Reviews of JAC Vapour Kits and Eliquids. Based in Edinburgh, Jacvapour is one of the largest and longest-running vape stores in the UK, and specialises in designing and supplying its own vaping devices and e liquids. Check out my reviews of their products so that you can enjoy them too!
So-called “pod” e cigarettes are now the latest trend in vaping. Pod devices such as UK supplier JAC Vapour’s own VIM AIO pod e cigarette models are becoming more and more popular among new users with busy lives who just want to vape and go.
VIM Pod main features at a glance
- Pre-filled disposable pods which you screw into your rechargeable VIM device
- Pods contain UK-made “nicotine salt” e liquid, which gives a faster, stronger, smoother and longer-lasting nicotine hit, ideal for those who have just quit smoking
- “Smoking” range flavour pods, tailor-made for those who still want the authentic flavour of tobacco
- Lighter flavours (e.g. Blackcurrant Squash, Strawberry Chew, etc) for vapers who want to move away from the taste of tobacco
- Choice of two device sizes (both have similar power output though WEE VIM has lower charge capacity
- Refillable tank available instead of disposable pods if you prefer to refill yourself
Benefits of VIM pods
- Small, light, simple-to-use device with no tricky power settings etc – ideal for a gift or for those wanting to give vaping a try
- Adjustable airflow – suction can be adjusted to feel more like a cigarette or else with a lighter draw
- No mess or fuss – when pods are empty, just twist, pull out and push another one in
- VIM devices and pods mimic action, feel and satisfaction of real smoking
- Suitable for those who have already been vaping for a while as can be used as MTL or DL device depending on pods selected
- VIM devices have battery power of 2600 mAh, which is comparable to many larger, heavier vaping devices
- Better value than many other leading pod e cigarette devices, but does the same thing – Wee Vim starts at £12.99, and the larger Vim is priced at £24.99.
- 15% off all Vim and Wee Vim vape devices and pods with this discount code: ECF
Why make the switch to VIM pods?
Edinburgh-based Jac Vapour have a long history of designing vape products based on solid customer research and user needs. Their new, innovative and gimmick-free VIM AIO pod system stacks up well against other major pod e cigarette brands (such as Juul) in terms of effectiveness, quality and price.
Both their VIM and WEE VIM devices stand out in terms of battery capacity, especially when you consider their tiny form factor. You can certainly find smaller POD mods elsewhere, but not with the long battery life – the VIM will easily last all day with a battery capacity that’s twenty times larger than most popular POD systems.
If you’d prefer something smaller, the Wee VIM with its 900mAh will keep you going for most of the day without a recharge. With smaller POD mods you’ll be lucky to get a couple of hours before needing to recharge and if you’re using traditional base e liquid PODs, you’ll find you might need to keep swapping those out more often too.
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The all-new and long-awaited Jacvapour Series-B DNA 75W is here at last (from £64.99, Jacvapour UK). Have tested new design, vapour production, battery efficiency and ease of use – here’s my review:
Jacvapour DNA 75W: overview
The Series-B DNA 75W is Jacvapour’s bestselling UK-designed alternative to high-performance foreign-made vaping devices. Jacvapour have been moving into sub-ohm territory for a couple of years now, though are anxious to satisfy the needs of experienced vapers as well as those who still love their pocket-sized mods and tanks. Jac’s award-winning UK-designed 50W Series-B Tilt was met with great acclaim a few years back, though the new DNA 75W claims to be stronger, sleeker – and just better all round…let’s see if it’s true!
Review: Series-B DNA 75w
Appearance, feel and new features
General: Out of the box, the DNA 75W looks chunkier, blockier and quite a lot more solid and compact than its predecessor, (the Series-B Tilt). If you’ve been using a Tilt for a while (mine’s on its second year, now) you’ll immediately notice a close similarity in terms of size and shape, but of course, the bevel at the top of the mod has now been almost completely squared off, so that any tank attached will now stand perfectly upright and aligned with the main power unit.
Buttons: There are now only two buttons on the control panel – one larger and squarer power button above a much bigger display and a shorter button-bar of the same width to increase and decrease wattage and voltage. Both buttons are set closer to the surface of the panel, feel smoother and softer, and are noticeably more responsive to touch than those of the previous Series-B model, so much so that button clicks are almost inaudible.
Display: The DNA 75W display itself is now bigger, and relevant wattage or voltage readings (depending on your view selection) are now a lot bigger and easier to read. Related but less important readings (coil resistance, amps, remaining charge, etc.) still come up as smaller (but just about readable) digits and are now displayed to show three decimal positions for greater accuracy.
Batteries: Unlike many modern sub-ohm mods available now, the Series-B DNA 75W requires just one flat-top 20A IMR 18650 battery, so if you still have an old Tilt battery to hand, this will work just fine in the DNA. The battery chamber, which was a bit loose in the Tilt, is now fully spring-loaded in the DNA and so holds the battery much more tightly than did the previous Series-B model, so is less likely to jiggle out after bumps or knocks. The magnetic battery cover is also more carefully designed and flips snugly and tightly into place very easily.
Charging: As with Jacvapour’s previous Series-B model, there is a USB charging port built into the DNA and a PC charging cable supplied. The built-in charger is a useful feature and the device can be fully-charged in about 4 hours like this (a bit too long in my opinion), though I chose to use my dedicated battery charger instead as this did the same job in about half the time.
Functioning and vaping satisfaction
Connections: I tested the DNA 75w with two sub-ohm tanks: Jacvapour’s own S-22 Tank and an Arymi Gille tank and both attached onto the mod with very tight connections and no display errors.
Responsiveness and strength: I found the DNA 75W was noticeably more responsive than the Tilt at lower wattages and that vapour produced was less harsh at higher power settings. This may be due to a smarter chipset, though honestly I don’t know why this is. I’ve certainly noticed that power seems to build more smoothly as power button is pressed, rather than a sudden warm blast, and that vapour flavour seems deeper and more three-dimensional than with the previous Series-B model. Though the DNA 75W looks pretty good with the S-22, I would say it works best with the Arymi tank, as wattage can really be cranked up with its huge coil if need be.
Series-B DNA 75W: Verdict
Jacvapour have packed a lot of thought into this very nice-looking UK-designed mod and the DNA 75W really is a cut above its predecessor, the Tilt. I respect their insistence on producing serious single-battery sub-ohm models, as I’m a user who prefers solid, serious devices that are also portable, concealable, and which don’t look bulky and ridiculous. Like the Tilt, the Series-B DNA 75W is a hardwearing and foolproof device which, if you look after it, will probably last you at least a couple of years, and will provide a lot of satisfaction in the meantime.
However, while the built-in battery charging port is an essential feature, charging time could be a lot faster in this model – if the DNA is to be your main device, you’d do well to invest in a standalone battery charger and an extra battery, too. Likewise, if looks are important to you, in my opinion the stainless steel model will give you more mileage than the black rubberised version, as sooner or later, visible scratches will begin to show on the surface of the black device, especially if you’re intending to carry it around in a pocket with keys and coins, etc.
In all, this latest incarnation of the Series-B is very impressive and (just about) affordable for those who want to own a more versatile device and experience better performance and depth of flavour in their vaping.
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JAC Vapour UK have just released their new mouth to lung-dedicated S-22 vape tank (£18.99, JAC Vapour) in a bid to satisfy vapers who still enjoy mouth-to-lung vaping as opposed to direct lung vaping, which has taken centre-stage in the last year or two, much to the annoyance of “traditional” vapers!
JAC claim their top-fill S22 tank will offer a more natural (cigarette-like) draw when used with the correct coil and airhole adjustments, though can likewise be used by direct lung vapers with open airholes and a lower-resistance coil. Here’s my quick review of the S22 vape tank after a couple of days’ puffing…
S22 Tank by JAC Vapour: review
Appearance and practicality: the Jacvapour S-22 tank consists of three easy-to-assemble main sections – base, body and mouthpiece, aimed presumably at more practical assembly and cleaning. Pretty sleek-looking overall, with brushed steel surface (nice) and zero branding (at least for now). There are only two vertical slots for “windows” on the body of the tank to see how much e liquid you have remaining, so a big departure from the all-glass Kanger-style models of the past, though this sturdier design is probably more likely to survive a clumsy drop onto a hard kitchen floor (I haven’t tested that, yet).
Versatility: I screwed the S-22 onto two of my battery mods – firstly onto my 50W Series B Tilt mod, which will power practically any tank you throw at it, and then onto my Reuleaux RX2/3 (150W). Both worked well with no power issues and connections were tight on both devices.
Vape test – MTL (1.0) coil fitting with air holes closed: the 50 Watt mod gave an initial “NO TANK” error message on the display when I first fitted the S-22 with the MTL coil, suggesting a loose connection somewhere – on closer inspection, the coil had become wet after I had filled the tank (presumably due to loose assembling in factory) though once dried off and reinserted more tightly, worked as expected.
The ventilation (air hole) spinner certainly provided a cigarette-like draw, and gave quite realistic resistance, as long as air holes were completely (or nearly) closed. For me, the key issue with MTL (1.0) coil fitted was that my heavier VG e liquid performed a little too sluggishly in initial tests – a switch to a brighter, 50/50 PG/VG eliquid gave instantly better results in flavour and quality of vapour, even at quite low wattages (15-20w). This may have been due to my particular brand of e liquid (homebrewed) though results were definitely much better with a lighter e liquid.
Vape test – DL (0.5) coil fitting with airholes open: no problems this time in terms of connections and there was no need to soak or prime the coil, either. The JAC S-22 gave out clean and strong-tasting vapour within about a minute of assembly without any issues at all (again starting at about 15w), and on both of my mods though vapour was much keener at 20 watts, though at 25W was a little too warm on the tongue for my liking.
Though performance (in terms of vapour production) was adequate with ventilation holes fully open, I got a lot of noise (whistling) in this position – by twisting the air hole spinner to the half-closed position, I was able to get a noticeably quieter draw, vapour became thicker – and much stronger and brighter in flavour. In terms of e liquid compatibility, the DL (0.5) coil seemed to manage my heavier (VG) e liquid much more effectively than than did the MTL coil in my previous test.
SS22 Tank Review: Round-up
Jacvapour’s S22 tank is perhaps not as radical a tank system design as many, and is considerably less glassy and bulky in appearance than some of the more classic tank designs of late, but interesting nevertheless. The S-22 looks good, doesn’t leak at all (as far as I can tell so far) and gives out lots of fresh-tasting vapour in both DL and MTL settings.
Simple design of the S22 makes for quick cleaning and filling, and MTL air hole setting provides a realistic cigarette-like draw. However, to be honest, I preferred using the 0.5 DL coil with airholes shut and found this to give a more “realistic” smoking-like mouth-to-lung performance than did the MTL coil, which I think may require a lighter e liquid to improve vapour production and flavour. All in all though a versatile, reponsive tank and a monster vapour-maker, whether you are a mouth or lung vaper.
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Have just tested and reviewed UK-designed Series-S17 e topfill cigarette (from £9.99), a pocket-sized device which claims to offer some of the functionalities of bigger, more serious sub-ohm mod ecig models at a more affordable price. Available in matt black and stainless steel.
Jac Vapour Series-S17 Topfill Review
The Jac Vapour Series-S17 is now available to order and is in stock now. As usual, my tests on this top-fill device have been carried out over several weeks to check consistency and to identify any smaller issues. Here is my full review of the Series-S device, based on strong and weak features I have identified.
S17: Strong Points
Portability is one of the strongest aspects of the Series-S17, bearing in mind its relatively powerful performance compared to more conventional vape pens. With an assembled length of just over 13 cm (5 inches) the Series-S is lightweight, thin and streamlined, lacks the usual bulkiness of most serious mod devices, and will fit comfortably into any pocket.
Appearance of the S17 is elegant, simple and unfussy, with clean lines and a matt finish (black model only) which is warm and smooth to the touch. Compact and solid looking overall, and feels nice in the hand.
Battery functionality, power charge and storage of the Series-S17 is impressive, especially considering the very slim battery size. I managed a very fast initial charge of just under two hours, and on the whole am still able to get about a day (and a bit) of fairly regular use out of the 900 mAh battery before a recharge is required.
I particularly like the coloured LED bars which light up alongside the Series-S power button according to remaining charge (green = fully charged; blue = semi-charged; red = recharge now). This is a simple but very effective and welcome innovation if you (like me) feel you need the reassurance of knowing how much battery power you have left. The “fixed charge” feature of this device mean that it is very easy to use and would therefore make it more popular with new or intermediate ecig users.
Coil lifespan, flavour and vapour production from the S17 are all very strong, though these vary according to which type of replaceable coil (vapour producing unit) you order: there is a choice of either mouth to lung (for regular and new users) and direct lung coil units (for more advanced users) and each is available in both 0.5 ohm (hotter and stronger vapour) and 1.0 ohm (cooler, milder vapour) resistances. Additional coils cost about £10 per pack (you get two with the kit) so based on 1 coil per week usage (as I found to be the case for the 1.0 ohm) this seems a pretty economical device in terms of running costs.
Personally, I found the 1.0 mouth to lung coil gave out more flavour and lasted longer over several days without going stale or becoming dull. In fact, both the 0.50 and 1.0 direct lung coils also work fine for mouth-to-lung vaping, though the airflow is a bit more generous and flavours not quite so bright. I would however suggest using a PG-based e liquid (or one with a high PG content) in the Series-S17, as I found that all the coils I tested ran for longer and tasted better with PG 70% e liquid, than with a 50-50 PG/VG mix.
Airflow control (which allows users to control how hard they suck) is a spinner located at the base of the tank and rotates very smoothly to open and close air holes without accidentally undoing the tank unit. A traditional vaper at heart, I generally prefer some resistance when sucking, so tend to close air holes whenever possible. I found the Series-S17 gave me a nice hard draw with air holes fully closed, so I was happy in this respect, though direct-lung users can of course open it right up if they choose.
Simplicity of use ranks high with this device – there are only really three working parts that you need to worry about (battery, tank and coil) and all of these can be assembled in a matter of seconds with absolutely no expert knowledge or risk of anything being put in the wrong place. Considering also the lack of fiddly techy buttons (apart from the power button) or displays to bother you, this is a virtually foolproof piece of vaping kit for beginners.
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JAC Series-S17: Not-So Strong Points
Tank size of this device is a bit meagre at 1.8 ml, considering that this is supposed to be a rival to more serious devices with larger tanks. This tank size restriction is part of JAC Vapour’s drive towards TPD compliancy, and although a little annoying, is at least a positive sign that this UK supplier is serious about ensuring safety for its customers across all of its new product lines. For the purposes of this review, I managed to get about half a day’s regular use out of the freshly-filled Series- S17 tank before it needed a refill. Always carry e liquid with you!
Battery size is great compared to most vape pens and you’ll be pleasantly surprised if you are used to regular “garage-bought” ecigs but don’t expect the Series-S 900 mAh battery to last you much longer than a day before it needs a recharge – if you want a little more power storage, consider moving up to a Series-B Kit, or order a spare battery to carry around.
Fixed charge battery may get you down if you are used to being able to control power and vapour strength. Again, the JAC Vapour Series-S17 is a transitional ecigarette and not really aimed at advanced users, so functions are minimal. On the other hand, if you want a complete ecig kit that’s simple to use and works right out of the box (they even pre-charge it), this may be just what you are looking for.
A bit noisy and hot with 0.50 ohm coils (both DTL and MTL). Personally, I think vapour is a bit too hot and intense with the lower resistance (o.50) coils, and the coils can sound a bit raspy too when power button is pressed. Considering you can’t reduce battery voltage on the Series-S, I would go with the 1.0 coils to play on the safe side – you’ll find they last longer, taste better and are a lot quieter!
Heavy (VG-based) eliquids tend to be sluggish in this device – avoid 100% VG e liquids and stick to either PG or 25/75 VG/PG e liquid mixes.
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Series-S Battery Specs
Series-S Tank Specs
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JAC Vapour Series-E Review and new discount
The Series-E from JAC Vapour is now available as a battery-only purchase (£22.99*) or as part of a kit (from £33.99*), which will include the basic package or Aero Tank and Protank options. A further Genie tank Series-E kit is set for release later this month.
Series-E : Key Features
The JAC Vapour Series-E claims to provide an affordable option between classic eGo-type 510 batteries and more serious (and pricier) big-battery mods. It offers several previously unseen features as well as some improvements in existing battery design.
Compact, high-capacity battery
The Series-E rechargeable battery is claimed to be stronger, more compact and more powerful than previous JAC Vapour models, with a higher 1000 mAh capacity for longer use between charges, and better vapour production.
Three-Click power management
Users can control battery power (and vapour strength) by simply clicking the main on-off power button three times to scroll through a choice of three separate voltage settings, indicated by coloured lights set into the button.
Spring-loaded battery connection
A hidden spring-loaded battery contact point allows a closer fit between the rechargeable battery and the atomiser unit, aiming to provide more consistent and reliable charging and power functioning while the device is in use.
The Series-E battery is designed to be compatible with all 510 eGo threaded tanks. The 510 fitting is now almost universal, meaning the Series-E battery can be mixed and matched with tank units that users may already own.
JAC Vapour Series-E: My Review
I tested the Series-E with the high-capacity Aero Tank unit, one of the kit options JAC vapour will be offering once the device goes on sale later this month. The Aero tank was primed with some of JAC Vapour’s own PG eliquid at 12mg/18mg strength, so as to get a fair idea of voltage options without throat hit getting too strong or sharp.
Appearance and feel
Out of the box, the JAC Vapour Series-E battery is suprisingly heavy and has a solid, chunky feel with a clean, unfussy metallic finish. Logo and other brand features are quite subtle, and do not detract from the overall effect, with the final “C” of the JAC logo lightly etched onto the main power button, which is itself set flush with the battery casing.
Once assembled with the Aero Tank and filled, the Series-E becomes satisfyingly heavy in your hands, though to be honest looks a bit odd until you attach the steel “Beauty Ring” collar unit which should come as part of your kit option.
Being used to longer and thinner 900mAh eGo batteries, I found the power button a little too low down to reach with my thumb at first, and this took a little getting used to, especially as when filled, the device can feel a little top heavy when held at the very base. That said, the short, stubby build of the Series-E is by far preferable to longer, more cumbersome batteries and is certainly compact enough to fit easily into a pocket. The power button itself is very responsive and delivers a satisfying soft click when pressed.
In all, the Series-E battery and Aero Tank look very impressive together, and even with gentle tightening the whole unit locks together to form a very flush, streamlined and solid-looking device.
Series-E Compatibility and Functioning
Just to see if they would fit (and work properly), I tested the Series-E battery with several different JAC Vapour Dual Coil 510 tanks, along with the Aero. First up was JAC’s 510 Nova tank, which is one of the cheaper tank options and is designed for their smaller 510 batteries. The Nova worked fine with the Series-E, fitting tightly onto the unit, and powering the atomiser without any trouble, but to be honest looked a bit strange with the huge battery attached, and not even the “beauty ring” could do much to change this. I also attempted to attach one of JAC’s Crystal tanks, which likewise functioned perfectly, though this time actually looked much better despite the slight difference in width.
The 3-Click voltage switch is a useful and novel feature, as it means fewer moving parts and so less chance of things going wrong or jamming up. Basically, you just click the power button three times quickly to level up to the next voltage setting. I found the 3-Click button action very intuitive thanks to the coloured lights that come on around the button depending on which voltage is selected: red is 3.7 volts, green is 4.2 volts and white is the highest setting at 4.8 volts.
Personally, I do miss the spinner feature a little, and quite liked being able to choose between a range of voltages rather than being given a choice of three preset ones, though this 3-Click alternative certainly looks neater, and does the job almost as well.
Vapour production with the Aero attached was very consistent on the whole, and I found that after fiddling with the settings I was able to get really a very dense and mellow vapour with only short puffs.
My only suggestion for improvement is that the range of voltages could be wider. Vaping with a 3.0 ohm dual coil at 3.7 volts isn’t hugely different to vaping at 4.8volts, and this may be too subtle a difference for many users. However, with a 1.5 ohm coil fitted, the difference is more obvious, though flavours were less mellow at 4.8 volts (white) and I ended up sticking to the 3.7 volt (red) power setting with this coil.
I found the optimum setting was 4.2 volts (green) with a 2.0 coil and an eliquid strength of 12mg, as this combination gave me great flavour and vapour with very small puffs. Flavours also tasted fuller and rounder at all voltages with the 2.0 ohm coil and battery life was longer. A 2.0 ohm coil is also ideal for stronger eliquids (18mg or higher) which produce a much rounder flavour and softer throat hit, even at the 4.8 volt (white) setting, though this being too much throat hit for me, I switched back to 4.2volts. I also found that the higher resistance coils lasted longer (the last Japanese cotton 2.0 ohm coil I fitted is still going strong after 4 tank refills, versus two 1.5ohm coils that only made aound 3 fills each).
JAC Vapour Series-E: Final Verdict
Overall, the Series-E is a novel and carefully-designed battery, and is robust and strong enough give you a good run for your money. Unless you really crave the versatility of spinner batteries, you’ll probably enjoy the novelty of being able to switch voltages at the flick of a button, and this definitely makes for a simpler device that’s less likely to give you problems in the long run.
One thing that really stands out about the Series-E is that once you’ve found the coil/voltage setting/eliquid strength combo you like, you’ll find you can take much shorter puffs to get a very strong, mellow throat hit.
At £22.99, the Series-E battery costs a few pounds more than one of JAC Vapour’s regular eGo 510 batteries (around £18), though considering the high level of design and usability, I think it’s a rewarding purchase. Considering also the much higher cost of buying serious big-battery mods (£100+) the Series-E battery certainly provides a value for money alternative, and makes for a very solid and reliable piece of equipment that will most likely last you a long time.
For best results with the Series-E, it’s worth getting hold of the Aero Tank, as it’s made to measure, and looks great with it, though the Protank 3 tank will also look fine. However, if you already have a 510 tank unit or two to hand and need a high performance battery that is affordable, the cheaper Series-E basic kit is a perfect solution. In terms of choosing dual coils, I would think it wiser to go for the higher resistance units (2.0 ohm) as these will last longer, taste better and won’t limit your range of available voltage options.
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