Top 12 Best Pod Vapes- UK Market Guide (2021)

Pod Vape System Champions

Hello and welcome back to another exciting MIST roundup of top-quality vaping gear! Today we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the best pod vape systems available in the UK.

A recent style of vape design, pod vape systems eschew big chunky mods and tanks to instead provide compact, discreet and pocket-friendly vaping devices which can be by your side whenever you need it.

No longer do you need to ruin your pockets with the vaping equivalent of an 80’s mobile phone, not when there are such sleek and ergonomic vapes such as those below available! Let’s jump in to the world of pod vape kits!

Our Top 12 Best Pod Vapes Are:

  1. SMOK RPM40
  2. Uwell Caliburn
  3. SMOK RPM80
  4. JUUL
  5. Voopoo DRAG S
  6. Myst P1
  7. Vaptio AirGo
  8. SMOK Nord 2
  9. Uwell Caliburn G
  10. Voopoo Argus
  11. Geek Vape Wenax K1
  12. SMOK Acro Kit

Note: The list of our best pod vapes and vape kits below are arranged in no particular order

1. SMOK RPM40

Score – 9/10

SMOK’s RPM40 has it all; MTL, big clouds and enough power to back it up.

RPM40 best pod vapes
Time for a ramp up

Pros

  • Adjustable wattage
  • MTL and DTL pods included

Cons

  • Somewhat chunky

The SMOK RPM40 was the original upgrade on SMOK’s Nord line of pod vapes; whereas the Nord offered classy and discreet puffs the RPM40 seeks to return to SMOK’s roots somewhat.

The SMOK RPM40 features two different pods, one fitted with a Nord coil for thin e-liquid and another fitted with a proprietary RPM coil for thicker liquids and high-VG fun.

The RPM40 challenged what could be expected from a pod vape system; capable of putting out up to 40W of power, it at the time far outstripped any other small pod vape on the market.

While the SMOK RPM40 may have been overtaken in battery life and power output, it remains one of the very best choices for a pod vape kit; whether you want discreet wispy puffs for the office or big clouds for the pub garden, the SMOK RPM40 is capable of suiting both needs, making it still a fairly unique and highly sought-after pod vape system.

MIST price

£29.99

2. Uwell Caliburn

Score – 8/10

Uwell’s Caliburn offers draw activation, refillable pods and a larger battery than the JUUL.

best pod vapes caliburn
Time for a ramp up

Pros

  • Draw activation
  • Rapid charge

Cons

  • No airflow control

When the Uwell Caliburn first hit our shelves it was clear what we were dealing with; a refillable JUUL competitor!

The Caliburn is slight of build and easily carried and transported, featuring a 520mAh battery which boasts more than twice the capacity of the JUUL.

The main ‘draw’ to the Caliburn, if you’ll excuse the pun, is it’s breath-activation technology. While there is a button present for those who want to fire the device traditionally, you can also simply draw breath through the unit to activate the vape, granting a nostalgic and simple hit of relief to recent smokers.

No need to messily change coils; simply dispose of a Caliburn Pod after 2-3 weeks and click a new one into place!

While designed for thinner e-liquids, there are a few who find that the ultra-absorbent wicking ports on the Uwell Caliburn are capable of handling high-VG e-liquids, you may just wish to give it time to wick between big puffs.

MIST price

£26.99

3. SMOK RPM80 / RPM80 PRO

Score – 7/10

The RPM80 is a definitive cloud pod. Big plumes in a neat chassis.

rpm80 best pod vapes
Double the power, double the puffs

Pros

  • Extremely high internal capacity

Cons

  • Lack of MTL options

The SMOK RPM80 was released not long after the fantastic reception the RPM40 received, and is a little more faithful to original SMOK designs.

Now featuring an *insane* 80W potential power output, the SMOK RPM80 challenges a lot of traditional sub-ohm kits in terms of plumage and power capacity!

Featuring an internal battery of 3000mAh, the RPM80 has more than enough charge to see you puffing vast clouds all day.

SMOK really did aim to trigger our nostalgia with this release, because also available is the RPM80 PRO, an almost identical device which has one difference; an empty battery well for you to fit with your own 18650 battery!

This puts the SMOK RPM80, which has a sleek and comfortable design, in the same league as big machines like the classic SMOK AL85!

It might seem strange to feature both the RPM40 and RPM80 in the same list, however the RPM80 is very much a sub-ohm machine.

The RPM Pod and RGC Pod included with the kit are fitted with 0.4ohm and 0.17ohm coils respectively, neither of which are suitable for mouth to lung use.

As such, we included the RPM40 above for those seeking the best of both worlds, whereas the RPM80 is for the cloud crew.

MIST price

£34.99 / £32.99

4. JUUL

Score – 7/10

The original! The JUUL offers greater convenience than any other vape on the market.

juul vaping kit
The crown jewel in convenient pod based vaping

Pros

  • Super discreet
  • Peerless simplicity and convenience

Cons

  • Lack of access & user options

Ah the JUUL. The pod vape system that shook up the world. JUUL hit the market in 2015 and since then has been partially responsible for the general public’s acceptance of vaping devices. It showed that a vape could be neat, discreet and above all convenient.

The JUUL is not filled by the user. Instead you purchase pre-filled JUUL pods, available in a variety of flavours at 1.8% nicotine content, also read as 18mg in strength. There is no button to press on the JUUL, instead relying on advance draw-activation technology; just puff to activate!

The JUUL has an internal battery capacity of 200mAH, which while not huge is very impressive in a vape as small as a USB drive! The battery is rapidly charged with the included USB charging dock, and can be tapped twice to check the power levels.

The JUUL is very much a specific device for a specific user. There are many who, while recognising the potential benefits of vaping to reduce their smoke intake, are reluctant to try and learn a whole new discipline of refilling and recoiling, learning new terms like “ohmage,” “VG/PG ratio” and “dryfire.” The JUUL was made for this crowd. Plug, puff and play.

MIST price

£19.99

5. Voopoo DRAG S

Score – 8/10

The DRAG S is a durable, powerful and stylish pod vape for tomorrow’s vaper.

drag s best pod vapes
Take a buttonless drag on the pod mod of the future

Pros

  • Draw activation options
  • Durable
  • Incredible flavour

Cons

  • Somewhat heavier than other pod vapes

The DRAG S from Voopoo is a durable and fantastically powerful sub-ohm pod vape system that impressed us so much we made a whole video about it!

The DRAG S features a number of brilliant design features; the casing is constructed from a solid amalgamation of metal alloy and leather. It’s a far cry from the sometimes ‘creaky’ plastic design of some other pod machines.

The Voopoo PnP Pods are built from a durable acrylic and allow for total viewing access of the pod and it’s e-liquid levels.

The PnP Pods are held in place via large magnet ring, easily removed but never so loose as to fall out on it’s own. Coils are easily changed with a pull and push; no need for awkward, messy unscrewings.

The Voopoo DRAG S can reach an impressive 60W output, and has power protections in place to prevent higher wattages being used on more moderate coils. Speaking of software, the DRAG S has a surprising amount of features for a pod vape; the device can switch easily between button activation and ‘puff’ mode, meaning you simply inhale to begin vaping!

MIST price

£39.99

6. Myst P1

Score – 7/10

Salts from the masters! The Myst P1 delivers soothing salt nic hits in a spill-proof design.

myst p1 salt nic kit
Spill-proof salts that aren’t to be missed

Pros

  • Leak proof
  • Specialising in nicotine salts
  • Convenient

Cons

  • Somewhat less available than the JUUL

From the labs of the original creator of nicotine salt e-liquid, the P1 by Myst is a JUUL-style portable pod vape system with a battery that outstrips its inspiration, 350mAh almost doubling the JUUL’s 200mAh.

The Myst P1 takes pre-filled pods filled with high-strength nic salt e-liquid. Nicotine salts are an alternative nicotine solution which provide hits which are high in nicotine but lack the rasping throat and chest hit that some recent smokers find a bit intense.

Draw activated, the P1 also features a clever and satisfying ‘hidden mouthpiece’ design, the pod snapping in and out of view with a satisfying click, cutting down on leaks and ensuring no lint finds its way into your device.

Each P1 pod is fitted with a 1.35ohm coil and boasts up to 300 puffs per pod.

MIST estimate

£19.99

7. Vaptio AirGo

Score – 9/10

The Vaptio AirGo changes everything. Portable, stylish, self-charging. A vape for the future.

vaptio airgo best pod vapes
A revolution in pod vape design and portable charging

Pros

  • Carry case acts as charger
  • Draw activation
  • Habit-breaking

Cons

  • Tight draw

The Vaptio AirGo, which we recently reviewed in full, is an incredibly stylish and portable pod vape which takes quite a bit of visual inspiration from a rather obvious source.

The carry case, which also acts as a charger, holds a small vape stick and two disposable pods pre-fitted with 1.0ohm coils designed for PG-centric e-liquid.

The extremely small vape stick holds a fairly small 80mAh of power, however it is rapidly charged with the 700mAh stored on the carry case, with the vape charging to full in approximately 10-20 minutes.

The elegant design of the Vaptio AirGo hides a hidden aspect to the unit; discipline. There is something to be said about the habit-breaking behaviour of needing to pop the vape back in its charger every 10 minutes or so. You quickly find that you rarely reach for it out of boredom, only when you need that moment of satisfaction.

One of the best pod vapes for anyone aiming to ultimately cut nicotine out of their lives completely.

MIST price

£29.99

8. SMOK Nord 2

Score – 8/10

The return of the master! The Nord 2 has all the features of the original, and many more!

smok nord 2 best pod vapes
The return of the duckbill mouthpiece

Pros

  • Versatile pods
  • Adjustable wattage

Cons

  • 1500mAh good but not for all day sub-ohm use

The SMOK Nord 2 is the latest upgrade in SMOK’s brilliant Nord series of pocket-sized pod vapes, now with extra features and increased power!

The SMOK Nord 2 has an internal battery capacity of 1500mAh, almost doubling the the power of the original.

On top of this the Nord 2 has a digital display screen along the side to show you your battery level, puff count, coil ohmage and current wattage settings.

Yes, that’s right – wattage settings! The Nord 2 can be set anywhere between 1W – 40W, with more than enough battery capacity to get you through the day.

The SMOK Nord 2 comes with two pods, both with the classic SMOK duckbill design. The RPM Pod is fitted with a sub-ohm 0.4ohm coil, the Nord Pod having a 0.8ohm DTL coil instead, meaning that you have pods for both kinds of vaping available! Much like with the RPM40, SMOK have aimed to make the Nord 2 a versatile device built for all occasions, however the Nord 2 maintains the classy and understated design of the original unit.

MIST Price

£29.99

9. Uwell Caliburn G

Score – 9.5/10

The Caliburn G adds changeable coils and Type C charging

best pod vapes caliburn g
A welcome upgrade!

Pros

  • Changeable mesh coils
  • Rapid charging

Cons

  • No airflow control

The Uwell Caliburn G is an unexpected late entry to our roundup, but it brings many fine additions to the initial Caliburn design.

While you still have the draw-activation technology of the previous model, there have been a number of changes and improvements.

The pods are no longer disposable, and instead utilise a far less wasteful replaceable Caliburn G mesh coil system, easily swapped with a pull-push system.

The device has also received a welcome upgrade in the form of USB Type C charging, drastically lowering the time necessary to get your Caliburn G to full power, approximately 20-45 minutes.

The exterior casing has also had a bit of a makeover, now featuring a ridged design which is as eye-catching as it is easy to grip, helping the Caliburn G get away from the comparisons to a data stick which the previous model occasionally suffered.

A simple to use and excellent pod vape system that’s as at home on the desktop as it is on a pub bench!

MIST Price

£23.99

10. Voopoo Argus

Score – 8/10

The Voopoo Argus is a similar device to the DRAG S but with a salient difference;

Black colour variant of Voopoo's Argus
Equally capable of MTL and DTL use!

Pros

  • MTL and DTL use
  • Draw-activation

Cons

  • Not quite enough battery to consistently use at 40W all day

The Voopoo Argus is a similar device to the DRAG S but with a salient difference; it is equally capable of MTL and DTL use!

The Argus comes with two pods included, a PnP Pod much like the one included with the DRAG S, and also the Voopoo PnP MTL Pod, which features a tapered mouthpiece and designed to fit Voopoo’s PnP-TR1 coils, which register at 1.2ohms.

The PnP-TR1 coil transforms this superbly powerful pod vape into a user-friendly mouth to lung vape, capable of absorbing and atomising thin, PG-centric or 50/50 vape juices designed to produce less vapour and provide a satisfying chest hit.

The Voopo Argus has a battery capacity of 1500mAh and the wattage can be set anywhere between 1-40W, charging rapidly thanks to the Type C cable included, a welcome departure from micro USB!

The unit also features a lanyard ring for ease of transport. Easily switched between button/breath-activation with just three taps, the Voopoo Argus is a versatile machine for people who want the best of both worlds; smooth and cloudy sub-ohm use and tight MTL draws for any given occasion.

MIST Price

£29.99

11. Geek Vape Wenax K1

Score – 7/10

The Geek Vape Wenax K1 is an ideal starter kit for those looking to start vaping with a fuss-free device that’s as easy to use as it is satisfying.

blue Geekvape Wenax K1
Satisfying fuss-free device

Pros

  • Compact
  • Rapid charging
  • Draw-activation

Cons

  • Smaller battery than some alternatives

The Geek Vape Wenax K1 is an ideal starter kit for those looking to start vaping with a fuss-free device that’s as easy to use as it is satisfying.

With an in-built battery capacity of 600mAh, the Wenax K1 fires at a maximum of 16W, meaning the battery won’t be running out any time soon. In the event of power shortage it features Type C charging, so you’re never without power for long.

The Wenax K1 can be fired either using the button on the front or simply through draw-activation, allowing you to just puff on it to begin receiving vapour, which helps recent smokers replicate the cigarette smoking experience.

The Wenax K1 also comes with two pods included, one with a resistance of 0.8ohms and the other clocking in at 1.2ohms. Both are intended for MTL use, though the 0.8ohm variant will delivery somewhat more powerful hits.

The device also puts itself into standby after 10 seconds of no use, further preserving your battery and ensuring satisfying puffs all day long.

MIST Price

£17.99

12. SMOK Acro Kit

Score – 8/10

Continuing SMOK’s outstanding foray into pod vape innovation we have the SMOK Acro Kit.

Acro Pod Kit in black colour
An outstanding foray

Pros

  • Slimline and pocket-friendly
  • Adjustable wattage
  • Adjustable airflow

Cons

  • Quite a wide design
  • 0.8ohm pods wear out fast if used at 25W frequently

Continuing SMOK’s outstanding foray into pod vape innovation we have the SMOK Acro Kit. A slimline and lightweight device, the SMOK Acro slips easily in the pocket and eschews their previous big-and-bulky design habits.

The Acro has an onboard battery capacity of 1000mAh, and allows you to adjust the wattage anywhere between 5-25W, giving you a nice range of power to experiment with until you find your sweet spot.

The Acro comes with two pods included, both registering at 0.8ohms. The Acro is primarily designed as an MTL kit, meaning you should generally rely on thinner, PG-centric or 50/50 vape juices.

The device charges rapidly via Type C charging, and features optional draw-activation as well as button firing, depending on which kind of vape delivery you prefer, as well as limited airflow control via the port on the unit’s back.

It’s a welcome return of the much-beloved SMOK duckbill mouthpiece, offering a comfortable alternative to those who prefer not to purse their lips with every puff.

Compact, powerful and customisable, the SMOK Acro Kit is an excellent choice for the new vaper who wants just a little variation in their vape device without getting lost in confusing menus and superfluous functionality.

MIST Price

£24.99

And The Winner Is…

The SMOK RPM40 just pips it ahead of the Uwell Caliburn G. 

SMOK RPM40

While we have a lot of love for each of the pod vape systems featured above, the SMOK RPM40 takes the victory from the jaws of the Uwell Caliburn G with it’s versatility, high power and mix of ergonomic comfort and hefty construction.

However, while the RPM40 is our personal favourite, vaping is never a one-size-fits-all scene. It may be that you don’t require the extra features of the RPM40 and would like something a bit simpler, or perhaps you would like a device which is keenly designed to stop you vaping altogether, such as the Vaptio AirGo.

We encourage you to do a little research about what you feel will best suit your personal needs and requirements, because while is a wonderful culture vaping is very much a personal journey, and only you know the tools that’ll help you in your quest to better health and no-risk relaxation.

Why Trust MIST?

Here at MIST we took a good long while to consider our options, looking not only at our own stock but at the overall best pod vapes on the market today.

Pod vapes are the most popular style of vape currently on the market, and we felt that any examination of the best pod vapes around wasn’t likely to result in a No. 1 winner. Rather, there are different pod vapes for different vapers, each with its own unique qualities and each with the potential to be your go-to machine this year.

Need More Help?

Interested in any of the fine machines we’ve presented to you in our roundup of the best pod vape systems around? Maybe the pocket-charging Vaptio AirGo caught your attention, or perhaps the SMOK RPM80 is giving you portable cloud machine dreams?

Either way, hit the links above to order yours today or come on down to one of our locations to discuss your requirements in person! Also, be sure to take a read of some of our other top lists below:

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