What Is a Vape Pod System?
The easiest way to describe a vape pod is as a system somewhere between an electronic cigarette and a mod. Most vapers begin with a vape pen, which is inexpensive, discreet, and portable. Unfortunately, vape pens are not powerful and don’t last long on a full battery. You can upgrade to a fancy box mod, but the array of coils, flashing lights, and buttons is off-putting when all you want is a quick vape.
In a sense, a pod system gives you the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the portability of a vape pen and the powerful battery of a box mod.
As you can probably guess, vape pods utilize a pod instead of an atomizer or tank.
Your vape pod will hold your e-liquid and vaporize it. You will be able to inhale the vapor via the mouthpiece. It is possible to use it for regular nicotine-laden e-juice or a weed tincture (if the device doesn’t use prefilled cartridges). Most vape pods have a maximum capacity of 2ml, although you can certainly get bigger ones if you shop around.
The rest of the pod is akin to an e-cigarette as it contains a moderately powerful battery. Although it varies in size, it is typically larger than a cigalike, yet significantly smaller than a box mod. The majority of vape pods resemble a USB stick in appearance, but a few companies have created models that look like box mods.
What Are Open & Closed Pods?
Open System Vape Pod
These devices enable you to refill your e-juice manually. Choose between hundreds of flavors, sizes, and nicotine strengths online. Users say that an open system pod offers a smoother draw along with heightened vapor production. The low-profile design means you won’t attract unwanted attention, and the device usually has only one button to operate. It is possible to purchase an open system vape mod for under $20.
There are a few downsides, though. For instance, refilling the e-liquid manually is a pain, as is changing coils and replacing cartridges after a few uses. It isn’t easy to change flavors either. Also, the small battery size means you don’t get much use from a single charge.
Closed System Vape Pod
This device works similarly to a cartomizer for a cigalike device. As it consists of prefilled cartridges, you don’t have to worry about refills. Once your cartridge is empty, throw it away and add in a new one. Most sellers offer their refills in several nicotine strengths, and these cartridges should come in a multi-pack form. A closed system vape pod is also inexpensive, user-friendly, and requires little maintenance, mainly because you don’t have to clean the tank or change coils.
Downsides include a limited selection of nicotine strength and flavors in comparison to its open system counterpart. This device is also known for offering weak draws, and users occasionally report ‘spitbacks.’ A spitback happens when the e-liquid bounces off the coil rather than vaporizing.