With a steep rise in popularity over the last couple of years, JUULs have quickly become one of the go-to vape devices on the market. But even as JUULs seem like the perfect vape device for newcomers and those looking for a quality backup device, there are still drawbacks.
Why People Love JUUL
The reason why so many people love JUULs as their go-to vape device is the ease of use.
What has helped make JUULs so popular starts with their slim design. Unlike bigger box mods that can be clunky and difficult to carry around, JUULs are only a few inches tall with a pod connected, making them small enough to keep in your pocket for quick puffs on the go.
JUULs have also been popular among smokers looking to quit through vaping because of the nicotine levels found in the JUULpods. There’s roughly 5% nicotine (59mg) per pod, which is about as much nicotine as you’ll find in one pack of cigarettes.
Finally, JUULs are less expensive than larger vapes, starting at $34.99 for the device and $49.99 for the whole starter kit. As an introduction to vaping, JUULs are a great first step.
The Downsides of JUUL
While there’s nothing wrong with paying a premium for a device that’s well-liked and well-designed, the high introductory price is compounded by the continued cost for replacement cartridges.
As a closed pod system, JUULs require you to purchase a new set of cartridges—sold in a box of four—every time you use one. Unfortunately, that can happen quickly as cartridges contain only 0.7mL of juice.
There’s also a limited variety of flavors to choose from currently. With open pod systems, you can select any type of ejuice that you’d like to try. But with a limited selection, it can become difficult to test new flavors or lower nicotine levels.
Today’s Top JUUL Alternatives
The good news is JUULs aren’t the only easy-to-use, all-in-one vape devices on the market. There are a variety of JUUL alternatives available that are less expensive, offer open pod systems, and are just as discreet as the popular JUUL. Take a look at our list, and find your next all-in-one device today.
The all-in-one Suorin Drop looks a little different than its JUUL counterpart, but its teardrop design and slim profile make it nice to look at and easy to keep in your pocket. Battery life is a step up as well with the Suorin Drop containing a 300mAh battery (compared to 200mAh in the JUUL), which means longer battery life—but you’ll still need to recharge it often.
Suorin Drops also come with a removable 2mL refillable cartridge, which is a huge step up from the 0.7mL pod of the JUUL. With the refillable cartridge, you have more choices in both compatible vape juice flavors and nicotine levels than with the JUUL.
Even though the Suorin Drop is less expensive than a new JUUL, you’ll still have to purchase new cartridges over time, as the coils inside the cartridge can become overused. This may lead to a burnt taste in your vape juice. On top of that, you’ll need to purchase your own vape juice, which can be both a benefit and a downside if you want to try multiple flavors.
If the teardrop design of the Suorin Drop isn’t your favorite, check out the Suorin Air. The card-like design of the Air makes for an even more discreet look, whether you’re storing it in your jeans or shirt pocket. Roughly the same size as a credit card (albeit a bit heavier), the Air features a similar removable 2mL refillable ejuice reservoir to that of the Drop.
Unlike the Suorin Drop, the Suorin Air comes with a larger battery (400mAh) and a nice on/off switch that helps to prolong battery life.
Just like the Drop, Suorin Air cartridges are going to need to be replaced if you want to use multiple juices. You can also buy replacement cartridges before one runs out and add a different flavor, allowing you to switch between flavors as you wish.
The final all-in-one device offered by Suorin is their iShare device, which is a stick-like device that looks similar to a JUUL. What’s great about the iShare is that even at a higher price for the device starter kit ($38.99 online), you get two devices compared to only one from JUUL. The iShare also comes with a battery bank that will house both devices and charge them at the same time.
On top of the ability to recharge both devices at once, you have the same ability as other Suorin devices to remove cartridges and fill them with your preferred ejuice or nicotine salts.
Compared to the JUUL, the iShare has a much smaller battery (130mAh). This means you’re going to need to recharge these devices often.
Aspire Spryte AIO
The Aspire Spryte AIO is one of the more unique all-in-one vapes to check out. On top of offering one of the largest refillable ejuice cartridges among pod systems (3.5mL max), the Spryte AIO also boasts the largest internal battery (650mAh). This will extend how often you can vape each day without having to keep going back to the charger.
Another great feature that the Spryte AIO offers that JUUL and other pod systems don’t is the addition of interchangeable coils. Users can switch between 1.2ohm coils meant for use with nicotine salts, as well as a standard 1.8ohm coil that’s perfect for regular ejuice.
The Aspire Spryte AIO is also operated with a single-button push before inhaling, unlike other pod-based systems that are operated by inhaling alone.
With such a large cartridge, more casual vapers can run into the issue of drying out ejuices if you don’t use the vape enough, resulting in the need to buy replacement cartridges. On top of that, new vapers who may not be as well-versed in priming coils may run into issues when using a replacement coil—yet another additional expense—for the first time.
Aspire Breeze Pocket AIO
If you thought the Spryte had it all, the Aspire Breeze Pocket AIO has nearly all the same benefits in a more compact design. Just like the Spryte, the Breeze Pocket has one of the largest internal batteries (650mAh) and U-Tech sub-ohm coils, which allows for better airflow from the mouthpiece and through the coil.
The Breeze Pocket also comes equipped with a draw-activated firing mechanism, as well as a button-operated option, to truly make this a one-of-a-kind experience for vapers of all levels.
Unlike the Aspire Spryte, the Breeze Pocket comes with just a 2mL ejuice reservoir. Without a removable option, it’s up to the user to ensure any old juice has been used up and coils are being replaced when necessary to avoid any weird or burnt tastes.
Aspire also offers two other U-Tech coil types, 1.0ohm and 1.2ohm, which don’t come with the device kit. If you’d like to vape any full VG/PG blended juices or nicotine-free options, you’ll need to purchase the other coils.
JUSTFOG Minifit Kit
If you’re looking for an all-in-one device that’s both inexpensive and able to hold a fair amount of ejuice, go for the JUSTFOG Mini Fit. In addition to boasting an internal 370mAh battery and a refillable 1.5mL juice cartridge, the Minifit is sold for less than $15 in most online stores. This makes it one of the most affordable options available.
If you’re willing to spend just $4-5 more, you can find starter kits that come with larger batteries and juice capacity, but that’s about it. For the price, the Minifit seems to be one of the better options available.
Rincoe Ceto Pod
With the Rincoe Ceto Ultra Portable Kit, you’ll get the best of other pod systems on this list—such as the 370mAh rechargeable battery, a 2mL refillable cartridge, and a sleek design for the discreet vaping—at an affordable price ($19.95).
Aside from its textured surface, where the Ceto Pod truly separates itself from similar pod kits is in the protections built into the system, including voltage protection and short circuit protection to help you avoid potential misfires or mishaps.
Just like you’ll find with other pod systems, the Rincoe Ceto’s pods will slowly need to be replaced over time. Or you’ll need to purchase multiple if you like going between different flavors or nicotine strengths throughout the week.
Kwit Stick Pod System
If what you’re truly looking for in a JUUL alternative is a less expensive JUUL, then the Kwit Stick Pod System from Aspire is your best bet. Just by looking at the Kwit Stick, you’d be hard pressed not to think it’s a JUUL. But while the two vape devices look similar, the Kwit Stick comes with a larger battery (230mAh) and removable pods that are just a bit larger (1.0mL) and refillable.
Just as you’d find with a JUUL, the Kwit Stick device is sold separately from the pods, meaning you have to purchase pods along with the device. While the price combined is less than a JUUL starter pack at $34.99, the need to purchase pods on top of the system itself can be a bit of a downer compared to other starter kits out there.
The search for a lightweight, slim vape pen ends with the SMOK SLM 16W Pod System. Specifically designed for mouth-to-lung users, the SMOK SLM comes with a 250mAh battery and 0.8mL pods that are refillable for a better nicotine salts experience. If nicotine salts aren’t what you want, that’s no problem. You can utilize both salts and freebase eliquids in the pods.
The small juice capacity really leaves the SMOK SLM to be a backup device at best. Such a small amount of juice and smaller battery could make it difficult to use this device all day unless you charge it often. Also, coming in at $20 for the whole vape kit, it’s tough to choose a smaller device when larger devices are available at or below the price of the SLM.
Still not sure which vape device is right for you? JSD has a helpful guide for finding a device that suits your needs so you can enjoy vaping your way starting today.