The Series S-17 by Jacvapour – Does the S Stand For Superb?
The arrival of the Jacvapour Series S-17 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.
So when the Jacvapour Series S arrived I was more than a little excited to test it out.
Not only has Jacvapour continued to churn out superb vaping kits – they have also come down in price significantly with the new Series-S retailing from a bargain £19.99.
So has the company compromised quality for price?
Let’s have a look.
UPDATE: Oct 12th 2017
JAC Vapour has just released a newer version of the kit that features a top fill tank.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.
The link below will take you to all the pen style vape devices including the new SERIES-S17 Top fill Kit.
Choose from stainless steel – black and a very pretty pink.
In the Box
The box itself is practical and fit for purpose – not much else to say really for me packaging is packaging 🙂
The kit I received contains:
- 1x SERIES S 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 Direct to Lung vaping [DTL].
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.
However, after a while 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 – and as you’ll see later this little baby really can handle sub ohm vaping.
Jac Vapour Series S 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 S Tank Specs
- Dimensions: 17mm x 51.5mm
- Stainless steel and glass
- 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 Jacvapour 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 S-17, Jacvapour 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, but whilst the stainless steel parts are wonderfully built – they do feel much cheaper than the Series E – hence the price I guess.
That’s not to say this isn’t a wonderfully made piece of kit – it really is – it’s just not quite to the same quality as the Series E in my humble opinion – but it still looks great and does the job admirably.
And as far as looks go – this is a crowd pleaser 😉
How Does the Jacvapour Series S Perform?
Swapping out the coils
This is an absolute doddle you simply remove the tank and screw and unscrew the coil – the connections are silky smooth fitting together.
Filling The Series S Tank
To fill you make sure the tank is upside down and drip your e-liquid in avoiding the wide central chimney. The central chimney is where you will draw the vapour through so juice in here is never a nice thing!
If you go for the S-17 kit (recommended) then this is a simple top fill.
With just 1.8ml fill capacity you’ll be refilling a lot when sub ohm vaping – whereas 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.
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 MigQuid’s Rolling Stoned tobacco flavoured e-liquid 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 (DTL) Vaping
I popped in the 0.5Ω coil and filled up with my current favourite e-liquid – Mrs Baker’s Strawberry Cheesecake – and let it soak for a few 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 strawberry cheesecake as if it was my last meal – 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!
What I Like
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 Jacvapour Series S 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.
What I Don’t Like
Not a lot really.
The tank is tiny – and I mean tiny – but that’s down to the bloody TPD in part. However I can’t help thinking another 0.2ml might not have hurt lol.
Perhaps the stainless steel is a little lower grade or certainly thinner and lighter than the much loved Series E – but that’s just me nit-picking.
Final Review Verdict
The Jacvapour Series S 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 put it on my vaping Christmas list?
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