In this article, we’re going to help guide you through the process of figuring out which starter kit is right for you: a pod-based kit or a more traditional vape kit. Alternatively, if you’ve already purchased a vape, this article will help you learn how to make adjustments that might suit your needs better. In order to do this, you’ll have to learn a hair more about the different types of nicotine addiction and which type of kit will fulfill the cravings you’re having.
The difference between physiological addiction and psychological addiction is right there in the names. Physiological addiction is your body’s physical need for nicotine. When you try to quit smoking cold turkey and run into problems such as altered moods, inability to concentrate, and heat flashes, it is due to your body physically needing nicotine and not receiving it. Psychological addiction to nicotine is a bit harder to pin down, but usually manifests itself as things like reaching for your cigarettes when you’re bored and have nothing to do with your hands or lighting up a cigarette every time, regardless of whether or not you're actually craving nicotine. Usually people who have smoked for years end up with a mixture of both types of addiction. Pod-based vape kits, like the SMOK Nord, and more traditional box mod or EVOD vape kits both excel at tackling different types of addiction.
Pod systems really shine at tackling the physical type of addiction, that bodily need for nicotine, but usually coupled with a high nicotine strength that won’t allow you to comfortably fulfill the psychological addiction. With the typical high strength salt-nicotine and pod system set-up, your body will get all of the nicotine it’s craving in only a handful of puffs, rather than the five to seven minutes it would take with a cigarette or with a traditional sub-ohm setup. Even after you’ve gotten the nicotine you need, you might be left feeling like you need to vape more just to fulfill the psychological need. If you continue vaping past the point of physical cravings, you could be left with more of a nicotine addiction than you had when you were smoking cigarettes. One way you could remedy this is by choosing a lower-strength salt nicotine eJuice or switching over to normal 50/50 eJuice to use in your pod system. If you use an 18mg 50/50 eJuice instead of that 50mg salt nicotine vape juice you were using before, you’ll be able to vape three times as long as you could previously before obtaining the nicotine dosage that your body was craving, so you won’t be left feeling like you should have been vaping for a longer period of time. This will help you fulfill both the physiological and psychological addictions to nicotine while still using only a small pod vape kit. Not only will you be able to vape more, but you'll also be able to more thoroughly work your way down in nicotine level. While most salt nicotine eJuice bottoms out at 25mg, most 50/50 juice comes in a variety of strengths from 0mg to 24mg. This approach does has it’s draw-backs, though. Pod vapes typically have much smaller batteries than traditional vapes due to their small size and you’ll be eating through that small battery a bit faster since you'll be vaping more.
With a more traditional vaping setup, like an EGO AIO coupled with lower strength eJuice, you’ll be getting the nicotine fix that your body craves but spread out over a longer period of time. The same amount of nicotine that you would get in 5 puffs on a pod system, you would now be getting over the course of a few minutes with eJuice at 18mg. This spread out dosage works wonders for fulfilling a psychological addiction to the act of smoking, giving you something to do with your hands and fill your time with. It does this while still fulfilling your body’s craving for some sweet, sweet, nicotine. Going down this route will also lower your risk of nicotine overexposure. Another bit of good news is that with a basic low-powered vape starter kit, like an EVOD, you can still try out nicotine salt juice to see if it’s right for you. Unfortunately, it can’t all be sunshine and flowers. With a starter kit like this you’ll be going through juice more quickly, since you’ll be vaping more. This isn’t as bad as it could be though, since eJuice containing normal nicotine is usually priced much lower than salt nicotine vape juice. Also, traditional vape starter kits can be a bit more involved, leaving brand new vapers a little intimidated.
The final potential approach is the one that has worked best for me personally. It’s what I like to call the “Scorched Earth” approach. Simply get one of each type of starter kit. Pod starter kits and traditional starter kits each excel at different things and are appropriate at different times, so they coexist nicely. Paired with high nicotine salt nic vape juice or a higher strength 50/50 juice, a pod kit is perfect for satiating your nicotine cravings during short breaks at work or when you’re around a crowd that frowns upon vaping, leaving you sneaking off to the bathroom to get a few hits in on the sly. A traditional vape kit, like a SMOK Stick or EGO AIO, paired with a lower strength eliquid is perfect for casually chain-vaping while you’re lounging around at home or driving in your car. Having one of each to use when it’s appropriate can be a fantastic boon for those who are strongly addicted to nicotine, both physically and psychologically. It’s also great for the indecisive amongst us. Honestly, the only downside to this approach is that it may be overkill for many people. Plenty of people have successfully managed to quit smoking cigarettes using only one type of vape kit.
In the end, you know your body best. Take some time to analyze your smoking or nicotine consumption habits, then consult this article again. None of these three approaches will work best for everybody, since nicotine addiction is a highly individualized experience, but you should now have the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you.
Thank you for reading and we hope we’ve helped you out!