Is the Blu Plus Kit Worth It?

Posted by E Cigarette Reviews | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Tuesday 18 August 2015 7:56 pm

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Blu is one of the powers in the e-cigarette game, and they knew they’d have to keep pace with other brands if they wanted to stay relevant to hardcore vapers. Their new Blu Plus e-cig line attempts to answer the critics by offering an affordable pack with long-lasting battery life. But, is this updated version of the Blu e-cig really that much better than the original? And does it stack up well against its competitors? We’ll let you know in this Blu Plus review.

What’s in the Kit?

The Blu Plus Kit comes with all the essentials you’ll need to start vaping like a pro. In contrast to their previous models, the Blu Plus kit actually operates more like a standard vaporizer with a tank. Blu is perhaps best known for its insistence on using “cigalike” models rather than the increasingly popular tank options. Each of the starter kits comes with the following:

• Rechargeable pack
• Wall charger and USB cord
• 2 rechargeable batteries
• 3 Blu flavor cartridge tanks

That’s really all that comes in the pack, but all of these are advertised as stronger, longer-lasting, and better overall.

Better Batteries, More Charging Options

One of the hallmarks of this kit is the ability to charge your e-cigarettes quickly and through multiple different avenues. Of course, you have the wall charger that allows you to plug into any standard outlet and the USB cord that allows you to plug your vaporizer into a computer or any other device with a USB slot. On top of that, the pack itself actually acts as a charger. The pack can be charged so, if you ever find yourself without an outlet or a USB slot, you can just charge your vaporizer with the pack itself. The pack can fully charge your battery in about 30 minutes and can withstand about 3 or 4 full charges.

The batteries themselves have been updated, but the general consensus is that they haven’t been updated that well. They can hold charges slightly longer than their predecessors, but they aren’t the best when compared to other e-cigarette companies and brands. Even so, the charges are decent and the addition of the rechargeable pack certainly helps.

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Brand New Design

Blu is one of the last e-cig manufacturers to stick with the cigalike design, but the Blu Plus is a bit different. It still looks like a standard cigarette, but you get more of the tank and flavor cartridge experience of standard vaporizers. The design is sleek, functional, and easy to use, and the slim pack makes it eminently portable. The pack contains five slots. Three are for extra tanks, one is for the tank and battery, and one is the recharging port. It’s easy to tote this whole package around.

That being said, some pro vapers might have wanted something with a little more girth. The cigalike design is all well and good, but it doesn’t offer the same long-lasting vape sessions. The e-cigs also aren’t refillable in a traditional sense. That is to say, you can’t just add new liquid into the flavor cartridges. Instead, you’ll have to dispose of and replace tanks every time you run out of liquid.

Low Initial Cost, Pricy Later On

The Blu Plus kit is fairly cheap and you can get it at convenience stores, which makes it easy to find. The price for the kit is $42.99, which is comparable to similar kits. Where the Blu Plus kit goes wrong is in its insistence on using non-refillable tanks instead of standard cartridges. The tanks can get pricy over time. One three-pack costs $15, which means that you’ll have to shell out quite a bit for any subsequent refills. Of course, there are plenty of flavors available, but it’s just generally cheaper to find a brand that sells a refillable tank. With those, you can refill the cartridge with whatever flavor you want and it’s often decidedly cheaper.

Overall, the Blu Plus kit is a step-up from their previous efforts. Although Blu is one of the most popular brands of e-cigarette available, it’s generally considered mediocre when it comes to quality. There is still a lot to like about this kit including the rechargeable pack. But, the pricy nature of non-refillable tanks is certainly going to catch up to you eventually. If you’re loyal to Blu or you just want to see what e-cigarettes are all about, then this kit might be worth your while.
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New Technology and More Action Forthcoming in E-Cig Industry

Posted by E Cigarette Reviews | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Monday 6 July 2015 2:24 pm

The e-cigarette industry has come a long way since it essentially materialized in the mid-2000s. Although e-cigarette technology has been around since the 1960s, it’s really only been available since 2005. Over the last decade, e-cigarettes have been the subject of numerous studies, calls for regulation, and technological advancements that have made them better and more accessible than ever before. The future (and even the present) of the e-cigarette industry looks bright, especially when it comes to technology. Other issues surrounding the industry may appear to some as a dark cloud. In any event, we’ll discuss what the future holds for e-cigarettes and vape enthusiasts.

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More Regulation

There is little doubt that the increased regulation of e-cigarette use and development is on the horizon. No one is quite sure how much regulation is going to occur in the coming months and years. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated that they were seeking both a ban on selling vaping accessories to minors and the implementation of a warning label on e-liquid bottles in April 2015. This, of course, has yet to come to fruition, but it appears likely in the near future.

Furthermore, you can expect more regulation at the state level. By and large, the FDA’s hands are tied by a fundamental lack of conclusive evidence in regard to vaping’s benefits or dangers. By contrast, many individual states have begun seeking legislation to regulate the sale and manufacture of vaporizers, accessories, and e-liquids. If this were to occur, then higher prices, bans in public places, and other restrictions could be implemented by 2016 or even the end of 2015.

Higher E-Cigarette Usage

Despite the potential for added regulation, the amount of e-cigarette users continues to rise. Although it has hit a sort of plateau in the last few years, many industry experts believe that large numbers of new vapers will be added to the fold in the coming months and years. Indeed, in 2014, there was an increase of 10 percent in sales of e-cigarette devices at brick and mortar shops across the country. This does not include online sales, which are a major part of the industry’s success.

The increase in e-cigarette users can partly be attributed to former tobacco smokers making the conversion to vaping. Many people use vaping as a method for smoking cessation, and it has been proven effective in both clinical research studies and anecdotal evidence. Indeed, the rise in vapers practically walks hand in hand with the decrease in smokers. The number of tobacco smokers in the USA decreased by 3 million from 2005 to 2014 despite the fact that the overall population increased by 25 million.

New Additives

There is a veritable laundry list of flavors and e-liquids to choose from to provide yourself with a wholly customized vaping experience. But, heretofore, the primary additive in e-liquids was nicotine. This was, of course, to make the transition from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes easier. But, many e-liquid manufacturers are looking into other additives that can provide distinct benefits. Some of these additives include:

  • Caffeine
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Collagen
  • Valerian
  • THC

The manufacture of e-liquids with these additives is still in its nascent stages, but you may find yourself vaping caffeine instead of drinking coffee in the near future.

Advanced Computer Technology

Many e-cigarette devices are already equipped computer chips that are designed to track your performance as a vaper. These computer chips can keep track of data like how many puffs you’ve taken in a day, how much nicotine you’ve inhaled, and the equivalent number of standard cigarettes you might have smoked. All of this information could soon find its way into a connected mobile app that allows you to keep track of your daily usage at a moment’s notice.

This technology also allows you to restrict your usage to a certain amount of puffs in a day, regulate the device’s temperature, and even communicate with other e-cigarette devices nearby. Imagine having a blinking light on your e-cig that lets you know when other vapers are in the area. You may even be able to opt for a “pay as you go” plan in the future that allows you to purchase a specific number of doses for your e-cigarette.

Further Research on E-Cig Safety

One of the major stumbling blocks keeping regulation at bay is the fact that research on the safety of e-cigarettes has been inconclusive thus far. It is exceedingly clear that research will continue and that the research will become more varied and diverse. As it stands, many studies have shown that e-cigarette usage poses no significant risk to human health. Others have shown that the health risks are substantially smaller with e-cigs than with traditional tobacco cigarettes. As time goes on, research will elucidate more information about the effects of vaping on the human body.

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Better Products Overall

We know that e-cig technology is only getting better. It also means that vaping products are improving exponentially each year. Prices are also starting to go down dramatically. You can easily find devices and kits under $20 that provide you with a premier vaping experience. The introduction of more vaping devices and fewer “cigalikes” (e-cigs that resemble traditional cigarettes) will also improve the experience for many long-time and first-time users.

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South Beach Smoke Air Review

Posted by E Cigarette Reviews | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Friday 29 May 2015 5:38 am

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South Beach Smoke may be the coolest name in the e-cigarette industry. Its newest vaporizer, the South Beach Smoke Air, looks to follow suit. The Air is a compact e-cig that is simultaneously sleek and functional. It also employs some of South Beach Smoke’s newest technology. But, is it worth the investment or should you look to some other manufacturers for better options?

South Beach Smoke Air Overview

The South Beach Smoke Air comes with a nominal “starter kit,” but don’t get too excited. The starter kit includes:

  • The e-cig vaporizer (with battery and cartomizer)
  • A USB charger
  • A wall charger

That’s all you really have to look forward to if you purchase the Air. You will almost certainly have to purchase some e-liquids from South Beach Smoke before you can actually start using the vaporizer. That being said, if you already have your own liquids, then you do not have to add any to the order. The South Beach Smoke Air has refillable cartomizers that can use just about any e-liquid you have regardless of brand.

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The unit itself is ultra-stylish, featuring an almost chrome exterior and a stainless steel construction. The mouthpiece is perfectly-suited for just about anyone and you’ll have no trouble holding onto the lightweight frame. The cartomizer (sometimes referred to as a “clearomizer”) is actually clear so you can see exactly how much liquid you have left at any time. It can hold up to 1 mL of liquid which may or may not be ideal depending on the vaper.

The atomizer uses a “hidden wick” system to heat up the liquid. Indeed, this particular atomizer is adept at heating up and vaporizing the liquid in a relatively quick and efficient fashion. The unit is completed with a 350mAh battery. All of this is compacted into 4 inches of vaping sophistication. You will certainly be hard-pressed to find another device that looks quite like this one.

 

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Again, the South Beach Smoke Air does not come with any e-liquids. For those who already have e-liquids at home, then this is probably ideal. After all, you don’t want to have to spend money on items that you already have in your possession. That being said, those with no e-liquids to choose from will likely be disappointed by the lack of e-liquid inclusion.

Fortunately, South Beach Smoke does not charge you the same amount for this starter kit as they might for one in which e-liquids were included. The price is $29.99 as of writing, which is about standard for most vaporizers of this ilk. It would, of course, be nice to have a package that includes e-liquids (even if it was at a higher price).

Even so, South Beach Smoke has some of the most innovative e-liquid flavors around, and if you’re looking to fill your South Beach Smoke Air vaporizer, you can’t go wrong with their selection of liquids. They have a seemingly never-ending selection of the following categories:

  • Menthol flavors
  • Tobacco flavors
  • Dessert flavors
  • Fruit flavors

They also allow you to mix and match with their custom blend option. You can create a custom e-liquid blend with as many as 3 different flavors. Indeed, you could theoretically build a bottle that includes flavors like Tutti Fruti Gumballs, Key Lime Delight, and Havana Rum. So, even though the starter kit for the South Beach Smoke Air does not include e-liquids, you can still have a little bit of fun making your own blend.

The bottles of e-liquid come in one size (30mL) and they cost $15.99 each. So, the total cost for the South Beach Smoke Air Starter Kit and a bottle of e-liquid would be around $46, which still isn’t bad. Perhaps the biggest limitation of the Air is the fact that the tank is only about 1mL in size. If you like to vape heavily and frequently, then you can expect to spend a lot of time refilling. You may also end up purchasing a great deal of e-liquid in the process.

The cartomizers themselves will also need replacing after the fifteenth refill (or thereabouts). This is actually a decent amount of refills compared to other brands.

South Beach Smoke Air Battery

The battery that comes with the Air Starter Kit is a 350-mAh unit that adds only about an inch to the overall length of the vaporizer. Although it’s not large in stature, the battery is still a force to be reckoned with. A full charge can give you up to 4 hours of vaping, which is quite a bit for an e-cig of this class. In fact, many other e-cigs cannot boast this extensive length.

The battery itself is manually operated which basically means that you have to press a button to get it to start. It will take five clicks to turn it on which is a standard feature that avoids any untimely activation. You can charge the battery with either the USB charger or the wall charger that comes standard in the kit.

All in all, this battery is a game changer for most people based solely on its ability to last a long time. It may have been better if the Starter Kit had come with a spare battery, though. Even though it lasts a long time, you still have to charge it every now and again. It would be nice to have a second battery ready to go if you are in need of an immediate smoke. Interestingly, South Beach Smoke offers three battery types for the Air unit. These three are:

  • Air Mini Battery (350 mAh) – $14.99
  • Air Standard Battery (650 mAh) – $22.99
  • Air High Capacity Battery (950 mAh) – $24.99

So, the battery that comes with the Starter Kit is considered “Mini.” It would certainly be interesting to see how long the High Capacity Battery would last. That being said, the two upper-level batteries would add some length to the vaporizer that might be unseemly or difficult to handle.

Summary

All in all, the South Beach Smoke Air is a stylishly-designed vaporizer that comes with (almost) everything you need to get started on your vaping journey. The added cost of cartomizers, spare batteries, and e-liquids might add up, but you’re still getting an exemplary product no matter what. Seemingly every battery in the South Beach Smoke catalog is going to last you a long time, the smoke and vapor are delectable, and the sleek, sophisticated design is something to behold. We definitely enjoyed the South Beach Smoke Air Starter Kit.

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The Benefits of E-Liquid Vaporizers

Posted by E Cigarette Reviews | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Sunday 17 May 2015 5:46 pm

The science has been out for decades and, by now, everyone is aware that smoking cigarettes is harmful in more ways than one. It’s prompted a lot of people to quit and legion more to attempt to quit with no success. After all, the body craves the nicotine found in traditional tobacco cigarettes, and it also craves the very act of smoking in general. It’s hard to drop those habits even if you have the best of intentions.

That’s where e-cigarettes (or vaporizers) come in. They approximate the physical sensation of smoking a cigarette, and many of them even include some of that addictive nicotine. But is using a vaporizer to smoke liquid tobacco really any better than the alternatives?

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Better for You

Although the research on the health effects of vaporizing liquid tobacco is either inconclusive or nonexistent, most scientists and (people who understand anything about vaping) will generally admit that vaporizing is better for you than smoking traditional cigarettes. In fact, several studies have noted that there are between 9 and 450 times more toxicants in standard tobacco cigarettes than there are in liquid vaporizers. Standard cigarettes contain almost 70 carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) that are immediately transferred to your lungs upon inhalation. It’s the reason why many chronic smokers end up with lung cancer.

By contrast, the chemicals in e-liquids are often known quantities. Most companies use either vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol. Vegetable glycerin is a naturally-occurring substance found in vegetables. Propylene glycol is often cited as the chemical that could cause damage to vaping enthusiasts. In reality, it is the active ingredient in Albuterol—a type of asthma inhaler—and is safe to be inhaled after vaporization. Again, the research on vaping and e-liquids is incomplete at best. But, there is a general consensus that, at least for now, vaping is considerably better for you and your lungs than smoking standard cigarettes.

They Can Help You Quit Smoking

One of the clearest benefits of using a vaporizer is its ability to help you quit smoking tobacco cigarettes. Everyone is trying to quit smoking and there are numerous options to do so. But, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Vaping is a fantastic bridge between traditional cigarettes and a non-smoking lifestyle. One international study showed that 92% of e-cig users felt that vaping had drastically decreased their cravings for traditional tobacco cigarettes.

The reason that vaporizers work when other solutions don’t is because you don’t suddenly lose the habit of smoking. Wearing a patch or chewing gum can never approximate the sensation of taking a drag off a cigarette. It’s just not possible. With vaporizers, you can experience all the benefits of smoking without the overtly carcinogenic side effects.

Many e-liquids also contain concentrations of nicotine. People who want to quit smoking can take up vaping and still get their daily kick of nicotine. Over time, you can decrease the amount of nicotine in your e-liquids. Indeed, the highest-selling e-liquids for most companies contain little to no nicotine. After a certain amount of time, you could theoretically have weaned yourself off of nicotine entirely.

Spend Less with Vaporizers

The initial price of a vaporizer, the replacement cartomizers, the e-liquids, and batteries may seem expensive at first. In general, however, using a vaporizer to smoke liquid tobacco is far and again cheaper than traditional cigarettes. The American Lung Association estimates that the average price for a pack of cigarettes in the United States is $5.51. This, of course, doesn’t take into account states and other municipalities that have placed enormous taxes on cigarettes. It’s not uncommon for a “cheap” pack of cigarettes to cost about $10.

You can find decent vaporizers for $30 or $40 (this includes batteries, cartomizers, and chargers). The price of a 30 mL e-liquid bottle is generally around $10 to $15. Even if you go through that bottle in a week’s time, you will have only spent around $50. Over the course of a month, you may spend a total of $100 on e-liquid bottles, but you would have spent 3 times that amount on cigarettes alone. It’s certainly clear that a vaporizer is the cheaper and healthier option.

They Are Convenient

In general, people are more accepting of vaporizers than they are of tobacco cigarettes. There’s one major reason for this: secondhand smoke. If you’re in a public place and you get a craving for a smoke, then good luck doing so within 15 feet of most public entryways. Cigarettes are largely banned in public places and, in the places they aren’t banned, you are bound to get some dirty looks.

Vaporizers, on the other hand, are actually gaining in popularity in public places. Many bars and restaurants allow their patrons to vape appropriately inside their establishments. Of course, make sure you ask before you just start vaping. Even when you’re outdoors in public, people are generally going to be more receptive of e-liquid vapor than they are of cigarette smoke. The smell is almost nonexistent once it’s dispersed in the air, and, if people do catch a whiff, it’s usually a nice flavor.

Vaporizers are also usually small. Many people make use of “vape pens” which can conveniently fit in a pocket, purse, and the palm of your hand. There’s virtually no limit to where you can take these bad boys either.

They Taste Better

While this isn’t a universal truth, many former smokers believe that e-liquid vapor actually tastes better. E-liquids also come in a wide variety of unique flavors. So, if you don’t like one flavor, there’s at least a hundred more that you can try. Flavors range from standard tobacco and menthol to more inventive designs like Pina Colada and Bubble Gum.

Clearly, there’s a lot to like about using e-liquid vaporizers. In fact, some people simply like to vape even if they haven’t smoked in the past. In any event, it’s clear that vaporizers are quickly becoming the wave of the future. They are also generally healthier, less habit-forming, and more convenient than their tobacco-infused counterparts.

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SmokeTip Review

Posted by E Cigarette Reviews | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Friday 8 May 2015 10:16 am

SmokeTip is an e-cig brand that markets its products as “the most advanced electronic cigarettes.” Whether this is 100% true remains to be seen, but it is clear that SmokeTip is rapidly becoming a giant in the industry. With its unique hardware, large selection of liquids, and bevy of accessories, SmokeTip is truly making a run at being one of the foremost e-cigarette companies on the planet. That being said, SmokeTip is far from perfect and it certainly has its detractors. We’ll let you know how they stack up to the competition in this SmokeTip review.

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SmokeTip E-Cig Options

When it comes to consumer choice, SmokeTip doesn’t disappoint. They offer four different varieties of e-cigarettes and other hardware. These include the following:

  • Original SmokeTip
  • SmokeTank
  • Disposable e-cigarettes
  • Disposable e-cigars

As you might have guessed, the original SmokeTip is the company’s flagship product. It is designed to look almost identical to a standard cigarette except that it has a digitized light on the tip instead of an actual flame. It’s the kind of product that you can use just about anywhere because if it’s compact size and overall ease-of-use. The basic SmokeTip kit costs a relatively affordable $59 and comes with numerous different accessories, including:

  • 5 flavor cartridges
  • 2 lithium batteries
  • 1 USB charger
  • 1 wall adapter

This is a pretty basic package, but it gets the job done. If you go to the website, you’ll notice that SmokeTip doesn’t offer a wide selection of different kits. In fact, this is the only kit available for the original SmokeTip e-cigarette. You could think of it as a traditional “starter kit,” but it’s not labeled as such by the manufacturer. If you’re looking for a bigger, more advanced kit to suit your needs, then you won’t really find one. This does help you narrow down your choices, though.

The next option you have at your disposal is the SmokeTank. Unlike the original SmokeTip, the SmokeTank is a full-sized vaporizer with a larger battery and more room for liquid. The durable stainless steel construction is complemented by the glass pyrex tank, dual atomizer, and airflow chambers that are twice the size of most other units. The SmokeTank also comes with a basic kit that includes the following:

  • 12 mL of liquid
  • 2 atomizers
  • 2 lithium batteries
  • A wall adapter and USB charger
  • 1 transition piece

This kit costs $79, which is, again, relatively affordable.

Last but not least, SmokeTip offers two disposable options: the e-cigarette and the e-cigar. You might wonder why you’d invest in disposable e-cigarettes especially when you’re trying to quit disposable real cigarettes. For starters, a SmokeTip disposable electronic cigarette will cost you $9.95 (or 5 for $39.90). There’s no set-up involved, so you can just start smoking right away. You also get about 500 puffs per disposable e-cig, which is the equivalent of about 2 and a half packs of regular cigarettes. Disposable e-cigs come in three flavors (Regular, Menthol, and Cowboy) and two nicotine concentrations (16mg and 6mg).

The SmokeTip disposable electronic cigar offers similar benefits for cigar lovers. One e-cigar will cost you $19.95 and provide about 1,000 puffs. This one e-cigar will provide the same amount of puffs as at least 12 standard cigars. The e-cigars come in two different flavors, Havana and Cuban (both of which contain 18mg of nicotine). When you stop being able to draw vapor from the disposable e-cigarette or e-cigar, then you can just toss them in the trash.

Cartridge and Liquid Selection

An e-cigarette company is nothing without its selection of cartridges and liquids. The goal, of course, should be to provide you with a wide array of options to improve your vaping experience. The original SmokeTip device offers 22 different flavor cartridges to choose from. These include:

  • Menthol
  • Mild Menthol
  • Cowboy
  • Sahara
  • Regular
  • Apple
  • Cherry
  • Banana
  • Almond
  • Blueberry
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberry
  • Grape
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Peppermint
  • Pineapple
  • Coffee

That’s quite a long list for a relatively small device. Again, you can choose up to 5 of these if you purchase a SmokeTip Kit. SmokeTip also offers an assortment of combined cartridges which means you will be able to taste a little fruit with your coffee-flavored liquid. You can also apply different nicotine concentrations to each of these flavors. Cartridges can contain 16mg, 12mg, 6mg, or no nicotine at all. This is a great way to safely inhale nicotine without all the harmful side effects of standard smoking. The “no nicotine” option is also great for those who have no interest in adding an addictive substance to their diets.

The SmokeTank comes with a selection of liquids that you can use to fill the liquid tank. The selection isn’t quite as large for the SmokeTank, however. You can get Full Tobacco, Menthol, Cowboy, Fruit Mix, Coffee, Vanilla, Chocolate, Cherry, or Strawberry liquid flavors. The SmokeTank also goes one step further with up to 24mg of nicotine in these liquids.

So, we know the selection is nice, but how is the price? One ten-pack of cartridges will cost you $19.95 while 5 ten-packs purchased at the same time will cost $15.95 each (or about $80 all together). A single 12-mL bottle of liquid will run you $9.95 while purchasing 15 will cost $8.45 per bottle (or about $127). SmokeTip also provides other incentives to make big purchases. Indeed, if you buy 10 ten-packs of cartridges, then you will get a free SmokeTip kit with your purchase. Buying only 3 ten-packs will still get you a free battery.

A purchase of 15 bottles of liquid will net you a free battery, 5 atomizers, a wall charger, and USB adapter. In some ways, it may be better to simply purchase cartridges or liquids in bulk because you get everything you need alongside a wealth of liquids and cartridges. Cartridges and liquids offered by SmokeTip are all generally affordable as well.

Batteries and Accessories

SmokeTip comes with a wide variety of accessories to choose from. The most important set of accessories, of course, is the batteries. Both the SmokeTip and SmokeTank devices offer batteries in a set of four different colors (white, black, chrome, or pink). Both devices use lithium batteries, but the SmokeTank battery is much larger (650mAh versus 180mAh). Interestingly, replacement batteries cost about the same for both devices. SmokeTip batteries are $18.95 apiece while SmokeTank’s are just a dollar more at $19.95. They also offer a 350mAh battery for the SmokeTip device for even longer charges.

One of the main problems that SmokeTip users tend to run into is the general lack of reliable battery life. Some batteries end up holding a charge better than others. That being said, SmokeTip batteries come with a lifetime warranty. According to SmokeTip, this means that if your battery stops working, then you get a free one no matter what. In general, we found that the batteries offered by SmokeTip performed admirably during trials. They certainly last long enough for at least a full day’s use before you have to plug them in again.

Speaking of charging, there are a couple of different methods you can use. SmokeTip provides a USB charger, a wall adapter, and car charger, which means that you can charge your SmokeTip battery just about anywhere. If you find yourself constantly on the go, you can also invest in a SmokeTip or SmokeTank Carry Case. Both of these cases can fit discreetly in a pocket, purse, or even just the glove compartment in your car. They can also hold everything you need to start using your device no matter where you are.

SmokeTip Performance

We know that SmokeTip has a lot of advanced technology. We know they have 22 cartridges and numerous liquids to choose from. We also know that their batteries come with a lifetime warranty. But, the real test of an e-cigarette’s quality is its performance when it’s activated and functioning. In this area, SmokeTip doesn’t disappoint.

Cartridges for the SmokeTip device last fairly long (around 250 puffs). This is about the equivalent of 1.25 traditional packs of cigarettes. When you consider that you can purchase a ten-pack of cartridges for under $20, then you’ll certainly realize what a deal you’re getting. That’s $20 for the equivalent of around 12 packs of standard cigarettes.

Each cartridge for the SmokeTip also has an atomizer built-in. This can’t be said for the SmokeTank, but atomizers for that device are fairly cheap ($14.95 for a 5-piece set). For the SmokeTip device, the built-in atomizers are a nice touch and they keep you from having to replace parts or getting a “tin-like” taste after a certain period of time.

SmokeTip is also well-known for the volume of vapor that its products produce. Both the SmokeTip and SmokeTank devices allow you to take up to 7-second drags, which is more than most people really need. But, it also allows you to get a full helping of vapor in your lungs. The airflow chambers are large and you won’t have any difficulties getting a plume of vapor out of your device.

In general, all SmokeTip devices are easy to use and practically self-explanatory when you remove them from the box. You won’t have to fiddle with complicated mechanisms that make the vaping experience more difficult and even uncomfortable. It’s almost as easy as smoking an actual cigarette.

All that being said, SmokeTip’s claim that they offer the “most advanced electronic cigarette” is largely unsubstantiated. The technology used in SmokeTip’s devices is practically identical to many other brands. In fact, in many areas, SmokeTip is actually behind on the technology. Does that mean that the brand is less viable than others? Not necessarily. It is still an eminently functional and useful brand of e-cigarettes even if it isn’t the most technologically advanced.

Customer Service

SmokeTip has their phone number listed prominently on each and every page of their website. This is a nice touch that lets you know that you’re only a phone call away from having your questions answered. As we mentioned earlier, all SmokeTip batteries come with a lifetime warranty. This is nice if a little obligatory. Most purchases on SmokeTip will come with free batteries anyway, so you won’t really have to worry about replacing one.

Orders over $59 will come with free shipping. Most of such orders should arrive within 1 to 3 business days. This is, again, a nice touch. Most products and purchases will generally cost more than $59, so you’re almost guaranteed free shipping on almost every order.

Conclusion

In general, SmokeTip offers exactly what you need to start your e-cig experience. It’s not going to drown you with options and kits, and it’s not going to try to impress you with a ton of technology. In the end, it gives you a nice selection of cartridges and liquids, decent batteries, and devices that don’t skimp on vapor volume. This is all you can really ask for in an e-cigarette brand.Smoketip eCig

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Why You Should Try the Blu Plus+ Xpress Kit

Posted by E Cigarette Reviews | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Thursday 30 April 2015 1:58 pm

When it comes to e-cigarette affordability, you generally can’t beat disposable options. They last a while, don’t cost a lot, and you can toss them when you’re finished. But, Blu, one of the premier e-cig companies, is trying to alter your perception about the affordability of rechargeable packs. Its brand new Blu Plus+ Xpress Kit is exactly the kind of item that can facilitate a switch to permanent e-cigarette use.

Blu Cig Xpress

What is the Blu Plus+ Xpress Kit?

For starters, the Blu Plus+ Xpress Kit is a basic collection of all the important items you need to start vaping with a device that lasts longer than a few hundred puffs. If you were to place it on a scale, it would fit somewhere in between disposable e-cigs and an e-cig starter kit. It comes with all of the following:

  • A Plus+ rechargeable battery
  • A USB charger
  • 2 of Blu’s Classic Tobacco Tanks

It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it could be well worth it if you’re tired of the price of disposable e-cigs (or even standard cigarettes). Even so, why should you invest your hard-earned money into a non-disposable, rechargeable Blu e-cig kit?

Preeminent Affordability

For starters, the price of the Blu Plus+ Xpress Kit makes it difficult to pass up. The kit is only $14.99 which is far and again the cheapest option with a rechargeable battery provided by Blu (and most other e-cig manufacturers). It would honestly be difficult to find another rechargeable battery kit that is as inexpensive as the Blu Plus+ Xpress Kit. If you’re looking to make the jump from disposables to rechargeable units or you want to try e-cigs for the first time, this may be the best kit with the least to lose. If you don’t like it, then you’re only out 15 bucks and you can move on with your life without buyer’s remorse.

Long Battery Life

Even though this is a lower-tier kit, it still offers some of Blu’s best battery technology. In the last 2 years or so, the company has come out with larger, longer-lasting batteries that are ideal for almost any user. Blu even mentions that these batteries last twice as long as their standard batteries, which is ideal. It can also show you exactly what you’re missing by sticking with disposables or standard cigarettes.

Of course, this kit only includes a USB charger (no wall adapter), so your list of applicable charging stations will obviously be limited. In most cases, you can easily charge your device from your computer. If you already have a wall adapter with a USB slot, then you can charge the device in just about any electrical outlet. Getting a full charge should only last about 40 minutes from your computer, but, from a wall adapter, it will be even faster.

Big Tanks, Long Vapes

The Blue Plus+ Xpress Kit also comes with two Tanks (cartridges) filled with their Classic Tobacco flavoring. These tanks can last up to 500 or more puffs, meaning that you can go days just using this particular kit. These cartridges are also not annoyingly long. The total length of the device with the battery and the cartridge is only about 100mm, which is the around the length of a standard cigarette. Each cartridge has a nicotine concentration of about 2.4%, which just the right amount to keep you satiated if you’re trying to wean yourself off standard cigarettes.

Easily Accessible

Another benefit of the Blu Plus+ Xpress Kit is the fact that you can find it just about anywhere. Blu products are available in a number of major retailers like drug stores, big box stores, supermarkets, and gas stations. There is no question that you’ll be able to find the Xpress Kit somewhere. You can also, of course, find the kit online. In any event, you’re going to get an inexpensive and technologically advanced e-cig product to use.

If you enjoy the experience you have with the Blu Plus+ Xpress Kit, you can use your device indefinitely. Just order more cartridges and you can continue vaping for as long as your heart desires. And, again, if you are not satisfied with the product, then you can rest assured that you will not have broken the bank. If you decide to stick with it, you can enjoy any of the Blu’s cartridge flavors including the new Peach Schnapps and Pina Colada liquids.

Blu Cig Xpress

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V2 Pro Series 7 Review

Posted by E Cigarette Reviews | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Monday 6 April 2015 9:04 am

E-cigarettes have certainly come a long way in only a few short years. One of the newest and most advanced designs is the v2 Pro Series 7. Developed by vaunted E-cig manufacturer v2, the kit comes with everything you might need for a quality vaping experience. But, is it worth trying out or should you head in another direction? We’ll let you know below.

v2 Pro Series 7

V2 Pro Series 7 vaporizer

v2 Pro Series 7 Overview

The Pro Series 7 is the top-of-the-line when it comes to E-cigarettes. Inside the kit, you’ll find the vaporizer, couple of cartridges, a wall adapter, a USB charger, and a pick and brush. The Pro Series 7 vaporizer is exceedingly lightweight at only around 4 ounces with an empty cartridge. If you like to carry your vaporizer around with you everywhere, then this is certainly a plus. It’s also only about 5 inches in length and 1.3 inches in diameter so it can fit comfortably in just about any pocket and provide a long-lasting vaping experience. The vaporizer comes in three different colors—black, blue, and steel (a type of gray).

The Series Pro 7 is unique in that it offers three different types of vaporizing material. Loose leaf, e-liquid, and wax can all be vaporized on the Series Pro 7 with specialized cartridges. This is great for anyone who likes to change of their vaping experience from time to time. On top of that, the cartridges are supremely easy to load. You can take them and snap them into place smoothly without any difficulties at all. The magnetic closures ensure that the cartridge is snug and you can enjoy your experience thoroughly.

The Series Pro 7 also comes with a catalog of customization options. You can change the temperature and voltage with the press of a button. An external activation button on the side of the vaporizer contains three LED lights that indicate temperature levels. This lets you choose between three temperatures: 200°C, 215°C, and 225°C. You can also rely on the smart technology embedded within the vaporizer to choose the right temperature for you.

An LED perimeter also glows different colors to let you know when you’ve reached the optimal temperature for vaping. It will start off at red, progress to yellow, and finally turn green when the temperature is just right.

Additionally, the vaporizer comes with a lock option to keep you from accidentally turning it on when it’s in your pocket. The battery life is incredible and the unit itself is easy to clean. It’s safe to say that the Series Pro 7 would be an upgrade over most E-cigarette models on the market.

v2 Pro Series 7 Cartridges

The base kit for the Pro Series 7 comes with a loose leaf cartridge and an e-liquid cartridge. With Series 7 loose leaf cartridges, you can experience a top-of-the-line, smooth smoke. It also gives you the freedom to choose which dry leaf additive you want to toss in the vaporizer. With its variable temperature controls, you can warm up your loose leaf cartridge to the temperature you see fit. The Series 7 also offers one of the fastest warm-up times, allowing you to experience a rich, smooth vapor in under 30 seconds. Once the vaporizer reaches optimal temperature levels, the LED perimeter will turn green and you can smoke freely. The device will automatically shut off after 2 minutes.

The e-liquid cartridge comes with 2.5 ml of space, a leak-resistant design, and the potential for1,200 puffs. You can use just about any e-liquid you like and the cartridge can be refilled up to 20 times. Of course, you can also use the Series Pro 7’s built-in voltage controls to achieve the optimum voltage for your vaping experience. Even so, if you like switching back and forth between the loose leaf cartridge and the e-liquid cartridge, you can make use of the vaporizers smart technology to pinpoint the perfect temperatures and voltage levels. The vaporizer will be able to distinguish between cartridges so you won’t have to customize anything if you don’t want to.

The base kit doesn’t come with a wax cartridge, but it can certainly be a nice investment. The Series 7 wax cartridge allows you to vape waxes, gels, or other concentrates to your heart’s content. It also makes use of variable voltage controls that you can change with the press of a button.

All the cartridges are easy to load and you can simply rely on the v2 Pro Series 7 to attain the right temperature or voltage level.

v2 Pro Series 7 Accessories

The base kit for the v2 Pro Series 7 comes with a USB charger, wall adapter, and car adapter. This effectively allows you to charge your vaporizer whenever and wherever you want. You can also charge the device and vape at the same time.

The USB charger is one of the coolest options and it allows you to plug into a computer to continue your vaping experience. The magnetic charge port at the base of the vaporizer locks in the USB cord. Then you can simply plug the USB end into your computer or other device. The LED perimeter will light up red when the device is charging and green when the device is fully charged.

If you can’t find a USB port, then you can simply use the wall adapter. The charge is faster than a standard USB charge and you can plug it into any wall outlet. Simply plug in the USB cord to the wall adapter and connect the other end to the device. The car adapter—a great option for vape fanatics on the go—allows you to use your vehicle’s 12-volt outlet to gain a fully charged device.

Summary

All in all, the v2 Pro Series 7 is a terrific device for vape-enthusiasts. It comes in three colors, has variable temperature and voltage controls, and comes with a bevy of useful accessories and cartridges. Whether you like the experience of loose leaf vaping or you enjoy standard e-liquid, the base v2 Pro Series 7 has you covered. You can also charge virtually anywhere with the USB cord, wall adapter, and car adapter.

So, is the v2 Pro Series 7 worth it? Absolutely. The base kit is $150 and offers some of the best accessories you can find. This is absolutely a cost-effective choice for those looking to start vaping or looking to upgrade their vaping experience.

v2 Pro Series 7

V2 Pro Series 7 vaporizer

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FUM Evod+ Personal Vaporizer Review

Posted by Chris | Electronic Cigarette Reviews | Sunday 14 December 2014 4:08 pm

FUM is a brand of electronic cigarettes that has been out for a while now. They have worked their way into a good amount of retailers in our area, and most likely yours as well if you live in the United States. We couldn’t ignore these reasonably priced personal vaporizers forever, so we decided to pick one up and give it a try. We chose the FUM Evod+ for our latest review. To be clear, the brand that you are buying is FUM, the actual manufacturer of the hardware is EVOD, so if you are considering an Evod+ from any other manufacturer, this review will give you all of the information that you need.

The Hardware

Fum Evod+ Personal Vaporizer in packagingBilled as a starter kit, this device comes with everything that one needs to start vaping with the exception of e juice. FUM combines a 650 mAh, 3.5 volt battery with a plastic clearomizer that can hold up to 2.4 ml of e juice.  The juice is heated via a cotton wick fed atomizer and delivered to you through a durable plastic mouthpiece. This personal vaporizer does use ego510 threading, so the components will likely be compatible with tanks and batteries from some of your other devices. If you would like to learn more about threading, check out our piece on electronic cigarette threading sizes.

Now back to the device. The 650 mAh battery will deliver 6-8 hours of vaping in between charges. The 3.5 volts refers to how much energy the battery can produce, which ends up dictating how much vapor per puff any given device can deliver. 3.5 volts is not the highest rating for an e cigarette battery, but that much voltage delivers more than enough vapor per puff to satisfy experienced vapers and smokers looking for an alternative alike. During our test this vaporizer performed very well for daily use, consistently delivering ample amounts of vapor. The cotton wick fed atomizer sits in the clearomizer (the juice tank). The cotton absorbs your juice and delivers it to the atomizer (the heating element) to be vaporized. Cotton and silica wick systems are very common, especially for “everyday” devices like the Evod+. They work efficiently and should last at least a month when vaped at the rate of a pack a day smoker. If you are looking for a top of the line atomizer, the Evod+ is honestly not it. It is very good for daily use, but in the greater scheme of vapor copper fed wicking systems deliver the cleanest hits. Having said that, the atomizer setup on this device is delivers tasty vapor and is suitable for daily use. Flavors did not taste muted at all and vapor was delivered evenly and consistently. It is nice that they include measurements on the side of the clearomizer, as that makes it easier to avoid over-filling the tank before you set out to vape. While the mouthpiece is plastic, it is not a cheap or flimsy setup. This vape also comes with a cap that can be screwed on top of the mouthpiece to avoid leakage if you plan on carrying your vape in your pocket or purse.

vist Fum vaping

The Verdict

If you are a smoker looking to try vapor, or a vaper looking for an everyday device the FUM Evod+ is a good buy. We love the price, right now they are going for a mere $25.00, while many similar personal vaporizers are being sold online and in vape shops for $40.00 – $50.00. Replacement atomizers run under $10.00 each, as we mentioned you will be replacing the atomizer in this device every 1–3 months, depending upon how much you use the vaporizer. The FUM Evod+ is easy to take apart and put together when you need to pop in a new atomizer. You will know it’s time when your vape starts to taste a little burnt, all this means is that your atomizer has reached its lifespan and it is time for a new one, there is no problem with your device otherwise. Vapor delivery is more than enough to satisfy cravings and deliver an enjoyable puff. If you need to create enormous clouds of vapor then you should look into a device with a beefier battery and a metal-based wicking system. If you want a solid electronic cigarette for daily use, this one will do the trick. Visit FUM online or find one at a local vape shop to try it out for yourself. If you do buy online use the discount code, fumliquid for 10% off of your total order. This is an ongoing promotion which may end at any time, but should provide you with savings for the foreseeable future.

 

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