Best prefilled pod kits for 2024

Prefilled pod vape kits are one of the easiest to use types of vape kit available, perfect for new vapers who are just getting started on their stop smoking journey.

We’re taking a look at some of the best prefilled pod kits for 2024, to help you find the right kit for you.

What are prefilled vape pod kits?
A prefilled pod kit, sometimes referred to as a closed pod system, is a type of starter vape kit which does not require the user to refill the vape with e-liquid. Instead, the kit can be paired with a range of compatible pods which are already filled with vape juice and are ready to use straight away. Once the pod is empty it can be removed, disposed of, and replaced.

Because of this there is little maintenance involved in using a pre-filled pod kit, all you really need to do is change the pod whenever it is empty and charge the device whenever the battery is low.

This makes these devices a great option for new vapers, especially those who find the prospect of learning to use a new electronic device a little daunting. They are easy to set up and use, with no additional settings to worry about, and often don’t even have any buttons.

They also make it easier to choose which flavour to use, as you only have to choose between the flavours available in the compatible pod range. However, it is important to remember that many prefilled pods only come in a high nicotine strength, which is something to bear in mind when choosing which one will best suit you.

Best vape for flavour

If you’re looking for a prefilled vape that offers top-notch flavour, the Elf Bar ELFA PRO is certainly going to suit you well. The device itself is small and compact, with a simple design that looks very similar to the Elf Bar disposable vapes.

There are over 50 different prefilled pods to choose from for the ELFA PRO, as it is not only compatible with the ELFA PRO pods, but also with the original ELFA pods and the Lost Mary Tappo pods.

The ELFA PRO pods utilise state-of-the-art QUAQ mesh coils, which help to offer unrivalled flavour payoff and a more consistent vapour, so that you get the same great experience from the first puff to the last.

Thanks to the huge range of compatible pods there are flavours from all different flavour categories, so you are bound to find something you love.

Best vape for portability

The Lost Mary Tappo is our pick when it comes to pocket-friendly prefilled pod kits, with a small, palm-sized body and lightweight design. This kit is perfect for popping in your pocket or bag as you are heading out the door, to help you manage your nicotine cravings on-the-go.

But, just because the Tappo is small does not mean it doesn't pack a punch, with a 750 mAh built-in battery which can be fast-charged via USB-C cable. This offers plenty of power to get the average vaper through the day, and can reach a full charge in less than an hour.

The Tappo pods are available in a wide range of different flavour options, including some of their most popular disposable vape flavours like mixed berries, kiwi passion fruit guava, and watermelon.

Each pod contains 2ml of 20 mg/ml e-liquid, and each pod has an approximate puff count of 600.

Best vape for transitioning from disposable vapes

If you have been using disposable vape pens and are now looking to transition to a reusable device, closed pod systems like the SKE Crystal Plus are a great place to start.

The Crystal Plus looks extremely similar to their Crystal Bar disposable vapes, and work in much the same way. There is no firing button, but the device instead uses inhale activation, so you just need to draw through the mouthpiece and the vape will fire.

However, unlike their disposable vapes, the SKE Crystal Plus can be recharged whenever needed and has replaceable pods, making them a more environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to disposables.

To help make the transition that much easier, the Crystal Plus pods are available in all of the most popular disposable vape flavours, so you can keep using all of your favourites. The pods actually contain the exact same vape juice as the Crystal Bar disposables, with the same 20 mg/ml nicotine salt formula.

Best vape for beginners

The Vuse Pro prefilled pod kit is unique because, unlike most other similar pod vapes, the pods are available in a choice of different nicotine strengths. This makes the Vuse Pro a great option for new vapers who are looking for a simple device, but do not need the 20 mg/ml nicotine strength typically found in prefilled pod kits.

The nicotine strength that is best suited to each new vaper depends on their previous smoking habits, as it needs to match the nicotine intake they are already used to in order to manage their cravings and stave off withdrawal symptoms. For lighter smokers, a 20 mg/ml strength would likely be too strong, but Vuse pods are available in lower strengths like 3 mg, 6 mg, or 12 mg/ml, which may be more suitable.

The pods are also available in a range of different flavours including options like creamy tobacco and chilled mint which are a good place to start if you feel the prospect of fruity flavours a little daunting.

Best vape for versatility

The Elf Bar Mate 500 is a slightly different take on a prefilled pod kit, as it is more of a hybrid device which bridges the gap between prefilled and refillable pod kits.

The Elf Bar Mate P1 pods are available in 28 different flavour options, prefilled with 2ml of 20 mg/ml nic salt e-liquid and ready to use straight out of the packaging. These pods are the same as standard prefilled pods, as they cannot be refilled and will need to be disposed of and replaced when empty.

However, they also offer a refillable pod option which can be filled with any 50/50 or high PG e-liquid multiple times before the coil will start to burn out. To keep things simple these pods do not have replaceable coils, but can be swapped out for a new one once the coil is done, allowing you to experiment with a different type of pod kit without needing to purchase and learn to use a whole new kit.

Can prefilled pods be refilled when empty?
No, prefilled pods have a closed design which does not allow for them to be refilled, and instead they will need to be disposed of when empty and replaced with a fresh pod. The pod is designed in a way that does not allow access to the coil, so there is no refill point and the coil cannot be changed.

Attempting to refill these pods is not recommended, as it will likely cause damage to the pod and could prevent it from working as expected. It could also compromise the pod and cause the e-liquid to leak out, which could also damage the device.

If you would prefer a device that can be refilled with e-liquid, you might want to consider the Elf Bar Mate 500 paired with the compatible refillable pods, or you can take a look at our blog post ‘What are the best Refillable vape kits of 2024?’ for some other refillable vape recommendations.

Is 20 mg/ml a high nicotine strength?
Many prefilled pods are only available in a 20 mg/ml, although there are some exceptions like the Vuse Pro range. 20 mg/ml, also referred to as 2%, is the highest nicotine strength available in the UK and one 2ml pod is estimated to be equivalent to around 30 cigarettes.

This nicotine strength will not necessarily be suitable for all vapers, and we recommend that those who were lighter smokers should start out using a lower nicotine strength that will help manage their nicotine cravings without being too strong.

Are prefilled pod kits the same as disposable vapes?
Many prefilled pod vape kits look very similar in size and design to disposable vapes, but they are not the same as disposables. This is because they utilise a rechargeable battery which you can continue to use for as long as a year or so before it will need to be replaced.

The only part of prefilled pod kits that will need to be regularly disposed of is the pod, which can be thrown away when empty and replaced with a new one. Whereas, with disposable vapes the entire device will need to be disposed of when empty.