A few days ago, I received a complimentary South Beach Smoke Deluxe Kit in order to review for the readers here on E-Cig Central. After having tried a number of different electronic cigarette brands, I was excited to give South Beach Smoke’s products a try. Known as Entourage star Jay Ferrara’s brand of choice, South Beach Smoke is also a BBB-Accredited business, which gives me confidence that they have faith in their product.
Each South Beach Smoke Deluxe Kit comes with the following items, which were all packaged in a nice and portable box:
- 1 Premium Electronic Cigarette Lithium Ion Standard Battery – Standard (2.5 inches) – 300-400 puffs
- 1 Premium Electronic Cigarette Lithium Ion High-Capacity Battery – High Capacity (3.25 inches) – 500-600 puffs
- 1 Portable Wall Charger – charges your battery wherever you have a wall plug.
- 5 Large Nicotine Cartridges/Atomizers – Equals 7-8 Packs of Cigarettes (Variety Pack – 5 Flavors).
- Owner’s Manual – Click here to see it now Deluxe Starter Kit Manual
The South Beach Smoke Deluxe Kit came with a clear set of instructions which where very well designed and helpful. There were even a few pages explaining exactly how the electric cigarette works!
After charging both batteries for about two hours, I decided to give them a try. Both of the batteries are automatic, meaning that there is no buttons to press to activate it. Simply take a long, slow drag. Unlike my M401 ecig, The SouthBeachSmoke sensor appears to be activated by air rather than sound. As a fan of automatic e-cigs, this is a good thing as I no longer have to worry about my e-cig ever going off when I’m at a loud concert or nightclub. I was also quite impressed with the size of the batteries, which were quite lightweight and small. Despite their small size, I was still able to get quite a bit of use out of them without needing to recharge, and I could easily make the batteries last for an entire day of light vaping. When I did recharge the batteries, I left them plugged in for about two hours before using them again.
The South Beach Smoke electronic cigarettes use a cartomizer system in which the atomizer and e-liquid cartridges are combined. Of the cartridges I have tested so far, all of them have worked great, producing a lot of clean tasting vapor with a strong throat hit. I found that the larger of the two batteries tended to produce more vapor, but with less of a throat hit. Conversely, the smaller battery produced a harsher throat hit, with slightly less thick vapor.
As for the South Beach Smoke e-liquid flavors, I was able to try cherry, tobacco, and vanilla. Out of the three, cherry was a great flavor, producing a strong throat hit and an aftertaste of sour cherry candy. I also liked the tobacco flavor, which had a very sweet taste with a hint of brown sugar. The vanilla flavor was also surprisingly good, and the flavors were especially easy on my throat.
Overall, South Beach Smoke electronic cigarettes are an excellent bang for the buck. With good vapor production and a good price point, I can see why many people have had nothing but good things to say about South Beach Smoke. In addition, the Deluxe Kit with the opt-in ‘Home Delivery Program’ is one of the lowest priced, best quality Electronic Cigarette Starter Kits you can buy at just $49.99., which is a lot less than a cost of a carton of cigarettes here. In addition to this, if you purchase any Deluxe Kit with or without Home Delivery using the link below, you can save an additional $10!
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After having the wonderful opportunity to try a V2 Cigs Ultimate Kit, I decided that I would individually review a few of my favorite products in the kit, which are also available standalone. This includes one of my favorite items in the kit, the V2 Power Cig.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Power Cig, it is essentially a USB passthrough which operates at 5.1 volts. This voltage runs much higher than the average e-cigarette battery, and as a result it can create large quantities of vapor with a great throat hit. Since the V2 Power Cig is powered by a standard USB port, there is no need to worry about running out of power –simply plug the V2 Power Cig in and enjoy!
The build quality of the Power Cig is great, and I have yet to have any problems with it. The power cord is designed to be stretched, and can reach a maximum length of 7 feet, which gives you ample room to vape with.
Overall, I highly recommend the V2 Power Cig to those who find themselves at a PC for extended periods of time. The Power Cig is compatible with standard V2 cartomizers, and is a great addition to any vaper’s arsenal. In addition, customer reviews of the V2 Power Cig have given it 4/5 stars overall.
The V2 Power Cig is available for the low price of $29.28 and includes 5 V2 cartomizers with the flavor of your choice.
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Recently, the kind folks over at V2 Cigs sent me a bunch of their products in order to review here on E-Cig Reviews Blog. Today I will be reviewing the V2 Cigs Ultimate, which retails for about $146 on the V2 Cigs website.
For the purposes of this review, I will be reviewing the kit itself and not the e-liquid flavors. I will review the V2 Cig e-liquid flavors in a separate e-liquid review in order to focus on their taste and compare vapor production. Included in the V2 Cigs Ultimate kit were the following items:
- Standard V2 Starter Kit
- 3rd V2 battery
- 25 Vapor Cartridges (in your choice of Flavor and Strength)
- Car Charger:
- Metal Carry Case
- Portable Charging Case
- V2 Power-Cig
Upon receiving the kit, I was looking forward to trying both the v2 Cigs Portable Charging Case alongside the V2 Power Cig. I have previously reviewed the Madvapes 510 PCC and I found it to be a great way to recharge batteries when I’m out for long periods of time. The device did have a few flaws however, so I was excited to try a different PCC design.
For those of you unfamiliar with PCCs, The V2 Cigs Portable Charging case is a case which contains a battery that recharges e-cigarette batteries that are plugged into them. In my experience, the V2 Cigs PCC was able to charge about 5-6 dead or almost dead batteries in about 2-3 hours depending on the size of the battery. I tend to carry two e-cigs with me at all times, so having one constantly being recharged is a nice thing. The PCC is very well thought out, and it can fit all types of V2 Cig batteries including both automatic and manual varieties. The design has you screw in the batteries, and this way they don’t come loose like they tend to do in the 510 PCC.
The V2 Power Cig was another product that I was excited to get to try. It is essentially a USB passthrough which you can connect to your PC and puff on your e-cigarette without needing to worry about battery charge levels. The Power Cig’s cord was securely attached to the system, and it has been sturdy during my three weeks of use. The cord itself is also nice, as it is compact yet can be stretched out as desired.
The batteries themselves are solid, and I have yet to have any of them fail on me. If they do, you can always return them to V2, as V2 cigs has a good return policy. From their site:
The V2 Lifetime Warranty is limited to a maximum of 5 replacements on any given order. The item must be defective (this is not an exchange system), and will be replaced with an equal item from current inventory.
The V2 Warranty can only be used within 90 days of your last cartridge or eliquid purchase. As long as you have purchased eLiquid or Cartridge products from V2 within the last 90-days, you may make full use of your warranty for the life of your V2 electronic product. Your V2 warranty will never expire.
My favorite battery was the regular sized manual steel battery. I found that it resembled a real cigarette in terms of size and feel, but it looked really nice as well! All the batteries created large amounts of vapor, but they all lasted for different lengths of time. In my experience, I found the batteries to last the following amounts of time:
- V2 Standard Cig: 2 hrs of heavy vaping
- V2 Shorty Cig: 3.5 hrs of heavy vaping
- V2 Long Cig: 5 hrs of heavy vaping
Combined with the V2 PCC, the shorty and standard sized batteries lasted me comfortably for a day without having to wait for another e-cig to charge.
V2 Cigs use a cartomizer system, and I found the system to be well done. Out of the 15 carts that I have vaped, only one had low vapor production. Due to the content of the e-liquids, some flavors did have noticeably more vapor than others. However, all of them had a strong throat hit, which helps make the transition from analog cigarettes much easier.
Overall, The V2 Cigs Deluxe package is a great buy for heavy smokers who are looking for a complete e-cigarette package.
Stay tuned for the upcoming V2 Cigs e-liquid reviews this week!
[Update, October 11th, 2011]
About a month after receiving my V2 Cigs kit, my manual V2 stainless steel battery broke down. I was no longer able to press the button to activate the e-cigarette (it felt like it was jammed). Fortunately, V2 Cigs comes with a lifetime warranty on all product components. After speaking with a representative, I was sent a new battery which has been working much better. The lifetime warranty is valid for 90 days after the most recent purchase of V2 cig cartridges.