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Is a Pre-Filled or Refillable Pod System Better as a First Vape?


(Gloucestercitynews.net)(July 18, 2020)--In many ways, the most important vaping device that you’ll ever buy is your first. That’s because it’s the purchase that has the greatest influence over what your future in vaping will be like. If you enjoy your experience with your first device, you’ll end up buying so many other devices over the years that the first one will eventually become little more than a fond memory. If you don’t enjoy your experience with your first vaping device, though, you may decide that vaping isn’t for you at all. That would be a shame, because there is a vaping device and an e-liquid flavor out there for just about every type of smoker; it’s just a matter of finding what’s right for you.

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You’re only going to want to go through the work of finding your ideal vaping setup, though, if your first vaping device is good enough to convince you that the effort is worthwhile – and that’s where this article is going to help. 

Pod Systems Are the Ideal Vaping Devices for Beginners

If you’re shopping for a vaping device designed for beginners, you’re almost certainly going to end up buying a pod system. Pod systems are ideal for new vapers for two reasons. The first reason is that they’re small and simple to operate, and the second reason is that they’re designed to use nicotine salt e-liquid. Nicotine salt e-liquid is the most potent form of vape juice on the market, delivering nicotine to the bloodstream almost as quickly as a cigarette. It’s exactly the type of e-liquid that you want when you
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You shouldn’t necessarily buy the first pod system that you see, though, because there are two types of pod systems that differ fairly drastically from one another: pre-filled pod systems and refillable pod systems.

When you use a pre-filled pod system, your e-liquid will come in the form of packs of pods that you use and throw away. A pre-filled pod is usually calibrated to last about as long as a pack of cigarettes.

With a refillable pod system, on the other hand, your device will come with at least one empty pod that you’ll fill yourself with a bottle of e-liquid. Rather than buying packs of pods, you’ll keep your device full by buying new e-liquid bottles periodically. You’ll also occasionally need to buy new empty pods.

So, which of the two types of pod systems is a better fit for you? Let’s examine its benefits.

Benefits of Pre-Filled Pod Systems

The biggest benefit of pre-filled pod systems is that they are absolutely the easiest way to vape – just charge the battery, drop in a pod and inhale. When the pod is empty, throw it away and drop in a new pod. There’s nothing to configure or tinker with, and you don’t need to have any specialized vaping knowledge to have the best possible experience with the device. 

When you use a refillable pod system, you can fill your device with whatever e-liquid you like. The risk of having a choice, though, is that you may make the wrong choice. Some e-liquids may not work well with a small pod system and will either produce undesirable flavors or will leave you feeling unsatisfied. With a pre-filled pod system, you always have a completely predictable experience and you never have to troubleshoot a poor e-liquid choice because you know that the e-liquid you’re using is formulated specifically for your device. 

Benefits of Refillable Pod Systems

Screen Shot 2020-07-18 at 9.9.48While it’s true that having the ability to choose may mean that you’ll make the wrong choice, that might be an acceptable risk if you’re the kind of person who wants to enjoy a wide variety of different flavor experiences rather than being tethered to the small handful of flavors available for just one e-cigarette brand. The biggest benefit of owning a refillable pod system is that you can choose from hundreds of different e-liquid flavors.

Buying bottled e-liquids rather than pre-filled pods isn’t just a matter of being able to buy an e-liquid with a particular flavor note that isn’t available for your device. With a device that uses pre-filled pods, you’ll mainly think in terms of flavor notes. A given brand might have pods available with flavor names like Tobacco, Menthol, and Mango, for instance. 

When you buy bottled e-liquid, though, you’re not buying flavor notes – you’re buying flavor profiles. A tobacco vape juice, for example, is rarely just a tobacco e-liquid. Instead, it might be a blend of tobacco and vanilla custard. A fruity e-liquid might be a blend of pineapple, mango, and strawberry. Although you can certainly buy simple single-note e-liquid flavors if that’s what you prefer, a typically bottled e-liquid has a much more complex flavor profile than you’ll ever find in a pre-filled vape pod.

For anyone living in the United States, there’s an additional detail that you must consider when choosing pre-filled vs. refillable pod systems. In early 2020, the U.S. government instituted a ban on most flavors for pre-filled pod systems in an attempt to make vaping less appealing to teens. Since the ban was put in place, the only flavors that remain available for pre-filled pod systems are tobacco and menthol. Bottled e-liquids for refillable vaping devices are unaffected by the ban, making a refillable pod system the only logical choice if you want to experience more than two different flavors.

The second major benefit of owning a refillable pod system has nothing to do with flavor. Instead, it’s a matter of value for the money. With a pre-filled pod system, you can usually expect to pay around $16 for a pack of four pods. As mentioned above, a single pre-filled pod is usually calibrated to last through about a day of vaping, which means that, with a pre-filled pod system, you’ll pay about $4 per day to vape.

Contrast that with the experience of buying bottled nicotine salt e-liquid. Nicotine salt vape juice usually comes in a 30 ml bottle. While it costs around the same as a pack of four pre-filled vape pods, it contains many times the volume of e-liquid and can conceivably supply enough juice for weeks of vaping. Over time, the savings that you’ll enjoy from using a refillable pod system will be quite significant.