Wired Magazine said the JUUL “Might just be the first great e-cig”. That’s a pretty impressive statement, so I ordered a JUUL starter kit for a test run to find out whether it was more than just another pretty vape pen. What I discovered was surprising.
Here’s my review.
Like No Other E-Cig on Earth
There are several features that make the JUUL vaporizer unique from other ecigs.
One is that they’re designed beautifully – I can relate to that. Nothing compares to this ecig’s sleek, modern profile. It’s so much more sophisticated than your average vaporizer – even the one I usually recommend – the low profile V2 ExSeries. JUUL happens to be much lighter and far less complicated.
Second, JUUL will satisfy your nicotine cravings. The throat hit is serious, as JUUL pods have a very high concentration of nicotine. At 5% that puts them well above the top level of 2.4% in most other ecigs. Many vapers just switching from tobacco cigarettes will appreciate that point.
The nicotine used is also different from most e-cigarettes. You’d think all nicotine was alike, but most e-liquids (and tobacco cigarettes) use “free-base nicotine”.
JUUL is different in that it uses nicotine salts. No, it’s not salty, it just means that their patented formula uses the same type of nicotine found in tobacco leaves, giving you a cigarette-like nicotine delivery.
I have to say, it is a very satisfying vape that hit’s your head as well as your throat. Very fitting, as JUUL is made by Pax who are best known for making loose leaf vaporizers.
Light, Easy and Safe
What attracted me to the JUUL (pronounced “Jewel”), beyond the stunning design is that it’s so portable, fitting easily into a pocket or purse. I love the way it feels in my hand. It’s also very easy to use.
The e-liquid is contained in little color-coded pods that attach magnetically to the battery. Just pop on a pod and vape – no buttons or switches to mess with and it has a built-in temperature control system for safety. That means the temperature of the heating coil is controlled to give you the largest possible cloud of vapor, but none of the dangerous chemicals or compounds that come with overheating the e-liquid or the coil.
What About the Vape?
I had to take a full draw to get it started (which gave me quite a nic hit), but it was smooth vaping thereafter. I do wish you could choose your nicotine level, but JUUL doesn’t offer that option…at least not yet.
There are only 5 flavors at the writing of this post; Virginia Tobacco, Cool Mint, Fruit Medley, Creme Brulee and their newest flavor, Mango which is truly mango flavored. Some are more true to taste than others and I admit, none of them beat my favorite’s from Firebrand, but then I won’t have to clean my tank when I want to switch flavors. I will say vapor production was surprisingly good for such a small device.
The battery life is pretty good for a Lithium-ion battery this size. Your JUUL’s battery will last about a day depending on how you vape, but it’s very quick to charge in an hour or less. If you tap the battery, a small LED tells you if your battery is running down.
JUUL pods are petite so don’t expect them to hold out for more than a day or two. Also on the downside is that the replaceable flavor pods can be expensive, but you can save 15% with their convenient auto-ship program and you get free shipping.
All-in-all I will say this is a terrific little ecig that’s hard to put down. That’s a lot coming from a seasoned vaper! I can agree with Wired and say that the JUUL is better than any cig-alike I’ve tried.
- Serious nicotine content that’s more like smoking a cigarette
- Ultra-Modern, Compact Design with Safety Features
- Very portable and practically hides in your hand
- Only One Level of Nicotine Offered
- Only Five Basic Flavors
Best E-Cigarette Guide Rating
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