The manufacturing quality of the JUUL is fantastic. It lacks almost every feature that I’m typically looking for in a vape, but in this case I’m not holding that against it. This thing is the smallest vape that I’ve ever used that actually delivers a good experience. The vapor it produces isn’t going to be for everyone – it’s a very strong mouth-to-lung hit, like a cigarette – but I’ll go over that in the next section.
So back to the size. I always talk about how comfortable a vape is to carry in your pocket. You could put this in the change pocket on a pair of jeans and it would still be comfortable. It’s ridiculously thin for how powerful it is.
The way it works is very simple. The thin base is essentially just a small battery. The top has an area where you plug in your pods. The pods have a mouthpiece built on top. Once the pod is inserted, all you have to do to get vapor is take a draw. The power is activated by the negative pressure you create when inhaling.
To charge the battery, you just plug it in using the provided USB port. The battery connects to the port using magnets, which hold it on very well.
That’s literally all there is to it. It’s a refreshingly simple design. This shouldn’t be all that surprising, because the people behind the JUUL are the same ones who make the Pax line of vaporizers.
The JUUL delivers a very strong mouth-to-lung draw that hits the throat hard. It also uses nicotine salts instead of free-base nicotine to replicate the flavor better, and the nicotine level is higher than you would traditionally find in a vape. I don’t think there is a product on the market that does a better job replicating the feeling of smoking.
As far as the flavor goes, there are four that come with it. Two are traditional cigarette flavors, one that is straight tobacco and one that is menthol. There is also a fruity one and one that is creme brulee. They’re all good, it will just depend on what you are looking for. They also make a mango flavored pod, but I didn’t try it.
There is no power flexibility. You just plug in your pod and take draws when you want to. No buttons or settings of any kind. One cool thing that they built in is the ability to tap the top to check the battery level.
Literally anyone could use this without any problems or learning curve.
I’d say that 75 to 100 is a reasonable estimate. With the high nicotine levels, you’ll be using this a lot like a cigarette, so you probably won’t be using this non-stop. The USB charger lets you charge pretty much anywhere, and it only takes 1 hr to go from dead to fully charged.
Now that I’ve tried it, I think the JUUL is a great e-cig for beginners looking to switch from smoking.
It’s not really something that people who like box mods are going to enjoy, unless you still miss the feeling of smoking or want something that is ultra-portable to get your nicotine fix on-the-go. This would be great to keep in your car, for example.
The best features are the tiny size, the extreme ease-of-use, and the vapor quality. The strong hits and mouth-to-lung draw style won’t be for everyone, but I know a lot of people who crave it. A great alternative to the JUUL is the Aspire Breeze, which will allow you to fill it with own e-liquid rather than purchasing pods.
Those who are looking for a more traditional vape setup with lots of power be sure to check out the SMOK G150.