V2 Cigs Enter The Performance E Cig Market With The V2 Pro Series 3
V2 Cigs (soon to be re-branded in Europe to Vapour2) have been one of the best selling ‘cig-a-like’ brands in the USA for a number of years but it’s only recently they have made a move into the ‘performance’ e cig market and they are doing this with the V2 Pro Series 3.
Definitely a product I’ve been looking forward to trying since it was released in the UK a short while back as it does offer something that little bit different to the standard EGO type e cigs out there. The V2 Pro features magnetic connectors and allows to use not only e-liquid but dry herbs and essential oil by swapping out the cartridges.
So lets move on to having a closer look and see what it’s like!
This product was received free of charge for the purposes of this review. As always I will give my honest thoughts on the e cigarette.
In The Box
The presentation box is basic with a cardboard sleeve and plastic tray insert. Inside the kit I received was the following:
- 1 X Battery (manual 650mAh)
- 1 X E-Liquid Cartridge/Clearomiser
- Magnetic USB charger
- Instruction manual
V2 Pro Series 3 Battery
If you are used to seeing ego type batteries you will know that you have the battery and the clearomiser screws onto the top. The V2 Pro, however, has been designed with a slight difference which is the first thing I noticed when taking it out of the box.
The battery unit is housed in one long aluminium tube that the clearomiser actually slots into to create one seamless smooth e cig. To add to this the cartridge doesn’t connect by the use of the standard screw thread you normally find. The V2 Pro instead has a magnetic connection which I have to say works really well, more on that in the next section though.
In addition to the magnetic cartridge connection this e cig also has a magnetic USB charging lead which simply clicks into place firmly when the two are brought together. A real plus point here for me is that you can use this as a pass through e cig while it is charging. For those new to that term, it basically means you can vape the V2 Pro while it is charging, so no down time.
The only break in the form of the body comes by way of the power button and two slits that act as a window to see the level of e-liquid remaining. The power button is designed similar to that of the EVOD in that it is flush to the body and comes with a 3 click on/off function.
I found the windows were not much use as they are too small to be able to see the level of e-liquid properly. The thing with this e cig though is that you can simply pull the cartridge out when checking. No unscrewing remember, just pull it out and drop it back in, nice and easy.
How Does The V2 Pro Series 3 Perform?
The V2 Pro Series 3 has one choice of battery which is rated at 650 mAh. Yeah, this isn’t going to break any records in terms of battery life in an ever increasing battery life/size reduction market but for most vapers this should do the trick. Heavier vapers will find more frequent charging will come into play and with no option to buy a second back up battery (unless a new kit is purchased) this may not be ideal so keep that in mind.
For the first few charges (as a moderate vaper) I was getting a good 6-7 hours throughout the day so just fine for my habits. This does, like all batteries, reduce the more charging cycles you put the battery through but this is to be expected.
There are a couple of things that I can think of that may be may put some off buying the V2 Pro. The first thing is the lack of a variable voltage option, although this isn’t a major thing considering the ease of use V2 Cigs are promoting with the V2 Pro.
The second and more important point is the compatibility of the e cig. Due to the proprietary magnetic connection with the battery/cartridge it’s worth keeping in mind you won’t be able to swap, change and try new clearomisers as you would if you were to buy an e cigarette with the popular 510/EGO threading.
I like the all in one design and the magnetic connections makes for an e cigarette that is super easy to use. The 650 mAh battery isn’t huge in terms of battery life (when compared to the ever evolving UK e cig industry) but still does a good job. The lack of replacement battery options as it stands could be an issue.
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This is where things are really interesting with the V2 Pro e cig. The magnetic cartridge.
This is a first for me and to be honest I thought it might have been a bit of a gimmick but no… It actually works really well, you can literally just drop the cartridge in the top and it snaps into place.
How secure is this? Well I tried shaking it out of place upside down and unless you really give it a sharp, hard jerk (which is unlikely in a real world situation) it stays in place securely. Don’t make the mistake of putting the cartridge in without the mouthpiece on though, I did this and it’s an ache to get it out!
The cartridge itself is only 1.6ml, not great but still 0.1ml larger than the Kanger Pro Tank Mini which is a popular compact tank in the world of vaping. It will also fit in with the the new 2ml max UK e cig regulations that are due to come in 2016.
The tank itself is also plastic which can react badly with certain e-liquids causing cracks, would have been nice to see pyrex glass used here. I haven’t personally had this particular issue though.
The other thing that won’t sit well with everyone is the plastic mouthpiece. For me it took a while to get used to as I’m not the biggest fan of plastic, after a day of vaping and perseverance though it wasn’t a huge issue, it actually provided a pretty decent draw.
This kit doesn’t come with e-liquid so be sure to buy some! The good thing is you can use any juice you choose whether it be V2 Cigs e-liquid, who have a good range, or from another vendor. A refillable cartridge allows for experimentation which is great. For this review I was using Cheshire Imperium Ancient Fruit flavour.
Filling is easy, just take your time and tilt the cartomiser slightly dripping down the wall of the tank. Once full the mouthpiece screws into place and the cartridge simply drops into the body of the e cigarette.
I let things sit for 5 minutes to allow the wick to soak up the juice and then took my first drag. The results were excellent, for this type of tank I was getting plenty of vapour and the fruit flavours were very prominent.
Also, no dry hits whatsoever after taking a good few drags in a row as well as zero issues with leaking onto the battery connection, in fact not even a hint of residue. Very impressed.
Replacement V2 Pro Cartridge Prices
The V2 Pro e-liquid cartridge will need to be replaced, V2 cigs say after around 20 refills, you could have more or less. This is dependent on many things such as the type of vaper you are and the e-liquid you use. The price of the replacements is £9.99 although at the time of writing there is an introductory offer on for £7.99.
Not cheap for sure when compared with buying replacements for other tanks and this is something you will need to take into account if choosing the V2 Pro Series as your next electronic cigarette. It would have top marks for me if they had replaceable coil/atomisers heads, this would keep the cost down considerably. Hopefully this is something V2 will introduce as the Pro Series progresses as a product.
Different Cartridge Offerings
As mentioned at the beginning of this V2 Pro Series review, one of the things that makes this e cig not only different but more attractive to a wider audience is the different ‘vapourising’ options. We have covered the E-Liquid Cartridge but there are also two others which need to be purchased separately.
- Loose Leaf vapouriser cartridge – £19.99
- Essential Oil vapouriser cartridge – Not available yet
I haven’t tried any of these yet, although I do have the loose leaf option. I will add an update here when I have.
As their name suggests they are different types of cartridge that can be used with each for of ingredient. The loose leaf I’m sure will be the most popular for a variety of reasons or maybe just the one….
The clever thing here is that the battery reacts differently to each different cartridge. For the Loose Leaf the power button is held down for 3 seconds which activates the conduction heating function. Then it’s a case of waiting for the battery to warm the cartridge to the correct temperature level which takes around 20 seconds. The battery light will turn green to let you know it’s good to go.
You can then take a draw without pressing the button. The heat can be turned off by pressing the button for 3 seconds again or it will automatically cut off after 120 seconds. I like the way the unit can recognise the different cartridges here so if you are a user of both loose leaf and e-liquid then there is no need for two separate devices.
As for the Essential Oils cartridge, this isn’t available to buy yet in the UK but will also be able to heat nicotine gels and waxes.
So plenty for people to be getting stuck into!
Overall – The magnetic connection works very well, the e-liquid cartridge is only a 1.6ml capacity but this can be overlooked due to the great performance both in terms of flavour and vapour volume. The only real downside for me at this point is that the coil/atomiser heads are not replaceable which requires you to buy a whole new tank each time.
V2 Cigs UK allow for a 14 day return on this particular product. They cannot refund though if the cartridges have been used due to the disposable nature of the product.
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V2 Cigs Review – Overall
The V2 Pro Series 3 offers such a range of options as well as ease of use that it’s difficult not to be impressed. Here are our final thoughts:
- Super easy for brand new vapers to use.
- Magnetic connection on battery and cartridge works well, just drop the cartridge into the slot and your good to go.
- E Cig can be used when the battery is charging.
- Loose Leaf and Essential Oils cartridges can be used in addition to the supplied e-liquid cart.
- Flavour and vapour volume were both impressive.
- No leaking or liquid residue at all when I’ve been using it.
The not so good
- No replaceable battery. Once it drains a full new kit needs to be purchased, which is expensive at £69.99.
- The kit, as mentioned, is on the pricey side.
- E-liquid cartridges must be completely replaced, no option to buy coil head replacements.
- The magnetic connection on the e cig reduces your options when it comes to trying the wide variety of clearomiser tanks on offer.
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Final V2 Pro Series 3 Verdict
Verdict: Very Good Performer
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