Road to Zero Nicotine: Vape Pods
At Vapor4life, our goal has always been to help smokers make the switch to vaping and then to encourage vapers to gradually reduce their nicotine level. The eventual goal is a life free from nicotine and vaping entirely. For this reason we offer a huge selection of vaping devices and ejuices. Our series on the Road to Zero Nicotine has featured several of these options already.
- Road to Zero Nicotine: Disposable Vapes
- Road to Zero Nicotine: Wow and Premium EJuices
- Road to Zero Nicotine: Vapor Zeus
- Road to Zero Nicotine: Vapor Titan
The popularity of prefilled vape pods and disposable vapes was kick started by nic salts. Check out our review of the Juul versus Vuse Alto for a rundown on the benefits and limitations of prefilled vape kits, the primary weakness of which is a federal ban which removed flavored prefilled pods and carts from the market.
Smooth and satisfying, the lower pH of nic salts allows ejuice manufacturers to ratchet the potency up to five or even in excess of 6 percent. Yet even at these levels, nic salts have a smooth throat hit.
Most Nic Salt manufacturers churn out two strengths of ejuice, the lower end of potency ranges between 2.5 and 3.5 percent. The most powerful nic salts usually hit between 4.5 and 5 percent, although 6 percent and above is not uncommon in disposables.
For vapers looking to ratchet down their nicotine, regular ejuice is often the answer. High VG Eliquids work great in low resistance devices and generate massive clouds. He PG ejuices, like the Wow and Premium Line, have crystal flavor. Now it is time to take a look at the vape pods on the market which would make a great vehicle in your drive for lower nicotine.
Refillable vape pod kits aren’t exactly synonymous with lower nicotine vape juices. They are associated with nic salt ejuices. But as this segment has developed, multiple pod options have been available and many models have swappable coils. This gives them the flexibility to handle any kind of vape juice.
Refillable vape pod kits come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. They range from the mighty Smok RPM8o to the tiny Baton V2. Now let’s take a look at some of the best refillable vape pods on the market today.
RPM stands for the real pod mod. Apart from its even bigger sibling, the Smok RPM80, there is no vape pod with greater flexibility. Check out our feature comparing the Smok RPM40 versus the Smok RPM80. With adjustable wattage and two huge coil families to choose from, you can switch between high resistance nic salt coils and low resistance coils ideal for lower nicotine vape juices.
The Smok RPM40 comes with two pods. There is the Nord Pod, which is compatible with the complete family of Nord coils. Then there is the RPM pod. Both come with the Smok RPM40 vape pod kit, the RPM pod is delivered with a cloud chucking 0.4ohm mesh coil that takes full advantage of the RPM40’s 40w output. The 0.6ohm Nord coil is also legendary for its high VG vape juice chops. But nic salts are covered two, the Nord pod is compatible with the outstanding 1.4ohm ceramic coils. With a headspinning selection of coil options and solid performance. There is no better device for switching between nic salts and lower nicotine regular ejuices.
The Smok Novo 2 looks a lot like the original Smok Novo but is a huge upgrade. It has an 800mAh battery, which is twice the life of the original. But it maintains the same miniscule size and provides the same tight autodraw hit. The Smok Novo 2 has updated pod choices, a 1.0ohm Mesh and 1.4ohm regular pod. These both deliver tremendous flavor. The 1.0ohm mesh is designed for regular ejuices and the greater power of the Novo 2 allows it to handle higher VG juices. Here is our comparison of the Smok Novo versus the Smok Novo 2.
The Ferrari of vape pods, the Lost Vape Orion DNA Go has spawned many imitators. But while they ape the output and appearance, none match the flexibility and performance provided by the DNA Go chip. If you are looking for a vape pod that can handle lower nicotine, high VG ejuices, this is maybe the best choice. With 40watts of power and 0.25 and 0.5ohm pods, it is well equipped to handle even the most viscous high VG ejuices and packs a serious cloud punch. Here is our comparison between the Smok Trinity Alpha versus the Lost Vape Orion DNA Go.
With the same form factor as the more expensive Lost Vape Orion DNA Go, the Smok Trinity Alpha is able to nearly match it in performance and offer the greater flexibility of swappable Nord coils. The Smok Trinity Alpha has an output of 30 watts of comes with the 0.6 and 0.8ohm mesh coils. Both are outstanding options for vapers who are seeking lower nicotine ejuices. But the full family of Nord pods is compatible. So it is easy to find a coil that is perfect for nic salts as well.
Smok has gone all in with the swappable coil and adjustable wattage vape pod designs. The Smok RPM80 can compete with outstanding box mods like the Voopoo Drag Mini Platinum. With 80 watts of power, adjustable wattage, a compact design and swappable battery, it is compatible with almost any compact box mods.
It can compete with these mods using the new RGC coil family which features a cloud tossing 0.17ohm mesh coil. You get all the performance of a box mod and all the convenience of a vape pod. Suffice it to say, there are few better ways to vape low nicotine vape juices.
But it can also excel discretely vaping nic salts. This is done with the RPM pod, which is compatible with the full line RPM coils. The Smok RPM80’s RPM coil comes with another cloud chucker, the 0.4ohm coil that also comes with the RPM40, but it is compatible with the 1.0ohm SC single coil, which is ideal for nic salts.
In direct response to lower priced competition with swappable coils, the Lost Vape Q Pro was developed. It looks just like the Lost Vape Orion DNA Go and is compatible with the same pods. The difference is that Lost Vape Orion Q Pro’s pods have swappable coils and it is compatible with every pod and coil in the lineup. This includes the 1.0ohm regular coil, which is great for nic salts and 0.25 mesh coil which is custom made for lower nicotine fare. In the middle is 0.5ohm regular coil, which packs a mean flavor and cloud punch which makes it invaluable for lower nicotine vapers who want to enjoy the convenience of a vape pod. Here is a show down between the Lost Vape Orion Q Pro and the Suorin Reno.
The Suorin Air Plus is not much bigger than the original Suorin Air but the technology and hardware are upgraded. Inside of this vape pod kit, which is not much bigger than a small stack of credit cards. There is a 930mAh battery and 3.5ml vape pod, both about twice the size of the original Suorin Air. Check out our comparison of the Suorin Air versus the Suorin Air Plus for a complete breakdown. The Suorin Air Plus also has better chops for lower nicotine vape juices, with 0.7ohm pod that is designed for higher VG ejuices. The smaller wicking of the Suorin Air Plus also allows it to excel with Wow and Premium ejuices.
Although not technically a vape pod kit, the Vapor Zeus provides the same level of convenience and usability with even more authentic performance. In place of a pod, it uses the patented Smileomizer cartomizer. It has a larger capacity than a typical vape pod, up 6.5ml and is affordable to replace. No swapping of coils. The Vapor Zeus is one of the best ways to vape nic salts but was originally designed for use with Wow and Premium ejuices.
The Vapor Zeus comes in autodraw, manual fire and variable voltage models. There is also a dual mode Vapor Zeus, where you can switch between the two modes. The UWell Caliburn also features this flexibility but is a very nic salt centered device. It is great at what it does but is not frequently used with lower nicotine ejuices. Here is our review of the UWell Caliburn.
The high resistance coils and vape pods featured generally are designed for nic salts, which are a 50/50 blend of VG and PG. Each model we featured above also has a lower resistance pod which is designed for lower nicotine vape juices. Although they can handle high PG ejuices, which are less viscous, only few models excel with this more flavorful and clear hitting ejuice ratio. Wow and Premium ejuices come in an amazing seven nicotine levels. Ranging from 3.6 percent, which nearly matches the most potent bottled nic salts, to nicotine free, Wow and Premium ejuices were formulated to help you gradually reduce the nicotine level you prefer.
When reviewed earlier this year, we determined the Vapor Titan Clearomizer is one of the best way to vape nic salts. Extremely easy to use, flavorful and featuring a replaceable clearomizers, the Vapor Titan Clearomizer kit is a perfect option for nic salt lovers but it works even better with the flexible Wow and Premium ejuice lines.
In general, disposable vapes are a great option for former prefilled vape pod users as they are still offered in the flavors that adults prefer. But as they rely on nic salts to provide a satisfying performance, only a handful are available in lower nicotine options. We compare these in our deep-dive into the Best Lower Nicotine Disposable Vapes.
One exception is the Zaero Disposable. It is available in four nicotine strengths: 0, 1.8, 3.0 and 5 percent. This matches the flexibility if almost any vape juice. But the Zaero is as much about flavor and flexibility. Available in eight different flavors, it excel in this area as well.