Are you tired of losing your JUUL charger? Do you need a replacement? You wouldn’t be the only one! It’s small and easy to misplace, and it keeps us dependant on a USB outlet. Plus, since the famous little ecig is not a pass-thru device, charging it with its standard charger forces you to take a break from your favorite JUUL flavor.
But there’s good news. There are a few chargers that’ll allow you to keep JUULing without fear of getting the dreaded red light.
I will compare the Typhon by Hydra Vapor Tech, the JILI by Uptown-Tech, and the Jix. All three function as a JUUL case and as a portable charger. Each one has its pros and cons, but one thing is for sure, a JUUL PCC (personal charge case) beats the pants off having to use the USB charger. Although there are DIY hacks for making a JUUL charger, these items are the best bet for keeping things simple. By the end of this article, you’ll know which one is right for you.
All the chargers were tested by me with the new blue JUUL battery (I used three), and they were re-charged directly into my PC. I spent over a week depleting all the batteries and chargers down to cut-off, all from a fully-charged state. I timed everything with a stopwatch and kept a close eye on the time. There is no guesswork here!
Baseline: The standard USB JUUL charger takes 52 minutes to fully charge a JUUL battery.
The Typhon by Hydra Tech Vapor is a behemoth! It’s by far the largest of the other chargers, the heaviest, the most well-made, and the most rugged. It’s also the most expensive of the chargers for sale. Made from high-strength anodized aluminum, the Typhon stands 134 mm x 56 mm x 20 mm and weighs 123 grams. Shockingly, it’s the lowest battery capacity of the other charge cases despite its big size.
The Typhon 800 mAh battery comes in second for charge times (about 10 minutes behind the JILI), but last for the number of full JUUL charges (one less charge than the small Jix). My two charge times for the Typhon were 40 and 43 minutes, and the third charge lasted a few minutes before the Typhon died. But monitoring charge levels is easy with a row of four white LEDs on the bottom of the charger. They correspond to the battery level of the Typhon and if the JUUL is still charging — lights on means charging and off means complete.
As a case, this thing is a beast. It works as a tray and drawer system that is accessed by pressing a logo-branded button at the bottom of the charger. Inside the tray is a silicone insert housing a USB charger, the JUUL, and an extra pod. Everything fits snuggly inside and I’ve purposely dropped mine a few times and nothing rattles afterward. This charger case is secure and built to last. But the Typhon is a bit too large to be practical for daily pocket carry. It will easily fit into most pockets, but it’s cumbersome.
The overall design of the device is nice, and the finish has a quality satin feel, but it looks rather plain with most of the intrigue on the inside of the tray. For the price of $60, you’re going to be paying for the quality materials and durability of the case.
The JILI by Uptown-Tech is the most powerful of all with 1200 mAh. It’s shaped like a pack of cigarettes and fits easily into a pocket. Oddly enough, it has the most mAh of the three but it’s also the most lightweight. And it can house two extra pods along with one JUUL and a pod.
The battery life and charge times (for the JUUL) are flat-out amazing! The JILI is first for fastest charge time and for most JUUL charges. I got four full charges, and charge times were 31, 32, 31, and 33 minutes. And the JILI battery itself can be monitored by a digital readout that is activated when you insert a JUUL, or while the JILI charges. Unfortunately, the status of the JUUL charge cannot be seen without flipping open the lid and peering down inside to see if charging white light is on. It’s a silly oversight by Uptown-Tech for an otherwise beast of a charger.
As a JUUL case, this charger feels like a complete product design, though not the most well-constructed. The top closes like a pack of cigarettes, but the lid is a thin plastic that doesn’t feel like it can withstand too many drops. And the CGI of the product on the website looks better than it does in person. On the site, the case looks shiny with a silver logo, but in person it’s a matte finish (almost like a faux woodgrain) on a plastic body with a dull green logo.
While the JILI does house two extra JUUL pods in the case, you need to keep the color-coded caps on the pods. If you don’t, the pods will rattle on the inside and potentially fall right out of the case when opening the lid. There is also a little wiggle room in the JUUL battery compartment that will cause a slight rattle. In the end, the JILI is the most powerful and practical JUUL charger, but the construction is lacking. It feels cheap but works very well.
The Jix is easily the sleekest of the three chargers, and it’s also the smallest being the exact same height as the JUUL. And at just 95 mm x 42 mm x 10 mm, it can almost entirely fit into a 5th pocket of jeans. It doesn’t have any extra storage though, but its lack of storage is a trade-off for the size. Surprisingly, it’s the second heaviest of the three, weighing in at 104 grams.
The Jix comes in second for most full charges, but it’s last for charge times being about the same as the USB charger. With 1000 mAh battery capacity, I got three full charges, and the times were 53, 51, and 53 minutes for depleted JUUL batteries. The fourth charge didn’t make it past five minutes before the JIX needed recharging. But unlike the JILI, you can easily see when your JUUL is finished charging by way of a little window that shows the charging white light. There is also an LED that keeps you aware of your Jix battery status (green or red, and it means what you think).
As a case, I like the Jix the most due to its simplicity, sleekness, size, and all metal construction. It doesn’t have a lid or closing mechanism, so you just drop the JUUL in and go. I just place the JUUL inside of the Jix without needing to remove it from my pocket. It’s also easy to access the vape pen since the pod in the JUUL sticks out (just grab it by the pod). It also features a strong magnet that can keep the JUUL inside, even upside down. The tolerances are low with only a tiny bit of wiggle room, but these low tolerances will prevent you from charging the device with a Juul skin on it.
All things considered, this is a nice charge case for the price. At only $24.99, it is the least expensive of all three on this list and one to consider for a replacement to the USB charger. It’s lacking some of the features of the other two, but it’s got its own pros that outweigh its cons.
All of the charges tested gave secure connections. And each one can charge the JUUL frontward or backward, and they all can be charged while charging the JUUL inside (like a pass-thru charger).
Hydra Vapor Tech makes several chargers and cases for dry herb/wax vapes (from Kandypens), PAX, and for wax accessories too. Also, be aware that the JILI is sold in various online marketplaces like Amazon and ebay. I am not sure if those are clones or direct from the manufacturer, so be wary when dealing with faceless sellers. I bought my JILI from Originvape.com and the Jix I bought from the Jixcharger.com website.
My final assessment is that the JILI is the best charger for charge times and most full charges. The Jix is the best charger for a stealth size, and for price. The Typhon is the best charger case for durability and build quality.
Note: Check out our comprehensive JUUL review and guide