JUUL Vapor – PAX Lab's Amazing Cig-Alike is Pretty and Packs a Wild Punch
After reading about one of the newest ecigs on the market, JUUL Vapor, I had to try it. Wired Magazine raved about it, saying the JUUL “might just be the first great e-cig”. That’s saying a lot for a little cig-alike.
What I discovered was that despite JUUL’s tiny size, it’s a powerhouse. My first puff was so strong, I actually coughed. And I used to smoke Camels.
JUUL comes in only one nicotine strength, 5%. Wow. Most ecigs top out at 3.5% . The 50mg's is all part of the company's unique e-liquid formula that uses Nicotine Salts instead of the widely used “free-base” nicotine formula.
JUUL's Nicotine Salts is PAX Lab's patented formula that's very different from the “free-base” formulas used by tobacco companies, and yes, by most e-liquid companies too.
JUUL says it uses the same type of nicotine found in tobacco leaves. They add the naturally occurring acid found in the tobacco plant giving you a “cigarette-like nicotine delivery” without the highly volatile dangers of free-base nicotine.
JUUL claims the delivery is more stable and more concentrated. I don't know if it's the type of nicotine or simply the wildly high 5% concentration of nicotine in these ecigs, but you'll certainly get your nic fix without the dangers (and stink) of tobacco smoke and apparently without free-base nicotine.
So What Is Free-Base Nicotine?
Nicotine occurs naturally in tobacco plants as either an acid or a base. The base form is called free-base nicotine. It's used in cigarettes and is volatile because it is absorbed very quickly into the lungs. Tobacco companies use ammonia to “freebase” the nicotine in smoke. Yet another good reason to give up cigarettes.
Easy to Use Compact Design
If you're looking for portability, you'll like JUUL. It's small and light weight and certainly won't give you pocket bulge. Ladies will also like the fact that it fits easily into a small purse, and compared to larger vaporizers it's very discreet. Nice for vaping in public.
Instead of cartridges or tanks, the JUUL uses flavor pods that snap into the top of the battery. The pods hold 0.7mL of e-liquid which gives you approximately 200 puffs. That's about what you get from 1 pack of cigarettes.
At the writing of this review (Apr '17) there are 5 pod flavors – Virginia tobacco, (pretty good), Cool Mint, (true to it's name), Fruit Medley (ok if you like a sweet vape), Creme Brulee (custardy), and their newest flavor, Mango (my personal favorite). Keep in mind, high nicotine tends to add a spiciness to e-liquids, so don't expect the same powerhouse of flavor you get from larger tank-style vaporizers.
Ordering Your JUUL
JUUL is committed to preventing sales to anyone under the legal purchasing age. The fact is, they are now required to confirm your identity so they will ask for your name, address and date of birth when you place an order. Once your account is set up, you won't have to go through the confirmation process again.
The Starter Kit comes with
•1 x rechargeable JUUL device
•1 x Multi JUULpod 4-pack
•1 year device warranty
JUUL PROs and CONs
For a small cig-alike, the JUUL has little to fault.
•You do have to get used to that first inhalation which can take you by surprise! That said, the nicotine content is a game changer.
•As for the patented “nicotine salt” formula, you'll have to decide for yourself whether it makes for a safer ecig. I do know that all parts of the JUUL are compliant to international and US safety and quality standards like RoHS and EMC, and undergo extensive testing and inspection.
•Vaping is a pleasure, but I found I had to tap the top of the pod sometimes to get a good connection to the battery. Pods are tiny, so don't expect them to last more than 2 days. Of course you may vape less with JUUL’s nicotine formula.
•The battery is easy to charge and because it's small, it charges quickly.
•Pods orders can be costly, but JUUL has an auto-ship program that includes 15% off the retail price and free shipping.
At just under 4″ long and weighing less than an ounce, this little beauty is the closest thing to an actual cigarette. That's my experience. One thing is for sure. You'll be less likely to chain vape the JUUL and there's a strong likelihood you'll never feel like smoking again.
If you want to learn more about JUUL vapor, visit the official website.