Thursday , 17 October 2019
Jac Vapour Wee VIM Review

Jac Vapour Wee VIM Review

[AD - Gifted by Jac Vapour] I would like to start my Jac Vapour Wee VIM review by saying that I don’t feel like it’s much of a review at all. You’ll understand why as you read through, but I don’t think I was able to really test the device. This is the story of what happened when I attempted to give the Wee VIM a run for its money, but I’ll include links to other [more positive] reviews right at the bottom. Just because I had a crappy experience doesn’t mean that everyone will, and I think it’s…

Review Overview

My Score:

Disastrous.

Summary : I much preferred the overall design of the Wee VIM over the original VIM, but that’s unfortunately where the good stuff ends. This Jac Vapour Wee VIM review was fraught with disaster from the very beginning, and I was more than a little frustrated by the time I finally gave up …

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I would like to start my Jac Vapour Wee VIM review by saying that I don’t feel like it’s much of a review at all. You’ll understand why as you read through, but I don’t think I was able to really test the device. This is the story of what happened when I attempted to give the Wee VIM a run for its money, but I’ll include links to other [more positive] reviews right at the bottom. Just because I had a crappy experience doesn’t mean that everyone will, and I think it’s only right that a customer reads all sorts of reviews — positive and negative — before making a purchasing decision. 

Jac Vapour Wee VIM and VIM

ABOUT JAC VAPOUR 

I’ve got a lot of history with Jac Vapour. They were one of the first UK brands I discovered when I returned from my international travels a few years back, and I’ve been using Jac Vapour devices and vaping Jac Vapour eliquid regularly since. There are many devices in the collection that I can recommend to you, the Series-S17 being just one of them, and that why it makes me a little sad to share this negative Jac Vapour Wee VIM review with you.

You’ve probably guessed from the star rating that things aren’t all smooth-sailing. 

My journey with the original VIM by Jac Vapour was pretty up and down as well, to be honest, but it all ended on a positive note — and with a positive rating. I’m still using the device regularly, recommending it to both new and veteran vapers, and relying on it to taste-test the eliquids that make their way to my door. That’s why I was so excited to start working on this review when the smaller device turned up — I genuinely thought I‘d love the dinky one in the same way I loved its bigger brother. 

Sadly, that wasn’t the case. 

Jac Vapour Wee VIM Review 3

We just didn’t ‘gel’. Like, at all. I was super excited to get started with it, tore open the packaging as fast as I could once it arrived, and then all the excitement and buzz fizzled out pretty quickly. 

I bet you’re wondering what happened?

We’ll get to it. 

JAC VAPOUR WEE VIM – IN THE BOX

You get everything you need to start vaping in the box — 

  • Wee VIM device [900mAh battery]
  • USB charging lead
  • Instruction manual

Wee VIM Device

Size — H: 70mm x W: 21mm x L:38mm

For the record, it’s not *actually* that much smaller than the original VIM (H: 76mm x W: 20mm x L:40.5mm).

The £14.99 starter kit also includes a pack of 3 pods, in either SMOKING Tobacco, SMOKING Tobacco Menthol, Blackcurrant Squash, or Strawberry Chew flavours. All pods contain 18mg nicotine salts-based eliquid. 

PRICE

You can’t really argue with that price for the starter kit AND three pods — the recommended retail price is £26.98, so you’re virtually getting the lot for half price. The pods are 2ml each, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but they’re filled with nicotine salts-based eliquid; they’re designed to be used less frequently while still giving you the same nicotine hit. 

Vim & Wee VIM Menthol Tobacco Nicotine Salts Pods

A 2ml tank of regular tobacco eliquid in any device *could* last me a day if I stretch it out, but I’ve managed to make a full 2ml tank of nicotine salts eliquid last for a couple of days in the bigger VIM. I just don’t find myself reaching for the device as often. 

Bearing that in mind, I predicted that a pre-filled pod would last me at least one day, possibly two, depending on the performance of the Wee VIM. £14.99 could potentially get you the device and at least three to five days worth of vaping. You also have the option to add on an additional box of three pods for £4.49 (RRP £9.99).

DESIGN/APPEARANCE 

It took me a little while to get used to the original VIM by Jac Vapour, but once I had, it became a vape device I just couldn’t live without. I might put it down from time to time to try and review a different device, but I always come back to it.

The Wee VIM, on the other hand, was too small for me, and I’ve got really small hands. I did like the design, though. It’s a super discreet little device that would have made a great throw-in-my-pocket vape, and I would like to make a few ‘first impressions’ points before I continue. 

Wee VIM Base

Firstly, I think the Wee VIM device feels much more plasticky than the original VIM. I know the whole point of the smaller one is to be smaller, cheaper, lighter, etc., but I didn’t expect the Wee VIM to feel quite so … plastic? Light? I’m not sure. I just think the VIM feels like a much more durable, hardy, and high quality device out of the two. 

The Wee VIM isn’t shockingly plastic, but it’s not quite of the same high-quality that you get with the bigger VIM. It doesn’t feel as nice, ya know? 

Jac Vapour Wee VIM Top View and Button

Secondly, I actually think that the design of the Wee VIM is better. I prefer the button placement, and I think the USB hole is in a better place. Admittedly, you’re still covering the light with your thumb when you press the button, so you won’t be able to see what colour it is, but I can let that go. I soon forgot about that little ‘problem’ with the original VIM. 

WEE VIM REVIEW 

My first impressions of the device were overall pretty good, but then things went horribly wrong. And when I tell you that I must have tried about a hundred times with the Wee VIM, I actually mean I must have tried literally a hundred times to get something good going. 

This is what happened when I tried to use it … 

Wee VIM and Leaking Pod

ON ARRIVAL 

Before I’d even managed to piece things together and fire up the device, I had a major catastrophe. Almost all of the pods that came with my kit had exploded in their plastic wrappers. The eliquid was on the outside of the pod/tank (whatever you want to call it), and the two that I did open just poured out all over my lap.

All three Blackcurrant Squash pods in the box were unusable. I did try to give them a shot, but there was eliquid all over. It got into all sorts of places in the device itself, and I had to leave my empty Wee VIM to dry out for a couple of days before I felt brave enough to use it again. It was properly saturated with eliquid at one point.

Wee VIM Leaking Pod in Plastic

I did manage to salvage two of the three pods in the Tobacco Menthol box, but as you’re probably aware if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, menthol flavours really aren’t my thing.

I was essentially left to review the device with a pod flavour I already knew I wouldn’t like.

DAY THREE

On day three, once I was sure the Wee VIM had sufficiently dried out, I gave it another try. I didn’t realise that you could use the tank from the original, larger VIM in the newer, smaller model originally, but it was one of the things I learned as I had a peek around the Jac Vapour website.

I grabbed my VIM, unscrewed the tank, emptied it, washed it, changed the coil, and filled it up with Totem Eliquid’s Strawberry Rhubarb Meringue 50/50 6mg. Instead of screwing the tank into the VIM, though, I popped it into the Wee VIM. 

It fit in nicely. That was a good start. But that’s where all the good stuff ends. Despite having a completely full charge — I’d literally just unplugged it — the Wee VIM started acting like the battery was dead. It would fire up for a second, but then the light on the button would flash red and everything would power down. No vape. No lights. Nada. I definitely couldn’t get a proper vape inhale out of it. 

Unscrewing the tank again, I realised that eliquid had filled the bottom of the inside of the chamber, where the little pins stand up. The pins were also a bit wonky. I’m not sure if this is normal. I can’t see what other people’s pins look like, or whether or not they are as off-to-one-side as mine are. 

Wee VIM Inside Chamber and Pins

Huffing and grumbling to myself, I cleaned everything up, emptied the tank, made sure the coil was in the tank properly, refilled the tank, and then screwed everything back together. 

The same thing happened … again. 

This is getting boring now. 

WEEK TWO 

I’m going to be honest with you folks, I got really annoyed with the Wee VIM not working. Between the explodey-leaky pods and the leaking tank, I was starting to wonder if all the hassle was worth it. But, I had a review to do, so I tried to power on. 

I tried another pod. It leaked into the chamber and the device wouldn’t work … again.

Jac Vapour Wee VIM Tank in Device Close up

I cleaned the original VIM’s tank, again. Then, I inserted a brand new coil. I grabbed some cotton buds and gave the inside of the Wee VIM’s tank chamber a good clean, and I made sure that no eliquid was seeping out of the tank. I couldn’t work out why the leak happened before, or where it was coming from. It wasn’t something that happened with the bigger VIM, but the tank seemed to pour out with eliquid every time it was connected to the smaller model. 

Anyway, after all of those safety precautions, exactly the same thing happened again. The Wee VIM powered up for a second, spluttered like it was running out of battery, and then refused to work. And it did that over and over again, despite being properly charged up. I watched it like a hawk while it was plugged in, waiting for the red light to turn green. It was most definitely fully charged. 

I would just like to remind you that, at this point, I’d disposed of four pods that were faulty before I had the chance to use them, two full tanks of eliquid, and two coils, and I still hadn’t yet managed to get a full puff out of the Wee VIM. I mean, we’re not really off to a flying start, are we? 

WEEK SIX

The Wee VIM sat on my shelf, forgotten about, for a good four or five weeks before I realised I hadn’t yet gotten around to actually reviewing it. So, once again, I repeated the process — cleaning, new coil, new eliquid, checking connections, making sure there were no leaks, etc.  

Guess what?

The same thing happened again.

One or two seconds of power and then total shut-out. It’s actually a little laughable at this stage. 

Wee VIM No Tank or Pod Inside

I unscrewed the tank from the Wee VIM, wiped all of the eliquid down, grabbed the larger VIM, inserted the tank and tried to vape. Everything worked just fine. No leaks. No cutting off two seconds after powering up. Zero problems.

The VIM’s tank just doesn’t like the smaller Wee VIM, it really doesn’t. 

Back on the shelf it goes. I can’t keep wasting coils or eliquid like this, especially when I’m trying to review a flavour from a 10ml bottle. 

🙄🙄🙄

WEEK TEN 

Right, here we are again. Repeating the process. What’s that quote? 

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

Einstein got it right. (Apparently.)

I’m guessing that no amount of refilling, coil-changing, and wiping-down is going to make the VIM’s tank work in the Wee VIM’s device, so I’m going back to those pods I received along with the starter kit. I had two menthol ones left after the explosion debacle, and although I don’t find menthol flavours enjoyable to vape with, I was willing to “take one for the team” to try and get the *bleep* device working. 

Wee VIM Leaky Pod Closeup

Unfortunately, one of the two Tobacco Menthol pods I had left also started leaking eliquid inside the plastic wrapping. My entire review now would come down to just one Tobacco Menthol pod – 18mg 70/30 PG/VG [MTL]. 

Tobacco Menthol Pods in Box For Jac Vapour VIM and Wee Vim

Awesome. Wish me luck. 

🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

I opened the plastic wrapper, took the silicone plugs off the bottom and mouthpiece, and found eliquid completely covering the mouthpiece. 

WHAT IS HAPPENING?!

I gave myself five minutes to meltdown and then returned to reviewing. Eliquid had POURED out of the bottom of the tank, all over my desk. I haven’t even screwed the pod into the Wee VIM device yet and close to half of the juice had gone. 

Jac Vapour Wee VIM Pod Leaking Base

Against my better judgement, I screwed the leaking pod into the fully-charged Wee VIM device and hit the button. It flashed blue once and then flashed red a bunch of times. 

*Flicked through instruction manual.*

“Low voltage protection – When the remaining voltage of the battery drops below 3.1v, the power indicator light will flash red 10 times and output will cease.”

How is that even possible? I just took the damn thing off charge. Fine, I’ll put it back on charge. I’ll take the tank out first, though. You know … just in case. 

*I no longer feel safe using this device. Too much leaky-leaky for my liking. 

A MINI POD REVIEW 

I wasn’t going to “review” the pods or pod flavours that came with my starter kit. To start with, I don’t have a Blackcurrant Squash pod that doesn’t/hasn’t poured out with eliquid. That’s now the case with the Tobacco Menthol pods too, but I already know I won’t like the taste of the latter. The entire thing would have been negative from the get-go, and I don’t think that’s very fair.

I wanted to see if the pods leaked in the larger VIM like they did in the Wee VIM, though, so I chose the pod that seemed to have the least leakage. 

Blackcurrant Squash Nicotine Salts Pods For Jac Vapour VIM and Wee VIM

The second I pressed the button, eliquid started slowly seeping out of the adjustable airflow flap at the bottom of the VIM device … right into the USB charging port. 

Jac Vapour VIM Leak With VIM Pods

I give up.

These pods are garbage. 

LATER EDIT: Jac Vapour sent me a pack of three more Blackcurrant Squash pods after I grumbled about the leak, and all three of the pods had leaked before they got to me. There was visible eliquid outside of the tank, inside of the plaster wrapper. At least they have that plastic wrapping, though! There would be a right mess, otherwise. 

ONE FINAL CHANCE 

I decided to give the Wee VIM one final shot before I completely kicked it to the kerb. On a whim, I charged it up, threw the tank from the original VIM in there, and tried again. 

You’re never going to believe this, folks … but the damn thing worked. 

It was a Friday afternoon, 4:26 pm, many months after I first tried to review it, and I’d finally managed to inhale on a working Jac Vapour Wee VIM. A moment like that requires a bit of a celebration, don’t you think?   

Hang on, we celebrated too soon. By 4:35 pm, the device went through the same motions — one blue flash and then ten red ones. 

I’m so over this. 

I’d have been on board with the idea that I had a faulty Wee VIM model, but ALL of my pods — all nine of them — had leaked inside the plastic before I opened them too.

Jac Vapour Wee VIM Leaking Pod Closeup 2

I’m a massive fan of Jac Vapour and I have been for a number of years, but I don’t personally think that the Wee VIM is of the same standard as some of their other models. If you were to put the Series-B DNA 75W next to the Wee VIM, you’d never have known they were made by the same company. In fact, if you were to put the original VIM next to the Wee VIM, you’d never have known they were from the same family of vape devices. The Wee VIM almost feels like a cheap copy.

That’s just *my* personal opinion, though.

This is *my* review and *my* experiences.

JAC VAPOUR WEE VIM REVIEW — CONCLUSION 

I have a lot of positive things to say about Jac Vapour as a company, and there are a lot of products created by them that I would most definitely recommend to you. This is not one of them.

I had my ups and downs with the original VIM, but it’s proven to be a very worthy addition to my vape collection — and one that I’d 100% replace if I lost or broke it. I use it as a both an MTL device and a sub-ohm one, and I think the flavour it offers is great. It’s one of those first vapes I’ll grab when I’m taste-testing a new eliquid flavour.

But the Wee VIM? It’s not in the same league as far as I’m concerned. It feels cheaper, barely works, and every single pod I had leaked. Whether I tried a secondary, replacement device now or not, I’m still not going to be impressed with it.

Had I bought it with my own money, I wouldn’t have wanted a replacement. I would have straight-up wanted my money back, or a completely different device. 

Jac Vapour Wee VIM Leak in Chamber

I’m assuming that I either had a faulty device, or my device broke with all the leaky pod action. Either way, there was a whole load of bad luck happening here. And every single pod I had was honestly trash. They all leaked, even in the original VIM. 

Would I buy another Jac Vapour Wee VIM?

Nope. I’m not sold on it. The idea is a good one, and the design is actually better than the original model in terms of button and USB port placement, but it’s not for me. If it had been just one problem, I’d have bought a second device and given it a second shot, but those leaky pods did not impress me much. And I won’t forgive them for leaking all into the USB port of my VIM, rendering it useless for two days until it dried out again. THREE TIMES. 

Would I recommend the Jac Vapour Wee VIM to you?

If you want my advice based on my actual experiences, I’d give the original VIM device a shot instead of the Wee VIM. Or look at the Series-S17 vape pen. They’re both MTL and sub-ohm compatible, and they’re both damn awesome devices … Much better than this one was. 

PROS 👍🏻

  • The button and USB port placement is better in my opinion.
  • Cute, discreet device for out-and-about vaping. 
  • Compatible with Vim tank + parts/coils.
  • It actually worked pretty well … for 8 minutes. 

CONS 👎🏻

  • Well … mine didn’t actually work for longer than 8 minutes. 
  • Wee VIM definitely didn’t work with the VIM’s tank. 
  • Pods leaked. All 9 of them.  
  • The pods leak-disabled my larger VIM.
  • Feels cheaper/lesser-quality than the larger VIM. 
  • I have literally no idea how long the pods or battery last. 

I CAN’T REALLY GIVE THE JAC VAPOUR WEE VIM ANY STARS 😢

In theory, the Wee VIM should have been awesome. I thought it was going to be awesome. Unfortunately, the reality was very different. Maybe I was just super unlucky and got a faulty device with three boxes of faulty pods? Who knows? I do know that I wouldn’t be able to recommend this to any vaper based on my experience and feel good about it. (Absolutely no disrespect to Jac Vapour.)

LOOK AT THIS INSTEAD … 

I think the larger VIM by Jac Vapour is a much better vape device. The Series-S17 is also pretty awesome. I use them both on a regular basis.

OTHER REVIEWS

As I said at the start of the review, it doesn’t look to me that other people have had the same issues I did. In the spirit of being fair, here are a few other Jac Vapour Wee VIM reviews for you to take a peek at:

More information on the Wee VIM and other Jac Vapour products can be found at jacvapour.com.

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*Prices & information correct at time of writing.

HONESTY POLICY: The Wee VIM was sent to me by Jac Vapour for a review. 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.

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