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.
4X Pods are JUUL pod alternatives that are compatible with the JUUL battery. Their selling point is that they have the highest levels of nicotine salt available. They offer 6%, which is already higher than the original 5% pods. They also have 6.5% and 6.8% strength options, making them ideal for people who are looking for that extra nicotine hit.
4X Pods come in about a dozen flavors and are cheaper than the original. They also hold 1 mL of e-juice, which is standard for most aftermarket pods. Unlike most of the pods I have tried, 4X Pods have the classic “V” shape, a throwback to the early JUUL days.
The pods were sent courtesy of Vapor4Life for the purpose of this review.
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4X Pods flavors
Kiwi Strawberry: Although I’m not a big fan of Kiwi Strawberry, this flavor was probably one of the most accurate to the description. It isn’t very natural-tasting, but it has a pleasant strawberry flavor and the kiwi adds a bit of tartness. It happens to be my favorite flavor from the line. If you like strawberry and kiwi, you’re probably going to like it.
Blue Raspberry: This was one of the few decent flavors from the line. It kind of has the candy blue razz taste that I expected, but it isn’t sour or terribly sweet. I’ve tried other blue razz pods that weren’t as good, so this would be a good choice if you really want a blue raspberry flavored pod. It has a pretty nice tartness and candy-like taste. It’s one of the better blue razz pods that I’ve had for the JUUL, and one of the best 4X Pods.
Mango Peach Pineapple: In theory, this sounds like it would be a good flavor. Unfortunately, it was pretty bad. I’m not a big fan of the flavors used, the mango reminds me of the disposable Mango STIG, which I don’t like. It just has a weird taste that reminds me of mold. You can take your chances on this one, but I’m not feeling it.
Strawberry Sour Belt: I love sour e-liquid flavors, but there aren’t as many good ones out there as you’d expect. This flavor has the same pleasant strawberry flavor from their Kiwi Strawberry pod. It’s not a fresh strawberry, but you’ll recognize the taste right away. Instead of kiwi, it’s blended together with a sour candy flavor. It’s not that sour to me, but it does have that gummy taste. It was my second favorite flavor from the entire line.
Sour Gummy: This was a big letdown. I was hoping for this one to taste like sour gummy worms or candy, but it just tasted terrible. I don’t know what they were thinking–I’m not going to rant about how bad it tastes, but I do not recommend this 4X Pod flavor! It doesn’t taste anything like sour candy—I’m not even sure what it’s supposed to taste like.
Blue Blackberry: I don’t even know what a blue blackberry is. In any case, this flavor wasn’t one of my favorites, but it was interesting. I feel like it has a touch of cooling agent which is pretty random for a fruit flavor. It might be worth trying if you’re into berry e-liquids with a slight hint of ice, but it’s not for me.
Raspberry Mint Lemonade: Another strange tasting pod. It wasn’t so terrible, but it’s a pretty weird combination of flavors. It has a unique flavor that I suppose some people might like. I taste the lemonade combined with raspberry and blended with mint. There is a lot of contrast between these flavors, I wonder who thought that was a good idea.
Grape: I don’t know what’s going on with this flavor. Same as Blue Blackberry, it doesn’t say anything about ice on the package, but it has some kind of cooling effect going on. It’s trying to taste like a cold glass of concord grape juice, but it fails. I’ll vape it, but it’s not something I would go out and buy. I prefer the grape flavor from Ziip Pods and Eon Smoke a lot more than this.
Peach: I have yet to try a good peach pod flavor. For some reason, they all have this strange mildew taste that I really don’t like. The Peach 4X Pods are not much better. It’s actually hard for me to vape these pods, I’m going to give them away to a “lucky” friend. I do not recommend them! If you want a tangy fruit flavor, go with the strawberry ones.back to menu ↑
How do 4X Pods work?
4X Pods pop right into the JUUL without any issues. They have your typical rounded mouthpiece, which actually feels pretty comfortable on the lips. I didn’t experience any leaking with the pods over the few days that I was vaping them. The performance was acceptable for an off-brand pod, but not quite as good as the original pods for the JUUL.
If you’re more concerned with nicotine strength than flavor, they are a decent choice. The throat hit isn’t very harsh but you definitely feel a rush of nicotine, especially with the 6.8% nic pods! 4X Pods also offers refillable 0.7 mL replacement pods for liquids and CBD vape oils, their own JUUL battery replacement, and a few e-liquids in 30 mL bottles.back to menu ↑
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FAQ About Juul Compatible Pods
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.back to menu ↑
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.back to menu ↑
The pods performed well compared to other aftermarket pods I’ve tried. However, more than half of the flavors I tried weren’t to my liking. Blue Raspberry, Sour Strawberry Belt Grape and Kiwi Strawberry were the only ones I liked, but even these were just okay—they’re nothing I would run out and buy again anytime soon.
If you’re looking for the highest strength pods possible, then 4X Pods are an option. When it comes to flavor, I would recommend Ziip Pods or SEApods instead. The 4X flavor options are pretty lackluster, but at least you are getting the most nic for your buck.