An All In One Budget Vaping Starter Kit – But How Does It Vape?
Marketed as a ‘superb flavour’ vaping starter kit the VaporFi Air 2 is as the name suggests the second of the Air series of vape kits from the hugely popular US based company.
I haven’t vaped on the original version so can’t compare the two performance wise and from what I can see not a lot has changed.
The Air 2 retains the tiny 350mAH battery but has increased the tank capacity a tad from 0.9 mls to 1.4ml.
OK this is a mouth to lung [MTL] kit aimed as brand new vapers and those of us who like a back up compact and no frills device.
Further Reading: Mouth to Lung vs Direct to Lung
So has this one got me ‘walking in the air‘ with a big smile on my face or given me ‘vaper’s wind‘ – is there even such a thing [comments below lol]?
Let’s take a closer look.
This was sent to me for the purpose of this review by VaporFi and as always my thoughts and opinions are my own.
Inside the Box
You usual fresh clean packaging from VaporFi and inside you’ll find:
- 1 VaporFi Air 2 Starter Kit
- 2 VaporFi Air 2 1.1ohm Stainless Steel Atomizers
- 1 USB Charging Cable
- 1 VaporFi Air 2 Mouthpiece
- Instruction Manual
VaporFi Air 2 Specs
- 1.4mL Tank Capacity
- Battery Capacity 350mAh
- Output Wattage: 15 Watts
- Atomizer Resistance 1.1ohm
- Top Airflow Design
- Utilized Top Fill Design
- Over Discharge Protection
The Air 2 can be switched from e-liquids to oils by swapping out the coil [the oil versions sold separately].
It’s designed as a mouth to lung starter kit and aimed at absolute beginners or vapers looking for a compact easy to use portable back up device.
There’s no bells and whistles with this one simply fill up – charge and vape.
You’re looking at a tiny 350mAh internal battery – an equally tiny 1.4ml capacity tank [all in one] and 1.1ohm coils.
It features none adjustable top airflow and as you might expect from such a small battery charge time is extremely fast – as to longevity we’ll look at that shortly.
Design and Build Quality
OK on opening the box my first thought was ‘this looks like a pregnancy testing kit’ – complete with the black line…
Given the colour of the e-liquid I was using being seen sucking on this in my local pub raised more than a few eyebrows – especially as my beer belly can give the impression of an imminent birth…
In all seriousness – it is tiny and extremely light making it ideal to slip into pockets and bags and is about the same size of a decent fountain pen – or over the counter preggers testing kit…
Unlike most VaporFi products which are well built and sturdy – this one is a little shall we say flimsy with the top cap in particular a bit of a snowflake in that if it’s not correctly lined up it refuses to snap on.
I say snap on – there’s no pleasing click telling you it’s attached you just have to trust that it is.
The airflow is minuscule with two tiny pinpricks on the flattened out mouthpiece – think flute – and combined with the tiny battery and 1.1ohm coil makes the Air 2 a very restricted draw.
Put it this way after a few puffs on the Air 2 I was literally gasping for air and going a little blue in the face…
In fairness the design isn’t that bad and the white version I received whilst a little clinical looking is clean and crisp.
How Does The VaporFi Air 2 Kit Perform?
OK filling it is as simple as snapping off the mouthpiece – unscrewing the coil housing and filling to the black line.
Leave it to soak in for a good 5 minutes – or have a ‘pregnant pause’ as I put it 😉 – on the first fill to let the juice soak into the coil before vaping.
First few puffs and apart from a lot of spit-back and gurgling not a lot more was going on – apart from the air around me turning more than a little blue…
I’m not saying it was like vaping on fresh air – I had a reasonable amount of flavour – but the throat hit I was expecting was nowhere near as good as other starter kits on the market.
Fully charged we’re supposed to be getting 15watts – I have no way of measuring this however up against the Innokin EZ Watt it didn’t feel as powerful…
Vapour wise there’s no billowing airy clouds – more like an airy mist over a garden pond in the autumn.
VaporFi say they have updated the online manual for the Air 2 explaining how to avoid spit-back – however the page [at the time of writing] is not found!
I whipped it a few times – took a few dry puffs and fired without drawing – and it did clear for a wee while – however within a few puffs it spat again.
It isn’t flaming hot lava hitting the back of your throat – the battery isn’t strong enough to heat it that much – but it is uncomfortable and no-one likes e-liquid in their mouth no matter how tasty it vapes!
Whilst charging is super-fast – battery longevity as you may expect is not so good with fully charged to empty lasting me between 3 and 4 hours – so not a device to use as your go to!
What I Like
This is the first VaporFi product I haven’t liked at all.
It looks very clinical in white [a black version is available] and sadly it doesn’t vape very well at all – with muted flavour and not a lot of vapour going on.
I get why they brought this one out – it is compact and extremely cheap to purchase – but as we head into 2018 this feels more like it belongs on the market from 3 or 4 years ago…sorry – like I said I usually love your kits!
What I Don’t Like
The spit back is very bad using both a 50-50 VG PG and a 70-30.
Can’t say I’m enamored with the design either – it really does feel like you’re sucking on a pregnancy kit.
Airy it isn’t the draw is far far too restricted even for me who regularly MTL vapes – and whilst you might expect the tighter draw to increase the intensity of the flavour – it really doesn’t.
Sadly not a lot to recommend about this one.
Final Review Verdict
It has the look and feel of a pod mod about it however the battery capacity is nowhere near as powerful as even some of the worst pod mods out there.
Therefore without that bit of umph the vape is weak to say the least.
I had a quick look at the customer reviews and they seem strangely split with fan-boys and those agreeing with me – so like most things taste is subjective!
At under $20 it’s certainly not going to hurt your wallet – but if you bought this trying to get off the cancer sticks it might have you reaching for your Marlboro after a few puffs which sadly says it all.
- Price point
- 2 coils in kit
- Simple to use
- Extremely weak battery
- Battery longevity poor
- Flavour just about reasonable
- Vapour not so good
- Throat hit not so good
- Far too much spit back