JUUL Hacks: Refilling JUUL Pods
You’ve waited too long again.
You swore that the last time would be it. But here you are.
It’s 2:30 in the morning and you are chained to your computer, typing away at that paper that’s due in five hours.
You realize that procrastination and binge drinking are treated the same way in your mind.
The day after you always tell yourself “NEVER AGAIN!”, yet here you are. Puking in the toilet at 7:00 AM wishing you could just die.
Wait no, that’s not the issue this time. You refocus your attention on the impending assignment.
2:45 AM, Mr. Sandman start tempting you with his offers of sweet, sweet sleep.
“Not an option”, you say to yourself as you reach for your third Redbull of the night and take a sweet and satisfying rip off of your last precious mango pod.
Except for this time, it’s not quite as satisfying.
You pop your pod out and take a look, it’s dangerously low.
“Good thing 7-Eleven is open all night”, you think to yourself as you pull your phone out to check your account balance.
“Damn, it’s either JUUL Pods tonight or joining the boys for Thirsty Thursday tomorrow”, tough choice.
“Why are JUUL Pods SO EXPENSIVE!?”. If only there was a cheap and convenient way to get your nicotine fix.
Well, I may have just the solution to this conundrum:
REFILLING THE JUUL
As great as the JUUL’s flavors are, they are also the most expensive E-juice ever to hit the market, by far.
At $15.99 for a four pack, that leaves JUUL juice running you $5.33 per mL. (Each pod is only 0.75mL of juice)
The average price of E-juice sold by the bottle is less than a dollar per mL, making JUUL Pods quite the premium purchase.
Refilling JUUL Pods also allows users to bypass the lack of nicotine strength options offered by JUUL. This way we can slowly taper the nicotine level down to work on fighting that addiction, which is, of course, the end goal of using the JUUL in the first place.
Those who have had enough either start looking for a new vape altogether, or begin to contemplate how to refill JUUL Pods.
Well today dear JUULers, the Doc will show you the best ways to achieve exactly this while avoiding many of the pitfalls associated with this treatment.
In case anyone is wondering whether or not JUUL Pods are just as, if not more, expensive than traditional cigarettes I can assure you that the JUUL is still cheaper by the mg of nicotine, although not by much. I’ll save you the boredom of explaining my calculations, but trust me, I’ve done the math.
CAUTIONS AND CONCERNS
Just like with any true medical procedure, there are some associated risks and potential side effects of attempting to give your pods an E-juice transfusion.
These include but are not limited to:
- Burnt out coils
- E-juice spitback while hitting
- An overall increase in regular maintenance required
- A higher chance of leaky pods, requiring more frequent JUUL cleanings
Some of these issues can be avoided through proper technique (like the terrible experience of spitback), which will be explained in detail soon.
Another issue is that JUUL Pod coils weren’t designed to last a long time and can burn out after just a couple of refills.
A solution to this could lie in the creation of refillable JUUL Pods that are becoming available from third-party companies. (REVIEWS COMING SOON)
Now, let’s get into the procedure.
Performing the Transfusion — How to Refill JUUL Pods: An In-Depth Guide
1.) Wearing rubber gloves during this procedure is recommended, as you will get some E-juice on your hands. The nicotine in this high strength juice can absorb through the skin and cause unpleasant side effects if you have a low nicotine tolerance.
2.) JUUL Pods were designed to work with nicotine salts based E-juice. Straying from this type of juice can result in damage to pods or to the JUUL battery itself, as well as a much less than ideal vaping experience.
Many third-party companies are now producing E-juice using nicotine salts specifically designed for the JUUL, so it should be easy to find appropriate juice for this procedure. (REVIEW COMING SOON)
1.) Remove the JUUL Pod Mouthpiece
Using your small flathead screwdriver, pry up the plastic tabs on either side of the JUUL Pod and then pull off the mouthpiece.
2.) Replace the Cotton Pads in the Mouthpiece
These cotton pads help to reduce spitback, and despite seeming rather useless are actually quite necessary to have for a positive JUUL experience.
A.) Using your narrow tweezers, remove the old cotton pads.
B.) OPTIONAL STEP: Clean the excess JUUL juice from the inside of the mouthpiece with water, Q-tips, and paper towels.
C.) Using your small tweezers, replace the pads with fresh cotton, or dry out the old cotton pads with paper towels and reinsert them.
If you are supplying your own fresh cotton, make sure it is unbleached and organic! Cotton sold for use in vape mods on Amazon is perfect.
If you’d prefer a quicker and easier method, simply absorb the JUUL juice from the old cotton pads by pressing firmly with a paper towel, and then re-use them.
D.) We are done with the mouthpiece prep! We can set it aside for now.
3.) Perform the E-juice Transfusion
A.) Using your tweezers, remove the rubber seal from the bottom half of the pod.
Feel free to quickly clean the rubber seal with a paper towel.
B.) OPTIONAL STEP: Clean out excess E-juice inside of the pod with Q-tips/paper towels.
NOTE: Be careful if deciding to perform this step, as it is easy to displace some of the finer components within the pod, and not so easy to readjust them.
C.) Place the colored flavor cap on the bottom of the JUUL to seal the contact points and prevent leakage
D.) Fill your empty JUUL Pod with your new E-juice up to the “fill line” on the pod.
4.) Reseal your Freshly Filled JUUL Pod
A.) Slightly squeeze the edges of the pod inwards.
B.) While squeezing, replace the rubber seal.
C.) Stop squeezing once the seal is in place to create initial pressure.
NOTE: This is one of the most important steps of the entire transfusion process. JUUL Pods rely on a slight internal pressure to function properly. By squeezing the pod while resealing we create this internal pressure and keep the pod from leaking profusely.
5.) Reapply the Mouthpiece
A.) Simply press the mouthpiece into place and you’ll hear a satisfying “click”, signifying the mouthpiece is securely attached.
B.) Remove the flavor cap (if present), and GENTLY blow through the mouthpiece while holding a paper towel beneath the pod.
This removes E-juice that has found its way into the air tube of the pod, greatly lowering the chance of spitback on the first hit.
C.) Keep blowing gently until no more juice comes out, and press the paper towel into the pod contacts to absorb any juice that has accumulated there.
6.) ALL DONE! Pop in your Transfused Pod and take a SLOW, GENTLE Puff (in case any juice remains in the air tube)
In case you’re confused about any specific aspects of this guide, here’s a video demonstrating the procedure:
Ways to Skin the Cat
Although I consider this process to be the most effective way to go about refilling JUUL Pods, many of these steps can be omitted, and there’s always room for improvement.
My point is don’t be afraid to experiment! you never know what you’ll discover and coloring outside the lines is how innovation is born.
And speaking of innovation, various third party companies have heard the call of us JUULers wanting a cheaper and more efficient way to enjoy our favorite vape.
To this end they have created empty, refillable pods designed specifically for the JUUL, as well as many different options for nicotine salt based E-juice.
If you’d like to hear my recommendations on these third party options, check out this review. (COMING SOON)
Juiced and Ready
I hope this procedure helps you stay away from cigarettes without breaking the bank.
Maybe one day JUUL will answer our cries and create their own refillable pods. It would certainly save us the time and regret of sifting through all the third party crap.
They have finally released some lower strength pods at our request, so they are indeed listening.
After all, it takes some time to release the quality products we expect from JUUL and I’m willing to wait for the perfect refillable pod.
Have a frugal day dear JUULers, we’ll see you soon.
How did this JUUL Pod refill guide work out for you? Did I miss any tips or tricks you’ve found useful? What awesome flavors have you discovered to refill with? Add your thoughts in the comments section below!