There was something about V2 Cigs that desperately made us want to review the company that creates some of the best looking electronic cigarette paraphernalia that we have seen. We had read the other e-cig reviews and seen the high star ratings they were getting so we decided it was time to give them a shot.
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We are impressed by silly things like packaging but then again, aren’t all consumers? We loved the packaging that came with our V2 Cigs kit. We ordered the V2 Ultimate Kit which currently retails for $149.95 and were very impressed by what we got.
In a large, sturdy, durable box, we found our goodies nicely placed in foam inserts:
- 3 V2 batteries – 2 standard length batteries, one automatic and one manual PLUS a long manual battery.
- 25 cartridges – 5 different flavor packs with 5 cartridges in each.
- 1 USB charger
- 1 Mains charger
- 1 Car charger
- 1 Charging Case
- 1 USB E-Cig
- 1 heavy duty carry case
- 1 lanyard
- 1 instruction manual
There are other starter kits available:
Beginner’s Kit at $34.95 – one battery, five cartridges and one USB charger.
V2 Standard Kit at $59.95 – two batteries (one manual, one automatic, both standard length) plus a USB charger, mains charger and five cartridges.
V2 Standard Plus Kit at $99.95 – two batteries (one manual, one automatic, both standard length) plus five cartridges, one USB charger, one mains charger and a portable charging carry case.
V2 Couples Kit at $114.95 – two lots of the V2 Standard Kit (see above) in a gift set for him and her. That’s not a bad idea for an anniversary present for a couple looking to quit smoking!
V2 Ultimate Kit at $149.95 – that’s the one we mentioned above; the one that we ordered. It was on a great special offer deal so it would have been rude not to take it. The deal is still ongoing… just in case you are interested!
V2 Power-Cig at $24.95 – this comes with the V2 Ultimate Kit and is well worth looking at if you spend a lot of time on the computer. You get a set of five cartridges and one USB wired e-cigarette.
When you look at some of the other brands, the V2 Cigs prices aren’t all that bad, especially the V2 Ultimate Kit which is guaranteed to give you pretty much all you need to make the switch. We shall compare the starter kits to other brands to give you an idea of what we are talking about:
Green Smoke Ultimate Kit at $129.97 – you get the same three batteries – one long, one short, one of your choice, but they are all automatic; there is no manual option. They do give you a USB e-cigarette however. They also offer a carry case but no charging case, 10 cartridges (15 less than V2 Cigs), a mains charger, a car charger and TWO USB chargers. So you will basically pay $ 13.99 less, get 15 less cartridges, no carry case, no lanyard, no manual option on the battery and the bonus of an extra USB charger, which is good if you were to need one for work.
When it comes to value for money, especially in the biggest starter kit that you can get your hands on with V2 Cigs, the brand seems to have hit the nail on the head.
V2 Cigs give you more options than most when it comes to battery length. Not only do you have manual and automatic options for the battery itself, you can pick from a variety of lengths too.
EX Series – up to 300 puffs, 135mm long, 280mAh
Long Cig – 300+ puffs, 140mm long, 380mAh
Standard Cig – 200+ puffs, 110mm long, 250mAh
Shorty Cig – 160+puffs, 100mm long, 150mAh
When we used V2 Cigs, we found that the Long Cig gave us all day usage, from around 8am when we got up, throughout the working day, a few puffs here and there when we managed to sneak into the back office, all the way through lunch, in the car on the journey home, watching TV and eating dinner that night and right up until we put it on charge before we went to bed. It still hadn’t run out at this point, so who knows how much longer it could have lasted, but the vapor and throat hit were starting to die off a little and we assume this is because the battery was starting to die.
The website states that the longest cig takes around 4 hours to charge, to give you some idea of how long the rest will take, and in some cases we found that it took longer than that. Generally, charging through a mains charger will be quicker than through the USB port of your laptop and computer, and we would imagine the 4 hours charging time was for when the gadget was plugged into the mains.
If you were to buy replacement or additional batteries, you will find that V2 Cigs prices aren’t bad:
V2 Shorty Cig – $14.95
V2 Standard Cig – $19.95
V2 Long Cig – $22.95
EX Series – $29.95
You also have various color options – white, black, silver or blue. Some of the girls in our team would have quite liked the dusky pink color that Green Smoke offers…. Just in case anyone is reading from V2 Cigs! On the other hand, V2 company has a separate brand aimed for girls only – Vapor Couture, so, maybe want to leave the colors of V2 Cigs discreet.
Although we loved the durability, quality and length of time that the V2 Cigs batteries lasted us, we weren’t all that impressed with the Long Cig when we were using it. It’s quite heavy and a lot longer than we are used to when it comes to e-cigs and we often found that we were waving it around, almost like a magic wand. It was just too long for us and it encouraged odd looks from passersby as we were using it in public places. It just wasn’t subtle enough for our liking, and the fact that we ordered it in a beautiful metallic blue color didn’t help matters with a glowing white tip.
Flavors & Cartridges
V2 cigs offers their cartridges in the following flavors:
- V2 Red
- Mint Tea
You will also find them in the following strengths:
- 2.4% – High
- 1.8% – Medium
- 1.2% – Low
- 0.6% – Very Low
- 0% – Zero Nicotine
In our experience, the flavors of the V2 Cigs cartridges were impressive, but only for a short period of time. After about an hour or two of using the new cartridge, the flavor seemed to die and although the cartridges were lasting us for almost a full day each, the flavors weren’t so we were getting bored and refilling or replacing them with a different cartridge.
The cartridges are easily refilled and from what we can make out, it wouldn’t void the warranty to refill them as the brand is one of very few that actually offers e-liquid as well. A hair grip or fork easily pops the top off, around 8-10 drops of e-liquid will refill the cartridge, and once you give it a moment to settle down before using it again, you shouldn’t find too much of the rather gross tasting liquid leaking into your mouth.
This is important – we cannot stress exactly how important it is to have a look at the warranty offered by the e-cigarette brand you are going to buy from.
V2 Cigs offer a Lifetime Warranty. By a Lifetime Warranty, they seem to mean a limit of five replacements maximum. 5 replacements is hardly a lifetime. You will find that you will need to replace your battery at least once in the first six months or so of smoking e-cigs. You’ll need to learn how to use it, how to puff properly and on top of this, you’ll be using it more often.
Your warranty will be voided if you tamper with the items – use it in any other way than stated in the instruction manual.
Your warranty is also void if you have gone more than 90 days without making an order – “The V2 Warranty can only be used within 90 days of your last Cartridge or E-Liquid purchase.”
E-Liquid – The good thing about V2 Cigs, and possibly the thing that we love the most, is that you can get your hands on e-liquid, right from the brand’s website. This means that you can save money on shipping by ordering everything from one website at the same time, rather than ordering things from lots of different places – a battery from V2 Cigs, blank cartridges from V2 Cigs (which they also sell), e-liquid from Vapouriz…
The larger 50ml bottle of e-liquid (available in all the flavors that we listed above) will set you back around $30. We were used to paying around $15-20 for a 30ml bottle so this price is actually pretty good. You will also find that they are available in the four same strengths as the cartridges.
Smoke4Free program – When you refer people to V2 Cigs, they give you bonuses back to say thanks. You will get credits that you can spend in store to basically get free stuff, and on top of that, the people that you refer will purchase the V2 Cigs stuff at a discounted price. They get 15% off and for everyone that signs up and buys under your referral code; you will get a $15 voucher to spend on the V2 Cigs website. This is basically enough to get a free packet of cartridges!
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After trying our hands at the V2 Cigs electronic cigarettes, we feel that we can now give it a fair review. We loved a lot of things about this brand – we loved the fact that it was so good looking, sleek, unique, colorful and smart. The packaging was great and we were genuinely excited to use the product once it turned up at our front door.
The prices are great – they work out a lot cheaper than other brands, especially when you take a look at how much you actually get in these kits compared to other starter kits. The loyalty/referral scheme and the offers they regularly send out via email can help to save even money further, which means that this could be one of the best e-cigs to try if you are after value for money.
Despite all the positives, there were a few things that we felt let the side down.
The amount of vapor that was produced when we smoked V2 cigs just wasn’t enough. Definitely not in the same league as Green Smoke, anyway. On top of that, the flavor in the cartridges died within a few hours which wasn’t a good sign for us. The longer battery was definitely worth it if you have a tendency to always pull one out the charger even when it hasn’t finished charging because the previous one had already ran out, but felt like a magic wand when we were smoking it – too top heavy and ridiculous looking to use in public. If you don’t want to draw attention to yourself, this is the wrong e-cig to go for.
So, after all of that, we felt that it was only fair that we gave V2 Cigs a pretty impressive 4 stars out of 5. A beautiful product, that’s for sure, but not enough bang for our buck.