It seems that the electronic cigarette has all but officially gone the way of the personal vaporizer. South Beach Smoke, one of the first companies to bring cig-a-like- style electronic cigarettes to the mainstream, has just released their very own personal vaporizer. They are calling their it the South Beach Smoke Air. We took one for a test drive over the past week, and are ready to share what we found out about one of the newest PVs on the market.
Size is the first factor that you will notice. The Air is about as compact as a personal vaporizer gets. With a battery that measures in at just 4” and a tank that falls in at around 2” it slides easily into a shirt or pant pocket while you are on the go. The battery delivers 350mAh, which isn’t too shabby for a compact. It produces enough vapor to satisfy, but is not the battery that you want if your goal is to spew enormous clouds of vapor. The Air did just fine to get me through the day and even an evening out for cocktails. If you are set on a larger battery you do have options. The starter kit comes with the Mini battery, however South Beach Smoke does offer both a Standard 650mAh battery and a High Capacity 900mAh option. Both of these batteries are larger which takes away some of the compactness, but that is the trade-off with pretty much every e cig out there.
The tank is sturdy and sleek. Based in stainless steel and glass it is technically a clearomizer and holds up to 1 ml of juice. The tip is plastic, but it is well designed and seals tightly when screwed on to the tank and even comes with a stainles stell cap to seal your device when you aren’t vaping. One thing that makes the Air a bit different is that you don’t replace the atomizer when it wears out; rather you replace the entire tank. The “hidden wick” atomizer is built right into the tank itself. That might sound like a negative, but the tanks are priced at just $10 which is about the amount that many PV manufacturers would charge you for a replacement atomizer alone.
South Beach Smoke does warn you to only use their e juices in the Air. While this is something that we hear from every manufacturer, the atomizer will perform differently if you use other liquids. It really boils down to the fact that South Beach Smoke uses a 70/30 PG/VG mix. This ratio gives you more throat hit and less of the cloud effect. If you were to use a mix with the same or very similar ratio you should be just fine. Be cautious of using mixes that favor vegetable glycerin (VG), as they will probably gunk up the atomizer and make vaping considerably more difficult and less satisfying. With the popularity of custom e liquid you won’t have any trouble at all finding another juice to vape with the Air. On the up and up South Beach Smoke does have a solid selection of very tasty juices.
In the spirit of compatibility the Air features “eGo-like” manufacturing. The battery has outward facing 510 threading. As this is one of the most standard threading sizes on the market you are open to switching out tanks down the road if you prefer. The compact battery will definitely come in handy with other tanks for use when you are out and about.
Overall the South Beach Smoke Air is a good device for intermediary and casual vapers. The performance and battery life are both more than ample. The Air delivers smooth, consistent doses of vapor and is easy to travel with. The best part is the price. Starter Kits are at $29.99 right now. That’s about as inexpensive as a PV gets, and you still get South Beach Smoke quality. Not a bad purchase at all if you are in need of an everyday device that you can enjoy both at home and on the go. You can get your hands on one in no time by visiting South Beach Smoke online.