By Tracey Jackson – In any e cig review when comparing or looking for the best e cigarette brand there are a number of key factors that need to be considered, including the quality, price of the e cigarette starter kit, the ongoing price of the refills, battery options, accessory options and also what is in your e-liquid. There are a number of other factors to compare. Below we show a ratings comparison chart table for you to be able to easily rate and compare e cigarette brands in our simple clear guide to e cigarettes.
Get the best E-Liquids
There are not many e-liquid stockists who have the capabilities to produce quality exclusive e-liquids and most are not aware of the regulatory or safety requirements. The majority of e-liquid sellers import or resell diluted, generic flavoured low grade e-liquids – Many stores, on line shops and market traders simply re-sell untested e-liquids. What are you inhaling?
blu e cig, Vype, E-Lites, Nicolites, VIP e cig etc all have different costs and can tick certain boxes – below we review some of the more important aspects of some well marketed or better known e cigarettes. What is the best rated e cigarette?
The e-Cigarette Comparison Table.
Each brand has its own e cig kit with various options as shown. Some have 1 battery and 5 refills whereas some have 2 batteries and 2 refills. To standardise each kit so they are all similar, prices below reflect a kit that contains at least 2 batteries and 5 refills. In this way you can compare like with like.
As an example the basic blu PLUS kit has has 2 batteries but only 2 refill cartridges so 2 additional pack containing 2 refills each is added to the kit. (£6.99 for 2 refills, £13.98 for 4 refills) So £13.98 is added to the basic kit price. £29.99 (kit) + 2x£6.99(to get to minimum 5 refills) = £43.97 as shown in the table. The same process has been applied to all the e cig brands.
|V2||blu||Green Smoke||E-Lites/Logic Vape||Vype||VIP|
|Starter Kit Inc. 5 Refills 2 batteries*||£22.99+£12.99|
|Entry Level Kit Name||Beginners||Plus||Express||Curv||Vype e Pen||Compact|
|Batteries in Kit||2||2||2||1||1||1|
|20 Pack of Cigs equivalent cost*||£1.80||£4.66||£2.30||£3.99||£2.74||£2.53|
|One Refill/Cart Equals||20 cigs approx.||15 cigs approx.||18 cigs approx.||20 cigs approx||17 cigs approx||15 cigs approx|
|Live Customer Service Chat|
|Portable Charging Case|
|Large Accessory Selection|
|Manual Battery Choice|
|Shisha Pen + E Liquid|
|Full Ingredients Listed on Site?|
|Batch Testing on Site|
|Kit Choices (rechargeable)||10||3||3||6||3||3|
The above ratings table makes interesting reading and demonstrates why the majority of e cigarette review sites highlight “certain” e cigs as the best e cigarettes out there. Whilst the likes of Vype e cigs design the Vype refills so you can only use the Vype e-liquid brand, if you dont like the Vype e-liquid taste then Vype ePen is not an option ie. it is a closed system – unlike say V2 Cigs who also offer vaporisers that are open system devices so you can use any e-liquid brand. You can also refill the V2 cartridges after use. Some e cigarettes just do not live up to the competition.
One interesting aspect is that by far the vast majority of e cigarette “sellers” in the UK either buy product from China and re-brand similar or identical e cigarettes for sale in the UK or outsource manufacturing to third party factories in China. This can not be the best practice. According to Quality E-Cigs there are only two e cigarette companies (& to my knowledge) that own their manufacturing factories or have dedicated production plants as an integral part of their business – this is clearly an advantage as this ensures end-to-end control of the supply chain and product integrity, it also facilitates “hands-on” innovation and product improvement.
The advent of TPD regulation now ensures basic minimum requirements for e cigarette and e liquid manufacturing so over time the devices and the e liquid should become safer.
Now check out the e-liquid comparison chart table – what are you inhaling? Or view the e-cig size comparison review to see e cigarette size difference.
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Edited by Tracey Jackson e-cigarette reviews UK.
*The prices above were taken directly from the respective company’s web-sites. There will be sales from time to time. Prices subject to change.
Starter kits have to contain at least 2 batteries, 1 USB charger and minimum of 5 refills/carts. To compare like with like where less than 5 carts included in the kit additional cart price added to achieve 5 carts. Refill/cart prices are the best prices achievable on the respective sites – see best eliquid page. Some sites have e liquid ingredients listed but this may be a generic list – at this time only V2 offers batch testing for every e liquid real-time. All puff test results and conditions shown here. See the Jenson Cig-like e-cigs review. Thanks to best quality e-cigs for their input.
E Liquid refill Cost Calculations:
Example. Green Smoke
Green Smoke (GS) refills are $26.90 for 10 = GBP20.80 at 1 September 2017
Each GS refill is equivalent to 18 cigarettes – see puff test on best e liquid page
So A box of 10 refills = 10 X 18 cigarettes equivalent
= 180 cigarettes for £20.80
=>Pack of 20 Cigarettes equivalent costs £2.31