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Last updated: December 4, 2019

Best Pod Vapes & JUUL Alternatives

For a smooth transition into vaping, pod vapes are your best bet. Simple, compact and easy to use, even for smokers.
1st Place

The cobra-patterned Nord is powered by a 1100 mAh battery and comes with coil options that will cater to all vapers – including a high-performing 0.6-ohm mesh coil.

Uwell Caliburn
Aspire AVP

What’s the best vape for beginners or if you want to quit smoking? It’s gotta be pod vapes! Like the JUUL, these competitor mini vapes are small and simple to use. The thing is, now there’s an exhausting amount of these little vape devices on the market. It can be difficult to know which ones are worth purchasing. We’ve simplified it for you. Of the scores of pod vapes we’ve tested, this is our list of the best.



The SMOK Nord can be used with its 1.4-ohm coils for MTL vaping, but where it shines is with its high-performing 0.6-ohm mesh coils designed for direct lung inhales. The Nord is available in six gorgeous cobra-patterned color configurations and comes with a 1100 mAh battery, and pods that fit 3 mL of e-liquid.


Uwell Caliburn

The Uwell Caliburn is a lightweight pod vape constructed of aluminum alloy. Its 520 mAh battery can be button or draw-activated. The pods snap in securely with a magnetic connection and feature an easy top-fill system. They hold 2 mL of e-liquid and house 1.4-ohm coils that provide solid flavor and a comfortable draw.


Aspire AVP

The Aspire AVP is a compact pod system with a premium feel. It comes with three available pod options (1.2-ohm nichrome, 1.3-ohm ceramic, 0.6-ohm mesh) and features three adjustable power levels and a long-lasting 700 mAh battery. The AVP ships with two 2 mL pods in the box and is available in nine color accents on a carbon fiber body.

Lost vape Orion DNA Go

Lost Vape Orion DNA Go

The Lost Vape Orion is the first pod system to house a DNA chipset. It fires up to 40 watts and comes with 2-mL refillable pods and a 950-mAh battery. With EScribe compatibility, adjustable airflow and pod options for both direct-lung and mouth-to-lung vaping, the Orion is the most versatile pod system out there.

SMOK Novo 2

SMOK Novo 2

The follow-up to the best-selling SMOK Novo is here! The Novo 2 is a compact draw-activated pod vape with a large 800 mAh battery. Version 2 introduces dual-coil MTL pods and comes with updates on airflow intake and battery structure. The Novo comes with a 12-month warranty instead of the industry-standard 3 months.

IPV V3-mini

IPV V3-mini

The Pioneer4You IPV V3-mini is a pod system like no other! The first automatic-squonk pod vape to ever hit the market bundles the TC-operated V3-mini mod with the Elf ADA, a disposable bottom fed atomizer. The device houses a long-lasting 1400 mAh battery and is available in a wide array of stunning colors and designs.

Smok Infinix

SMOK Infinix

The SMOK Infinix is like a refillable JUUL. It’s practically leak-free and has an automatic and very tight draw. It has one of the fastest charge times at under 25 minutes, and it supports pass-thru charging. Its diamond-shaped body is easy to hold, and the mouthpiece tapers down to an ergonomic shape for the lips.

What is a pod vape?

What is a pod vape?-Infographic

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 make vapor.

Most pod vapes, also referred to as pod mods, vape pods, mini vapes or pod systems, were designed for smokers transitioning into vaping.

Refillable vs pre-filled pod systems

Every pod system can be sorted into two categories: refillable and pre-filled. Each style comes with their own pros and cons. When purchasing a pod system, it ultimately comes down personal preference.

  • Refillable pod systems: give you more freedom in terms of flavor. Also known as open-system vapes, these devices utilize empty pods that are manually filled by the user. The main advantage to them is that you have a wider range of flavors at your disposal.
  • Pre-filled pod systems: also referred to as or closed system vapes, are non-refillable pod vapes that use cartridges, known as pods, pre-filled with e-liquid. The main advantage is not having the complication of choosing the right e-liquid and the convenience of not having to fill them yourself.

Who should use pod vapes?

  • Smokers that want to quit appreciate their simplistic design and satisfying method of delivering nicotine. They also enjoy their cigarette-like draw.
  • Experienced vapers find that they make great companions to their larger vaping setups, especially for mouth-to-lung vapers.
  • Stealth vapers gravitate towards these mini vapes for their compact size and discreet cloud production.

Benefits of pod vapes

  • Simple & easy to use
  • Smallest mini vape available
  • Designed for vaping to quit smoking
  • Low e-liquid consumption
  • Instantly change flavors
  • Easy to maintain
  • Tight draw (comparable to that of a cigarette)
  • Discrete
  • Minimal vapor production

Pod systems offer many advantages over other vaping devices. The main ones being 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.

There are other 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 harm reducing. Additional benefits include their MTL-style draw, not having to build coils and the other maintenance required for other vapes.

Downsides of pod vapes

  • Small battery capacity
  • Limited vapor production
  • Limited flavor selection
  • Can be more expensive

Pod systems are great for smokers but come with a few disadvantages. Due to their compact size, they have less battery capacity than a regular vape mod. Other downsides include a limited (but growing) flavor selection and a higher price tag.

How to use a pod vape

  1. Make sure the battery is fully charged. If it isn’t, plug it in and charge it first.
  2. If you’re using a refillable pod vape, remove the plug/seal, and fill it up with the e-liquid of your choice.
  3. Allow at least 5-10 minutes for the juice to settle to be absorbed fully into the wick.
  4. Insert the pod firmly into the device. If your pod vape has an on/off function, make sure it’s on.
  5. If your pod vape is draw activated, then go ahead and take a puff as if it were a regular cigarette. If it has a fire button, hold it while inhaling, but don’t press it beforehand.

That’s it. Enjoy your vape. To get the most longevity out of your pods, never vape them when they’re empty 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 or two out of a refillable vape pod before needing to replace the coil… depending on how often you use them.)

What e-juice is best to use for refillable pods?

Nicotine salt e-liquid — most commonly used for pod vapes, introduced and popularized by the JUUL vape.

Other e-liquids — Any e-liquid that has at least 50% PG content. Typically, 50/50 VG/PG ratios work best. Some pod vapes however will work well with higher VG based e-liquid.

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