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Well, there are two types of closed system devices: rechargeable closed system devices which have simple to use flavour cartridges, also known as pods, that are pre-filled with e-liquid, and non-rechargeable disposable devices which are designed for single use and also come pre-filled with eLiquid. Open system devices are filled up by the vaper, who pours the e-liquid into a tank on the top of device. That’s not quite the whole story though, so here’s the full low-down: 


The key feature of rechargeable closed system devices is that they are very easy-to-use. This is because you vape using flavour cartridges or pods which are pre-filled with e-liquid. The cartridges are simple to use, so all you have to do is click your preferred flavour into your device, switch it on (or with ePod just take a draw, it’s puff activated!), and start vaping. That’s all there is to it – it normally takes around 10 seconds.

Each different Vuse rechargeable closed system device has a different kind of flavour pod, so make sure you buy the right pod for your device. There are also different flavours for you to choose from – and you can easily switch between flavours whenever you like. From nicotine to no nicotine at all, we’ve got you covered.

You don’t need to wait until the cartridge or pod runs out before switching, and you can reinsert one which is half-full. All this means is that closed system devices are perfect for people who are often on the move during the day, and who are looking for a convenient vaping experience.

Choose from the ePen or ePod 2 vape pens for a simple to use closed system device. 

Alternatively, you can try our new Vuse GO disposable device which is a pocket-sized pre-filled vape pen designed for on-the-go moments. Vuse GO is a non-rechargeable device containing a non-replaceable lithium-ion polymer battery, each device is designed for single use and provides up to 500 puffs*. Vuse Go offers a choice of six flavours in 20mg/ml nicotine strength, Vuse GO flavours are also available in our ePod range which offers up to 1900 puffs per pack**.  
*: Based on laboratory testing of newly manufactured product and may vary depending on an individual’s usage behaviour  
**: Based on laboratory testing (including recharging) of Vuse ePod 2 device and may vary depending on an individual’s usage behaviour 


 An open system device gives you a customisable vaping experience and this is true, for example, of our Vuse eTank Mini device.

Firstly, open system devices allow you to pour e-liquid directly into a tank on top of the device. This means you can vape with many different e-liquid flavours.

The process for refilling your device with e-liquid is slightly different depending on the type of open system device, but it generally involves unscrewing the clearomiser and removing the mouthpiece to open up the e-liquid tank. We understand what it’s like when you start vaping for the first time, so for each Vuse device, you’ll find full instructions in the User Guide or read our blog guide on how to refill your open system.

Some open system devices have adjustable settings. The Vuse eTank Mini, for example, allows you to adjust the rate of airflow through the device –Open system devices therefore tend to be more for vapers who want to create their own, bespoke experience.


Are you a plug in and use kind of vaper who wants a quality, convenient vape or a bespoke-flavour-maker who wants to customise every detail of your experience?

Well, choosing between open and closed vaping devices is up to you and your personal preference. However, Vuse closed vaping devices offer the security that they are accompanied by tamper-proof liquid pods intended to be used with the device. Our closed vaping devices offer more control over what liquid is vaped and the way the liquid is heated compared to open systems.

If you’re interested, compare our Vuse devices for more information on our open and closed system e-cigarettes.

open & closed vaping system FAQs

Can I use other brand pods with Vuse devices?

No, each Vuse closed system device (ePen and ePod) is designed to operate with the specific Vuse pods for the device.

Can Vuse pods be tampered with?

All Vuse pods (e-cigarette cartridges containing e-liquid) are packaged individually in foil blister packs. If the product has been tampered with, the broken foil will be visible to you.

what is an open system vape?

Open systems allow the consumer to disassemble the cartomiser and add different e-liquids (usually purchased in 10ml plastic bottles) before re-assembling the cartomiser and consuming the e-liquid. With an open system, the atomiser, the component that actually vaporises the liquid, needs to be changed regularly. This is important as with prolonged usage, the atomiser can become contaminated with different e-liquids and residues that impair the sensory experience.

How do closed systems differ from open systems?

As hopefully you have learnt by now in this blog, rechargeable closed systems such as ePen and ePod offer a simpler way for you to vape. The e-liquid is contained in a 'pod' that is simply attached to the device and can be puffed immediately. Changing flavours is simply a matter of swapping one pod for another. Whether you use a rechargeable or disposable closed system device, closed-system vaping is easier as there is no need to refill using separate bottles. For more top tips, check out our beginner’s guide to vaping.

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