Although technically the same company as V2 Cigs, we felt that Vapor Couture deserved a review all of its own. You know from the very second you click on the website that this isn’t just a normal e-cigarette. This review isn’t going to be a normal ecig review – this one is special…. It’s pretty!
This was one of the first e-cigarettes for us. It was what kick-started the entire journey so for us, it holds good memories. Right from the word go, we should say that this actually isn’t a good choice for the ones looking to purchase their FIRST EVER e-cigarette, and certainly not for those that are looking for a long term solution.
Blu Cigs is the good substitute for a real cigarette, but once you get more involved in the e-cigarette industry, you’ll start looking for bigger and better things.
We will have a little mention for the current celebrity endorsements of the company, which include Jenny MacCarthy and Stephen Dorff. “Freedom to have a cigarette, without the guilt”is Jenny’s tagline, and when you t hunk about it, it makes perfect sense. With an electronic cigarette, you can smoke wherever you want without worrying about anyone else breathing in your send hand smoke, or leaving everything smelling worse than a three-day old dirty diaper left in the sun. Smoking stinks and to those that don’t smoke, it don’t stink good!
There’s a black and white Premium Starter Kit for $79.95, but we decided that we were going to go with the $89.95 Premium 100 Starter Kit. We just liked the name – Premium 100. Is that sad?
You’ll get quite a bit of bang for your buck with this e-cigarette starter kit and to be honest, for the price, you do get a lot. There’s the portable charging case with “social features”with two e-cigarette batteries, a USB and wall charger, plus five cartridges of your choice. It is simple and to the point – you can charge up one battery in the portable charging case, while puffing away on the other. You may want to consider adding a third Premium 100 Blu Cigs battery for peace of mind (we did!) and that will set you back just $8.95 which, when you compare with other brands that charge $25 plus for their batteries, you can see why you are on to a winner.
Looking a little closer into the pack, and there are a few things we want to talk about…
Portable Charging Case
Right, we loved this, don’t get us wrong, but the “social features”puzzled us slightly. The pack lights up and vibrates when you are near someone that also has a Blu Cigs starter kit in their pocket, and does the same when you are coming close to a stockiest, which is a good idea if you are running out of stuff and aren’t sure whether or not everything will be shipped to you in time.
The social features, to be honest, are a gimmick. I can think of nothing worse than someone coming up to me in a bar and saying “My pack vibrated, did yours? It’s almost leading the way for the cheesiest chat-up lines ever, isn’t it?
Stalkerish pack aside, and there is nothing better than being able to charge your e-cigarettes up on the go, so as long as you remember to keep your pack recharged, you’ll always have power for your e-cigarettes. This is great for people that travel a lot and can’t always get to a USB port or plug socket, and also for those that need something small and discreet. The portable charging case is around the same size as a pocket of cigarettes and you’d normally be carrying this around with you anyway…
There are lights on the side of the case which indicate the charging process of both the e-cigarettes within it, and the case itself. This ensures that you know how long is left before you can use that charging battery, and how much power is left in the case before you need to plug that back in again. Generally speaking, we got about four or five charges out of a fully charged case at first. Obviously, over time this will decrease with constant use, but you can replace it at a cost of a brand new starter kit.
The cartridges on offer could be chosen in terms of strength and flavor. Thankfully, there are a few varieties to make your choice from, which not only makes life interesting, but also helps you quit if you wanted to wean yourself from the nicotine.
They only offer seven flavors, which isn’t as many as the likes of Green Smoke or White Cloud e-cigarettes. You will find Classic Tobacco, Menthol, Peach Schnapps, Vivid Vanilla, Cherry Crush, Pina Colada, and Java Jolt, so at least there is something for everyone.
The strengths you will find include high, medium, low and none. If you want to know more information, such as the nicotine content itself, apparently you’ll need to go looking for it….
Sadly, the cartridges don’t last all that long which is a shame as this is the perfect cigarette if you are looking for a replica of a “real”one. We managed to get maybe three or four hours out of them before the flavors died. You probably could puff away for a bit more than that, but with no flavor comes no throat hit and it is almost like you are smoking nothing.
At first, when we bought the e-cigarette, we didn’t know any better, and when you consider that you can buy two packs of five cartridges for $10.80 each, with the more you buy making it even cheaper, it’s not a big deal replacing them. You can even refill your own cartridges with e-liduid when you get a bit braver, but this will void the warranty.
Vapor-wise, and there’s plenty from the Blu Cigs e-cigarette. Its virtually the same as what would would have gotten from a regular cigarette, so for the initial switch from regular to electronic, at a point where you won’t know any difference, this e-cig offers the perfect solution.
Now for the important bit – the batteries. As we have already mentioned, the batteries feel like a regular cigarette. They are a bit heavier, of course, but size-wise, these are almost spot on.
You’ll get about four or five hours worth of use out of the Blu Cigs electronic cigarette when you first get it. Sadly, a down point that needs to make about them was that they rarely lasted over two or three months before we needed to replace them. This is why we suggest them as beginner e-cigarette kits, and not for those further down the line.
They offer a cheap starter kit that works well and is comparable to a “real”cigarette, with batteries and cartridges that can be bought fairly cheaply too. All nicely packaged in something that looks like a cigarette box. It’s the perfect compromise really.
The one year warranty entails you filling out an online RMA, and then allowing one to two weeks for processing. Firstly, this is ridiculous because it means that you’ll need to buy a new e-cigarette battery in order to see you through the one to two weeks it will take them to replace your battery in the first place. We ended up just buying new batteries and then because we weren’t using the warranty, refilling our own cartridges. This is easily done by popping the end (with the hole) off the cartridge and then dripping around 15 drops of the e-liquid in there. Simple, really! 🙂
Order checking was something we quite liked about Blu Cigs – you could see where your order was at every step of the journey. This is perfect for a newbie that might be worried about running our to cartridges, or waiting for their new kit! With the free shipping and a loyalty program that means you get points earned for every purchase you make, it’s not a bad e-cigarette brand to use at all. Is it the best e-cigarette though…?
Blu Cigs are a OK beginner’s e-cigarette that foes pretty much what you want it to do. It is only when you get a bit more experienced at using e-cigarettes, and also a bit more adventurous, that you might start to look around for new strengths and flavors in the cartridges, and also higher capacity batteries that will last you longer. On the other hand, you could already get yourself a cheaper and more reliable brand as a your first e-cig (EverSmoke for example), and it will last for years.
Though, for a beginner, it offers everything that the average cigarette will offer you – something that looks and feels like a cigarette, that smokes like a cigarette, and gives you the nicotine hit that you need.
When bearing everything in mind, the cartridges didn’t quite last long enough, and neither did the batteries. When you consider that we were replacing the batteries every couple of months ourselves too, we feel that they can only earn themselves two and half stars out of five. Some very good features but some important things they need to work on!