Is a Replaceable Coil Pod System Still a Pod System?
Guest Post by Jason Artman
Since the JUUL came along and revolutionized the vaping industry in 2015, the types of devices that you typically see experienced vapers use have changed greatly. Not too long ago, it felt like everyone with more than a year or two of vaping experience was using high-power box mods – and often building their own coils as well. Today, though, things are very different. The JUUL is now more than four years old. There are millions of vapers today who started out with the JUUL and have never used anything but pod systems. Many of those people are now looking for opportunities to upgrade their vaping equipment, but those people aren’t looking for box mods; they’re looking for better pod systems.
To meet the demands of those pod system users who are looking for something better, many of the world’s vaping hardware manufacturers have jumped in and released new pod devices with features very advanced compared to what you’d typically find in a pod system. That brings us to our question of the day: At what point do pod systems become vape mods? If a pod system has features like replaceable coils and sub-ohm support, is it still a pod system at all?
These are some of the reasons why a pod system with replaceable coils might – or might not – be for you.
Replaceable Coils Make Vaping Much Cheaper
If you use a pod system, you know as well as we do that a fully disposable vape pod with a built-in atomizer coil is as much a benefit as it is a drawback. On one hand, disposable pods are clean and convenient. Swapping an old pod for a new one is very fast, and you can do it without worrying that you’ll get e-liquid on your hands. On the other hand, disposable pods can make vaping quite an expensive hobby. When a pod requires replacement because it’s lived out its useful life, it’s not because there’s a problem with the pod’s plastic enclosure; it’s because the coil is covered with burned sucralose residue or because the coil simply doesn’t work as well as it once did. Either way, you don’t really need a new pod – you need a new coil.
Discarding an entire pod just because you need a new atomizer coil is wasteful. It’s also expensive because you’re buying a fairly complex piece of equipment each time you buy a new pod. You’re not just buying a new atomizer coil; you’re also buying the entire pod assembly. The consequence of buying all that extra plastic is that a pack of two empty pods – or a pack of five coils for a replaceable coil pod system – usually sell for around the same price. With replaceable coils, in other words, you’ll vape for about two and a half times as long before you’ll need to buy replacement parts again. The savings will be especially meaningful to you if you use heavily sweetened e-liquid and need to replace your pods constantly due to coil gunk.
Replaceable Coils Can Give You a Wider Variety of Vaping Experiences
Vape shops have experienced great success with replaceable coil pod systems such as the SMOK Nord. One of the greatest benefits of the SMOK Nord and other pod devices like it is that it has coils of different types and resistances available. If you prefer mouth-to-lung inhaling, you can install a higher-resistance coil that operates at a lower wattage. If you decide later that you’d like to increase your device’s power and enjoy bigger clouds, you can install a lower-resistance coil. Today, you can find replaceable coil pod systems with a wide variety of different coils – including mesh coils.
Replaceable Coils Increase the Complexity of the Vaping Experience
One of the most appealing aspects of traditional pod systems is that, when you use them, you don’t really need to think about things like the settings of your device or whether you’re using an e-liquid with the correct nicotine strength. That’s especially true when you use a device with pre-filled pods such as the JUUL. You can only buy one type of pod for your device, and the pods just work.
Let’s suppose, on the other hand, that you switch to a pod system with replaceable coils. You decide that you’d like to experience better vapor production, so you upgrade from the device’s original mouth-to-lung coil to a more powerful mesh coil. Since the upgrade will increase your device’s vapor production, you’ll inhale more e-liquid with each puff. To get the same total amount of nicotine that you’re currently getting, you’ll need to lower the nicotine strength of your e-liquid. While all pod systems are still quite simple compared to most traditional box mods, stepping up to a replaceable coil pod system will definitely increase the complexity of your vaping experience.
Replaceable Coils Make Pod Systems Less Convenient
One of the primary reasons why people use pod systems is that they’re incredibly convenient. The pods – especially if they’re pre-filled – are ready to use right out of the package. All that you need to do is drop in a pod and vape. In the case of refillable pods, you’ll add the extra step of filling a new pod before using it, but otherwise, vaping really doesn’t get any easier than it is with pod systems. Switching to a pod system with replaceable coils retains a portion of that convenience, but it also adds extra steps that might make vaping less fun for you. Do you want a device that just works – something that’s always ready to go when you drop in the pod and doesn’t make you think about nicotine strengths, coil resistances, wattages, and other settings? If you use a pod system because you love the convenience, getting a pod system with replaceable coils may not be for you. If, on the other hand, you’re willing to put forth just a little more effort in exchange for an even better vaping experience, you might love upgrading to a more advanced pod system.