Plus pods are alternative JUUL pods that go for around $12 for a four pack. Plus pods contain 1 mL of 6% nicotine salt e-liquid each, so they hold more liquid and are stronger than the original pods. They also come in over 14 flavors including some of the classics and a whole bunch of new ones.
The flavors focus mostly in the fruit department, but there are a few menthol varieties and even a cream flavor! I don’t think they currently offer a tobacco option like Ziip pods, but I am glad to see Mango and Iced Mint on the line up. Let’s test out some of these new flavors.
The pods were sent courtesy of Vapor4Life for the purpose of this review.
Price: 13.99$ per pack of 4 (at Vapor4Life)
The FDA announced Jan. 2 that it will begin enforcing all Deeming Rule requirements immediately for prefilled pod- and cartridge-based vaping products in flavors other than tobacco and menthol. Products sold after Feb. 2 are subject to enforcement if the FDA has not granted them marketing approval through a premarket tobacco application (PMTA). No PMTAs have been approved for vaping products yet. The FDA guidance only applies to products sold in the United States.
Mango: Plus Pods Mango tastes a lot like the original JUUL version. The 6% nic adds an extra kick to it, but the flavor is very similar to the Mango flavor from JUUL. It has a fresh and natural taste that is sweet and tangy. If you’re into mango fruit e-liquids, you are going to probably enjoy Mango Plus Pods. I’m not a huge fan of mango but it’s one of the most popular flavors for the JUUL.
Iced Mint: When I was using the JUUL regularly, Cool Mint was my favorite flavor. Now I use it occasionally and experiment with different flavors and brands, but I have always loved Cool Mint pods since I tried them for the very first time. Iced Mint by Plus is similar, but not identical. It has a fresh minty taste paired with a strong menthol effect. If you like peppermint and menthol, this is naturally going to be one of your top picks.
Blue Raspberry: Some people are crazy about blue razz. I’m not actually one of those people, but I do like a nice tangy fruity flavor. Blue Raspberry Plus pods are decent. They remind me of a blue razz slushie, although it doesn’t have any ice or cooling effect to it. The flavor isn’t too sour or sweet, it’s actually pretty smooth. I got a few dry hits with the pod, but when it worked properly, it was alright. If you like blue razz, give it a shot.
California Cream: I’m guessing this is their alternative to JUUL’s Creme Brule. This flavor is light and creamy, and not super sweet either. It is pretty subtle and not quite as complex as Creme Brule, but it happens to be really good. It was one of my favorites from the Plus Pod line. If you’re into custards and desserts, this is going to be to your liking. It is easily an all day vape for me, and a fine alternative to Creme Brule pods from JUUL.
Strawberry: This pod reminds me of the Strawberry Cream flavor from Ziip pods, but minus the cream. It has a pleasant strawberry taste that isn’t 100% realistic but at the same time, it isn’t too artificial or perfumey. I enjoy a good strawberry vape, and this one meets my standard. Juice Rollupz nic Strawberry is one of my favorites, but this one comes close. It isn’t as tart or sweet, but it’s a straight-up tasty strawberry flavor.
Banana: This is the first banana pod I’ve seen so far. It doesn’t taste like fresh and ripe bananas, but it reminds me of banana flavored Runts candy. It isn’t terrible, but I’m not in love with the artificial banana candy taste. It’s definitely a change of pace from your standard flavors like mango, mint and strawberry. If you want something different, it’s worth a shot. It wasn’t my favorite, but it is a well-made flavor—just not my style.
Lemonade: I like lemonade flavors, one of my favorite e-liquids of all time is a raspberry lemonade. These pods are pretty good, they taste like lemonade with just the right amount of sugar. They are not very sour, but they do have a nice citrusy flavor. It isn’t the most natural tasting e-liquid I’ve ever had but it is acceptable for a pod. I would put it up there with the ones from SEApods and a few other brands that I enjoyed.
Passion Fruit: This one has a very nice tropical taste to it. It combines passion fruit with a few other exotic flavors. If you like the mango pods, then this would be a nice one to switch off with. It’s a rare flavor for the JUUL that I have yet to see from other brands. Passion Fruit reminds me of Naked 100 and other tropical themed e-liquids. I never had passion fruit in real life, but I’ve had passion fruit flavors and this one is on point.
Watermelon: Plus Pods has a pretty solid watermelon flavor. It’s light and fresh, not extremely sweet or sour, but right in the middle. It wasn’t my favorite of the bunch, but if you really like watermelon it’s worth trying. It’s not exactly a candy flavor, it has more of a natural taste, but it isn’t exactly like biting into a watermelon. Overall it’s a decent take on watermelon e-liquid, and one of the better ones I’ve had for the JUUL so far.
Green Apple: I’m glad to see there’s an apple flavor available for the JUUL, but I wasn’t digging this one. It tastes like green apple candy, but it isn’t as light and refreshing as I would have liked. There’s not much else I can say about this flavor, I just don’t like it. It might be worth trying if you’re looking for apple flavored pods, but it’s not for me.
I had no issues clicking the Plus Pods into my JUUL battery. The pods perform pretty well, I’m not sure if they are temperature control compatible. There were a few hits where it felt like it was being controlled, but it was not so consistent. I barely experienced dry hits. There were a few here and there, but that’s common with most aftermarket pods.
The pods have a rounded mouthpiece, which is also pretty common. The overall design is identical to most of the pods that I’ve tried, aside from the originals. They hit really well, most of the time, and the 6% nicotine level gives it a really nice thump. Overall, the performance is on par with most pods out there, which are not as good as the original. The advantage is that you have more nicotine and way more flavors to choose from.
Although Plus Pods are not performing at the same level as the original pods, they are not bad at all. Most of the pods I tried were pretty tasty and accurate to their descriptions. I like how they offer their take on the more popular pod flavors, and some new fruit and menthol ones.
My favorites were California Cream, Lemonade and Passion Fruit. Iced Mint and Mango were actually really good and comparable to the JUUL pods. I wasn’t crazy about Apple, Watermelon and the iced fruit varieties, but that’s just my personal preference.
If performance is more important to you, then don’t even bother with them. But if you want some pods with a nice kick from the extra nicotine, Plus Pods are a fine choice. They recently started making disposable vapes, so you don’t even need a JUUL to try them. Have you tried Plus Pods? What was your experience like? Leave a comment…