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How Vape Pods Work

How Vape Pods Work
With the rise of pod vaping, some vapers have been left wondering what pod vapes are and how the vape pods they use work. That's why we here at Vaper Empire, one of Australia's leading vape companies, have put together this article to explain what vape pods are and how they work.

What Are Pod Vapes?

Pod vapes are a new type of electronic cigarette that is currently taking the market by storm thanks to their sleek designs and convenient, simple usability. Although the pod system is still a relatively new product in the vaping world, those of us here at Vaper Empire fully expect it to grow and become just as popular as the vape pens, cig-a-likes, and box mods that many vapers use today.

Pod vapes, the devices used in pod vaping, are designed to work in conjunction with vape pods. But what are vape pods, exactly?

What Are Vape Pods?

VIGGO Menthol Vape Pods Vaper Empire's Menthol VIGGOpods.
In short, they are small and highly portable e-cig cartridges that are designed to work specifically with pod system vapes. Those familiar with cig-a-like electronic cigarettes may already know that the cartridge, also known as the cartomiser, is what holds the e-liquid. The same is true for a pod, as the pod is what holds the e-liquid. Not only does the pod hold e-liquid, but it contains the necessary components to heat the e-liquid, turning it into vapour. This means that each pod contains what is known as an atomiser, which in turn contains a heating coil and a wick. The wick soaks up e-liquid and the coil heats it up, transforming it into inhalable vapour for the user to enjoy.

Why Pod Vaping Is So Popular

Pod vaping has taken the world of vaping by storm. Because they represent a happy medium between basic cig-a-like e-cigs and advanced vape pens and mods, they are quickly rising in popularity in countries in which they are available.

Although both basic and advanced devices serve their own purposes within the vaping world, they both have different pros and cons. The cheaper, simpler cig-a-like devices often don’t last as long and run out of juice quicker whilst more advanced vape pens and mods can be too complicated and powerful for people who want a straightforward experience.

For vapers that want to balance affordability, convenience, and performance, the vape pod system is the ideal solution. These devices are capable of providing a high-quality vaping experience that lasts whilst keeping cost and complexity down.

Pod systems are also ideal for people who want an extra backup device that they can keep in their backpack, or one they can grab and go with at a moment's notice. Their small size and ease of use make them ideal for both of these purposes.

How Do Vape Pods Work?

Vape pods, as you may have guessed from the name, have the defining characteristic of utilising a pod-style design to hold and then vapourise your e-liquid instead of a tank or atomiser that you would typically find in a vape mod or vape pen.

These devices are sometimes referred to as “all-in-one” vape systems because they include everything that you need to start vaping: the cartridge (known as the pod) with its own built-in coil, wick, and e-liquid. There is no need for you to attach or replace tanks or atomisers because the whole device is self-contained.

The differences between vape pods and other devices generally end here. In terms of functionality, pod systems work in exactly the same way as pen vapes and box mods --- they wick e-liquid from the pod and then heat it up using a coil that transforms the vape juice into vapour.

Breaking Down the Pod System

Pod systems generally come as a module composed of two parts: the cartridge, which is known as the vape pod, and the battery, which is often referred to as the device.

The cartridge, sometimes called a ‘topper’, is the piece that slides into the battery and sits on top of the pod system. This piece also contains the e-liquid for pod systems. Some pods will come pre-filled with vape liquid and have a refillable system which means you can purchase your own bottles of e-liquid and refill the pod cartridge when necessary.

The battery is the second part. The battery is a lot simpler than the cartridge and often has a sleek and small profile. It is the battery that is responsible for detecting when drags are being taken and then powering up the device so that e-liquid can be vapourised. On some pod designs, you must depress and hold down a button on the battery before you can take a drag. These batteries can typically be recharged by connecting them to a USB charger.

It is worth noting that some pod systems may deviate from this design, however, this is the form that most pods currently available on the market take.

How Much E-Liquid Do Vape Pods Hold?

That depends on the vape pod system as different ones come in different sizes. Generally speaking, vape pods will hold anywhere between 1ml and 3ml of e-liquid, which is enough for regular vape sessions. If you are a heavy user, however, you may find that you are refilling or replacing your pod quite often.

We recommend always carrying replacement e-liquids and/or pods with you so that you can refill as and when necessary. While pods balance convenience and cost factors, their smaller size naturally means that they hold less e-juice, and this is one of the sacrifices you make when you use them over larger pens and mods.

There are a few things you can do to help your vape pods last longer, though:

• Pay attention when using your pods. Distraction can lead to longer, unnecessary drags that will burn more e-liquid.

• If you are an ex-smoker and are taking long drags to satisfy your cravings, try an e-liquid with a higher nicotine concentration.

• Devices that go uncleaned and maintained are less efficient and burn more e-liquid, so take good care of your pod system. Quickly wiping away any excess e-liquid or grime from the area where the pod connects to the device battery should suffice.

• If you can, use e-liquids with lower VG concentrations. The lower the VG concentration, the better it soaks into the wick.

Which is Better? Pods or Pens?

Both types of vaping device have their own pros and cons; neither is "better" or "worse" than the other. Whether a pod is better for you when compared to a vaporizer pen comes down to what you want from your vaping device and what you intend to use it for.

If you're looking for a casual device that you can use sporadically, go for the pod. If you're looking for something you can vape a lot with which will last a long time between charges, not run out of e-liquid as quickly, or make thick, dense clouds with, go for a vape pen or something even more powerful like our Vibe Series.

If it's convenience that you're after, the pod system is the obvious choice. With our new Viggo Series, you don't have to sacrifice portability for the sake of all-day vaping power as the Viggo provides enough battery life when fully charged and enough e-juice in a single pod to last most vapers well over a day.

Want to Try Pod Vaping?

At Vaper Empire, our commitment to designing and developing all of our own products in our high-spec facility is just one of the reasons why we are often regarded as Australia’s best e-cig brand.

If you think that the pod system is the right device for your vaping needs, we recommend checking out our new pod system, the Viggo Series by Vaper Empire, which is available with a range of different pod flavours and nicotine strengths.

Visit the Vaper Empire online store to see what else we have to offer.
24 March 2020

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