Pod mods are on the rise in a big way.
What does that mean for someone new to vaping? Yet another choice has entered the arena, making education before you buy more intensive than ever before.
Making sure you have the right mod for your needs is a big part of the beginner's vaping experience.
If you're wondering what the difference is between pod mods and other vaping devices available you're in the right place. Read on, and we'll help you find which is the best for you.
Vape Mods in Short
Vape mods are pretty standard these days, even more, common than the old vape pens which you still see on rare occasions.
They work simply: they have a coil of wires with measured resistance that are wrapped around or through cotton depending on the coil design. You hit the button, the coil heats up, and vapor is released through the mouthpiece.
You inhale the vapor.
You'll see both box and stick varieties, with the latter being quite popular in recent years due to the simplicity of their use.
Most box mods have a lot of fiddly things to play with like temperature and exact voltage to change the hit you receive from the vape. Experimentation is key to producing the best run. They're appealing to enthusiasts, but many people find them unnecessary.
On the other hand, the majority of stick mods are a simple setup.
The main disadvantages of traditional vape mods are that they're bulky in the pocket, have a tendency to leak on occasion, and loading them is tedious. Loading is also often messy, depending on the type of mod and bottle of vape juice you're using.
Still, they remain a favorite for those who are really into the vaping experience. The low ohm coils and large tanks allow for better flavor and longer-lasting experience.
Pod Mods: Simple, Direct, Clean
Pod mods, like the infamous Juul, are relatively new. Simplified variants had been tried before, but often fell short of the mark due to quality control issues.
Having expanded beyond their initial branding, however, many vapers have found them to be a discrete and straightforward way to go about things.
They're also relatively simple to use. These Pods consist of just a power source, a pressure sensor, and a bit of circuitry. You then put on a pod which contains both the coil and vaporizer.
On most you don't even need to hit a button, the pressure sensor picks up when you're bringing air through the device and automatically starts powering the coil.
With a pod mod, there's no need for carrying bottles of fluid and extra coils. Neither is a chance of spilling vape juice all over your pants, and they're usually around the size of a flash drive which makes them convenient to carry.
Pods lack the power of larger vapes. But most make up for it by using nicotine salts instead of freebase nicotine in their juices, making the relatively small amount of liquid much more potent on a hit-for-hit basis.
That has a minor disadvantage for those who really like to vape. There is not much fluid in a pod, and chain vapers can easily overwhelm their bodies with too much nicotine if they are not careful to go with a lower nicotine concentration.
Unfortunately, the convenience makes for a less customizable experience. The small size of most pod mods also means that the batteries are more modest, often containing only a quarter of the power of the 18650 battery which is standard in regular vape mods.
For heavy vapers that will usually mean either carrying a portable charger in their pocket or a couple of mods so they can keep going when they're away from home.
Pod Mods vs. Vape Mods Side by Side
For the new vaper, the choice can be difficult. If you have a chance, see if you can find a way to give both types a trial before you start laying down your hard-earned money.
For many people, it will end up coming down to convenience. For those who are just trying to quit smoking, for instance, the desire to tinker with hits, e-liquids and find only the right voltage and temperature to cloud chase might not appeal.
If you're a tinkerer at heart, then a box mod will serve you well. Many of the Vape Mods support rebuildable atomizers and various other functions that will allow customizing your experience.
If you're just looking for a quick and effective nicotine delivery system, then you'll most likely want to proceed with a pod mod.
Some people fall in the middle, of course. For them, there are vape pens and stick mods which are simple to use but lack many of the disadvantages that pod mods carry with them due to their small size.
If you're on the fence, then we recommend starting with a good pod kit and going from there.
If you're satisfied? Awesome.
If not, then you should probably start thinking about going with a standard vape mod.
Pod mods vs. vape mods? In the end, it's always going to come down to user preference. Convenience and a small size characterize pods while a great hit with excellent flavor is what people will generally find in a standard vape mod.
Are you excited about getting started?
If so, hit the starter kit shop. We certainly have many options to suit your need, regardless of your intended use.