re you one of the eight percent of Americans who vape? If you are, you might have heard of pod systems. This kind of vape has been causing a stir in the community, and it's easy to see why.

Portable pod systems offer a fantastic solution for new vapers. They're compact too, making them a fantastic starting point. They're not like those huge vapes you sometimes see people using to chuck clouds.

What makes them different from other types of vape? Why are they so good?

We're here to help you understand what makes portable pod systems special. Ready to find a better way to vape? Then read on!

What Are Portable Systems?

On a regular stick-type vape, you have a battery connected to the atomizer. The tanks are interchangeable, but the battery is always fairly sizeable. 

On a pod system, the battery is far smaller. A pod containing your coil is attached to the battery. The drip-tip or mouthpiece is also usually attached to the atomizer and can't be changed.

In terms of looks, pod systems often resemble a scaled-down box mod. While basic vapes only usually offer one fire-mode, pod systems usually have two or more.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Pod Systems

Now that we've covered what pod systems are, let's take a look at the pros and cons of using this type of vape.

Advantages of a Pod System

The main advantage of portable pod systems is their compact design. These vapes can be easily slipped into a pocket or handbag without weighing it down.

They're also superb for discreet vaping. They typically produce no more smoke than a cigarette's smoke. For new vapers, you'll also enjoy their simplicity: there's little to go wrong with portable pod systems.

If you don't want to make a big investment, you'll love their price point. You're not going to have to spend more than $50 on a pod set up. 

Pod systems are ideal for using nicotine salt vape juice. These are typically higher in nicotine than other juices, and make up for the small tanks found on pod systems.

Disadvantages of a Pod System

If you're looking for a system that produces clouds, portable pod systems aren't for you. This isn't usually a problem for new vapers, but it's something to bear in mind.

The only other real issue with pod systems is that their batteries don't usually last very long. They're far smaller than found on a box mod, so you can expect to have to charge it at least once a day.

What Pod Vape Should I Get?

The most popular pod system by far is the Juul, whose market value is $24 billion. You've probably seen these everywhere, and they're not bad vapes. They pack a nicotine punch and look cool.

But they're not the best vape system out there. For a start, when one pod runs out, you need to toss it and buy a new one.

You're also limited in terms of flavors: want something Juul doesn't offer? You're out of luck.

Instead, we'd recommend taking a look at refillable pod systems.

Refillable Pod Vapes

These portable pod systems are the best value proposition. As you would imagine, these pods can be refilled with any e-liquid you like.

This means that if you want to use nic salts, you can. If you'd like to use freebase nicotine, you can. It gives you access to every different vape juice on the market, with all the flavors that you could want.

The Best Portable Pod Systems

Instead of grabbing a Juul, consider one of the following portable pod systems.

Smok Nord

Put simply, the Smok Nord is the best pod system on the market today. It offers two kinds of coils and is capable of sub-ohm vaping if you're after larger clouds. It can also be used direct-to-lung if you're looking for an experience more akin to a vape than a cigarette.

Uwell Caliburn

The Uwell Caliburn combines the form factor of the Juul with the convenience of refillable pods. If you're after a Juul-alike, they don't come any better than the Caliburn.

Aspire Breeze 2

A great alternative to the Nord, the Aspire Breeze 2 packs solid power into a convenient package. If you don't like the Nord's looks, but want something with a little power, the Breeze 2 is the best bet.

Pod System FAQs

In this section, we're going to answer some of the most common questions new vapers have about pod systems.

Are Pod Vapes Safe?

You may have heard horror stories about teens suffering ill effects from using a Juul. These almost always come down to the level of nicotine that they use.

If you're a new vaper, who has never smoked, 50 mg/ml nicotine is going to make you feel ill. Your ideal nicotine concentration will depend on how many cigarettes you used to smoke, with 50 mg/ml being exclusively for hardened 40-a-day smokers.

If you've never smoked, but want to try vaping, you should stick to nicotine-free liquid. 

If used correctly though, pod systems are just as safe as any other vape. 

How Often Will I Need to Replace My Coil/Pod?

How often you need to replace the coil or pod on your portable pod system will change depending on how much you use it. If you use your vape a lot, you will probably need a new pod once a week to every 10 days. 

Will I Get Ill from Vaping?

We've seen a string of tragic deaths in recent months, which has been erroneously linked to vaping.

While it's true that those who have passed away were vaping, they were using liquids containing vitamin E acetate. This compound is toxic. No vape liquid that you find on our store, or that of any reputable store, will contain this compound.

Final Thoughts

Portable pod systems are a fantastic way to vape. If you're a more experienced vaper who has got bored of your starter kit, these compact, powerful, and beautiful little devices are a perfect next step. 

If you'd like to purchase one, we'd also recommend looking at nicotine salt e-liquid, which is perfect for use in a pod. Got any questions for us? Get in touch, and we'll do our best to help you out!