Pod Kits Vs Mod Kits: Which Vape Is Best For You?

No matter what kind of vaper you are, finding the right vape can be tricky. And with so many options on the market, there's no wonder you haven't taken the leap and invested in the perfect vape yet. But that's where we come in.

Our article on the difference between pod kits, pod mods, and vape pod systems will help to explain the different features and factors you'll need to consider before you find a vape that suits you. From the overall experience of each type to the features, settings, and affordability, we've got it all covered. So, what are you waiting for? Let's jump right in!

Vaping Experience

Let's start with the basics. Firstly, you need to know what you want out of your vaping experience. Maybe you're looking for bigger clouds, or you're simply looking for a vaping device as a replacement to help you quit smoking. Either way, you're going to want to know the difference between pod and mod devices.

Vape pod kits are designed primarily for Mouth-To-Lung (MTL) vaping, which is great for beginners or ex-smokers who want a similar experience when they vape. However, you may find some brands that have a little more versatility that cater to both MTL and restrictive Direct-To-Lung (DTL) styles, like the Oxva Xlim V2 Pod Kit. Some more powerful pod systems that can be used for DTL vaping and have large internal or external batteries are sometimes referred to as pod mods – these are similar to a traditional mod vape kit but use pods instead of a tank. 

On the other hand, regular mod kits tend to be more powerful and mostly cater to DTL fans – although some offer MTL capabilities. These are more powerful devices that often let you change your wattage and airflow for a more customised experience. Most of the time, mods are used by vapers who know how to tweak their devices to suit their style.

In short, if you want MTL vaping you’re probably best off with a pod kit or pod mod, while DTL fans will likely prefer a mod kit or maybe an advanced pod mod.


Pod mods generally have box-shaped designs that look similar to traditional box mods. However, you can usually tell the difference by comparing their sizes. While pod mods are bigger than your average pod kit, they're usually smaller than box mod devices. Some pod mod models may have built-in batteries, while others need external batteries, but most pod mods come with controls for customisation and adjustment.

Your pod mod will usually have a refillable pod system (like the one included with the Uwell Caliburn GK2 Kit) that lets you refill your vape pods with almost any e-liquid you'd like. However, these vape pods are normally detachable and will need to be replaced eventually.

Regular vape pod kits, on the other hand, are more compact and sleek compared to pod mods. These vapes are designed to fit into your pocket and look like a pen or a tube. Additionally, pod systems typically have built-in batteries. Still, you may be able to find some that are offered with various power sources.

For example, the Voopoo Drag X Pro 100W Pod Kit has an external battery, while the Voopoo Drag S Pro 80W Pod Kit 3000mAh has a built-in battery.

Pod kits may also have an on/off button. But, unlike mods, they don't usually have different controls. Instead, you can activate it by puffing or by turning it on and then pulling on the vape device.

These vaping devices use refillable or disposable pre-filled vape pods. The pod cartridges contain the coil and the e-juice and can be discarded (if they're disposable) or refilled.


When it comes to convenience, both vape mods, pod mods, and pod kits have their advantages. On the whole, pod mods and mod kits will boast longer battery life, allowing you to vape at high wattages for longer without charging. 

Just remember that you may need to carry extra coils and vape juice with you in case you run out. Or, at least, you'll need to check the level of your juice before you head out for the day.

On the other hand, a vape pod uses disposable pods that can easily be replaced, even when you're on the go. You also won't need to change coils or fuss with different settings like wattage or voltage, which makes these the best choice for beginners.

Ease Of Use

So, how easy are these vaping devices to use? Well, a mod kit or pod mod will usually have more advanced features, which can make them more tricky to operate. They will usually have different temperature and wattage options. If you're not used to customising vape settings, then there may be a bit of a learning curve here. Adversely, pod vapes are usually draw-activated, so all you need to do is puff.

While it's not terribly difficult to refill your vape mod’s tank, it can take time to learn how to do it correctly - and to avoid spills and messes. That means that in terms of changing out your juice, pod kits and mods take the crown. It's just so easy to replace the cartridges!

You'll also need to change out the coils in your vape mods every once in a while. Replaceable coils need a little bit of know-how and effort to replace. Again, pod vapes take the cake on this front.

Type Of Vape Juice

Knowing what kind of e-liquid to use with your vaping device is really important for maintaining it and avoiding unnecessary replacements.

If you want some versatility with your vape juice, then a pod kit or pod mod may be the way to go. They work well with shortfill e-liquids, nicotine salts, and freebase or regular nicotine vape juice. However, this vaping device works best with vape juice that has a higher concentration of propylene glycol (PG) rather than vegetable glycerine (VG).

For pod kits, you may be able to buy pre-filled or empty pods. Pre-filled pods usually contain nic salts that are super easy to use; as soon as they're done, you can grab a few replacement pods to keep on hand. The only drawback of using pre-filled pods is that there is usually less variety than with nicotine salts and freebase vape juice. Plus, you may be restricted to only using pods that are made for your vape model.

Settings And Features

Vape mods and pod mods

When it comes to your vape mod kit or pod mod, the most common features of your vape device may include:

  • Temperature control (TC): Some advanced pod mods come with temperature control. This means that you can change the temperature limit for your coils, which will stop you from having dry hits and burning your coils.
  • Adjustable wattage: This feature lets you fine-tune the power output of your device.
  • Coil compatibility: A vape mod usually has plenty of versatility, and is compatible with several coil types. This means you can choose coils of different materials and resistances to customise your vaping experience.

Vape pod kit

Your pod vape device should include some of these key features:

  • Draw activation: Pull or draw activation means that all you need to do to operate your device is inhale. No buttons or adjustments are needed!
  • Disposable and refillable pods: You can usually choose between disposable or refillable pods, making it easier for you to choose the option that's most convenient for you.


A standard vape mod or pod mod will normally be a little more costly to buy. This is primarily because of all of the advanced features that these devices have. If you want something that is similar to a traditional box or vape mod, but you don't want the higher price tag, a pod mod is a great choice.

A pod vape is still more affordable than a pod mod, simply because it's a more simple and straightforward device. Still, it's a great first vape for beginners or anyone that wants to try out a vape before they invest in something more expensive.

You'll want to remember that if you use your pod mod with disposable pods, then you're likely going to end up paying a lot more than if you were using refillable pods. And the same goes for a pod device. However, your pod mod will also need to have its coils replaced every now and then, so don't forget to factor that into the long-term cost of your vape.


Pod mods and pod vapes each have their own unique advantages (and drawbacks), but the ultimate decision rests with you. While you may find pod vapes cheaper and easier to use, they aren't always designed for cloud chasers and intense flavours. And, although a pod mod is a good choice for versatility and customisation, they aren't as advanced as a vape mod.

Still, no matter which one you choose, hopefully, our guide will have helped to narrow your choice down and make it easier to find your perfect vape.

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