JUUL by Pax Review JUUL by Pax Review
Starter Kit Range: $49.99
Cartridges Cost: $3.40
Cartridge Life: 200 puffs
Battery Life: 200 puffs
Charger Options:
USB
  • Easy to Use Interface
  • Auto-Ship Program
  • Higher Quality Nicotine Liquid
  • Limited Flavors Currently
  • Single Color Option for Device
  • Charging Limitations

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JUUL Overall, we love the JUUL device. It truly is a unique product that we haven’t seen anything on the market like it before. The nicotine salts gave us the closest sensation to smoking we’ve ever seen or felt. The device itself is small and compact but has features that make it perform outstanding. It is designed to work flawlessly and without complication. It really is a device that anyone can use without any learning curve. At the price point it is at, it is a great deal as well when considering value. We highly recommend this product to everyone.
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Introduction To JUUL

James Monsees and Adam Bowen are the founders of Pax Labs and they are responsible for some of the best innovation in the vaping industry. While others look to improve on products on the market, they’ve always taken the effort to redefine the market with product innovation. The company started with a device called Ploom that was not a success but was their first attempt at looking at vaping differently. They wanted to do away with batteries and tried to use a butane method of vaping. They quickly moved on from this and made the biggest game changer to the dry herb market, the Pax by Ploom. This device set them apart from everyone else and was quickly looked to be imitated by others. They continued to develop this product to come up with the Pax 2 and Pax 3 which each added new features and better functionality.

After the Pax series put them on the map, they decided to give electronic cigarettes a fresh look and did so by coming up with the JUUL brand that has redefined the way we look at vaping. The user experience was put forefront and the features and design that helped put them on the map with the Pax devices were used as inspiration to create an amazing new product that is unlike any other e-cigs we’ve used. This review will go over the products available, the JUULPods, and accessories to let you know what our team of experts think about the JUUL brand and it’s devices.

JUUL Starter Kit Review

The JUUL brand offers one actual electronic cigarette device and that is the JUUL device as you could guess.  They sell it in a starter kit that includes 1 rechargeable JUUL device, 1 Multi JUULpod 4-pack, 1 USB charger, and a 1 year device warranty. This kit sells for $49.99 and is 15% off with our discount code you can find at the top of this post.

The device is unlike any other e-cig we’ve seen before on the market. It is a small and compact rectangle shape that has zero buttons on it. You might wonder if having no buttons impacts the device, but it doesn’t at all.

The first impression of the packaging was a feeling like Apple products give you. It was packaged very nicely and clean with the minimalistic style. When we first opened the box, you will see the cartridges on one side and the device and USB charger on the other. When we unboxed the device, we found some nice features after reading through the quick start guide.

The device has a LED indicator on it to display the charge level with a green, yellow, and red indicator going from high to low in that order. It also doubles as a pull strength indicator to help you use the device better. It will show if you are puffing on the device properly which really helps those new to vaping. This is one of the biggest hurdles new vapers face in how much pull do you want to use when vaping. Another intuitive feature surrounding this LED is the ability to check the charge level when the device is not being used. To do this, you simply tap the device twice (lightly) and it will light up displaying the level remaining. This makes it so you don’t need a button at all on the device.

While you don’t need to, we always recommend charging the device fully before use. To do this points to another unique feature, the USB Charger. The reason it is unique is because it’s a magnetic connection that you just stand the device in and it charges without any cables or screw in connections at all. It takes an hour to charge the device from dead to full so when you first get it, it shouldn’t take long to ensure it’s fully charged.

As we mentioned above, the starter kit comes with 4 cartridges and they are all different flavors. The technical name they give them are JUULpods. The four you will get are Virginia tobacco, cool mint, fruit medley, and crème brulee. We’ll cover these more in detail in the JUULPods section below. Plus, be sure to check out what sets apart the nicotine in JUULpods from anything else on the market!

The device seems very small and like it wouldn’t be able to live up to expectations of what you’d want from an e-cig. The amazing part was when we put the cartridge into the JUUL device it was ready to go and performed so far above our expectations.

The only thing you need to know how to do to use this device is breath. Since it has no buttons as mentioned, you just inhale and the device does the rest for you. There are no temperature settings or voltage settings, it simply works and performs at optimal temperatures for both. The coil temperature regulation is designed to give the appropriate amounts of power during use to ensure a smooth and consistent delivery of vapor every time.

Each drag was smooth and had a nice feeling on the throat. It was immensely satisfying as far as nicotine cravings as well. At the price point of the starter kit we really love everything about it. While it did last the 200 puffs as promised, we would recommend charging it while not in use so you never have to worry about the battery dying. If you smoke a pack a day, it’s not a concern when switching, but why take the chance?

The satisfaction we got from the starter kit was not only surprising compared to the price point and size, but it competes very well with any other brand of e cigarette on this site. This isn’t a cloud making advanced device that you build coils for, it’s a device that just works well and helps you switch from smoking to vaping very easily.

JUULPods Review

JUULPods are what differentiate the JUUL from all other brands. It contains a liquid that is made using nicotine salts rather than the traditional nicotine that is found in all other liquids on the market. The cartridges are sold in 4 packs that cost $15.99 each and contain 0.7mL with 5% nicotine by weight. So that is the equivalent of 1 pack of cigarettes per cartridge. So you can see how easy it is to start saving money right away.

You can even enhance your cost savings by signing up for the auto-ship program. Most auto-ship programs raise red flags for us but not this one because they are incredibly up front with it. You will save 15% off every cartridge and get free shipping. You’ll also be emailed 7 days before a shipment is sent so you can change or cancel the order before it ships. This is huge because many in the past hoped to squeeze it through and charge you ridiculous rates with smaller brands that no longer exist. This is an auto-ship program we fully support and recommend to our readers.

The flavors available are as follows:

Virginia Tobacco – If you’re looking for a Marlboro type taste, this is a great tobacco flavor that has a sweet tint to it.

Cool Mint – Cool mint is great for menthol smokers. It’s very light and leaves a good mint taste rather than a chemical like taste you get from other mint juices with different brands.

Fruit Medley – Peaches, grapes, and berries make this delicious flavor one of our favorite for after meals.

Crème Brulee – If you like vanilla custard and sweet taste you should try this one out. It’s probably our favorite of all the cartridges for being sweet but not overpowering.

Mango – This one is brand new and tastes just like a fresh mango.

As we mentioned above, the nicotine salts are used to create a truly different flavor profile and satisfaction level. There is actually science to back this up. As you’ll see in the chart below, the nicotine salts allow the body to have the closest impact to smoking that any liquid ever has for vaping. See how close it mimics actual smoking below as this data speaks for itself.

Accessories By JUUL Review

The JUUL brand is pretty new so there aren’t really any accessories at this time. The only product that fits into this category is the USB charger. It is worth grabbing and extra one for $9.99. This is a smart charger that works magnetically and uses no cords at all. It will charge your device in an hour or less and keep you going and ready to vape.

We would like to see a wall charger offered in the future that you could plug this into. This would allow greater flexibility but almost everyone is near a USB port these days so it isn’t a deal breaker by any means at all. We would also like to see a carry case of sorts to store the pods, device, and USB charger down the road. While they are all small in size it would be nice to have a place to keep them other than the box, something more durable.

JUUL Summary

Overall, we love the JUUL device. It truly is a unique product that we haven’t seen anything on the market like it before. The nicotine salts gave us the closest sensation to smoking we’ve ever seen or felt. The device itself is small and compact but has features that make it perform outstanding. It is designed to work flawlessly and without complication. It really is a device that anyone can use without any learning curve. At the price point it is at, it is a great deal as well when considering value. We highly recommend this product to everyone.

Overall, we love the JUUL device. It truly is a unique product that we haven’t seen anything on the market like it before. The nicotine salts gave us the closest sensation to smoking we’ve ever seen or felt. The device itself is small and compact but has features that make it perform outstanding. It is designed to work flawlessly and without complication. It really is a device that anyone can use without any learning curve. At the price point it is at, it is a great deal as well when considering value. We highly recommend this product to everyone.
  • Easy to Use Interface
  • Auto-Ship Program
  • Higher Quality Nicotine Liquid
  • Limited Flavors Currently
  • Single Color Option for Device
  • Charging Limitations

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David

David Fitchburg - CocktailNerd Editor

David is a 7 year vet of the e-cig scene. He started smoking in his late teens, his habit got pretty bad and the birth of his daughter really made him think that he should consider quitting tobacco. He tried everything with little success. Then in 2008 he discovered e-cigarettes, started vaping and has never looked back.

  • Brielle

    September 18, 2017 #1 Author

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    This is a great kit for anyone looking to switch to smoking. I don’t believe anything is 5 star for any product but this is as close as it gets to me. That’s why I put 4.5 stars in all categories. I always like to leave room for improvement on even the best products because everyone can strive to be better and should. If you have tried other e-cigs and they were not right for you, try this one because it will not disappoint you. I promise.

  • jay

    August 28, 2017 #2 Author

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    when i first got the juul i was a bit skeptical because of the size of it. i was surprised when vaping it though that the amount of vapor didn’t matter. this was the closest i have come to a cigarette since trying vaping. something about the juice is much better than anything else i used. as a heavy smoker this was the answer i was looking for.

  • Jenna Freeman

    August 11, 2017 #3 Author

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    I am absolutely in love with the JUUL. This is the crown jewel (pun intended) of e-cigs for me. The quality of the liquid is as good as it gets. It has the closet emulation to smoking I’ve ever experienced. This won’t put out huge amounts of vapor but if you want the chemistry of a cigarette with the nicotine, then the JUUL is a perfect choice.

  • Malik

    July 29, 2017 #4 Author

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    I do love the JUUL but the reason for my ratings are it could use more flavor options and it doesn’t produce the greatest amount of vapor. Now the flavor options appear to be coming as they’ve already added one since I started using them. Regarding the vapor, this may be a deal breaker for some, but most it shouldn’t be. This device isn’t intended to bring the largest clouds of vapor possible but instead to bring you the best nicotine experience. It does that exceptionally well. The company also ships on time every time.

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  • Tonya Thompson

    April 3, 2017 #5 Author

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    I enjoyed the JUUL more than any other e-cig I’ve ever used. It’s really simple to use and it is so satisfying. I’ve used other brands and V2 is now tied for my favorite with JUUL. I wish there were more flavor options for JUUL but I know it’s new and they are coming. I just ordered the Mango and got the first one and it’s a great addition. I look forward to seeing more flavors come but I do suggest you buy the JUUL.

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