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 – 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. As far as the flavor goes, there are four that come with it. Three are traditional tobacco flavors, one that is menthol.
There is also a fruity one and one that is creme brulee. 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.
You actually can’t get easier to use than the JUUL. You literally just put your pod in and take a draw when you want. Vapes are often overwhelming to people who are just switching over, and this completely gets rid of any perceived difficulty.
Literally anyone could use this without any problems or learning curve.
The portability of this is obviously excellent. It’s much smaller than pretty much any vape out there, yet still manages to deliver a very good experience. You’d think that the battery life would be a big problem considering the size, but the JUUL manages to deliver a lot of draws from a full charge.
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.
It’s not really something that people who like box mods are going to enjoy, unless you still miss the feeling of alternatives or want something that is ultra-portable to get your vapor 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 draws 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 Bo One, which offers a similar pod system but has larger pods, a larger battery and more flavor selection.