The Vuse Alto Pod System Review: A Better Device Than The JUUL?


by James Bickford

Updated: August 9, 2021

Vuse Alto Review

Review Score: 70/100

Price range:
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Nicotine Strength:
2.4% / 5.0%
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  • Ergonomically designed & comfortable to hold
  • Battery lasts a day to a day and a half
  • Leak-free and noiseless operation


  • Vuse vape flavors are limited
  • Pods could be a little larger

Starting Price: $ 19.99

The Vuse Alto is a pod vape created by Vuse, a subsidiary of the R.J. Reynolds tobacco company.

It is a relatively inexpensive, draw-activated device that beginner and on-the-go vapers should find suitable for their needs. It uses QuietDraw™ technology that makes for noise-free drags every time it is used.

Vuse Alto pods are non-refillable and can hold 1.8 ml of e-juice that is heated by 1.1-ohm coils that use ceramic wicking. It is powered by a 350 mah battery that lasts for an extended period and charges quickly.

Why is the Vuse Alto Generating so Much Interest?

It has gotten a lot of attention as of late because some reviewers believe that this kit outperforms the Juul. That is not far from the truth because it has a lot of features and specifications that make it a better device in some areas.

The pods hold 1.8 ml of e-juice. This is not as much e-liquid capacity as other pods have, but their pods can several days with heavy vaping.

Plus, they are held to the battery magnetically, and their 1.1 ohm, ceramically wicked coils make decent sized clouds. The pods are powered by a 350 mah battery that should last for at least a day.

Vuse Alto Overview

Another technical feature that makes this pod system stand out is its QuietDraw™ technology. Whenever the user takes a draw, he or she will hear no whistling, bubbling, or popping noises. This makes it a great device not only for beginners but for those who want a device that can be used without disturbing others.

The first thing users will notice when they take the device out of its package is how ergonomically designed it is. The edges are perfectly rounded, so holding it is like holding a marker. The mouthpiece is perfectly smooth, and its size is comparable to the butt end of a cigarette, allowing it to fit between the lips comfortably.

What Comes in the Vuse Alto Kit?

The Vuse Alto kit comes with:

VD vuse alto starter kit

  • power unit,
  • charger,
  • one flavor pack with two pods.

Choose from among four flavors: original, menthol, mixed-berry, and rich tobacco. Unfortunately, this all they have to offer. Hopefully, they will create a few more flavors sometime in the future. Also, there is no user manual.

Internal Building Quality and Design

The body has a marvelous design that has no sharp edges, and how the inside is put together is what makes this device unique. There are no issues with leaking or liquids bubbling inside of the pod. The pods hold to the battery very well thanks to the magnetic connection, and it is easy to separate. Users should have no issues with the pod and battery coming apart accidentally.

A Battery That Lasts

The pod boasts of a 350 mah battery that can last one day to a day and a half depending on how often it is used. It charges quickly, under one hour to be precise, and the charging cord is long enough for it to be vaped while it is charging. It uses a proprietary charger. Using another charger is not recommended.

Why Is Vuse Alto Blinking Green?

VD vuse alto open

The device has a green LED light whose flashes have several different meanings:

  • The light glows when producing vapor
  • The light fades out when the drag is complete
  • The device blinking green needs to be recharged
  • Solid green when charging
  • Green light turns off when charge is complete

Pay attention to the lights when vaping so that the device does not shut down unexpectedly.

How Long Do Vuse Alto Pods Last?

Vuse alto pods are prefilled. Some users will find this inconvenient, and they will try to “hack” the pod by trying to open, refill, and use it again.

Refilling the pods is not recommended. After it is put back together, it will leak, and the leakage could damage the battery. Also, the company will not return the money if they find that the device and its pods have been used improperly.

vuse alto pods

People try to hack non-refillable pods because they think they are saving money, but doing this is not necessary for the Alto pod vape.

Their pods are not that expensive. The pods cost $13.49 for a two-pack. Together, the two pods should last four to six days, which should be suitable for the budgets of most people.

How to Use the Vuse Vape

The beauty of devices like these is that they are easy to use. There are no temperature or wattage control functions, and the coils do not have to be replaced or re-wicked.

To operate the device, charge it, insert the pod, and inhale. There are no firing buttons because it is draw-activated. Therefore, it is advisable to wipe off the mouthpiece every so often.

What are the Vuse Alto’s Competitors?

Which Is Better, Juul or Vuse?

The Juul is the device to which the Vuse is most often compared. They are both pod systems that are easy to use, but the Alto has several advantages. The Juul has .07 ml pods that can last for around 200 or so puffs, and it has a 200 mah battery. It also has sharp edges that make it a little inconvenient to hold.

VD juul kit

The Vuse Alto’s charge time is faster, it is cheaper, it has longer-lasting pods, a more powerful battery, and smoother edges, but one area where the Juul excels is in the flavor department. The Juul has eight flavors while the Alto only has four.

Vuse Vibe vs Alto

The Vuse Vibe is a draw-activated device that is good for those who are looking for a portable and affordable vape. It feels like holding a black and mild and it costs $19.99 while the tanks go for $9.99.

VD vuse vibe kit

It is a cost-effective unit since the tanks hold 2 ml of liquid and last two days. It holds more juice and is cheaper than the Alto, but it has a lower nicotine strength.

Vuse Alto Specifications

QuietDraw™ technology: Yes
Battery Capacity: 350mAh
Pods Capacity: 1.8mL
Nicotine Strength: 2.4% / 5.0%
Coils Resistance: 1.1ohm
Number of flavor options: 4

Positives and Negatives

The Positives

  • Ergonomically designed and comfortable to hold
  • Battery lasts a day to a day and a half
  • One pod lasts two to three days
  • Leak-free and noiseless operation
  • Vuse Alto prices are budget-friendly

The Negatives

  • Vuse Alto flavors are limited
  • Pods could be a little larger

Final Thoughts about the Vuse Alto

The Vuse Alto is a decent pod mod that beginners and experienced users will appreciate.

It is easy to use and portable, and it produces decent-sized clouds for such a small device. Its noiseless operation makes it great for vaping discreetly, and its rounded edges allow the user to do so comfortably and conveniently.

Another thing that makes this unit worth purchasing is that it uses an amazingly robust battery that guarantees an entire day’s use. Plus, the pods last not that moderate time as 0.8ml Juul’s do.

There are a few disadvantages to using this device, too. The pods are excellent, and they last a long time, but it would be nice if Vuse could create a pod that held two to three milliliters of e-juice. The size of the pods is not a big deal, but the limited flavor selection is. Vuse should consider adding a few more flavors to the arsenal.

All-in-all, this is a great pod, and there are no regrets on this end for trying it out. What do you think of this vape mod? Please let us know by commenting below.

Published: September 17, 2019Updated: August 9, 2021

James Bickford

My way of understanding the significance of vaping came not only through the disruption of smoking but its effects on society as a whole. Now I bring people to vaping and bring vaping to people. I love using new gear, writing in-depth reviews and generally nerding out about vaping to like-minded people.


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16 comments on “The Vuse Alto Pod System Review: A Better Device Than The JUUL?

  • Ryan

    April 8, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    Terrible quality control. Expect to throw out 50% of the pods as they end up burnt tasting, leaking, or spitting back before they are empty. Alot of the times they come brand new burnt tasting.

  • Leslie Browndyke

    April 5, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Have bought 6 devices in the last month and none work now. One lasted 2 hours, the others a day or two. It has been great for several years. What is going on with Vuse?

  • Andrea Scandura

    March 8, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Love the Vuse and it’s the best drag for me – no choking!! but the flavor of the liquid is off! The gold tastes and smells like vanilla- almost pancake syrupy
    The rich flavor tastes and smells like pipe tobacco
    Hard to use discreetly!
    The juul has the better, closer to a cigarette taste with no after odor but not as ergonomically friendly
    I hope Vuse tweaks the liquid

  • Mykke

    October 29, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    There is a serious lack of quality control over the Vuse pods. Bought a 4 pack – only one pod was usable. 2 of them had very dark juice that tastes burny and gross. one pod would not draw properly, full of bubbles, tasted burned. I’m done with Vuse, going back to a tank system where the quality if not hit or miss. good riddance – i don’t have money to burn on this crap.

  • Lisa keitt

    October 6, 2021 at 9:47 am

    I was looking on here to see if anyone else was having a leaking problem with the video altos . Cause here lately everyone I get leaks and it really hurts my tongue and gums when it leaks

  • WyoViking

    August 28, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    I love the Vuse.
    Threw out all my damn leaky, in dependable Blu pods,

  • Janet e morrison

    July 24, 2021 at 7:28 am

    I see no reason why the liquid pods leak the juice out of the bottom pod. It’s a crock of crap!

  • Janine

    June 30, 2021 at 6:09 am

    Not a good experience. After 2 days use Vuse would not charge. Tried again. Refill pod leaked everywhere. Looking elsewhere.

  • Dylan

    June 9, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    I looked this up out of curiosity, because I bought my VUSE from a local Speedway. It’s lasted me 3 days so far and hasn’t died yet… I vape about twice every couple hours, for the calm mind and relaxed muscles. Light is still green and hasn’t died. Does the normal vaper use this every 5mins or something? 😂

  • Marcie roslan

    May 22, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    I had 3 pods that just quit working half way now it was upsetting

  • Clyde

    April 22, 2021 at 3:43 am

    I have heard all good things from friends who have one of these vaps. I tried vape previously but stopped and went back to cigarettes due to leakage and overall bad experience with the bigger refillable vaps. But afyer good reviews and witnessing the proforma of friends. I have ordered myself i kit and some pods. I will give it a try. I will also come back with an updated review in a few weeks after using this vap.

    • James Bickford

      April 27, 2021 at 7:28 am

      Hi Clyde, thanks for writing in. We hope all goes well with your new kit, can’t wait to hear your review. But if you are ever in need about a proper device that won’t leak don’t hesitate to drop us a line. Take care and happy vaping!

  • Susan

    February 20, 2021 at 5:25 am

    I’m trading in my Juul..the Vuse Alto blows all disposables away. Tight draw like a cigarette….doesn’t make u cough. Love it!

  • Diane

    February 7, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Vuse Vibe was perfect. Alto is terrible! It costs more, the pods hold very little juice, it’s more expensive and the menthol leaves a burning, bitter taste on my lips. I’m going to switch to something else.

  • eric

    October 21, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    I did not think this would work 2 pack a day smoker.but I gave the vuse alto a try and it has been really good so far !

    • James Bickford

      November 3, 2020 at 8:54 am

      Hi Eric, so glad to hear you’re getting to your goal to stop smoking. Keep it up! Happy vaping! Let us know how it goes later on.