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I’m actually delighted to bring you this positive review of the Jac Vapour Series-S22 device since my last Jac Vapour review was … well, less than awesome. I think the words I used were “absolute disaster”. And it really was a disaster too.
Thankfully, I have better things to say about the S22 than I did the Wee VIM. (Phew.)
But first, I should let you know that this is my SECOND Jac Vapour Series-S22 review.
Because my first device was faulty – the battery, I think. It had to be. Things went so wrong with it that it was virtually unusable at times, and it got worse after I published the review. But I have a slightly different story to tell you this time around. I kept seeing other reviewers raving about the device, not experiencing the same issues I did, so when Jac Vapour offered me the opportunity to try a second, replacement device I absolutely said yes.
Faulty devices happen. It’s just one of those things. And my tale serves as a lesson — get in touch with the manufacturer or shop if you have a faulty device. In my experience, most of them are more than happy to replace the item or offer a refund.
*Apart from Aspire, but it’s probably best if we don’t get started on their nonexistent customer services.
Just in case you haven’t seen it, you can find the original (faulty | green) Jac Vapour Series-S22 review here.
JAC VAPOUR SERIES-S22 REVIEW — PART 2
I’ll be super honest about a couple of things before I get started …
Firstly, although I’m aware that my first S-22 kit was faulty, I still think there are design issues that won’t change with a replacement. There are little details and features with the tank and battery design that I personally didn’t like, and they’re still going to be there with the replacement.
Secondly, it wise to remember that this is my review, based on what I like/don’t like. I recommend reading a couple of different reviews before making a purchasing decision. What is important to me as a vaper won’t be important to the next person. It’s all subjective.
THINGS THAT CHANGED …
Let’s get started with a few things that changed for the better when I received a replacement S22 for my faulty one.
ELIQUID IN THE MOUTH
I ended up with an awful lot of eliquid in my mouth when I used the first, green Series-S22 kit. It was almost as though the battery wasn’t sending enough power to the tank when I was trying to sub-ohm vape with it, and I’d end up with a half-vape, half-eliquid-in-mouth situation going on. As you can probably imagine, it tasted disgusting.
This doesn’t happen so much now, with the newer (grey) Series-S22 device. It’s not a problem that’s entirely gone away, but it definitely doesn’t happen anywhere near as much as it did with the older, faulty one. Mostly right after refilling, if I’ve not been careful enough.
When my original S22 device worked, I felt like it offered really decent flavour. I actually said:
“I’d give it 5/5 for flavour.”
Because it was so unpredictable, though, I didn’t manage to use it for long enough to really appreciate any of the juices in the tank. It’s also really hard to like a flavour when the juice itself is in your mouth and burning your tongue.
The working second tank allowed me to really get to grips with it, and after trying maybe 10 or 11 different and varied eliquids in there, I can confirm that you really do get decent flavour. I’ve tried the same eliquids in the Vapefly Pixie RDA, the Innokin Scion tank, and the Jac Vapour VIM, and the S22 definitely holds its own.
I’m still giving it 5/5 for flavour.
I couldn’t work out what the problem was with my first kit because I had issues with both the tank and the battery, but my second kit — including the battery — worked exactly as it should have done. It almost seemed as though there wasn’t enough power in the first one to fire up the tank as a sub-ohm device, which in turn (I think) led to a lot of the gurgling, spitting, and eliquid-in-the-mouth situations.
The second one was much more powerful. It was instantly obvious when I fired it up that the first one hadn’t worked right at all. The unfortunate downside of this, of course, was that the second battery died much more quickly when I sub-ohm vaped with it. The first one would last more than a day, but the second doesn’t last me that long, barely a full day. I expected that a bit. When the device works properly, I actually want to (and can) use it!
It seems like a really trivial and petty thing, but not being able to find any information ANYWHERE about the recommended watts for the various Jac Vapour coils bugged the hell out of me. I asked my PR lady in the end, and I think the details have since been added to the website. (I’ll just check … Yep, the details have been added.)
You don’t need to know the recommended watts when you’re using the Series-S22 tank on the kit’s battery, but when you pop the tank on another one, such as the Series-B DNA 75W box, it’s information that sure makes life a lot easier. I had to find the right watts by using plain old trial and error — going up and down to see where it worked and where it didn’t.
THINGS THAT DIDN’T CHANGE …
Sadly, although a few things changed for the better, there were still features and details that I didn’t like. Most of these were to do with the design, and they don’t seem to be massive issues for other vapers. Perhaps I’m just awkward? ??♀️
A STUCK TANK
I still get the tank stuck on certain boxes, but I think I’ve gotten used to the way it works. It’s not as big of a problem now as it was back when I was putting together the first review, so I reckon I’ve got the hang of gripping the very bottom part of the tank before unscrewing. I can’t absentmindedly unscrew it; I need to 100% pay attention.
My Nan had arthritis and she would NOT have found the Series-S22 tank easy to work with.
I also still find myself repeatedly spinning the airflow section around when I should be unscrewing the entire tank. Again, it doesn’t happen quite so often now as it used to, but it is still something that bugs me a bit. It’s not something I’m ever going to really get the hang of — one of those design features I wish I could change.
Continuing with the adjustable airflow, it spins just as easily on the newer tank as it did on the older, faulty one. I’m constantly opening and closing the airflow because it wasn’t in the last place I left it. The smallest little knock seems to move it around, and that’s hella annoying.
A MESSY REFILL
To be honest, I still make quite a mess when I refill the S22 tank sometimes, with both mouth-to-lung [thinner] and sub-ohm [high-VG/thicker] eliquids. As I said in my previous review, it’s all good when you can sit down, take your time and be careful, cotton buds and tissues at the ready, but when you’re on the move life gets real sticky real fast. Because of this, the S22 is a device I tend to use mostly for reviewing eliquids at home, or for when I’m just darting out of the house and won’t be gone for long. I really don’t like filling up the S22 tank on-the-move.
The Jac Vapour VIM is my go-to device for vaping out-and-about … just in case you were interested.
JUST THE ONE COIL
I still don’t like that you only get one coil in the starter kit — a mouth-to-lung one. If you were a sub-ohm vaper or wanted to give sub-ohm vaping a try, you’d need to buy a separate box of five coils … and you might not even like it. I personally think that devices like this one, suitable for both types of vaping, should include one of each coil for the user to try.
No shade, just saying.
A GREAT, SMOOTH VAPE
In the first Jac Vapour Series-S22 review, I said this:
“The tank is amazing. Yes, it’s a bit of a leaky bugger, but it vapes like a bloody dream once you get going with it, with both the sub ohm and mouth-to-lung coils.”
I’d like to take away the bit about it being a “leaky bugger” because I don’t actually think the replacement device has leaked at all really, but I still stand by those words.
The tank is amazing. It does vape like a dream, and it does offer a satisfying vape experience for both sub-ohm and MTL vapers. Nothing has changed there. I just get more continuous use out of the tank with the non-faulty tank. Go figure!
ADDITIONAL THINGS I’VE NOTICED
Eliquid has stained the battery and the tank on both the green [first] and grey [second] devices. If you want my advice, get the black one … and keep it clean. The first one was stained as a result of a leaking tank, but I’ve got no clue how the second one got that way. I can’t recall it ever leaking. The battery part is very obviously discoloured now, though. My grey one looks a bit of a pinky, oil-bleached mess and I’m sad about it.
There are things I don’t like with the design of the Jac Vapour Series-S22, but at least this time around it worked as it should do. The replacement definitely had more power in the battery than the faulty first one, and this meant that the tank worked really well on it. Before, I had to use the tank on other boxes to sub-ohm vape with it.
Would I buy the Jac Vapour Series-S22 again?
I’m going to be super honest with you … No, I wouldn’t. BUT (and this is quite a big but) I would miss it a bit if I broke or lost it, and I will continue to buy replacement coils for it. It’s a blinder for flavour, and actually vaping with it is awesome. I don’t actually have any complaints with the real, working vape experience I got from the S22, both MTL and sub-ohm ways.
Personally, I don’t feel like the S22 is the right device for ME to want to buy a new one if I lost or broke it. I’d be much more inclined to get a VIM or the Series-S17 kit instead. I’m not a very clean refiller, so the awkwardness when filling up the S22 tank puts me off a little. I thought it might be something that I’d get used to (like some of the other stuff), but it does still annoy me that I need tissues or something to wipe away the liquid that ALWAYS builds up on the top of the metal segments in the chamber.
In the last review, I said I wouldn’t have bought it because of the battery. Now that the battery has been replaced, I wouldn’t buy it because it’s not just a device I’m “compatible” with — but it is a much better working device.
Mr best-ecig still loves it, and I also know of at least one other person that uses it as their everyday vape device, which just goes to show that my opinion isn’t the only one. As always, I recommend reading a few reviews before making a purchasing decision. Someone else might absolutely love the features I hate.
Would I recommend the Jac Vapour Series-S22 to you?
Despite my personal thoughts, I do think that the Series-S22 is a good, durable, relatively easy-to-use vape device. It’s great for a beginner in the sense that it can offer both mouth-to-lung and sub-ohm vaping, giving them the opportunity to try both and see which works best. I think the fiddle-factor of refilling, the spinning adjustable airflow, and trying to remove the tank without getting eliquid all over you definitely lets the side down, though. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think it’s very easy, clean or quick to refill/change the coil at all.
- No longer leaks.
- Less gurgling + spitting.
- No eliquid in the mouth.
- Much more battery “oomph”.
- Works better as a sub-ohm device than before.
- Vapes really nicely both ways.
- Amazing flavour.
- Fiddly to refill … still.
- Annoying spinning adjustable airflow.
- I still get the tank stuck on some boxes.
- Only one MTL coil in the box; not one of each coil.
- Device material stains easily.
- Not completely beginner-friendly.
⭐️ Taking everything into consideration, I have decided to increase the rating of the Jac Vapour Series-S22 … but only to 3.5 stars! ⭐️
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HONESTLY POLICY: The old (green) and new (grey) Jac Vapour Series-S22 kits were sent to me by Jac Vapour. I did not pay for these vape products. I was not paid for this HONEST review. All opinions are mine and in no way influenced by affiliate status, store, brand, or manufacturer.