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:

The Best Squonk Mods 2019 Ranked by VapeRevs

1 Dovpo x TVC Topside Dual 200W

A Convenient, and Original Design

-35%
Dovpo Topside Dual 200W img

9.8

$64.95 $99.95
Brand:
Dovpo
Dimensions:
88.5 х 54 х 42mm
Battery Capacity:
2 х 18650
Wattage:
5 - 200W
Box Mod Resistance:
0.08Ω - 3Ω
Temperature Control:
200-600F
Thread Size:
510
E-Juice Bottle:
10mL
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: e-liquid

The Dovpo Topside squonk mod is a dual-18650 device with a removable 10ml silicone bottle within its steel, zinc and aluminum alloy frame. The two cells are bottom-loaded into the device’s unique battery bay.

What’s unique about the Topside is that users can fill the juice reservoir from the top, without having to remove the entire bottle. The Topside has a max power output of 200W, and there is a 0.96 inch OLED screen along the front to control the device’s features.

There is a spring-loaded 510 connection atop the device that is supposed to be leak-proof. The mod’s vaping outputs include wattage, temperature control for nickel, titanium and stainless steel, and bypass mode. There is a USB port on the side of the device that also acts as the firmware installation port.

We Like

  • Unique, innovative design
  • Versatile and easy-to-use
  • Works well in temperature control mode
  • Easy-to-grip

We Don`t Like

  • The squonk bottle gets stuck sometimes

2 USV Mach ON3 240W

A High-Flying, High-Powered Squonk

USV MACH ON3 240W image

9.6

$99.95
Battery Capacity:
2 х 18650
Wattage:
5 - 240W
Temperature Control:
200-600F
E-Juice Bottle:
8 mL
Box Mod Resistance:
0.1 - 2.0ohm
Thread Size:
510
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: e-liquid

The USV Mach ON3 is a dual-18650 device that has a 1.3 inch TFT display on its front that lets users choose from among its three vaping outputs. The Mach ON3 has a short, squat frame made from zinc and aluminum alloys with carbon fiber accents peppered throughout.

The unit has a spring-loaded BF squonk pin, but it does not come with a regular 510-connection.
The Mach ON3 does come with a squonk RDA, the Mach ON3 RDA that supports single and dual coils builds. The mod itself also features an internal 8ml e-juice reservoir that is accessible from the outside.

The control configuration features three-buttons, and users can make adjustments via the TFT screen. There are several safety features installed onto the VO Tech chipset in the mod, among them, short circuit protection. The chipset also enables the device to reach a wattage limit of 240W.

We Like

  • Sturdy, rugged exterior design
  • Very ergonomic
  • Battery bay door stays in place
  • No battery rattle
  • Great vapor production

We Don`t Like

  • Heavy

3 Dovpo x TVC Topside 90W

A Toned-Down Topside

-4%
Dovpo Topside 90W Squonk Mod image

9.4

$69.99 $72.99
Brand:
Dovpo
Battery Capacity:
3000 mAh
Dimensions:
92 * 54 * 27mm
Wattage:
0 - 90W
Box Mod Resistance:
0.08 - 3.5ohm
Thread Size:
510
E-Juice Bottle:
10mL
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: e-liquid

The Dovpo Topside 200W device is a dual-18650, whereas the Topside 90W is a single 18650 unit with one battery as its primary power source. Many of the same features on the bigger Topside persist in, the smaller version. The Topside 90W has a 90mm height (3.5 inches) putting it only a few inches shorter than the 200W versions.

The 90W Topside also features a front-facing, 0.96 inches OLED screen to control its functions. It has the same features as the original Topside, with users being able to vape in wattage, temperature control, and bypass modes. The internal juice reservoir on the Topside tops out at 10ml, which is the same capacity as the first version.

The build material, zinc-aluminum alloy, is also the same for both devices. Essentially, the Topside 90W is just a smaller version of the dual-18650 device. As such, the mod can only output a maximum of 90W of power. It can take several battery types, not just the 18650, as it only supports 20700 and 21700 cells.

We Like

  • Smaller, more compact frame
  • Supports several battery types
  • Well-made from high-quality materials
  • Easy-to-use and convenient design
  • Leak-proof

We Don`t Like

  • The 510 BF connection can clog sometimes

4 The Vandy Vape Pulse 90W

A Pared-Down Legend of Squonking

-40%
Vandy Vape Pulse X 90W image

9.2

$53.95 $89.95
Brand:
Vandy Vape
Dimensions:
82 x 56 x 28mm
Wattage:
5 - 90W
Temperature Control:
200-600F
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: e-liquid

The Vandy Vape Pulse 90W is a toned-down, single-cell squonk device that comes with the Pulse X BF RDA. The Pulse 90W can take either a single 18650, 20700, and 21700. It has a removable side panel for loading the battery, as well as for removing the 8ml squonk bottle inside.

The panel is magnetized and features an all-resin material. Vapers can choose between either all-resin, carbon fiber or frosted panels for the Pulse. The device also has a side screen, with two adjustment buttons for controlling the various outputs loaded onto the internal chipset, like bypass and temperature control mode.

The chip also features a boost mode and several DIY settings where users can customize their vape. There is also a small USB charging port located on the side control panel. The squonk bottle is silicone, and it comes with a 10ml refilling bottle as well.

We Like

  • Compact, ergonomic shape
  • Supports many battery types
  • Several, new vaping functions (boost mode)
  • Well-made with a durable frame
  • The color options for the side panels

We Don`t Like

  • The RDA supports only dual coil builds

5 Wotofo ReCurve 80W Mod

The Wotofo ReCurve 80W Mod

Wotofo ReCurve 80W Mod image

9.2

$39.99
Brand:
Wotofo
Box Mod Type:
Squonk Mod
Dimensions:
60.5 x 27.0 x 90.0 mm
Wattage:
80W
Box Mod Resistance:
0.08Ω - 3Ω
Battery Capacity:
18650, 20650, 20700 or 21700
E-Juice Bottle:
8 mL
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: e-liquid

The Wotofo ReCurve is a semi-regulated mod with a max 80W power output. It is compatible with all four major battery types – 18650, 20650, 20700, 21700. The side-battery door uses a magnetic connection to stay in place.

The ReCurve has a lightweight, zinc alloy body. It is shaped to fit perfectly in hand and also features a soft, rubberized exterior. The device measures 3.5 inches tall and has a stainless steel 510 connection up top.

There is no user interface on the device. Users only turn the device on with the large, firing button to activate the device. A USB port for charging sits on the opposite side of the power button.

The mod can fire down to as low as 0.08ohms and as high as 3.0ohms. The interior bottle is silicone, super-soft and can hold 8 ml to e-juice. A magnetic bottle cover keeps the reservoir in place. An LED light behind the bottle indicates battery life and when the cell finishes charging.

We Like

  • Multiple battery options
  • Ergonomic, comfortable form factor
  • Durable rubber exterior
  • No screens or displays for better battery use
  • Various safety protections

We Don`t Like

  • No adjustable features
  • Bottles can get stuck sometimes

6 The Dovpo Basium 180W

Short, Stout and Squonk

-45%
Dovpo Basium Squonk 180W Mod image

8.9

$44.95 $81.00
Brand:
Dovpo
Dimensions:
80 x 41 x 41mm
Battery Capacity:
2 х 18650
E-Juice Bottle:
6 mL
Wattage:
5 - 180W
Box Mod Resistance:
0.08 - 3.5ohms
Thread Size:
510
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: e-liquid

The Dovpo Basium is a dual-18650 squonk device that features an internal 6ml silicone-soft e-juice reservoir. The Basium also has a 0.96 inch OLED screen on its zinc alloy frame that allows vapers to access and control the device’s many features. There is a BF 510-connection atop the device that is also spring-loaded.

The device has a hinged, bottom battery door for the two 18650s to enter. The Basium has a three-button control configuration so vapers can enter into its two vaping outputs, variable wattage, and variable voltage (the Basium does not have temperature control).

Despite the pared-down menu, vapers have a wide range of safety features installed on the chip, including overcharge and overtime protections, as well as low-voltage protection — the entire mod measures about 80mm tall (3.14 inches) and 40mm wide (1.57 inches).

We Like

  • Simple, straightforward design
  • Bright, well-organized screen
  • Lightweight, despite being a dual-18650 device
  • Above-average performance

We Don`t Like

  • A lack of vaping features

7 The Stentorian RAM BF Mod

The Best Mid-Range Players

-25%
Stentorian RAM BF Mod image

8.9

$44.99 $59.99
Brand:
Wotofo
Dimensions:
77 x 47 x 24 mm
Battery Capacity:
Single 18650
Wattage:
0 -10W
E-Juice Bottle:
7mL
Thread Size:
510
Compatibility:
  • Compatibility: e-liquid

The Stentorian RAM BF is an unregulated mod that takes a single 18650 as its power source. The device has no display or user interface. It uses a single, gold-plated firing button which users can lock for added safety.

The other metal parts of the mod are 24K gold-plated contacts to increase conductivity. The RAM features an all-resin construction with different colors to choose from. Some versions of the RAM are all-wood. The mod consists of two magnetic side panels where users can install the bottle and battery.

The bottle (three of them come in the kit) can hold 7ml of e-juice. The entire mod stands at 3 inches tall and can fit atomizers as large as 0.9 inches in diameter. The 510 connection has a PEEK insulator underneath, which prevents overheating.

We Like

  • Simple, easy-to-use device
  • Well-built from quality materials
  • Beautiful, all-resin or all-wood exteriors
  • Locking feature for firing button

We Don`t Like

  • Bottles are a little too hard
  • Difficult to remove battery or bottle

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.

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