South Beach Smoke
Although you might think of the popular celeb diet when you say the words “South Beach”, it is actually one of the newer and funkier brands of e-cig that are currently on the market. With a super-cool looking website and a pretty good reputation backing it, we decided that it was definitely overdue to study South Beach Smoke for our honest and real electronic cigarette reviews. Let’s take a look at what we found…
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We’ll start with the packaging and Starter Kits – that’s what you’re really interested in, right? Firstly, the packaging was a little boring and generic. The box was somewhat flimsy and couldn’t contend with those offered by the likes of V2 Cigs and Green Smoke.
Now for the Starter Kits…
Well, South Beach Smoke have a few to offer you. You can make your choice from one of the following:
Deluxe Starter Kit at $59.99 – currently reduced from $79.99, you would be forgiven for being impressed with the price of this funky looking e-cig. For your $59.99, you will get:
- 1 Standard Battery
- 1 Long (Extra-Capacity) Battery
- 1 Mains Charger
- 5 Cartridges
Deluxe Plus Starter Kit at $89.99 – reduced from $119.99, this isn’t a bad price for what you get. Alongside one standard and one extra capacity battery you will get 1 mains charger, a deluxe USB charger, car charger, carry case and five cartridges. You’d think they would give you more cartridges for your extra $$$, wouldn’t you?
Deluxe Ultimate Starter Kit at $159.99 – this has been reduced from $214.99 and is a pretty impressive kit. You‘ll get everything that you get with the Deluxe Plus Starter Kit plus a few extras – 10 more cartridges and a charging case. The charging case sells for just a little under $50 as it is, so this kit is well worth the money that you would pay for it.
You can also opt for a smaller kit with South Beach Smoke’s Reusable Express Kit. For $29.99 you can get your hands on one battery (standard), a USB charger plus one cartridge. This wont’ be enough to get you started but isn’t a bad addition to one of your packs if you happen to need a new battery and USB charger at the same time. It wouldn’t be worth buying the kit if you just needed a new battery.
The prices aren’t bad in all fairness – you will pay around $170 for Green Smoke’s Love Birds Kit but you do get a few more helpful items in that one, such as batteries.
You can get your hands on a brand spanking new SuperMax battery from South Beach Smoke for just under $18 which isn’t a bad price. The one thing that you do need to remember is that this is a new style of battery, however, and you will need to buy a brand new wall charger if you are still using the old ones.
The good news is that this is one of the most popular types of e-cig battery out there with more and more people buying this style of battery than any other. The new crystal tip design, somewhat mimicking what V2 Cigs has started to offer with the new Vapor Couture range, has enthralled a lot of people yet to be fair, you don’t see this bit when you are smoking it anyway.
Flavors & Cartridges
There are ten flavors that you can make your pick from, which is more than some companies, but not as many as others. Vapor Couture, for example, only offers six different flavors.
- Pina Colada
- Tobacco Gold
- Tobacco Blue
- Tobacco Classic
You will also find that you can get them in four different strengths, which is a good thing – we would expect a minimum of four strengths from any e-cigarette company:
- Non-Nicotine – 0mg
- Ultra Light – 6mg
- Light – 12mg
- Full Flavored – 16mg
The one thing that we did find with the South Beach Smoke is that the flavors offered weren’t all that strong – they certainly lacked the bang associated with brands like Green Smoke. After a little while of using the cartridges, the taste became somewhat chemical-like and it wasn’t the best of experiences.
The one flavor that we did find we enjoyed was the chocolate one; the rest we were not all that impressed with. The other thing that we didn’t like was the fact that the cartridges were not clearly labeled at all and we kept finding that we had to go back to the website to find the right color of cartridge so that we knew we were smoking. After a while we got the hang of things but for a beginner, this can get very annoying and also more than a little tedious.
The warranty with any e-cig company is important to ensure that you are getting your money’s worth.
South Beach Smoke offers a “LIFETIME WARRANTY” and that is one of the first things that you will see when you click on the site in bright orange letters. The bad news is that you can only claim on this warranty if you have enrolled in their Home Delivery Service, which basically means paying for your cartridges at each month (at a slightly discounted price) and having them delivered to your door automatically, without you needing to go online and re-order them. It’s not a bad idea but it limits things slightly – you will have to use their cartridges and their cartridges alone; you won’t be able to fill with e-liquid. As long as you haven’t misused your e-cigarette, however, you can use your warranty and have a brand new spanking new one sent out to you once you have sent the faulty item back to them.
South Beach Smoke offer a few accessories but nothing really to shout home about. We felt that the charging case was a little pricey at just under $50. You can buy a new battery, charges, lanyards, cases and charging cases but they all seem to be priced quite high and we weren’t all that impressed. We aren’t looking for clothing like Vapor Couture is promising to provide us, of course, but a few little extras are something that we would quite like to see.
The home delivery service that we mentioned isn’t a bad idea if you are planning to use cartridges provided by South Beach Smoke for the duration of your e-smoking journey. However, if you want to refill your own, you’re going to lose the warranty as well as the cartridges so you will need to weigh everything up – would you be happy shelling out $20 per battery should yours become faulty?
To sum it all up, we would only give South Beach Smoke a rather average 3.5 stars out of a possible 5. With not enough vapor for our liking, not enough flavor in our cartridges, and prices that we felt were a little too high for the quality of e-cig that we received, we weren’t impressed. It’s not a bad product and the things like the home delivery program are a great idea, but when you consider that the warranty is only valid with this program, things can start to get a little expensive indeed! It might be worth shopping around before you make your final decision with South Beach Smoke.