The JUUL is a legendary e-cig for good reason, it’s one of the first and one of the best. The reasons? How about great flavor, smooth vaping, ease of use, large flavor variety, and intuitive design. Yes, other e-cigs offer some of those qualities, but only JUUL gives you the whole package. If you’re into open pod, pre-filled e-cigarettes, then there’s a good chance you’re already into the JUUL.
- Great flavor quality
- Very easy to use
- Disposable pods are practical and convenient
- Nic salts deliver a strong nicotine hit
- Portable and discreet
- Good variety of flavors
- Closed pod system doesn't allow you to choose your own liquid
- Lower concentration JUUL pods only available in two flavors
JUUL is a product meant for adults. Specifically, adults who currently smoke cigarettes and adults who smoke but want to quit. If you are not an adult and/or you have never smoked before, then the Vape Guide does not recommend that you use the JUUL. The JUUL uses pods that contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive substance.
At this point, JUUL is a name that is famous in the vaping world and infamous in the rest of the world. Oddly enough, it’s for the very same reasons, namely its ease of use, high nicotine level, and flavor variety. Those qualities make it one of the best—if not the best—e-cigs around.
They also make it a flashpoint of controversy since underage kids are attracted to it too, that’s something that can’t be ignored, unfortunately. Nonetheless, this JUUL review will focus on the appeal of this e-cig to adult vapers since they are the only people who should be using it.
Adults can get it directly from JUUL Vapor for $50.
- JUUL e-cigarette
- Four sampler JUUL pods (Virginia Tobacco, Mango, Cool Mint, and Creme Brulee)
- USB charger
Design and Function
As practically everyone has stated from the beginning, the JUUL looks quite a bit like a thumb drive, it’s a design that is both simple and iconic.
Closed pod system: This means that the JUUL uses pre-filled cartridges that you just pop into the JUUL and dispose of once they’re empty. It’s a convenience that adds to the JUUL’s appeal, though I should mention that you should never try to refill an empty JUUL pod, no matter what you see on the internet. As with anything you try after seeing on the internet, it could end badly.
The simplicity of the JUUL belies some cool features, like the way the mouthpiece slips easily on and off the device and how there is a handy little window on each pod that allows you to monitor the level of e-liquid. Despite the squared off shape, the mouthpiece feels comfortable.
At just about three and a half inches in height, the JUUL is an extremely discreet e-cig, but for some, it might be a little too discreet because it doesn’t really stand out. The standard gray color isn’t exactly flashy, and that might be great for many, but for those who want a little more ‘zazz, there are silver, blush gold, and navy colors available to choose from.
The performance of the JUUL is both consistent and high, inhaling from it feels quite natural, very similar to smoking a traditional cigarette in fact. That is another reason why it holds such a strong appeal to current and former smokers. The various flavors of the JUUL pods are nothing that you would ever get in a real cigarette of course—except for the tobacco flavors naturally—and they all taste great, the vapor they produce even smells great, a definite advantage over regular cigarettes.
It is draw activated, so you just inhale to trigger it, there are no button or temperature settings to worry about, so using it is very intuitive even if you’ve never vaped before. It’s also a very reliable device, after two years, mine still works perfectly. It doesn’t produce a lot of visible vapor, so it can be used in nearly any environment without attracting much attention.
Nicotine Salts: The JUUL pods use nicotine salts instead of the regular e-liquids, in fact, JUUL invented nic salts. They are one of the reasons for the JUUL’s popularity since they give former smokers a strong nicotine hit without the intense throat hit, eliminating the harshness usually associated with high nicotine vaping. This means that JUUL delivers a stronger, smoother vaping experience than most e-cigs.
Nicotine Levels: The regular JUUL pods have a 5% nicotine level, which amounts to a whopping 59 mg/mL, an amount smokers and former smokers no doubt love, but which can be overwhelming to many non-smokers. Thankfully, JUUL saw fit to start offering JUUL pods with a 3% nicotine level, which have a nicotine level of 35 mg/mL, which is far more manageable. Those new concentrations are currently only available in the Virginia Tobacco and Mint flavors, so if you want the Mango, Cucumber, Menthol, Fruit, Classic Tobacco, or Creme flavors, you’re stuck with 5% (at least for now).
Battery Life: The battery is a 200 mAh, it’s smaller than most of the JUUL’s competitors, but it’s good enough to last for up to two hundred puffs. There is an advantage to the battery in that it only has a one hour charge time, which is faster than its competitors.
The Last Word
So is the JUUL still the best e-cig on the market? It is if you’re a fan of closed pod systems, if you prefer open pod systems where you can choose your own e-liquid, then you might not like it as much. Refillable e-cigs like the KandyPens Rubi or other JUUL alternatives might be more your speed. When it comes to pre-filled pods though, the JUUL is the best of the best. If you want to save money on those pods, you can use the JUUL auto-ship program to get them sent to you on a regular basis.
By this time, everyone knows the reasons why, the nic salts, the flavor variety, the simple, fool-proof design. All of those features make it both the prototype and the archetype of e-cigarettes as we know them. It’s the one that set the standard and made the e-cig market what it is today. No matter how the rest of the world views the JUUL, it will always be a vaping legend. And with some possibly big changes coming along, it is likely to remain that way.