What are replaceable pods for vapes?
Vape pods, also known as vape pod cartridges or pod refills, are the replaceable component of vape pod kits which house the coil and a tank for holding e-liquid. They come in a few different types, including:
- Refillable: A refillable vape pod cartridge is typically sold empty and can be filled with up to 2ml of an e-liquid of your choice.
- Pre-filled: A pre-filled vape pod cartridge will already hold e-liquid – when this runs out, you will need to replace the pod cartridge (not the pod vape kit).
- Replaceable coil: Some pod cartridges have replaceable coils, meaning that you can take out just the coil and replace it, while continuing to use the same pod cartridge.
- Non-replaceable coil: Where the coil is non-replaceable, you will need to replace the pod cartridge (not the pod vape kit) when it burns out.
Pre-filled or refillable?
There are a lot of different vaping terms out there, so let’s clear up some of the phrases you might hear about replacement pods for vapes!
Vape pod cartridge: Houses the coil and e-liquid – these are designed to be replaceable (either the parts or the entire cartridge). Your vape pod cartridge will need to be compatible with your vape pod kit, so be careful when purchasing!
Pod vape kit: Houses the battery to power the device – these are typically rechargeable and can be used with replacement pods.
Vape tank: Vape tanks and replaceable pods are not the same thing, although they do serve the same purpose. A vape tank is a component of a vape kit that houses the coil and e-liquid. They are typically used in DIY vapes, meaning you would have to buy the components separately and assemble your own vape.
Disposable vape: An all-in-one device which stores the coil, e-liquid and battery, designed to be used until it runs out of liquid or the battery dies, whichever comes first. At that point, the entire device is thrown away.
Vape pods vs pod vape kits
Should you get pre-filled pods or refillable? The answer entirely depends on your personal preferences!
A pre-filled vape pod is ideal for those looking for a quick and easy solution to vaping – when you run out of liquid, you can simply eject the cartridge and put on another one! However, this does mean you can get through them more quickly; as a type of vaping tank, vape pod cartridges are legally restricted to 2ml capacity.
A refillable vape pod gives you the flexibility of choosing what e-liquid you want to use, meaning you can customise your vaping experience to your flavour and nicotine strength preferences. You will also be able to buy larger 10ml bottles (or shortfills if you prefer to mix your own e-liquid, which come in 50ml, 100ml and 200ml options), so you won’t run out as quickly.
If you’re not sure where to get started with replaceable pod vape kits, or even what type of vape kit is best suited to you, please come visit us in person at one of our stores across south-central and south-west England, or check out our blog for advice, tips and guidance.
What e-liquid should I use?
You can use any flavour or nicotine strength of e-liquid when you refill your vape pod cartridge, but you should be aware of the VG/PG ratio. At Vape Town, we offer a wide selection of 50/50 VG/PG e-liquids, which are suitable for most pod vape refills.
If you would like to user a high-VG e-liquid to create denser clouds, you may need to check your pod vape kit’s wattage to ensure the device will be suitable.