Open (Refillable) Products vs. Closed (Disposable) Products

When it comes to vaping, you have two primary options to choose from – open systems, such as pods (refillable) and closed system disposables. Each option caters to distinct preferences and lifestyles, and understanding the benefits of each can help users make informed decisions. Some factors to consider include: customization, transparency, convenience, cost-effectiveness, and environmental impact.
  • Customization and Variety

    Open vaping products offer a broader range of customization options compared to disposable products. With refillable pods or tanks, users can experiment with different e-liquids and flavor combinations, tailoring their vaping experience to personal preferences. Open systems put YOU in charge of what you vape.
  • Manufacturing Standards

    Open products can be refilled with e-liquid that is produced by reputable manufacturers who adhere to American quality standards. Disposable products, especially those manufactured outside the United States, may have varying production standards.
  • Cost-Effectiveness

    In terms of cost-effectiveness, both options have their pros and cons. Disposable products have a lower initial cost, making them more budget-friendly at the time of purchase for those looking for a quick and easy solution. However, open products offer a significant financial savings in the long run. While the initial investment may be higher, the ability to refill pods with e-liquid and the use of replaceable coils (rather than having to replace the entire device regularly) means users will save money over time.
  • Convenience and Simplicity

    Disposable products are notorious for their convenience and simplicity. They come pre-filled with e-liquid from the factory in which the device was manufactured, and are ready to use right out of the box. On the other hand, open products, while offering significantly more customization, may require a bit more maintenance with refilling and occassionally replacing pods or tanks.
  • Nicotine Control

    Open vaping products provide users with more control over nicotine levels compared to disposable products. Many open systems allow users to choose from a variety of e-liquids with different nicotine concentrations, catering to both those looking to quit smoking and those who prefer lower or higher nicotine levels. Disposable vapes, being pre-filled, have limited options in terms of nicotine strength and offer users no path to, as we hope for all of our customers, gradually lower or completely cease nicotine use. 
  • Environmental Impact

    Another key consideration is the environmental impact of vaping products. Disposable products greatly contribute to electronic waste, as the entire device, including the battery, is discarded after use. Open systems, with their use of refillable and recyclable pods, are significantly more environmentally friendly. The reduction in single-use components aligns with a sustainable approach, making open systems a greener choice for environmentally-conscious vapers.
Choosing between open and closed vape products ultimately depends on individual preferences, priorities, and lifestyle. While closed disposable products excel in convenience and simplicity, open refillable products offer a more affordable, customizable, transparent, and environmentally sustainable vaping experience. This is why Vapor Lab strongly endorses and recommends the use of open products over closed products for most of our customers.