What are Squonk Mods?
Squonk mods refer to a specific type of mod that feeds e-juice to an attached RDA from below. This method of pumping e-juice is why they are also known as “bottom-feeders” (BF).
An e-juice container within the device attaches to the tank with a unique squonk pin. Users need only squeeze, or “squonk” the bottle to refill the RDA’s juice well or to soak the wicks.
A squonk is only a squonk if it has the following components:
- A squonk mod (regulated or unregulated)
- A squonk RDA
- A 510-bottom feeding pin
- E-juice bottle
Squonks can be regulated or unregulated:
- Regulated means the device has a chipset inside that controls power output, offers different vaping outputs (TC or VW) and provides safety protections. The best-regulated squonk mod provides both versatility and safety
- Unregulated refers to a mod that has no chipset and sends the full power of the battery to the coil atomizer like in a mech mod (vapers should be familiar with Ohm’s law, and battery safety before using ANY unregulated device, squonk or not)
Squonk tanks are not that different from regular ones except for one crucial difference:
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Basic Components of a Squonk Mod
There are many components to a BF that need to be present for it to work. None may be more critical than the pin that attaches the e-juice bottle inside to the atomizer above.
The 510-Squonking Pin
The pin is what allows a squonk to be a squonk. Without it, the user has no way to feed juice into the well, other than the traditional dripping method. Only, pumping e-juice into the deck of the atomizer from within the device is the whole point of squonking.
So, again, without the pin, there is no squonk. The pin is also essential for turning regular RDAs into squonking ones if they have such an option. Many new tanks include a 510-squonking pin in their kit should users want to try squonking.
Yes, the pin is essential, but there is another vital squonking component that may surprise:
The E-juice Bottle
The e-juice container inside a squonk mod may not seem like such a crucial element. Veteran squonkers know otherwise.
For any squonk to function, users need to apply the right amount of pressure to the bottle for the juice to flow up. Getting the juice to defy gravity and go upwards is where the material of a squonk bottle is so important. With a too-soft material, there may not be enough pressure to force the liquid up. A squonk bottle that is too hard will create no pressure whatsoever, and no juice will flow.
Performance is not the only thing that vapers think about when picking a bottle. Aesthetics also matter to squonk-obsessed vapers. Bottles are visible from the outside, which is another defining feature of any squonk – the small section cut-out from the side door that vapers use to access the bottle.
An ideal squonk bottle retakes its shape after a user squeezes it. Vapers loathe bottles that do not return to their regular form when they press them:
- Because it is a sign of poor manufacturing
- Because it affects the juice flow
- Because it looks bad
The opening where users access the bottle also leaves it exposed, so it is prone to damage and breakage. This vulnerability is yet another reason why the build material of a container is essential.
It is a fine line to find a bottle that is soft enough to press and creates good juice flow, but hard enough to stand up to daily use and exposure or to re-form afterward.
All squonks include an e-juice vessel that is either made of:
- LDPE (low-density polyethylene, a common, household plastic)
- Food-grade silicone
- Polyethylene (PE)
- Polycarbonate (PC)
Other materials, like stainless steel and Delrin, also factor into a bottle’s construction. Squonk bottle top caps are often stainless steel, which some like and some do not. A steel top cap can provide a reliable seal between the tube and the RDA so no e-juice leaks.
Only the steel could short out if it comes in contact with the battery or touches the 510 connection, something that squonkers should avoid. A Delrin top cap, on the other hand, is fragile and may break under heavy use.
The Pros of Squonking
Squonking is the natural evolution of dripping atomizers. Vapers consider dripping as the best way to guarantee both robust flavor and great clouds. The only problem with dripping, though, is:
- The constant need to remove the top cap and saturate the coils and wicks
- This need means vapers need to carry e-juice with them
- They also risk spilling e-juice everywhere to always be dripping as there is no container to hold the liquid
Squonking gets rid of all that inconvenience. The e-juice stays in place, and there is no need always to be removing the top cap to saturate the wicks. In fact, one could argue that squonking is the “solution” to dripping.
The pros of squonking include:
- A convenient, virtually hands-free vaping experience
- Better flavor since the wicks are replenished with fresh e-juice
- Larger e-juice capacity compared to sub-ohm and clearomizer tanks
- Efficient use of e-juice (no e-juice leakage)
- Delivers the necessary amount of e-juice preventing both leakage and dry hits
The Cons of Squonking
Like with all vaping styles, squonking also has its downside. It does offer a unique way to vape, but some disadvantages to bottom-feeder mods include:
- Low-power outputs are common with squonk mods as space where a second battery would go is instead taken-up by an e-juice container
- Refilling, replacing, and removing the e-juice reservoir can be a hassle, especially with some early models, most new squonk mods have updated their designs to allow for a removable section that allows for more comfortable access to the bottle
- Lack of adjustable features is also a usual complaint of squonkers since they are either unregulated or semi-regulated. Regulated squonkers do exist, but mech mod squonks are more common than regulated ones
- Not for beginners, since a majority of bottom-feeders are unregulated, they require extensive knowledge of Ohm’s law and battery safety to produce the desired quality of vapor, safely
Where to Get a Squonk Mod
Squonk mods are available from all major vape retailers, online and brick-and-mortar shops. Only, their selection may be lacking, as squonks are not as commonplace as e-cigs, box mods or pod mods.
There are several classes of bottom-feeder. The ones made by mainstream companies like Vandy Vape and Innokin are more for beginners. They are regulated, or semi-regulated, so they are easier to use than mech squonks. These semi-regulated devices are the mods most available to the public.
Keep in mind, as mentioned, squonk mods contain several essential parts, like an e-liquid container. Vapers can find these individual parts online, but they need to search and find the best deals.
Final thoughts: Is Squonking the Way to Go?
“Squonk” is now as much a part of the vaping lexicon as “ohms,” “temperature control” and “pod mod.” Squonking is a natural step forward in vaping. It combines several elements of other vaping styles into one distinct method.
Squonk mods use:
- Rebuildable dripping atomizers converted to squonk RDAs, which appeal to experienced vapers; veteran builders can wrap their preferred coil build and squonk at the same time
- Regulated and unregulated mods that work for both beginners and more advanced vapers
- Regulated mods that offer various outputs like variable wattage, temperature control, and curve settings so vapers can enjoy a more customized vape
- Squonking pins that can convert a regular RDA into a squonker
- E-juice bottles of various sizes, e-juice capacities, and build materials
Anyone thinking about using a squonk device should keep in mind the above. Then, they can decide on whether squonking is the only way to vape.