How to Get the Ultimate Vaping Experience: POD Systems vs Vape Mods

How to Get the Ultimate Vaping Experience: POD Systems vs Vape Mods

How to Get the Ultimate Vaping Experience: POD Systems vs Vape Mods

How to Get the Ultimate Vaping Experience

Vaping is an easy and enjoyable way to quit smoking or to keep smoking in a less harmful way. However, you have to know how to make the right choices first. Join us in breaking down one of vaping’s basic questions: POD systems vs vape mods – what is the best choice?
If this means nothing to you, it’s perfectly OK. This is what we’re here for – to help you understand vaping and make the most of it. Why?

First of all, because a large number of tobacco smokers have used vaping as a quick and effective way to quit the habit.
In fact, a recent study found out that vaping does help smokers quit and is 95 percent less harmful than tobacco.
So why is vaping increasingly becoming popular?
There are quite a number of reasons as to why vaping is catching on fast globally. Among the key reasons is that vaping can be customized to suit one’s lifestyle.
As opposed to tobacco smoking, which is pretty much a take-it-or-leave-it style, vaping allows extra flexibility and personalization. No more standard packages of 20 cigs or a limited choice of flavors and blends.

Vaping is personalized. You can choose between the different flavors, components, and setups.
This is probably one of the reasons as to why Americans are buying more e-cigarettes and vaping products than anybody else.
If you are new to vaping, it sometimes can be confusing and hard to choose the best vaping tool that matches your lifestyle and your needs.

In this article, we break down vaping in order to help you understand the POD systems and vape mods. This will ultimately help you pick the best vaping device. Let’s dig in!

Everything You Need to Know About Vape Mods

The main components of a vape mod are the battery, the tank, and the coil.  They also have different additional features like the temperature control setting, wattage and variable voltage settings. The Smok I-Priv Kit allows you to adjust the wattage, lock or unlock the device, change the vaping modes, control lighting, and so much more without touching a button.

smok i-priv kit

Vape mods offer almost unlimited personalization options. Temperature control (TC), Variable Voltage (VV), and Variable Wattage (WV) are just a few of the things you can experiment with. Better yet, there are mods like Smok I-Priv 230W Kit w/ TFV12 Prince Tank that even come with voice control. Yes, we are talking about an AI system that recognizes your voice.

That’s the new era of vaping, the one based on artificial intelligence.
Some mods come with cool features such as LED lights and color displays.  I-Priv is a newer concept on the market that uses voice controls to adjust settings. This gives the user better control (hands free even) compared to other mods where you have to click buttons and go through endless menus.

Smok E-Priv and I-Priv kits

The latest and top selling Mod Kits from SMOK are: Smok E-Priv 230W Kit w/ TFV12 Prince Tank and Smok Species 230W Kit w/ TFV8 Baby V2 Tank.

The simplest MOD devices are those where the battery controls everything (“self-adjusting”, as some say). They are “Stick” Kits, where all the user has to do is load the tank with e-liquid and push a button on the MOD battery, no settings or knowledge required.  In fact, you can enjoy massive clouds of vapor AND the convenience of a stick design at the same time.

Stick kits

You can find some excellent Stick MOD kits here

The battery determines your overall experience and also how the atomizer performs. It’s mostly the power of the mod box (wattage) and the vaping modes that determine the experience.  Some mods, like the CoilART Azeroth Squonk Mod, have a self-adjusting battery that allows you to experiment with different style of vaping called “dripping”. This allows for a better experience of the e-liquid flavor as opposed to different vaping modes, which would require settings where the user would dial in the changes to wattage, voltage, and temperature to experience different vaping styles.

CoilART Azeroth Kit

Plated with carbon fiber, the CoilART Azeroth Kit is a Squonk Kit and has an RDA Tank, geared towards people who like to “drip”. It helps you enjoy dripping without any of the usual work this technique needs. It allows to get the most favor out of e-liquids with minimal settings or adjustments. Most vapers use standard MODs and tanks (not Squonk Mods or RDA/RTDA Tanks), which are geared towards more advanced users.

Do keep in mind that the tank needs to be cleaned regularly. You can use the rebuildable tank atomizer (RTA) or the rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA).  The RTA allows for a seamless change of flavors (since it’s a tank system), while the RDA allows the e-liquid to drip on to the coil directly (since it’s a dripper system). The main benefit of both is that you are free to build your own coils with the desired resistance.

Most tanks on the market are not RDA/RDTA (these are for people who choose to build their own coils and definitely not for beginners, only for advanced users). It’s much simpler to use a prebuilt coil from the manufacturer, one that’s been developed for the specific tank that needs to be replaced with time (once performance goes down and you start to get a tainted taste from the e-juice). Typically, there are at least three variations of coils for the same tank designed to give the user a different vape experience (for example, thicker clouds, better flavor, or a combination of both).

The coil vaporizes the e-liquid. In order to get it right, you must experiment a few times with this. But don’t worry – it’s not rocket science. Plus, it’s the fun kind of experiment.

CoilART DPRO 133 Premium Kit

Furthermore, you can opt for the rebuildable coil to help you tailor the experience to suit your taste or for the reliable, long-lasting coil that gives you a more consistent vape. The CoilART DPRO 133 Kit w/ 24mm DPRO RDA, for example, uses a rebuildable coil. But keep in mind that building it will require some experience, an understanding of Ohm’s law and some testing equipment.

Lack of these leads to a horrible vaping experience and, in worst case scenarios, explosions. This is why you should only buy MODs from a reliable seller. Then you can know for sure that they are not unregulated and that they have built-in protection. Remember: your safety matters more than saving a few bucks.


Benefits of vape mods:

  • Low resistance vaping
  • Stylish - some have cool LED features, color screens, and many customizable options
  • A great choice for those who prefer a custom vape experience, chasing large vape clouds, and for a select few who prefer building their own coils the rebuildable atomizer
  • Durable and easy to maintain

Some of the best vape mod manufacturers include Aspire, Smok, Vaptio and Vaporesso.

Everything You Need to Know about POD Systems

Some vapers prefer to use a pod instead of an atomizer or a tank. Vape pod systems have a smaller capacity than most of the tanks and are geared towards beginners and people looking to quit smoking cigarettes.

Pod systems are really small devices and extremely simple to use in comparison with Mods, making them much more portable and user friendly. Plus, they mimic smoking much better, as they do not produce massive clouds of vapor.  Most operate on drag to active, meaning once the cartridge is installed all you have to do is take a hit and the device activates.  Some use a push button on the device, meaning you have to hold down the bottom and take a drag to activate.

Pod system kits utilize pod cartridges, which simply need to be pushed into place and then pulled out when you want to switch flavors or when they become empty. Most pod systems utilize magnetic connection pod cartridges that go onto/into the battery and you can start vaping.

Just like the Mods, Pod systems also have a battery, which is in the body of the device, while the pod cartridges can be open or closed. closed loop pod cartridges A closed POD is preloaded with e-liquid by the manufacturer and is not refillable. They are easy to use, but you cannot fill it with your choice of flavor. However, the flavors are easy to change. Just pull out the pod cartridge and replace it with a different pod cartridge flavor. The downside of this system is that, since they are not refillable, the flavors are set by the manufacturer. Thus, if they don’t make the flavor you are looking for or if you don’t like a certain taste of the flavor you are out of luck.

Still, they are a great option since you don’t have to deal with the mess of having to refill and change juices and purchase empty pod cartridges plus the e-juices to fill them with.

refillable nicotine salts pod cartridges

Open system Pods are refillable. You can refill the Pod cartridge tank with your favorite nicotine salts e-liquids or e-liquids. In this type of vape you can use either the nicotine salt e-liquid or the freebase nicotine contained in most e-liquids. Refillable pod cartridges typically last 3-5 times before you have to replace them with a new cartridge as the atomizers start wearing out and the flavor and taste becomes tainted or burnt.

juul pods

JUUL Pods, for example, are closed system pods and use nicotine salt e-liquid. This choice has become widely popular because it gives you more nicotine without making your vaping experience too harsh.

Examples of top vaping pod systems include BO Vaping, Juul, Phix, Suorin, and Smok.

bo pods

Advantages of pod systems:

  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight and easy to carry around
  • Stronger nicotine hit
  • Leak proof

Some of the glaring differences between vape mods and pod mods are:                 

Vape Mods

Pod mods

E-liquid has a high vegetable glycerin (vg) content  

Used with nicotine e-salts

Ability to blow massive vape clouds

Non massive vapor, closer resembles the sensation of smoking 

Need customization to get perfect hit

Give a standard hit

Larger and heavier than pod kits

Highly portable and mobile


Many settings and customizations. 

Very simple to use, most don’t even require pressing a single button, “draw activated”

More expensive upfront, but cheaper to use in the long run.

Less expensive upfront, but can be more costly in the long run.


Now that you’ve got all the info you need, the ball is in your corner. Choose your favorite pod system or vape mod. Not sure yet? We are here to help!

Ozone Smoke is renowned for offering the lowest prices on all vape kits and vaping supplies, but also for helping vapers all over USA make the right choice.

Ready to get your vape on? Visit Ozone Smoke and check out a variety of pod systems and vape mods you can choose from. And remember that you can always contact our friendly support department if you have any questions.

September 9, 2018
December 28, 2018 at 5:24 PM
Nice info, just what I was looking for. Thanks.

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