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Vaping has been evolving at a dizzying pace, especially since the first sub-ohm devices hit the market in 2013. The latest wave of product development is towards smaller, sleeker, easier to use devices that us pods vs tanks, feature easy to use batteries and offer a more discreet experience free from big clouds of vapor.
While a lot of pod mods out there feature mostly pre-filled pods that get tossed out once they’re used up, there are now plenty of top-notch refillable systems you can top up easily with your own eliquid. Here are some of our favorites right now
Every once in a while, a product comes along that completely takes the vape market by storm. The Lost Vape Orion Q system hit the market a few months ago and has quickly risen to the top of our list of open system pod mods for 2019.
One of the biggest reasons for this is flavor. The Lost Vape Orion Q delivers amazing flavor that almost brings you back to a subohm tank level. You are able to use it as a MTL (mouth to lung) or DTL (mouth to lung or direct to lung) pod system. You can easily get away with 20 or 25MG nicotine salts or even 12MG freebase nicotine eLiquids in this bad boy.
It has several great features, including a 950 internal battery, 17 watt output, and a high-performance chipset. The Orion Q comes with an innovative refillable pod, which features a 2mL capacity, adjustable airflow, and a pre-soaked wick to prevent initial dry hits. Not only is the Orion quite capable it also has a unique and sturdy appearance, featuring a sleek metallic frame and a carbon fiber finish. Whether you enjoy high-wattage vaping or low-wattage MTL vaping the Orion Q device accommodates in a luxurious fashion!
With adjustable airflow, you will find that you can vape either wide open directly to your lung, or tight for a mouth to lung experience. Filling thhe pod is easy, just twist off the cap found next to the proprietary drip tip to find a wide-open fill port. You can fit a glass dropper or your chubby bottle tip perfectly and avoid potential drippage to the outside of your Orion Q Pod system.
Another great feature of the Lost Vape Orion Q is the easy slide off button when you are ready to change the pod. You can hold it like a handheld radio and slide down to lift off the cartridge, then simply snap the new one on with ease!
Another fairly new entree to the open system pod market is the SMOK Nord.
SMOK came out with a pod with both 1.4 ohm coils for mouth-to-lung (MTL) vaping and 0.6 ohm mesh coils for direct lung vaping. This starter kit gives users the best of both worlds of MTL and direct lung vaping in one small and sleek package.
The SMOK Nord comes in one of six cobra-patterned colors, a 1100 mAh battery, and 3 mL pods. It puts out 10-15 watts, which is not bad at all for a pod mod.
The Nord is currently offered in 13 different colors, featuring a cobra pattern or resin-style design.
The Mi Pod by Smoking Vapor was a total game changer in 2018. A stylish pod mod available in a variety of colors and style, the Mi-Pod has auto-draw activation for a simple and foolproof vaping experience. If features a refillable 2 mL pods for nicsalt eliquids.
The pods have a resistance of 1.3 ohms, which is good for nicsalts. It also has a 10-second cut-off time, short circuit protection, overheat protection, low resistance protection, and many other safety features as well.
All of that is powered with an integrated 950 mAh high-drain lithium battery that should last a whole day or more with moderate use.
This refillable pod mod is for fans of MTL vaping. The Innokin EQ provides a tight draw and good flavor, employing Plexus technology that helps with the longevity of the integrated coil. Plexus means it uses a grid instead of a wire, which makes for better flavor and throat hit.
The matte finish makes sure your hand doesn't leave fingerprint marks on the body of the device and gives you a secure grip.
You can also change between 13.5 and 15.5 watts by holding the fire button while the device is off. It shows a light when it has been changed—white for 13.5W and red for 15.5W.
This one is a sleek-looking refillable pod mod that is leak-free and gives a veyr tight draw that's automatic. It has a diamond-shaped body design that fits in the hand and has a mouthpiece that should fit the lips perfectly.
The SMOK Infinix has one of the fastest charge times out of all pod mods in the market, going from empty to fully charged in just under half an hour. It also supports passthrough charging so you need not fret when you need to charge it back up in a pinch.
The creatively-named Kwit Stick is a lightweight pod mod that supports both pre-filled and refillable 1 mL pods. It's best for beginners who have just gotten into vaping and want an inexpensive and easy-to-use device to get started.
It's very small, so the battery isn't that big. However, it can be fully charged within 20 minutes and can go up to 100 puffs per charge. The Kwit Stick is best for those who tend to vape every now and then.
It gives a warm vape with a loose draw, and it provides a throat hit similar to a cigarette, hence the name.
If you happen to be looking for a pre-filled alternative, then look no further than our own Cafe Racer Motto. The starter kit is available with pod packs in Virginia Tobacco, Tangerine Ice, Kick Ass Mint, Tropical Tea, Bourbon Tobacco, and Berry Ice flavors.
You can get a Motto Starter Kit with a 3-Pod Multi-pack for just $39.95.