Pod Systems: The healthier alternative for smokers

Friday 1st May 2020

Smoking has never been an easy habit to break. In fact, you may find it stressful. This is because the usual stress-busting solution of ‘lighting up’ is the sole habit you’re trying to break. So it’s no surprise that many smokers have turned to vaping for a healthier alternative.

There are plenty of vaping devices on the market, with different functionalities and user levels but which is the right one for you?

Thanks to the brilliant evolution of vaping, the pod system was created, specifically designed for smokers looking to make the switch. With their simplistic design and easy-to-use functionality, pod systems have become like the holy grail of vapes to vaping novices.


What is a Pod system?

Essentially, a pod system is a mini vape, composed of two components – pod and battery.

The pod holds the vape juice and is ideal for smokers looking to use nicotine salt e-liquids. This then fits together with the battery to complete your very simple vaping device. Some come with a power button, others you simply take a drag and it automatically works.

As the favourite for smokers transitioning to vaping, the design of vape pods is all about versatility. This means that the device is ultra-portable and reusable. Systems are available with pre-filled pods or as a refillable, allowing you to swap and change flavoured vape juices as much as they’d like.


What’s the difference between pre-filled and refillable pods?

Pre-filled pods (also known as closed-systems) provide that convenience smokers are looking for. One of the challenges of swapping from smoking cigarettes to vaping and the thing that puts some people off is the inconvenience. As a smoker, you’re used to it being easy, that’s why it becomes so addictive in the first place. So when smokers are looking to make the switch, they tend to look for an option that shares the same level of convenience. 

Pre-filled pods are the go-to option in this case as all the user needs to do is pop in a pod and they’re ready to go. As soon as that pod is used up, simply throw it away and add another one.

Refillable pods (also known as open-systems) are for the user that wants to explore and experiment with different flavours. Although convenience is lost, they can be a lot of fun. Unlike closed-systems who only work with a small offering of flavours, refillables can use any e-liquid you’d like. 

So if you find yourself getting excited about walking into a vape shop or scrolling through an online store and looking at all of the different flavours to try, this is the perfect option for you.

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What are the pros and cons of pod systems?

Like with anything, there are pros and cons to consider and it’s important to do your research before purchasing. It ultimately comes down to your personal preference and how you plan on using your device.


  • Designed for quitting smoking
  • Small and ultra-portable
  • Simple to use
  • Leak-proof
  • Easy to maintain
  • Great for nic salts
  • Stealth vaping
  • Reasonably priced
  • Available pre-filled or as a refillable

As you can see, there are many pros to pod systems. The main being that they are designed to help smokers quit smoking. This translates as to why they are small, portable, simple to use, easy to maintain and work well with nic salts.

What are nic salts and are they for me?

One important piece of information that everyone wants to know is, how much are they? The good news is that not that much. Our VSUK collection ranges from £5.99 to £49.99 with the best-sellers sitting at around £30. With a pod system, you definitely get a product worth the price. Take a look for yourself here.

And they’re not just for beginners. Experienced users enjoy having a pod system to accompany their main box mod as the maintenance is super easy. For anyone who has used a vape before, you know the frustration and mess that comes when the e-liquid leaks. With pod systems, the pop-in, pop-out functionality of the pods stops this from happening as there is no need to manually fill, making the device leak-proof. Genius!

Finally, if you’d like to be more discreet when vaping, pod systems produce less cloud smoke than your usual big vapes allowing for a truly stealthy experience.


  • Smaller liquid capacity
  • Lower battery life

The bottom line is that there are far more pros to pod systems than cons. However, these are two of the things you need to consider when deciding whether to get a pod system.

As expected, pod systems are known as mini vapers, which mean they hold less e-liquid than your bigger mods.

The battery life is also not as long-lasting as your regular box mod. Although they hold more battery life than your cheap vape pens, they will last for about a day depending on how often you use it and the device itself. For experienced users, this tends not to be a huge issue as pod systems are used for more on-the-go vaping alongside instead of carrying their bigger device.


How can an E-cig help me to stop smoking?


There are numerous ways that vaping can help to stop you from smoking. 

Firstly, it enables you to carry out the motions of smoking which is the habit that so many struggle to break. This means you can carry on enjoying those social gatherings that make up a large part of the reason why people start smoking in the first place. 

Secondly, by using nic salts, you are still getting the nicotine that your body craves without all of the nasty toxins that make up a normal cigarette. For example, e-liquid is typically made up of nicotine, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerine plus flavourings. This doesn’t include the tobacco, tar and carbon monoxide that is so damaging to us. Nicotine itself is relatively harmless, just addictive. Experts estimate that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking as reported on the NHS One You website. 

Lastly, vaping allows you to control how much nicotine you are getting. So if you’re looking to completely give up nicotine then having the ability to wean yourself off at your own pace is a great way to quit.


It’s no wonder that 3.6 million people in the UK vape. A lot are also non-smokers and have never smoked. But, if you are looking for a healthier alternative then a pod system is the way to go. 

They’re simple to use, easy to maintain and are available at affordable prices. Leave the mess and fuss behind and step into vape serenity. 

Are you ready to choose your new vape?


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