An atomizer known as an RDA or dripping atomizer is designed for use with thick juices which are dripped onto the atomizer deck a little at a time. You don’t fill a tank and keep puffing until the liquid runs out. RDA liquids are known to be generally thick owing to their high percentage of vegetable glycerin(high VG).
They are perfect for use with sub ohm mods like the SMOK Alien or VaporShark DNA. Tank atomizers with sub-ohm capacity were also designed for this purpose. How do you spot a good dripping or cloud chasing e-juice from the hundreds of available labels?
Top RDA Juices
Everyone’s list is a little bit different from everyone else’s but it’s likely your top 10 would not include liquids made by mini cig companies (except maybe Halo Purity or Apollo), cheap single-flavor blends from your e cig vendor, or Chinese juice.
Overall, you can expect a gourmet liquid to be ideal for dripping and any juice which is mostly sweet could be a good fit for this purpose too.
Expect a lot of e-juices for dripping to contain cream, custard, or baked goods in the profile, and even alcohol flavors too. VG carries the sweetness of a flavor better than PG but isn’t as great for getting that hit at the back of your throat which is associated with tobacco styles and propylene glycol.
Gourmet finds include Space Jam, Cosmic Fog, Gemini, Alice in Vapeland, and Five Pawns. There are loads of others too: Villain Vapors, Ruckus, and Kind E-Juice are just a few other options out of dozens.
Best E Juice For Dripping and Cloud Chasing
Firebrand’s regular line has been given quite a boost by a selection of eight high-VG flavors of which one, surprisingly, are tobacco varieties. We see this too rarely in the gourmet side of the industry, so it’s great when someone embraces the traditional, comforting flavors of pipe tobacco et al. You will find tobacco in Crixus, a nutty style of e juice.
Daredevil is a lot like Carnage by ANML, another great dripping juice. Their other flavor is Looper: similar to a fruity breakfast cereal. Both of them feature carnivorous beasts on their labels and there is hope they will come up with something new in the near future.
At CRFT, they are only interested in high-quality ingredients and come up with unique mixtures like Trail Mix. This one really tastes like seeds, nuts, and fruit. Their Strawberry Blonde is another winner bringing to mind thoughts of creamy strawberry.
At Namber, they came up with the Epiclouds line developed specially for cloud chasers. Pick up strawberry candy (Strawberry Circus) or Doughnut Pounder (glazed donut). Try the unique Glacier Banana in which you will discover what happens when menthol and banana unite.
At The Standard, vapologists like to keep their clients in the dark. You don’t even know what you are getting with some flavors. It takes a few brave souls to try out juices and report their findings in reviews. Alternatively, you could wind up with one of the mystery types in your subscription box. If so, see this as an opportunity to venture into the unknown. As for Tater, that’s a chocolate style unlike anything your mini cig cartomizer refill could ever produce. Do you like Banana without menthol? Curious Jorge would be just the ticket.
Cream-based juices are meant to be thick on your palate as though you really are drinking cream. The skill required to create this impression is impressive and they have lots of skill over and over at Vaping Birdy. Try an Empress Penguin or an Emperor Penguin. The Emperor is straight-up condensed milk. His Empress, being sweeter and more feminine, adds strawberries to hers. Bald Eagle blends toffee, chocolate, and coffee into a rich, bold e liquid. Try Crème a la Vanille or, in English, vanilla cream.
Melon Boba, Sour Burma, and Baja Breeze are all fruity, but they do not lack anything when it comes to clouds. At Goodlife, they also create several tobacco e juices so the tobacco fan doesn’t have to give up his favorite flavor to enjoy clouds. He can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Here is one of the most widely acclaimed e juices in the country, but not one carried by the same huge list of vendors as, say, Five Pawns. A frustrating lack of local supply might mean you have not tried this vapor juice before, but Adirondack makes excellent fruity e liquid that is well worth saving for a special occasion (like launching or adding a new box mod to your collection).
Spotting Good Juice
Making clouds is something you can do with any device using any juice, but some are wispy and some are meteorological phenomena. It is always best to go with a juice that has a high level of vegetable glycerin so your clouds are sure to thicken up no matter what type of mod you use from eGo to 50W box.
Several companies supply dripping lines side-by-side with their regular e juices. VaporFi, for instance, has created their Artisan e juice for this purpose and to cater to a cloud-chasing audience. These clients would probably be using the Rebel II tube mod or Vox.
Charlie Noble’s Admiral’s Reserve was made for this purpose and some entire brands are devoted to the sub-ohm culture. The label will indicate that this is a dripping juice or perfect for RDAs. Velvet Vapors offers the choice: select natural, regular, or vegetable glycerin e liquids. Most of their flavors are available in any format.
A number of companies provide custom juice blending and the option to change your propylene glycol (PG)/vegetable glycerin (VG) base. Indicate if you want all PG, Max-VG, or a level in-between. Expect RDA e liquids to be bottled in glass, to be made in smaller batches than the usual stuff, and to cost a bit more than regular liquids. If you paid about $12 for 15 ml, that’s average.
From one vape store to another the definition of “starter kits” differs. At online cigalike shops such as Green Smoke, White Cloud, and South Beach Smoke these refer to kits for beginners; people who are literally just starting to vape. They might have barely given up cigarettes or still be smoking some of the time. At other stores these refer to kits which help a person get started with any sort of device, so they have all or at least some of the equipment required to operate and recharge a vaporizer at any level. Here are some configurations you could find.
This is the real newbie’s first set and it has to come with three things: a USB charger, a battery, and flavor cartridges. When you first start out, a starter set is also a guide to vaping, in a sense. You know that if stuff is in the box you are expected to use it somehow whereas later, when you know what you’re doing, some things go without saying.
Certain people would also say that a beginners’ kit should come with a second battery and an AC adapter and that a real starter kit contains at least 5 cartridges. You don’t really get a feel for what vaping is like and how convenient it can be without the second battery which provides a chance to learn timing and preparation. When your 3- or 4-hour battery runs out, you realize how much you need battery number 2.
You should probably go for a kit with at least 5 (but preferably 10) cartridges since they are used up so quickly. Some bundles also contain a case, a portable charging device, and a lanyard; a car charging adapter, perhaps a USB e cig, or maybe a disposable electronic cigarette. Couples’ kits simply double all of the basic equipment so two people can learn to vape side-by-side.
Prices for all of this gear vary so widely and customer preferences are so different it is hard to nail down the best price. V2 Cigs provides numerous options including a set that comes with refillable cartridges or tanks plus e juice. Halo provides one of the best value kits for their G6 and a lot of colors plus the option to select refillable cartridges, but juice is extra (though high quality and inexpensive). Smokeless Image probably sells the cheapest sets around. A few other brands of note include Vaporfi, Fin, 21st Century Smoke, and Vapor4Life.
An eGo cigarette goes beyond cigalikes to provide many hours of vaping per charge. Instead of recharging three or four times daily, a person can probably manage to recharge just once around midday with a 650-mAh eGo battery.
You might get away with just one battery and a single tank in this case as long as recharging can be done while you continue to vape, but that’s not always the case. You could revert to your cigalike while recharging an eGo. Many people do. There are also 1100-mAh sets plus several containing variable voltage e cigs and lots of color choices.
Top-value eGo starter kits are packaged in a zipper case with a syringe or dripper bottle for easily refilling the clearomizer also included. Usually, if there are two batteries, two clearomizers are also in this package plus a USB charging cable. The addition of a bottle of e juice sweetens the deal. Halo’s Triton is a good example. The Kanger EVOD and Joyetech eGo are two more. Vaporfi supplies the Pro series as their eGo offering.
Clearomizers could be disposable or come with replaceable atomizer heads. They have built-in or removable drip tips and are usually made from polycarbonate rather than glass. Their single coil configuration is best used with low-viscosity e juice (high-propylene glycol) and flavors that don’t crack or cloud tanks such as low-acid fruit flavors, some desserts, tobacco, and light menthol.
While vapers might turn to an eGo as their first electronic cigarette in preference to the dainty cigalike, they are unlikely to choose an Advanced Personal Vaporizer (APV) as their first step. In spite of that fact, vape shops and manufacturers will still refer to their advanced “starter kits” in order to indicate that you are not only buying a battery; you buy a whole package here which is why the price is higher.
In this kit you do not need a second battery since the 1100-, 1300-, or 2200-mAh battery will remain charged for an entire day if you remember to replenish it overnight. The battery should be bundled with a clear or glass tank capable of low but not sub-ohm resistance plus some extra atomizer heads, a USB cable, maybe a case, and possibly some e juice for good measure.
Really Advanced Starter Kits
Often these are referred to as “mini kits” comprised of the smallest versions of certain hardware. Examples are the Kanger Subox Mini Kit with their small tank. These kits contain a vaporizer base and battery, if that is not already built in, plus a cable and a tank. A few kits are comprised of all-in-one vaporizers (battery base and tank). Many other kits are just the vaporizer plus a battery and a USB cable without a tank. At this level, e juice is rarely included although some shops encourage vendors to customize their own kits to include adapters, extra tanks, spare parts, and e liquid.
Starter Kit Savings
Another reason people buy starter kits, besides convenience, is that they usually save money. Whether you just started, have picked up your first eGo, are on to adjustable airflow tanks, or are into sub-ohm cloud chasing mods, a kit costs less than individual parts bought all at once or over time. Not only is shipping added to small orders in most cases (you get free shipping at a threshold of $50 to $100) but a discount is applied to bundles automatically.
Many of the top names in electronic cigarettes made some minor changes to their pricing or added some new equipment, but their cigalikes didn’t really change in 2015. The biggest news in this part of the industry is perhaps that Volcano E Cigs stopped promoting the Magma in favor of more advanced devices, although it is still available as a starter kit.
Otherwise, most e cig companies have been doing the same things in their cigalike departments as they did the previous year. There isn’t much to change except to freshen design and add new flavors. Here is the top five plus some advice on how to choose a cigalike.
First Things First
When you approach the topic of best cigalikes, it’s easy to become overwhelmed: there are just so many brands of cigalikes. Many of them look the same and technically there is little or no difference. Aesthetically, there are various colors of tips including blackout tips and crystal tips. These don’t say anything about how well an e cig operates. Ignore the glitz and gimmicks.
Look instead to the number of hours an e cig will hold its charge. The average is around 2 ½ to 3 hours but a few standout models manage around 4 hours on a single charge. Remember, these are very tiny batteries and are not designed to last all day. The sole purpose of a cigalike is to transition smokers into the world of vaping by offering them a device that looks and feels much like a cigarette.
Of course flavor is always something to consider as well, especially if you are just trying out vaping and looking for something similar as an alternative to smoking.
Starter kits are sometimes good value but often loaded with gear you don’t need. Stick with a basic kit costing $50 or less.
Contents should include at least the following:
• 2 batteries
• a USB charger
• an AC adapter
• 5 cartridges
Anything extra is a bonus such as a carry case, more cartridges, or a car charging adapter. Although a new type of e cig hit the market last year — the Juul — I’ll stick with traditional types because it’s easier to compare apples to apples. Always buy brand new, brand name e cigs so you can be sure of their quality and that safety standards are being met.
The South Beach Smoke battery is probably this industry’s best. They lose points for pricing, however, since you have to buy packs of 15 cartridges at a time (as opposed to 5 in most instances) and these are overly expensive. Their starter kits could be cheaper too, although special deals and coupon codes help to mitigate this fact.
But that’s the same with almost every company, so once discounts are applied to every brand of e cig, South Beach Smoke will still be among the most expensive cigalikes. After South Beach Smoke introduced their High-Drain battery (a longer version of the cigarette-type device), it became clear that others would have to improve their game and many did.
This is one of the pioneers of the electronic cigarette industry, and they are well known for their e-cigs having a realistic experience compared to an actual tobacco cigarette. They have a very reasonably priced standard starter kit, pictured here, to get started with cigalikes.
Then if you want to get a more powerful device, they have some other great options. If you are thinking of trying electronic cigarettes, we highly recommend V2.
The G6 cigalike provides a sturdy and modern design plus excellent performance. Halo also carries one of the industry’s best US-made e liquids, comparable with gourmet brands. A lot of other companies use Chinese e juice and their ingredients aren’t up to USP standards.
Since you can buy refillable cartridges at Halo, it is possible to refill with any brand of e juice and still use a cigalike. Customers really appreciate the affordable bundle with its impressive packaging. Clients also love that they only have to pick a color since there is one standard starter set for each model sold at Halo.
This is the cheapest product on the market, and I don’t mean in terms of quality. Many consumers really love this cigalike.
Don’t let the low price worry you. Smokeless Image simply did what the other brands should have also done: dropped their prices way lower when the market was flooded with options.
One such firm is a sister company to South Beach Smoke. Eversmoke also puts out a fine product. Selection and pricing are generally similar in this department although South Beach Smoke now carries 4 vaporizers and a line of e liquids whereas Eversmoke sticks to cigalikes.
Build quality is much the same. South Beach Smoke produces 16 flavors of cigalikes, however, vs. the selection of 8 styles at Eversmoke and far fewer options overall. Both companies offer automatic and manual batteries and two sizes: standard and high-drain.
I give this company a top spot because they are among those who started this revolution in the United States. Green Smoke also initiated recycling options to help promote the environmentally friendly nature of vaping and that does the image of vaping a lot of good.
Green Smoke reviews have been consistently good when you take their product for what it is, not what came later. Forget about eGos and e liquid: Green Smoke has not caved-in to trends and pressure and still makes a fine product for new vapers with one goal: find an alternative to cigarettes without ditching the physical actions of smoking.
Their strong suit is fresh e juices, seven pre-filled flavors. Batteries are at the high-end of average for performance. They can be stylish too with the designer series named and crafted to make you think of major US cities.
In the past year or so, Green Smoke dropped their prices, those being the one thing experts could really hold against them, so now the cost of a starter kit is far more competitive than it was in early 2014.
When Vaporfi got its start their selection of vaporizers was small, but the idea to grow was already there. Every so often they launched a new product; a slightly tweaked product; or added a different flavor of e juice.
Before long they were taking out products that did not sell but replacing them with high-tech items and even branching out into herbal vaporizers. Today, Vaporfi carries one of the widest selections of vaping equipment of any American brand.
All the E Cigarettes
Their lineup begins with an Express; the Vaporfi version of a cigalike. Next, they have the Pro: not much harder to use than the Express but more varied with its assorted colors. Their Edge, Vice, Rocket, and Rebel are all intermediate devices with the Vox out on top as their most advanced e juice vaporizer. Add the Orbit and the Boom for alternative vaping. Many of the parts sold at Vaporfi (tanks, batteries, RDAs, coils) are interchangeable with each other and even products from other companies.
All the E Juices
I won’t list the flavors here: there are too many. Instead, let’s just touch on the concept of Vaporfi E Juice. Sure: you can buy pre-made liquid and even pre-filled cartomizers for the Express. There are also two thick e juices for sub ohm vaping with an Edge or Vox II. The most popular notion at Vaporfi, however, is to make a custom e juice. It’s a challenge to try and come up with a flavor no one else has ever thought of and that is still possible with the thousands of potential combinations out there.
The lowest price you pay at Vaporfi for a starter kit is $29.99 and that’s for the Express set. A Vox II Mod bundle, Vaporfi’s most expensive set, is priced $199.99. Pay as little as $15.99 for a 30-ml bottle of e juice. The clearance section also introduces consumers to some excellent bargains.
Coupons and Deals
Visit the sale section for bargains and go to your account for points to be redeemed against purchases. While there, learn how to earn more points by writing reviews or referring a friend.
Use the Vaporfi website as a resource to help you locate even more savings with the Blend of the Month Club and coupon codes. Search offsite for other coupon codes posted by affiliates on their own websites or become an affiliate yourself and earn cash promoting Vaporfi.
Spotlight: the Edge Starter Kit
This is one of the newest vaporizers at Vaporfi; a cylindrical sub-ohm unit with an 1800-mAh battery, 100W maximum output, a 7-ml tank with green O-rings for color contrast, a sleek shape, and a wide-mouth stainless steel mouthpiece. The tank manages 0.2 ohms resistance or 0.5 ohms according to the atomizer head you install.
Adjust airflow as recommended depending on the wattage you choose: small for up to 30W, the middle hole for up to 50W, and the largest hole when you are vaping at 80W. The price is $129.99 which includes a charger, charging adapter, an installed atomizer coil, one spare, replacement glass, and a drip tip plus the battery.
Spotlight: the Vice Starter Kit
This is another of Vaporfi’s new vaporizers, a little like the eGo One from JoyeTech but with a single rectangular window. Though similarly shaped to The Edge which gave you 1800 mAh, The Vice offers 2200 mAh power. It attaches to a small tank of 2.5 ml. There are two air vents for cloud chasing, two atomizer heads (1.2 ohms and 0.5 ohms), a charging set, tank, and battery in your bundle costing $99.99.
Spotlight: E Juice
Vaporfi now carries three lines of e liquid known as their standard, Reserve, and Grand Reserve collections. The first contains a 70/30 or 50/50 propylene glycol/vegetable glycerin (PG/VG) blend (thin or balanced for mid- to low-ohm atomizer coils).
Grand Reserve liquids contain 60% VG. The ratio of ingredients in Reserve e liquids is 30/70 PG/VG. Standard e juices are bottled in plastic but the other two are bottled in glass, always in an FDA-approved facility. Vaporfi E Juice is made in the United States.
Reserve flavors are Summer Lovin’ (lemon raspberry), Northern Lights (melon, berry, and guava), Moroccan Gold (vanilla tobacco with coconut), Monkey Business (creamy banana), Decadence (creamy hazelnut chocolate), and Black Velvet (cherry cola). Reserve flavors cost $19.99 for 30 ml.
In the Grand Reserve ($21.99 for 30 ml) we have Catch Ya Latte and Pineapple Pow (self-explanatory), Rainbow Custard (strawberry tangerine candy with Crème Anglaise), Meringue O Tang (doughnuts with meringue and lemon custard), Island Frost (blueberry coconut and pineapple champagne with mint and lime), plus Cloud Candy (cotton candy and gummy bear jelly).
Reviews at Vaporfi
I have always been impressed with the review policy at Vaporfi which sees a wide variety of comments from customers. They aren’t always 100% in favor of a flavor or a product. Vaporfi airs clients’ real thoughts and views, or so it seems, and they also respond to customer complaints.
That’s how you know this firm at least tries to make the business all about customers, not just having fun behind the counter and in their R&D department. That they do have fun is a given since their catalogue is fun and impressive to behold.
Service at Vaporfi
There are two ways to shop here: in person at one of their many brick-and-mortar stores or online. More dedicated shops are opening as well, so retail is spreading from Florida out to the rest of America. Online shopping is easy, but there is a shipping cost to consider.
Go to customer support if you have questions that aren’t answered on the website, if that’s even possible. Their helpful FAQ section and instructional videos give you most of the information you could possible want including details about their e liquid that many e juice makers fail to supply.
I feel confident about shopping with Vaporfi. They are transparent and available. While prices sometimes leave a bitter taste in my mouth compared with the prices of similar equipment sold by other brands, at least I know this company will answer my queries and usually turns out a solid product.
First of all, whatever the internet says or a reviewer tells you, the best portable vaporizer is the one that meets your needs. It works for you, so in spite of whatever anyone says about a model, if your unit does what you wanted and expected, that is the best device. With that out of the way, let’s talk shop. To help consumers feel confident enough to choose just one, editors and retailers give their clients a checklist.
On this list are items such as size: is the device truly discrete, for instance. Surprisingly, even a few pen vaporizers are just a little bit too long for their category. Certain items vaporize herbs and others look after wet materials. A few handle multiple materials: what are you vaping?
Several products in the market for portable or handheld vaporizers cost around $250, which is a considerable investment. Even allowing for the fact that analogs are more expensive, most smokers never cough up $250 at one time (and that doesn’t include the cost of herbs or oils).
A few brands are instantly offered as reference points because a lot has been written about them, they are established, and their reputations are excellent. Consider Davinci, Ploom, Arizer, and Firefly. These are just some of many good quality items on the market.
Who says good things don’t come in small packages, or that every Canadian is a 6-foot tall lumberjack? You’ve been watching Due South re-runs and reading Canadian Geographic too much if you overlook the potential for something small and good-looking to come out of Canada. An Arizer measures just 4.5″.
It is battery-operated as most handheld vaporizers are. The only other option would be to use butane tanks like the Iolite, which is also a good unit. Until someone invents solar-powered or wind-generated vaporizers, batteries are your best bet.
Allow 4 hours for charging the Solo and then it works for about 2 hours, heating from 122F to 410F or until you tell it to switch off. An automatic shut-off function prevents you from wasting the battery too much. Materials are heated in a ceramic chamber but a glass whip provides a neutral vapor pathway.
The Solo is wrapped in stainless steel to ensure it is insulated against heat loss and so heat does not evacuate through the sides, onto your bare hands. Vaporize herbs or essential oils and pay about $225 for a solid name in vaping.
This is another small but beautiful vaporizer: considered by some to be the Rolls Royce of portable vaporizers. Watch the heating element glow hot through a narrow grate too small to accidentally poke fingers through but wide enough to ventilate the element and avoid overheating.
A Firefly could easily be mistaken for a handheld phone at first glance. Then you see it is slightly thicker but still small and light; palm-sized. The exterior is glossy black, red, or grey.
Its closest cousin is probably the Davinci Ascent, roughly the same size but with a glass mouthpiece stem and swivel-opening lower chamber.
Using a glass heating chamber, the Firefly creates clean vapor. If it utilized stainless steel, there is a chance that your vapor would be laced with the taste of metal. Glass is inert. Control the heating chamber, setting temperature to a maximum 400F by holding down the button. Let go sooner for a lower temperature.
A Firefly battery is rechargeable and removable. The lifetime of your device overall is not dictated by how hot you like your vapor (hot vapor uses up batteries quickly).
Every part of this unit is sturdy. It was made to be used and potentially dropped. The exterior consists of aircraft aluminum: tough enough for much more than anyone could put a vaporizer through, and worth its $270 price tag.
V2 is usually associated with electronic cigarettes, but they saw which way the wind was blowing and knew that sooner or later their beginners would become intermediate and eventually advanced vapers. While planning how to keep up with a sophisticated audience, V2 Cigs created a 3-in-1 vaporizer.
That vaporizer is not an advanced vaping pen, but in late 2014 consumers can buy a unit with adjustable temperature and digital controls. It will function like a portable vaporizer and an APV at the same time.
The tiny Pro Series 3 magnetically connects a rechargeable base with one of three cartridges, each one capable of vaporizing a specific material. Choose e liquid, loose leaf herbs, or essential oils. The Series 3 base chooses a temperature automatically.
A team of experts took years to engineer an all-in-one herbal vaporizer: the Pax. This is among the most practical devices, with a magnetic lid that becomes a mouthpiece.
Press the lid to release your mouthpiece; press it again to return it to its original position. Press one side to pivot and remove the mouthpiece so as to gain access to the herb chamber.
A light on one side changes color to indicate one of two things: battery charge or temperature. Just shake the Pax to find out how powerful the charge is. 370F, 390F, and 410F are your possible temperatures set using a button under the mouthpiece. Replace the lid and release the mouthpiece.
Yellow light shows your Pax has reached 370F. An orange glow stands for 390F. Red means your have reached 410F. Heating to 410F takes no more than a minute.
The Pax uses a built-in battery, which is rechargeable. To make it last longer, vape in the lower heat range. Pay about $250 to own one of these snazzy gizmos.
Purchase your Prize
Now you have some names, but where are these devices sold? Choosing an authorized re-seller or going straight to the website are two options. Online shopping is easy but can be risky. Contact a company authorized to carry the unit of your choice; a company that provides the full warranty, not a fantastic deal. A super-low price indicates that your product is a clone or the warranty is not in effect.
As a true IVG company, it was only a matter of time before South Beach Smoke introduced new vaporizers to complement their cigalikes and e juice. The Air has been offered for some months (South Beach Smoke’s version not to be confused with the squashed Vaporfi Air), but the company must have seen it was time to give customers more choice. Now you can jump from a cigalike to one of four intermediate products.
Are you in the market for more power, but also hopeful of finding an e cig that does not look like a cigarette?
Would pretty colors brighten your day, or do you prefer solid black or silver? No matter who you are, South Beach Smoke offers a suitable style. Their four vaporizers are the Storm, Thunder, Curve, and Air.
The Storm and Curve are eGo style batteries. Buy the Thunder if you want to exert control over voltage. The Air is a small, portable device. Like a lot of eGos, the Curve and Storm provide the widest array of colors.
Prices for these four starter kits range from $29.99 to $99.99, but power is also variable: from 350 mAh to 1300 mAh.
For $49.99, your kit provides all the pieces needed to get started plus an extra atomizer so your tank can remain in use longer. This starter bundle comes with one tank, one battery, a USB charger, and a wall charger.
Colors for the cartomizer include subdued and stealthy black, white, and stainless steel. South Beach Smoke offers yellow, pink, red, purple, blue, green, or camouflage as well. When you buy extra batteries, these colors are also available.
But for the starter kit you choose black, stainless steel, or pink. Elect to add an LCD screen for $5 more and you can also upgrade the battery from 650 mAh to 1100 mAh for $3.
With these additions, your package will cost up to $57.99.
This is a stylish, feminine product with a slight curve to the battery and a more pronounced curve up top.
Choose black, red, purple, blue, green, orange, or silver for the cartomizer and the battery, or mix and match.
This is a long 650-mAh battery measuring 100.25 mm without its tank, so not the stealthiest of devices.
Your Curve atomizer has a resistance value of 2.2 ohm.
You get 1300 mAh of variable voltage power with a black or stainless steel Thunder.
It measures just 98.5 mm in length without the tank.
In contrast to the slinky Curve, a Thunder e cig is bold and straight.
This is the smallest South Beach Smoke set up measuring just 4″ assembled. For $29.99, you buy a complete e cig with a USB/wall charging kit. You’ve seen this one on their website for a while and there are lots of reviews to help you make a decision.
An Air starter kit contains the small battery but this can be swapped later on for a 650 mAh or 900 mAh battery. Prices are $14.99, $22.99, and $24.99. Add a tank for $9.99. The Clear tank for use with any of these vaporizers costs $9.99. You might prefer the enclosed tank with viewing window for the Storm ($14.99) or the Curve clear tank ($9.99). A Thunder tank is your largest and most expensive option at $34.99, and the battery is pricey at $39.99.
Pay a variety of prices for various battery sizes. You can also see what each of these vaporizers would look like if you mixed and matched pieces to create your own vaporizer. South Beach Smoke offers a “Build Your Own Vaporizer” program which gives an accurate picture of your customized build complete with the colors you chose.
It looks like South Beach Smoke is set to compete with Vaporfi, their sister company. The Storm resembles a Pro by Vaporfi with a few different colors like the camouflage option. Kits are priced the same too. Their Curve lends elegance to eGo options which is not present in the Vaporfi catalogue, dominated as it is by futuristic designs.
A Thunder e cig costs too much for what it is: just a single-battery kit with variable voltage. Combined separately, the tank and battery are priced about $75 but you can do much better by shopping around. What you will like most about the Thunder is looks: it’s a solid piece; masculine and substantial looking, though reviews haven’t started coming in to say so. These are brand new products.
IVG, generally, and South Beach Smoke, specifically, are known for their highly-rated products. South Beach Smoke was one of the first e cigs on the market and is still going strong. If their vaporizers are as reliable as their cigalikes, business will boom. Not only have their products been reliable but South Beach Smoke now demonstrates that they can be relied up on to follow vapers into the next phase of vaping.
With American e liquid to fill your tanks, South Beach Smoke customers will no longer have to shop offsite for anything. They can get their tanks, batteries, charging devices, atomizers, and juice all in one place and keep adding to their reward points.
Another day and another Kanger vaporizer is released (or pre-released) onto the mod market. Can you believe they only recently set the Nano loose into the vaping world? The design team at Kanger is obviously keen and perhaps a little bit eager before the Christmas rush to satisfy every vaper known to man.
The Kanger KBOX MOD 200W
The name tells you plenty: this is a high-watt vaporizer all right. You can bet your pants it is not for the timid but the bold and experienced vaporizer even though Kanger’s designs are well-known for their user-friendly interface and sensible safety features.
At 200 watts, you can do a lot of damage, but with defensive features built in and a top-class build quality, accidents are unlikely to take shape. That spells good news: you would not want to ruin this sexy little machine crafted in red, black, or white. On the red version, buttons are black; otherwise, they are red as in “hot.” While not hot to the touch, this should remind you of the power you hold in your hand in spite of how sleight it looks and feels.
The Kanger KBOX 70W features a strange screen: red on black. I’m not sure how the usual set of eyes regards that harsh color contrast. I don’t like it, but perhaps a 21-year-old would say that was “sick.” The Kanger 200W KBOX, however, adopts a white-on-black screen set up that is much easier on the eyes and is fixed to the narrow side with three buttons. Press the large switch to turn on your device and choose a mode. Press the other two for raising and lowering temperature or wattage. That’s another distinction between this and the KBOX 70W which places most controls on the front, contrary to any other Kanger box mod style.
A lot of vapers prefer to replace their batteries. This gives them the choice of operating a mod in pass-through function or wirelessly. The 200-watt vape mod comes with a port but the batteries come out and are not, in fact, included with the product costing $65.
Temperature Control Support
Use the 200-Watt KBOX in Temperature Control mode and you have the option of vaping at 0.05-ohm resistance with a Titanium coil or Ni200. Variable Watt mode also recognizes and accepts stainless steel and Nichrome coil, but in TC mode you have to pick the right atomizer heads or rebuild with TC coil. Even though they cost more at the outset, temperature control is more efficient than variable wattage and saves you money in the long run unless you are inspired to spend more on e juice than before. Order your 200W Kanger KBOX today in time for Christmas or a New Year’s present.
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The KBOX MOD 70W comes with 4000 mAh of built in power. You have no choice but to plug in a coil and recharge via USB. This small unit (82-mm tall) is also affordable at around $50. Select black, red, or white. Spring-loaded 510 threading gives you many atomizer options.
A SUBOX Nano starter set is pretty in pink or lavender; slick in black. Buy this slender unit for a lady who loves to vape but dislikes all of the black and steel associated with vaporizer mods. A new Platinum 60-watt vaporizer is the antithesis of a Nano: SUS 304 stainless steel is masculine, a little aggressive, but not pretty.
Kanger’s 120-watt mod looks and behaves much like the 200-watt version but is a little less expensive ($55) and not as high powered, relatively speaking. Compared with its sister products listed above, the Kanger 120W KBOX is a powerful device, also compatible with temperature-control coils.
With $100 to spend you can own an amazing box mod. You will not be tied to just a 50W model or lower, although there is nothing wrong with 50 watts. In fact, using great e juice and a fantastic atomizer, your vape machine can create extraordinary vapor at 40 watts.
Still, since vapers hate to be hemmed in, here is a selection of box mods priced less than $100. You will recognize the names: they are great devices if you can find them on shelves or online. Products as good as these ones have a habit of selling out.
A Thought Regarding Price
With that $100 limit, you’re going to find most US-made mods are out of your price range. Everything listed below comes from China. It’s also important to realize you might not get batteries or a charging cable included in the price. Your bill could come to more than $100 after everything is considered.
Sigelei 100W Plus
Spend just $85 and get this device with a magnetic battery door, vented battery case, protective features, and a great build quality. Your LCD screen displays the level of your cells’ current charge, volts, watts, and resistance. Corners are rounded creating a soft-feel enhanced by the gently rolling parallel lines etched into one side of your mod. With the Sigelei 100W, vapers are protected against a short circuit, the consequences of reversing battery polarity, and overheating at 100W and 0.15 ohms. Trust Sigelei to provide quality workmanship for a low price.
Smok M80 Plus
This is even cheaper than a Sigelei 100W, but still a quality name in the business. Consumers have trusted Smok to supply great products, like the VCT and Magneto, so they know who to trust with $50+. This slender mod displays your puff count so you can see how much vaping you really do. The 4400-mAh battery setup is built in, so to prevent frustration while you wait, the M80 is a pass-through vaporizer. It’s light but durable. Temperature control prevents Smok’s variable watt mod from overheating if you cover the vent by mistake or fire it for too long at high watts without a break. Since cells are already inside, you don’t need to buy any, making this a highly affordable option.
The makers of an E-LVT water and dust-resistant mod bring you this 50W device for around $60. All controls are gathered at the top-front on a black and silver aluminum frame. Read values like watts and resistance on the OLED display. A pair of batteries measuring 4000 mAh is built in but the USB charging port is top-mounted so you can rest this mod upright to charge it.
That port is often on the bottom with other devices, meaning you have to rest them on their sides. Positioning it at the top prevents you from having to remove your atomizer if that is inconvenient.
Thanks to adjustable threading, the choice of compatible atomizers is almost unlimited. Don’t get carried away pressing those solid, clicky buttons. They wear out over time even though built quality is sturdy.
Innokin only released their MVP 3.0 a few months ago and the new version has been launched hot on its heels: a 60W Pro. Like the 2.0 and 3.0, an iTaste MVP 60W Pro doubles as vaporizer and battery charge source for cell phones and other portable devices. It is a solid unit with pass-through capacity and three buttons.
The 60W limit lets you fire at 0.2 ohms or higher. Stainless steel threading is slow to corrode and accepts many types of atomizers, although Innokin made the iSub just for items like this and their new Cool Fire IV. The iTaste MVP costs around $60 or more and you do not have to buy batteries: those are built in.
Joye eVic 60W TC Box Mod
If Innokin can build a Cool Fire that does not resemble a grenade, JoyeTech can make an eVic that is not a tube and photo display. Run their 5000-mAh mod as a variable watt device or switch to TC mode.
With the temperature control function, you select a temperature rather than watts or volts: up to 600F when supported by a high-quality coil. That would be a titanium or pure nickel coil, not kanthal or nichrome. With a special coil, you can drop resistance to an astonishingly low 0.05 ohms, but even the usual sort will bring you to the 0.15-ohm level which is hardly roughing it. Charge the Joye eVic 60W TC mod by the USB port built in.
Those high-end coils are not only temperature-sensitive but resist high heat. Your vapor quality is much better when coils don’t burn out, leaving e juice tasting and smelling toxic.
SMY 50W TC Mod
Semiyue’s 50W mod does the same as an eVic 60W, but with a lower maximum output. Use the buttons positioned in an orderly row about mid-way down, below a big screen, to select variable wattage or TC adjustment.
The 18650 battery is not included for $50+, so add one to your bill. But that’s not bad considering you are buying a TC mod for such a low price. It’s also possible to recharge using the USB port next to battery venting at the bottom.
The large screen displays your temperature, resistance, battery charge level, and watts. Resistance drops to 0.1 ohms but won’t turn on if your atomizer build is any lower. Use high-end coils (pure nickel) to operate the temperature control function.
When you looked at mini cigs made by V2, Eversmoke, and South Beach Smoke, you encountered the term “cartomizer.” It’s the same term used to describe a part inserted into a tank system.
Cartomizers in the mini cig format acts as both e liquid cartridge and atomizer in one. Early e cigs came apart into battery, cartridge, and atomizer, but for a couple of years it’s been unusual to find a cigalike with a separate atomizer.
It is built into the cartridge so every pre-filled cartomizer has a brand new atomizer; one designed to work only for a short period of time. This removes one step for the timid vaper but also gets rid of the temptation to use an atomizer too long before replacing it.
Cartomizers for mini cigs cost anything from about $2 to $3 each, depending on the brand. Some will justify the cost of their cartomizers by arguing they are filled with American e liquid, but you really should not pay more than about $11 for 5 of these (less if you are purchasing them in bulk).
It’s even cheaper to purchase empty cartomizers and refill them with e liquid from your favorite mixologist, but that means you have to pay attention to the atomizer’s performance and be prepared to replace a blank cartomizer when the time is right.
Tank systems also contain a cartomizer. In this case, the item looks much the same. A tube made of plastic or metal is filled with some kind of absorbent material.
The atomizer comes into direct contact with this filler which is why it has to remain wet: otherwise, you get a burnt taste. The way to refill and reuse a cartomizer is by using tweezers to get rid of the filler and replacing it once the cartomizer is clean.
Cartos come with or without holes punched into the side so liquid can flow into them. Consumers can buy their own punch if they prefer.
Halo entered into the fray with their G6 starter Kit that was simple, elegant and easy to use for first timers. G6 was successful and since then halo has decided to make something that’s a bit more powerful, yet still simplistic and elegant. Thus Halo Triton came to take its form.
Halo Triton comes in the same box as the Halo G6, which is a good thing because it one of the sturdiest and sexiest spring locked cases around. These cases also have specialized compartments for each of the component of the Halo Triton so everything falls in to place quite nicely. The Halo Triton Kit includes 2x Batteries, 2x Tanks, 1x Instruction book, Wall charger and USB charger and a Cone cover.
One of the greatest things about the Halo Triton kit is simple instructions booklet. Most vaporizers have instruction that can be a bit hazy for the first time user, but this is not the case when it comes to Halo Triton Kit. The wording is simple enough for even a new user to easily assemble and get to the best part about vaporizers quickly, that is Vaping.
The batteries included comes in two different sizes namely 400 mAh and 650 mAh. Halo also offers the users to pick out the colors of the batteries which can be used to customize the appearance of the device itself. The batteries can either be manually controlled for greater freedom to customize the experience or they can be completely automatic for easier vaping.
The Halo Triton builds upon the already successful G6 kit and provides with great vapor clouds. The Flavors and the throat hits are definitely improved and pack quite a punch compared to size of the device itself. The Triton is still one of the most compact and portable vaporizers around which makes it quite handy. The Triton is also fairly easy to use and is targeted towards vapers just entering the community.
The clear instructions and the easy use of the device ensure that any new vapers can simply obtain the device and enjoy a hassle free Vaping experience.
Although it might seem that the Halo Triton is oriented towards new vapers, it does not mean that any experienced vapers will find anything wrong with the device. If prefer a slick looking device that is hassle free to operate, is compact and provides a good vaping experience, Halo Triton would be the Vaporizer of the choice for you.