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Best Pod Vape Kits to Buy 2021

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Pod kits have been on the market for a while now (first hitting stores back in 2017) but every year since then, we’ve seen more and more innovation from the brands making them. Back in the day when vaping first started out, cig-a-likes were about all you could get. When pod kits came along, they were designed to still give you an ultra simple setup but with way better flavour payoff, more vapour and a longer lifespan. Vapers are a demanding bunch. We always want new designs, better batteries, more options and more flavours. Well, the vape giants of the world certainly delivered because there’s more choice than ever. Pod kits used to be almost exclusively made for brand new vapers. Not anymore. These days there are some seriously powerful pod kits that even the most distinguished of Sub Ohm vapers would approve of.

With all of that in mind, trying to pick the right pod kit can prove a little challenging. It’s no longer a matter of just grabbing one that you use for an evening out and chuck it out the same day. Now, there are pod kits designed to stand the test of time and give you more control over how you use them. Well - we’re here to help you refine your selection by recommending our top picks for 2021.

WHAT ARE POD KITS AND HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT?

While vape pens and box mods generally offer more power, they’re also a lot more fiddly. Pod kits on the other hand can be as simple as a single use, pre-filled vape kit that you just inhale on to activate the battery and once it’s done, you pick up a fresh one. They’re designed to offer a more simple, intuitive and mess-free vaping experience. Having said that, there are now plenty of more advanced pod kits that still give you a pod tank with easy coil changes but will also deliver more power and flavour (if that’s what you’re into). You can get ones designed just for mouth to lung vaping, some that are for Sub Ohm vaping and others that can do both. Pod kits come in three main subcategories:

  • Closed, single use pod kits. These ones are pretty self explanatory. They’re pre-filled with e-liquid, have a finite battery life (and aren’t rechargeable) and are there to emulate that sensation of smoking as closely as possible. They’re ideal for new vapers who want something fuss free that takes up no more space than a lighter.
  • Open pod kits. These ones are rechargeable and offer an open pod - meaning you can refill them several times over before the coil eventually runs out. They give you more control over your nicotine strength and will also mean you have more flavours to choose from too. Sometimes they’ll come with variable power options though there are plenty that just fire at a fixed output too (meaning less buttons to press and things to check on for less experienced practitioners).
  • Pod kits with pod-tanks. These ones are the kits you’ll want to check out if you want more control over your vaping experience. There are plenty of kits that now offer a pod-tank hybrid - where you get the convenience of the pod but the ability to swap out the coil the same way you would with a conventional vape tank. They usually come with higher powered batteries too so you can use a wide variety of e-liquids and enjoy richer flavour and more vapour.

Right, now we’ve cleared that up - let’s get into the list of the best pod kits to buy:

BEST POD VAPES TO BUY 2021: TOP 5

  1. SMOK - Nord 4
  2. Aspire Favostix
  3. Vaporesso Luxe Q
  4. Uwell Caliburn G
  5. Smok IPX80

THE TOP 5 POD KITS (AND ALL THE DETAILS)

SMOK NORD 4

You know it’s a good kit when they keep releasing updates so of course we had to include the latest from SMOK’s Nord range - the Nord 4. The most powerful one yet, it measures in at just 104mm in length and 33mm wide but packs in an impressive 2000mAh battery to give you a range of 5 to 80 watts. It’s suitable for both mouth to lung and direct to lung vapers because, aside from the broad power range, it can also fire with coils as low as 0.15ohms all the way up to 2.5ohms. Adjusting the settings is a breeze and you’ll be able to see how much power you’ve got going, how much battery is remaining and your coil resistance on the OLED screen. When it comes to the all important part - the pod - we love the versatility of this one. It comes with two pods meaning you can use any of the coils from SMOK’s RPM and RPM2 range giving you a huge selection to choose from. They’re also press fit installation meaning you can just pull your old coil out before pressing a new one into place. This also means you can also pair this kit with everything from nic salts to high VG shortfills too. On top of that, there’s dual airflow adjustment so you can close it right down for a tight inhale or leave it open for a loose and airy draw. Aside from all of that, it comes in a lightweight yet sturdy zinc-alloy shell and is available in a huge range of colours. Pick from the more simple and subtle black cobra to the bold and bright fluid 7 colour.

We’d recommend this one to those of you looking into something a little more advanced. If you want to try something that’s still easy to wrap your head around, the Nord 4 is a great option. If you’re wanting to dabble in Sub Ohm coils for the first time, you can give them a go with this kit while still having the option to go back to a mouth to lung vape if you prefer it.

Specs:

  • 2000mAh battery for 5 - 80 watts fixed output
  • OLED Display Screen
  • Dual Airflow Adjustment Dials
  • Press-Fit Coil Installation
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ASPIRE FAVOSTIX

A slim and simple one, it wouldn’t be much of a list without something from Aspire so we’re presenting you with Aspire’s Favostix pod kit. A super portable and pocket friendly option, it weighs in at just 46 grams and measures 113mm in length. Designed to be low maintenance while still giving you some options to play with, the Favostix is a rechargeable kit with a built-in 1000mAh battery to deliver a maximum 30 watts output. It has a little 0.43inch OLED screen at the bottom of the mod to show you your battery life remaining, coil resistance and of course power setting. There’s just a single button on the Favostix - you can use it to switch the device on and off but also to adjust the power output too. Just quick press three times and you’ll be able to scroll through 1 to 30 watts and settle on your preferred output. If you don’t want to use the button to fire the battery, this one also gives you manual draw mode, meaning you can just inhale to vape.

You get two pods included in this kit, a 0.6ohm option and a 1.0ohm coil. The 0.6ohm will give you a loose and cloudy inhale and is ideal for using with high VG e-liquids while the 1.0ohm gives a more cigarette like draw and can be used with both nic salts and 50:50s. These pods come with their coils pre-installed and both have a mesh core to give you a quick ramp up, fast cool down and a longer lifespan. Once you notice a drop in flavour, you don’t need to replace the coil - just grab a fresh pod and fill it up with your choice of e-liquid and fit it into your Favostix battery.

We’d recommend this one to brand new vapers who want to try a few different nicotine strengths when they’re starting out. It gives you that open pod design and the ability to adjust your wattage without the fuss of changing coils, while still giving you the option to try direct to lung vaping if you’d like to as well.

Specs:

  • 1000mAh Battery
  • 1-30 Watts Output
  • 0.43" OLED Screen
  • Type-C Port
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VAPORESSO LUXE Q

Another much loved brand we had to include is of course Vaporesso. Their reputation for high quality is well known and their Luxe Q pod kit lives up to the hype. Created with mouth to lung vapers in mind, this compact little kit measures in at a palm sized 91mm in length and 26mm wide, housing a 1000mAh battery. It has a fixed wattage output and will automatically detect the best wattage for the pod you pair it with, gradually dropping as the battery drains. There are no buttons either - to use the Luxe Q all you need to do is fill up your pod, fit it into place and inhale to vape. It also features adjustable airflow that enables you to refine how tight or loose you want your draw to be too.

The pods themselves can hold 2ml of e-liquid and have pre-fitted coils, with two pods in the kit for you to try out. The 0.8ohm will give you a slightly looser and more cloudy inhale - perfect for using with 50:50 e-liquids to get a slightly stronger throat hit. If you’re after something with a mild throat hit but stronger nicotine hit, try the 1.2ohm pod instead. It’s perfect for pairing with nic salts for a faster hit when you need it most. You can refill the pods from the top and with Vaporesso’s SSS Leak Resistant Technology you won’t end up with sticky fingers (or wasted juice) either. Aside from all of that, Type-C charging means you can get your Luxe Q back to full power after just an hour.

If you’re starting out with vaping and want something that’s as fuss free as possible, this is the one on the list for you. It’ll give a satisfying mouth to lung hit, can be used with a wide variety of e-liquids and will still give you that exceptional flavour you’d expect from any Vaporesso product.

Specs:

  • Size: 91.8 x 26 x 16.5mm
  • Fixed Wattage Output
  • Built-in 1000mAh Battery
  • Inhale Activated
  • E-liquid capacity: 2ml
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UWELL CALIBURN G

An update on the original, the Caliburn G pod kit from Uwell had to be on the list. It’s slim, portable, flavourful and easy to use - everything you need for a first vape kit. It has a zinc-alloy ridged shell, making it both durable to use and comfortable to hold. Inside, there’s a rechargeable 690mAh battery that’ll fire at a fixed level of 15 watts to give you a consistent and flavourful mouth to lung hit. Operate it with button activation, or manual draw mode - where you just inhale to vape. You’ve got two coils to choose from with the Caliburn G - a 1.0ohm and a 0.8ohm. They’re easy to fit, just press them into place, pour in your e-liquid of choice then click your pod into the battery. It’s held in place with powerful magnets giving you a secure connection and no rattle when you’re vaping. Use the 0.8ohm for a slightly more cloudy vape and pair it with 50:50s, or pop in the 1.0ohm with your favourite nic salts for a more restricted inhale. The Caliburn G also has dual airflow, meaning you can refine and adjust how airy or restricted you want your inhale to be too. All in it’s an easy to use, satisfying and portable device.

We love this one for newer vapers, as well as more experienced practitioners who want something portable for taking on the go. The G coils offer crisp flavour and will work with a variety of e-liquids to suit most vapers preferences.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 108.3 x 22.5 x 12.6mm
  • 690mAh battery
  • 15 Watts Fixed Output
  • Dual Fire Operation - Draw or Button Activated
  • Intuitive Dual Airflow
  • USB Type-C Charging
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SMOK IPX80

To finish out top five off, we’ve got another one from SMOK. The IPX80 is a powerful one created with Sub Ohm vapers in mind. It comes with an impressive 3000mAh built-in battery that can fire between 1 and 80 watts. It gets its name from its IPX rating - making it dust proof, shockproof and waterproof (an ideal feature to have if you’re a busy or clumsy vaper). It has an oversized firing button, located above a bright, 0.96inch full colour screen. You can see all your important vaping information including power output, battery life remaining, coil resistance as well as a puff counter and timer. This one acts like a box mod but comes with that all important (and versatile) pod instead. You can use any of the coils from the RPM and RPM2 range in this kit, with the chipset capable of firing on resistances as low as 0.15ohms all the way up to 3.0ohms. The pod also has adjustable airflow so you can get your inhale just how you like it and it can hold the TPD friendly 2ml of e-liquid too.

You’ll get two coils to get you going with the IPX80. The first is a super low resistance 0.16ohm. It’ll give you plenty of vapour, a smooth inhale and is perfect for pairing with high VG e-liquids and can be vaped anywhere between 25 and 50 watts. Your other option is a 0.6ohm coil. It’s a little more modest on the vapour front but brings extra flavour to the table and can be vaped between 12 and 25 watts to give you a slightly more restricted inhale.

If you’ve got a big box mod but want something a little more portable that’ll fit in a jacket pocket, we’d recommend the IPX80 for you. It’ll still deliver a hefty amount of vapour when paired with the lower resistance coils, is perfect for your usual high VG e-liquids and the battery will comfortably last most vapers a full day of use.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 107 x 34.8 x 34.5mm
  • Internal 3000mAh Battery
  • IP67 Rated - Dust proof, Water proof & Shock proof
  • Output power: 1 - 80W
  • IP67 Rated - Dust proof, Water proof & Shock proof
  • Adjustable Airflow Control Ring
  • 0.96" Colour Screen
  • Large Firing Button
  • Two Operational Buttons
  • Short circuit protection
  • High temperature protection
  • 10 second cutoff
  • Low voltage protection
  • Resistance: 0.15-3.0ohm
  • Type-C USB charging
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Yes, there's a lot to choose from. No, you don't have to make the decision on your own. Pop in to one of our stores, get in touch, and check out our previous blog posts. Of course, to bag yourself a bargain, there's always our sale.

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