Compact and user-friendly, vape pod systems provide excellent introductions to vaping and can also suit more experienced vapers. A variety of pod kits are available to suit your needs. Those featuring pre-filled pods offer the ultimate convenience. But you may prefer the greater versatility of refillable pods and replaceable coils. Either way, right here, you will find the replacement pods and refills that you need to continue vaping happily and uninterrupted.
All electronic cigarettes work in the same way. They feature a battery to provide the power, a coil that heats the e liquid and a reservoir to hold the e liquid. When you fire the device, the coil heats and vaporises the juice for you to inhale. With some vape kits, the reservoir is a glass tank but with pod kits, the reservoir is a plastic pod that clicks onto the device. Some pods are pre-filled with e liquid, others are supplied empty and can be filled with your choice of vape liquid. Many refillable pod also boast replaceable coils.
Vape pods are small plastic tanks that tend to be rectangular or square in shape (see image below). They feature a mouthpiece at the top and are fashioned from plastic. Most are made from clear plastic to enable you to monitor your e juice level and have black mouthpieces.
Pods work in much the same way as vape tanks. They hold vape liquid and connect to the battery of your e cig. Each pod contains a coil that heats and then vaporises the liquid for you to inhale.
Pods work in the same way as vape tanks. However, while vape tanks are made of metal and glass, pods are made from plastic. Tanks screw onto your battery but pods click into place and often feature magnetic connections.
Pre-filled pods are disposable vape pods that are supplied pre-loaded with e liquid. They are convenient in that they are ready to use straight of the box and don’t need to be refilled. They do however, restrict your choice of flavours to those offered by the manufacturer of the pod, and they are more expensive than refillable pods in the long run.
Refillable pods are pods that you can refill each time the vape juice is exhausted (please see the image below which shows a Smok refillable pod). They enable you to choose any e liquid that is compatible with the coil installed in the pod. Some refillable pod kits feature built-in coils that you cannot replace. This means that when the coil reaches the end of its life, you need to discard the pod and start vaping with another. But some pods have replaceable coils. These will last around the same length of time as a vape tank and enable you to choose a coil that suits your vaping style.
Disposable vape pods are also known as pre-filled vape pods. They are pods that are pre-filled with e liquid and they must be discarded once the e liquid is exhausted. You could also say that refillable vape pods with built-in coils are disposable. These can be refilled with juice several times but must be disposed of once the coil reaches the end of its life.
Refillable pods enable you to choose any e liquid that is compatible with the installed coil and they don’t need to be thrown away each time the e liquid is exhausted. This means that refillable pods are cheaper in the long run than pre-filled pods. Refillable pods with replaceable coils are the most cost-effective options of all as you don’t need to discard these when a coil gives up the ghost.
Pod refills is another term for replacement pods.
Pre-filled vape pods are supplied pre-loaded with vape liquid, but refillable pods can be topped with any juice that is compatible with the installed coil.
Pod kits with refillable pods are more cost effective choices than disposables as the battery element of the kit is rechargeable and the pods can be refilled many times. Refillable pods with replaceable coils are even cheaper in the long run. Refillable pods also give you a much broader choice of e liquids to enjoy. On the other hand, pod kits with pre-filled pods restrict your e liquid choices to those offered by the manufacturer of the pods and the pods are disposable. In general, all pod kits will deliver better performance than disposables, giving you enhanced flavour and vapour.
There are a number of factors that could influence how long a vape pod will last. Pre-filled pods will only last as long as it takes you to vape the e liquid inside. These pods are also known as closed pods because they are not refillable. The length of time it takes you to vape your e liquid will depend on how frequently you take a puff. Refillable pods with built-in coils will last longer than pre-filled pods as you can refill them with e liquid. But the coil can’t be replaced and so the pod will only last as long as the coil does. The longevity of the coil will depend on how heavily you vape and the nature of the coil. You can expect vape coils to last from 3 days to 4 weeks. Refillable pods with replaceable coils will last longer than other types of pod as you can both refill them with juice and replace expired coils. This type of pod could last forever unless you accidentally break or crack it.
Vape coils vary in their longevity. Mesh coils generally last longer than regular (wire) coils. Low resistance (sub ohm) coils tend to expire much quicker than high resistance coils as they are heated to higher temperatures and are compatible only with high VG e liquids. High VG e liquids tend to clog coils with residue at a faster rate than high PG e liquids. With any combination of coil and e liquid, the more intensively you vape, the quicker the coil will expire. Coils may last anywhere between 3 days and 4 weeks.
Yes, there are sub ohm vape pods. These tend to be refillable pods with replaceable coils such as those for the SMOK Nord and SMOK RPM models.
The best vape pod for you will depend on your priorities. All pods work in much the same way. However, pre-filled pods must be discarded once the liquid they contain has been exhausted. This makes them expensive over the longer term and so not good choices if you are vaping on a budget. But pre-filled pods are convenient. Refillable pods are cheaper to use and enable you to choose from a huge array of vape liquids. Refillable pods with replaceable coils are the cheapest of all over time and enable you to choose both your e liquid and your coil resistance.
The best e liquid for a vape pod will depend on your personal taste and the nature of the coil installed. Of course, pre-filled pods are supplied loaded with juice and so you can only choose from the flavours offered by the manufacturer of the pods for your device. With refillable pods, you can choose from any e juices that are suitable for the coil. High resistance coils (1.0ohm or greater) are compatible with juices that are at least 50% PG. Low resistance coils (0.9ohm or less) are compatible with e liquids that are at least 60% VG. In all cases, you should select vape liquids with the nicotine strength you need to ease your cravings.
All genuine, branded vape pods sold in the UK by official stockists of the brands are subject to strict regulations and are manufactured to the highest standards. When used as per the manufacturer's instructions, they are very safe. However, fake devices and vape pods will not be of the same standard and may not be safe to use.
Pre-filled pods are supplied in sealed packaging and do need to be opened and used within a certain timeframe.
The plastic in vape pods is generally recyclable, but the coil must be removed from the pod before the plastic is submitted for recycling.
Yes, it is bad to vape an empty pod as the wicking in the coil must always be soaked in vape juice, otherwise it will burn when you fire your device.
Pre-filled pods are supplied loaded with e liquid and normally feature vape juice that contains nicotine. At the time of writing, blu currently offer a couple of nicotine-free flavours, but the majority of pre-filled pods on the market do contain nicotine as that is what most ex-smokers tend to want. Refillable pods on the other hand enable you to choose your liquid, and there are many nicotine-free options.
Refilling a vape pod is easy. You may need to remove the pod from the before refilling it and if so, you should do that first. Then, locate the filling port and remove the bung or lift the cover. Place the nozzle of your e liquid bottle into the hole. Tilt the pod a little to prevent air pockets developing. Squeeze the e liquid bottle gently to dispense the juice into the pod.
You should not attempt to empty a pre-filled (closed) vape pod but refillable pods can be emptied. Simply remove the bung or cover from the filling port and shake out the juice or remove the coil and shake out the juice.
Like vape tanks, refillable vape pods can be cleaned. Open the pod’s filling cap and soak the pod in a bowl of hot water for a few hours. Stir the water occasionally. Remove the pod and rinse it in fresh water to wash away any remaining residue. Allow the pod to dry for several hours. This process will clean the pod and remove at least some of the residue that is clogging your coil.
If your vape pod is leaking, this could be because it is broken or cracked. If this is the case, you will need to replace it. Leaking can also be caused by overfilling the pod, or by a coil that needs replacing.
Vape pods will cease to function effectively if the coil needs replacing. Your pod may also fail to work if it is not connected to your battery correctly or if the battery isn’t charged.
You should always purchase your vape pods from authorised stockists of the brand. There are many bricks and mortar retailers and even more online retailers including Vapekit. Vape pods purchased elsewhere may be counterfeit and could be dangerous.
Vape pods vary in price. You can expect to pay £4.99 - £6.99 for a pack of two pre-filled pods. Refillable pods tend to cost between £3.99 and £6.99 for a pack of two.