong with any of the products on this page. They all perform exceptionally well and will help you chuck unbelievably large clouds.
My personal favorite combination is the RX Gen3 with the REUX tank. Even though I still think the TFV12 chucks bigger clouds, I was taken aback by the performance and flavor of the REUX which is why I favor it. I was let down by the hype surrounding the TFV12 which takes away from the experience. But objectively speaking, if you want the biggest clouds possible, go with the TFV12. If you want the best flavor and cloud combo, the REUX is your best option.