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Refillable Pods vs. Prefilled Pods vs. Disposables! What's Best For You?

Making the switch from cigarettes to vaping and not sure where to start? With the advances in vaping technology and the explosion in popularity, as people transition from smoking, there are now various ways to vape. While it can be overwhelming, it also means you have the power to choose what style of vaping works best for you. 

Three of the main types of vape devices include refillable pod vapes, prefilled pod vapes, and disposable vapes

In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between these three types of devices and their pros and cons.

Refillable Pod Vapes

Refillable pod vapes are a type of vaping device that uses a refillable pod or cartridge that can be filled with your choice of e-liquid. These devices are typically small and compact, making them easy to carry around and use on the go. They also tend to be more affordable than other types of vaping devices, as the user only has to purchase the device itself and can then refill the pod with their preferred e-liquid.


  • Cost-effective
  • Wide flavour range
  • Multiple nicotine strengths 


  • More maintenance
  • Coil needs regular replacing
  • Refilling can be time-consuming 

One of the main benefits of using a refillable pod vape is the freedom to choose any vape juice you like, unlike a prefilled pod vape where you are restricted to the flavours offered for that specific device. This means you can choose from various flavours and nicotine strengths from many different brands and tailor your vaping experience to your tastes. 

Additionally, using a refillable pod vape can be more cost-effective in the long run. Users can refill the pod with their preferred e-liquid rather than purchasing pre-filled pods or disposable vapes which can be more expensive as you replace them more often. 

However, there are also some disadvantages to using a refillable pod vape. One of the main drawbacks is having to keep a bottle of vape juice handy, which isn’t always convenient. While a VAPO store is never far away, generally it’s easier to get replacement pods than vape juice as most dairies stock pods. Filling the pod with e-liquid can also be messy and time-consuming.

Additionally, refillable pod vapes typically require more maintenance and cleaning than other vaping devices, as the user has to replace the coil and clean the device regularly to ensure it is functioning properly.

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Prefilled Pod Vapes

Prefilled pod vapes are vaping devices that use pre-filled pods or cartridges that cannot be refilled by the user. These pods are typically disposable and come in various flavours and nicotine strengths. Prefilled pod vapes are convenient to use because the user doesn't have to worry about filling the pod with e-liquid, and they can simply dispose of the pod when it is empty and replace it with a new one.


  • Convenient
  • Easy
  • Accessible 


  • Restricted to pod flavours
  • Less cost-effective
  • Limited nicotine strengths 

One of the main benefits of using a prefilled pod vape is that it is incredibly easy to use. All you have to do is insert the pod into the device and start vaping. There is no need to fill the pod with e-liquid. Additionally, prefilled pod vapes are typically small and compact, making them easy to carry around and use on the go. Pod vapes, such as alt. and VEX, are also easily accessible at various locations nationwide. 

One of the disadvantages is being restricted to the pod flavours for that device. You’re limited to the flavours and nicotine strengths available in pre-filled pods, which may not always be to your liking. Additionally, prefilled pod vapes can be more expensive in the long run, as you have to continuously purchase new pods rather than being able to refill the same pod with your preferred e-liquid.

Disposable Vapes

Disposable vapes are vaping devices designed to be used once and then disposed of. These devices are typically small and compact, and they come pre-filled with e-liquid. Disposable vapes are incredibly convenient, as you don't have to worry about refilling the device or performing any maintenance.


  • Easy
  • Compact


  • Less cost-effective
  • Limited nicotine strengths 

However, disposable vapes also have some disadvantages. One of the main disadvantages of using a disposable vape is that it is not the most cost-effective. These devices are typically only designed to be used once, so you have to constantly purchase new vapes rather than being able to refill the same device. This can quickly add up and become more expensive than other vaping devices.

Disposable vapes are also not generally environmentally-friendly, however thanks to VapeCycle, VAPO-branded disposable vapes, like solo, are fully recyclable. This is good as it has turned a disadvantage of a single-use item into an advantage due to its recyclable nature. 

As you’ve read, there are significant differences between refillable pod vapes, prefilled pod vapes, and disposable vapes. Each type of device has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, and with the knowledge you’ve gained here you’ll be empowered to choose a device that works best for you.

Refillable pod vapes offer flexibility, but they can require more maintenance. Prefilled pod vapes are incredibly convenient and accessible, but maybe more expensive in the long run. Disposable vapes are the easiest option, but they are not very cost-effective and can have limited nicotine strength options.

There’s no wrong choice to make as the more you experiment and discover the different kinds of vaping, the more informed you’ll be on what suits your personal taste!

Read more: How To Choose The Right Vape


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