Your Guide to Weed Vape Pods (Plus Brands To Try Right Now)

With a vast selection of vape styles and choices in the modern cannabis market, there’s never been a better time to try new ways of vaping weed. One consistent customer favorite is the vape pod, a uniquely effective system for hassle-free cannabis enjoyment.

Below, learn about the tech behind weed vape pods, how to use them, and which brands will set you up for success.

What Is a Vape Pen?

A vape pen, or a purpose-made portable vaporizer, is a device that heats cannabis flower, oil, or concentrate to the point at which the cannabinoids and terpenes volatilize but before they combust. As opposed to smoking cannabis, what comes out of a vaporizer or vape pen is a mist or vapor—hence the name. But while they’re reportedly easier on the lungs and airways, they can pack a powerful punch of potency.

Vape pens are more convenient than tabletop vaporizers, as they’re usually small, hand-held, and extremely convenient for on-the-go consumption. And since vaping prevents the inhalation of burnt plant matter, it may deliver cannabis more efficiently to our lungs than smoking.

What Is a Vape Pod?

Weed vape pods are small, stout cartridges filled with cannabis oil or concentrate that click into a hand-held vape device made specifically for their design. If you’ve ever visited our San Diego dispensary, you know firsthand how many vape styles there are. But over the last few years, there’s been an uptick in the vape pod system, rising in popularity against the standard 510-style threaded cartridge or all-in-one disposable systems.

It’s not hard to guess why. Vape pods can offer several advantages over other vaping options.

Pods vs 510-Style Cartridges

The familiar 510-threaded pen-style cartridge is simple to use and features a universal cartridge design, allowing you to swap carts and batteries at will. Unfortunately, these devices can also leak or clog, either of which is a different kind of bummer as cannabis oil is sticky and can stain. Designed to fit a specific vape pod device, pods do a far better job of staying sealed and unclogged than standard 510-style carts do.

Pods vs All-In-One Disposables

Since disposable vaporizers come pre-loaded and ready to use, they’re convenient and extra handy when traveling. But there’s a downside: Throwing away electronics and plastic items contributes to excess trash and waste going into landfills. Pod devices are typically rechargeable and intended for long-term use—many premium pod brands offer a manufacturer’s warranty to guarantee a long product life.

How to Choose the Right Vape Pod for You

There are many types of vape pod systems, each with special features that make it better suited for a specific situation. Some of the basic variables include:

  • Pre-Loaded vs. Refillable: Some vape pods come pre-loaded for your convenience, while others can be loaded again and again with different types of cannabis oils or concentrates.
  • Battery Life and Specs: As with pods, vape batteries can be built-in or replaceable, depending on the system. Whichever you choose, you’ll want a battery that puts out at least 700mAh for a reasonable all-day charge. On a similar note, some systems offer a fast-charge option or convenient vape-while-you-charge capability. These can be real pluses when you’re on the go and don’t have the time or access to a power source.
  • Variable Heat/Power Options: While less expensive vapes generally operate at a fixed temperature, more options are usually better. Different cannabis oils and concentrates have different vaporization points. If you’re interested in trying various oils or concentrates, having control over the temperature ensures an optimal experience each time and for each individual consistency.

While the other vaping options offer certain advantages, vape pod systems generally do a better job of staying leakproof and unclogged, which means they deliver more of what you want without having to navigate unpleasant surprises like spilled (and therefore wasted) cannabis oil.

And while pods are often tied to specific proprietary battery devices, they often offer more flexibility in terms of temperature settings and other features, like companion apps, for example.

Explore Vape Pods and More With Mankind

While our selection changes regularly based on what’s hot and in stock, Mankind offers a wide range of weed vape pods by 710 Labs, ROVE, STIIIZY, PAX, PlugPlay, and other premium designers.

Want to take a deeper dive into cannabis knowledge? Start with our handpicked selection of articles on everything from the healthiest way to smoke weed to asurvey of different pro-roll styles to picking the perfect cannabis strain.

And if you’d like to explore Southern California’s best selection of vape pods, cannabis oils, concentrates, and other products, our new cannabis delivery service makes it easier than ever. Search our menu by categories such as “pain-free,” “creative,” “blissful,” and more, or hit our Delivery Zone Map to get the ball rolling.

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