Smoko Starter Kit
UK based Smoko is very much a new brand that I had not heard of until a few weeks ago when I was contacted to review their electronic cigarette starter kit.
I took a look at the website which is nice and professionally set up and notice that they also sell and promote the product in shopping centres, as the likes of E-Lites and VIP continue to do. They have a small offering targeted towards the new e cig user with just 2 starter kits available, today I will be reviewing the Premium Starter Pack.
In the box / Presentation
The presentation packaging is solid and the branding clean. Inside we have the following:
PCC (Portable/personal charging case)
Chargers (USB lead & Plug)
The Smoko e cig is designed to look like a real tobacco cigarette so the batteries in the Premium Starter Pack are finished in white with the ring effect design.
The light on this e cig illuminates blue when in use and the overall feel is nice and solid, it all feels of a good quality.
The battery itself is very responsive when taking a drag and helps everything flow nicely, the switch is good meaning there were no incidents of the battery activating seemingly on it’s own. Although I now think this is a problem that has stayed in the past as I have not seen any e cig suffer in this way for a while. The actual life of the battery (for me) after 2/3 cycles or charges was around the 1.5 hour mark, this is of course the amount of time the battery lasts when vaping regularly not when it’s just sat not being used!
This is about average for an e cigarette with a battery this size. This is why I harp on so much about it being important to have at least 2 batteries with these mini e cig kits and if possible a Portable Charging Case or PCC as it is known for short. Luckily this kit does have a PCC, which we will look at now.
Portable Charging case
The PCC itself is a ‘cigarette packet’ style design made from plastic, nothing that hasn’t been done already by other brands but it is finished well with the Smoko branding and a smooth white gloss finish that makes it easy to slip in and out of your pocket.
The whole point of these kind of packs is to enable you to charge your batteries without the need for a direct power source. You simply charge the PCC and this in turn will allow about 5 battery charges on the move.
The PCC has 6 slots for cartomisers and one slot to charge a battery with charging time being around 2.5 hours. All you need to do is remember to keep your PCC fully charged!
The only gripe I have with this PCC (and many others) is that it doesn’t have room to fit in a fully made up electronic cigarette, or even just the spare battery. This isn’t such a big deal though, in fact it is probably just me as they would also have to make the pack slightly longer as well which might not be ideal!
Overall – 3/5 The battery life is just OK but the addition of a PCC kind of makes the battery life not so much of an issue.
Vapour / Flavour
The Smoko Premium Starter Pack is sold as standard with 6 Original 24mg nicotine Tobacco flavoured cartomisers that are in the design of a traditional cigarette filter, flecks and all. Straight off the bat it would be nice to see some other options available at checkout as they do sell 4 alternative flavours, Menthol, Cherry, Virgina, Apple and what I think is an ‘energy drink’ flavour.
The Tobacco flavour itself is not really doing it for my taste buds, a touch too ‘ashtray’ tasting for me. But like all things flavour related it’s all personal preference. They actually reminded me of the VIP Electronic cigarette flavours but I didn’t really care too much for these either at the time although many people do like the taste of these.
The cartomisers are said to last for 300 drags but this doesn’t always quite work out how you expect, especially if you are new to vaping. Most brands use a drag of a tobacco cigarette to compare to but in reality when vaping your drags are about twice as long. I myself was got around 140-160 drags from one cartomiser, this will of course work out more or less depending on the way you vape!
The throat hit on the 24mg is good as is the vapour volume so no issues on these two fronts.
The cartomiser packs themselves are available to buy at a price of £12, each pack includes 5 cartomisers and is available in 3 nicotine strengths, 0mg – 16mg – 24mg. Compared to other brands such as Jacvapour (£6.69), V2 Cigs (£8.97), VIP (£8.99) and even Green Smoke when you take into consideration their multi pack options (4 packs for £35.96) they are quite a bit more expensive.
This is another area that would be nice to see a few more pricing options available, maybe a discount for multiple pack purchases would be good.
Overall – 2/5 Vapour and throat hit are both good but the flavour is not so great (for me) and the price is a touch on the high side in comparison to some other brands.
SMOKO Starter Kits
SMOKO offer two main e cig kits:
SMOKO Premium Starter Pack – £45
This is the kit reviewed.
SMOKO Standard Starter Kit – £25
This kit includes the following:
1 rechargeable battery
1 USB Charger
Smoko offer a 14 day refund policy if you are not completely happy.
As always, please check their website for full return/warranty policy details.
ROK Smoko are available via phone and email. They also have Facebook and Twitter accounts.
There is a Smoko discount code available, enter ‘ECIGCLICK10‘ at checkout for 10% discount.
Overall – For those that skipped To The End!
The Smoko electronic cigarette with it’s cigarette looks is targeted at those that are new to e cigarettes. I found the Smoko kit to be good on a whole although there is nothing that necessarily makes it stand out from other brands that are going for the same customer base.
The only real downside for me was the tobacco flavour which I didn’t really like but taste is without a doubt a subjective thing so it doesn’t mean to say you won’t like it!
If you are new to vaping then you won’t be disappointed with whats on offer from Smoko but there are in my mind better products for a similar price. For me, the starter kits from Jacvapour offer that little bit more in terms of not only quality but also the customisable element that allows you to tailor your vaping to fit your needs as you progress.
If you are new to vaping and you have your heart set on this particular brand then I will say you won’t be disappointed with what you get.