This depends where you live, but the average smoker in Australia or New Zealand spends up to $10,000 per year on cigarettes. This is the equivalent of a decent car deposit, an expensive home entertainment system, or a family holiday to somewhere that has palm trees. We think you’ll agree that it’s an awfully expensive way to slowly kill yourself. Costs a small fortune every year – by far and away the most expensive option on this list Kills you with cancer, heart, or lung disease, none of which are a good way to die Makes you smell disgusting Destroys families Destroys sex lives Ruins your enjoyment of life.
It’s the 21 st century, let’s leave it in the past where it belongs. There’s no question that in the early days, Juul was a pioneering step in e-cig technology. Quickly gaining popularity in the US due to it's accessibility, Juul also quickly gained notoriety and is quite often the focus of scare-mongering news articles due to its high profile in the general public. Juul was also at the centre of the gateway debate and, mainly due to being part-owned by big tobacco, was the poster child for the argument against the re-normalisation of smoking. Juul is a non-descript, long, thin, rectangular unit with a discreet nicotine-filled pod at the end. The current incarnation is draw-activated with no buttons to press. You can recharge from a PC, Mac, or power outlet with the magnetic USB dock or the portable recharging case that acts as a power bank (you charge the case via USB, then charge the Juul in the case). You can buy genuine pre-filled pods directly from Juul or compatible pre-filled pods from a myriad of vendors (except us – which is another story ). Juul starter kits go for USD$64.99 on the official Juul website and come with a Juul device, USB charging dock, and four pre-filled pods.
Just the device costs USD$34.99, the USB charging dock USD$5.99, the portable charging case USD$49.99, and the pre-filled pods USD$20.99 for a pack of four (the cheaper option). The key issue of cost comes down to how long the pods last. Of course, it depends on usage, but Juul advise one pod is good for 200 puffs, and users report them lasting between 1-3 days. Buying genuine Juul pods with average usage ( 140 puffs/day ) will cost you $32 – $48 per week, or $1,632 – $2,448 per year . This doesn’t include replacement Juuls or replacement chargers – adding this in might get you closer to the $2,300 – $2,800 per year mark as a very rough ballpark. Simple to use Draw activated (no accidental firing) Discreet Can stand vertically Established company. More expensive than other options Hard to source outside the US Non-refillable pods with limited range of flavours if you stick to genuine Juul (only eight available from the Juul website) Pods known to leak Need the patented USB charger Old technology without much advancement in recent times Putting money in the pocket of big tobacco. Juul is popular in the US, but this more comes down to slick marketing campaigns thanks to big tobacco dollars than product superiority. Juuls are optimised for and targeted at smokers who want to switch to vaping. If you’re willing to pay the premium, it might be comforting to go with an established brand, but there are much better – and much cheaper - options. The Yearn is a quality product from a dedicated vaping company known for producing some of the best vape gear for many years. Many mod users are still dedicated to the indomitable Uwell Crown series of atomisers because they are virtually bulletproof. The Uwell Yearn comes from a strong pedigree, but let’s be fair and give it the analysis. The Yearn has a similar form factor to the Juul but favours gentle curves and a rounded tapered end over the Juul’s no-nonsense rectangular design. The pre-filled pods clip into the receptacle at the top. The Uwell Yearn is also draw-activated and has no buttons to press. Charging is via micro-USB cable plugged directly into the unit. Pods are pre-filled and come in a modest array of flavours (four official flavours at the time of writing), all of which we stock on our website. We stock the Uwell Yearn Starter Kit which includes the body/battery in a choice of colours and either two pre-filled pods of one flavour for $39.95 or a variety pack of four flavours for $54.95. Replacement pre-filled pods are $14.95 for two or $29.95 for four and empty refillable pods are four for $24.95 (the cheaper option). The kit also includes a micro-USB cable but you can charge the body/battery with any quality micro-USB cable you have. Uwell make no claims on number of puffs but users have reported the pods lasting from 2-3 days. Based on this, you could expect to go through three pods a week, or 156 pods a year, which will work out to around $1,170 per year , not including the cost of the body/battery. If you buy a few spare batteries the cost might push up to between the $1,200 - $1,300 per year mark.
Discreet Good looking design Solid construction Easy to use Draw activated (no accidental firing) A refillable pod option is available Pods rarely leak, if ever (we’ve not witnessed it yet) Can charge with any micro-USB cable (don’t need a special charger) Made by a dedicated vaping company known for supreme quality and durability in products. Tighter draw than other systems which may not suit all users Rounded bottom means it can’t stand vertically. The Uwell Yearn is a solid performer that runs rings around the Juul in regards to performance. Durable construction, reliable performance, solid battery life, ease of use – there’s a lot to love about the Uwell Yearn. Perfect for smokers who want to start vaping straight away with no fuss, it’s easy to understand why this little unit is quickly becoming the most popular pod system available! Last but by no means least, it’s only proper for us to include the current champion of pod systems, the Uwell Caliburn.
This highly versatile unit packs a punch and is the only one on this list with refillable pods, meaning you can use whichever juice you like in it. We love the Yearn, but there’s no denying the appeal of the Caliburn for more experienced pod users. The Caliburn is much more Juul-like in its design, but with ribbed edges making it easier to grip and harder to slip out of the hand.