Pods or Mods?
This is a question that gets asked all the time. Or better yet, people want to know what is the best mod out there, or what mod should they use with this tank, or what is the best pod system with the best flavor?
The great part of having so many device options out there is that you can really customize your device to your vaping style all the way down to the color and look of your vaping equipment. The bad thing about all the options is not knowing which device to buy, and that’s what this blog is all about.
Let’s talk about box mods and tanks first. Here are the pros of box mods. If you have been vaping for a while you are pretty familiar with box mods and sub-ohm tanks. There are a lot of buttons, you can adjust to your desired wattage, you can use the temperature control setting and a lot of times you can even change the color of the screen to match which is pretty cool. Most people will top their box mod with a sub ohm tank or an RDA (rebuildable dripping atomizer) because they need more wattage to power their coils or coil heads which box mods are setup up to do very well- that’s actually what they are designed for.
Box mods come in all different shapes, sizes, brands, and colors, and most of them on the market today work in very similar fashion. When deciding which one to buy, it really just comes down to what you want your box mod to look like and how much you want to spend, because they range from very expensive to very inexpensive. You also want to make sure you are buying from a well know brand like Smok, Asmodus, Vaporesso, dotMod, or even Smoant. We recommend something from Vaporesso just because they have a menu button which makes navigating the menu so much easier. As with anything, do some research first, read reviews, watch YouTube reviews (click here to watch a few we have done) and talk to other vapers before making a decision. If you choose a box mod from a reputable company, you should have a great vaping experience.
What are the cons of box mods? The way we see it there are a few. Once you have purchased your box mod, you will need to buy batteries separately to power it. Most box mods require 2x18650 batteries. After that, it is recommended to charge those batteries in a battery charger which you will also need to purchase separately. Once you have purchased those things, you will need a tank or RDA if the box mod did not come as a kit, and finally, you need to buy e-liquid (click here to try the Sweet Collection by Vape100). So, as you can see, going with a box mod can be expensive at first with all the accessories you need to buy initially just to start using your device.
The other downfall of box mods is simply their size and weight. They are usually pretty bulky and don’t fit very well in the pocket of your jeans. They tend to be fairly heavy as well which adds weight to your purse or backpack. If you travel a lot like some of us do here, having to bring your box mod and your batteries, and the battery charger and then your e-liquid with you on your trip can be a big hassle and not very travel-friendly.
So are box mods the way to go? Really only you can answer that. It essentially comes down to your vaping style as well as your lifestyle and, maybe most importantly, your vaping budget.
Now, let’s talk about pod systems and their pros and cons.
Most pod systems out there are much like box mods in that they all perform in a very similar fashion it just depends on what you want your device to look like aesthetically. Pod systems are great because most of them come as a kit. You get the battery (which is rechargeable, and you don’t have to buy separately) and one or even two empty pods when you purchase your pod system for the first time. Already, this is much cheaper than buying a box mod. This is great if your vaping budget is the deciding factor.
The second pro, in our opinion, is the size of most pod systems. They are very small, most fit in the palm of your hand making them easy to put into your pocket, purse or backpack. If you travel a lot, you need to have a pod system in your rotation because they are so compact and all you have to bring with you is your bottle of e-liquid and a micro USB cord to charge it.
Another pro of pod systems is that you can use any e-liquid or even vape-able CBD (Click here to shop CBD) with all of them, they are not just for nic salts. So, if you only vape 3mg, you can put that right into a pod system and vape away. Of course, they don’t have as much power as a box mod but it’s nice to know that is an option.
Now, let’s talk about the cons. The first and probably most glaring con is the expense and potential inconvenience of having to buy replacement pods for your device. A pack of replacement pods ranges anywhere from $5-$15 and that can sometimes be for just one replacement pod, so this can add up pretty quickly. So, while the initial investment was much cheaper than a box mod, the money goes quick after that.
Another potential con for pod systems is the amount of power or if you would rather the lack of functions on the device. Most pod systems have a set wattage and that’s what you are stuck with. If you use pod systems to only vape nic salts, this isn’t so bad, but if you vape 3mg you may not be very satisfied with a pod system because of the lack of power, hence why a lot of people use box mods who don’t vape nic salts (Need nic salts? Click here to shop our selection).
Lastly, a lot of times the replacement pods you need your local vape shop may have stopped carrying them or they are out of stock online, and without the specific pod for your device, it is unusable. There is nothing worse than when you have a burnt pod and no replacements.
So box mods or pods? We vote pods because they are cheaper to buy upfront, much more convenient for everyday life and if you travel, they are a blessing, really. Ultimately you need to figure out how you like to vape and what device will fit your lifestyle the best. At the end of the day, as long as you are not smoking cigarettes does it really matter what device you are using?
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