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Unlike so many other industries and inventions, the Vape industry is unequaled in innovation. Since the inception and first production of e-cigarettes, the community, the industry, the manufacturers have all strived to evolve, change, surprise and delight the customer. This whole mindset is so unusual, that it must be celebrated! These days, the groundbreaking products now available to the vaping community provide for an experience that is leaps and bounds ahead of what was accessible just a few short years ago. It’s almost impossible to fathom the huge strides we have made in such a new industry. This, the unprecedented advancement within the industry has enjoyed in a relatively short time span has been extremely beneficial to both smokers and health personne. There has also been a huge movement to educate unlike nearly anything else we’ve seen previously.

The latest trend in the vaporizer community has been a retraction from progressive technology in favor of more simplistic and convenient formats. One of the latest ways to vape is a Pod system. Pod system setups have gained fantastic sales and over the past year, there has been new devices being released practically on a daily basis. Yet, rather than enjoying a smooth transition, these easy-to-use, basic, and straightforward vaporizers have the been the source of mass confusion. People are confused as to what they are, how they operate, and what they are designed to achieve. I will try to help eliminate the confusion in this article. We will try to clarify the various terms, classes, and types of pod system vaporizers. As ever, Medusa Juice strives to give you the best possible vape experience.

Vape Pod System, What is it?

The vape pod system, or “pod mod”, is a system which uses a detachable pod. This pod houses the e-juice and in some systems, the atomizer coil. A standard vaporizer consists of a battery unit and a tank, a pod system substitutes the tank with a removable cartridge. There are several different types of Vape Pod Systems, and we’ll go over some of them here.

Different Pod Systems

As you might expect, there are various subcategories within vape pod system. However, it boils down to two primary types. Which are open-pod systems and closed-pod systems. For instance, Closed-pod systems, such as the Byrd by Space Jam or the Zoor by 7 Daze are those that come with cartridges that are pre-filled with e-liquid. These cannot be refilled once the included vape pods fluid has been depleted. These pods also contain an integrated atomizer coil which is set to a resistance specifically designed to function optimally with the e-juice and battery power of the unit. Once the liquid within the cartridge has been consumed, the entire pod must be disposed of and replaced with a new one. Effectively, it’s a disposable system.

SMOK Novo and Aspire Spryte are open-pod systems, and they do not come pre-filled with e-juice. These systems enable you, the user to refill the cartridge with your choice of e-liquid numerous times. Some open-pod systems are equipped with pods that are integrated with an atomizer coil, while others allow you the ability to replace the coil too. Systems with replaceable atomizer coils, such as the Vaporesso Nexus or Aspire Breeze 2. allow you to reuse the pod itself once the atomizer coil burns out. Those with integrated coils, such as the Suorin Vagon or Innokin EQ necessitate disposal of the entire pod once the atomizer has surpassed its lifespan.

You’re probably asking what are the subcategories of these two basic pod systems touched on previously? This is where things may become a bit confusing, but we’ll go through it together. Some pod systems are ultra-compact, meaning that they are extremely small, lightweight, and easy to transport. Others, such as the Joyetech Atopack Dolphin or the Atopack Penguin, are markedly larger. More in line with the size of conventional vaporizer systems. The vast majority of the ultra-portable configurations are low-output, limited in power, and designed for mouth-to-lung vaping. Whereas the larger pod systems offer a variety of atomizer coil resistances, which includes sub-ohm. The former is designed for e-liquids containing a consistency of 50% vegetable glycerin (VG) or lower, and are often used with nicotine salt e-liquids. The latter, on the other hand, can be used with both high and low VG e-liquids, in accordance with the particular coil being used.

Open vs Closed Systems:

It won’t surprise you that there are pros and cons to both open-pod and closed-pod systems. That’s true of nearly everything. Choosing which one is the best for you depends upon a variety of different things. Such as what your hit style is, the amount of nicotine you wish to ingest, portability, and vapor volume are some of the factors which must be considered before determining the specific device best suited to your particular needs. Keep in mind that the within sub-type, all pod systems share one general benefit. This is convenience. These pod systems allow you to effortlessly use your vaporizer without worrying about fiddling with countless settings, as is the case with more advanced vaporizer setups. Such as the plug-and-play pod vaporizers, they are very appealing to many vapers, particularly those first embarking on their vaping journey.

Pros of Closed-Pod Systems:

The number one benefit of closed-pod systems can be summed up in a single word…Convenience. With closed pod vaporizers, you aren’t required to have any particular knowledge to use one or any maintenance to operate. Simply charge the battery, pop in the cartridge, and enjoy vaping. Once the e-juice is gone, Throw the pod into the trash, and snap in a new one. The only thing you need to do is charge the battery as needed.

Cons of Closed-Pod Systems:

While the convenience of closed-pod systems is extremely attractive to a great many users, they do have some distinct drawbacks. One of the main disadvantages is the limited availability of e-juice types, including brands and flavors. Each closed-pod unit is designed to operate solely with that manufacturer’s e-liquid pods, and cannot be used with any other. This means that you are restricted to only the handful of flavors available for that particular setup. Another downside to closed-pod vaporizers is the total cost. Because the atomizer coil and e-juice are housed within the pod as a single unit, once the liquid has been consumed, the entire cartridge must be replaced, even though the coil is still fully-functional. This makes it a far more expensive option. But that’s often the thing with convenience, isn’t it?

Open Pod Systems

Now, open-pod vaporizers provide more variety than their closed-pod counterparts. The refillable formation of these units allows for you to fill the cartridge with your choice of e-liquid. That alone, makes them substantially more versatile. However, you are bound by the limitations of atomizer coil resistance. Which is to say that depending on the type of coil, you will need to find the proper VG/PG consistency that can be used with it. Therefore, depending on the type of vaporizer, some are also engineered with replaceable atomizer coils. This permits you to keep and reuse the pods themselves once the coil has burnt out, which is a much less costly option.

One more great thing is that open-pod vape units can effortlessly alternate between various e-juice flavors without you being forced to clean the unit or change the coil. Unlike Standard vaporizer setups, which contain tanks and require you to rinse the tank out and screw in a new atomizer coil every time you want to use a new flavor, you can forgo that. Which would normally mean these various flavors will blend together and muddle the taste. Here, however, by purchasing several replacement cartridges, open pod systems allow you to dedicate single pods to each of your favorite flavors, affording you the ability to interchange between them effortlessly. I do this myself. I find it’s much quicker, effective and super easy. If you have other questions though, don’t hesitate to ask one of the friendly and capable staff members at Medusa Juice Vape Shop.

Cons of Open-Pod Systems:

While the single characteristic of an open-pod systems which could be considered a disadvantage would be the amount of effort and knowledge required on the user’s part, albeit very minimal. That is, it requires you to be able to refill the cartridge, and if the atomizer coil is replaceable, switching them out when necessary. You also need to be aware of the e-liquid consistency the particular pod’s atomizer coil can accommodate.

Pod System Vaporizers and Nicotine Salt E-Liquids

The Best Vape Pod Systems

One of the latest innovations is the Nicotine salt e-juices. These Nicotine salts are very similar to the form of nicotine found in natural tobacco leaves. They differ from the “freebase nicotine” found in most standard e-liquids. These nicotine salts deliver a more stable molecule, which makes them much smoother and easier on the throat. Because of this, one can ingest higher levels of nicotine concentration, while still enjoying a very smooth draw. Which I happen to love. The one rule you must follow with high-nicotine e-liquids is that they absolutely must be used with low-output devices, such as small pod systems. This is most likely because the ultra-portable vape pod mods were initially designed to operate in concert with nicotine salt e-liquids. There are of course many people who use standard e-juice with these petite vaporizers, as they enjoy the compact body and straightforward operation of them, but do not wish to consume high levels of nicotine. Which as we said earlier, is one of the best things about vaping, the absolute versatility and creativity.

There are some vaporizers which while they are still technically considered “pod systems,” such as the Atopack Penguin, they contain sub-ohm atomizer coils and deliver too much vapor production to safely be used with nicotine salts. While the arrangements are to be used with standard concentrations of nicotine, they still afford the same benefits of pod systems.

Pod System Vaporizers vs All-in-One Vaporizers

There is one very common misconception, and that is that pod systems and all-in-one vaporizers are one in the same. The term “pod system” is often used interchangeably with all-in-one units, which is not correct. Like I explained above, pod systems replace tanks with cartridges to house the e-liquid and atomizer coil. All-in-one setups, such as the Kanger Evod Pro and the SMOK Vape Pen Plus, on the other hand, still contain a battery/mod as well as a tank. This is the sole difference between all-in-one vaporizers and standard configurations. The battery and tank of all-in-one systems are combined together as a single unit. Which means that the tank cannot be detached from the battery. And that is is not the same thing as a pod system, which operates with removable cartridges rather than a tank.

You should have a little better understanding now, however, if you still have questions, please call or come into one of the Medusa Juice Vape Shops and let one of our knowledgeable staff members assist you. We want you to have the best possible vape experience and we work hard to make that happen. Whatever you need, we can provide it with no fuss and for less. Medusa is one of the oldest vape shops in England and we work every bit as hard today as we did when we first opened. We vape so we understand. Give us a chance to show you why we’re the best place for all of your vape needs. You will be happy that you did.

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