What is the difference between a vaping pen, e-cigarettes, and JUUL? Here is a lowdown on how they differ:
Vap pen vs. E-cigarettes
The terms vape pens and e-cigarettes are often used interchangeably, but the two are distinctly different devices.
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, as they are popularly known, imitate the look and feel of a real traditional cigarette. They feature a one-piece unit that you use until it runs out, then you throw it away.
Vape pens, on the other hand, comprise a rechargeable battery and a refillable tank. This means that you can use them repeatedly without disposing of them, as all you need to do is to refill the tank.
You can even mix and match the different parts and pieces and continue filling them with your favorite e-liquid.
Some of the other ways the two differ include:
As mentioned above, e-cigarettes mimic traditional cigarettes, so they are preferred by those that like the feel of holding a cigarette in their hands. Vapes can look more like fountain pens or even square. They are larger and more robust; hence they don’t give the traditional cigarette feel.
In e-cigarettes, the battery is attached to a heating element known as an atomizer and a cartridge that holds the nicotine and other flavorings and liquids. In most e-cigarettes, the atomizer and cartridge are combined into a cartomizer. The battery then powers the atomizer to vaporize the liquid and the liquid contents to create the ultimate emission.
Vapes work almost similar to e-cigarettes, but instead of a cartridge, they have a tank that holds the e-liquid.
To use the vape pen, you have to push buttons then inhale, but it’s not the case with automatic e-cigarettes that lack buttons.
E-cigarettes are a low-cost alternative to traditional cigarettes, while vapes are advanced and often cost more.
Since e-cigarettes use pre-filled cartridges, they don’t accommodate a wide variety of e-juice flavors, and it’s tricky to add more flavors, so you are limited in the flavor department. The most common flavors with e-cigarettes are tobacco, menthol, and mint.
Vape pens have a wide variety of flavors, including menthol, beverages, fruits, tobacco, and many others. You can even mix and match e-juices to create a personalized taste.
Both e-cigarettes and vape pens have rechargeable batteries, but the batteries are usually large in vape pens, so they last for a much longer time.
Vape Pen vs. JUUL
The JUUL is a new entrant in the nicotine delivery system, and it’s raffling many feathers—in a good way.
JUUL refers to an e-cigarettes brand, but it differs from the other e-cigarettes in the market in a variety of ways that include:
- Size and shape: Unlike the large e-cigarettes, JUULs are small and resemble a USB drive.
- Pods: JUULs have a pod system used to refill liquid into the system.
- Nicotine salts: JUULs use nicotine salts that allow the user to inhale larger nicotine content.
- USB chargers: JUULs come with specialized USB chargers used for charging.
Like e-cigarettes, JUULs differ from vape pens in a variety of ways that include:
JUUL has a simplistic design that is highly attractive, especially if you are new to vaping. Like the e-cigarette, the JUUL has the same length as a cigarette and feels almost as if you are holding a traditional cigarette.
This isn’t the case with a vape pen that is larger and robust; hence it doesn’t give the cigarette feel.
The JUUL comprises two parts: the device itself and the flavor pods. To use it, you simply need to draw from the mouthpiece. Like the e-cigarette, the JUUL has cartridges that you have to refill with a liquid made from high concentration nicotine salts.
The high nicotine concentration means that you can go for days before refilling the cartridge.
The vape pen comprises three parts: battery, liquid reservoir, and heating coil. You place the e-liquid in the reservoir, and to activate it, you have to press a button and inhale.
Although the JUUL eliminates the confusion of switches, multiple pieces, and switches by being simple, it lacks variety, and there is less room for customization. This means that you are limited in the flavors you can enjoy.
Vape pens are a completely different entity. They come in a variety of colors, styles, lengths, sizes, and weights. The pens also provide plenty of customization opportunities which are attractive to many users, especially those looking for a completely different experience every time they are vaping.
The JUUL costs almost the same as a vape pen beginner pack. The biggest price differences come in the liquid used in refilling the vape pen and the pre-filled pods sold by JUUL, with the prices being much higher. This means that despite the vape pens and JUUL having almost similar startup costs, the JUUL ends up being a little costlier.
Due to its unique flavor, you can easily use the JUUL discretely. This means that you can easily use the JUUL even in areas where tobacco products aren’t allowed. Even if vape pens give you plenty of flavors to experiment with, you still don’t get the same discretion you get from the JUUL.
How do you get the most from each device?
Regardless of the device you settle on, you need to ensure that you get the most from each. How do you do it? Here is how to go about it:
How to get the most from a vape pen
Charge it: To get a good vape, your 510 threaded battery should have enough charge. Thankfully, it’s easy to do it as all you need to do is plug it into a power source.
Properly load the pen: How you load the pen significantly affects the quality of vape you get. When refilling the cartridge, use ground flowers and ensure that they sit directly on the atomizer or inside the metal chamber.
You load the oil in the tank that wicks or drips onto the atomizer
Inhale properly: Most vape pens will heat automatically you inhale, but others will require you to push a button then inhale. The proper way to inhale the vape pen is to place the mouthpiece to your lips, then draw in a breath of the oil.
You should pull in some clear air at the end of the puff to push all the pot particles into your lungs. Hold it for a few seconds, then exhale.
As you inhale, go easy on it as it’s pot paraphernalia, not an oral fixation pacifier. Before taking a hit, take a minute to get your bearings and check whether you are ready for another.
How to get the most from e-cigarettes
Buy from reputable manufacturers: For you to get the best outcome, use the best e-cigarette. Where do you get these cigarettes? From a reputable company. You not only have a great vaping experience, but you also have peace of mind as you know you are safe with a high-quality product.
Inhale slowly: As much as the e-cigarette looks and feels like a traditional cigarette, don’t inhale it the same way—inhale it slowly. The principle behind this is that by inhaling slowly, you prevent leaking. In the event you inhale too fast, clean the equipment immediately.
Charge the battery: The same way you have to charge the vape pen battery, you also have to charge the e-cigarette battery. When charging, ensure that you never leave the battery unattended, as the battery can fill up and explode.
Be cautious of the flavor: E-cigarettes don’t give you many flavor options, so you can easily monitor them. If you start feeling the lasting flavor changes during inhalation, it means that it’s time to replace the heater.
Clean the e-cigarette: You should regularly remove the e-cigarette and clean it. The frequency at which you do it depends on how often you use it.
Store it properly: When you aren’t using your e-cigarette, store it properly. One of the major things to pay attention to when storing it is the leaking of the e-liquid. As a rule of thumb, store the e-cigarette in a vertical position so that it doesn’t leak.
How to get the most from JUUL
Charge it: You can’t use JUUL without charge, so charging it is the first thing you should do. Thankfully, it’s easy to charge it as all you need to do is to plug it into the USB slot in your computer or any other charging device that can house a standard USB cable, then attach the JUUL.
The JUUL device attaches magnetically to the charging device, and you will see the LED battery light indicator glowing.
It’s after the JUUL is fully charged that you should slide into your JUUL pod.
Clean the JUUL: Like the other devices, you need to keep the JUUL clean to keep it performing at its best. When you use a dirty JUUL, you not only experience a less satisfying hit but also put the JUUL at the risk of getting damaged.
When cleaning the JUUL, begin with taking out any pod you might have inserted into the device. Using a Q-Tip, clean any residues that might be residing in the area where the pods reside. For the best outcome, use Q-Tip and rubbing alcohol, then wipe the area dry.
It would help if you also cleaned the actual pod. Sometimes, the pods leak or leave e-juice residues at the bottom where the connection points are located. To clean the pods, you need to use a paper towel or any other cloth and remove any dirt.
Use the right JUUL pod: You can choose pods based on two key factors: flavor and strength. You may have to try out different flavors before settling on your preferred one. When it comes to strength, your choice of pod depends on what you are looking for.
If you are an ex-smoker, go for a higher nicotine strength pod. Then, when you are ready to cut down on your nicotine consumption, try out a lower pod concentration. If you are an experienced vaper, start with a lower strength variant, as it will be more than enough to satisfy your needs.
Properly refill the JUUL pods: You need to refill the JUUL pods to continue enjoying the vape. Begin with taking the pod’s top cap off using a screwdriver, then take out the rubber piece using a pair of tweezers.
You should then clean the pod’s insides using the Q-tip and fill the JUUL POD with your preferred e-juice. To have an easier time, use a unicorn-style bottle.
Once full, reassemble the pod and continue JUULing.
Squeeze the JUUL pod to get a stronger hit: If you want a stronger hit, one way to do it is to squeeze the middle area with enough pressure that you see bubbles arise. By doing this, you allow the pod to wick more and provide more saturation. When you are squeezing, be cautious and ensure that you don’t squeeze too hard that you damage the pod.
Other tricks you can use to achieve a harder hit include:
- Remove the pod from the JUUL pod and blowing into the other end
- Taking the pod out and reinserting it back in the JUUL starter kit,
- Keeping the JUUL clean
Fix a JUUL that isn’t hitting: If your JUUL isn’t hitting, two of the common reasons for it are a dry atomizer coil or a flat battery. A dry coil comes about because you are hitting the JUUL too often, so you need to reduce the frequency.
If the battery is flat, simply recharge it.
Vape pen vs. E-cigarettes vs. Juul: Which one should you choose?
There is no device that is better than the other—it all depends on your needs.
If you are looking for a vaping device that will last for a long time, the vape pen is the one to go for. Looking to get the same feeling like a traditional cigarette? The e-cigarette and JUUL vapes are your choice. If you want to vape discreetly, even in areas where tobacco or marijuana is forbidden, a vaping device is your best bet.
Regardless of your device of choice, strive to get the most from it using the above-given tips.