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Hello, vapers, how’s life? I think it’s about time for another review, and I decided that the Jac Vapour Series-S22 review was about ready for you to take a peek at. It’s been a while in the making, lots of hastily scribbled notes on lots of little scraps of paper, and I bring to you both good news and bad.
You’re here for the honesty, right?
This review has been updated. My first Series-S22 device from Jac Vapour was faulty, so I was sent a replacement. Continue to read the original, faulty review, or click here to read the new, not-faulty device review.
Jac Vapour sent me an array of lovely new vape toys to play with, including the Series-S17 kit, the Series-B DNA 75W box, Bryn’s Special Sauce Sour Blue Sorbet, and this: the Jac Vapour Series-S22 kit. It looks like a great little kit, especially in that brilliant green colour, but does it live up to the standards set by previous Jac Vapour products? Let’s see …
JAC VAPOUR SERIES-S22
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One of the first things that caught my attention on the website was the “Standout Features” which include:
- All day battery
- Small in size
- Tough construction
- Beginner friendly
- Quick to fill tank
- Resistance on the draw
It’s marketed as a great kit for beginners, suitable for both MTL (mouth-to-lung) and DL (direct-to-lung/sub-ohm) vaping. Essentially, you could buy this as your first kit to help you quit smoking (it was featured in Public Health England’s 2018 Stop Smoking campaign), using the MTL coil, and then branch out and get experimental with the sub-ohm coil later on, should you want to. You’re getting the best of both worlds … theoretically.
You can get the kit in four colours: grey, navy, green, and black. I got the green one, obviously. I probably wouldn’t have bought that colour myself, because I’m a generic black/silver kinda gal, but Mister best-ecig was obsessed with it.
Source: bestecig / Instagram
Quite a few people complimented the device on Instagram too.
✔️ It looks great, we’ll give it a great big tick for that.
You get the following in the box:
- Series-S22 battery – 2600mAh
- Series-S22 tank (top fill)
- 1 x 1.0-ohm coil (for MTL vaping)
- USB charger
- Instructional manual
❗You do not get the sub ohm coils in the kit box, so if you want to try it as a sub ohm device, you’ll need to buy them separately.
One thing I will say about Jac Vapour is that they have a bit of sense of humour in their instruction manuals. They make funnies from time to time. It’s better than your average, boring user manual anyway. Standing out is important in the saturated vape market, and I always chuckle away to myself as I make my way through the instructions. (I totally read them and not skim them, I promise … )
✔️ I’ll give them another big tick for the funny user manual.
You’ve got a few safety features to speak of, including high amp draw protection, battery vents, short circuit protection, and overcharge protection. This kind of thing is what I would EXPECT to see on my vape nowadays. There’s no need for the device NOT to have that kind of safety/protection stuff.
✔️ But yeah, let’s give them another tick for the safety stuff.
JAC VAPOUR SERIES-S22 REVIEW
Right, this is going to be quite a long review so you might want to go and grab yourself a cup of tea. Why? Because I decided to review the device in two sections.
Again, why? Because I liked one half considerably more than I liked the other half, and that disappointed me no end.
Are you ready? I’m about to get bitchy.
(P.S. Nothing personal, Jac Vapour; you know I love you. I just always promised to be honest!)
The tank is made of stainless steel and glass. The entire device feels nice in my hand. Nice and heavy, but not too heavy. Durable. Definitely bash-proof — I’ve bashed it. (Not deliberately, obviously.) Not too big or small, just kinda in the middle; the Jac Vapour Series-S22 is the Goldilocks of vape devices, size-wise, for me. It fits nicely in my hand, feels heavy enough to be a durable and reliable device, but isn’t overly intimidating.
Let’s start with a few things I DIDN’T like:
TANK + SUB-OHM COIL
👎 The tank got stuck on pretty much every battery I used it on. When I tried to unscrew the entire tank from a/any battery, the main bulk of the tank would unscrew, but the bottom wouldn’t — the bit with the coil attached. This meant that I would end up with eliquid all over myself. Even more embarrassingly, this happened three or four times. You know, because I didn’t learn enough the first or second time.
If the bottom part with the coil attached didn’t get stuck to the battery, I found myself repeatedly turning the air hole chamber bit and not unscrewing anything at all. It feels like that base-bit — the bit with the coil attached, that also attaches to the box/device — isn’t quite big enough to get a grip on it with your fingers when you’re trying to unscrew it.
I have found that pushing down when I unscrew helps. Maybe that’s how you’re meant to do it…?
*Scrambles around for instruction manual.*
👎 Moving on from that, I found that it didn’t matter how many times I unscrewed and screwed the (original Series-S22) mouthpiece section, tightening or loosening, the liquid would seem to pull through. There were a few occasions that I ended up with eliquid on my lips, and it also went into my mouth. I think there’s a reason for this:
When you refill, there are metal sections in the centre of the tank that you need to try and avoid getting liquid on. If you accidentally get some of your juice on those metal sections it just sits there, not falling down into the main chamber. When you screw the mouthpiece on, the liquid still doesn’t fall down. When you inhale, the liquid ends up getting pulled through, either into the mouthpiece or around where it screws into the tank.
If you are careful with your refilling, this doesn’t happen. It means that the tank CAN BE quite tricky/fiddly to refill though, especially if you’re on the move. What they say on the back of the box about being able to “re-fill in under 20 seconds” is crap. Sorry, but it is. I find myself giving those metal bits and threading a good wipe with a cotton bud before I screw the mouthpiece on these days, and I also clean the underside of the plastic mouthpiece too. If you don’t wipe it down OR make sure that the eliquid is NOT clinging to the inner metal bits, it congeals around the underside of the mouthpiece.
Continuing on with the liquid-in-mouth business, I find myself having to flick eliquid out of the mouthpiece quite a lot sometimes. Only sometimes though, and it does tell you that you might need to do this in the instruction manual. I remember reading that bit. It doesn’t happen all the time. I assume it has something to do with how carefully I drip the liquid into the tank/wipe it down.
👎 I had a hard time finding information on recommended wattages. You know how some coils have the information etched on the side of the coil itself? The Jac Vapour Series-S sub-ohm 0.5-ohm coils do not have that. I couldn’t find any information on the recommended wattages for the different coils on the box either.
I find that information super helpful. Like, when I used the Series-S22 tank on the Jac Vapour Series-B DNA 75W, I wasn’t sure what wattage I should vape at. I went with 30 watts. It seemed to work pretty well.
I also vaped at 30-35 watts on the Vapour2 Trinity box (which I still LOVE by the way). I actually think the Series-S22 tank looks adorably cute on the Vapour2 Trinity box. Odd, but cute.
Anyway, how am I meant to know what watts to vape the different coils at?
👎 Finally (I think), the turny-round bit that controls how open/closed the air hole is, turns too easily for my liking. I’m forever closing it up by accident.
All that is annoying, yes, but not annoying enough to make me stop using it. The S22 tank itself is decent, I very much enjoy vaping with it, but it’s not perfect. Neither am I. Whaddya do?
The tank is £18.99 on its own (without the battery/kit).
There is a bottom-fill version for £12.99 too. I have not tried this version.
There are various adaptors — drip tips, top fill accessory upgrades, etc. I’m still working out what all of my bits and pieces do/where they fit. There are so many bits.
TANK + MOUTH-TO-LUNG COIL
I did quite like the tank with the mouth-to-lung coil in it, and I actually found that it leaked less too. I didn’t like using it MTL-style with the larger mouthpiece/drip tip, but I figured out that one of the weird and wonderful looking additional accessories enabled me to use drip tips from other devices on the S22 tank, so I opted for the drip tip that came with my old Jac Vapour 510 Twist kit. (It’s ancient, I know.) The drip tip is still in excellent condition, as is the rest of the vape device — a pen-style one that STILL works, despite being three or four years old, perhaps even older than that.
As a mouth-to-lung device, the S22 tank + MTL 1.0-ohm coil + S22 battery is a pretty decent combo, AND a simple one too — screw the coil in, screw tank to the battery, drip in liquid, attach mouthpiece/drip tip, and away you go. Well, once you’ve left your new coil to prime for long enough, obviously. (And wiped away some of that excess liquid stuck on the inner metal tank bits.)
It vapes works really well as an MTL device. Really, really well. I think the tank + 1.0-ohm MTL coil deliver plenty of flavour and a decent amount of vapour too. In some cases, with gruffer eliquids, I would even go as far as to say that there was almost a little too much power. I found myself closing off the air-flow and seeking out a lesser-strength eliquid to vape with. Drake’s Eliquid – Burley was a prime example of this. I don’t mind this juice in other devices, but it just seemed a little TOO burley in the S-22 device.
You’ll notice that I don’t talk a lot about using the Series-S22 tank on the battery that came with the kit when using it as a sub ohm device. That’s because I didn’t use it a lot.
Because I think it’s a glorified mouth-to-lung device and NOT good enough for the tank that comes with it, when you want to use it as a sub ohm device.
I know. Brutal, right? 😱
I’m sorry, and I really don’t mean to be a grade-A bitch about this, but I don’t think there’s enough power in this battery to offer maximum results from the Series-S22 tank with a sub ohm coil. I use the tank (with sub ohm coil) on other devices regularly. Despite the leaking and occasional ejuice mess, I think it’s one of the best tanks I’ve used in a while, in terms of both flavour and vapour production. I have put up with leaking and occasional ejuice mess, even though I have other cleaner, easier-to-use tanks in my collection. It’s because I like the Series-S22 tank. I would go as far as to say that I LOVE the tank. Yes, even with the problems, I still love it. Madness, right?
The battery, on the other hand, not so much.
Let’s get to the specifics:
- Five click lock
- 2600 mAh capacity battery
- Power – unregulated 3.1v – 4.2v (3.7v nominal)
- Minimum resistance – 0.50hm
- Mouth-to-lung & sub-ohm compatible
- Pass thru functionality
I managed to get more vapour and flavour from the smaller Series-S17 kit when I used it as a sub ohm device than I did from the Series-S22 tank on the battery that came with the kit. For real. The smaller S17 kit specifically states that it is designed more for mouth-to-lung vaping, with occasional, testing-the-waters usage with a sub-ohm coil. The Series-S22 is designed to be the bigger sub-ohm-suitable device, isn’t it? That’s what I thought, but as a sub ohm device, I found it really disappointing.
I also managed to get a TRUCKLOAD more vapour and flavour from the S22 tank when I switched it from the S22 battery to the Series-B DNA 75W. At 30-35 watts it vaped like a dream. If I were to compare the two, I would say that the S22 battery only offered up a fraction of it’s bigger cousin — 10 watts, perhaps? It wasn’t enough. There wasn’t enough power. The vapour production was pathetic with the Series-S22 tank (+ sub ohm coil) on the battery.
👎 I didn’t like the placement of the battery/LED light. If you’re a thumb-presser you’ll cover the LED light as you push the button. You won’t see that it’s flashing red until you move your thumb away from the power button.
👎 I also didn’t like the USB hole being at the bottom of the device. You can’t stand the battery up when you’re charging it, which means you need to take the tank off every time you charge it. If you lie it down to plug the USB charger in, the tank doesn’t appreciate being left on its side and then leaks.
Mister best-ecig seemed to really enjoy using the S22 tank and battery together as a mouth-to-lung device, with the MTL 1.0-ohm coil. He used it for a while too, not giving up smoking entirely, but certainly cutting down a lot. These were his thoughts:
“I like the green.”
“Yeah, it’s nice. I like it.”
He’s a man of many words …
To make up for his lack of words, I’d like to say this: the Jac Vapour Series-S22 kit (tank + battery together) is the device that has held his attention the longest. He’s dallied with a few of them, some of which he’s quite liked. This one is his favourite out of everything I’ve reviewed so far. I had to ‘steal’ it back just to review it.
Using it as an MTL device, the Jac Vapour Series-S22 gave me at least three days of pretty regular use. That’s impressive. I would have predicted around 28 hours for 2,800mAh. That’s not an exact science but based on previous devices/batteries and how much they have given me.
Even as a sub ohm device, the Series-S22 battery DID offer up impressive usage times. To be fair, it didn’t deliver enough power (for me), so it kinda redeemed itself by lasting over a day before it needed recharging.
JAC VAPOUR SERIES-S22 REVIEW – CONCLUSION
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 get great vapour production from it, and I think the flavour is pretty awesome too. I’d give it 5/5 for flavour. Almost as good, if not as good, as the Aspire Cleito EXO tank. That one was my favourite for flavour before this one came along.
Vapour production is really decent too. I very much enjoy using the S22 tank + 0.5-ohm Series-S coil on the Series-B DNA 75W box, rather than the S22 battery. I’m currently vaping Pocket Fuel’s Cherry Pie in that combo, at 35.2 watts. You’ll be happy to know that there is plenty of vapour and oodles of cherry-flavoured goodness.
To me, the S22 tank is much better suited to the Series-B DNA 75W if you want to use it as a sub ohm device.
The S22 tank is great (albeit occasionally gungey) on the S22 battery for an MTL device.
The battery, in my opinion, is just not that powerful. Mister best-ecig loved it as his MTL vape but did complain of bubbling and eliquid in his mouth on occasion. I’m an “experienced” MTL vaper (and a relatively experienced sub ohm vaper too) and I just didn’t find the battery provided enough oomph, especially when there was a sub ohm coil in the tank. I was really disappointed.
Would I buy the Jac Vapour Series-S22 again? The battery? No. The tank? Yes, absolutely. I’d buy sub ohm coils for it again too. It’s not my favourite MTL device, but Mister best-ecig really liked it as one. I’ll let you make your own mind up.
Would I recommend the Jac Vapour Series-S22 to you? I would recommend the tank to you even with the occasional liquid-gunge problem. I love the way it vapes and I love the flavour it produces too, but I don’t think it’s as easy for beginners as it says on the box, especially with the design of the inner metal bits of the tank. Also: I definitely don’t think it’s as quick to fill as they say it is. Despite all that, it’s still a jolly good tank and one that I’m puffing away on as I type.
The battery? Nah. It’s no more than a glorified vape pen-style battery, I think. It’s definitely not powerful enough to get the most out of the tank it’s designed to be used with, with a sub ohm coil.
⭐️ The rating for this Jac Vapour Series-S22 review?
3 stars out of 5 ⭐️
This device showed a lot of promise, but I don’t think it lived up to the standards that I’m used to seeing from Jac Vapour products. I’ve used and reviewed a lot of their earlier stuff. None of them have leaked or gunged-up like this one has. None of them have been as fiddly or messy as this one has. I’m still using the Series-E now, after stocking up pre-TPD, but I can’t imagine myself using the S22 battery much, especially for sub ohm vaping.
The tank, yes.
The battery, no.
As an MTL device, it’s not bad. I own easier and quicker MTL devices to refill/piece together, however, and the occasional leaking/gunging DID put me off a little after a while.
I’m sorry, Jac Vapour, but this one hasn’t captured my heart 💔
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*Prices & information correct at time of writing.
HONESTY POLICY: The Jac Vapour Series-S22 Kit was sent to me by Jac Vapour for the purposes of 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.