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Pod vapes are the future. They’re small, lightweight and easy to operate. This makes them ideal for smokers making the switch to vaping. If you already use a vape mod, it’s still a great idea to own a pod mod (or a few) to carry around when you’re on the go. You can chuck a bunch of them in your pocket and just go about your day. They’re much more convenient than carrying around a big mod.

We have been meticulously testing every single pod vape on the market. Many of them did not make this list. We made sure to select ones that were convenient, consistent and user-friendly. As soon as a pod vape hits the market, we’re vaping on it. Here are the best pod mods available as of right now.

Best pod vapes

JUUL
Pros
  • Easy to use
  • perfect for smokers
  • Temperature control prevents dry hits
  • Powerful throat-hit
  • Quick charging
  • Pods use 50 mg salt-based nicotine
  • Sleek and modern aesthetic
  • Solid vapor production
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Cons
  • 200 mAh battery life
  • Limited flavor/nicotine selection
  • The JUUL paved the way for the pod vape revolution. To this day, it’s still the best one you can buy. It works extremely well with a fresh pod, all the way down to the last hit. You won’t experience any dry or burnt-tasting puffs with the JUUL. It works every time. Even a small puff delivers pure satisfaction.

    The JUUL is a must have for any smoker looking to make the switch. At the same time, it is perfect for any vaper who needs a stealthier solution. It uses 0.7 mL pods, prefilled with 5% salt-based nicotine. It also utilizes a patented temperature control system to provide powerful and consistent flavor.

    Price: $49.99

    Aspire-gusto-mini
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    Pros
  • 900 mAh battery life
  • 17 W output
  • Built-in safety protection
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Micro USB pass-thru charging
  • Pods pre-filled with popular Halo flavors
  • No leaking
  • Cons
  • Not suitable for MTL
  • No 0 mg nicotine pods available
  • Limited flavor selection
  • The Aspire Gusto delivers big things in a small package. It looks like a box mod, but uses pre-filled pods. The device comes with built-in protection features, so it’s safe and easy to use. You won’t need to be bothered with messy juice. Just pop in a pod, press the button and enjoy a quality vape.

    The Gusto uses 4.2 mL pods and puts out 17 watts of power. Combined with a 900 mAh battery, it will give you a lot of vaping time before you need to charge it. Halo has taken that a step further, by putting their most popular flavors into prefilled Gusto pods. You’re going to love vaping the Gusto.

    Price: $29.99

    Kandypens-rubi
    Pros
  • Impressive vapor production
  • Good flavor
  • Consistent performance
  • No leaking or spitback
  • Refillable pods
  • Lifetime warranty on battery
  • Suitable for MTL vaping
  • Cons
  • No pass-thru charging
  • No visible liquid monitoring
  • The RUBI is quite impressive for such a tiny device. It looks like your typical pod vape, but it puts out a bigger cloud than most. The best part is the freedom to use any e-liquid of your choice. Its 1 mL pods are refillable, so it’s an open system vape. The performance is consistent and surprisingly awesome. A great JUUL alternative for those who wish to use their e-liquid of choice.

    Kandypens has a great reputation based on their wax pens. Only recently did they start making products for use with e-liquids. Even so, they have managed to develop one of the best refillable pod systems, which is why it is on the top of our list. Its 280 mAh battery comes with a lifetime warranty!

    Price:
    $49.95

    SMPO
    Pros
  • Satisfying MTL draw
  • Simple to use
  • LED battery life indication
  • Pocketable and ergonomic
  • Carbon fiber design
  • 18 and 50 mg nicotine pods
  • Cons
  • Only two colors available
  • Only three flavors available
  • The SMPO is a very simple vape to use. Just plug in a pod, turn it on and inhale. It’s draw activated, so you don’t need to do anything else besides puff on it. It uses 1.8 mL pods containing either 18 or 50 mg of nicotine, with 3 flavors to choose from. It comes in blue or black with a carbon fiber design.

    The pods snap into place and are held by a firm magnetic connection. The SMPO uses LED lights to indicate battery life. Its compact size makes it easy to pocket and carry anywhere. The device can be enjoyed by a smoker, but it’s perfect for experienced stealth vapers. Simplicity meets performance.

    Price: $33.99

    MLV-Phix
    Pros
  • Easy to use
  • no buttons
  • 1.5 mL capacity
  • No leaking
  • Perfect for transitioning smokers
  • Consistent flavor
  • Nice MTL draw
  • Cons
  • No pass-thru charging
  • Only 4 flavors available
  • Not cheap
  • Get your fix. The Phix is a closed system vape made for use with pre-filled 1.5 mL vape cartridges that use 5% salt-based nicotine. It utilizes cCell ceramic coils which helps to produce awesome flavor. The vape pods snap into place by a magnetic connection. Its 280 mAh battery provides over 200 puffs.

    The reason why we selected this device was because of its superb flavor. The MLV Phix provides a nice MTL draw, tighter than most of the others, which is perfect for transitioning smokers. It doesn’t misfire or dry hit like many others that didn’t make the cut. It provides a smooth, satisfying hit.

    Price: $34.99

    suorin-drop
    Pros
  • No leaking
  • Refillable
  • 2 mL capacity pods
  • Short break-in time for coils
  • Nice MTL draw
  • Inexpensive pods
  • Cons
  • Occasional misfire
  • Battery life indication hard to see
  • Pods don’t click into place
  • The Suorin Drop is a drop of fresh air. Shaped like a teardrop, it comes with 2 mL empty pods, made for refilling. It houses a 300 mAh internal battery and utilizes 1.3 Ohm coils. It provides a tight draw that’s ideal for mouth-to-lung vaping. Its tiny size makes it suitable for even the smallest pockets.

    The Drop provides a flavorful vape, free of spit back and hot-pops. That is why it made it on to our list. The pods are easily fillable with a needle-tip dropper, to use any juice of your choice. The coils have a short break in time, you can vape it while charging and best of all, the cartridges don’t leak.

    Price: $34.99

    cue-vapor-system
    Pros
  • Battery life indication
  • 10 flavors to choose from
  • Pass-thru charging
  • Easy to use
  • Sub ohm pod style device
  • Available in 0
  • 3 and 6 mg nicotine
  • No leaking
  • Budget friendly
  • Cons
  • No high-nic pods available
  • Pods not widely available
  • The Cue Vapor is a cross between a box mod and a pod mod. It is lightweight and small enough to fit in your pocket, but it produces more vapor than your average pod-style vape. There are 10 flavors to choose from, including 3 different tobacco flavors. The cartridges are convenient and free of leaking.

    Vape like the big boys, without the hassle. The Cue Vapor System provides a satisfying vape for such a small device. It is perfect for beginners who are new to vaping. It can also be used as a backup for vapers who need a portable solution when they are traveling. Still smoking? This is your cue to vape.

    Price: $29.99

    bo-kit
    Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Great for stealth vaping
  • Can be vaped while charging
  • Sleek form factor
  • Decent flavor for a pod mod
  • Manufactured well
  • LED battery life indication
  • Cons
  • Inconsistent pods
  • Limited flavors
  • Proprietary charger
  • No visible liquid indication
  • The Bo One was designed with smokers in mind. It is incredibly easy to use, just inhale. It has a draw activated firing system so there are no buttons to mess with. It has a 380 mAh rechargeable battery that works with a charging dock. Its pods can hold 1.5 mL of juice, which come in a variety of flavors.

    The Bo is well constructed, and has a sleek form factor. It is convenient to carry around anywhere. Changing flavors is also easy, just pop in a new pod and take a puff. This pod vape is perfect for the new vaper who doesn’t want anything too complicated. Also, great to have as a backup stealth vape.

    Price: $42.99

    Open and closed pod systems

    Originally, pod vapes were designed to use pre-filled vape cartridges, known as vape pods. These pre-filled pods typically contain a special type of nicotine called “nic salt”. They deliver a powerful throat hit, and quickly satisfy your tobacco cravings. There are no coils to install, or juice to fill. This makes switching flavors super easy to do, without the mess. Pod vapes are the easiest way to start vaping.

    At some point, there was a demand for more variety of flavors. Naturally, the industry met this demand with refillable pod mods. These devices work the same way, but allow the user to refill using the juice of their choice. We do not recommend using high VG e-juice with pod vapes, but a 50/50 VG/PG blend with higher nic (6 mg and up) will work just fine. Today we have many companies that are starting to make their own lines of nic salt based e-liquids which work excellent with pod mods.

    Pod mod vapes are ideal for stealth vaping. They don’t put out as much vapor as a box mod, although you might be surprised by their performance. Some of these devices can chuck a pretty mean cloud. Most experienced vapers own a pod vape as a companion to their regular setup.

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    • Lloyd Cargill, Jr

      I think the pods are a good idea, but they will also cost you much more than simple refillable tanks,