Kind and wise folk of AVF, could both of you please consider adding to this, and correcting my more obvious errors and misconceptions;
Subject Mech Mods.
A number of us are moving to mech mods, away from, or up from, eGos and VV/VW devices. With a the joy of owning a menh mod, there's new factors to consider and I haven't found a single, simple resource to refer to. I'm going to assume that the choice has been made already or the choice is imminent. What factors should I consider?
A mech mod is;
Mechanical, ergo the mech part. It has no electronics, generally no soldering and few or no wires. The premise is to give up the battery power (volts and amps) to the attomiser (resistance) with the least interference in the electrical path. While this is especially important for people who wind low resistance coils and need the most available current, it also makes sense that as much of your battery's power goes to vaping and not be wasted along the way heating up electronics and switches etc.
Use best quality, high current drain, protected cells.
The quality issue here is important for not just the usual reasons of quality but the higher current capacity batteries have the least internal resistance and waste less power heating themselves up.
Protection circuits are very important to avoid any issues with excess current causing venting, flames and other bad things from the battery. Mech mod users tend to experiement more with attys and the risk of a short circuit is more frequent.
How do I know when to change the battery if there's no flashing light, alarm, display advice?
In my experience, when using the same attomiser for one charge cycle, I notice that when it's super fresh it's hotter stronger vape. During the middle part of the charge it's stable and where I like it by my choice of attomiser resistance and the juice I use. Towards the end of the charge cycle is where I have trouble determining when the change the battery. As we know, lithium ion batteries are harmed when we discharge them to far, ie; let them get flat as flat. Thankfully the better quality batteries that have protection circuits are also protected from over discharge by the protection circuit.
When my taste buds are working properly I can tell when the battery is getting weak by the change in flavour and vape, it's just less. Over time I can develop an understanding, this mod, this battery this many hours/vapes before I need to change it. I also tend to change mine more frequently than I need to to ensure they never get too flat and my vape experience remains in the middle and fresh area.
Because of their nature, mech mods demand more cleaning than a pickup and putdown eGo. This is especially true of the contacts that make up the switch. To get the most out of your mech mod, you should feel comfortable with learning how to spend a few minutes with some non-residue leaving fluid and wipe vigorously at the bits of the switch that make the battery circuit complete. If you are using low resistance coils, every bit of resistance in the body add up and reduce overall effectiveness. Brass, copper and aluminium make good conductors, steel less so. If you aren't sure, pose a question on the forum like "Hey, I've got this Mech Bastard Vape, anyone got good tips n tricks for cleaning and maintenance?"
Other things that make a mech mod experience different to an eGo are? (this is where you lot add wisdom in words that are not full of the assumption that a current eGo user would know)