Vapestick – You May Have Seen Them Somewhere Before
I had heard about Vapestick for a while now, they have been retailing their product in Harrods, Argos, Costco and most recently has been made available in Tesco pharmacies within the UK.
There are a few reviews out there but not many, so I decided to buy their Classic starter kit, this cost £44.99 and took a couple of days from order to doorstep.
Lets take a closer look.
Packaging / Presentation
First impressions everything looks very promising, the presentation box is quality and the branding throughout looks very professional.
Inside the box you will find
Chargers and instruction manual.
Again the Vapestick battery looks the part, branding down the side looks and feels good and its verging on the super mini sizes being just a touch bigger than the ROK and SKYCIG super mini e cigs.
I found the battery to be responsive, and the draw was smooth and easy, but as with all ‘smaller’ e cigarette batteries you will find the life of the batteries will diminish and you will find yourself needing to recharge on a regular basis. They should, according to Vapestick, last around 6-7 hours when new but I have found these numbers to be over the top for a 150mAh battery especially once it has been charged a number of times. I will say though, this isn’t just a problem with Vapestick batteries but also from most brands that use the smaller cig-a-like sized batteries in their kits, none will last this amount of vaping time.
The one thing for me that is lacking is the addition of a PCC (portable charging case). These allow you to keep your batteries charged at all times when you are on the move. Vapestick do sell one of these charging cases but it will cost an extra £19.99 without P&P. This device (in my opinion) is essential with these types of super mini e cig kits but this will take the Classic starter kit to just short of £65 which just makes this kit far too expensive.
Overall – 2.5/5 – If you are constantly on the move then you may find the battery doesn’t last long enough. This is not a big issue when you are somewhere that has access to a plug or USB connection to keep batteries charged but if you are on the move a lot adding the PCC to your kit is a must.
You will get 10 cartridges with your kit which is a good amount and Vapestick claim these will last around 100 puffs which compared to other companies is realistic!
One of the big differences Vapestick has when it comes to their cartridges is that they have a separate atomiser where the majority of other leading electronic cigarette brands have moved away from this kind of 3 piece design to the ‘easier’ 2 piece.
For me the 3 piece designs are too much messing about. I personally much prefer devices that have the atomiser built into the cartridge, these are referred to as cartomisers and offer a simple way to start with vaping. Others do however prefer a separate atomiser as they can be better quality than the ones in cartomisers. It’s not a huge deal though just my preference.
The refill cartridges come in what looks like a vitamin bottle and all cartridges are sealed to keep them fresh which is a plus. The bottle in the Classic starter kit had 10 cartridges of mixed strengths and flavours, I received the following: 3 original flavour carts (1.1%, 1.8%, 2.4% nicotine), 3 Tobacco flavour (1.1%, 1.8%, 2.4% nicotine), 3 menthol (1.1%, 1.8%, 2.4% nicotine) and one apple flavoured cartridge with 0% nicotine content.
The refill cartridges are ‘pushed’ on to the atomiser that is screwed into the battery. When the cartridges were first attached I found I had to take a few primer drags to get the atomiser to heat the liquid which in turn produces the vapour.
The original and tobacco flavours taste very similar but are decent and they produce a nice amount of vapour, the only real downside was that I would have liked a little more throat hit on the 1.8% nicotine strength, the 2.4% nicotine was a little on the soft side as well but for those that prefer a smoother vape then they should be good.
The menthol flavour for me was not very good compared to those that other brands have produced but this could be down to the fact that the atomiser had been used with a tobacco flavoured cartridge before and some of the flavour could have been lingering on the atomiser. After a number of draws on the e cig though any lingering flavour should disappear. The throat hit again was not great with these. The apple is good though for something that little bit different and gives a good balanced flavour. The thing with flavour though is that it really does differ from person to person so others may have differing opinions.
Overall 2.5/5 – It was a bit mixed overall, the tobacco and apple flavours were decent and the vapour produced was good but I would prefer a little more throat hit. The menthol wasn’t to my taste though.
Vapestick have 4 options:
Vapestick Classic Starter Kit – £44.99 (This is the kit I purchased for this review)
Vapestick Design Starter Kit – £47.99
The Design kit is the same as the classic kit with the option to choose your battery colour.
Vapestick XL Starter Kit – £49.99
This kit supplies a larger capacity (190mAh) battery that will allow for longer vaping times between charges. Also available in a selection of colours.
Vapestick MAX Electronic Cigarette – £54.99
This is a larger capacity (650mAh) battery that is aimed at heavy smokers, these will last the best part of a days heavy vaping before a recharge is needed.
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Non-faulty goods can be returned within 7 days and faulty goods can be returned within 30 days of purchase. As always please check the official website for up to date information.
There are ample ways to get in touch with the guys over at Vapestick, they have a free phone number, email, Facebook and Twitter page although the main customer support channel is via their website.
I had a brief email exchange with them and they responded very quickly, I have also heard from other sources that they are quick to respond to any queries or problems so all is good on this this front
Find the Vapestick discount code here for 10% off all orders.
Overall – For Those That Skipped
I’ve got to say the Vapestick Classic starter kit overall wasn’t for me. The quality of the presentation packaging and website set up are up there with the best and the flavours and vapour volume were good on a whole. For me personally the 3 piece design which consists of the battery, an atomiser and a ‘plug in’ refill cartridge, is not something I would replace my current 2 piece e cig with. Don’t get me wrong if you start with this then I am sure you won’t be disappointed as the product isn’t bad, if it gets you off the cigs then I am sure you will be happy!
If you are just starting out though there are plenty of options available such as the ROK kit or better still the Jacvapour V1P starter kit, these are 2 piece kits that may also be worth checking out.
Have you have tried the Vapestick Classic? Did you like it? Please let us know below.