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E Lites Review – E200 Starter Kit
E Lites have been developing and improving their e cig product since 2007 with the aim to bring you one of the most authentic electronic smoking experiences available. They also adhere to rigorous testing, quality control and CE Assessment. The question we all want to know and the purpose of this E Lites review is “They may be the biggest but are they the best e cig brand in the UK?”. Lets take a look…
I bought the E-Lites E200 starter kit that comes complete with a ‘tough case’. Its a sturdy acrylic casing that can fit five electronic cigarette cartridges and the battery. At the bottom of the case you will find the USB cable tucked away ready to charge. The cable itself is very small and only extends a couple of inches, it did mean for me that the case was hanging out of the front of my PC to charge but this really isn’t a problem. If anything the short cable keeps things tidy and makes it easy to feed the USB back into the E-Lites case.
The back of the case includes a three step instruction for getting started with the e cig as well as another three step battery charging instruction and LED light that tells you when your battery is charged. I was a little concerned at first that there were no other instructions with the E-Lites E200 starter kit but this really is enough information for you to get started. I’ve got to say I am impressed with the casing, it’s simple, got a good quality feel to it, clean in its design and its pretty much the same size as a ‘traditional’ pack of twenty cigarettes.
The battery in this kit is very responsive, unlike a few ecig batteries you will get a good drag first time round. No need for multiple drags just to get it going. Visually, E-Lites electronic cigarette has tried to keep as close as possible to the ‘look’ of a normal cigarette by including faux rings which again looks effective. It has a green light that activates when you take a drag and flashes when low on power, they do also sell batteries with a red light separately but the standard with the E200 is a green light to prevent confusion when smoking in public places.
As for the life of the batteries, they will last for the equivalent of 30-40 traditional cigarettes and E Lites say that they can be recharged 200-300 times before you need to replace them. This could range in time from 6-12 months, at the time of writing I have only been using mine for around a month and need to charge the battery every evening. If you don’t want to wait for the charge then investing in another battery to use alternately is the way to go.
Overall – The battery is good quality but as expected from a battery this size you will find you are charging regularly. I would definitely say a second battery is essential.
One of the most important parts of the UK e cigarette review!! This is where I was impressed with the E-Lite e cig. The taste isn’t exactly like a real cig, I would be lying if I said it was, but it isn’t far off. It took me a few ‘cigs worth’ of getting used to using as well, whereas my friend liked the taste from the first drag and he smokes twice as much as me. After a few days of smoking the e cig I went back to having a normal cigarette, I’ve got to say, it kind of felt dirty! But not in a good way! The E-Lite has a ‘clean’ taste to it, you can still feel the hit on the back of your throat and the vapour volume it provides is spot on, enough to feel like a real cigarette.
I had the regular strength carts with my E200 starter kit but you also have the choice of menthol. Each cartridge is said to give you the equivalent of 40 cigarettes worth of smoking. This is a tough area to work out but for me personally I found 40 to be way over the mark.
I was getting more in the region of 20 cigarettes worth on the calculations they use. Refills are also available where there is several options of strength and flavour. Lite, Regular, Menthol and nicotine free are the choices and at the time of writing you can buy 5 E-Tip refills for £19.99. This may seem cheap when compared to tobacco cigarettes but compared to other e cig brands they are pretty much double the price.
Overall – I enjoyed the flavour but the cartomisers are expensive at twice the price of competing brands.
I did have to email customer service due to me selecting and paying for the wrong product, this was an error on my part. The customer service team however responded swiftly in refunding my money and offering further guidance should I have needed it. So very happy with that.
E-Lites offers three basic starter kits:
- E80 E Cigarette Starter Kit – £25.99 This entry level starter kit includes one rechargeable battery, USB charger, card case and two e-tips.
- E200 Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit – £39.99 (Kit reviewed) This is the latest starter kit by E-Lites and includes a ‘tough case’ with built in usb charging cable, 5 E Tips.
- Epro4 Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit – £64.99 The deluxe kit includes two batteries, two USB chargers, a portable charging case and 5 E-Tips.
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Money Back Guarantee/Warranty
E Lites offer a 7 day return for packs that have been unopened. Batteries are covered by a 6 month warranty from time of purchase. Chargers and e-packs are covered by a 12 month warranty in the event of a defect.
E Lites Discounts & Promo Codes
There is a 10% discount available using the above E-Lites discount code.
Summary – Are E-Lites Recommended?
I do like the E-Lites electronic cigarettes, the whole package is professional in its appearance from the case to the ecig. As commented above the customer service was quick to respond. It just seems lacking slightly at the moment when compared to the other e cigarettes on review such as Green Smoke which at the moment is in my opinion a better e cigarette mainly due to the cartomiser flavours.
The other downside is the price of the refills that are expensive at £19.99 for 5. Having said that there are plus points as well, the battery doesn’t stutter, you get a smooth drag that is consistent in volume every time, the vapour volume is just right and the taste is good as well. For the price of the E Lites E200 starter kit you are getting a good product although there are better out there.
Final E-Lites Review Verdict:
The E Lites Electronic Cigarette Is Rated: Good By www.ecigclick.co.uk!