A “pod,” in vaping circles, refers to the self-contained plastic cartridge that holds e-juice and a coil atomizer. They are self-contained as they also have important vaping components like a wire coil, a wick, and a mouthpiece to inhale the vapor. The pod connects to an appropriate electrical device like a battery or a pod mod to vape the e-juice inside. Pods can come either pre-filled or empty and refillable. In the case of the Juul, the pods are not refillable but disposable. Although Pax Labs has increased the number of flavors to eight from the original four and added a lower nicotine content option, people still seek out ways to hack the pods to fill them with their e-juice. This hack cuts down on the cost of buying the pods regularly.
10/10 Review score
Pods are colorful instead of see-through
Eleven different flavor options
Can buy a mixed flavor pack
Eon pods are one of the best options for vapers looking for pods that are Juul compatible. They are especially great for lovers of fruity...
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Juul compatible pods are a convenient workaround for users of the Juul e-cig. The pods are notorious for their non-refillable design. They also come in a select number of flavors and two nicotine strengths. Users who wanted to use their e-juice or vape a non-nicotine e-juice were out of luck until these compatible pods appeared.
These replacement cartridges solve all those user issues. They can come pre-filled with e-juice or empty so vapers can use their favorite e-liquid instead. They often have a larger liquid capacity and use a different style of ceramic or silica wick.
Eon pods are one of the best options for vapers looking for pods that are Juul compatible. They are especially great for lovers of fruity and sweet flavors. All of their flavors are highly rated and adored by customers. Their single fruit flavors include Blueberry, Orange Citrus, Pineapple Crush, Watermelon, Grape, Mango and Strawberry. There are a few twist flavors as well. One is Lush Ice, a refreshing combination of watermelon and raspberry. Others include Pink Lemonade, a delicious sweet and sour duo, and cucumber, a light and mellow flavor. Lastly, there is a cool mint flavor for traditional vapers who like to keep it simple and are pursuing a bold, clean flavor.
Each pod contains a nicotine level of 6%. Eon pods also contain much more juice than Juul brand pods. Juul pods only hold .7 mL, whereas Eon pods hold 1 full mL. Since .7 mL Juul pods can give their users 200 puffs, imagine what a 1 mL Eon pod can do! There is also an option to purchase Eon pods in a pack of 4 for bulk lovers!
Small variety of single fruit flavors without ice addition
Ziip pods made this list because of their comprehensive flavors. They are a great choice for adventurous vapers who are always looking to try something new. Some of their most interesting flavors include their Salty Popcorn, Strawberry Milk, and Cappuccino juices. They also have more traditional flavors, such as Tobacco and Mint. Vapers with a sweet tooth should check out their dessert variety. Dessert juices include Pina Colada, Lemon Macaron, Froopy Fruit Loop, Cinnamon Roll, Cheesecake, and Sweet Cream. There are flavors replicating classic drinks, such as Lemon Lime and Grape Soda, Strawberry Lemonade, and Raspberry Sweet Tea.
There are also lots of fruit flavors, which are in high demand right now. Ziip’s fruity pods include Mango, Mango Bliss, Watermelon, Super Berry, and Peach. They also have a lot of Iced flavors, including Strawberry, Blueberry, Orange, Watermelon, Pineapple, Mango, and Lemon Lime Soda on Ice. These pods all come with a 1 mL capacity at a 5% nicotine strength.
The OVNS JC01 pods are the only pods a vaper with a Juul will ever need. They were designed to fit snugly into Juuls, so users do not have to worry about leakage or bad connection. However, if a user gets bored, they can switch to the OVNS JC01 unit, since it is compatible with that pod vape too!
These containers can hold up to 0.7 mL of e-liquid. This is the same amount that Juul brand pods can hold. Inside them are standard cotton pads. Cotton is one of the best materials for this purpose since it does a good job of absorbing e-liquid. These cotton pads will ensure a smooth and full hit every time.
There are also ceramic coils. Ceramic coils give the OVNS JC01 pods more longevity. They also reduce the taste of burnt coil once the vaper runs out of juice. These dual-compatible pods are a great option for a vaper who likes to choose their own juice. Plus, it is easy to see when they start to run low on juice thanks to the crystal clear body of the product.
Berry Lemonade, P.O.G., Strawberry Watermelon Menthol, Blue Razz, Cool Mint, Green Apple, Mango
Can purchase in a multi-pack
Have both mint and menthol flavors
No savory or tobacco flavor
Zalt pods, like the other units on this list, come in packs of 4. They contain a moderate level of nicotine, coming in at 5%. They also have an extremely large capacity of 1.1 mL, which is larger than most of the other cartridges on the market. Zalts come in a few different flavorings, and buyers have the opportunity to purchase a multi-pack that comes with 4 different options. This is great for new Zalt users who want to try a few different prospects before picking a favorite.
Their single fruit options include Green Apple and Mango. For vapers who need something more refreshing, or care about fresh breath, there are some cool flavors as well. Cool mint is best for traditional vapers, and Strawberry Watermelon Menthol is great for these kinds of vapers who still want something fruity. Lastly, they have Blue Raz, Berry Lemonade, and a P.O.G. option.
Sour Gummy, Sour Berry Belts, Blue Blackberry, Mango Peach Pineapple, Raspberry Mint Lemonade, Grape
Coveted Sour Gummy flavor
Flavors that mix different fruits
Gives vapers a cool minty option
Limited to 6 flavor options
4X pods don’t come in as large a flavor variety as some of the other options on this list. However, all of the flavors they do have are delicious and fun. For lovers of juice that has a bit of a kick, there are two sour options. The first is Sour Gummy, a tangy dessert flavor. The second is Sour Berry, a fruity flavor with a twist. For vapers looking for a single fruit flavor, they have a white Grape option.
For vapers who like dynamic duos, they have Blue Blackberry and Mango Peach. Last but not least, there is a Raspberry Mint Lemonade option for vapers who desire a fruity but refreshing option. Unfortunately, there are no savory options, nor is there a tradition tobacco option. The pods come in a pack of four. The containers have a capacity of 1 mL, which is more than the Juul. This product contains a high level of 6.5% nicotine for vapers who like to get a buzz from their session.
What Should I Look for in a Good Alternative Juul Pod?
There is such a large variety of Juul-compatible pods on the market – 32 at last count – that there is one for every vaper. The main difference between them would be:
From there, if vapers choose a pre-filled cartridge, they can choose from several different flavors, nicotine strengths, and even CBD compatible cartridges.
Refillable cartridges often come with an e-juice capacity (1ml) a little higher than the original’s 0.7ml size. The coil resistance of these pods also differs from genuine Juul pods, with some of them firing anywhere between 1.6 and 2.0ohms.
How to Use Juul Compatible Cartridges?
Juul compatible cartridges operate much in the same way as any e-liquid pod. Again, the main sticking point for these cartridges is if they are pre-filled or refillable. Pre-filled ones are much easier to use as users need only install them into the Juul battery.
Refillable ones may take a little more skill, in terms of opening the pods, filling them (without overfilling them) and then installing them again. But, again, even refillable pods, apart from filling them, do not take much work.
Which Are the Best Juul Compatible Pods?
The answer to the question, which Juul compatible pods are the best, comes down to personal preference. The whole point behind the alternative cartridges is that they present a different option than the monopoly that Pax has on the device and its pods.
Only, users should not be fooled into thinking that Juul compatible pods work better than the originals. The alternative pods have their problems as well; burnt hits, leaking pods, and poor flavor quality among them.
Choosing the best from among pre-filled cartridges, some of them pre-filled with e-juice as well as CBD is hard to say, especially if a person prefers using their favorite e-juice and wants to use only refillable ones. Then again, if a person only likes pre-filled pods, but wants more flavor variety or lighter or stronger nicotine strength, then that option exists as well, but they probably won’t be choosing empty pods.
Are Juul Compatible Pods Safe?
The Juul is a low-powered device that rarely has safety, technical, or operating issues if used properly. Using an alternative cartridge may only pose a problem if the pod is pre-filled with a low-quality, poorly-made e-liquid.
As Pax Lab claims in a lawsuit that it brought against makers of Juul compatible pods, these manufacturers don’t pay as much attention to quality control as they do, which is, debatable. Still, if a user wants to pick up a pre-filled pod, they should do their research to find out the experience of other users to see if they hold up or do not.
Where to Buy Juul Compatible Pods?
Brick-and-mortar, as well as online vape shops, are the best places to buy Juul compatible pods. Several brands of pods have their websites, like Eonsmoke, but they are also available through other retailers. Price and availability vary among shops, so it would be best to shop around for the best deal, no matter if buying pre-filled or refillable pods.
Final Thoughts on Juul Compatible Pods
Juul Labs shot to the top of the e-cigarette industry with their sleek, stylish, easy-to-use device. No one had ever seen something like it, and in its wake, a dozen imitators sprang up in its place. Like with any successful product, knock-offs and copy-cats of the Juul, and its pods were sure also to appear.
The imitator’s motivation, like with a lot of innovation in the vaping community, came from the frustration Juul users had with the pods:
They wanted more flavors
They wanted a refillable pod
They wanted to choose their nicotine strength
They wanted to eliminate the cost of always having to buy the pods
Juul Labs has responded to vaper’s demands of more variety with new flavors and a 3% nicotine option, but it seems like too little too late, as people keep getting these pods as well.
Published: June 19, 2019Updated: February 19, 2020
Being a regular Sweden student, I discovered innovative ways of living healthier. And with my very first e-cigarette, I’ve got obsessed with all things digital. So vaping collided my interests in electronics, science, and health. I enjoy bringing people into the world of vaping through my reviews, guides, and best-of lists.