The arrival of the JAC Vapour Series S17 through my door was a highly anticipated one.
When I began the transition from smoking to vaping I almost gave up mainly due to buying cheap ‘n nasty kits – until that is I found Jac Vapour.
I began with a Series E (now discontinued and replaced with the Series S) – a beautiful stainless steel device that I still turn to when I fancy a day of Mouth to Lung [MTL] vaping – it is beautifully engineered and has never let me down.
What Can We Expect From The Series S17 by JAC Vapour?
So when the JAC Vapour Series S17 arrived I was more than a little excited to test it out. The kit comes with the latest top-fill tanks, 1 x coil installed and an impressive 900 mAh battery. It has a real quality feel in the hand.
JAC Vapour have released some superb vape kits – the good news is they have also come down in price significantly with the new Series-S retailing from a bargain £24.99.
So has the company compromised quality for price?
Let’s have a look.
This device was sent free of charge for the purposes of review. As always my opinions are my own!
JAC Vapour has just released a newer version of the kit that features a top fill tank.
The rest of the kit works exactly the same so we felt there was no need to do a new review.
However I have to say the new set-up does make filling a whole lot easier especially for the new vaper.
OK.. Enough of that. Lets get on with testing this device and seeing what it’s all about.
In the Box
The kit I received contains:
- 1x SERIES S17 Battery
- 1x SERIES S-17 Tank
- 2x S-Coils
- 1x Charger
- 1x Manual
The coils are a 1.0Ω resistance for vaping like a cigarette [MTL] and a sub ohm 0.5Ω coil for restrictive Direct to Lung vaping [DTL].
Unsure what the difference is? Read our in depth MTL vs DTL guide here.
The instruction manual is superbly done and the charger stands out with its red plastic connectors and generous length – pass through vaping is available meaning you can vape whilst charging.
The beauty of this vape pen is its ability to grow with the user. In other words most of us begin vaping using the MTL [like smoking a cigarette] style and that’s great.
After a while though, vapers get wind of sub ohm (DTL) vaping and fancy giving it a try.
However, many starter kits aren’t geared up for the switch or are pretty rubbish at it and that means extra expense.
Which in turn means if you don’t like DTL vaping you’re stuck with the expense of a piece of kit you don’t want!
The Series S handles this switch between vaping styles without missing a beat – and without having to click any buttons either. Simply change the coil and away you go, it does all the work under the bonnet with nothing needed for you.
As you’ll see later this little baby really can handle sub ohm vaping.
Jac Vapour Series S17 Battery Specs
- Dimensions: 17mm x 79.5mm
- Stainless steel
- Capacity: 900mAh
- Voltage (unregulated)
- 3.8v: Green light shows
- 3.4-3.8v: Blue light shows
- 3.1-3.4v: Red light shows
- 3.1v: Red light will flash 10 times, indicating that the battery needs to be re-charged
- Connector: 510
- Charge time: Approx. 1.5 hours
- Resistance range: 0.5Ω
Series S17 Tank Specs
- Dimensions: 17mm x 51.5mm
- Stainless steel and glass
- Top Fill
- Resistance range: 0.5Ω
- Adjustable airflow
- Capacity: 1.8ml
- Removable mouth tip (device specific, not standard 510)
Build Quality and Design
OK when I first used the JAC Vapour Series E vape pen I had the stainless steel version and the engineering was first class. However it was a little long and certainly quite heavy.
With the Series S17, JAC Vapour have a device that’s as light as a proverbial feather and as you can see from the ‘in hand photo’ it’s also quite short compared to other vape pens on the market.
The black version I’m reviewing has that rubbery silicone style covering that I like.
It’s a very well made piece of kit and does the job admirably.
And as far as looks go – this is a crowd pleaser 😉
How Does the JAC Vapour Series S Perform?
How To Change The Coil On The JAC Vapour S17 Tank
This is as easy as it gets:
- Separate tank from battery
- Unscrew base from the tank
- Unscrew the coil (if replacing)–
- Replace the coil and screw base back on the tank
How To Fill The JAC Vapour Series S17 Tank
Again, very easy, it can be done on the move. Simply do the following:
- Unscrew the mouthpiece at the top of the tank
- Fill with your choice of vape juice – The central chimney is where you will draw the vapour through so do not pour e-liquid in there!
- Once filled allow to stand for 10 minutes before you vape. This allows the cotton in the coil to soak up your vape juice. Failure to do this could result in a burnt, ruined coilresult in a burnt, ruined coil.
With just 1.8ml fill capacity you’ll be refilling a fair bit when sub ohm vaping – with DTL vaping I found the tank lasted me a couple of hours – so make sure you carry spare e-liquid when out and about!
As I’ve already stated its x5 clicks on and off – the battery flashes x10 times when it needs charging.
I found on full charge I managed a full 12 hours before it was time to plug in. Which is very good going.
Mouth to Lung (MTL) Vaping
The superb adjustable airflow means you really can tailor your vaping style.
Slightly open and the draw was of course tight but I have to say as someone who likes a loose draw it wasn’t at all uncomfortable – almost exactly like smoking a cigarette.
Opening up the airflow and I was a happy bunny – a very happy bunny – the taste was excellent and I found little if any difference to the flavour with the airflow wide open.
For the record I was using JAC Vapour Originals British Blend Tobacco vape jucie and bloody nice it is too 😉
The vapour production was a pleasant surprise with more than enough of it to satisfy and the throat hit was excellent.
Sub Ohm – Direct to Lung (DTL) Vaping
I popped in the 0.5Ω coil and filled up with JAC Vapour Byn’s Special Sauce, Sour Blue Sorbet – and let it soak for 10 minutes.
The taste profile was superb but what hit me most was the amount of vapour this little pocket rocket threw out – amazing if I’m honest!
However being a greedy sod and vaping on the Sorbet as if it was the hottest day in history – I emptied the tank in less than half an hour.
Like I said at just 1.8ml tank capacity you need to take your juice wherever you go. You can thank the TPD for that!
I like Jac Vapour Products full stop. It’s mainly thanks to their Series E kits that I stopped smoking in the first place.
The JAC Vapour Series S17 is a great looking device that continues the company’s fantastic track record in vaping device design and manufacture.
The kit is intuitive meaning it’s the perfect choice for a beginner with no bells and whistles to confuse – simply charge – press and vape.
The coils are excellent and do their jobs perfectly giving great flavour – throat hit and vapour.
Not a lot really.
The tank is small but that’s down to the bloody TPD in part. However I can’t help thinking another 0.2ml might not have hurt lol.
Final Review Verdict
The JAC Vapour Series S17 is the perfect transition from smoking to vaping and at a price that should not put off the waverers.
It’s elegant to look at – simple to use and has the ability to grow with your vaping styles.
It hasn’t left my side in the three weeks I’ve been testing it – I love it!
There have been no leaks – spit backs or any issues whatsoever.
If I lost it would I buy the JAC Vapour S17 kit again?
Absolutely – in fact Santa if you’re reading this I’ve been a very good boy [sort of] this year 😉
- Simple to use
- Elegant design
- DTL and MTL styles
- Great flavour profile
- Good vapour production
- Excellent throat hit
- Pass through vaping
- Tank is tiny