TOP PICKS: The Best E-Cig & Vape Pod Systems

by · March 3, 2018

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Best E-Cig & Vape Pod Systems

It’s safe to say that many people in the vaping industry were caught off guard by the rapid growth of e-cig and vape pod systems. While most vaping devices have been getting bigger, more powerful and increasingly advanced, e-cig pod mods are more like first generation e-cigarettes – low-powered, super compact and simple-to-use. But they offer one huge advantage – the’re the ideal platforms to use nicotine salt e-liquid.

If you’re a smoker looking to quit, or just want a compact and effective device to deliver nicotine, vape pods / e-cig pod systems are one of the best options to consider; primarily when they’re used with nicotine salts. For many, e-liquid made with nicotine salt is much more satisfying than standard e-liquid because it delivers higher amounts of nicotine without the throat irritation or harshness.

Pros & Cons of E-Cig Pod Systems

Besides the benefits offered by using nicotine salts, the best vape pod systems offer a number of advantages over larger, more complicated sub-ohm devices. They also have a few downsides; especially if you’re an experience vaper:

  • Simple and easy-to-use – Most pod mods are either inhale activated, or operated with a single button. There are no complicated screens or settings to worry about. Plus, pods are quick and easy to refill or replace.
  • Compact, low profile designs – E-cig pod mods are sleek and much more compact than traditional box mods. Some are almost as small as a traditional cigarette! Discreetly tuck one in your pocket or just about anywhere.
  • Super affordable – Although there are a few exceptions, e-cig pod systems are surprisingly affordable and will cost much less than than a complete sub-ohm device. On average, prices range from $20 to $40. And because nicotine salts are more effective at delivering nicotine, you’ll vape less frequently, consume less e-juice and reduce your long-term costs.
  • More authentic experience – Designed to have a smooth, restrictive mouth-to-lung (MTL) style draw, most vape pod systems closely replicate smoking a traditional cigarette. Ideal if you’re looking to quit.
  • Less power, reduced vapor – One of the biggest downsides to a pod mod is that they’re low-powered and provide limited vapor output.
  • Lack of control – For the most part, you will not be able to customize your vaping experience with a vape pod system. Power output is normally fixed and your coil and atomizer options will be limited.

Best Pod Vape Systems (Closed)

Although a growing number pod vape systems are considered “open” (or refillable – see below), if you don’t want to refill pods yourself or worry about replacing coils, a closed pod system is the most convenient option and perfect for beginners. Here are our top picks for the best e-cig pod systems in this category:

PAX Juul E-Cigarette

Juul E-Cigarette Starter Kit
Our Rating:
$39.99
Retail Price:
200mah
Battery Capacity:
0.7ml
Liquid Capacity:
Pre-filled Only
Pod Type:
Automatic
Activation:

PROS:

  • Compact and easy-to-use
  • Similar experience to smoking
  • Wide availability
  • Excellent performance for its size

CONS:

  • Limited battery life
  • Kits / pods are expensive

The Juul e-cigarette is undoubtedly the best selling pod system on the market, primarily because of its compact design, ease-of-use and wide availability. Oh… and it performs exceptionally well too; especially considering its size.

Although it has limited battery capacity (200mAh), the Juul isn’t much larger than a traditional cigarette and it’s tight, MTL-style draw is perfect for transitioning smokers who are trying to quit. It’s not the longest lasting or most affordable option on the market, but the Juul e-cigarette is definitely one of the best pod vapes within the closed system category.

Also available at: Ejuice Connect (NO COUPON)

SMPO Vape Pod System

SMPO Vape Pod System
Our Rating:
$39.99
Retail Price:
650mah
Battery Capacity:
1.8ml
Liquid Capacity:
Pre-filled Only
Pod Type:
Automatic
Activation:

PROS:

  • Sleek, modern design
  • Long lasting 650mAh battery
  • Modestly sized 1.8ml pods
  • Great MTL vaping experience

CONS:

  • Limited flavor choices
  • Non-traditional shape

One of the only closed pod systems that isn’t shaped like a pen, the SMPO Pod Vape Kit has a larger battery than devices like the Juul (650mAh) so you’ll get significantly more battery life before needing a recharge. It also has larger 1.8ml pods so you’ll be doing a lot less swapping out too.

The SMPO vape pod is inhale activated and modernly styled with attractive carbon fiber accents. A close runner up to the Juul, it’s non-traditional shape and limited flavor choices are the only potential downsides.

Also available at: Eight Vape (NO COUPON)

MyBlu E-Cig Pod System

MyBlu E-Cig Pod System
Our Rating:
$24.99
Retail Price:
350mah
Battery Capacity:
1.5ml
Liquid Capacity:
Pre-filled Only
Pod Type:
Automatic
Activation:

PROS:

  • Widely available almost everywhere
  • Modestly sized 350mAh battery
  • Compact and easy-to-use
  • Decent selection of flavors

CONS:

  • Performance could be improved
  • Larger than the Juul

A new option in closed pod system space is the MyBlu Pod Kit from Blu Cigs. Widely known for their disposable, convenience store e-cigs, Blu recently purchased Von Erl and re-branded their My Von Erl Starter Kit.

Identical to the original, other than its branding, the MyBlu E-Cig Pod Kit is widely available and a direct threat to the Juul. It has a larger 350mAh battery and 1.5ml pre-filled pods, but we think the Juul works a little bit better. Either way, the MyBlu is an affordable option worth considering.

MLV Phix Vape Pod Kit

MLV Phix Vape Pod Kit
Our Rating:
$34.99
Retail Price:
280mah
Battery Capacity:
1.5ml
Liquid Capacity:
Pre-filled Only
Pod Type:
Automatic
Activation:

PROS:

  • Ceramic coils produce great flavor
  • Decent battery and pod capacity
  • Reliable, consistent performance
  • Unique hexahedron shape

CONS:

  • Limited flavor choices
  • Not as widely available

Another direct competitor to the Juul e-cigarette, the MLV Phix Vape Pod Kit offers a slightly larger battery (280mAh) and higher capacity pre-filled pods (1.5ml) to keep it running longer and requiring less maintenance.

Although it’s not as widely available, it works almost exactly like the Juul and has a unique hexahedron chassis with high-quality cCell Ceramic Coils. Another excellent performer in the closed pod system space, it has the tightest draw of the bunch and produces outstanding, consistent flavor.

Also available at: Vapor DNA (“DNA10”)

Best E-Cig Pod Systems (Open)

They might be slightly more complicated, but open e-cig pod systems are much more flexible than closed systems, allowing you to refill the pods with your favorite nic salt e-juice multiple times – and ultimately saving you money. Here are our top picks for the best vape pod systems in the open system category:

Joyetech Exceed Edge Pod Vape

Joyetech Exceed Edge Pod Vape System
Our Rating:
$29.99
Retail Price:
650mah
Battery Capacity:
2ml
Liquid Capacity:
Refillable
Pod Type:
Button
Activation:

PROS:

  • Sleek and attractive design
  • 2ml refillable cartridge
  • Simple one-button operation
  • Long-lasting 650mAh battery

CONS:

  • Coils must be replaced
  • No auto activation

Compact, stylish and refillable, the Joyetech Exceed Edge Vape Pod Kit is undoubtedly one of best e-cig pod systems on the market right now. Perfectly suited for nicotine salt e-liquid, it’s sleek and attractive and includes a long-lasting 650mAh battery with a refillable 2ml cartridge.

It has an ergonomically shaped, two-tone pen-style chassis and comes with two 1.2 ohm MTL coil heads that can be easily swapped out for up to 25W of output. Just fill it up, press the button and vape away!

Also available at: Vapor DNA (“DNA10”)

Suorin Air Ultra Portable Pod Mod

Suorin Air Ultra Portable Pod Mod
Our Rating:
$29.99
Retail Price:
400mah
Battery Capacity:
2.2ml
Liquid Capacity:
Refillable
Pod Type:
Automatic
Activation:

PROS:

  • Super slim, card-style design
  • Modestly-sized 400mAh battery
  • Refillable 2.2ml cartridges
  • Inhale activation

CONS:

  • Battery life could be better

We had a tough time choosing between the Suorin Air and Sourin Drop, but the Air won out because of it’s ultra compact, card-style design. Although it’s not quite as small as a pen-style device, it’s much smaller than most and offers decent battery life (400mAh) and e-liquid capacity (2.2ml).

The Sourin Air is super slim and can fit discreetly your pocket – or just about anywhere. It’s inhale activated, and the plug-and-play refillable pod cartridges can be reused multiple times before needing to be replaced.

Also available: Eight Vape (NO CODE) or Vapor DNA (“DNA10”)

Aspire Breeze AIO E-Cig Kit

Aspire Breeze AIO E-Cig Kit
Our Rating:
$31.99
Retail Price:
650mah
Battery Capacity:
2ml
Liquid Capacity:
Refillable Tank
Pod Type:
Auto or Button
Activation:

PROS:

  • Compact, all-in-one design
  • Large 650mAh battery
  • Refillable 2ml tank
  • Inhale or button activated

CONS:

  • Slightly larger than competitors
  • Fixed tank with replaceable coils

It’s not necessarily a “vape pod system” per se (it has a permanent, built-in 2ml glass tank), but the Aspire Breeze E-Cig Kit is a compact, easy-to-use low voltage system that’s perfect for use with nicotine salt e-juice.

It has has a large, long-lasting battery (650mAh), 2ml of capacity and is compatible with Aspire’s high performance 0.6 ohm U-Tech Coils. It can be either inhale activated or operated with a single fire button and has a sleek, ergonomic design that makes it a worthy pod mod alternative.

Also available: Direct Vapor (FREE SHIP) or Vapor DNA (“DNA10”)

Kado Stealth Ultra Portable Vape Pod

Kado Stealth Ultra Portable Pod Vape Kit
Our Rating:
$34.99
Retail Price:
450mah
Battery Capacity:
2ml
Liquid Capacity:
Refillable
Pod Type:
Automatic
Activation:

PROS:

  • Compact and stylish design
  • Modest 450mAh battery
  • Slim, refillable 2ml pods
  • Inhale activated

CONS:

  • Unique style may not appeal to everyone

The Kado Stealth Ultra Portable Pod Mod Kit is a unique, compact and stylish vape pod system. Like the Sourin Air, it’s super slim in stature and incorporates 2ml refillable pods with a modestly-sized 450mAh battery.

The Kado Stealth is inhale activated and is available in black with several stylish accent colors. Designed specifically for use with nicotine salt e-liquid, it’s definitely one of the better looking pod vape systems on the market.

Also available: Eight Vape (NO CODE) or Vapor DNA (“DNA10”)

Smok Fit & Infinix Pod E-Cigs

Smok Fit & Infinix E-Cig Pod Kits
Our Rating:
$24.99
Retail Price:
250mah
Battery Capacity:
2ml
Liquid Capacity:
Refillable
Pod Type:
Automatic
Activation:

PROS:

  • Traditional pen-shaped design
  • Super compact and affordable
  • Refillable 2ml pods
  • Inhale activated

CONS:

  • Limited battery life

Finally, if you’re looking for a small, pen-shaped device but don’t want to be forced to pay extra for prefilled pods, the Smok Fit and Infinix E-Cig Pod Kits are super affordable alternatives to the Juul and MLV Phix Kits (above).

The two are virtually identical in terms of operation, with subtle aesthetic differences to mimic the Juul and Phix. Both kits include 250mAh batteries, are automatic, refillable and can hold 2ml of e-liquid.

Also available at: Breazy.com (“CIGBUYER”)

What’s Your Favorite Vape Pod System?

These are our top picks for the best vape pod systems, but there are certainly many more to consider. What are your favorite pod vape systems and why?

1 Response

  1. March 3, 2018

    […] PLEASE NOTE: Nicotine salt liquids are not intended for use in sub-ohm devices. Although they will work, the increased concentration of nicotine is likely to be too overwhelming for most users. Nicotine salts are best experienced in low volt, high resistance devices – such as pod systems. […]

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