The pod vape market is still on the rise! Although pod vapes are convenient and most often small, the number of products on the market is astounding… But fear not! Because our team has either purchased, tested, or reviewed the most popular pod vapes, we can help you significantly narrow your search.
This list features the best pod vapes for refilling with your own e-juice, which make for great alternatives to the JUUL. If you are looking for pre-filled pod vapes, make sure you visit our best beginner vapes. Otherwise, let’s get to it.
The Caliburn series is back with the A2, the official sequel to one of the most popular vapes ever. The A2 comes with a slightly tighter draw, updated 0.9-ohm pods, and the option to run it both using the button or in draw-activation mode. It comes in six colors and houses a 520 mAh battery that charges through Type-C.
The Mi-Pod is back! The 2.0 Awakening Collection of the Mi-Pod comes in four striking designs inspired by symbols of sacred geometry. The Mi-Pod sequel features a long-lasting 1250 mAh battery, 0.9-ohm mesh pods, and a practical on-off physical switch. If you’ve never tried the Mi-Pod before, now is the right time!
The Caliburn G2 takes all the best features of the original G and the Caliburn A2 and adds the one feature we’ve all been waiting for: fully adjustable airflow! But that’s not all. The G2 comes with haptic feedback, a large 750 mAh battery, updated pods, and a new entry to the UN2 line of coils. The device charges through Type-C and it is available in six color options.
VAPORESSO took everything that made the XROS line a success and packed it in a tiny square body. The XROS Nano features a long-lasting 1000 mAh battery, comes with adjustable airflow and a sensitive draw sensor, and takes two kinds of pods—0.8-ohm mesh and 1.2-ohm round wire. Available in six color options.
The Voopoo Vinci Q is a compact and lightweight vape that blends impressive performance with ease of use. Stripped down to the most basic features, the Vinci Q comes with a 900 mAh battery that charges through a Type-C port, top and side-filling pod options, and button/auto-draw operation. Available in six colors.
The AK2 is more than a square Caliburn. Equipped with a great auto-draw sensor finetuned for a super-comfortable MTL draw, the Koko 2 is guaranteed to hit your sweet spot. The device is compatible with the A2 pods, houses a 520 mAh battery, and charges through Type-C. Available in four color options.
The Nord series keeps getting better with every new installment, and the 50 is no exception. The Nord 50 fires up to 50 watts, houses an 1800 mAh battery, and is compatible with the RPM and original Nord pods as well as the new and leak-resistant L2 pods. The Nord 50 is available in a whopping 15 color options, including four striking leather editions.
A pod vape is a mini vape based on a two-part system: a pod filled with vape juice that snaps into a small battery. They’re available in pre-filled or refillable designs. Some will have power buttons but often they’re automatic—meaning you just take a drag on them to produce vapor.
Most pod vapes—also referred to as vape pods, mini vapes, or pod systems—are designed for smokers transitioning into vaping. Although the ultimate in ease of use is something like a disposable e-cig, refillable pod vapes are most a close second. They’re often compact and lightweight, with a focus on simplicity and flexibility—made possible by being refillable.
Pods are also considered the best nic salt vapes, as their lower power output is a perfect fit for the higher strength of nicotine salts.
Pods have come a long way since first introduced with the JUUL back in 2015. While still fitting the general definition of what a pod vape is, today’s devices have pushed things forward in regards to features and capabilities.
A pod vape in 2022 will belong in one or more of these categories:
A standard pod system can be further sorted into two categories: refillable and pre-filled. Each style comes with its own pros and cons. When purchasing a pod system, it ultimately comes down to personal preference.
Pod vapes are some of the easiest vapes to operate. This five-step guide will cover the basics of using most pod vapes on the market.
That’s it. Enjoy your vape! To get the most longevity out of your pod, make sure there’s always juice in it—or you can run the risk of a burnt coil. Once the liquid is almost gone, refill it or dispose of it. You can usually get about a week out of a refillable vape pod before needing to replace the pod or the coil… depending on how often you use them. Note that if your device takes replaceable coils, you don’t have to replace the pod. Just remember to dispose of it immediately if you notice any discoloration on it—or do it proactively once every month or two.
Pod systems offer many advantages over other vaping devices. The main ones are convenience and simplicity. They’re easy to use, making them more appealing to ex-smokers who don’t want to be bombarded with technical features. But there are benefits to pod vaping that even experienced vapers can appreciate. For example, switching flavors is easier than before. Just pop in a different pod and go.
If you want to conserve e-juice, a pod vape is your best bet. They use less e-liquid in a day, which is more cost-effective and makes them a great pairing for nicotine salts. Additional benefits include needing lower maintenance than other types of vape kits, and coming with a smaller footprint and lower vapor production, which makes them ideal for stealth vaping.
Due to their compact size, pod vapes have less battery capacity than a regular vape mod—although their lower power output allows their battery to last for a day in most cases. Other downsides include the fact that they produce less vapor than vape tanks and the higher cost of replaceable vape pods when compared to coils, especially the pre-filled pods. Fortunately, many of the newer refillable pod systems now utilize replaceable coil heads too.