By John Castle
When I first switched from smoking to vaping, I started with a “cig-alike”—a Blu. It was… and unfortunate little thing. Battery life was dismal—it took longer to charge it than it did to deplete it.
Additionally, with only 12mg nicotine strength liquid in each cartomizer, and with such a skimpy battery powering a very weak little atomizer inside each cartridge, there was simply no way for the pack a day smoker that I was to derive enough satisfaction to take me away from that pack a day habit.
Cigarette -lookalike devices were something I would never have recommended to a smoker who wanted to quit. They didn’t have the power, the battery longevity, or the nicotine satisfaction it would take.
My opinion has changed. The device sitting on my desk right now is the device that changed my mind on it. That device is the Juul by Pax Labs.
Presentation and Package Contents
The Juul arrives in a stylishly minimalist and extremely user -friendly box as pictured above. Opening the box, you’ll find the bare necessities: the battery, a charger in the form of a USB dongle (more on that shortly), one Juul Pod cartomizer, and some instructional materials. Overall, the presentation here is very simple and clean.
Features and Specs
In keeping with the presentation, the user -facing features are absolutely minimal in nature. There are no buttons and only a single LED indicator for the battery charge remaining. The device is operated identically to most cig- alike vaporizers, which is one reason, in combination with its size, that the Juul could even be categorized in that class of devices.
In the specs department, information listed on the Juul Vapor FAQ doesn’t disclose the hard numbers. It does say that the Juul battery is Lithium Polymer (with overcharge protection) rather than Lithium Ion, and claims a battery charge lasts approximately a day, equivalent to the longevity of a Juul Pod.
The Juul Pod cartomizers are advertised to contain 0.7ml of liquid with a nicotine strength of 5% (which would otherwise be listed as 50mg/ml in open- system e-liquid). While this may seem extremely high, we’ll touch on why that strength is actually a good thing in just a moment.
Aesthetics and Ergonomics
The minimalist theme only continues when we get to the dimensions of the device. The Juul, with a Juul Pod attached, is about the width and length of a stick of chewing gum, if that; in thickness, it’s equivalent to perhaps 3/4 of a pack of chewing gum. This device is actually smaller than any cig -alike device I’ve used, with the possible exception of the Blu.
It’s finished, as you can see in the above image, in a lightly brush -textured matte black. The result of its size, shape, and finish is that it is an extremely discreet device. This is both a strong pro as well as potentially a serious con — because it’s as diminutive as it is, you won’t stand out much while using it unless you choose to. On the other hand, if the user isn’t very mindful, I can easily see something this small ending up lost. And a device you can’t use isn’t of much benefit no matter how good its performance is.
Speaking of that…
Let me make a callback to the Introduction — my first vape, that old Blu, was absolutely unsatisfying. The Halo G6 was leaps and bounds better, but it still didn’t quite kill my smoking habit — it got me about 95% of the way there, but it still came in just shy of doing the job completely.
But now here sitting between my index and middle fingers as I type this is a device that would absolutely have gotten that job done all by itself. There’s no doubt in my mind of that.
No doubt owing to its high nicotine strength and the superior battery the Juul works with, this device outperforms any other vaporizer in its size class on every metric I can think of.
Flavor from the tabaac (tobacco) Juul pod I received with the test unit was excellent both in presence and fidelity. Visual vapor output was nowhere near what I get from my box mod and sub -ohm tank — but, reasonably, I wasn’t expecting it to be. Throat hit was very strong, and I suspect that the PG/VG ratio is strongly leaning toward high PG.
And finally, that high nicotine strength comes in combination with the way the airflow on the Juul pods is designed to enable comfortable lung hits. The entire affair adds up to a full -size mod vaping experience in a cig -alike size.
When it comes to longevity, however, it’s my opinion that Pax actually under advertises the capacity of the Juul. I received my test unit on February 20th, and have used it as my secondary vape since then. (Had it been used as my primary vape, my results would certainly have been substantially different; we’ll get to that.)
Using it as a secondary vape, a single Juul pod lasted me just over two weeks. The battery, on the other hand, maintains a charge for 2 to 2 1/2 days under that usage scenario.
Pricing and Availability
To my knowledge, Juul and Juul pods are available only online at this time, through the Juul web site. The starter kit itself runs $49.99 and includes one Juul battery, one USB charger, and one 4 pack of Juul Pods in assorted flavors. For purposes of comparison, a Halo G6 starter kit currently goes for $44.99 and includes 2 batteries, 1 USB charger, a wall outlet adapter for that charger, and a 5 pack of cartomizers.
Packs of Juul Pods come in at $15.99 for a four -pack in the following flavors: tabaac (tobacco), miint (mint), fruut (fruit), bruule (creme brule), multi (one of each of the preceding), or coco miint. Meanwhile, by comparison, pre-filled cartomizers for the Halo G6 go for $9.99. (All prices above exclude tax+s&h.)
Recommendation and Conclusion
Would I recommend the Pax Juul? I’m surprised to answer that with an unqualified Yes. Not only would I recommend it to a smoker who is looking for the simplest and most effective device to make the transition from smoking to vaping with, I would also not hesitate to recommend this device to someone who has been vaping for quite a while already.
I intend to continue to use the Juul in the following way — if I’m going to a function at which a box mod just won’t cut it, that doesn’t mean I want to go without a powerful vape. If I’m just going down the street and don’t feel like filling a pocket with a box mod, the Juul will fit in a pants pocket and still deliver.
Vaping is what smoking should always have been; I firmly believe that. And now, to me, the Juul is what the ultraportable vape should always have been.
Thanks for reading. Until next time, do good work and be good to yourselves and each other.
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Testing on the E-Liquids
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It is a quantitative result (%)
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This week, SFATA released the seventh episode of its podcast, “Clearing The Haze.” In this episode of Clearing the Haze, Dr. Thomas Glynn, former director of cancer science and trends for the American Cancer Society, discusses potential areas of agreement between the vaping industry and its opponents, as well as ethics in research, FDA regulations, Royal College of Physicians, and much more.
Compiled by Chris Mellides
1 Strawberry Burst from Smiley E-Liquid
Experience the bold flavor of fresh sweet red strawberries picked at their peak and put in a bottle for a vaping experience you won’t soon forget. “Strawberry Burst” is available in a 50 VG/50 PG mix.
2 Melon Icey from Top Hat E-Liquids
Top Hat’s best seller, Melon Icey, is an amazing mentholated mix of cantaloupe and honeydew. It was created to resemble the famous Filipino dessert drink, “Melon Juice.” With the excellent mixture of the sweetness of both melons, iced with menthol, it’s perfected to be an all-day vape for menthol-loving vapers!
3 Strawberry Munchies from Munchies E-Juice
“Strawberry Munchies” is a rich and doubly flavorful vape, reminiscent of a deliciously decadent cake-coated frozen strawberry shortcake dessert bar!
4 Blueberry Cheesecake from Mazervapes Premium E-juice
A delicious creamy cheesecake with fresh blueberries on the exhale. Mazervapes’ “Blueberry Cheesecake” is what you’d expect from an e-juice made with only the highest grade ingredients and organic blueberry flavoring. Whether you love dessert or lean more towards crisp fruit flavors, this blend combines both for a true all-day vape.
5 Precedent from Paper Street Vape Co.
A luscious lemon gelato with a perfect pairing of crumbled shortbread cookie make up the critical components of this outstanding e-juice.
6 Bane from Savage E-Liquid
One of three flavors from Savage E-Liquid’s new Advocacy Line, “Bane” is a lemon funfetti pound cake with strawberry icing that takes the standard pound cake flavor a few notches above the rest. The funfetti cake flavor is well pronounced, and the strawberry icing offers an incredibly smooth finish to round out the overall flavor.
7 Sunday Brunch from Voop Juice
A Bavarian cream stuffed French toast with a delicious blueberry sauce make up this 80 VG/20 PG dessert blend.
8 Tortoise Blood from Shijin Vapor
Titillate your taste buds with an amazingly sweet and tart blue raspberry green apple sherbet!
9 Lemon Breezy from Abstrakt
An astonishingly accurate Italian lemon meringue pie. This profile boasts a dynamic complexity with every pull—utilizing low pressure and temperature extraction to achieve an ultra-crisp lemon and citrus blend perfectly balanced on the palate; while bright meringue, rich filling, and savory crust envelops the rest of your taste buds.
10 Ethos Crispy Treats from Ethos Vapors
Warm, sweet and gooey. An enticing blend of delectable, sweet marshmallows baked into an exquisite homemade desert! This 75 VG/25 PG e-liquid is everything you loved about a crispy treat packed into a bottle of pure savory perfection.
11 Rico from TURNT
This 70 VG/30 PG e-liquid is a bright key lime blend rounded out with the decadence of Bavarian cream.
12 Kettle from Popped E-Liquids
This 70 VG/30 PG e-liquid gives off a savory flavor akin to an old-fashioned kettle corn that’s been lightly coated to perfection with creamy caramel.
13 Albino from SpiderMonkey Juice
Enjoy a special blend of creams and light custards with a spot on “yellow” banana flavor and just a pinch of sweet cinnamon that makes this juice the star of the show.
14 Lucky Bastard from Cafe Racer
“Lucky Bastard” by Cafe Racer takes everything you love about the company’s signature “Lucky 13” blend, but with double the smooth tobacco finish—creating a bolder, richer RY4 flavor served with a hint of toasted almonds. “Lucky Bastard” compliments any high ball and pairs well with your favorite craft beer, especially hoppy IPAs. Get ready for the best tobacco vape experience of its kind!
15 Sour Puss from SHE Vapor
Pucker up and vape a terrifically tart and oh so sweet e-liquid made with the highest VG ratio possible, without compromising flavor or vapor production. This piquant perfection truly shines with its sweet, slightly sour, juicy, and fruity flavors that will have your mouth watering for more! Just one inhale will take you back in time to those fun, tasty trips to the candy shop!
16 XXX from Lions Den Elixir
The quest for an all-day vape was realized with Lions Den Elixir’s “XXX” e-juice—the company’s first flavor offering and arguably its most popular. “XXX” is a mix of pomegranate, acai and juicy blueberries that round out a mouthwatering vaping experience that’s sure to tingle your taste buds!
The Emanuel administration touted the new law as “an early independence day” to free teens from smoking, according to DNAinfo.com. The City Council approved the new law in March, citing public health reasons and keeping “tobacco products” out of the hands of minors.
Chicago joins New York City, Boston, Cleveland and Kansas City as individual cities that have raised the age to 21.