Mechanical MODs originated in the early 2000s when vapers attempted to design their own electronic cigarette devices. They were unsatisfied with their vaping experience from the devices available, and creatively “modified” their own configurations; hence the word—MOD.
The first mechanical MODs were referred to as “modded flashlights,” as the body of the device was made from transformed flashlight frames. The circular hollow metal tubes of flashlights were the perfect contraption for making mechanical MODs, and were inexpensive and readily available.
Mechanical MODs differ from other vaping devices, as they do not contain any electronics or circuitry. Rather than an electric signal communicating to the battery to operate when the fire button is pressed, mechanical MODs make a physical connection between the atomizer and the battery. The primary advantage to this is that there are no electronics that can cause the device to stop working.
Although the basic foundation for current mechanical MODs are identical to early modded flashlights, they are now meticulously designed and fabricated. Some of the luxurious mechanical MOD brands use the finest materials, and are masterfully hand-machined. Often made in limited quantities, high-end mechanical MODs can cost hundreds of dollars a piece.