December 2022 | Pods Ranked | What The Heck?
An educational piece I enjoyed (and somehow agreed with?) I believe Pods are better than disposables for customizing vape for individuals, however, anything works. I enjoy the Smok Novo 2x (there are links around the site I believe, but they are running low or out).
The link above goes to Grimm’s Youtube channel. However, he also has a website (it presents a lot of info in a strange way, MHO). Enjoy the Video!!
Here is my take on the 5 finalists from Green’s Video (in reverse order):
1. Uwell Kalmia (inconsistent airflow noted)
The Uwell Kalmia vape has received a few negative reviews, mostly due to its inconsistent airflow. This could definitely be an issue if you’re used to devices with a more stable draw. With that being said, the battery might only last half a day and the pod capacity is just 1.6ml. Ohm reading at 1.2 is slightly higher than what I prefer which is usually around .8-1 – especially when it comes to mesh devices. What’s even worse is that it comes at a relatively high price compared to similar products of other brands like Smok, making it very hard for me to justify this purchase.
2. Voopoo Vinci SE
The Voopoo Vinci SE vape is a well-priced vaporizer for beginners. With its minimalist design, the device is easy to use and delivers excellent flavor from its 0.8Ω V2 Vinci pods. The top fill system makes refilling simple and mess-free, while the leakage-proof design helps keep your vape safe in transit or storage.
Unfortunately, you won’t find adjustable airflow on the SE vape, but it is still an economical choice that packs plenty of punch. If you do decide to purchase one of these vapes make sure to grab an extra pod system and replacement pod cartridges, since only one pod comes with the kit – then you can be sure to have plenty of vape on hand.
3. Vaporesso Xros 3
Featuring a 1000mah battery, 2ml capacity pods and a 0.6ohm pod with restricted direct lung vape, and a 1.0ohm pod for mouth-to-lung vape, the Vaporesso XROS 3 Pod System definitely deserves a top 5 spot. The Axon chipset increases the price, but supposedly produces a pulse mode that promises to significantly enhance flavor and extend the life of your vape pods.
The Vaporesso Xros 3 is on my list for my next vape purchase. However, due to different pricing in local vape stores, getting this vape might be better through online shopping as you can find it cheaper compared to paying up to $20 extra when buying locally. Again, you will want more than one pod, so maybe picking up a Smok Novo, and replacement pod cartridges at the same time will last a while (I have 9 working pods, plus several backup pod cartridges.)
4. Smok Novo 2x
I started with Smok Novo products. Even before disposables, came the Smok Novo (I was doing my research online, youtube videos). While many complaints were made about the side-fill pods, I did not have any problems. I still use the pod kits now, except the one I purchased in a vape store in December 2021 is no longer with me.
I have Smok Novo 2, Smok Novo 3, and Smok Novo 2x’s. All are great, though I like the top-fill system pods the best. I get my pods to last longer by only one pod per juice. I make my own, so the juice is easy to replace when run out. I have the Smok Novo 2 pods in 1.0ohm mesh and .8ohm mesh, the 1.2-ohm dual coil doesn’t appeal to me, but I guess I can use them with the ole salt nic juice sitting in the cupboards.
The Clear Pods have the best loose draw flavor (I use them for my fruits) but they will leak out the bottom after a while. These pods are side-fill. What I do is when refilling, just blow from top to bottom gently into a paper towel and clean the bottom of the pod off. If you hear a gurgly sound when you puff, then you need to clean the chimney out by blowing.
Their 2x pods are the best. And, you can use them with the other Smok Novo devices. All pods are interchangeable. The airflow control of the Novo 2x is nice, I like it a little tight to midway. I personally put this pod in spot No 1, but shops are running out. I will try to find a supplier with stock (apparently it’s popular with the local merchants and the public as well – local merchants have quite the markup).
5. GeekVape Sonder U Pod System Starter Kit
The Geekvape Sonder U is a lightweight and pocketable vape that makes a great starter kit for beginners. Featuring a 1000mAh integrated battery, it promises all-day vaping even when using non-salt e-juices. It has an impressive 0.7ohm coil resistance for MTL vaping and supports 2ml vape juice capacity so you never run out of refills. The clear-view e-liquid window lets you easily check the levels, making sure you always have plenty of vape juice ready to go. With its 20W max output and draw-activated firing system, it’s easy to see why this kit is an ideal vape for beginners who want a powerful but easy-to-use e-cigarette that won’t let them down.
Only con vs the other 2 in the top 3, this is a side-fill pod. Again, there is only one pod and no USB-c cable. But the price is under $14, the best I have seen. You will obviously want to pick up Pod cartridges at the time of purchase. This looks like a loose MTL. While Grimm has placed this at No 1, I am not convinced. I personally go with the Smok Novo products.
As always, these are my opinions, from perusing the web and my own experiences. Great Video Nick.
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