After using the Juul e-cigarette for multiple years, burning through countless pods and numerous batteries, here’s a review. Keep in mind, this is just one vaper’s experience with the Juul device and your own experience, if you choose to use one, may very well differ. Without further ado, here’s my review.
- The Juul e-cig is compact. This makes it an easy device to carry around. It’s actually small enough that I’ve occasionally carried two at a time just to make sure I have enough battery life to get me by while I’m running around outside the home.
- It uses nicotine salts. This particular type of nicotine provides various benefits over traditional freebase nicotine, such as faster absorption by the user and smoother vapour that allows for higher concentrations of nicotine to be used.
- The e-liquid is fairly tasty. While I recognize that this is my own personal take on the way their e-juice tastes, I have enjoyed some of the Juul vape pods that I’ve tried. The e-juice tastes pretty good and it vapes well enough.
- Batteries are rechargeable. Not all e-cigarettes are rechargeable so it’s worth noting that the Juul is. It won’t last indefinitely, but no vape battery will. It does, however, last for a while. I’ve been somewhat surprised every time a battery has died and I’ve needed to replace it because it happens so infrequently it seems to catch me off guard when it happens. When it comes to charging Juul batteries, it’s easy thanks to the magnetic USB charger that the device comes with.
- Juul pods hold a decent amount of e-juice. They’re definitely not the highest e-liquid capacity pods on the market, but they do hold a reasonable amount of vape juice that I’ve found to last nearly a day, as I tend to go through between one to two pods a day when I’m strictly using the Juul and not any other e-cig.
- It works. The Juul e-cigarette does what it’s designed to do, which is produce vapour that curbs nicotine cravings with the power of nic salts. This is perhaps what’s most important, particularly for smokers who are trying to quit smoking with the help of vaping.
- Juul pods sometimes leak. Not every single pod I’ve used for this device has leaked, but some most certainly have. There may have been times when it was user error on my part. For instance, I may have overloaded the coils by vaping too frequently or I may have accidentally squeezed the pod. However, there have been times when the pods appeared to have been defective, as I could see e-liquid inside of the packaging before I opened it up. I’ve even had a Juul battery that was apparently not machined right and squeezed the pods in such a way that it would cause them to leak. For the most part, though, they’re alright. But when they do leak, well, all I can say is that it sucks.
- There aren’t many flavours. The flavours that Juul offers vary based on the region that they’re sold. For instance, vapers in the UK have had the option of buying apple flavoured pods, whereas no such flavour has been released in the US. Regional flavour differences aside, the lineup is not impressive. There are limited flavours to choose from and that, for many vapers, is surely a big turnoff.
- Nicotine options are extremely limited. Juul Labs, the company that makes Juul brand vaping products, hasn’t made a name for itself by offering a wide range of nicotine options and flavours for customers to choose from. It’s really quite the opposite. There are very few options as far as flavours and nicotine strengths go, which isn’t great for those who prefer to have some options to pick and choose from.
- Batteries don’t last long between charges. Depending on how often you vape and how often you charge your vape battery, the Juul battery might last you an entire day, perhaps longer. For me, it doesn’t quite cut it. I either have to carry two batteries or a charger if I’m going to get through the day with just the Juul device at my side to provide vapour.
- Not widely accessible. Juul has not officially launched its products in Australia so if you live in Oz and you’re hoping to vape with a Juul, well, you may want to look at the other options available to you because they’re not nearly as accessible in Australia as they are in some other countries. For the most part, if you do plan on Juuling in Australia, it’s likely you’re going to be buying your supplies online from an overseas supplier. The fact of the matter is that Juul doesn’t offer 0% nicotine pods, which means their pods aren’t legally sold at local vape shops in Australia due to the restrictions of nicotine vaping products.
- No voltage options. With Juuls, you can’t adjust the voltage. There simply is no option to do this. They are feature-lacking electronic cigarettes that really just do one thing and that is produce vapour.
- Not the fastest charging. The charge time on these e-cigs isn’t terrible, but it’s far from fast. To give you some perspective on the matter, there are comparable pod vapes that charge twice as fast. That means you have to wait around longer than you might otherwise with another vape for the device to recharge once its battery is depleted.
Examining the contents of this Juul review might give you the impression that I think the Juul is a bad device. Well, it’s not. It’s alright. Not the best, but certainly far from the worst. As it stands though, with so many vapes to choose from, it’s not one that I recommend. There are simply too many vapes that are superior to it. For instance, take a look at the Viggo Series by Vaper Empire and you will find a comparable pod vape system that offers vape pods with a leak-free design that are available in a multitude of e-liquid flavours. The Viggo charges faster, its battery lasts longer, each pod contains considerably more e-juice, and it has a built-in variable voltage feature with which you can choose your preferred voltage setting from three preprogrammed options. It is, to put it plainly, a better option than the Juul. Still, there are those who will buy into the hype surrounding the Juul e-cigarette and that’s okay, but it’s not the best option out there, not in this reviewer’s opinion anyway.