Best Pod Vapes for 2023 (UK)

Best Pod Vapes for 2023 (UK)

Our team has tested hundreds of refillable pod systems over the last 12 months. Here are our top five pod systems for 2023.

Best Pod Vapes for 2023

Pod vapes arrived on the market in the mid 2010's, intended for ex-smokers to have a familiar transition into vaping. Since then, pod vapes have grown in popularity amongst vapers of all kinds.

New vapers love the ease and simplicity that comes with replaceable pods.

Most pod vapes come with replaceable pods, meaning once the lifespan of the coil inside the pod runs out, the coil is replaced by responsibly disposing of the entire pod. This is an easier and hassle-free way of coil replacement, much preferred by new vapers.

With experienced vapers jumping onto the pod vape craze, manufacturers came up with a super simple way of replacing the coil in miniature pods. The Plug 'N Play coil system means you just have to 'pop' out the coil and put a new one in once it has deteriorated. Some vapers prefer this so they can choose which resistance of coil they can vape without having to buy an entirely new pod. 

As one of the leading online vape shops in the UK, we have a huge selection of pod vapes that we asked our experts to try out. Not only this, we extract data from our database of customer feedback in order to determine the best pod vapes for 2023. 

We don’t get paid to recommend any products over others and we'll always try to keep our ‘Best of’ guides up to date, so you can be sure you’re reading about the latest technology.

What is a pod vape?

Simply put, pod vapes are compact vapes that consist of a battery and a small pod. In the UK, pod capacity for all vapes are limited to 2ml so pod vapes are always lightweight and portable. 

They're always simple to use and don't require anywhere near as much maintenance as a box mod. Pod vapes or pod kits are a great way of learning how to vape, all you need to do is find your favourite flavour of liquid to go with it.

 

Who are they for?

Now with the evergrowing popularity of pod kits, more people want a slice of the pie. Manufacturers are making them more intelligent, user-friendly and powerful than ever before. Meaning they're not only fantastic ways of starting your vaping journey, but once you're experienced you'll find one that still caters for you!

Here are our Top Pod Vapes for 2023.

UWell Caliburn GK2 Kit

UWell Caliburn GK2 Pod =Kit

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Draw activated
  • Adjustable airflow
  • Artistic design
  • Great flavor
  • Pulsing LED graphics
  • Battery indicator
  • LED haptic feedback
  • Long battery life
  • Good build quality
  • No leaking
  • Refillable pods
  • Replaceable coils
  • Lanyard
  • USB-C charging

Cons

  • No e-liquid window
  • Not so discrete

Here at Vaping.com, we love the Caliburn series and the UWell Caliburn GK2 Kit has become a fan favourite since its release in early 2022. Its compact, square-shaped body has artistic designs engraved into the front and back, made up of LED lights that energetically pulsate with each draw. An integrated & rechargeable 650mAh battery means a long and consistent vaping experience.

Lights flash on and off with a colour-coded display indicating battery life. Each hit is ignited using auto-draw, which sees the patterns on the front illuminate adding a stylish and informative touch.

Pods are 2ml in size with replaceable coils and a simple top-fill port. Each port has a strong silicone membrane relieving any worry about leaks, just insert the nozzle and watch your coil saturate from the top down.

Coils included are Uwell's infamous G coils, utilizing both a 0.8ohm and 1.2ohm meshed G coil replaced using a plug 'n play method. Uwell G2 pods contain a unique airflow control wheel that provides a precise switch between MTL and RDTL vaping. Two perfect styles when paired with the sub-ohm and above-ohm coils included.

Uwell GK2 pod kit is available in 4 matte colour designs that look awesome when illuminated during each draw. Colours include Aurora Green, Matte Black, Ocean Flame and Ribbon Red. All colours include a lanyard to help keep this portable little number close at all times.

Customer reviews:

"Best vape I've ever had! Love this vape. Hits nice flavour is amazing so glad I chose this device!"
"Smooth, small, and perfect."

SMOK SOLUS Kit

SMOK Solus Pod Kit

Pros:

  • Long-lasting battery
  • Low cost
  • Good build quality
  • Stylish gradient design
  • Slim and compact
  • Leak-proof
  • Draw activated
  • Ergonomic mouthpiece
  • Good mouth-to-lung hit
  • Refillable pods
  • Replaceable pods

Cons:

  • No charging cable
  • Micro USB
  • Only one pod

SMOK SOLUS threw itself onto the market for one main purpose, to provide a low-cost solution to vape transitioning. If you're looking for your first pod vape and don't want to break the bank before the ball gets rolling, you'll love this nifty pod kit.

Slim, smooth and simple are the three design features that make the SOLUS by SMOK one of the best transition vapes on the market. Auto-draw removes accidental pocket ignition creating a carefree device for new vapers looking for a familiar, mouth-to-lung style hit.

The preinstalled 0.9ohm meshed coil is a clever integration to the pod, leaving little to no maintenance required by the user in order to truly experience their first vape.

A well-built kit is strengthened by its desirable gradient pattern, keeping the device cool yet subtle, not to mention the discrete vapour production complimenting a lovely MTL hit.

Colours available include Black, Blue Purple, Cyan Pink, Gold/Red and Gray.

Customer reviews:

"These are my go-to refillable cartridge vape pens. They are reliable and don’t leak. The cartridges are inexpensive too."

"Compact and holds a good charge. Like this one the best"

GeekVape Aegis One

GeekVape Aegis One Pod Kit

Pros:

  • 780mAh battery
  • Low-cost
  • Top fill port
  • Adjustable wattage
  • Fire button or draw activated
  • Durable zinc alloy
  • Comfortable rubber grip
  • Refillable pods
  • Optimized MTL airflow
  • 0.8ohm and 1.2ohm pods included
  • USB-C charging

Cons:

  • No option to enable just auto-draw
  • No adjustable airflow
  • Difficult to see e-liquid window

GeekVape Aegis One comes in two forms, the Aegis One and the Aegis One FC (fast-charging). Both are identical with the only difference being the battery capacity. Aegis One contains a 780mAh battery whilst the Aegis One FC contains an integrated 550mAh battery to enable a faster charge.

This vape is perfect for transitioners who are looking for a low-cost, straightforward pod kit that can provide a familiar mouth-to-lung style with a choice of sub-ohm or above-ohm coils. Ignited using both fire button and auto-draw, the fire button can be locked to prevent accidental pocket firing.

Little maintenance is required to keep this device running smoothly. Not even replacing coils is necessary as it comes complete with a 0.8ohm pod (sub-ohm) and a 1.2ohm pod (above-ohm) both with integrated meshed coils.

Top fill is a huge benefit to this pod kit, especially given the way the mouthpiece is removed to reveal the fill port, meaning you don't even have to remove the pod itself in order to fill.

The design of the GeekVape Aegis One is sleek, coming in multiple colours each with a different coloured rubber grip. Its zinc alloy frame makes it suitable for vaping in any environment along with a secure rubber grip.

Colours include Black, Gunmetal, and Blue Denim, Rainbow, and Silver.

SMOK Nord 5 80W Kit

SMOK Nord 5 Pod Kit

Pros:

  • 2000mAh integrated & rechargeable battery
  • OLED screen
  • 80W max output
  • Adjustable airflow
  • Sub-ohm optimized
  • Includes two coils:
    • 0.15ohm RPM 3 Coil
    • 0.23ohm RPM 3 Coil
  • Stylish grip and appearance
  • Coil locking system
  • Type-C charging

Cons:

  • No auto-draw function
  • Not so discrete

SMOK Nord 5 80W Kit is a compact powerhouse with huge cloud production and unbeatable flavour potential. In what is essentially a sub-ohm tank on a pod mod, this device provides excellent sub-ohm characteristics while being able to fit perfectly in your pocket, leaving room for keys!

An adjustable airflow switch located on the side of the SMOK Nord 5 allows users to switch accurately between MTL, RDTL, and DTL vaping. Given the 0.15ohm and 0.23ohm RPM 3 coils included, airflow options are vast and necessary.

Aimed at the slightly more experienced vaper, the Nord 5 by SMOK still holds the simplicity of a beginner's device. Its fire-button draw is accompanied by a small OLED screen that provides info on puff count, puff timer, wattage, and battery level.

Its 2000mAh integrated and rechargeable battery is a huge plus, giving you multiple days of vape time without being interrupted. Dense clouds are produced with each DTL draw with meshed coils that provide intense flavour, replaced using a simple plug 'n play system. Coils are secured into place for safety with a new locking system.

Colours come in 7 styles catering to a wide range of preferences including more subtle designs such as the Black Leather or Beige White Leather, or more outgoing patterns like the 7-Color Dart.

The entire colour list includes Black Leather, Black Dart, Blue Gray Dart, Blue Pink Dart, Brown Leather, 7-Color Dart, and Beige White Leather.

Customer reviews:

"I love the Nord 5. My juice tastes great from it. It’s easy to use and love the ability to change the power of it so I get the hit I want"

 

As you know, our 'best' vape lists are constantly being updated throughout the year, just like pod vapes are rapidly being released catering for a range of vapers. 

If you agree/disagree with the pod vapes on this list, let us know in the comments so we can include your feedback in the next update of this article.

In the meantime, check out our huge range of pod kits, pod vapes and starter kits here at Vaping.com, where we're committed to finding you the best vape to match your style!

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