The Best E-Cigarette
By Tracey Jackson – Our objective in the e-cigarette reviews is to ensure our readers obtain straightforward, accurate information on the best e-cigarettes brands available in the UK now we’ve entered 2015. This ensures that you do not end up having to buy poor quality products and either give up trying e-cigarettes for good because of a disappointing experience or having to buy additional electronic cigarette products to find one that fits.
Our method is straightforward to compare the results from top e-cigarette review sites of all their best electronic cigarettes and give you only the best recommendations. This should result in an unbiased and independent e-cigarette reviews summary to ensure you save time and money and get a best quality product.
The vast majority of electronic cigarette components are sourced from China and then re-branded by the various e-cigarette companies. It is important that good e cig companies ensure quality control and that they use proper quality components. However this is where the process breaks down. Too many e-cigarette companies are in this “early stage” market to make a quick buck and quality of product is not their priority. By “reviewing the review sites” we ensure that only serious product providers end up on this site offering only their best e-cigarette. For details of calculations go here.
Much has changed in 2013 and 2014 with UK Government intervention and rightly or wrongly there is a move to licence e-cigarette products in 2016. This should in theory ensure the electronic cigarette industry as a whole upgrades product quality. Many UK E-Cigarette companies have not, and may not, go through this costly licensing process and may not survive this legislation.
The Best E-Cig 2015.
To establish what is the best e-cig 2015 we have taken the top electronic cigarette reviews from all the 2014 e-cig reviews. See below for a summary review of each one. One company has introduced new technology in 2014 – this is a real game changer for advanced users and includes the introduction of their new hi-tec best vaporizer pen for 2015: The V2 Pro Series 3 – reviewed here. For those new to e-cigarettes though, I recommend sticking with the pre-filled refill option, reviewed below, for ease of use rather than the “fill your own” e-liquid option. This will allow a straight forward transition from smoking to vaping.
See the Ex-Series new vid below!
3rd Place: South Beach Smoke Review.
The South Beach Smoke e-cigarette is a very well made device. The basic starter kit will cater for the majority of light smokers and recreational users. Vapour production is better than the “more popular” e-cigs brands that can be found in the UK and battery life on their Super Max battery per charge is excellent – lasting a full day with heavy vaping. Vaping feels smooth however the throat hit associated with normal smoking is not as significant as either V2 Cigs or Green Smoke even when using 2.4 mg strength.
When vaping there is a louder than usual air intake sound as air is taken in to blend with the vapour as you inhale. This felt a little strange but was also accompanied by a very easy draw – maybe too easy – much less resistance than a normal cigarette so the feeling is not quite the same as when smoking. Buy from their USA head office as we understand there have been issues with the independent UK retailer. Relatively very costly cartomisors/refills will affect ongoing cost.
Whilst there are draw backs the advantages of reliability and a well manufactured products far outweigh them. Certainly a quality electronic cigarette brand but not the very best out there. Excessively expensive refills making running costs the most expensive of the line up – need to fall in line!
- Basic Kit Price: £59.99
- Number of flavours: 18
- Battery Price: £14.99
- Battery Spec: Unpublished mAh
- Refill Price: £14.99 per 5 pack
- PCC option: Yes
2nd Place: Green Smoke Review.
Green Smoke have certainly come on in the past year or so and feature heavily in some of the e-cigarette reviews. This may have much to do with their successful PR rather than the quality of their device – having said that their product is only second to one. These are highly effective high end quality products delivering an excellent “smoking experience”.
There is significant vapour production which is a must for all those wanting to switch away from traditional cigarettes – many e-cigs brands just don’t have it but Green Smoke does. There is also a reasonably good throat hit using their high nicotine 2.4 mg carts. Battery life is excellent.
Downside is that Green Smoke don’t offer a refillable option on their cartomizors, no e-liquid option! So they will prove more costly to run in the long term and restrict your choices on what you can and can’t vape. There is no PCC option so no on the move charging ability.
- Kit Price: £29.97
- Number of flavours: 8
- Battery Price: £10.97
- Max. Battery Spec: 270 mAh
- Refill Price: £8.40 per 5 pack
- PCC option: No!
V2 Cigs are well placed to take advantage of future legislation as their product offers top of the range quality. Importantly their e-liquids contain no impurities and your e-liquid from V2 is lab tested – a full lab report is available on-line for every batch of e-liquid that gives full details of ingredients. Their introductory express kit is a steal at £16.99 and will help get you started on a low budget!
Their product gives the most vapour, and a realistic and reassuring throat hit. They offer the widest range of accessories of all three companies including a sleek design PCC option so you have more customisation options. Something the others don’t do.
For simplicity and convenience of a regular smoker they offer the cartomizor option pre-filled with e-liquid. They also take another step by offering a wide range of e-liquids to accommodate heavier smokers and the Shisha market – a range of tobacco and e-shisha flavours to use along with their clearomisor tank system/shisha pen. (see Ex-Blanks below). With its 4.2 volt battery it is more than equal to any ego at half the size. Their Red and Congress flavours rank in the top of the best tobacco taste e-liquids available. Many E-Cigarette reviews also show that their menthol flavour is exceptional. Refill running cost is relatively cheap and with the e-liquid option you can save even more.
For the purist they also offer their “Ex Blanks” carts which are a straight forward clear mini tank system that you can simply fill using any e-liquid, and coupled with their high power battery (we like the black battery with this option!) you can vape all day effortlessly. In the early days poor quality batteries forced the market to introduce the oversized and rather clumsy “mod” or Ego type electronic cigarette – now V2 technology allows for a 4.2 Volts / 380 mAh battery in a neat and tidy design – I would suggest that this may well make the mods obsolete. V2 Cigs is much closer to the feel of normal smoking which is important especially when you start out. Something vital that the “mods” are lacking.
To get a feel for things. A standard pack of cigarettes weighs around 24 grams and the standard V2 Cig comes in at 17.5 grams (they do a smaller one too). Some E-Cig Reviews show that the new Innokin ranks well in the ego/mod type e-cigarette space. But this weighs in at a whopping 73 grams. It is over twice as long as a cigarette and over 4 times heavier than the V2! Quitting or reducing the smoking habit needs a practical solution to make it as easy as possible.
V2 Cigs, now Vapour 2 in the EU, has a new designer range of e-cigs -The Ex-Series – this is new technology. This includes a carbon fibre look battery that doesn’t light up at the end and brand new refill technology which ensures a clean vape with no burnt after taste! [ Video here ]. They also offer a range of elegant e-cigs for women - Vapor Couture (See VC UK site or VC USA site)- not as powerful as Vapour2 standard equipment but excellent vapour compared to the competition and all wrapped up in a neat feminine designer e-cigarette. Their quality products and continual innovation secures their position as the best e-cigarette UK brand.
- Basic Kit Price: £16.99
- Number of flavours: 12
- Battery Price: £13.99
- Max. Battery Spec: 380 mAh
- Refill Price: £8.99 per 5 pack
- PCC option. Yes!
Say Hello to the New Ex Batteries – The V2 You Know Multiplied by WOW.
A Last word on e-fuel for your e cigarette – ie. your vape juice or e-juice.
The e cig market is unregulated so you need to be vigilant. Most e cig review UK sites or vaporizer comparison sites don’t highlight this significant issue enough. But there are many reports available that demonstrate the large disparities between ingredients used by e-juice manufacturers. The difference between first-rate e-juice and your run of the mill e-liquid should concern you as it could relate to your good health longer term. Some ingredients in some e-liquids are seen as potentially very hazardous. Yet e-liquid companies are all telling us that they have the best e-juice.
The Karger medical publication states:
“Their nature is generally not specified other than in imprecise terms like ‘vegetable flavoring’,… some artificial flavorings have been shown to be cytotoxic.”
Companies are now beginning to understand that clean pure e-liquid is imperative, some have now introduced laboratory testing and use only medical grade e-liquids – these are what this e cig review site recommends are the best e liquids to use with your e cig. What’s in yours!
Edited by Tracey Jackson e-cigarette reviews UK.
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Prices as at Nov 2014.
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