Beginner’s Guide

What are Pod systems / Pod mods?

Vape pods, also known as pod systems or pod mods, are a type of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) designed for a convenient and user-friendly vaping experience. They have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity, portability, and ease of use. It is becoming more popular in Japan, and it is especially recommended for people looking to transition from traditional cigarettes.

Some key characteristics of vape pods:

Compact Design: Vape pods are typically small, compact devices that are easy to carry around. They are often much smaller and lighter than traditional box mods or pen-style e-cigarettes.

Pod Cartridges: Instead of using a refillable tank or a separate atomizer, vape pods use disposable or refillable pods (also called cartridges). These pods contain the e-liquid (or vape juice) and the coil (the heating element) in one unit. When the e-liquid is depleted, you replace the entire pod.

Ease of Use: Vape pods are designed to be user-friendly, making them a popular choice for beginners. They often have simple, one-button operation and do not require advanced knowledge of vaping.

Nicotine Salts: Many vape pods are compatible with nicotine salt e-liquids. Nicotine salts provide a smoother throat hit and allow for higher concentrations of nicotine, which can be appealing to former smokers.

Lower Power Output: Compared to more powerful box mods, vape pods generally have lower wattage output. This is to preserve battery life and provide a more discreet vaping experience.

Portability: One of the key advantages of vape pods is their portability. They can easily fit in a pocket or purse, making them convenient for users who are often on the move.

Charging the battery

Most Pod system starter kits come with a USB cable for charging. It is possible to connect the USB cable to an AC adapter such as a smartphone charger and charge it from an outlet, but in that case you need to pay attention to the voltage requirements. Please consult the user manual to find the Vape pod’s recommended voltage. Unregulated charging is dangerous as it may cause fire or damage. Handle it correctly and safely.

e-Liquid filling 

When filling the e-liquid, the method varies depending on the type. In the case of the refillable pod type, you can refill it by removing the atomizer and pouring the liquid into the tank. Leave the coil for about 5 minutes after filling so that the liquid is sufficiently soaked into the coil to prevent the coil from firing dry. If it is dry fired, the coil may burn, which produces a burnt, metallic taste known as a “dry hit”. Be sure to follow this procedure. It is also important to avoid getting the liquid on your hands. In the case of the replaceable pod type, the procedure is completed simply by replacing the pod in the main unit. If it runs out, you can replace it with a new one and start using it immediately. 

Vaping is advantageous for lower running costs 

When it comes to luxury goods, daily expenses are also a point of concern. First of all, the cost of e-liquids is about 1000 yen for 15ml. The average amount of liquid used is about 1 ml per day. In that case, the monthly cost is about 2000 yen. And one replaceable vape coil costs about 200 to 700 yen. Assuming that you replace a 500 yen coil twice, the monthly expense will be 1000 yen. In other words, the total monthly cost of vaping is 3000 yen. Although it varies depending on the quality and quantity you want, it is never a big burden. 

On the other hand, in the case of heat-not-burn cigarettes and traditional cigarettes, both are around 500 yen per box as of 2019. If you calculate at the pace of smoking one box a day, it will be 15,000 yen in one month. If you are a heavy smoker, you may end up paying more than 30,000 yen for cigarettes. For purely economic reasons, vaping is cheaper in the long run.

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