Pod vaping systems have so many things going for them. They’re inexpensive and easy to use. Unlike the cigarette-shaped e-cigarettes of the past, pod systems have ample battery life and produce more than enough vapor to keep users completely satisfied. Pod systems are absolutely perfect for new vapers, and they’re so good at what they do that even many more experienced vapers have retired their sub-ohm mods for good and traded them in for pod-based devices.
If owning a pod system has any negative aspect, it’s the fact that the pod is a component with a finite life, and you’ll have to replace it periodically. Vape pods aren’t exactly simple. A pod needs to be manufactured according to very tight tolerances, or it won’t fit in your vaping device. Every pod has its own atomizer coil, chimney, wick and mouthpiece. Some pods even have their own airflow adjustment collars.
Vape pods aren’t cheap, and a lot of that has to do with all of the different materials from which they’re made. For instance, a vape pod might have multiple types of plastic, such as PET for the outside and Delrin for the mouthpiece. It might have multiple types of metal, such as kanthal for the coil and stainless steel for the chimney. The wick in a vape pod is usually made from silica or cotton. With all of those different materials being used to make so many different components, it’s no surprise that vape pods aren’t nearly as inexpensive as replacement coils are for sub-ohm tanks.
So, have you reached the point where it’s time to grab some new replacement pods? If so, you need to know the most effective and economical way to stock up – and to know that, you need to know how long a vape pod lasts. Let’s dig in!
Although vape pods tend to cost more than replacement coils for vape tanks, there is a trade-off in that vape pods also tend to last much longer than sub-ohm coils. In an absolute worst-case situation, a sub-ohm coil can burn out in as little as a day. With a typical vape pod, on the other hand, you can usually look forward to a week or more of reliable service. That’s because residue from e-liquid is the top killer of vape coils. Vape pods generate smaller clouds than sub-ohm coils, which means that they use less e-liquid. Therefore, they create less residue and last longer than their higher-wattage counterparts.
If you maintain a moderate vaping pace, you can usually expect your vape pods to last about a week each. So, let’s suppose that you typically buy e-liquid about once every two weeks. In that case, you should make sure that you always have two replacement pods available for your pod system. It’s a good idea to have an extra pod available as well, just in case you end up with a dud or a pod fails unexpectedly.
It’s impossible to give a definitive answer about how long vape pods last because there are so many different variables that can affect the longevity of a pod. A vape pod usually lasts around a week on average, but it’s possible to get a pod to last several weeks before its flavor starts to change.
Why do vape pods usually burn out so quickly if it’s possible to get them to last much longer than that?
Now, you have a better understanding of the factors that can cause vape pods to burn out too quickly. What can you do about it? These simple changes can make your pods last dramatically longer.
It is possible to clean many vape pods, although the process is fairly difficult with some pods. To clean a vape pod, you need to saturate the pod’s atomizer coil with water. Then, before you can use the pod, you’ve got to get the water out. That’s not easy with vape pods that have very small filling holes.
If you’ve never cleaned a given type of vape pod before, you should start with a pod that’s already burned out. That way, if you’re forced to discard the pod because you can’t get the water out, you’re discarding a pod that you would have thrown away anyway.
To clean a vape pod, open the pod and submerge it in a bowl of warm water. Keep the pod in the bowl for several hours, stirring the water repeatedly. If the water begins to discolor, replace it with fresh water. Your goal is to get the water inside the pod and agitate it repeatedly to break up the residue that covers the pod’s atomizer coil.
You can also try cleaning your vape pods with vodka. Alcohol is a very effective solvent for breaking up the residue on vape coils, but if you’re going to clean your pods with vodka, rinsing them thoroughly becomes doubly important because you don’t want to vape alcohol. After the alcohol soak, give your pods a second soak in clean water.
After cleaning your pods, the final step before you can use the pods is drying them thoroughly. You’ll want to leave the pods out for at least 24 hours to air dry, and you may find it helpful to place them in front of a fan because the small openings don’t allow for much airflow.While you’re cleaning your vape pods, it’s also a good idea to clean the device itself. Use a cotton swab to absorb any e-liquid that may have leaked and pooled inside the device’s pod chamber. If you think that e-liquid may have entered the device, blow through it while holding a paper towel over the other end.
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