How Do Vape Pods Work?

How Do Vape Pods Work?

January 12, 2024

The vape industry is always changing and introducing new technology. One of the units that has been gaining popularity is the vape pod. Luckily for you, there are different types of pods, so you can find the best one that meets your needs. Below, we'll address what a vape pod is, how they work, the difference between open and closed systems, some of the benefits of using pods and answer some of your questions. Vape pods are easy to use and discreet, perfect for any level of experience that you have. It's up to you to find the unit that best suits your needs, but at RELX, we're simply looking to make that decision easier.

What Is a Vape Pod?

If you aren’t familiar with what a vape pod is, we’re here to help. A vape pod is a smaller vape that consists of two parts: a pod filled with e-liquid or juice and the battery pack that it snaps into. 

Some vape pods have power buttons, while others are automatic and work on each inhale. Since they are smaller units, they tend to have a smaller capacity for liquid than most tanks do. A typical size is around 1-2 ml. A pod system involves pressing the component into place at the top or bottom of the device and then a simple removal when it is empty - or when you’d prefer a different flavour.

Some vapes feature power buttons or switches, but usually, they tend to be automatic. Whether they're disposable or refillable and longer-lasting, pod vape devices are compact and lightweight. And importantly, they're simple to use and easy to carry around. 

Vape pods are popular for their simplicity and portability, making them an accessible option for individuals looking to transition from traditional cigarettes - or for vapers who prefer a more straightforward vaping experience.

If you’re used to vape mods and are wondering which is better, mods offer the benefit of a large, customisable, multi-feature device with a long battery life. Pods, on the other hand, mean flexibility, discretion, and convenience

How Do Pod Vapes Work?

A pod vape is made up of 2 parts: the cartridge and the battery. When you inhale through the mouthpiece, these two components work together to provide the vapour.

The cartridge can also be referred to as the pod, the atomiser, or the topper. It is the piece that is at the top of the vape pod and contains the vape juice or e-liquid. Depending on the type of pod you choose, it may be pre-filled or refillable - all depending on your preference.

The atomiser is what turns the liquid into vapour as you inhale. Your inhale signals the atomiser to heat up the e-liquid. Interesting to note: occasionally, the atomiser can be a separate piece from the cartridge.

The battery is slim for this kind of system and is usually discreet. It can discern when you are using the vape, so it knows when to save power and when to provide power. 

Instead of a mod vape’s many buttons and ports, RELX vape pods don’t have any buttons. You just inhale, and the coil quickly heats the e-juice until it becomes vapour.

Simply put, there are a few steps to using pod vapes: charge the battery, insert the pod securely, and, if necessary, turn it on, then inhale to start using it.

Once your cartridge is empty, simply replace it with a new one or refill it with your e-liquid if you have a refillable pod system. Remember to charge your battery since the battery is smaller and the lifespan is shorter on pod vapes. The good news is that they easily plug into most USB chargers.

Open System Vape Pods vs. Closed System Vape Pods

Whether or not vape pods are refillable depends on the system they have. There are two different systems to choose from: open and closed. You may not be familiar with these terms, so we’ll explain them to help you understand and decide which one you might prefer. If you are a RELX customer, please note that RELX pods are not designed to be reused or refilled.

Open System Vape Pods

Open systems are pods that can be refilled and come with an empty tank in which you put your own e-liquid in. 

These styles of vapes come with more active maintenance since they require you to open the device and add the e-liquid. However, they do give you a chance for more customization based on your personal preferences. Open cartridges have a wider variety of flavours and nicotine content.

Closed System Vape Pods

The more popular choice is the closed system, vapes that come with pre-filled cartridges that are ready to use once you snap them into the battery unit. 

Beginners prefer this option since they’re easier to load and discard. The simplicity of charging your unit and taking it on the go - without having to worry about filling e-liquid - is what makes the closed system so attractive. 

Closed disposable pod systems come in various flavours, and RELX’s high-quality devices are easy to install and use. 

What Are the Benefits of Using Vape Pods?

Small and discreet

Vape pod units are designed to be small and slender enough to fit right into your pocket and be taken on the go without the worry they’ll be noticed. And since these units provide a gentle vapour, you won’t be exhaling big clouds that you might see from vape mods.

Multiple flavour options

Both open and closed systems come in a variety of flavours. RELX offers a variety of pod flavours, from fruity to minty to standard tobacco, so you can enjoy your vape to the fullest. 

Varying nicotine levels

If you are trying to quit smoking and looking for the best option, pod vapes come with a variety of nicotine levels to control your habits. You can slowly lower your levels as you feel necessary - while still thoroughly enjoying your vaping experience.

Simple to use

Pods are designed to be simple: all you have to do is inhale on the mouthpiece, and the vapour is delivered. If you have an open system, refilling the pods can be more time-consuming, but it is still easy to do. The battery pack can be charged with most USB chargers; with closed systems, you only need to replace the pod and be on your way.

Who Are Vape Pods For?

Pod vapes can be for all types of vape users. Beginners enjoy the simplicity of vape pods as they start to learn more about vaping and their preferences. 

For users who want to be discreet, you may prefer the size of the unit and the minimal clouds that they create as opposed to other vapes. No more vapes sticking out of your pocket or taking up unnecessary room in your bag!

Experienced users who want to enjoy more convenient vapes on the go might also add this to their extensive collection for more immediate everyday use. You will still get to enjoy different flavours and nicotine levels but without the maintenance that other mod vapes require.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do I Need for a Vape Pod?

Unlike older, larger vaping devices with large refillable tanks and atomizers, the pod-based units only require a cartridge to do the job of both containing the juice and vaporizing it. All you need are pods, e-liquid if you have a refillable pod, and the battery pack that charges with most USB chargers.

Are Pod Vapes Worth It?

With low maintenance, a variety of flavour options, simple use and discreteness, vape pods are worth it for most people, depending on their preferences. If you're looking to transition to vaping or for a more convenient vape experience, vape pods could be for you. Pod vapes are still customizable, from the colour of the battery to juice flavours.

Do You Refill Pod Vapes?

You can only refill open system pod vapes. Closed system units are meant to be used and responsibly discarded once empty. They are not designed to be reused and refilled. For quality assurance purposes, RELX vape pods come pre-filled and do not require refilling. Please do not attempt to refill or open RELX pods.

Final Thoughts

Whether you are an experienced vaper looking for a convenient vape or you’re new to vaping drawn in by the new technology coming out, a pod vape offers a simple, discreet, and convenient experience for everyone.

Of course, we here at RELX would highly recommend the pod vape to our customers. As this post has suggested, it's one of the easier devices to maintain - more convenient and less bulky than some of the alternatives. 

After reading about vape pods, the differences between closed and open systems, and some of the benefits, now it’s up to you to decide which system is best for you. RELX has high-quality closed-system pods with a multitude of flavours ready for you to try. Whichever vaporizer you choose should match your needs when it comes to price, flavour, nicotine level, size and ease.

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