which pod vape is best?Pod Vape Buying Guide
Jan 27, 2022
Pod Vape Buying Guide
Vaping a vape pod device and blowing vapor
Choosing the best vape pod for your needs just means thinking about the points above, but as a general guide, if you’re brand new to vaping you’ll probably want something different too if you’ve been vaping for a while.
If you’re brand new to vaping, basic pod vapes and mid-range options are the best choices for you. This is general advice, though, and it does depend on what you’re looking for.
If you’re looking for something that’s as easy to use as possible, we would still recommend choosing something refillable, because this will save you a lot of money over time and give you free choice over flavors and nicotine strengths. However, something with automatic operation and where you don’t need to change coils is still ideal.
If simplicity isn’t super-important to you, mid-range options (like the Smok Nord) have massive advantages. Being able to change the coil means that you save money on pod replacements, and often gives you some control over the type of performance you get. You don’t need to go for a full-blown pod mod to get an excellent vape, and these devices are the perfect middle-ground.
Pod Vape Buying Guide
If you’ve been vaping for a while, some of the pod mods (for example the RPM80) are really solid options. They give you enough control so you can have whatever type of vaping experience you want, and tend to have better battery life, more coil options and generally greater capabilities. However, if you’re just looking for something to use when you’re out of the house, a mid-range vape pen like option is a good alternative.
More generally, you should look at these factors when you choose a pod system e-cig:
The number before the “mAh” is the capacity, which roughly tells you how long the battery will last between charges. On simple, automatic draw and nicotine salt only devices, lower capacities of 300 to 500 mAh are acceptable, but generally speaking you want at least 1,000 mAh to get a day’s worth of vaping on a single charge. This should be increased for “pod mod” style devices.
Different devices have different coil options, with higher resistance (over 1 ohm) coils being better for nicotine salt e-juice, and sub ohm (under 1 ohm) options with bigger wicking holes being better for ordinary e-juice. Always check the coils available for your device and use the resistance to get an idea of what to expect.
Although “automatic” draws are more like smoking a cigarette – and you might prefer this – remember that you do get used to using a button pretty quickly. Generally, “manual” activation gives you better performance and is more reliable.
Alongside the battery capacity and coils, it’s a good idea to look at the power a pod system e-cigarette can put out. Ones with smaller batteries and higher-resistance coils don’t need as high a power output (even 15 W is more than enough), but if you’re using sub ohm coils something higher (up to 40 W or even more) allows you to get the most out of the coil.
Airflow options/MTL or DTL:
Most pod systems don’t offer adjustable airflow, but some do, and this is definitely worth checking. Generally, higher resistance coils work well with less airflow and mouth to lung (MTL) draws (like smoking a cigarette), and lower-resistance ones work better with open airflow and direct to lung (DTL) draws. Adjustable airflow lets you work with both or fine-tune it to your preferences.
While changing coils might seem a bit involved for your first device (and you definitely don’t have to), in general, running costs will be lower if you get a pod system with replaceable coils. Otherwise the cost of replacement pods adds up over time.
There are other factors – price, for example – but these are the main things where some guidance might be useful. Of course, you should also read reviews of the device you’re considering and weigh your options before making a decision.
Vape pods genuinely are simple and very beginner-friendly. But taking the time to learn about the options and what they can do before you make your final decision is definitely worthwhile.
The good news is that pod mods and salt nic devices tend to be affordable, and they’re a good thing to have as a backup even if you end up switching to traditional mods or something more advanced. But with the options on this list and the brief guide, you’ll be able to find something that works well for you.