1. Voopoo Drag S/X/Max & Argus GT- 4.5
Taking the gold medals, the best pod vapes of the year are the Voopoo mods that take the PNP coils. I had to include all these pod vapes because they all pretty much vape the same. It doesn’t matter if you decide to go with a Drag S, Drag X, Max, or Argus GT. They all take the PNP coils and basically have the same chipset and menu system. As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the best pod system of the year, definitely the best pod vapes for sure. You just need to find out which form factor you’re most comfortable with. Voopoo had a fantastic year and the mods in the top spot are the reason for that. They deserve this spot because they earned it.
My personal favorite is the Argus GT because it’s the most versatile out of these bunch of pod vapes to vape. I liked vaping it so much, I bought a second unit! It’s the only one amongst these four pod mod systems that actually has a built-in 510 connection. It’s a dual-battery mod (one of the smallest dual battery mods that I know of!) that should get you through the whole day without any issues if you are using a PNP coil. And you know me, a long lasting battery life is a must-have for any of the pods to be featured on this list.
Add the easy to use plug-and-play coil and pod system, a screen that has a menu that is large, bright and clear, one of the smartest pod systems around, a complete kit out of the box, and beautiful colors, and you have a surefire winner on your hands. It is one of the highest-rated mods and pod systems that I have ever rated here at Vaping Insider, and definitely one of the best pod vape experiences l have ever had. Definitely a top-tier vaping experience for anyone new to vaping, so if you are new, don’t be afraid to use a pod of this quality out.
Congratulations to Voopoo for taking the number one spot of our Top 10 Best Pod Systems for 2020.
Voopoo Drag S and X
- Premium Leather Finish & Great Build Quality
- Smooth, Fully Adjustable Airflow
- Refillable 4.5mL e liquid capacity
- Very Easy To Use (simple menu system)
- Lots of Color Options
- Flavor and Clouds are great, especially on the 0.15 ohm coil.
Voopoo Argus GT
- Plug-and-Play Tank
- Awesome Family of Coils
- Solid Battery Door
- Built-In 510 Drip Tip
- Fires Fast
- Has a Great Knockaround Kit
Voopoo Drag Max
- Has the Most Complete Starter Kit
- Takes PNP Coils
- Has 3 Tanks (RBA head, RTA attachment)
- Very Easy to Swap (RTA to Mouth-to-Lung to Regular Pod modes)
- Easy to Use and Build
- Great Battery Life
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2. Oxva Origin X- 4.375
Earning the silver medal is the Oxva Origin X. With the Origin X, versatility is the name of the vaping game. If you’re one of the experienced vapers who wants a pod vape that ticks all the boxes then this is the best pod system for you. This system was developed by the original designer of the Geek vape Aegis. And for that, Justin definitely did a bang-up job on this versatile beauty. He had a tough act to follow with the original Origin (a popular pod vape which is also on this list), but he did a phenomenal job.
Just like the original Origin, this one is small but packs one hell of a punch. It has a very good e liquid capacity for its size, and also has a smart chipset in its system, which makes it easy to use and lets you scroll fast when you adjust the temperature and wattage, but doesn’t do a number on your battery life; a definite plus. It takes a single 18650 battery and has all kinds of accessories available for it. You have the choice of running their proprietary coils, which there are four of. There’s also an RBA section, an RDTA attachment, and a 510 attachment. So you have tons of choices when it comes to the Oxva Origin X.
The Origin X has a maximum wattage output of 60 watts. No matter which way you decide to vape it, one thing is for sure; the flavor on this thing is phenomenal. The Origin X will fire down to .15 ohms and it has all sorts of protections built-in. So far, I’ve seen that it’s available in 4 different colors, and all of them are stunning. And it being an Origin, the ease of use is there, and also feels nice in the hand and very pocketable.
If you want a pod system vape that has it all, then look no further!
- Versatile (Mouth to Lung or Direct to Lung, Sub Ohm, RBA, RDTA, Tank w/510 adapter)
- Complete Starter Pod Kit (with all accessories)
- Smart Chipset (with easy menu system)
- Great Form Factor (nice in the hand, pocketable)
- Nice Capacity
- Good Flavor and Clouds
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3. Lost Vape Thelema- 4.25
Our bronze pick is the Lost Vape Thelema. When I first opened the box for this thing, I couldn’t believe the way it looked just sitting there. With its subtle branding, this is one classy-looking pod system. It’s also been one of the driest pod systems I’ve ever used, absolutely no leaking at all. Once you get past the gorgeous aesthetics of this pod vape, you realize that it’s not all about the looks. This thing has some really nice labor. The coil system so far has been fantastic; I have been enjoying all of my juices that I’ve been running through this pod. The top fill system makes it easy to enjoy the e liquids I’ve been running through this pod. The beautiful .96 inch color TFT display is well-laid it out and easy to read and use, which definitely adds to the pleasing aesthetics.
The Lost Vape Thelema has five coils available for it, as well as an RBA section. It has two removable drip tips available, and has a pod that fits perfectly and doesn’t leak, it’s dry as a bone. It comes in a multitude of colors, as well as 9 different leather finishes. It has a 3000 milliamp-hour internal battery and has Type-C charging. It features adjustable airflow and it is very smooth. The Thelema fires fast, and the flavor in the clouds that you are going to get off of this pod system definitely makes it one of the best pod systems around, qualifying it squarely for third place.
- 3000 MAH Battery (good battery life)
- 2 Drip Tips Included (drip tips are removable)
- Top Fill (pod fits perfectly)
- Easy Menu System
- No Leaking
- Nice Color OLED Screen
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4. Aspire BP80- 3.817
Do you want something that’s very Voopoo Drag S-like but with a slightly better build quality? Well, vape no further than the Aspire BP80. It’s one of the main reasons why it came in at our number 4 spot, but there’s more to it than that. This pod vapes beautifully, and the build quality, which feels more solid to me than that of the Drag S, is very nice indeed. I happen to love the aesthetic of the red and black stitching, the different colors of the leather finishes, and the subtle branding on each unit. The coils for the BP80 are right up there with the PNP coils and the Vaporesso coils; plug-and-play and easy to use, the Aspire BP80 vapes very similar to both of those coil systems.
This pod as an 80-watt maximum output, with a 2500 milliamp-hour built-in battery and Type-C charging. It also comes with a .96-inch color screen that’s big, clear, well-laid out and easy to navigate and read. Don’t forget that the BP80 also has an auto mode, perfect for those who don’t want to fiddle too much with their vape settings, but doesn’t want to entirely drain the battery life in one vaping session.
There are currently 3 coils available for it (mesh coil included), along with a rebuildable section. This is a well-built, little pocket rocket that should give you many quality hours of vaping, definitely one of Aspire’s best pod vapes made for this year.
- Good Battery Life (with Type-C, 2amp charging)
- Auto Mode
- Good Build Quality (with beautiful finishes)
- Big, Bright Screen (with good layout)
- No Leaking
- Excellent Vape
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5. Smok Nfix- 4.125
The Smok Nfix cracks the top 5, and deservedly so. I honestly believe Smok came up with the Nfix as an answer to the Uwell Caliburn. Uwell Caliburn basically set the standard for a very simple to use, very spartan portable vape pod system like this, but Smok took the ball and ran with it. They made the Nfix in a simliar size to the Caliburn, but added a screen and adjustable wattage to make it just a slightly different pod vape experience. But Iike the Caliburn before it, the Nfix is one of the best pod vapes I’ve had for this year.
The Nfix, desipite its’ simplicity, has a legit mouth to lung draw. It also has an auto draw activated feature which people who are in the market for a good draw activated pod system like this truly enjoy. The system has Type-C charging and does charge rather fast. It takes in up to 3ml of e liquid pod capacity (nicotine salts, or nic salts, can be used on this device), does not leak, and the pod fits perfectly.
The coils inside the pod are very flavorful, and the longevity on them has been pretty good, I’ve had no issues when it comes to flavor or clouds. But the coils aren’t replaceable coils though; when you burn your pod out, you have to throw that pod out, you cannot replace the coil. Keep that in mind.
Even though the screen is very small, Smok did a good job of keeping it simple and making it very clear and bright with its’ .54 OLED screen. With its built-in 700 mah battery, you will have no problems getting through the day with this thing at the wattages that you are going to run it at. And of course, because it’s a Smok device, it is available in a ton of colors. If you are someone that’s new to vaping and is intimidated by all the questions that come with choosing which pod system is best to get, the Nfix is one vaping experience that’s guaranteed to ease you into the vaping life.
- Auto Draw Activated
- Mouth-to-Lung Draw
- No Leaking
- Good Battery Life
- Good Pod Longevity
- Clear Pod (e juice level is easily seen)
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6. Vaporesso Target PM80 & SE Edition- 3.875
Just shy of the top 5, we have these two pods; the Vaporesso Target PM80 and its’ SE (or Special Edition). The PM80 is an internal battery mod that has a built-in 2000 mah battery. The SE version is a little bigger and takes in a single 18650 battery. And despite the difference in battery systems, the two pods basically vape the same because they take the same coils. The coils that are available for both of these pod mods are almost as good as the Voopoo PNP coils. They are very flavorful, and they last pretty long. Vaporesso has seven different coils available for this pod (five for the PM80, two for the PM80 SE), as well as a rebuildable section. Add to that the fact that PNP coils will also fit in them as well, and you have a great system in both the PM80 and PM80SE.
I like the styling of both versions of this pod. I think Vaporesso did a very good job when it came to the aesthetics of the PM80 and PM80 SE; both come in an array of very classy and stylish colors. I also really like the bright color screen and the way Vaporesso laid it out; simple and fast scrolling. And of course, I am a big fan of the form factor, as both pods are very pocketable and very easy to take out with you. Add to that a clear tank section (so you can easily see the level of your e liquid), and these features make the PM80 and PM80 SE very deserving of the number 6 position on this list; definitely two of the best refillable pod vapes Vaporesso churned out this year.
Vaporesso Target PM80
- Clear Tank Section (e juice level is easily seen)
- Coil Takes Advantage of the Mod’s Wattage Capability
- 5 Coils Available in Pod Kit
- Axon Chipset
- Nice Form Factor & Build Quality
- Good Power-to-Size Ratio
Vaporesso Target PM80 SE
- Strong Pod Magnets
- Bright Display Screen
- 2 Portable Pods in the Kit
- Has Wattage Adjustment
- Scrolls Fast in Half-Watt Increments
- Good Power-to-Size Ratio
- Good Pod Capacity
- Good Coil System
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7. Aspire Nautilus Prime- 3.812
The main selling feature of the Aspire Nautilus Prime is the fact that it takes a tried-and-true coil system. This thing takes the Nautilus coils, which are among the best coils in the business, and they are widely available online or in most vape shops too. Their mesh coils are really good for those that want a low-wattage mesh vape. Not only do the coils have very good flavor, but they also have great longevity to them.
This box mod sports a stylish, squared-off anodized finish that’s easy to use and clean (for those not keen on visible fingerprints all over their mods). The Nautilus Prime comes with 2 replaceable coils (mesh coil and BVC coil) that go inside a top-loading pod system that’s clear, so you can easily see the level of e liquid you have left inside this 3.4ml portable pod. Did we mention that this is a refillable pod vape as well? Ease of use guaranteed. The screen is small, but is very clear and simple to use and manipulate. This box mod also has a 510 drip tip included with it, but will accommodate a favorite 510 drip tip that you have in your personal vape kit.
The Nautilus Prime is lightweight and easy to carry, and I’m definitely digging its’ anodized look. I think it’s fantastic that the pod actually loads in from the top, and slots in with a very satisfying click. The screen is small, but I appreciate that it has an adjustable wattage. If you’re looking for a pod vape that’s light and easy to carry around, you should definitely take a look at the Nautilus Prime.
- Tank Loads From the Top
- E Liquid Level Easily Seen
- Great Coil System
- Great Looks & Build Quality
- Lightweight & Pocketable
- Great Battery Capacity
8. Oxva Origin- 4.25
The Oxva Origin is part of a select group of vapes that have received the highest star ratings ever given to pod vapes here at Vaping Insider and it deserves it. It’s simply a fantastic pod system with a beautiful form factor. It’s sort of similar to the Voopoo Drag X; just as wide, but slimmer and sleeker. When I first got it, I could not believe how small it was for a pod vape that takes a single 18650 battery. It is absolutely tiny! Its’ size and form factor are definitely its’ standout features; it performs well and is one of our go-to pods. We won’t be putting this pod mod back on the shelf anytime soon.
It has a clear, refillable pod that makes it easy for you to see your e juice level. Replaceable plug-and-play coils come with adjustable airflow. They are fantastic coils, easily among the best coils in the pod market right now. I get excellent flavor from them. When the coil is installed in the pod it is absolutely bone dry, with no leaking at all. It also has a very convenient top-fill feature that I love; this allows you to fill the vape tank up (up to 3mls) without actually removing the pod from the tank, something that any vaping device worth its salt should have, in my opinion.
Setting aside its’ other great features, you also have to take into account that this thing has 2amp charging and a 40-watt maximum output, and adjustable airflow. All in its tiny 38.2×23.5×113.5mm body! All of these features make the Oxva Origin a winner in my book and one of the best pod vape experiences for 2020.
- Can Auto-Detect Coils Used
- No Leaks
- Can Be Filled While Pod is Installed
- E Liquid Level Easily Seen
- Great Coil System
- Great Looks & Build Quality
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9. Voopoo Argus Air- 3.687
Making it to the list is the Voopoo Argus Air. If you’re a big fan of the Argus GT, then meet its’ baby brother. This pod system takes PNP coils that are .6 ohm and above. It’s a fantastic little pod vape system that maintains the look of its big brother, which is not a bad thing. I love the aesthetics of this mod; it comes in seven different colors and fits easily and comfortably in the hand. And not only does it look good but it vapes just as good as it looks.
The nice thing about the Argus Air is that you get two pod systems in the kit. You get a fully-disposable pod that is meant for mouth to lung vaping, along with a PNP pod that is meant to take PNP coils that are .6 ohms and above. While it doesn’t have the best range in the airflow department, I do like the fact that you have some form of quasi airflow adjustment to it. The coils give off good flavor and clouds, and the vape tanks have clear pods to easily see the level of e juice you have left in it.
The Voopoo Argus Air features a built-in, 900 mah battery that should get you through most of the day, especially if you are in mouth to lung mode. The flavor on this one is exactly what you would expect from a pod that takes PNP coils.
- Takes PNP Coils (.6 ohm and above)
- Good Battery Capacity
- Quasi Airflow Adjustment
- Disposable Pod
- Easy To Fill
- Clear Pods (e liquid level is easily seen)
10. Smok Scar P3 & P5- 3.31
The P3 and P5 are weird ones for Smok. Not only are the pods not compatible with each other, but the coils are swappable. Add to that, the P3 has Type-C charging, while the P5 has a micro-USB charger. I don’t understand why Smok did that, but these are the cards that we were dealt with. The P3 has the internal battery mod that features a 2000 milliamp-hour battery, while the P5 takes an external 18650 battery, and is definitely the one I prefer most. Both pod system takes RPM coils, as well as the new RPM2 coils (each unit will identify which one specifically). I definitely like the RPM2 coils better, they are bigger and more flavorful than the OG coils. I also like the fact that this pod system is IP67 rated – dust, shock, and waterproof. One of the best pod vape experiences to have around if you’re an active type.
While both of these have no adjustable airflow, the airflow on each pod vape is still very smooth. I like the looks and form factor on them, as well as the different textures available; I think its’ aesthetically pleasing. I also like the bright, vibrant screen and the easy menu system on them.
The P3 and P5 are easy to carry, and is a great system for a night out on the town. Both vape tanks have nice capacity too. One thing’s for sure; in this pod market, you could do a lot worse than the Smok P3 or P5.
- IP67-Rated (dust, shock, waterproof)
- Great RPM2 Coil
- Top Fillable
- Swappable Battery (for the P5)
- Nice Form Factor
- Easy To Carry
Pod Vape FAQs
What are pod vapes?
Pod vapes are small, compact and portable pod devices that have a pod where the vape juice is held. The devices are usually thin, stick-shaped internal battery mods but some pod vapes now use external batteries. Pod vapes became popular due to the fact that people moving from smoking wanted a simple way to vape. With original pod devices, the pod came with e juice inside and once it was finished you threw it away and got a new pod. Now there are many types of pod devices on the market that can be refilled. Some even have replaceable coils so you don’t have to throw away the pod when the coil burns out.
Which is better: pod vapes or mod vapes?
For most people who are new to vaping, pod vapes are going to be better. Pod vapes are smaller and more compact than mod vapes. They are also much simpler to use which makes transitioning over from cigarettes easier for most people.
How long do refillable vape pods last?
The answer to this question really depends on how much you vape your pod mod, but you can generally expect 3-6 days of use before you need to change a refillable pod vape. Signs that you are getting close to needing to change your pods will be reduced flavor and vapor production from your vape pods.
Which pod system has the longest lasting pods?
The Smok Nfix has some of the longest-lasting pods from of our top 10 pod vapes. You can get up to 2 weeks from it’s coils, making it a very easy to use pod vape device and a popular pod device to get, especially for those new to the vaping life.
How do I use a pod device?
Pod mods are very easy to use. Most are draw activated, meaning you just suck on the mouthpiece and the pod mod will fire. A number of pod mod devices also use push the button to vape meaning you hold the button and inhale to get your nicotine hit.
Are pod mods worth it?
Pod mods are typically cheaper devices than vape mods, which is why they have become so popular. If you get a closed-end pod device such as a JUUL instead of an open system, then it can become expensive. If you purchase one of the many types of pod mods that can be refilled and have replaceable coils then the cost of maintaining your pod device goes down a lot.
Can you use nicotine salts in a vape pod device?
Yes, you can use both nicotine salt (“nic salts”) or freebase (“regular”) nicotine in a pod mod device. Because a pod device has a lower wattage than a box mod device, it is a slightly different experience. Nicotine salt became popular and preferable to freebase nicotine because the nicotine in nic salts are absorbed by the body faster (because of the benzoic or citric acid included) as compared to freebase nicotine. Nic salts also don’t have the harsh throat hit that freebase nicotine does. A lot of people now use vape pod devices with nicotine salt because it resembles smoking a cigarette more closely, which is desirable vaping experience, especially when you are trying to quit.
How does a vape pod device work?
Vape pod devices work by heating up a coil that is wrapped in a wicking material such as organic cotton. The organic cotton becomes saturated from the juice in your pod device and once you push the button to vape, the coil in your device heats up, creating vapor.
Where are the Smok Nord, Smok Nord 2, Smok Nord X, and Smok Novo 2?
The Smok Nord, Smok Nord 2, Smok Nord X, and Smok Novo 2 are all good pod system vapes but we really felt that the 10+ devices above deserve their spot in the top 10. Not to say the Smok Nord, Nord 2, Smok Nord X or Novo 2 are not among the best pod vape experiences, but the new pod vapes above are better (in our humble opinion). We got so many questions about the Smok Nord, Nord 2, Smok Nord X, and Novo 2, along with the RPM80 and the Suorin Drop vape systems that we decided it needed its own FAQ.
The Lost Vape Orion is another pod mod we get asked about a lot. The Lost Vape Orion was ground breaking when it came out due to it’s form factor and DNA Go chip. The DNA Go chip allowed Lost Vape Orion owners to customize all aspects of the device. Not to say that the Orion isn’t one of the best vaping experiences out there, but the pod mod market has moved on a lot since its’ release, and there are simply better pod vapes on our best pod vape list now.
The Aegis Boost is another pod mod that was extremely popular due to it’s indestructible form factor. To this day, the Aegis Boost is still one of the best refillable pod vapes out there, but the pod vape market is an ever-fast moving market, and every new vaping device released today puts the Boost just a bit closer to the back of the vaping device pack.
Why are there no pre filled pods on the list?
While we think pre filled devices can be one of the best vaping experiences for beginners, we have found that a lot of our readers and viewers (most of whom are experienced vapers) quickly feel restricted by pre filled pods and want to choose from the thousands of flavor options currently on the market. Smok does sell pre filled pods for the Novo, for example, but we generally think that pre filled pods limit the user, and we are all about choice here at Vaping Insider.
Why are there so many terms to know?
If you are new to vaping, we don’t blame you for being overwhelmed. There are several words and terminologies to know and understand. For example, the difference between mouth to lung vs direct to lung (vapor is collected in the mouth first then breathed fully into the lungs with MTL, DTL is sucking the vapor straight into the lungs without it lingering in the mouth), or a closed system vs an open system (closed system devices have pre-filled, disposable e liquid cartridges, while open system devices have refillable ones). If you’d like to know more about whether you’d short circuit a pod if you vape in the rain, burn a coil while vaping, or if you’re getting a good deal with the 2 pod system you’d like to buy online, follow us here on Vaping Insider for the best and most trusted reviews in the business.