Why Are JUUL Pods so Expensive?

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 at about $15.

If we discount the cost of the pods, that means that JUUL e-liquid is more than eight times more expensive per milliliter than comparable e-liquid sold in a bottle. But this price difference isn't the end of the story.

How to save money in under 10 mins in 3 simple steps:

  1. pick from our list of the 9 Best Pod Vape Systems for 2019
  2. choose a few from our Best Salt Nic Vape Juices 2019 (so you can find one you really like)
  3. come back and lets us know how you got on in the comments

We've also put together a comprehensive guide to the best JUUL alternatives for 2019 - go check it out.

Eight times more expensive per milliliter

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. Tobacco giant Altria in December 2018 purchased a 35 percent stake which is worth $12.8 billion, valuing Juul Labs at a cool $38 billion. Think about that when you put down your 16 bucks for 2.8ml of vape juice.

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.

SMOK Infinix

Looks like a JUUL, vapes like a JUUL but it's cheaper and better. It's under $20 for the kit and you get 2 refillable pods. A pack of 3 SMOK Infinix pods is just $8.95 in our vape shop. It has a bigger battery and vape juice capacity is 2 ml vs the pathetic 0.7 ml of the JUUL. So for under $30 you get an Infinix and 5 refillable pods which should last you between 15 to 25 days. All that's left is to pick up a nicotine salt vape juice and you're already saving!

Suorin Air

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.


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 Mi-Pod Cartridges 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.

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