What are the best DTL pod kits in 2024?

By Melanie, Copywriter
Updated 3 APR 2024

Pod kits have a well-earned reputation as being simple vapes that are ideal for beginners and experts. A DTL (Direct To Lung) pod kit takes this classic design and combines it with low-resistance coils and an even bigger battery. The result is a powerful kit that produces a lot of vapour – but is still very compact and simple to use.

Also known as sub ohm pod kits, these devices are ideal if you’re looking for increased vapour production without all the maintenance and set-up. We’ve selected the very best from our wide range of DTL pod kits and this guide features highlights from the biggest brands like Smok, Voopoo, Innokin and Vaporesso. For every pick, we’ve listed the wattage range, battery capacity, coil type and special features, so you can compare our best-selling pod vape kits at a glance.

Wattage Range: 1 - 80W
Battery Capacity: 2000mAh
Coil Type: Replaceable 0.15Ω Or 0.23Ω RPM 3 Coils
Special Features: Variable Wattage, Mesh Coils

Showing off Smok’s years of expertise, the Nord 5 vape kit delivers a compact, simple approach to sub ohm vaping. They back it up too! With a 2000mAh built-in battery that offers a 5-80W power output for added customisation, you might be surprised to know that this powerful kit is still a pocket-friendly option. Plus, you can choose a free Large Juice shortfill to get started!

Each Nord 5 pod is side-filling, which allows for mess-free topping up. The compatible RPM 3 coils feature a mesh build for improved vapour and flavour production. Two resistances are available and one of each is included with the kit so you can try them both and find your favourite. If you’re looking for a quick way to try sub ohm vaping, the Nord 5 is an ideal choice.

Wattage Range: 5 - 60W
Battery Capacity: 2500mAh
Coil Type: Replaceable 0.2Ω to 1.2Ω PNP T and PNP VM/TW Coils
Special Features: Variable Wattage, Smart Mode, Large Range Of Compatible Coils

If you’re looking to dabble between vaping styles, then the VooPoo Drag S Mod pod kit is the one for you. Thanks to its Smart Mode, getting started is simple - it’ll automatically select the best wattage for your coil when you pop it in. Otherwise, you can fine-tune things yourself using its 5-60W adjustable output, which is powered by a hefty, 2500mAh battery.

The VooPoo PnP pods are compatible with the massive PNP coil range. Lower resistance coils will provide a DTL vape, while higher resistance coils will provide a more restricted MTL vape. The wide selection of coil resistances and build types means that if you ever want to change the way you vape, you can keep using the Drag S, making it an evergreen option.

Wattage Range: 5 - 80W
Battery Capacity: 2800mAh
Coil Type: Replaceable 0.2Ω to 1.2Ω GTX Mesh Coils
Special Features: Variable Wattage, Large Range Of Compatible Coils

If you’re looking for a customisable, pocket-friendly DTL kit, the Luxe XR Max pod vape is the one for you. It contains a powerful 2800mAh built-in battery that’ll last all day, plus, its 5-80W adjustable power output allows you to balance flavour and vapour production at the click of a button-1 button--primary.

The Luxe XR Max supports MTL, RDTL and DTL vaping styles, just choose from the range of GTX coils and Smart mode will automatically deliver the right amount of power. The mesh build of each coil boasts a larger surface area which will improve flavour by heating e-liquid faster and more evenly. You can also adjust the airflow slider for a tighter or looser inhale for an extra layer of customisation.

Wattage Range: 5 - 60W
Battery Capacity: 2100mAh
Coil Type: Replaceable 0.3Ω to 1.6Ω Zenith Coils
Special Features: MTL & DTL Vaping Styles, Lightweight Build

The Innokin Gozee pod kit is the closest to a traditional sub ohm kit that you’ll find on this list. Alongside a large 2100mAh built-in battery, the Gozee manages to deliver a maximum power output of 60W from its colourful crystal-injection body. Plus, thanks to its simple navigation menu, you can tailor your draw and start vaping in just a few clicks!

The Gozee kit comes equipped with the Innokin Go Z tank, which combines the best features of both a pod and a tank. Like a pod, it’s made from durable plastic, and like a tank, it has an adjustable airflow and a 510 pin. The Go Z is compatible with the Zenith coil range, offering you the flexibility to choose between MTL, RDTL and DTL vaping styles.

Wattage Range: 5 - 80W
Battery Capacity: 3000mAh
Coil Type: Replaceable 0.15Ω to 0.3Ω PNP VM & TW Coils
Special Features: Smart Mode, Variable Wattage, RBA Mode

After a luxurious device? Thanks to the VooPoo Argus Pro pod kit’s metal alloy and leather construction, it'll do just the job. Beyond that, it houses a 3000mAh battery and delivers up to 80W of power, supporting a long battery life and large vapour production. Plus, it features plenty of modes that can be switched between using its simple menu - just tailor it to your needs and you’re all set.

You can choose between a selection of PNP VM & TW Coils that’ll deliver an authentic DTL inhale. To customise your vape even further, just adjust the wattage to your preference and use the device's airflow lever to get a tighter or looser inhale. This one also comes with a free shortfill to get you started!

Wattage Range: 0 - 29W
Battery Capacity: 1150mAh
Coil Type: Replaceable 0.35Ω X35 Coil
Special Features: Smart Mode, Single Button Operation

The Vaporesso X Moti Mini vape kit is a lightweight and striking option with a “visible circuit-board” design. The single-button build makes it simple to use – there are no complicated menus or settings; fill up your X Mini pod, insert it into your device and inhale to vape. Use the adjustable airflow for fine control over how restricted or loose each inhale feels.

The X Mini pods are compatible with Vaporesso X35 coils, which feature a low-resistance, honeycomb-style mesh build for fast ramp-up and improved flavour and vapour production. Each pod boasts a clear design with a minimum e-liquid indicator that makes it easier for you to keep a closer eye on your vape juice levels – so you’re less likely to experience a dry hit.

Wattage Range: 5 - 60W
Battery Capacity: 2550mAh
Coil Type: Replaceable 0.2Ω to 0.6Ω PNP VM/TW Coils
Special Features: Multiple Vaping Modes

Boasting more than just a powerful 2550mAh built-in battery, the VooPoo Drag E60 is a compact and sturdy DTL kit that’ll last most vapers all day. Plus, it features a max power output of 60W that can be manually adjusted or automatically selected using Smart Mode, depending on how hands-on you want to be when fine-tuning each puff.

The kit comes complete with two different coils and a VooPoo PNP II pod to get you started, so you can try them both out and find your preferred way to vape. Compatible with a huge range of PNP coils, each resistance option is tailored to suit a different wattage range, allowing you to experience all kinds of vaping styles depending on your choice of coil.

Key Features
Wattage Range: 5 - 30W
Battery Capacity: 1200mAh
Coil Type: Replaceable 0.4Ω to 1.2Ω Vaporesso Xros pods
Special Features: Multiple Modes, Mesh Coils

Just because you’re after a DTL kit doesn’t mean you need to miss out on other ways to vape, right? The Vaporesso Xros Pro pod kit ticks all the boxes owing to its sturdy design, built-in 1200mAh battery, 5-30W power output and range of modes. But that’s not all! You’ll also be able to switch between DTL, RDTL and MTL vaping with ease, thanks to the 0.4 Ohm - 1.2 Ohm Vaporesso Xros pods.

We wouldn’t want you thinking that the versatility of this kit means compromising on vapour either! When using its handy Power Mode, this device will deliver the maximum output to your e-liquid, heating it faster to create the largest clouds of vapour possible - pair that with its adjustable airflow and this one’s as much a sub ohm device as any.

Key Features
Wattage Range: 5 - 60W
Battery Capacity: 2500mAh
Coil Type: Replaceable 0.15Ω to 0.6Ω PNP VM/TW Coils
Special Features: Button Or Inhale Activation, Smart Mode

The VooPoo Doric 60 pod vape kit is a simple sub ohm option that’s suited to both beginner and experienced vapers. It features a 2500mAh battery that delivers a 5-60W power output. Inhale activation means you’ll only need to use its button to lock and unlock the kit. Smart Mode automatically recognises the coil and delivers the right amount of power, saving you from adjusting the wattage yourself.

The Doric 60 comes with two PNP coils, and you can try different resistances from the same range if you want to experiment and discover your perfect vape. Whichever resistance you go for, pop the coil into the base of the Doric 60 tank, then add your e-liquid into the bottom-filling port and you’re all good to go.

Wattage Range: 5 - 85W
Battery Capacity: 3000mAh
Coil Type: Replaceable 0.15Ω And 0.23Ω RPM 3 Coils
Special Features: Fast Charging, Mesh Coils

Our final pick is the Smok RPM 85 pod vape kit. This robust and sturdy device has the biggest built-in battery on our list, and its high-capacity 3000mAh battery can deliver a very powerful 85W output. Paired with high VG e-liquid, you can expect large amounts of vapour from this compact device.

The RPM 85 kit comes with an RPM pod that’s compatible with RPM 3 coils, but a separate pod is also available for use with RPM 2 coils, offering more coil options to experiment with vapour production. Plus, they provide simple, mess-free refills thanks to their top-filling design, while their clear build allows you to keep better track of your e-liquid levels.

Summing Up

That’s our round-up of the best DTL pod vape kits. We hope this has helped you pick out your new vape, either way, we’ve got a huge collection of DTL kits being released regularly, so keep an eye out on the latest and greatest! Pair your kit with one of our popular high VG e-liquids and you’re ready to start vaping.

Not sure whether a DTL kit is right for you? For a vape that feels closer to a cigarette, go for one of our MTL devices. For more information on pod vape kits, we’ve written a guide to pod vaping covering all the most important information.

If you need any help with picking your next pod vape, or with anything else vape-related, feel free to reach out to our customer service team. Our friendly vape experts are here to assist seven days a week by phone, email or live chat.

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