In order with the best first but really all of these are awesome pod systems in different ways. Please note that unlike some of the other ‘best’ compilations where the website gets paid to list the product, the lists only include the best products we’ve tested for our online vape shop. We keep our best guides right up to date, so if a product comes to market that kicks ass, it goes straight into our list.
- SMOK Novo 2
- UWELL Caliburn
- SMOK Nord
- JoyeTech Exceed Grip Kit
- SMOK Infinix Kit
- Lost Vapes Orion Q Pod System
- Suorin Drop
- Aspire Breeze 2
- Suorin Edge
- Sourin Air Plus
When it comes to discrete and stealthy vaping, few devices can compare to some of the new pod systems on the market – especially those that we’ve named on our Best Pod Systems list. Vapers are falling in love with the small size and portability that pod systems offer – and while we love our huge powerful sub-ohm devices, sometimes a small on-the-go device is exactly what we need in the moment.
While vaping pod systems are still growing in popularity, vapers of all levels have been increasingly adding them to their collections. Not familiar with pod vapes, or curious about what the best pod systems are? No worries – in this article, we’re going to cover everything you need to know!
What is a Pod System?
A vaping pod system is a device that is a step above a basic e-cigarette, but not as advanced as some of the larger full-sized personal vaporizer options. People who are new to vaping, and those who may be transitioning from smoking, may find personal vaporizer devices to be too large, too confusing, or too unfamiliar. However, they may find that a basic e-cigarette is too limited and doesn’t allow them enough control over their experience. For these people, vaping pod systems are the answer.
Pod systems are called “pod” systems because they accept pods – small refills of e-liquid made specifically for the device. Most of these pods come pre-filled with a chosen flavor, although some newer models have refillable pods that allow you to use whatever juice flavor you desire. These refillable pod mods are a good middle step between cigalikes and advanced vape systems. Pod systems are all about simple vaping, stealth and compactness. Below we go through the best pod mods currently available with their pros, cons, and pricing. Take a look through and find the right pod device for your needs.
New in stock for August and straight to the top of our list is the amazing SMOK Novo 2. The original Novo has consistently been our best selling pod system of 2019. Our customers love its small size and portability. However, some vapers experienced some operational issues over time. SMOK listened to the feedback and has upgraded nearly everything on the SMOK Novo 2.
It’s very slightly larger and heavier but you won’t notice as it’s only a tiny increase. When we examined them both side by side we couldn’t see any difference at all.
The battery is the main upgrade, the 450mAh on the original has been upgraded to an 800mAh battery in the Novo 2. Battery life has also been optimized, a larger wattage range (6-25W) means you get a better long-lasting vaping experience.
One complaint with the original was the lack of a battery indicator light. SMOK has addressed this with a LED light which shines when charging or vaping. Having the indicator light on when vaping is an excellent feature, now you can see battery levels with every draw.
With the Novo 2 you get to choose from the whole family of replacement SMOK Novo pods. There are 3 new SMOK Novo 2 pods to choose from including a brand new Quartz coil which heats up super fast. It’s also worth mentioning that if you want the ultimate in ease and simplicity you can now buy pre-filled SMOK Novo pods, which are refillable! Pod capacity is the only thing which remains unchanged, still 2mL.
There has been a new groove added around the battery connection so that any condensation generated by vaping can easily escape. This avoids a condensation issue which some vapers experienced with the original. In a similar design to the excellent SMOK Nord there are new airflow slots on the side of the Novo 2. A new feature which draws more air through the coil and helps generate more vapor. The only fault that we could find with the Novo 2 is that the vape juice viewing window, a small clear bit of plastic beneath the mouthpiece, doesn’t work very well. Not a major issue as you can simply pop off the pod to check.
Last but very much not least is warranty. SMOK is so confident in the quality control and manufacturing of the SMOK Novo 2 that they’ve given it an industry-leading 12-month warranty.
We’ve been using the Novo 2 for a few weeks now and we think it’s the perfect portable pod vape. We think you’ll love it as much as we do, so order yours today.
Brand new on our updated list and straight to the top is the UWELL Caliburn pod system. It looks just like a lot of the other pod systems but it doesn’t act like them. Don’t let looks deceive you, this is best tasting pod vape with the longest-lasting pods/coils.
The UWELL Caliburn features a brand new proprietary technology called Pro-FOCS. This maximizes the vaporizing of vape juice so that you get the most flavorful vape of any pod system. The cloud size for a pod system is amazing. Pod vape juice capacity isn’t the biggest on the list but most vapers would take more flavor over refilling slightly more often.
UWELL Caliburn pods might not have a big capacity but they last for ages. We can’t even compare it with any of the other pod vapes on this list its that impressive. Some vapers are reporting they’ve refilled their pod over 60 times and it’s still going strong without any loss of flavor. Refilling isn’t the easiest of the pod vapes on this page however. In order to refill you need to pull the top off the pod, this can be tricky for the very first time you do it but it gets much easier after that.
The original UWELL Crown was a tank that produced flavor like no other when it was first released. Now it seems that their very first pod vape, the UWELL Caliburn, they have set a new bar for flavor in a pod system.
Just look at that SMOK Nord in gold, it’s a beautiful thing! Here we simply had to add the Nord to our best pod vapes list. You don’t just have to take our word for it, one of our customers said “this one is the legend among all the pod type vape devices.”. And another “not harsh, easy to hold, nice pull”. It really is an awesome device and SMOK continue to impress the vaping world with their compact pod systems that produce such amazing flavor. It’s a massively popular pod system in our vape store and at less than $30 it’s a no brainer. Buy your new favorite vape device today!
One thing we should mention here is that the SMOK Nord only just beat it’s smaller twin, the amazing SMOK Novo because of its battery life and the ability to view vape juice levels. It’s also worth mentioning that you can now buy SMOK Novo Pre-filled Pods (that can be refilled) which for some vapers would push the Novo ahead of the Nord. Also if you look at the reviews on our site for the Novo you’ll quickly see how much our customers love it. We love it too but just feel the Nord is a slightly more versatile and capable pod system.
Customer Review: “This device is great! Small, simple and easy to use. Fits good in my hand and in my pocket.
JoyeTech has created a pod system quite unlike anything else on the market. A simply exceptional mini pod vape. Here at vapedisotrousa.com we couldn’t quite believe just how good this little guy is. You could say it exceeded our expectations! Bad puns aside we’ll now cover the reasons why this is such an innovative product. First up we have the battery, how they managed to fit a 1000mAh battery into such a small mod is remarkable. And when we say it’s small we mean it’s really small, only the Voopoo Drag Nano is of a similar size. You could hold it in your hand an no one would ever know.
The truly innovative part of this pod system is the pods/cartridges themselves. The Exceed Grip kit comes with two cartridges. First up we have the 0.8 Ohm nic salt cartridge which has a massive 3.5mL capacity, one the biggest capacities on our list. The coil isn’t replaceable in this cartridge however, once it starts to lose flavor you’ll need a new Exceed Grip Cartridge.
The other cartridge is for regular vape juice. The kit includes a preinstalled 0.4 Ohm coil in the cartridge and a spare. Unlike the nic salts cartridge, you can simply change the EX-M coils on this one. It has a massive 4.5mL capacity (biggest on this list by a distance) which is insane given the size of the kit. The cartridges are so simple to change, you just pull them out and click them back in. You don’t even need to change any settings as the chip automatically senses any coil change and adjusts the voltage accordingly.
This is the main feature of the JoyeTech Exceed Grip. You can easily switch out the cartridge to switch from vape juice to nic salts. Fancy having a few flavors on the go at the same time? Just buy a few extra pods and you can change as often as you please. It might be a simple thing but because the cartridges have clear plastic you can easily see the level of vape juice it contains. JoyeTech has clearly thought about every aspect of vaping with a pod system and created a device that delivers an easy to use but super versatile vaping experience.
And don’t think that because it’s small it doesn’t pack a punch. The Exceed Grip really will surprise you with how well it hits.
This is the most well thought out and beautify designed pod systems on our list. Hands down. We’re sure that the other big vape brands have taken note of this and we expect a few lookalike pod systems to appear in the not too distant future.
SMOK set out to create a super simple device and ended up creating an ultra-modern pod vape that buyers rant and rave about. With two air-driven pods included in the kit, the Infinix comes to life immediately as you inhale – instantly delivering the consistent performance that you’d expect from a SMOK device. With the most advanced safety features on the pod system market, the Infinix includes a regulated 8 second cut off and short circuit/low voltage protection. If you want an infinite vaping experience, look no further than the SMOK Infinix!
Customer Review: “I wanted something small and simple and the Infinix delivered big time. Sometimes you don’t want to go through a bunch of settings. With this mod, it gives me the perfect pull every time I inhale, and I don’t even have to push a single button.”
Lost Vape Orion Q is quite simply one of the hottest products in 2019. It’s so solidly made with a metal chassis and carbon fiber side panels. The pod latch is nice and easy to use, pull down and pop out the old pod. New pod slides in easily. Furthermore, the pods last a really decent amount of time, just remember to leave a good amount of time when wicking in a new pod. At the time of writing the pods for the Orion Q are $9.99 for a pack of two.
There are two Orion Q coil options available. 0.25 Ohm which is only compatible with the Q and 0.5 Ohm which will work in both the DNA GO and Orion Q pods. The reason why the Q is so much cheaper than the go is that it doesn’t have all the amazing features. But that doesn’t mean it’s not as good at vaping. With a simple operation its even more ideal for beginner vapers looking for a pod system.
Customer Review: “Affordable but just as good (as the Orion DNA Go). Cheaper, but looks the same to me, best pod system going.”
This refillable pod system is unlike any other, a teardrop-shaped device with an ergonomic and compact design. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Suorin Drop is ideal for stealth vaping. The Drop is manufactured from a zinc alloy and finished with a bright colored silicone rubber casing. Suorin is designed to give a superior draw with its dual wicking atomizer, and they made it super simple to refill the pod. Built into the device is a 300 mAh battery, which can be fully recharged in only 45 minutes.
Customer Review: “I love this cool little mod. It feels nice in the hand and doesn’t feel cheap like some of the other pods I’ve used. My girlfriend loves it and uses it all the time. Seeing how much she loves it, I’m considering buying one for myself as a second device for on the go.”
The Breeze 2 from Aspire is another massive favorite in the vaping office. From its awesome box all the way to the cool little coils this is a device that’s 100% winning. Once you stop admiring it in its box and start to put in the vape coils you immediately feel the brilliant build quality. You get two coils in the box, one 1.0 Ohm U-Tech coils and one 0.6 Ohm coil, which are specifically designed to use with nic salts. The filling is super easy, simply eject the pod cartridge by pressing the two button on the side and open the tight-fitting silicone seal. To adjust the airflow, there is a knurled airflow ring which when adjusted can create a huge difference to the vaping experience. This is an awesome mouth to lung pod system, a no brainer for our best of the pod systems compilation.
Customer Review: “Great device, cheap and awesome.”
The latest pod system from the leading manufacturer of pod vapes, Suorin. After the massive success of the Suorin Air V2 and the Suorin Drop they listened to the feedback they got from customers. While users loved the small sizes of both those devices they wanted more juice capacity and better battery life. The Suorin Edge has a healthy 1.5mL vape juice capacity which is impressive given the size of the device and the tiny replacement pods. The real innovation for a pod vape is the introduction of two batteries in one kit.
Once one battery has run out of charge simply switch it with the other one to continue vaping. You even get a battery sleeve to store the extra battery. Thanks to its Type-C connector a battery can be fully charged in 30 minutes. Even vapers who chain vape are going to struggle to drain a battery in that time.
And of course with any Suorin kit you know the build quality is going to be excellent. Just make sure you pick up some replacement Suorin Edge Pods when you buy the kit as they’re sold separately.
Customer Review: “I bought the Juul before, and it was okay, once I was finally able to get ahold of it. In my opinion, PHIX is a much better product. It’s more reliable, gives better flavors, has a better battery life and doesn’t leak.
It’s finally here! The 3rd version of the amazingly popular Air series of pod vapes. Suorin has modelled the Air to be like a modern-day smartphone. Thin, sleek and feels great in the pocket the Suorin Air Plus is the future of vaping. It’s super simple to use, just put it to your lips and draw. The packaging is like a cell phone too. Inside you’ll find the Suorin Air Plus, with a pod already installed and a spare pod. Unlike some of the other pod mods on this list you can’t change the coils, which is only a slight con given that Suorin Air Plus replacement pods only cost $4.49.
In the kit the two pods have different resistances depending on how you prefer to vape. For regular vape juice there is the sub-Ohm 0.7 Ohm coil and for those who love MTL vaping for nicotine salts a 1.0 Ohm coil. But the very best thing about the Suorin Air Plus is the increase in the pod capacity. In the previous version you could only fit 2mL of juice, in the Air Plus you get to fill it upto 3.5mL. Now that’s a lot of nic salts if that’s what you like to vape.
Not only do you get a larger vape juice capacity you also get a massive improvement in battery life. Forget about the 400 mAh battery in the Air V2, in the Air Plus you get an integrated 930 mAh monster. That’s enough to keep most vapers vaping all day long. You can easily monitor battery life thanks to the 5 LED indicator lights on the side, when you get down to one you’ll know its charging time. Another awesome feature of the Suorin Air Plus is the USB-C faster charger. So even when your Air Plus runs out of charge you can get it back firing super fast.
Buying a Pod System and Making The Right Choice
Pod systems are great, but the key to any happy vaping experience is picking the right mod to suit your vaping profile. It is important to know what you expect from a mod before you shop so that you can better assess whether a certain mod will give you the best vaping system and the experience that you are looking for.
How long do refillable vape pods last?
The quick answer is 3-5 days but in reality it depends on how much you vape. If you always chain vaping it’s going to reduce the lifespan of the coil in your pod much faster. It’s important to keep track of how much you have been using your pod to know exactly when to change it. If you have a preference for sweet vape juice then this could have an effect on the length of time your pod works at an ideal level. The main factors to keep aware of are the amount of vapor that your pod is producing and the quality of the flavor reproduction.
A good way of monitoring how much your vaping is how often you refill your pod. After a few pods you’ll begin to know how many refills you’ll get before the flavor and vapor reduce. It’s crucial to stay aware of your vaping supplies so that you don’t run out at a crucial time. No vaper ever wants to run out of vape juice or have their vape not working as it should.
Another factor to consider is your location or circumstances. If you’re at work you’re unlikely to be vaping on a very regular basis. But if you’re at home or in your car you can vape as much as you want. All these factors can make a considerable difference in how much your vaping and the life of the pod.
Once your pod is nearing the end of its lifespan the reduction in flavor should be the first thing you notice. This should be your trigger to review how much vapor you pod system is producing with each vape. If you continue to vape despite these hints you can reach a point where the vape begins to taste burnt or you get a dry hit.
How to avoid a dry hit
If you keep an eye on the amount of vape juice in your pod you should help keep the cotton wick well saturated. If it’s not when the coil heats up it’s going to burn it. If you chain vape, not taking enough time between hits you might give enough time to the wick to become saturated with vape juice. Waiting a little bit of time between hits can make a big difference to the life of your coil and pod.
Still haven’t found the device you’re looking for? Check out our full selection of pod vapes or our round up of the best vape mods 2019 so far.