In this guide, we’ll be talking about pod vape kits. Popular amongst vapers of all experience levels, these kits are user-friendly and nowhere near as complicated as you might think. We have created this guide so you’ll be confident in selecting the best product for you based on your needs.
A pod vape kit is a simple vape device that can be used by almost anyone, each kit is made up of a pod and a battery device. The pod is removable and is either pre-filled with e-liquid or need to be filled with a liquid that is heated and vaporised by the battery device.
Pod kits were created to cover a gap in the emerging market, while there have been a number of kits designed for those looking to make the switch to vaping, they still required an understanding of vaping and regular maintenance to be used effectively.
The pod kit eliminates both of these issues, thanks to its simple design. Maintenance is reduced to recharging the device and replacing the pod. As these kits require less power but still use large capacity batteries, you can generally expect a full day’s vaping between charges. This paired with their compact size, makes pod kits ideal for taking to work and travelling with.
Pod vape kits have traditionally been designed for mouth to lung vaping, this style of vaping requires you inhale the vapour into your mouth and then breathe deeply taking it into your lungs. It’s similar to smoking a cigarette and will be very familiar to users who have just made the switch from cigarettes. This style of vaping and the accompanying kits will produce a discreet amount of cloud.
Mouth to lung is the stealthiest vape style and is great for new vapers
To properly understand how a pod vape works, first we have to understand a little more about the two components of each kit - the pod and the battery device. When fitted together the pod and battery creates one complete unit that works to create vapour.
Pod vape kits work like any other vape kit. E-liquid held in the dedicated pod is heated up by the battery, to the point it creates visible vapour. This vapour is then inhaled by the user.
Inside each pod is a metal heating element known as a coil. It is the coil which converts that power supplied by the battery into heat. Wrapped around the coil is a piece of cotton, or a wick, which serves to soak up the e-liquid that’s held in the pod.
As e-liquid is heated and vapourised the wick will absorb more e-liquid until there is none left in the pod. Once all the e-liquid is used, it's time to either refill or replace your pod, depending on what style of kit you’ve chosen.
Pod kits are some of the simplest vape kits out there, they are intended for users of all experience levels.
In terms of how long your pod will last, it is very much dependent on how and how often you vape. Companies will often record an estimated number of puffs, although this may be difficult to keep track of. A refillable pod will last as long as the e-liquid inside it, whereas refillable version can be filled four or five times before needing to be replaced.
When it comes to using a pod kit there are two types of operation - button activated and inhale activated. Kits will feature one or the other.
Inhale activated kits, as the name suggests only require you to inhale on the mouthpiece to activate the device. This type of kit is popular amongst new users as the inhale method is similar to how a cigarette is smoked.
Button activated kits will use a dedicated button to fire the device. This button can also be used to lock the device, making it safer to store and travel with.
If you’re using a prefilled pod, it should be changed as soon as it’s empty. If you’re using a refillable pod it won’t need to be changed until the coil creates a burnt taste.
When it comes to the topic of vape juice, or e-liquid as it’s more commonly known, pod kits are generally designed for use with high PG e-liquids - e-liquids that are 50% PG or higher.
These thinner e-liquids require less heat to be vapourised and suit lower wattage kits, like a pod. Prefilled pods will almost always use high PG e-liquid to suit the devices power capabilities. If you're looking to pick a high PG e-liquid for use with a refillable pod, there almost endless options.
Now that you have an idea on what sort of consistency e-liquid you should be using, it’s time to talk about flavour and nicotine strength.
One of the great joys of vaping is finding your ideal flavour, and everyone’s taste is a bit different. If you’re new to pod kits or vaping in general, we recommend you start with simple flavours to help you narrow the field; the most popular of which being fruit, menthol and tobacco flavours.
Nicotine strength is again subjective, but we recommend that you pick a medium strength such as a 10mg. From there you’ll be able to gauge whether you need a stronger or a weaker blend. Too strong a nicotine strength will lead to too harsh a throat hit, which can be unpleasant.
If you’ve vaped before, then you may have a good idea of what strength you’re used to. If you’re making the move from a kit that produces large clouds, you may want to consider increasing your nicotine concentration, to accommodate for the reduced amount of vapour a pod kit will produce.
If you’re still experiencing a throat hit that is too harsh it is worth your time making the switch salt nicotine e-liquid, these eliquids use a special salt nicotine blend that is far smoother on your throat despite the relatively high nicotine content.
When picking e-liquid you should consider nicotine strength, VG/PG ratio and flavour
When it comes to picking the right pod kit there are plenty of options. To keep things simple, below we have outlined the two main types of kit and a brief explanation of how they work and who they suit best.
Pod kits are separated into two broader categories - refillable and prefilled. As the name suggests, the prefilled variety will arrive already containing e-liquid and can be plugged in and used straight away. The refillable pods will arrive empty and require the user to fill and refill the pod with their own choice of eliquid. Both versions have their benefits and are widely used.
Prefilled pod kits use a pod that arrives prefilled with e-liquid, once empty it can be replaced with a pod from the same range. The benefit of this is that you’ll never have to refill a pod, this can be a messy task at the best of times.
As the pods themselves are small in size, it is easy to carry spares with you, so you’ll never be caught short. You can also swap pods if you’re in the mood for a different flavour or a higher/lower nicotine strength.
This ability to switch between pods and the lack of upkeep required makes them very popular with new vapers. Experienced users will often gravitate to pod devices as they offer a simpler solution for when they’re travelling or as a day-to-day alternative to larger, more complex kits.
Refillable pod kits work almost exactly the same way as prefilled kits, with one key difference - more choice. With refillable pods, you're not tied to the sometimes limited number of flavours that the manufacturer has selected; rather you can pick from dedicated lines of eliquid in a range of flavours and nicotine strengths.
Refillable pods can be vaped and refilled multiple times, they will only need to be changed when the built-in coil deteriorates. You’ll notice that refillable pods are more cost effective over time and less wasteful than the prefilled variety.
The ability to pick a flavour from literally thousands of options may seem a bit daunting to new users, but it will offer a more bespoke experience. To make things simpler, a number of eliquid companies have created ranges to cater to the pod market, with simple, popular flavours to help you get started.
While pod vapes are a convenient style of vape kit that have become increasingly popular, they’re still not for everyone.
While there are a growing number of specialist sub ohm pod kits, the majority will not match the cloud creating abilities of the traditional sub ohm kit. This is because of their lower wattage output and the fact that they use e-liquids with a higher PG ratio, that are thinner and in turn create less cloud.
Inbuilt batteries whilst more convenient will require charging, while charging you will not be able to use the device. As well, if it’s the case that your device runs out of charge when away from home, you can't simply replace the battery like you can with other vape devices.
That being said in an age that's dominated by mobile devices, remembering to recharge is almost second nature to most of us. And while big clouds might be fine at home, it’s not exactly discreet when you’re out and about, so a stealthy pod kit may be more preferable.
Now that you know more about pod kits and pod vaping, you may be interested in finding a kit for yourself. Why not check out our Top 10 Best Pod Vape Kits of 2020, for this year's top pod vape kits.
Ideal for new users, they are preloaded with eliquid and disposable.
Pods that can be filled multiple times with your choice of eliquid.
No buttons or menu systems, inhale on the device to operate.
Uses a button to operate and lock the device.