Squonk mods have become immensely popular in the vaping world not only because of its odd name but with the vast benefits and functionality they provide.
Before we discuss how squonk mods work, let’s first tackle its predecessors – RDA and RTA.
RDA and RTA fall under the Rebuildable Atomizer (RBA) category. Both systems require you to personally build and fasten the coil into the system.
Inserting a wick afterward is also needed.
If you are after massive vapor clouds, build an RDA (Rebuildable Drip Atomizer). Vapers that manually drip – and re drip – e-liquid on top of the wicks use RDAs.
Meanwhile, RTA (Rebuildable Tank Atomizer) involves supplying a small tank with e-liquid.
It generally gives out more puffs per refill, and a lot of its users rave about the added flavor they experience with it.
Squonk Mods – Best of Both Worlds
Squonk mods, a.k.a. squonkers or bottom feeding RDAs, mix the benefits of sub-ohm tanks and rebuildable atomizers.
First off, it’s still classified as an RDA, so it has ample airflow to produce lots of vapor. The downside of a traditional RDA, however, is low juice storage that’s only good for a few hits.
Constantly re dripping can be an arduous process for some.
On the other hand, a sub-ohm tank possesses abundant e-liquid storage but gives out tiny vapor clouds since it lacks the air space and coil surface area.
With multiple parts to be sourced, it’s also harder to build.
With a squonk mod like Pioneer4You iPV V3-Mini, you have the unrestricted airflow of an RDA and the juice space of a tank.
Cutting to the Chase
A squonk mod like iPV V3 Mini works and looks like any other box mod. Both have battery, atomizer, coil, and wicks.
There’s a slight difference though – a squonk mod houses an e-liquid bottle within it.
A hole is often cut into the side of the mod to fit it.
(Also, most squonk mods are unregulated (mech mods), meaning it operates solely through the battery as opposed to regulated box mods that allow adjusting of wattages through a circuit)
The bottle is placed at the lower portion of the mod and connected to a narrow tube. The tube goes up the 510 pin which links it to the atomizer.
Squonk mods revolve around squeezing.
As you squeeze, e-liquid (or juice) ascends into the atomizer and wets the cotton (wicks), completely eliminating the need to manually drip from the top.
A jerking, “squonk” like the sound is produced as you squeeze, hence the name.
Here’s a simple 5-step procedure to get started with squonk mods:
- Purchase a squonk ready kit from a reputable vape shop.
- Set up the coils and wicks on your squonker.
- With your preferred e-liquid mixture, fill up your juice bottle and put it inside the mod.
- Allow the wicks to be soaked.
- Squonk (squeeze) as the level of liquid goes down and relish the vaping experience.
Unregulated Versus Regulated Squonk Mods
Unregulated and regulated are the two main types of squonkers.
Here’s a quick distinction between the two:
Unregulated squonk mods – lack adjustment buttons and screens for regulating the current. The only thing keeping the battery from releasing 100% of its power is the switch.
If you are well-versed with Ohm’s law and proper coil installation, vaping with an unregulated squonk mod could be really satisfying.
However, a horrendous accident like a battery explosion awaits a vaper that used it without a thorough understanding of how it works.
Because of its unprotected nature, this type of squonk mod is better suited for advanced users.
Regulated squonk mods – have a screen, a circuit board, and adjustment buttons to regulate the current. With those, you have control over your mod’s power output.
It’s generally a lot safer than unregulated ones; some models like iPV Mini V3 even have a temperature control feature and an updated driver technology.
This type of squonker is best for newbies that are new to the intricacies of vaping.
Squonk mods only work with a bottom feed atomizer dedicated to extracting e-liquid from a squonk bottle through a 510 pin.
General Maintenance Tips
#1: A large flavor change demands washing the bottle.
Say you’re jumping from rum and tobacco to raspberry green tea, rinse your squonk bottle with clean water first to achieve the pure taste.
#2: Change the bottle every 4-6 months.
With time, gunk and corrosion will accumulate on your squeeze bottle so it’s better to replace it as a precaution.
#3: For mech mods, use alcohol wipes to rub off residues.
A quick cleaning will allow your mod to perform better. Carefully disassemble the parts first.
How squonk mods work is pretty simple, but it has undeniably changed the vaping landscape with its convenience and effectiveness.