The Potential Reason Your JUUL Doesn’t Hit Anymore

It can be extremely frustrating when your JUUL doesn’t hit properly.  It gets even worse when you find your JUUL Pods leaking into the battery and making a mess.  So much so that we may even consider giving up on the JUUL entirely and seeking out another source for our nicotine consumption needs.

If you’ve tried all our suggestions on how to make the JUUL hit harder and still aren’t getting results, the JUUL Doc is here to save you from re-starting “the search for the perfect vape”.

You’d think that all JUUL Pods would be 100% identical.  They are created by factories that follow very specific guidelines and all APPEAR to be exactly the same.

However, this is simply not the case.  Through unknown mechanisms and the chaos of the universe, it turns out that there is quite a bit of “genetic variation” among JUUL Pods.

So if you’re JUUL isn’t hitting as expected, it may not be the JUUL battery at all.  There’s a very good chance that you simply got a bad pod.

Juul Pods Leaking Bad Pod

The Cause

As I hinted at above, the reason for this variation in pods is largely unknown.  JUUL Pods are fairly intricate little contraptions, and I imagine there are many steps in the manufacturing and shipping process that could go slightly wrong.

The “Science” Reasons

The main cause of these malfunctions is most likely changes in pressure and temperature.  The internal pressure of JUUL Pods must remain within a certain threshold to continue operating as intended.  An unexpected rise in temperature can increase the pressure in the pods, which can result in leakage.

While initially being filled, minor temperature shifts could create pods that were doomed to be defective from the start.  Temperature and pressure variation during the shipping process could also be a factor.

Damn science! Always making things more difficult.

You may have experienced this phenomenon yourself if you ever accidentally left a pod in a car on a hot day only to return to a sticky mess.

Temperature increases can also alter the juice itself, resulting in a much harsher and less satisfying vapor.

The Physical Reasons

Beyond temperature and pressure issues, there is a chance that faulty pods could be caused by some physical abnormalities.

Short of taking strong physical impacts during shipping (which I find unlikely) the main offender here is probably the fragility of the pod’s coils.

These coils protrude through the bottom of each pod in the form of two tiny metal plates.  These plates are where the battery connects to the pod and they are rather thin and flimsy:

Juul Pods Leaking Metal Plates

I believe that variation in the manufacturing process of these coils could cause both leaking pod issues as well as battery connectivity issues.

The metal plates that protrude are connected to the internal metal coil you can see inside each pod.  That means there is an opening in the pod’s plastic for this metal to go through, making this the most likely point of leakage.

A tiny amount of leaking from this area is normal, but if there is a noticeable amount of juice on the outside of the pod it’s probably safe to say that pod is no bueno.

You’ll also notice in the pictures above that these plates are bent at about a 75-degree angle.  This is to ensure a reliable connection to the battery pins shown below:

Juul Pods Leaking Connection Pins

If the bend in these metal plates is even slightly off, it could cause connection issues.  Trying to correct these plates manually increases the risk of your JUUL Pods leaking, and really is not worth the hassle.

The Risks of Vaping Leaky Pods

Besides a less than ideal vaping experience, using faulty pods can lead to a host of unwanted side effects.

Continuing to vape leaking JUUL Pods can result in the following conditions from minor to severe:

  • Inconsistent Hits
  • Poor battery connection
  • Clogged Airflow
  • Being unable to charge the JUUL
  • JUUL Death

The longer you try to extend the life of a leaky pod, the higher your chances of developing the more extreme conditions, ultimately resulting in the premature death of your JUUL.

Although the internal components of the JUUL seem tightly sealed, there is actually a tiny amount of space that liquids can seep into.  As juice continues to collect within the battery you risk malfunction that could only possibly be remedied by a high-risk surgery.  

Procedures of this kind can introduce new problems and are only recommended when there is no other choice.

Luckily, there is another choice:

Throw Away Leaky Pods

We recommend immediately ceasing the use of any pods that have been found to leak profusely.

This will save you a lot of headache in the long run, and potentially some money too.

If you’re feeling ripped-off (JUUL Pods ARE fairly pricey) You can actually request a replacement pack of pods directly from JUUL’s website.

Considering that JUUL Pod leakage is fairly rare, it is understandable that they would offer this service for the occasional defect.

Now you may be thinking: “Ok I threw out the leaky pod, but some juice already leaked into my battery and now my JUUL isn’t hitting correctly!”

First off take a deep breath. You’re in good hands here at the JUUL Doc Clinic.

If you’ve removed the pod before too much leaking, then the lesser side effects being experienced are usually easily corrected by following our guide on How to Clean the JUUL.

Almost Perfect…

Most of the time the Juuling experience leaves little to be desired.

However, in an imperfect world, there will always be some unforeseen happenings.

Being aware that this CAN happen (although rarely) can save you from damaging your JUUL beyond repair.

Have a great day dear Juulers, we’ll see you soon.

Have you ever found your JUUL Pods leaking? Were you able to salvage the pod or did it have to be discarded? Add your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!


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Ryan Smith · September 5, 2018 at 11:00 pm

Got some eos pods cause it’s the only flavor I love- a sweet blueberry that still gives me an amazing amount of nicotine! Downside- THEY LEAK LIKE HELL. I have one right now (as I’m jobless and a college student money is tight so I can’t be throwing away pods) so I take it out CONSTANTLY to wipe off the leaky pod and clean the interior of the Juul. Occasionally it will “hit” then stop and have a sudden very BRIGHT white light when it stops in the middle of a hit. While odd, I can still (usually) hit

    The Prof · March 19, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Ah, I understand that college struggle.

    I’ve heard about those leaky pods before. I plan on trying a bunch of different popular pod brands in the future and writing a comparison post. Might need a new JUUL by the end of the testing…

    I’ve had that weird lighting/hitting thing happen before as well. Like the pod randomly loses connection while hitting. Definitely a culprit of leaky pods.

    Oh and based on you loving that blueberry flavor, I assume you’re a fellow member of team mango?

Joel · August 13, 2019 at 2:31 pm

It is rare to have a Virginia Tobacco pod that doesn’t leak. Not sure why I still buy them. Usually around 30% of the pod they are covered in oil, and usually giving me a mouthful of it. Juul has replaced a couple packs, but you still have to pay for shipping on the replacement.

    The Prof · August 15, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Hey Joel!

    That is strange… Do you buy other flavors from the same source that don’t have this issue?

    If not, it could be that the place where you are purchasing them from has had them for far too long!

    I didn’t realize you still had to pay for shipping on replacement pods, that definitely doesn’t seem right!

Yaz · August 25, 2019 at 9:19 pm

I’ve had severe issues with pod leakage lately that were never as bad as before. I contacted Juul support (I use auto-ship and have for more than a year, have been using their product for a lot longer) because my last several shipments have had severe leakage in over 70% of the pods. I only get maybe 3 in an order that work 100% correctly, if that. I showed them photos and they said their pods don’t have a 1 year warranty. You can request replacements, but they cap them — they had started sending my boxes as 2 packs instead of 4, so if you request a replacement, you’ll only get 2 for the batch code, which I asked about, and they just gave me a coupon. So essentially if you pay $80 a month and get a ton of defective product, there is nothing they will do about it. I’ve been searching for a way to fix it because I get pods that leak profusely into the mouthpiece (I’m not doing anything to cause it, this is with absolute minimal use) and pods that also leak out the sides and bottom. I saved the boxes from my last two shipments to see how many it was, and it was 12 boxes. It seems to be mostly the mango one, I don’t run into this with the mint or fruit, so I’m not sure if they have a quality control issue or what but it was never this bad before.

    The Prof · August 26, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Hey Yaz!

    You aren’t the first person I’ve been hearing about this from, and I’m just as confused as you are.

    Perhaps there is an issue with quality control JUUL hasn’t corrected yet. I’m also suspicious of delivery drivers treating the packages too roughly, and also the fact that it is summer so the increased temperature could be causing some pods to overheat during shipping.

    Whatever it is, I apologize if I misled anyone about the warranty. I do need to go back and update that part of the post.

    What I can recommend is that you check out my SMOK Novo Review. It is currently my regular vape and I am extremely pleased with it. Plus you save a ton of money not buying JUUL Pods!

    Sorry to hear about the poor luck you’ve been having with JUUL. Best of luck moving forward!

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