The Pod Vape Invasion Has Begun
Thanks to various laws being passed throughout the world, it’s currently a precarious time for enthusiast vaping devices. Several manufacturers have reacted with pod mods — all-in-one e-cigs that attempt to blend the ease-of-use of a cig-alike with the robust experience of an enthusiast device. Many of these pod-vaping devices are closed systems, meaning that they’re only meant to be used with pre-filled cartridges and not meant to be refilled by the user. (There are, of course, exceptions.)
For the most part, pod-vaping devices are more ornate versions of cig-alilke devices. These AIO vapes have a battery and a cartridge. You pop a cartridge onto a battery and you’re good to go. These devices have different features, different e-liquid partners, and different form factors to help make them stand out.
In order to help you find the right pod mod for you, here’s a roundup of these all-in-one e-cigs. This list will be updated on a rolling basis.
The Juul was an early entrant to the pod-mod field, hitting the market well before most vapers starting panicking about the FDA and TPD. It’s a small, rectangular device that uses 0.7-milliliter cartridges that are five percent nicotine in weight. In addition to having high nicotine levels, the company claims that the Juul’s use of nicotine salts over free-base nicotine is what helps give it a satisfying vape.
Kit Cost: $49.99
Cartridge Cost: $15.99 (Four-Pack)
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From one of the most established brands in the cig-alike market comes its most powerful model yet — the V2 Vertx. This AIO vape comes in two versions; the Vertx Plus features a touchscreen that allows users to adjust wattage, while the vanilla version runs at a fixed voltage. Both models feature 420mAh batteries and use cartridges that are purported to last 650 puffs (not a scientific measurement). Both Vertx models can be used with blank pods allowing users to use e-liquids of their choice. The pods are refillable up to 20 times.
Kit Cost: $89.95 (Vertx Plus), $49.95 (Vertx)
Cartridge Cost: $14.95 (Three-Pack)
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The Apollo Brez (pronounced “breeze”) is a pod mod that comes from one of the oldest American vaping companies. In addition to having a name that screams “Straight Outta Snapchat!”, the Apollo Brez features a 320mAh battery and Micro-USB charging. This AIO vape is a semi-closed system, with 1.5-milliliter cartridges that can be filled with the e-liquid of the vaper’s choice, as well as pre-filled cartridges featuring Apollo’s most popular flavors.
Kit Cost: $49.95
Cartridge Cost: TBA
Cync by Vape Forward
Cync is a line of pod-mod products from Vape Forward, a company known for the Vapor Flask line of box mods. In addition to a standard starter kit, the company offers three battery sizes — micro, standard, and stealth. The first two look like cig-alike products, while the latter looks like a shrunken box mod. Cync AIO vapes use 1.5- and 2.5-milliliter pods filled with e-liquids from several popular companies.
Kit Cost: $17.99
Cartridge Cost: $8.99 (Two-Pac)
Myvapors Myjet by Wismec
Produced by Wismec for Myvapors, the Myjet is a pod mod with features that appeal to enthusiast vapers, while still retaining the ease-of-use that’s suitable for necomers. The personal carrying charger (PCC) that comes with the “full kit” runs on an 18650 battery, which most enthusiast vapers have. The Myjet uses 1.2-milliliter cartridges with e-liquids from several popular companies, but it can also use empty cartridges that allow vapers to use the e-liquid of their choice.
Kit Cost: $39.99 (Full Kit), $24.99 (Express Kit)
Cartridge Cost: $2.99 (Refillable)
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Von Erl My.
The Von Erl My. is a svelte, rectangular pod mod out of Austria. Extraneous punctuation aside, the My. is a simple and easy-to-use AIO vape with an understated design. The company offers four flavors available in three nicotine levels. The stealthy battery has a capacity of 350mAh.
Cartridge Cost: $9.25 (Four-Pack)
With an emphasis on design and ease-of-use, XOLO Vape hopes to be a major player in the pod-mod space. Out of all the pod-vape devices released in 2016, the XOLO is arguably the best-looking. In many ways, it resembles an enthusiast-vaper box-mod, but it’s certainly easy enough for beginners to handle. The XOLO uses 10-milliliter pods, with e-liquids from several established companies.
Kit Cost: $64.99
Cartridge Cost: $12.00
Kimsun Air 10
Another pod-mod device that resembles a miniaturized box mod, the Kimsun Air 10 is manufactured by Kimree. While the brand might be unknown to many vapers, the company has extensive experience making cig-alike products for tobacco companies. The Air 10 is part of Kimsun’s “Vaportridge” line of all-in-one e-cig products. The Air 10 has the most power and highest capacity of the bunch, using 10-milliliter e-liquid cartridges coupled with a 1,700mAh battery.
Kit Cost: $39.99
Cartridge Cost: $14.99
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The Air 10’s little sister, the Kimsun Slim2 features a two-milliliter tank that complies with TPD regulations. The Kimsun Slim2 also boasts a 0.25-ohm titanium coil, an 1,100mAh battery, and constant temperature control set to 510F. The huge deal with this product is its distribution; Kimsun has reached a deal with Walmart, one of the largest big-box retailers in the world. With more than 11,000 stores in 28 countries, this gives the Kimsun Slim2 enormous reach.
Kit Cost: TBA
Cartridge Cost: TBA
Mistic 2.0 Pod-Mod
The Mistic 2.0 Pod-Mod is a small all-in-one e-cig with robust features. It features a 1,700mAh battery with a fixed voltage of 30 watts. The device is available in two colors and has a form factor that resembles a small box mod. The Pod-Mod uses 10-milliliter cartridges in a variety of in-house flavors, as well as flavors from one popular e-liquid company.
Kit Cost: $39.99
Cartridge Cost: $19.99
The Europa Blade is a pod mod with some surprisingly advanced features for this style of vaping device. It has more in common with an enthusiast-vaper box-mod than a typical pod vape. The Europa Blade is a variable-wattage device that fires up to 20 watts. The device can pair with a smartphone via Bluetooth for connectivity with the Vaporcade app. It uses four-milliliter cartridges that will launch in five flavors. The Europa Blade is currently slated for a November 2016 release.
Kit Cost: $59.99
Cartridge Cost: $14.99 (Five-Pack)
Digirette eVapor System
The Digirette eVapor System features a pod mod that’s available in four different colors. The AIO e-cig use five-milliliter vapor pods that are available in ten different flavors and two nicotine levels. The company touts its device’s functionality as plug-and-play; you simply pop in the flavor cartridge and vape.
Kit Cost: $49.95
Cartridge Cost: $6.99