Recent estimates suggest that there are approximately 40 million adults in the world who now vape. That's 40 million former smokers who no longer smell bad, no longer pollute their local landfills with thousands of plastic-filled cigarette butts a year and are now significantly less likely to die early from lung cancer and other horrible diseases.
Even if you don't smoke or vape yourself, you should still give some serious consideration to vaping as the most disruptive technology of the century to date because it's almost certain that you have at least one close friend or family member who smokes. The existence of vaping significantly reduces the likelihood that you will one day have to watch that person die from a chronic illness before their time.
E-cigarettes and vape shops like E-Cigarette Empire have only been around in the United States for a little over a decade, but vaping technology has evolved unbelievably quickly during that time. One single aspect of vaping technology - pod-based vaping - is probably responsible on its own for helping many millions of people switch from smoking to vaping.
Pod vaping is probably the most exciting thing going in vaping today, and it's a fascinating topic to study even if you don't vape yourself.
What is it that makes pod vaping so exciting? That's what you're going to learn from reading this article.
Pod Vaping Combines Style and Convenience Like Nothing Else
Pod vaping changed the look of the typical beginner's e-cigarette forever. Before the first pod systems hit the market, an e-cigarette designed for beginning vapers was typically modeled after the appearance of a tobacco cigarette. Smokers - many of whom weren't yet aware of vaping - needed the visual cue of the cigarette shape to understand that the e-cigarettes they saw in convenience stores and other retail outlets had something to do with smoking. The visual cue made them want to investigate and find out what those devices were.
The cigarette shape helped to introduce vaping to the world, but the extremely small size also created some major drawbacks. An electronic device that's as small as a cigarette will be severely limited in terms of its battery life. An e-cigarette also needs to provide storage for vape juice, and it needs a heating coil to vaporize the juice. If you cram those things into a device that's as small as a tobacco cigarette, you're going to have something that stores very little e-liquid and produces very small, wispy vapor clouds.
By the time pod systems appeared on the market, most smokers knew that vaping existed even if they didn't vape themselves. An e-cigarette no longer needed to provide the visual cue of a cigarette-like appearance. It was time, in fact, for e-cigarettes to develop a unique design language of their own. Smokers were no longer looking for "the next cigarette" - they were looking for the thing that came after cigarettes. Pod systems were a little larger than tobacco cigarettes, but they were still extremely small and stylish. They provided an updated visual styling that really resonated with smokers. Many people who hadn't been interested in cigarette-shaped e-cigarettes at all found pod systems very intriguing.
Being slightly larger than the earlier generation of cigarette-shaped e-cigarettes, pod systems were also far more capable than first-generation vaping devices. They worked more reliably, held more e-liquid, produced bigger vapor clouds and had better battery life. People who tried the first e-cigarettes and weren't impressed with those early products loved the new pod systems.
Pod Vaping Introduced Nicotine Salt E-Liquid to the World
The magic of pod vaping systems doesn't just come from their advanced functionality and updated visual styling. Pod systems also have a magic ingredient that makes them as satisfying as tobacco cigarettes - something that cigarette-shaped e-cigarettes never were - despite their small size. That magic ingredient is nicotine salt e-liquid.
Any vaping device can use nicotine salt e-liquid, of course, but pod systems are uniquely positioned to deliver a perfect experience with that type of vape juice. That's because nicotine salt e-liquid typically has a very high concentration of nicotine and provides nicotine to the body at the ideal rate only when it's used with a small vaping device.
One of the biggest problems with the first-generation e-cigarettes was that they didn't deliver nicotine to the body efficiently enough to be completely satisfying. To switch fully from smoking to vaping, people would have to adjust to lower blood-nicotine levels - and some people just couldn't get through the transition. E-cigarette makers had to keep the nicotine content in their e-liquids relatively low because higher nicotine strengths would cause throat irritation and coughing.
Nicotine salt e-liquid contains a high level of nicotine but doesn't cause irritation because it contains a mild acid that lowers the e-liquid's pH. Standard e-liquid is alkaline, but nicotine salt e-liquid has a more neutral pH and feels smoother in the throat. Millions of people now depend on it to keep them off of cigarettes.
Pod Vaping Continues to Improve With Each Product Generation
Pod vaping systems have become so popular that many of the world's manufacturers of vaping products now invest the majority of their R&D money into pod systems. In the vaping industry, a typical product generation lasts a year or less - and with each new hardware generation, pod systems are getting better and better.
Vapers who use pod systems these days don't just enjoy the convenience of replaceable pods and the smooth satisfaction of nicotine salt e-liquid. They also enjoy some of the most stunning designs in the vaping world as well as all of the modern conveniences that the vaping industry has to offer.
One of the most exciting conveniences that you can find in a pod system today is a "Replay" mode that you can enable with the touch of a button. If you puff on the device supporting the Replay feature and find it particularly satisfying - because the temperature of the device's atomizer coil is just right, for instance - you can press your device's Replay button to save the characteristics of that puff. As long as Replay mode is enabled, your device will replicate that puff every time you press the fire button.