JAC Vapour Series S22 Kit Review
This is a perfect all-round vape which looks classy and fires just as good as the higher-ranged mods but for a lot better price.
The JAC Vapour Series S22 Kit is the new and slightly-improved version of the S17 kit.
At first glance, I was impressed with the S22’s elegant simplicity, even down to the packaging. In today’s vape market, newcomers might be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice out there.
So, even to someone who knows the vaping world inside out, I found JAC Vapour Series S22’s minimalistic approach to be a refreshing change.
What’s in The Kit?
The sleeve design of the S22 Kit packaging makes for simple boxing and unboxing. The inner compartment slides out and opens up to reveal two compartments, containing:
- 1 x S22 battery (the device itself)
- 1 x S22 Topfill tank (2ml)
- 1 x mouth-to-lung 1.0 0hm coil
- 1 x micro USB charger
- 1 x user manual
There’s no spares to speak of (coils, rubber bands, etc), which adds to the S22’s simplistic nature. The device is currently available in two colours – black and green – and both look equally classy.
Series S22 Kit Specifications:
- Dimensions (mod) – 82mm (H) x 22mm (W) 27mm (L)
- Dimensions (with tank) – 125mm (H) x 22mm (W) 27mm (L)
- Power – Unregulated 3.1v – 4.2v (3.7v nominal)
- Capacity – 2600mAh
- Min resistance – 0.50hm
- Adjustable airflow
- Mouth to lung, direct lung and temperature control coils available
Given the simplistic design and the fact that the S22 makes several mentions to the fact that it’s a mouth-to-lung vape (although this can be changed to DTL with a 0.5ohm coil should you wish), this kit is perfect for those who looking to quit the cigarettes. If this is your aim, you should consider beginning here.
However, if you’re already an established vaper and don’t mind fiddling around with all of the gadgetry that comes with more advanced vapes, consider something like the Smok Alien kit instead.
The Pros and Cons of The JAC Vapour Series S22 Kit
Right from the off, this kit promises to be a ‘no-frills’, basic vaping experience. But of course, basic doesn’t necessarily mean bad. In the case of the S22, quite the opposite.
The user manual and packaging make several overt mentions of this being sold as a MTL kit (DTL coils must be purchased separately), although it can be used as both MTL and DTL. However, it seems that JAC Vapour would prefer this to be used as a MTL device because the user manual makes multiple negative claims about DTL vaping (uses more liquid, burns battery life, higher nicotine intake).
Naturally, this lends itself to being targeted towards people who are new to vaping and are used to smoking cigarettes. This is further enforced by the sleek pen-design and lack of screen / options.
Like the Series-S17 model before it, what you see is what you get with the S22. There are very few notable differences between the S17 and S22, other than a minor size increase and the fact S22 offers topfill through the head of the tank (although S22 tanks were introduced before the mod, meaning some people use the S22 tank on a S17 mod).
The quality of the design is second to none. The S22 mand tank both come with smooth material finishes which don’t collect stains or fingerprints. The black fire button and gunmetal screw-cap compliment the colour schemes perfectly, with the green model being particularly eye-catching. If style and looks are important to you, then this model is well worth considering. It’s certainly one of the more visually-pleasing kits on the market at the moment, and a lot of people will be happy that it achieves this without the use of a sickly rainbow colour scheme!
Setup of the S22 is effortless. As someone who mostly uses Smok, the fact that S22 tank screwed in place without issue was a major attraction for me. There are no gaps between components, something which again adds to its beauty. There is an LED which lights up green when the vape is being fired.
When it comes to performance, I found the S22 to be somewhat lacking when it came to MTL vaping. I know MTL is something of a ‘beginner’ aspect, but even so, I found its output mediocre, even with the airflow fully open. I personally found only a tiny amount of vapour production, and an average throat hit.
However, where the S22 really shines is in the direct-to-lung sub-ohm vaping. The relevant coils must be purchased separately, but I found it to be a significantly more satisfying way to use the device. The vapour it produced was nothing short of incredible, and it managed to retain all of the flavours of my juice. However, I found it to drain the e-liquid at an alarming rate. Battery wise, it used it up slightly quicker than MTL vaping, but it was by no means a significant increase.
The battery life while vaping with a 1.0 MTL coil was around 36 hours, while vaping with 0.5 coil lasted around an entire day or so. Both very good.
- Uncluttered ‘less is more’ design.
- Incredible sub-ohm vaping experience
- Simple to set up and operate
- The ability to jump between MTL and DTL with a simple coil change
- Good battery life
- A lacklustre MTL experience
- Very thirsty when DTL vaping
- No spare coils or accessories
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What Are The S22’s Best Features?
New with the S22 kit is the ability to topfill. The old JAC Vapour S series was a bottom-fill tank which tends to get a little messy. This device, however, comes with a removable top cap which can be screwed off, allowing you to pour your e-juice in the holes either side of the central airflow column. This is super convenient, as it doesn’t require much disassembling at all. On the flip side, however, it can be very easy to get a drip or two of juice down the airflow column, which is never good.
While the S22 isn’t classified as a ‘pen’, its lightweight style and sleek design definitely lends itself to the vape pen style. This allows you to transport it anywhere with ease. It’s comfortable in the hand and it won’t be noticeable in your pocket if you’re carrying it around with you. Also, the rubbery texture of its surface means it’s difficult to get it marked or scratched – perfect for transporting about.
Depending on how tight you prefer your hits, the airflow control allows you to cater them to your tastes. Closing the airflow three-quarters of the way provides a super-tight drag which feels almost identical to dragging a cigarette. Opening it all the way is probably the preferred choice as it provides much more airy intake.
All of the positives about the S22 are a by-product of JAC Vapour choosing to prioritize simplicity over innovation. Everything about this model is designed for a “plug and vape” style approach. Its lack of confusing features make it perfect for a beginner vape, while its DTL function is powerful enough to satisfy experienced vapers.
I’ve had a quick look at some other reviews to see how the JAC Vapour Series S22 Kit has fared across the board, and it seems that 99% of people are in agreement with me. Here’s a quick glance at some of the recent reviews on the JAC Vapour site (source: https://www.jacvapour.com/s22-starter-kit)
How Does It Compare to Its Peers?
If you’re looking for an all-rounder vape which offers little hassle, the S22 might be one of the best on the market. However, little hassle usually means minimal functionality, so if you’re looking for a similar vape with a little more meat on its bones, check out the Aspire Zelos 50w Kit.
The Aspire Zelos takes everything which makes the JAC Vapour Series S22 and cranks it up to the next level. It uses the Aspire Zelos mod and the much-loved Nautilus 2 tank. When it comes to MTL vaping, the Zelos is considered to be the top dog. However, because it’s slightly more advanced, it comes at an additional £15 in comparison to the JAC Vapour S22.
Some of the main differences between the two:
- S22: Very little functionality regarding wattage output
- Zelos: Maximum functionality regarding wattage output
- S22: Retails around £35
- Zelos: Retails around £50
- S22: Excels at DTL vaping, struggles with MTL vaping
- Zelos: Excels at both DTL and MTL vaping
- S22: Sleek, simplistic design
- Zelos: Slightly bulky with a bland colour scheme
- S22: Perfect for beginners and experienced vapers alike
- Zelos: Suitable for beginners, but favours experienced vapers moreso
After 2 or 3 days with the JAC Vapour Series S22 Kit, I found very little to complain about. It’s a perfect all-round vape which looks classy and fires just as good as the higher-ranged mods like Smok Alien.
It’s perfect for those who are just coming into the vape world from smoking because, if you loaded the tank up with a tobacco flavoured juice, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. It allows beginners to get a flavour for how vapes operate, and then it allows the user’s vaping experience to evolve without having to purchase a different kit.
The battery life, coil life and charging times are all completely fair. Coil changes and refills are a simple and quick process, and the topfill feature means.
There are so many products on the market which use their innovation as a selling point, but the JAC Vapour Series S22 Kit proves that less is always more.