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‘Ello, vapers! What’s going on? Let’s talk about Love Island … Who’s your type on paper? Nah, I’m just kidding with you. I know not everyone loves the show quite like I do, so I’ll just shut up about my shocking TV show preferences and get on with the Jac Vapour Series-S17 review.
The wonderful people at Jac Vapour sent me a few goodies to try — the Series-B DNA 75W video is live on YouTube already. Some of you may have already seen the Series-S22 review, which wasn’t overly positive. I also had the chance to try some of the new Turbo coils and SMOKING eliquids too. One might say I’ve been a little bit spoilt. I feel like the Queen!
ABOUT JAC VAPOUR
I’ve been a massive fan of UK-based Jac Vapour for many years and was super excited to learn more about the Series-S17 kit. The Series-E was once my absolute favourite mouth-to-lung device, and I really loved the older, 510 vape pens too. I wasn’t as enthralled by the Series-S22 kit, but I can’t be expected to love everything.
I also love Jac Vapour juices, particularly the tobacco ones. Again, a few of them became go-to mouth-to-lung eliquids over the years, and I’ve still got some of the old bottles with just a dribble of liquid left in the bottom. I’m a vape hoarder. I can’t throw anything away just in case I need it one day. I never need it, but I still can’t throw it away. Who else is like that? (I really hope it’s not just me!)
JAC VAPOUR SERIES-S17 – IN THE BOX
You get everything you need to get started in the box:
- Top Fill S17 tank
- MTL 1.0-ohm coil
- 900mAh battery
- USB charger
- Instruction manual
The entire device, tank on battery, is just over 12.5cm long. It’s less than 2cm across. I have no idea how much it weighs, but it’s not a light and flimsy device. It’s got a little weight to it.
JAC VAPOUR SERIES-S17 REVIEW
It’s quite an unassuming device, too. It could be a vape pen. It could just be a chunky writing pen. Jac Vapour sent me the black one, but you can also get it in silver and pink too. I’m happy with black; that’s the one I would have bought for myself. I also couldn’t seem to find a way to actually buy the pink or silver one on the website when I looked. It only gave me the option to buy a black one. Maybe I’m not looking hard enough?
I spoke to one of the very nice people at Jac Vapour who told me that the bright pink one is no longer available, but there are two brand new colour options to choose from. One is grey and pink and the other new one is a slate/orange combo.
As well as looking good, the Series-S17 also feels good, with a matte, soft-touch finish. I like that it’s not all metal (although I think the silver one is), so it’s not cold first thing in the morning, and it doesn’t slide out of your hand when you don’t grip it right. (Silly little things, but stuff I’ve noticed with other, shiny/metal vape pens.)
I haven’t ever tried the bottom-fill version of this, so I can’t compare. Just in case that’s what you were hoping for. I’ll get things started by telling you what I really liked about the Series-S17 tank, though:
CHANGEABLE DRIP TIPS
Right, are you ready for this? There are 3 sizes of Series-S TF (Top Fill) mouth tip/drip tips: narrow, medium, and wide. They’re £1.49 to buy individually and the kit included the 17mm one — medium.
Jac Vapour sent me all three sizes to try out. I like the narrow one for MTL vaping and the wide one for sub-ohm vaping. The medium one is … lost. (Don’t tell JV that, though.)
If that wasn’t quite enough for you, you can also buy a 510 drip tip adaptor for £1.99. I super-duper loved this — I took the entire mouthpiece off, screwed the drip tip adaptor on, and then used the metal tip that came with the really old 510 Twist kits for MTL vaping. Yes, I know it’s old, okay. I just really like that one. I also really like to use my S17 tank with the drip tip adaptor and mouth tip that came with the Geni Aero Tank (Series-E).
There’s literally a mouth tip for everyone.
I’m always more surprised when vape devices or tanks don’t have a changeable airflow these days. Not that I ever change mine. I just find my sweet spot and leave it there. The Series-S17 one is quite stiff. Not so stiff that you can’t move it with ease, but it can’t be easily moved by accident. That’s a big tick for me. I can’t stand tanks that have a really smooth airflow spinny-bit because I always close it off by accident and don’t realise until I try and vape with it.
CUTE LITTLE WINDOW
I know being “cute” isn’t important, but I like the window. You can easily see how much juice is in the tank. Nothing has ever leaked out of it. It’s set back a bit from the main part of the tank, meaning that it didn’t smash when I accidentally dropped it on the path outside my house …
NOW FOR THE THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE JAC VAPOUR SERIES-S17 …
I had the same problem when I tried to fill the S-17 tank or change the coil that I had with the S-22 — the bit that you need to grab to unscrew the tank from the battery is just too small. There have been a few occasions where I’ve accidentally unscrewed the tank chamber from the coil-section rather than the entire tank from the battery, and this has left me covered in whatever juice was in the tank. If that doesn’t happen, the airflow bit constantly spins and I don’t unscrew anything at all. I just need to make sure I’ve got a really good grip on the right bit before I unscrew anything, which does make refilling and changing take a bit longer sometimes.
I didn’t really have any of the vaping problems with the S-17 kit that I had with the S-22 kit. (You can find that review here.) The only time it gurgled or spat at me was when I’d slightly overfilled it, or had only just filled it up and hadn’t wiped the top bit off properly.
The only real gripe I have about filling the Series S-17 is that it has the same kind of build that the S-22 has, making it a bit on the messy side. There’s a metal structure just beneath where you would insert your bottle top. If the liquid hits the top of the metal structure rather than falling down into the tank below, it all builds up and squidges out when you then screw the top back on, unless you clean it with a cotton bud or cloth/tissue first. I have learned to be a bit more careful when filling, but I do still make a mess from time to time.
This is a 1.8ml tank and that 0.2ml makes all the bloomin’ difference! When I’m testing a new eliquid and getting a bit vape-happy, I can refill this damn thing two to four times in the space of an hour.
Why would you take that 0.2ml away from us, Jac Vapour? Honestly, I’m half tempted to mark you down a point for that. Pfffft.
There are so many coil options, I don’t even really know where to start. The device is both sub-ohm and mouth-to-lung compatible and works damn spectacularly well with both. I’ll start things off by talking about the MTL coils.
When I first received the Series-S17 kit, I also received a pack of 5 x 1.0-ohm mouth-to-lung coils, a pack of 5 x 1.0-ohm sub-ohm (DL or direct-to-lung) coils, and a pack of 5 x 0.5-ohm sub-ohm coils. They are all “S-Coils”.
Just a few days ago, I also managed to get my hands on the brand new coils released by Jac Vapour — “Turbo S-Coils”, a pack each of 5 x 0.7-ohm and 0.42-ohm coils. I thought these were sub-ohm coils at first, and I’m sure many others would think the same. They are NOT sub-ohm coils. They are mouth-to-lung coils. I’ll talk about the newer Turbo coils another time. They deserve a blog post all of their own.
HOW LONG DO THE 1.0-OHM S-COILS LAST?
The 1.0-ohm MTL coils (12-18 watts) lasted me FOREVER. Like, a seriously impressive amount of time. I actually think I used the same coil with various NET tobacco juices for about 6 or 7 weeks. Perhaps even longer than that? I’m used to changing MTL coils after around 4 weeks, so I definitely found these ones lasted longer than others. I’ve also worked through an entire pack of 5 coils and haven’t found a faulty one yet.
A pack of 5 x 1.0-ohm S-Coils is £9.99. If each coil lasts for 5, 6 or 7 weeks, depending on the juice, that one pack of coils is going to last you a really long time. Almost every bit of vape kit that I’ve been sent or purchased from Jac Vapour has lasted a really long time, and that’s why I’ve always got a JV device on the go. I can’t think of a time in my vaping life, apart from before I discovered the brand, that I haven’t regularly used something from them, whether it was/is the Series-E, the S-17, the DNA 75W box mod, or the eliquids.
WHAT ABOUT FLAVOUR?
These coils offer up really great flavour. The Series-S17 kit + 1.0-ohm MTL coil + NET tobacco eliquid is my absolute favourite MTL combo right now. As much as I love sub-ohm vaping, I can’t let go of MTL. I always reach for it when I’m stressed — those times when I would once have had a real cigarette instead.
There are two types of DTL (sub-ohm) S-Coils — 0.5-ohm (20-30 watts) and 1.0-ohm (18-24 watts). They’re both pretty good, but I prefer the 0.5-ohm ones. I think they give better flavour and more vapour, which is what I want from a sub-ohm device + high-VG juice.
The 1.0-ohm coils aren’t bad, but I feel they would be better suited to sub-ohm beginners. I haven’t used as many of them because I felt the flavour was muted when compared to the 0.5-ohm coil and other tanks/coils, but I think that’s to be expected. I’d offer a beginner the 1.0-ohm coil to test the waters. Everyone who’s ever sub-ohm vaped for the first time in front of me has coughed up a lung, but I reckon the 1.0-ohm would be slightly easier to manage.
Like a sub-ohm vape with stabilisers … Does that even make sense?
HOW LONG DO THE 0.5-OHM & 1.0-OHM DL S-COILS (SUB-OHM) LAST?
I’ve used maybe two or three of the 1.0-ohm DTL S-Coils, and all of the 0.5-ohm ones (5-pack). I don’t really think I can give an “expert” opinion on the higher ones, but the lower ones, just like the MTL coils, lasted an impressive length of time.
I used the first 0.5-ohm coil for three or four weeks before I changed it, not because it tasted bad and was coming to the end of its life, but because I’d used so much of the same juice in there I ran out of the bottle and wanted to taste-test something else.
The second one didn’t last quite that long — about three weeks, and the third and fourth one was around three or four weeks also. Compared to other stock sub-ohm coils, these ones offer value for money. I’m used to switching mine out every two or three weeks, and even quicker with gloopy juices.
I’ll start with the button: it’s easy to find with your thumb or finger but doesn’t stick out too much that it goes off in your pocket by accident. Click the button five times fast to lock it/turn it on and off. This prevents it from going off in your pocket. (I NEVER remember to do this with ANY of my vapes. I’m a bloody nightmare for it.)
It’s got a decent click to it. This never used to be a ‘thing’ for me, but after the really annoying clicky button on the Vapor Storm Subverter box mod, it’s become something that I actively pay attention to. Is that dumb? Hey, I guess we all like what we like, right?
There is a thin strip light on both sides of the button, which I feel is a cool little touch. There is just one line on the Series-S22 battery and it sits directly beneath the button. The way that I held the device meant that I always covered the light when I vaped. I wouldn’t know if the battery was running low because I couldn’t see it. With the dual lights on the S17, it doesn’t matter which way you hold or use the vape pen, you always see what colour the light is and the light itself.
The lights are green when you have plenty of battery, and turn red when you need to plug it in.
The USB hole is placed so that you don’t need to lie it down when you charge it up, which encourages leakages.
You can also use it as a pass-thru — vaping whilst charging.
SO, HOW LONG DOES THE BATTERY LAST?
The S17 kit comes with a 900mAh battery, which will last considerably longer MTL than sub-ohm. As an MTL device, I probably got about 8 to 10 hours of use out of it. I could charge it up in the morning, use it throughout the day (as a fairly “regular” vaper and occasional chain-puffer), and not need to charge it up until later on that evening. There were a few less frequent vape days that I managed to spread the battery out over close to two “working” days.
You could get away with having just one battery if this were your first vape kit and you didn’t want to spend a small fortune.
I didn’t get anywhere close to 8 or 9 hours out of a fully-charged battery with sub-ohm vaping. This tank and coil combo is pretty epic for flavour (I think), so I tend to use it a lot when I test out new juices. In turn, this means that I will CANE a tank of juice in no time at all, chain-puffing on the device. I would get 3 hours or so of use from the battery with regular — almost constant — vaping. If you were at work and couldn’t vape that frequently, the battery would last a lot longer, obviously.
I do think that the S17 battery is quite beasty. I rarely use a vape pen for sub-ohm vaping because I don’t find that the battery lasts long enough or provides enough oomph, but this one has become a staple bit of kit in my ‘reviewing regime’.
JAC VAPOUR SERIES-S17 REVIEW – CONCLUSION
I took the loss of the Series-E kit pretty hard, but I was smart enough to stock up on coils and cheap kits before the TPD came in and screwed everything up. I still have a few of those coils left, and one tank still in the box and unused, but I haven’t found myself using the old kit at all since the Series-S17 came into my life. This might just be the perfect substitute. It was about time. I started to panic as my old-stock-stash was running low.
I love the way the Jac Vapour Series-S17 works; no frills or fusses, nothing complex or intimidating. It’s just a very simple vape pen and one that works too. I actually think this is probably what the Apollo OHM Go vape pen should have been like, except that was a massive disaster.
Would I buy the Jac Vapour Series-S17 again? Yes, and I will most certainly buy coils for it when my stash runs out. There are a few niggly annoyances, but you will rarely find me without this in my hand now. I think it might be love!
Would I recommend that Jac Vapour Series-S17 kit to you? 100% yes. Whether you’re a beginner or not, I think this device has a lot to offer. Although mostly designed for MTL (I think), it is a really great sub-ohm device. You could make the transition from smoking to mouth-to-lung vaping, and them MTL to sub-ohm (or both), without needing to buy another device.
⭐ I’m giving it 5/5 stars. I use it every day! ⭐
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*Prices & information correct at time of writing.
HONESTY POLICY: The Jac Vapour Series-S17 Kit + accessories were sent to me by Jac Vapour for a review. I did not pay for these vape products. I was not paid for my HONEST review. All opinions are mine and in no way influenced by the store, brand, or manufacturer.