E-cigarettes are often the go-to device for new vapers and for good reason. They are often incredibly simple to use, quite portable, and very affordable. These factors are held in the mind of every vaper, and while many e-cigs are purchased and used by beginners, advanced and experienced vapers can also find use in these devices as a backup or a more compact vaping option.
While most vapers will recognize the traditional cylindrical design of an e-cig, the industry has pushed past this style and has moved towards more technologically advanced option. We are focusing on open pod systems in this article, as they serve the same purpose as a traditional e-cigarette and in many ways are the successor to e-cigarettes of the past.
Why choose an open pod system?
Pod systems are easy to use, affordable, easy to use, and quite compact. Open Pod systems come with the advantage of being able to choose what eliquid you like for maximum customization. These factors definitely make pod systems appealing to existing vapers, but for new vapers, these factors are often held in higher regard. The best open pod systems also present solid options to new vapers as it allows them to slowly enter the world of vaping without having any expertise in how larger vape devices function while not being constrained to closed pods or flavours they may not like.
The same factors that appeal to new vapers are also perfect for more advanced vapers, as open pod systems present a perfect backup to supplement more complicated vape devices that may not be ideal for everyday carry. As any vaper knows, having a backup device is often necessary as batteries can be easily drained and bulky devices are anything but discreet.
SMOK NOVO Open Pod Kit
The Smok Novo series is a leader among open pod devices for good reason. Simplicity, highly compact, easy to use, and incredibly effective. Continually improving with each generation of devices that have increased battery capacity and introduced varaible wattage control between the original novo, novo 2, and novo x.
Uwell Caliburn G
The Uwell Caliburn G open pod kit is a 3rd generation device featuring a larger 690mah battery with increased power output, dual air flow system, and a new series of mesh coil pods that produce smoother vapour and enhanced flavours. Much like the original Caliburn, pods were cross-compatible with the Caliburn Koko, the Caliburn G Pods are cross-compatible with the Koko Prime.
Smok IPX 80
The Smok IPX 80 kit is a weather proof open pod starter system, with a 3000mah cell delivering up to 80 watts of power and has adjustable airflow for a fully customized vaping experience. It uses the RPM 2 pods which have a capacity of 5.5ml of eliquid and come with a 0.16 ohm coil for direct to lung vaping and a DC 0.6ohm MTL coil included with the device. The IPX 80 is also compatible with the original RPM pods for increased coil compatability, sold separately. This device is Is IP67 waterproof/slashproof and military grade shock proof, the ideal device for vaping on the go in all types of environments and situations.
Smok Nord 4
The Smok Nord 4 follows the design of the original Nord devices but no longer supports the coils of the original nord series. The Nord 4 has a 2000mah battery and includes two 4.5ml pods: the RPM pod includes a 0.4ohm coil 25 watt and the rpm 2 pod has a 0.16 ohm coil 25-50 watt. The adjustable airflow allows you to control the draw between mtl and dtl and the 0.69″ screen allows you to easily adjust power between 5 and 80 watts. The TPD 2ml verison is available for users in BC as well.
Vapporesso Luxe PM40
The Luxe PM40 open pod kit by Vapporesso is a versitile starter set with an 800mah internal battery providing up to 40 watts of output with variable wattage control and adjustable airflow for MTL or DTL vaping. The 4ml refillable CRC pod is compatible with the GTX series of coils and includes a 0.6ohm atoomizer rated for 20-30 watts as well as a 0.8 ohm atomizer rated for 12-20 watts.
Why we chose these Open Pod systems
All of the devices featured on this list showcases some of the best and most recent advances in the e-cigarette market. While they may not resemble the cylindrical devices of the past, they serve the same purpose in terms of function, portability, and ease of use. It should also be noted that each of the devices features slightly different capabilities, so new vapers should be able to find a device that fits them best.