Marketing/ad spend: £4million ++?
In this section we review the Vype e cig offerings – the Vype ePen, ePen 3 and the Vype eStick Maxx. See the Vype eStick Review below the Vype e Pen review. Vype have also introduced the Vype eTank – a modular open tank e cigarette which is Vype’s best offering to date. In May 2016 Vype introduced their new Vype eBox, targeted at more advanced vapers -see the Vype eBox review. Vype spend a lot on PR/Ads – does their ecig quality match this spend?
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Vype ePen Review
Vype, like VIP e cigs have also entered the e cig pod space with the Vype ePen e-cigarette. In principle a nicely designed closed system refill with a small 600? mAh ego battery enclosed in a black plastic holder. The Vype e Pen is considerably larger than your standard cigarette. See Vype e-Pen head-to-head comparison below.
The new Vype eTank was launched after the Vype ePen and is a better overall e-cigarette. Probably suits light smokers. Not the cheapest Vype but certainly Vype’s best effort so far. Check out any Vype discount codes here before buying.
Vype ePen 3
The release of version 3 of the Vype ePen 3 starter kit mid 2018 brings a similar device to the vape market. Slightly smaller and neater than its predecessor but still a little too chunky. The ePen 3 is still limited to closed e liquid refills or “pods”. ie you are stuck with Vype e liquid. The e liquid pods are very small (</= 2ml) so probably wont last most ex-smokers a day and at £5.49 for two are excessive. Cheap to buy but higher running costs.
ePen 3 battery
Vype boast “an exceedingly powerful vaping experience with a high performance battery, for all day use” but have decided not to share the Vype battery details with us on the Vype site. However after a bit of digging I note the Vype youTube vid states that the battery is 650 mAh. At £17.99, if you must have a Vype, stick with the Vype open system eTank Pro starter kit that allows you a choice of e liquid brands and does have a superior battery at over 50% more capacity – 1000 mAh.
Whereas VIP brand went for the standard run of the mill ego style, Vype have designed their own ePen. With the closed system ePen leaks will be minimised but you are stuck with the three Vype e-liquid tastes – 3 tobacco and 6 fruit-type e liquids in only 3 nicotine strengths + nicotine free – you are also stuck with their highly priced ePen refills- £5.99 for three refills (Update: I note some are now £7.99 for 3!!). The threading is a “Vype only” fit. I found that each refill will last nearly a day for a 20 a day smoker. The refill is screwed onto the e-pen and a matching sleeve clicks in place over the refill. It’s a lot bigger than a cigarette – see image.
The Vype ePen reviewed here is priced at £19.99, this is a relatively low price. There are 2 voltage settings – high and low (no technical details are given) which does not seem to make a significant difference from what I could tell. However there are two important issues. First, the oval e Pen device is acrylic/plastic and feels plastic, second it is the loudest vape pen I have ever used. It does sound like Darth Vader from Star Wars or if you do scuba diving the sound your regulator makes as you breath underwater – you need to move away slowly from anyone who is in close proximity before attempting to vape as the noise is distracting even annoying!
With 4 or 5 hours between charges there will be the need for a second Vype ePen battery which will cost a further £10.00, that means escalating costs. ie. you are up to £30 for this Vype e Pen kit. However you end up with a relatively simple device that wont hurt new users. The vapour production is good, I understand Vype e-liquid is of top quality VG/PG e liquid from the vPURE Vype e-Liquid range. However there are better solutions and it is simple and secure to buy on-line or call in your order over the phone – click the mini and standard e-cig image for details.
Vype is part of a group comprising Intellicig which produces the e-Liquids. Refills are all pre-filled so you are restricted as regards e-liquid choice. Vype e-liquid has a slightly sweet taste for my liking which does not get better with time. If you don’t like their 3 tobacco flavours you have wasted your money as they have no other tobacco flavoured e liquid to choose from. With BAT’s PR muscle the accessibility to the Vype ePen in pharmacies does mean less people will smoke, which is a good thing imo! With the introduction of their Vype eTank they are looking to broaden their customer base and expand into the ego open system e cig market.
Recent Vype ePen TV ads -“Vaping made simple“- attempts to show how quick and easy it is to remove and replace the Vype e Pen refill and it is relatively easy but if they want to win that race they would need to look at the V2 Pro Vaporizer with its drop in magnetic refill – takes about 1 second to drop-in. With huge profits and corresponding huge PR spend ability, there will likely be substantial and slick marketing of the Vype e cig and epen – we need to be aware that good marketing doesn’t always mean good product. In 1997 BAT spent around £30 million buying the Tyrrell F1 team -why? Purely for brand promotion! (see wiki). That’s £30million nearly 20 years ago.
So is the Vype e Pen the best Vape Pen?
The main point that I see as a positive for the Vype ePen 3 range is that it is lighter than some of the competition. Stockists are on your high street too. This may be attractive to some vapers particularly in the early stages of transitioning from cigarettes to vapour cigarettes provided they can put up with the noise it makes and eLiquid restriction and refill costs. It is a good e pen for the reasons stated but does work out expensive when you start adding up the ePen refills used each day.
However the Vype ePen is not in any e cig reviews top picks that we could find! For me it has to be the V2 vape pen range any day. You can simply and securely buy on-line better alternative e cigarettes – order over the phone or simply order on-line and get the product delivered.
The likes of Vype and other tobacco companies in the e-cigarette space will pile up product in the retail outlets with cheaper offerings in an attempt to offer convenience. Consumers are realising that in the long run choices are limited and price points are higher after first purchase. Rating: 55%
Comments from Vype e Pen Reviews:
- The real let down.. the life of the cartomisers and price of the refills. Not good value.
- eStick small and cig sized.
- Poor battery life.
- Restricted to Vype e liquid only.
- Very “plasticy” feel.
- ePen too loud!
Bottom Line. If you want a proper quality small e-cig get the V2 Classic.
If you want an e-pen of similar size to the Vype ePen go with the Pro Series 3 – it is sleeker and smaller than the Vype ePen though it is more expensive initially but cheaper to run daily. (see cost comparison below). The Pro vape pen is real quality – simple – solid and will last a lot longer. The Pro also offers freedom regarding e-liquid choice and when you compare the cost of smoking both the Vype and the Pro are very cheap.
Vape Pen – Head to Head | Vype ePen 3 V’s The Best
Pro Series 3
Now in the UK
Vype ePen Compared
|Pro Series 3||Vype ePen|
|Initial Cost inc P&P||£64.99 for all day vaping||£27.98 inc 2 batteries for all day vaping|
|*Refill Cost Per day||£0.99/ refill||£2.66/ refill)|
|Total Costs First month||£94.69||£107.78 (£27.98+ 30 days @2.66)|
|Total Cost 6 month||£288||£512
(£27.98 +182 days @ £2.66)
|E Liquid||PG and VG - any eLiquid you choose. 50 Flavours+||Closed system own brand only. 11 Flavours - Only 3 tobacco flavours!|
|Size||14.2cm X 1.6cm||15.3cm X 2cm|
|Refill Fix||Drop in Magnetic||2 piece screw on|
|Constructed||Metal: quality 2 piece design||Plastic: 3 piece design|
|Voltage||4.2 Volts optimised for e liquid. 650mAh||2 settings - no information on voltage/mAh|
|Options||Vape any eLiquid and/or tobacco/dry herbs||Vype e-Liquid only|
Overall Rating V2 Vype
Summary: Vype e Pen V’s Pro Series 3
The clear winner is the Pro S3. It is more versatile, smaller and has a better build quality. You also have freedom of choice to vape your favourite eLiquid. Apart from its rather off-putting noise the Vype e-Pen 3 is also restricted to Vype only eliquid which is a PG and VG mix and there are currently 3 tobacco flavours which you may not like! And if you don’t the Vype is wasted money. You cant use any other e liquid brand as the cartomizers are pre-filled and non-refillable. The V2 Pro 3 allows you to use any e Liquid you desire so you will always find one you like.
Personally I would start with the V2 Platinum Congress tobacco flavour which is mellow. For a more distinct taste V2 offer a Red and Sahara tobacco flavour too.
The e Pen and ePen 3 by Vype is cheaper to buy initially, but you will also need a second battery as one will not last you through a full day. Vype make their money on the refills which are significantly more expensive so that over a period of time you are paying significantly more because the refill costs are a lot higher than the Pro. Longer term the Pro 3 cost less too. A no-brainer then!
Vype e pen is 55% more expensive over a 6 month period.
Now in the UK
…unlike the leagues of other nondescript vape pens on the market today, the V2 Pro takes a unique approach to managing its electrical connections: Magnets. The build quality and performance of the V2 Pro Series 3, especially at a $60 price point, is unmatched. From the billowing banks of vapor it produces to the seemingly inexhaustible battery… for $60, that’s practically stealing!
It’s a small detail, but it makes all the difference in the world. Gizmodo Review
V2 is the leading e cigarette manufacturer – that’s what they do, Vype is owned by BAT a tobacco giant – there lies the difference perhaps.
See the eCigarette Rankings and Reviews for 2018 Here
Vype eStick Review
The Vype eStick Maxx indeed one of the smaller e cigs available. However the downside of this is that the Vype eStick battery life lasts only a few hours. (see comment on recent Vype advert below!) This is very frustrating. You then need to be near a usb outlet in order to re charge your Vype e cig, this will be a limiting factor to even moderate to light smokers. Two fully charged Vype batteries will get you through the morning – then what. So more batteries and at around £6 each costs are stacking up! Not a good start for a Vype review.
UPDATE: Vype have now introduced their PCC which will hold and charge the battery while not in use so a step forward which is always good – but still 1 battery in the Vype kit! So you need an additional Vype battery (now sold separately) to have a reserve battery which every smoker will need. So with RRP at £12.99 each plus a couple of extra batteries this will cost you best part of £25. Well I believe there are better vape solutions at around that price. Spend a little of your time and see the eCigarette Rankings and Reviews. Here
The Vype eStick advert “One Pack Charge Lasts up to 5 days” could be seen as a little misleading, clever yes. It asks “Does the charge on your e cigarette lasts as long as Vype” and then goes on to state that one charge of a Vype “eStick pack” lasts up to 5 days. Now you may be forgiven if you thought that this means the Vype battery was somehow superior than its competitors from this information. However the 5 days does not relate to the eStick battery charge whatsoever (see above- the battery itself wont last more than an hour or two). The 5 days refers to the eStick pack which is the charging case that you use to charge the battery. ie. it is the charge in the charging case, not the battery that can last up to 5 days. Other e cig brands also offer these charge packs or charging cases, alternatively you can charge batteries with a USB charger from your laptop or power socket. The power of PR!!
Vype eStick Tips. Refills
The Vype e-vapour flavour is good and for its size vapour production is good too. But Vype refills, Vype Tips, are about the most expensive out there – see our best e-liquid review. In addition the Vype refill tips containing the Vype e liquid are a closed system which forces you to use the Vype e-liquid brand. This is a VG/PG mix e liquid with limited e liquid choices which simply limits its appeal. There is only one nicotine strength and at 11 mg may be too weak for many. – see comparison table of popular e cigarettes. Looking at how the brand is portrayed Vype have spent a lot on marketing and PR and with BAT behind this brand they will forge ahead in the PR and marketing stakes. There are now many Vype stockists including some pharmacies so it is not difficult to pick one up on your high street with a good Vype discount or knock down sale price. Their packaging is very very nice! The PCC though is plasticy/acrylic and it feels a bit cheap but that’s why you are paying so little for the single kit. Bottom Line. If you want a proper quality smaller e-cigarette buy the V2 Classic eCigarette kit.
Very small Battery; only lasts 2 or so hours
Cost with a couple of spare batteries: £25.00 (they do have offers from time to time)
Recent ad: “Lasts 5 days” Refers to charge-unit not battery
Vype Refills: Relatively Expensive
Restricted to Vype e-liquid – closed system
Limited e Liquid choice: PG/VG mix – Only 1 tobacco & 1 mint flavour in 1 nicotine strength
Short on time:- see the Quick Start Review Guide, New users – eCig Selector here
Vype ePen Consumer Reviews.
From 28 User reviews Average Rating Was 4.6 out of 5 @ 03/09/2017
Sample of Vype e cig Reviews
Wendy. June 2017. 3/5 Stars
When you buy the fillers for the vype the lowest you can buy is 18mg, will you be doing any lower the 18 sometimes catches the back of you throat to strong. I have been smoking for 39 years. I have been using the vype for nearly 6 weeks and would like to continue to use it but at a lower strength.
Charles. April 2017. 5/5 Stars
brilliant! Fantastic! Better than any other e cigs I have used before. I haven’t yet broken one of these which in its own is a miracle. Battery is great and charges fast. I love the fact that I can go from one flavour to another with none of the mess. I will certainly continue using and recommending.
Simon fitzgerald April 2016. 2/5 Stars
Superb ecig helped me quit cartridge bit expensive but good selection. If problem it’s made of plastic so had it in my pocket while working now broken both top and bottom so got lots of cartridges but now no pen:( would be a lot better if it was metal
Anna. February 2016. 3/5 Stars
I love this e pen- BUT.. battery life is ridiculously short! If I don’t puff on it for a while it just dies. Hope they can sort this out.
News Update: According to an update on liquid-news.com the Vype ePen is now available in Germany. In June 2016 Vype introduced the Vype eBox for more advanced vapers.
Nachdem die Vype in England, Polen, Italien und auch Frankreich bereits zum Kauf angeboten wird, kommt die Vype ab Ende Januar 2016 in den deutschen Tabak- und Einzelhandel. Wir haben uns den Vype ePen genauer angesehen. Erfahrungsberichte zur Vype ePen
*For calculation purposes: Equivalent to a 20/day cigarette smoker. Running cost of eliquid for the Pro is based on a 50ml refill costing £25 which is not an uncommon average price for e-Liquid and 5 additional refill carts for 6 months use. 2ml per day eliquid use. 30 days per month, 183 days = 6 months. Postage Royal Mail tracked service. Updated Price at September 2017. Both brands do have sales from time to time.