How to Spot a Fake JUUL Pod [2020 Update]

How to Spot a Fake JUUL Pod [2020 Update]

How to Spot a Fake JUUL and Fake JUUL Pods  

Disclaimer: The information used in this article has been gathered from actual JUUL users who have used both fake and real JUUL pods and devices. This article is intended to help individuals who are planning to buy JUUL pods and devices make the right decision by giving them pointers on how to spot a fake device. We have no intention to sully the JUUL brand.

Because of the rising popularity and demand for vapes, it is not surprising that these devices have been the major target of very aggressive counterfeiting. The reason why vapes are being counterfeited is to rip consumers who desire popular brands at more affordable prices. High-end brands, like JUUL, are generating higher consumer appeal and recognition. In fact, the profit margins on vaping devices like vape pens are high, and many want to take advantage of this by making fake JUUL it and fake JUUL pods.

What JUUL Say About Fake JUUL Devices Proliferating Online 

JUUL Labs is fully aware of counterfeit JUUL kit and fake JUUL pods online. They highly recommend purchasing JUUL products only through authorized vendors. Counterfeit JUUL products pose serious safety and health risks because they're not constructed with the same high-quality materials like the authentic JUUL. Because of the increased clamor from consumers about fake vaping devices in the market today, JUUL Labs created a dedicated team that works with various law enforcement agencies to stop the manufacturing and distribution of their trademarked products.  

JUUL Labs monitors marketplaces regularly, contacting sellers to ensure that they're not inadvertently selling fake JUUL kit and fake JUUL pods. Through certain verification programs, the company contacts sellers with postings that are believed to be counterfeit and those with trademark infringement issues. JUUL encourages the cooperation of customers when they're requested to provide information through their online monitoring team. It is best to purchase JUUL pods and devices directly from their website or from an authorized retailer to prevent getting a counterfeit JUUL item.  

How to Spot Fake JUUL Pods and Devices From Authentic Ones 

Of course, you can expect that a JUUL pod is fake if it comes at a very cheap price. The price for four packs of authentic JUUL pods ranges from prices at around $18, while fake pods come half the price. For JUUL devices, the authentic JUULs are priced at somewhere around $37, whereas you can get as low as $15 for the fake ones. 

Here are some other helpful tips:

Fake JUUL packaging has 4 dots on the top while the real one has its logo.

Fake JUUL packaging

Fake JUUL pods have harsh e-juices. Their caps are brightly colored. For example, one flavor has an orange cap, wherein the real one is yellow-orange and the fake is red-orange. 

fake JUUL pods

The cotton of the real JUUL pod is neatly arranged while the fake one's is fluffy.

fake JUUL pods

Refillable JUUL pods also come in cheap packaging with e-juice spills scattered around. Real ones are spill-free and professionally packed. Real pods also have “The Alternative for Adult Smokers” on the packaging.

fake juul pods packaging

How JUUL Labs Addresses Counterfeit JUUL Products 

There is a very long journey to take when it comes to fighting counterfeit fake JUUL pods and vapes. It is considered a long-term commitment to maintaining the excellent quality and service of the company. They are dedicated to ensuring that consumers always receive the modern and advanced technology, with beautiful product designs and world-class customer support encompassing the JUUL brand. 

To protect their customers and their business partners, JUUL Labs actively investigates and pursues counterfeiters. JUUL is now a partner of several local law enforcement agencies to stop the parties who are responsible for the production, distribution, and sales of fake JUUL kit and JUUL pods. JUUL also has a product registration site to know if your JUUL device is authentic or not.  

Where Do Counterfeit JUUL Vapes Originate 

In Shenzhen, China, the majority of counterfeit vapes are being manufactured, with more than 600 factories making vaping devices. While there are genuine vape factories complying with intellectual property laws, there are a lot of them to regulate and supervise. They are able to penetrate the western countries through smart sellers who tempt consumers by offering low prices. Sad to say, but there are also innocent sellers who are completely unaware that they're selling counterfeit items.  

There are fake JUUL products sold online including counterfeit accessories such as refillable pods. As with the cheap and fake vaping devices, these accessories can also pose danger to you and to your authentic JUUL vape as well. 

Consumer Warning and Precautions on Counterfeit Vapes  

If the standard price of the item is far lower than the average price, then there's a high probability that the product is fake. Manufacturers put authenticity codes to combat counterfeits. It works by revealing a code once the surface is scratched and the code is entered into the website of the company to check if it is valid. Of course, the real products are the only ones with valid codes. If the code shows that it was checked several times, there's a high probability that the item is fake because every code is unique.  

You can also try integrating the vape's Bluetooth with your smartphone or gadget. A fake vaporizer will not be able to pair with your device because it does not have the serial number of the company's database. Always check the packaging by comparing to online product sites. Always do some research before buying a new brand of vape and stay vigilant at all times. 


Fake vapes, like counterfeit JUUL products, pose danger to safety and health. While legitimate companies are trying their best to maintain and improve the quality of their products, there are many factories imitating these brands to make money. Counterfeit vaping devices and accessories cause harm not only to consumers, but also to authentic manufacturers, legitimate distributors, and the entire vaping industry. It is not the fault of the consumer when they buy fake vaporizers but they end up paying a higher price in many ways, risking their health and safety. Always apply the best practices mentioned above when shopping to ensure you get quality and genuine products like JUUL vapes. 


  • I bought a pack of fake pods tonight. This is the first time that it has happened to me. I had a feeling they were counterfeit when she handed me the box, but I thought maybe they are just an older box. The box had the website www.juulvapor.com on it. The juice was like piss yellow, and i have been smoking the Virginia tobacco pods for a long time, the juice is NEVER yellow. I took a puff anyways, it tasted like nothing but chemicals. Needless to say, I drove back and demanded my money back. I was threatening to call the police because Lord knows what I had just inhaled. I received a refund, even though I had opened them. I don’t think the store owner even knew they were counterfeit, because he sells official juul pods.

  • I inadvertently purchase some fake pods and ended up with a severe sore throat and chronic cough from them. I will be letting the store know of the issue.

    Steve Kiray
  • Another scam location selling counterfeit juul pods:

    Marathon (Gas Station)
    4451 Dixie Hwy, Elsmere, KY 41018

  • I bought a Metallic pink Juul vapor back on the the 1st of April 2019 from the smoke shop here in Michigan Every time I tried to register my device I keep getting a message saying that the serial number has been replaced .what’s that mean ? That its fake ?

    cheryl Robbins
  • I just bought mango pods at the mobile station 11571 gladiolus ft MYERS FL 33908 they are fake. They have them displayed up front and the guy had to go to the car that’s out front to go get 2 big boxes of them. The liquid is gold and a real juice is clear. The taste is not right either. I went in and returned one pack of them but they would not return the other one since I opened it. They are not supposed to be selling these anyway I thought after reading about it.

    Kerry kendrick

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