How Do Vape Pods Work?

How Do Vape Pods Work?
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How Do Vape Pods Work?

Guide to Vape Pod Systems: How do they work?

Vape pods are a popular choice for many vapers due to their simplicity and convenience. Understanding how they work can help beginners make the most of their vaping experience.

Let’s take a look at the basics of how they function so you can better understand your pod system.

The basics of vape pod systems

Essentially, a vape pod system consists of two main components: the pod, which contains the e-liquid (a mixture of nicotine, flavourings, and a base of propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG)), and the battery-powered device that heats the liquid to produce vapour.

Aspire GoTek Pro replacement pods with 0.8 ohm mesh coil

Vape pod batteries

At the heart of the device is the battery. When activated, either by drawing on the mouthpiece in auto-draw models or pressing a button in manual ones, the battery sends power to a heating element known as the coil.

This coil is located within the pod and is surrounded by absorbent material, usually cotton, which is saturated with the e-liquid.

Vape pod coils

As the coil heats up, it warms the e-liquid absorbed by the surrounding material to the point where it turns into vapour.

This vapour is then inhaled by the user through the device’s mouthpiece, delivering both flavour and nicotine (if present in the e-liquid) without the combustion involved in traditional smoking.

The temperature reached is carefully controlled to vaporise the liquid without burning it, ensuring a smoother experience and preserving the intended flavours.

The different types of vape pods

Vape pods come in two main types: pre-filled and refillable. Pre-filled pods are ready to use out of the box, offering a hassle-free option with no need for refilling; once depleted, the pod is replaced.

Refillable pods, on the other hand, can be opened and refilled with e-liquid, offering more flexibility in flavour choices and the potential for cost savings over time.

Pre-filled pods (EVOD Bar D600 Pods)

Refillable pods (Cyber X TSX Pods)

Who are vape pods designed for?

For beginners, the allure of vape pods lies in their straightforward design, ease of use, and portability. Unlike more complex vaping devices, there’s no need to fiddle with settings, replace coils, or deal with leaky tanks. Simply charge the device, insert the pod, and you’re ready to vape.

This simplicity, combined with the effectiveness of nicotine delivery and the enjoyment of various flavours, makes vape pods an appealing option for those looking to transition from smoking to vaping or seeking a less complicated vaping experience. It also makes pod systems a convenient option for more experienced vapers seeking ease of use.