What Are the Best Pod Mod & Closed System Vape Kits Out There?
Well.. We’re about to tell you about our top picks for 2018.
Pod Mod vape kits are designed to be clean – quick and easy vaping devices to use out and about and on the go.
They generally feature either a closed ‘pod’ containing e-liquid or empty pods that can be refilled.
The atomizer or coil is usually seated inside the pod or in some cases directly onto the battery.
So the pod is in effect the tank and the mod is the battery – simple!
I’ve been fortunate enough to use quite a few pod mods and on the whole I’ve found them useful as back-up devices and when I’ve need a quick stealthy vape.
However the march of the pod mods has seen improvements to their design and performance and as you’ll see further down some of the newer ones make pretty decent stand-alone kits especially for newcomers to vaping.
Pod mods are designed for both mouth to lung [MTL] and direct to lung [DTL] styles of vaping and are generally reasonably priced.
What these vape mods offer above all else is true simplicity. So these are great devices for new vapers making the switch from smoking.
So let’s look at what we think are the best pod mods released so far this year.
Aspire Gusto Mini
Of all the pod mods I’ve tried the Aspire Gusto Mini is one stands out from the crowd for me.
I was able to do an on the fly review of the Gusto Mini at Vaper Expo and fell in love with it especially as it looks like a baby Archon which I love.
OK this is not refillable – instead Aspire has done a few deals with juice companies who are supplying them with dinky little 2ml pre-filled bottles you simply slot into place.
It delivers a pretty decent, if a little tight, DTL vape and an airy MTL vape which matches my preferred style.
I was impressed with the way this little beauty performed and would highly recommend it especially as it is a more solid well-built device compared to many of the other pod mod vapes out there – this one will last.
- Compact All in One Vape System
- Charging VIA USB Port
- 2ml Capacity Pods
- 78g Weigth
- Dimensions: 73mm x 22mm x 50mm
- Closed System
My. Von Erl Pod Mod
On receiving this one I didn’t hold out much hope – however I bloody loved it!
Indeed I used it all over Christmas last year and have since bought myself a number of refills.
It’s a no frills pod mod that fits nicely in the hand and despite a tiny 350mAH battery it vapes very well indeed.
It’s obviously a MTL device and I was getting a fantastic throat hit from the 9mg nicotine pods – good flavor too especially the Bourbon Caramel which I seriously became addicted to!
You’re not going to win any cloud chucking competitions but then that’s not what this device is about.
It’s a cracking little stealth vape if you’re looking for a quick nic hit – but it’s also a solid little device to use throughout the day.
Of the pod mod set-ups I’ve use I rate this one highly – great piece of kit!
- Dimensions: 105mm by 18mm by 10mm
- 350mAh battery
- Micro-USB charging cable included
- Comes with one free Tabak flavor (Tobacco) 18mg/ml ‘liquidpod’ refill
- ‘No fuss’, push-fit refill system
- Closed system
Sourin Air Kit
Yet another pod mod I got hands on with at Vaper Expo and the Sourin Air Kit is an impressive piece of kit to say the least.
It’s almost credit card size just a little bigger making it a great little stealthy vape and its sleek design is testament to designers Foxconn who are responsible for styling Apple iPhones!
It’s powered by a 400mah battery that constantly chucks out 16 watts and I remember it being a very good vape indeed with a great throat hit for such a little fellah.
The Suorin Air holds 2ml of e-liquid and also houses the 1.2ohm coil – and of course the pods can be bought separately.
This was an excellent MTL vape bordering on the airy however I’m not so sure DTL vapers will enjoy it unless they like it on the tight side!
- Dimensions: 8.6cm – 4.2cm – 0.9cm
- One of the smallest devices available
- 2ml Capacity Refillable Pod
- 1.2 Ohm Resistance
- 16W Fixed Output
- 400mAh Built In Battery
- Refillable cartridges
Eleaf iCare 2
The original iCare was a massive hit and by all accounts gave a most excellent MTL vape.
The latest version was reviewed by Michelle who said she ‘loves it’ so it looks as though Eleaf has another winner on their hands.
So it’s a dinky little kit that runs off a 650mAh battery maxing out at 15watts.
It’s a relatively easy 2ml top fill with the fill ports underneath the mouthpiece – changing coils involves removing the tank to seat the coil.
Being such a tiny battery the longevity isn’t that good but adequate at around 4 hours between charges – sadly there’s no pass through so you can’t vape on it whilst it’s charging.
Michelle enjoyed the flavor and described it as a warm vape so most definitely a great little kit for someone coming off the stinkies.
Indeed she gave the Eleaf iCare 2 full marks in her review and has gone on to buy a few more she loves it that much – so yeah this is definitely a pod mod you should consider buying!
- Dimensions: 31mm x 13mm x 86mm
- Weight: 33.5g
- Output wattage: 15W max
- Resistance range: 0.6-3.0ohm
- E-liquid capacity: 2mL
- Battery capacity: 650mAh
- Refillable cartridges
- Safety features: a vaping time cut off of 15 seconds, short circuit protection, low voltage protection (below 3.3V) and resistance detection.
Vype Pebble Kit
Now this is a funky little pod mod kit that is definitely designed to appeal to the younger vaping set.
Indeed popular Brit rapper Tinie Tempah was bought in by Vype to promote the Pebble but to be honest I didn’t really get much of a vaping vibe from it.
It’s certainly got an eye catching design and an array of bright colours and comes with a choice of flavoured pods containing 2mls of nicotine at various strengths.
This is as simple as it gets to use – snap the pod into the battery – hold the button and vape.
I was quite brutal in my review of the Pebble and for the purpose of this ‘best of’ I brought it out of the cupboard charged it up and gave it another go.
Sadly it’s still not doing it for me personally – the pod is loose and the tobacco flavor isn’t the best – I haven’t tried any of the others: Fresh Apple- Master Blend [tobacco] – Smooth Vanilla – Tingling Mint and Wild Berries.
Look this one is as cheap as chips and very discreet so one to maybe have as a back-up or when you’re out and about.
- Ergonomic – fits nicely in the hand
- Leak free cartridge system
- UK made e-liquid
- PG/VG and nicotine are pharmaceutical grade and sourced within the EU
- Products are certified to ISO 9001 and CE certified.
- Battery temperature and over-charge protection
- Full battery charge from full discharge in approximately 1 hour
Joyetech Atopack Penguin SE
I was expecting big things from the Penguin especially as this was the new improved special edition version.
As the name suggests it looks like a penguin with the pod part pulling away from the battery body.
The ‘tank’ can hold a very respectable 8.8mls of e-liquid and the coils are snapped in and out easily.
The 2000mAH battery gives the Penguin a bit of a kick and you do get a good lung hit and decent enough clouds – so not really one for brand new vapers.
However I – unlike a lot of other reviewers – felt the flavor was really quite poor.
Look it wasn’t bad flavor just well a bit wishy washy – but like I said other reviewers praise the flavor this cutie gives so bare that in mind.
I thought it was quite a large device and given the finish is shiny it was difficult to keep hold of and I did drop mine more than once.
I was expecting a lot from this little guy and maybe that affected my judgment somewhat – but for the purpose of this article I have been using it again with some Lemon Lush [yummy stuff].
Sadly even with a fresh coil the flavor is still a little muted – maybe I got a bad batch because the rest of the world loves the Penguin!
- Dimensions: 26.5mm x 52.0mm x102.5mm
- Weight: 102.0g
- Cartridge capacity: 8.8ml/2.0ml
- Battery capacity: 2000mAh
- Max charging current: 2A
- Colors: white, black, light blue, light pink, purple mix, grey mix
- Output mode: direct output
- Refillable Cartridge
Yet another refillable pod mod I was excited to get my hands on given the impression this has made on the vaping community.
I spotted it at Vaper Expo and they were literally flying off the Envii stall!
It certainly is a badass design looking like a Stealth fighter but using it was a bit shall we say tricky!
Unlike other pod mods you have to take the Envii Fitt apart to get at the tank to fill.
Filling and changing coils is a little fiddly as is getting it all back together – the mouthpiece has to sit just right before the 2parts of the body snap back into place.
There’s two ways to vape on the Envii Fitt – by inhaling or using the fire button – I found the latter gave a much better vape.
As to vaping it the 650mAH internal battery gives a decent vape despite being so small and I was getting a very decent MTL vape with surprisingly good flavour.
However and as I said in the review taking all that into consideration – the Fitt is let down by the annoying 6 second safety cut off feature.
You’re happily taking a deep inhale and it just shuts off – very annoying!
But if you can work around that then this was most definitely one of the best pod mods I’ve used.
- Dimanesions: 75mm x 43mm x 20mm
- Battery: Built-in 650mAh
- Tank: 3.2ml (US Edition)/2ml (EU Edition)
- Refillable Cartridges
GQ Blue Beast Pod Mod Kit
First impression of this one was it looked remarkably like the Penguin.
The company describes this as a ‘starter kit’ however I don’t believe that’s the case at all.
This is most definitely not a MTL device – the 2000mAH battery fires the 0.6ohm coil giving a real sub ohm vape that is surprisingly good.
So whilst I wouldn’t recommend this pod mod kit to a newcomer to vaping – I would suggest it as a good introduction to sub ohm vaping.
And it is a really rather good back-up sub ohm kit for those of us who are regular DTL vapers.
I was getting good flavor and decent clouds but given this is puff operated – you have to do a heck of a lot of puffing to get a good hit – but once you’ve mastered the technique it’s a great little mod.
It fits nicely in the hand is well built and filling the very respectable 10ml tank is a doddle – so yeah this is definitely one of the better pod mods out there.
- Dimension: 100.6 x 46.3 x 23.9mm
- Tank Capacity: 10ml
- Battery Capacity: 2000mAh Built-in battery
- Resistance: 0.6ohm
- Charging Time: 3.5H
- Refillable cartridges
Kimsun Slim 2 Pod Mod
This was the very first pod mod I tried and to be honest it almost put me off the whole idea!
However once I’d figured out the connections were a little dodgy and got it working – it wasn’t a bad vape at all.
It has a 1100mAh battery with a constant temperature setting of 530 F – it charges very quickly and seems to last forever – I got four days use before it needed re-charging.
The atomizer is contained within the refillable pod and has a coil resistance of 0.25Ω meaning this is more of a DTL vape – however it is quite a restricted vape and MTL vaping is possible if you like it a little airy.
It’s a nice size fitting comfortably in the hand and the pod part containing 2mls of e-liquid snaps on and off with a satisfying click.
It looks good and feels good too with a nice rubbery base that contrasts well with the rest of the body.
The Kimsun Slim 2 Pod Mod isn’t the best I’ve used but it’s definitely not one of the worst!
- Dimensions: 32mm × 21.2mm × 93mm
- E-liquid Volume: 2ml
- Atomizer Coil Resistance:0.25Ω (Titanium)
- Temperature Setting: 530℉
- Battery Capacity: 1100mAh
- Charging Time: 2.5H
- Weight: 84.2g
Pod Mods – Something For Every Vaper
I’ve actually quite enjoyed getting all my own pod mods out again – especially the My. Von Erl – I bloody love that Bourbon Caramel juice.
The beauty of pod mod vapes is there’s pretty much one out there for every taste and budget and of course style of vaping.
To be honest serious sub ohm vapers might find the lack of power a little off putting however I recommend them for when you can’t chuck clouds and need a quick stealthy vape.
They are ideal to leave in the car or on your desk and to use when popping out.
I absolutely love the Envvii Fitt but that 6 second cut off spoils a great vape so even though I don’t own one I have used one and I highly recommend the Aspire Gusto Mini.
I’m not sure if you can refill the bottles somehow – if you can that would be a bonus – because this too me gave the best overall vape of them all with the Von Erl and Aspire Breeze tying up the next couple of spots.
If you are looking for a truly tiny device then the Suorin Air is the one to look at.
So there’s definitely a place for a pod mod or two in your vaping arsenal and I hope we’ve helped you choose the right one for you.
Top Rated: 5 Best Pod Mod Vapes
- Aspire Gusto Mini – (Closed System)
- Joyetech Penguin – (Refillable System)
- My Von Erl – (Closed System)
- Eleaf iCare 2 – (Refillable System)
- Suorin Air – (Refillable System)