Best Systems for THC E-Liquid: Pods, Tanks, and Cartridges

Enjoy the many forms of vaping THC-infused e-liquid.
Best Systems for THC E-Liquid: Pods, Tanks, and Cartridges
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As vaping THC has become very popular, the fusion of marijuana into the vape industry has brought about many different smoking applications. There are now three main different systems used in vaping THC.

The uses of cartridges, tanks, and pods for vaping all have some pros and cons. The use of tanks and pods requires a handcrafted THC e-liquid. Creating this liquid is a much quicker and easier task than one might expect.

The pros and cons of both the pre-filled cartridges and the handcrafted vape juice also come into play when discussing THC e-liquid and vape systems.

One of the most common products on the market today is the pre-filled cartridge and vape pen. Vaping from a pre-filled cartridge is how smoking THC-liquid gained mass popularity.

Pens and Cartridges

Buying a pre-filled vape cartridge and pen at a dispensary is incomparable in terms of ease. The convenience of these systems may be credited with starting the move towards vaping THC as compared to smoking.

While convenience is the upside, there are some negatives to the pen system when compared to pods and tanks. For example, many users feel like they have to suck on a pen like a straw in a thick milkshake to get a decent hit.  The limited choice of strains, e-liquid flavors, and potency is also a drawback for some users. Additionally, the .5ml cartridges are expensive as compared to using tanks and pods with handcrafted THC e-liquid.

Handcrafted THC E-Liquid

The use of refillable tanks and pods changed the landscape of vaping THC e-juice. Making your own THC vape juice is actually a very simple process! This video shows just how easy and quick it is to make using our favorite pod and tank systems.

Wax Liquidizer allows you to make handcrafted THC e-liquid with a variety of flavors using the concentrate and strain of your choice. The cost comparison between buying a pre-filled cartridge and making your own concentrate- based e-juice is substantial to say the least.

The cost of most .5ml THC-infused vape cartridges are similar to that of 1 gram of concentrate. One gram of concentrate will make on average six cartridges of the same size.

As a general rule of thumb, six handcrafted THC-infused cartridges is equal to one pre-filled cartridge.


Pods have made an explosive entrance on the cannabis e-juice scene. The average pod system is discrete and has a much larger capacity for liquid than a pen cartridge.  Coupled with a bigger battery and better materials, consumers can’t help but take note of the 510 pen cartridge.

Pods feature a stealth look and feel with a quick change system that makes them unique. Pods are great options that combine features of a pen cartridge with some of the advantages in tanks.


Sub-ohm and rebuildable tanks puff like freight trains and have many systems and designs from which to choose. Each sub-ohm tank averages three or more types of prebuilt coils and wicks. When you find a great one and pair it with the handcrafted THC e-liquid…Wow!

RDA/RTA/RDTA tanks are infinitely rebuild-able and as such allow for fine tuning and great cost efficiency.

We found the hardest hitting best tank available for THC vape juice to be the Uwell Fancier (Get the details here). This setup is fantastic If you are looking for the freedom to use generous amounts yourself or share among friends.

At What Cost?

If you enjoy vaping THC e-juice, you may want to look at the long-term and short-term cost. The use of handcrafted THC e-liquid is a no-brainer when it comes to cost

The average cost of an empty pod is $3-$6, which is similar to a pen-style cartridge at $3-$5. However, due to the typical max capacity of a cartridge being 1ml and a pod being as much as three times the cost, we see that the pods have the advantage.

Sub-ohm tanks average $10 for three coils. The tanks themselves hold 2-8ml and the coils last one – two weeks with no refill limit. Pens and pods, on the other hand, must be thrown away after three refills.

The most inexpensive system to operate, however, is the RDTA. It is far cheaper in the long run, as you only need a spool of wire and some cotton for upkeep.

Hands-On Ease of Use

The larger pods are easier to fill than cartridges and also have magnetic or plastic catches which allow you to easily attach and detach the pod, whereas you must unscrew the pen cartridge or tank.

This is a big help when you want to quickly, and stealthily, switch between strains or “regular unleaded” nicotine e-juice. Additionally, the larger form and giant clouds of the big tanks makes it less discrete.

The pod batteries have a bigger mAh which helps provide longer sessions and better performance than pens. Of course, sub-ohm and RDTA tanks run on mods that can have 3 or more Lithium Ion batteries, which gives them an edge. The size of these systems are much larger and can influence your choice.

Pen cartridges become overheated when taking long or quickly successive inhalations. The pods demonstrate superior resiliency, most likely due to materials and larger size helping to ventilate.

The sub-ohm and rebuildable systems can’t be beaten. They offer the best performance, as the materials are top notch and their paired mods offer many superior advantages, such as temperature control.

Pod-Cartridge or Tank

In the end, all three systems have their strengths. Handcrafted THC e-liquid will provide lower cost with more choices of flavor, strength, and strains. The following are our top picks.

Our Picks

THC Liquidizer: saves money, provides more flexibility; our favorite is the Wax Liquidizer

Pens and Cartridges: quick and easy; our favorite refillable cartridge is the Itsuwa Liberty V9

Pods: more capacity and quick change; our favorite pod is the Limitless Pulse

Tanks: the biggest and best hits come from customized setups! Our current favorite is the Uwell Fancier

Our favorite complete starter kit setup is the Vaporesso Target Mini 40W TC

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