Why Are JUUL Pods so Expensive?
The JUUL website lists a pack of four pods at $15.99. Each pod contains 0.7ml of nicotine salt e-liquid, which means you are getting a total of 2.8ml of juice for 16 bucks.
On vaping.com, you can get a wide range of 30ml nicotine salt e-liquid bottles for less than $20.
If we discount the cost of the pods, that means that JUUL e-liquid is more than eight times more expensive per millilitre than comparable e-liquid sold in a bottle. But this price difference isn't the end of the story.
Eight times more expensive per millilitre
JUULpods are proprietary, so they can only be used on JUUL devices. And they aren’t refillable. Most JUUL users will simply throw a pod away when they've finished the juice inside and buy another four pack.
There is a way of ‘hacking’ the pods so that they can be refilled, but it’s messy and hacked pods are prone to leaking.
The more economical choice is to get a big bottle of your favorite nic salt e-liquid and a system with pods the are designed to be refilled.
Some JUUL users claim that the salt-based nicotine e-liquid used in JUULpods is worth the extra money.
Nicotine salt e-liquids have revolutionized pod vaping. On lower output devices like pod mods and mouth to lung e-cigarettes, nic salt juices deliver nicotine more effectively than freebase nicotine juices.
They also taste smoother and deliver a more satisfying throat hit, which ex-tobacco smokers crave.
JUUL were the first to use nicotine salt e-liquid in their pods, but there are many other suppliers now creating nic salt juices that are comparable to what’s inside JUULpods. And it works out significantly cheaper when you buy juice by the bottle.
Some of the most popular nicotine salt e-liquids on vaping.com.
Other JUUL users will tell you that they use the products because they are convenient. But this convenience comes at a high price.
JUUL have profited massively from selling proprietary pods. The company was recently valued at $15bn by venture investor Tiger Global.
This valuation came after the company’s sales increased by almost 800% in the last year.
JUUL has established itself as the dominant brand in vaping, with two-thirds market share.
But this does not mean that the company makes the best devices and pods. We see it as a reflection on the company’s marketing and distribution strategy. Unlike most vape products, JUUL is sold in gas stations and regular stores instead of vape shops.
Cheaper alternatives to JUUL
JUUL is not the only pod mod available. There are many refillable pod mod systems that are cheaper and more powerful than JUUL products.
Here are just a few of our favorites.
The Mi-Pod is a tiny pod mod system with the power and vapor production to rival some large box mod devices.
Small enough to hang on a lanyard around your neck, the Mi-Pod packs a whopping 950mAh high drain battery into its tiny frame. This is more than four times larger than the JUUL’s 200mAh internal battery.
The Mi-Pod also has one of the best airflows that we have seen on a pod mod system, allowing you to hit airy direct to lung hits as well as the shallow mouth to lung pulls that you get with a JUUL.
You get two 2ml pods in a pack at a price that’s comparable to JUUL pods, but the Mi-Pod cartridges can be refilled several times before you have to throw them away.
Why not load your pods up with Solace’s nicotine salt-based Mango flavor for a fresh and tangy vape experience.
The Suorin Air isn’t just a great pod mod, it’s also a stylish pocket accessory that will draw lots of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from your friends.
One of the most popular pod mods on vaping.com, the Air is almost exactly the same size as a credit card. It also has a nice tight mouthpiece that mimics the pull on a tobacco cigarette perfectly.
With a 400mAh internal battery, this pod mod should last twice a long as a JUUL between charges. It’s also significantly cheaper than the JUUL, which retails for around $35.00.
You only get one 2ml refillable cartridge in the pack, but the flavor and vapor performance is excellent given the size of the device.
Try it today with Solace’s nicotine salt-based Creamy Tobacco vape juice - a worthy adversary to JUUL’s Virginia Tobacco blend.
The Limitless Pulse looks like a JUUL and vapes like a JUUL, but it comes with 2ml refillable pods and it doesn’t crackle when you hit it.
Sleek and discrete, the Pulse’s bevel edge shape will slip easily into your pocket and you won’t even realise that you are carrying it around half of the time.
It has a big 380mAh internal battery and it feels more rugged and satisfying than the JUUL when you hold it in your hand.
You get three 2ml replacement pods in a very reasonably priced pack and you can refill them several times before it’s time to swap them out.
Try it with Mr Salt-E’s tart and fruity 30ml nic salt Blood Orange Lemonade flavor for a real mouth puckering vape.