JUUL E-Cigarette Review

Some time ago, we posted a news article profiling PAX Labs, a California company primarily known for producing high-end vaporizers. In the article, we described a new type of e-liquid developed by PAX Labs containing nicotine salts rather than the freebase nicotine used in most e-liquids. PAX Labs immediately applied for a patent and secured nearly $47 million in investment funding to develop the JUUL e-cigarette.

The JUUL e-cigarette has now been out for more than a year, so we’ve had plenty of time to gain a deeper perspective on its position within the market. The JUUL is not for everyone. In fact, if you currently use e-cigarettes, the JUUL really isn’t for you at all. The JUUL is for smokers. It’s designed from the ground up to give you almost exactly the same blood nicotine level that you’d get from smoking a cigarette. If you currently smoke — especially if you’ve tried to switch to vaping and couldn’t make it work because the nicotine hit just didn’t feel the same, the JUUL e-cigarette is for you.

JUUL E-Cigarette

Price: $34.99 for charger and battery, $15.99 for four JUULpods

Includes: JUUL e-cigarette, magnetic USB battery charger, four JUULpods

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What Is the JUUL E-Cigarette?


The JUUL is a compltely new type of e-cigarette for beginners. It’s similar in size to a typical “micro” e-cigarette or “cigalike,” but the shape is rectangular rather than round to clearly distinguish it from a tobacco cigarette. The e-liquid contained within the JUUL’s cartridges — or “JUULpods” — contains benzoic acid, which transforms the freebase nicotine into a salt of nicotine. In other words, it becomes a form of nicotine much more similar to that found within actual tobacco leaves. On top of that, the e-liquid contains 50 mg of nicotine per ml of e-liquid. When you consider the fact that many e-cigarettes top out at just 16 mg, you can see what’s going on here. The JUUL delivers a fast nicotine punch like no other e-cigarette on the market.

Pleasing the FDA

Many people who switch from smoking to vaping follow a progression of beginning with a “cigalike” and upgrading to a larger “mod” later. Eventually, some take up sub-ohm vaping — blowing extremely large clouds of very low-nicotine vapor. The problem with mods, though, is the FDA. The FDA intends to regulate e-cigarettes by requiring all manufacturers to submit their products for and obtain approval to remain on the market by August 8, 2018. Unless something changes, mods and their accessories most likely won’t be legal in the United States two years from now.

The JUUL, however, is something completely different. It doesn’t work with cartridges or e-liquid from other companies, and every flavor comes in only one nicotine strength. Without going into the details of the FDA’s proposed regulations, suffice it to say that the JUUL is exactly the type of system that should gain approval. So, not only are you highly unlikely to ever find another e-cigarette that gives you the same nicotine hit as the JUUL, but the JUUL is also very likely to still be around in two years.

Who Is the JUUL E-Cigarette for?

  • Current smokers. If you already use e-cigarettes full-time, you’ve made the adjustment to the lower nicotine intake and don’t require the higher strength of the JUUL. If you’re reading this, though, there’s a good chance that you tried an e-cigarette in the past and weren’t happy. When you switch from smoking to vaping, there’s a brief period of adjustment because most e-cigarettes don’t give you the blood nicotine concentration that you’d get with a tobacco cigarette. Most e-cigarettes also don’t give you the quick spike in blood nicotine levels that you get from a tobacco cigarette. You get that spike with the JUUL. For an illustration, take a look at the graph below.


JUUL E-Cigarette Review: Inside the Box

Inside the JUUL starter kit, you’ll find one JUUL battery, a USB charger and four JUULpods. Although the JUUL battery is slightly larger than most “micro” e-cigarettes because of its rectangular shape, it is incredibly light and very sturdy thanks to the metal casing. The JUULpods are color coded according to flavor, and the USB charger connects to the bottom of the battery magnetically. Before using the JUUL, connect the charger to your computer’s USB port and place the JUUL inside. You’ll see the light on the JUUL begin to flash slowly. When it turns solid green, the charge cycle is complete.


Using the JUUL E-Cigarette

Once the battery is fully charged, you’re ready to use the JUUL. You’ll get about 200 puffs out of a fully charged battery, which means that it should last about as long as a full JUULpod. To use the JUUL, remove the plastic bottom from a JUULpod and slide the pod fully into the top of the JUUL. Puff on the JUUL as if it were a real cigarette.

The JUUL has a touch-sensitive light that you can tap twice to see the current battery charge level. Alternatively, you can simply watch the light while using the JUUL. When the light turns red, the battery is just about out of power.

JUUL E-Cigarette Review

Nicotine Hit

If you’re familiar with the JUUL e-cigarette, you’re probably most curious about it because you’ve heard about its ability to deliver more of a nicotine hit than other e-cigarettes. The reputation is not exaggerated. The members of our staff have been using sub-ohm mods for some time now. We’re all using e-liquids with 3 mg of nicotine per ml, so going from that to 50 mg makes a difference that’s immediately noticeable. It didn’t take long for us to start feeling flushed and woozy.

If you quit smoking when you start vaping, you’ll have to adjust to two things: the difference in blood nicotine levels and the lack of all of the other baggage that goes along with cigarette smoke. If you switch to the JUUL, your body will still need to adjust. It just won’t need to adjust to the difference in nicotine levels.


Battery Life

The battery life of the JUUL e-cigarette is as advertised. We had no difficulty draining a full cartridge with a fully charged battery. Also, our reviewers subjectively felt that they didn’t use the JUUL as often as they would have used their normal e-cigarettes because of the JUUL’s much higher nicotine concentration. With the decreased usage, we had no difficulty getting the JUUL battery to last a full day on a single charge.

Battery Sensitivity

The JUUL battery has an automatic puff sensor. It generates vapor automatically as soon as you begin to puff. In our experience, the sensitivity level of the JUUL battery was perfect. It wasn’t so sensitive that it triggered automatically while being carried in a pocket, but it was sensitive enough to trigger immediately at the beginning of a puff.

Flavor Quality

PAX Labs makes JUULpods in four different flavors: Virginia Tobacco, Cool Mint, Creme Brulee, Fruit Medley and Mango. So, there’s a tobacco flavor, a menthol flavor, a creamy flavor and two fruity flavors. Whether you prefer sweeter flavors or simply want something that’s as close as possible to an actual cigarette, you should find something in the JUULpod lineup that suits your taste. Of the four flavors, we preferred the tobacco. We thought that the flavor meshed perfectly with the intense nicotine hit of the JUUL e-cigarette.

JUUL E-Cigarette Review: Conclusion

As we stated above, the JUUL e-cigarette has a very specific audience. If you’ve already switched to vaping fully and no longer smoke, the JUUL really isn’t for you. You’ve already made the transition to a much lower amount of nicotine, and there’s really no reason to increase it.

If you’re reading this, though, you probably aren’t using e-cigarettes already — or you’re using e-cigarettes but haven’t quit smoking. In other words, you haven’t found the e-cigarette that fully replaces the nicotine levels you’re used to. If that sounds like you, the JUUL e-cigarette is the product that you need to buy. There’s nothing else quite like it on the market. For any smoker who wants to switch to vaping and hasn’t been able to so far, it’s the best e-cigarette on the market.

JUUL E-Cigarette Review: The Last Word

The Good

  • E-liquid formulation produces a powerful nicotine hit, like a real cigarette
  • Very inexpensive starter kit and fair price for long-lasting cartridges
  • Closed-system design should make FDA approval easier

The Not So Good

  • Not intended for people who have already quit smoking and use e-cigarettes full-time
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Author: Jason Artman

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  1. There is an error in your flavor section, you stated ” we have Virginia Tobacco, Cool Mint, Creme Brûlée, and Cool Mint. The second Cool Mint should be mixed berry and don’t forget the to die for mango flavor. By the way, the last package I received of pods was leaking a bunch. Is there anyway I could get a customer refund?

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    • Thanks for pointing out the typo, Youri! The Mango flavor wasn’t available yet when we originally wrote our JUUL review. It’s now added!

      According to the JUUL FAQ, you should contact the JUUL customer care team if you encounter an excessively leaky pod.

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    • Gently take the black top of of the pod. Then get a safety pin or something like it and gently get the 2 white fabric things out. Squeeze them in a paper towel until as dry as you can get it. Then just put it back together

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  2. There are many of us reading this, not because we are seeking a more intense e-cig to simulate a cigarette, but rather, those of us concerned by the grossly vague advertising of nicotine content as, “…contains 0.7mL with 5% nicotine by weight…”. Never had I, nor anyone I know using these realized they contained 40mgs. I am grateful for this article, as I now realize this is definitely not like vaping, allowing for less nicotine, but rather a true replacement of today’s cigarette, minus the other baggage. Unfortunately, as a parent of a teenager, it has become a huge fad among every high school in our City (Cincinnati) despite the age limit of 21. It is so depressing because prior to this product hitting the market, only 3 out of 39 students I know, were smokers, while 30 used 0 (zero) nicotine content vapes, and the remaining 6 used 6mg content vapes. As of today, 16 of these students are now using the Juul – ONLY because of its sleek design & popularity. I WISH they would offer a Juul Pod with no nicotine, or lower nicotine. I understand it is not the “purpose or goal” of this Product, but in this day and age, why not offer alternative mg to continue the AMAZING changes happening these days with less nicotine addiction, thus less health risks. Please – I am begging for this.

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    • You took the words right out of my mouth! Came to this site for the exact same reasons. As a past smoker, current Vaper-Mom and a parent of 2 teenagers currently experiencing the same fad but in a different city…truly an education and a definite eye opener. Thank You!

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      • Kids ae getting to be addicted to nicotine because of this product

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    • I agree! Offer less mg nicotine to wean us off it.

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  3. This is also a huge craze in my area high school, and my fear about an increase in drop out rates when the suspensions for bathroom vaping add up, and students using this concentration of nicotine not being able to get through a school day without sneaking off somewhere to get their fix.

    It also seems likely they will buy cigarettes when that is all they can find, or if they are more affordable. Sad backslide in what was good progress.

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  4. Completely agree about offering juul pods with no nicotine or less nicotine. 40% is rather high, for it to be the only option.

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    • I have been a smoker for over 10 years and normally smoke light cigarettes and love the product but find the nicotine dosage high and would love to lower my nicotine intake please please make one with a much lower nicotine dose

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  5. Make lower Mg Juuls! The people have spoken!

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  6. My cigarettes contain 0.9 mg nicotine. I took two hits of the Juul and it knocked me off my rear! Heart beating fast and dizzy! Now I am afraid to use it. Please, please offer a much lower nicotine concentration for those who don’t smoke the high nicotine cigarettes, and also a no nicotine for those that are trying to get off of the nicotine all together. The creme flavor is awesome and so is the concept. Just lower the nicotine! Thanks!

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  7. I couldn’t agree more. According to my stepdaughter, the vast majority of kids at her HS here in FL are using this product, sometimes right in the classroom. The astronomically high nicotine content can be extremely dangerous. More preventative measures need to be taken asap.

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  8. This is becoming a huge problem with kids in schools and it affects their young development. Kids have a difficult time enough growing up without nicotine issues. Face it, nicotine is a drug and is at least as difficult to give up as heroin. The side effects of nicotine can affect the heart, hormones, and gastrointestinal system.

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  9. Thank you for this article! It’s the best one I’ve read on the Juul that breaks it down into layman’s terms without forcing me to do conversions and formulas that make my head want to explode to figure out the nicotine content compared to my usual cigarette. I smoke a menthol ultra light cigarette that contains 0.5mg of nicotine and while vaping with Juul, I was trying to figure out the headaches and light headedness. Granted some of the headaches could be contributed to dehydration, but while attempting to vape the “equivalent” of a cigarette, I was over-dosing on the nicotine. I, too, would prefer the company branched out with other nicotine level options but I have to say everything else about the device beats any other vape/e-cig I’ve ever tried and, although, the price seems hefty comparatively to other “beginner” vape devices, it still is cheaper than smoking tobacco.

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  10. Yes Please make a lower nicotine content, i know juul wants us hokked on their product but you could make an longer pod with less nicotine content, im a smoker but i dont want high levels of nicotine in my blood everytime i use the juul, I’d like to smoke more with less nicotine so make longer pods with less nicotine, i misplaced my juul 2 nights ago & and paniced needing a hit, almost felt like an crackhead….. please lower the content mg with options to choose to our need. Thank you!

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  11. Does a JUUL with 3 percent your lowest level of nicotine?

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  12. I am a vapor using 6 mg nicotine. When e-cigs first came out I tried a Vuse. They did not put the nic. level anywhere on the product. So, when I used it, I got diarrhea soon after, and every time after that. I looked it up online, and was appalled to find out that it had 42 mgs. nicotine!
    A standard cig has 24. I went back to 12mg vapes, and even at that I still had problems, hence going back to 6mgs. A Juul would definitely cause me problems! I agree that they should give one a choice, and clearly state the amount of nic. on the product. Common sense people!

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