Pod Vapes 2018: Closed and Refillable Systems Explained

 

Even the simplest vape device can appear daunting to new users. The risk of leaks, faulty batteries and even the hassle of refilling; are all reasons that stop people making the move over to ecigarettes. Well, the pod vape changes that. There are two classifications for pod vape kits: Open or Refillable Systems and Closed Systems. The video below is our brief introduction into pod devices.


Closed Systems are ideal for new starters – they include disposable pods which contain both a coil and up to 2ml of high nicotine eliquid, simply plug it into the accompanying mod and you’re ready to go. This coupled with a tight mouth to lung draw, that mimics that of a cigarette and one button operation; make this a range of vape devices that are simple to use and maintain.

For those who like a bit of variety there’s the open system; still utilising pods, the open system uses refillable pods which can be filled with the High PG eliquid of your choice. This can act as a stepping stone towards sub ohm vaping.

Today, we’re going to walk you through some prime examples of pod vapes. Each have their own unique features and benefits, designed for new users and existing vapers looking to simplify things.

Before we get started, some honourable mentions for upcoming releases for pod vape kits in 2018 include the JustFog MINIFITPerkey EcardSmok FITSmok Infinix, and Sigelei M Class. Check out our video below for a beginner’s guide to pod kits.

 


SMPO Ultra Portable Starter Kit

The SMPO comes to us courtesy of Nex Labs, this London-based design team have created a stylish yet functional vape device. Using the closed pod system the user simply has to install their pod and get to vaping. Being breath activated means that the user can control their vapour production, plus an included low liquid indicator and temperature control make this device a real winner.

 

Kimsun Slim 2R

If you’re looking for a vape device that matches ergonomics and durability then look no further than the Kimsun Slim 2R. The Kimsun is an open system pod vape, allowing the user to fill the pod with their choice of high nicotine eliquid. What sets the Kimsun apart are the safety features built into the device, including short circuit protection, overtime protection and low voltage protection. Giving the user peace of mind and more time to enjoy their vape.

 

Aspire Gusto Mini Kit

Aspire have hit the mark with the Gusto Mini. Through it’s intuitive design and collaboration with ejuice giant Element Eliquids, the Gusto provides the user with a device that provides good cloud and great flavour. The NS20 eLiquid pods are filled with Element’s own blend of eliquids and salt nicotine, giving the user the high nicotine that they crave – but with a smoother taste. The NS20 range is also available for those that use refillable vape kits, with the NS20 10ml eLiquid range.

 

My Blu Starter Kit

Simple yet elegant the My Blu Starter Kit is a pod vape that means business. This is a closed pod device, but users need not worry about a lack of choice, Blu have bought out a large range of eliquid pods to go with the kit. These pods click easily into place and the device is activated by inhaling. Meaning this is a device you can use straight out of the box.

 

Summary

While simple, the pod vape has a lot to offer users – it’s portability, ease of use and stylish design has made them a favourite vape device across the board, why not check out our range?

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

How To Fill A Unicorn Bottle With eLiquid Spill Free

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How to use a unicorn bottle? It might seem like a simple task to complete, but the handy unicorn bottle can be a little tricky to fill efficiently without having our precious eLiquid doing a Steve McQueen and trying to escape. Here’s our simple guide to ensure a quick and effective decanting of your favourite eLiquid into a manageable and transportable vessel.

  • Step 1 – Take the small unicorn bottle in your hands, and remove the nose or tip at the end. It may be a little tight, but can be removed with relative ease.
  • Step 2 – Grab the larger unicorn bottle that you’d like to decant from, twisting open the nozzle, and holding it upside down, being careful not to squeeze it. Insert the nozzle into the opening where the smaller unicorn bottle’s nose was positioned.
  • Step 3 – Gently squeeze the smaller unicorn bottle, rather than the larger one. Air will be forced out of the small bottle and into the larger bottle, which creates a vacuum. eLiquid will then decant into the unicorn bottle due to air pressure. Gently squeeze the unicorn bottle repeatedly until the bottle is almost full.
  • Step 4 – Lastly, twist the nozzle on the larger bottle closed while keeping it in the neck of the smaller unicorn bottle. Although not completely necessary, this step will ward off any desire that your eLiquid may have to escape, and should prevent and loss or waste. Then replace the nose of small unicorn, and you’re away!

 


If you’d like to speak to us about unicorn bottles, or anything else on our website, please don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated team.

Find Your Favourite Vape With Our Eliquid Explorer

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So you’re looking for your next big flavour. Maybe you’re bored of your current eliquid, and you’re looking for your next all day vape, or perhaps you’re a brand new vaper feeling a bit swamped by all the choices on offer; our eLiquid Explorer. is here to help.

While it’s not going to tell you “what is the best eliquid”, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices and hopefully find your next favourite with our patented, space-age eLiquid Finder.


 

Flavour Groups

Firstly you’ll need to select what kind of flavour you’re looking for. There are a variety of options to choose from, and multiple choices can be selected. So if you’re looking for two eliquids; one citrus flavour, and one menthol flavour, you can select both and see what’s available.

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Reviews

Next you’ll be able to select the rating, within a range of 1 – 5 stars. These ratings are based on existing customer reviews; vapers who have already sampled an eliquid and have kindly reviewed it for other customers to make an informed opinion. Remember to always bear in mind that taste is a subjective thing, and what one vaper loves, another may find unpleasant.

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Nicotine Strength

The next option is for the strength of nicotine, which ranges between 0mg (nicotine free), all the way up to a full-on 18mg. The bar slides from both the left and right, so just choose your minimum and maximum strength, and let the explorer do the work and show you what’s available.

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VG Percentage

Now you’ll just need to select your preferred VG percentage. To put it basically, an eliquid higher in VG will be thicker in your tank, and smoother on your throat. At the other end of the spectrum, a higher PG eliquid will be runnier with a harsher throat hit, with the vast majority being a varied blend. Also bear in mind the type of device you have; High VG is generally suited to sub-ohming, and High PG for non-sub ohming.

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Bottle Size

The next variable to decide on is which sized bottle you wish to have. Most vapers who wish to just try out an eliquid go for the smallest size; usually 10ml or 15ml, as this size is a great way to sample flavours without committing to a larger 30ml or 60ml bottle. Although, if there’s a particular flavour you enjoy a lot, it’s sometimes worth getting the biggest bottle you can, as it will save you both time and money in the long run.

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Price Range

The next option to select is the price. First and foremost, the quantity of eLiquid can variate the price, but as well, some eLiquids contain a differing number of ingredients. Some with a smaller number may be slightly cheaper, whereas others can have a huge array of flavour notes, with some containing gourmet and premium ingredients that can be difficult to source, and this can sometimes be reflected in the price.

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Specialty

If you’re looking for something in particular, you can use the Specialty tab to really fine tune your selection. Select between glass and plastic bottles, or perhaps you’re looking for an item that comes in a presentation box. For those vapers out there who have to be careful with the ingredients they use, we’ve also included the ability to select alcohol free eliquids, as well as vegan friendly.

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Origin

Finally, you can select the origin of your eliquid with this variable. The vast majority of the eLiquids we stock are manufactured in the USA, but we also stock ranges from both Europe and Canada, as well as some great home-made juices from right here in the UK.vc-eliquid-explorer-uk-origin


 

If you have any questions about our eLiquid explorer, or if you’d like to speak to us directly about anything on our website, please contact our team.

Beginner’s Guide To E-Liquid

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So you’ve just started vaping or are just looking to get into it, and you’ve seen the many wonderful and varied flavours currently available on the market. At this point you may be wondering what exactly is an eLiquid, and why using it means you can be cigarette and smoke free! We aim to clarify all the useful terms, information, and other bits and pieces to hopefully get you on the vaping track and eliminate smoking tobacco cigarettes.

Starting from right at the very beginning, the purpose of an ecigarette is simply to deliver a portion of nicotine to its user. In order to do this, nicotine is mixed into a gel-like liquid substance called eLiquid or eJuice. This eJuice can be easily absorbed into cotton, and vapourised within a heated coil, where the resulting vapour is inhaled by the user.


VG and PG can be found in many everyday products and consumables, and are used for a wide variety of common purposes.What Is eLiquid?

Eliquid, at it’s most basic, is made up of four main ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, Nicotine, and Flavourings.

Despite the strange sounding names, Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin are extremely common and generally considered harmless.

They are often abbreviated to PG and VG, respectively.

Both PG and VG are types of organic compounds (naturally occurring substances) and appear in a wide variety of products including cough medicine, toothpaste, and asthma inhalers.

They also appear in edible items such as ice-cream, whipped dairy products, and coffee-based drinks.

What Is PG And VG?

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Both VG and PG have differing properties, and combining them creates what is generally considered to be the optimal basis for nicotine vapourisation.

Propylene Glycol is a very thin and runny liquid that carries flavour very well, and tends to contribute to a large portion of the throat hit found when vaping some e-liquids.

Because of its ability to carry flavour so efficiently, the flavourings used in e-liquids are usually mixed with PG before being mixed with the other ingredients. It has been known to affect minor allergies in a small number of users, but these tend to be uncommon.

Vegetable Glycerin, on the other hand, is usually derived from Vegetable Oil, and is quite a viscous liquid, similar to a gel.

It has a naturally sweet taste, and when vaped, it produces a thick, dense cloud of vapour.

Compared to PG, it is much smoother, and has no discernible throat hit when used on it’s own.

 

Here’s a quick list with the main characteristics of VG and PG:

Vegetable Glycerin (VG):

• Has a naturally sweet taste
• Is thicker than PG
• Produces more vapour
• Lingers in the air longer
• Produces a weaker throat hit

Propylene Glycol (PG):

• Is thinner than VG
• More easily absorbed
• Dissipates from the air quicker
• Produces a stronger throat hit
• Can affect allergies in minority of users

What Are ELiquid Ratios?

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As both PG and VG contain these differing properties that work well together, they are almost always found as the main ingredients in eLiquids, in a variety of different ratios.

The most common ratios on the market tend to be 50VG and 70VG (which stands for 50% VG to 50% PG, and 70% VG to 30% PG respectively).

This ratio decides on how thick the eLiquid will be – the more VG there is, the smoother and thicker the liquid will be, and conversely the more PG there is, the runnier the eJuice, and the stronger the throat hit will be.

Generally thicker liquids with a higher VG content will be better suited to more powerful Sub Ohm clearomiser tanks such as the Kanger TopTank or Aspire Atlantis tank, rather than smaller, non-sub ohm tanks that would better suited to a mouth to lung vape style, such as the Nautilus or a standard CE5 clearomiser.

How Is Nicotine Used?

Nicotine is for a lot of vapers the most important component of e-liquid. Despite this, it is also a completely optional part of vaping – there are many, many vapers that have left nicotine behind and simply enjoy vaping for what it is. For those that do use nicotine, liquid comes in a wide variety of strengths ranging from 1.5mg to 18mg. This strength refers to the amount of nicotine found in each millilitre (ml) of liquid and can also be seen represented as a percentage. 18mg liquid can be referred to as 1.8% nicotine, 6mg as 0.6% and so on, so forth.

For help on choosing the right nicotine strength, please see our guide.