Does The Curv From E-Lites Offer A Good Starting Point For New Vapers?
The E-Lites Curv e cigarette (now renamed the Logic Curv) is the latest device from one of the first e cig brands I ever tried.
Way back at the beginning of my vaping journey E-Lites were one of three e cigs I bought with the hope I could make the switch from tobacco. While I moved onto other e cigs over time I do have them to thank for helping me switch to vaping back in 2010.
Moving onto today E-Lites got in touch to see if we could carry out a review on the Curv, their new cig-a-like design.
This was received free of charge for the purposes of this review but as always my views are my own.
In The Box
I received the E-Lites Curv Instant use which comes in a tidy curved package and includes:
- 1 X E-Lites Curv E Cigarette battery
- 2 Tobacco Refill Cartomizer
The Curv Battery and Build
The E-Lites Curv e cigarette is surprise, surprise… curved! Or to be more precise it is an oval shape.
Their original e cig was designed and built to look like an actual cigarette but the Curv has stepped away from that to offer something different in the new vaper market.
I really like the new form of the Curv, in the hand it feels nice and smooth and it looks a lot better than the original design.
Another update E Lites have introduced is the battery/cartomizer connection. Instead of the familiar screw design, the Curv has two spring connection pins on the battery and two matching contact points in the cartomizer itself.
Instead of screwing the cartomizer on all you have to do now is push it onto the battery which it does with a satisfying click. Very simple to use.
The battery itself has a 210 mAh capacity. Which is strange for me as nowadays I’m more used to vaping anything from 650-2400mAh with vape pens and box mods! For a new user cig-a-like device this is quite normal and as a moderate vaper the battery lasted around half a day, vaping from 9am to 2pm. So in a battery this small not too bad.
As with all small e cigarettes like the Curv I highly recommend having at the very least 2 batteries. Reason being, when you run out of power you are left without an e cig for 2.5 hours and that is taking into account you are next to a charge point.
Heavy smokers will find the battery won’t last all that long so be sure to invest in at least a couple of batteries to use in rotation!
The Curv Instant Use kit I received is a strange one in that it includes a rechargeable battery but no USB charger so you can… well… re-charge your e cig. I get that it’s more of a tester kit and it’s a great price for smokers wanting to try e cigs but it is in effect still one time use like a disposable.
E-Lites do of course offer the USB charger separately. So if budget allows I would recommend just going for the other Curv kit option they have, the ‘Full Kit’. This includes the USB charger as well as an extra refill cartomizer.
The refill is a plastic cartridge that contains your chosen flavour. The choices are small with just three options – Regular 2.4% nicotine – Light 1.6% nicotine – Menthol 1.6% nicotine.
I received two for this review, the light and the menthol.
E-Lites e juices are Swiss made with pharmaceutical grade nicotine. I am not personally a tobacco or menthol flavour vaper anymore, I have since moved onto fruit e liquid and dessert e liquids. I will give my opinion anyway but keep in mind tastes are an individual thing!
The Light tobacco flavour I found to be smooth and I actually found it to be good. Keep in mind it isn’t going to be the same as the ‘real’ tobacco you may be use to in cigarettes.
The Menthol isn’t overpowering, the balance is right for my personal tastes leaving the familiar refreshing aftertaste in the mouth.
Both are standard flavours that can be found in electronic cigarettes such as these, they don’t give you that ‘WOW’ kind of reaction but they do the job.
The throat hit on both was actually on the smoother side although you can definitely tell you are taking a draw on something.
The vapour volume when vaping mouth to lung is not very impressive but again, keep in mind I have been using more advanced refillable vape tanks and sub ohm tanks for the last few years so the difference is going to naturally be like night and day.
If you vape direct to lung, that is possible with this but involves longer, slower draws. This will provide you with more vapour and of course more of a nicotine ‘hit’.
The refills are disposable and cannot be refilled with your own e-liquid.
There are the usual discounts for purchasing in bulk with options for those with deep pockets to buy 40. Pretty expensive overall and definitely not as good value as some of the best e juice brands currently available.
Final E-Lites Curv Review Verdict
As a cig-a-like product the Curv has a good form factor and performs well, I found the flavours were decent, they definitely do the job.
As a starting point for new vapers that are looking for small e cigarettes then the E Lites Curv is a decent choice. Just be sure you buy the right kit and keep in mind the batteries won’t last that long especially for heavy smokers. For that, it is recommended to buy at least 2 batteries to use in rotation.
Just be sure you buy the right kit and keep in mind the batteries won’t last that long especially for heavy smokers. For that, it is recommended to buy at least 2 batteries to use in rotation.
- Feels good in the hand
- Good quality
- Easy to use
- Simple refill cartridge swap system
- Kit prices reasonable
The Not So Good
- Limited flavours – Only an issue if you want to try something different
- Recommended to have at least two batteries in rotation for moderate/heavy smokers
- Refill prices are on the pricey side.