Freshcig Starter Kit Review
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Freshcig are a UK based brand that are fairly new, being formed in 2011 they are a family business that aims to produce a quality alternative to cigarettes. You may have seen the brand in high st stores as they are stocked in over 100 locations across the UK.
We were contacted by Fresh Cig to have a look at their electronic cigarette starter kit, the Freshcig 150. This kit was received free of charge but all reviews are as always our honest opinion!
In The Box
The Freshcig 150 starter kit comes in a cardboard ‘cigarette style’ carton and includes the following:
1 X 190 mAh battery
5 X 16mg Cartomisers
1 X USB Charger
The Fresh Cig kit comes with just the one battery which at the price the kit is selling at it’s understandable but still not ideal, something I will touch on more in a moment.
The design is in keeping with the look of a traditional cigarette which as a new e cig user can be an important selling point. I found myself when I was looking to buy my first e cigarette that having something that looks similar was actually really important to me. This of course is because it helps make that transition from cigs to e cigarettes that little bit easier and keeps things familiar.
Back to the battery – I found it has a good feel in the hand and is smooth to the touch. When taking a drag the battery activates instantly, this is without having to draw really hard as well.
The switch on the battery is good, this basically means that if there are any sudden movements or you are using the e cig outside in the wind, you won’t be getting any unwanted activation’s. This is less of a problem these days and something I haven’t seen from an e cigarette for over a year.
The battery is has a 190 mAh capacity which is decent for a battery of this size.
One thing to understand is that you shouldn’t buy this size of e cigarette expecting the battery to last you all day, especially once you have been through a good few cycles/charges.
This is not just regarding this Freshcig battery but all mini e cig batteries this size.
I am a moderate vaper and found that I was (after I had re-charged 3 times) getting around 2 hours use from the battery. This is actual vaping time when the e cig is in use, not when it is sitting unused! The problem with this is that when it comes to re-charging you will have about 3 hours with no e cigarette. This can be a problem that results in using cigarettes to plug the gap.
This is why I always recommend, in fact I think it is essential, to have 2 batteries minimum with any mini e cigarette kit you may have. This allows you to alternate batteries and reduce the risk of nipping to the shops for a pack of fags.
The spare batteries are a good price but it would be nice to see a starter kit option that includes a spare or have an option on the starter kit pages to select an extra battery.
The only other thing that would be good to see and could also help with the battery life of mini e cigs is to offer a portable charging case (PCC) like the Epuffer Magnum Snaps e cig XL. This is so batteries can be charged on the move without the need for a mains or computer connection. Not essential but if you are out and about a lot they can be invaluable.
Overall – The battery has a quality feel and reacts well when taking a drag. The battery life is just OK but is on a par with many other mini e cig brands available. Would be good to see a kit with 2 batteries and/or an option to select a spare on the product page. An option for a PCC would also be a plus but is not such a big deal.
The Freshcig 150 starter kit comes one bottle containing 5 cartomisers. The cartomisers again are designed to resemble the filter of a cigarette, flecks and all.
There is an option of 4 tobacco flavours with the kit (Classic, Premium, American, Rolling Tobacco and Menthol) but no option on the nicotine strength, all kit flavours are only available in 16mg nicotine to start with but you can buy refills in different strengths if you find this is too strong for you.
I was also sent additional flavours to test in 11mg nicotine strength and for me as an ex Marlboro Light smoker I found these about right.
Not to say that the 16mg was un-useable because it was. Their refills are available in 16mg, 11mg or 6mg so if you can choose to buy the strength that suits you once you have tried the e cig.
Onto the actual flavours
I received 4 different flavours to try Classic, Premium, Rolling Tobacco and Menthol.
The Classic tobacco is one of the best sellers for Fresh Cig and I can see why, I found this to be a good likeness to the real thing.
There have been a few reviews saying it is a touch sweet but (and maybe this is because I haven’t smoked a normal cigarette for ages) I didn’t find this, it is described by Fresh Cig as a ‘mild tobacco flavour’ and I would agree.
The throat hit was strong which is to be expected.
The Premium Tobacco is not as bold as the classic tobacco and whilst I prefer the the latter this is still a decent flavour. The vapour volume is just OK as is the throat hit.
Rolling Tobacco is not something I’m too familiar with and while I wouldn’t vape this all the time it did have an authentic taste. The 11mg throat hit was mild and the vapour volume was again just OK.
The Menthol flavour for me was my favourite e juice. I have smoked menthol in the past and the Freshcig menthol gives a good strong mint taste whilst leaving a cool aftertaste. I also found the vapour volume was very good compared to the others.
Of course everyone has different tastes so what was good for me may not be the same for you, as with all brands a little trial and error may be necessary.
I also found that the stated 30 cigarettes per cartomiser for me was over the mark, I was getting around half of this. Again this is dependent on vaping habits so will differ for each person. Still it works out a lot cheaper than a pack of cigarettes.
Overall – The Classic and Menthol tobacco flavours were my personal favourites, which I found very good. The Premium and Rolling tobacco didn’t really do it for me but it is only a personal preference. Also I wasn’t getting the stated 30 cigarettes worth per cartomiser stated on the Freshcig website, this will change with each individuals vaping habits.
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Returns / Warranty
A 7 day return is offered for unused/unopened product, please check their website for the latest upto date information on returning any faulty goods.
Contact can be made via email and phone. They are also active on Facebook and Twitter.
Overall – (And For Those That Skipped To The End!)
I found this to be a good option for anyone new to e cigarettes, the Menthol and Classic tobacco flavours are good as is the overall quality of the e cigarette.
There were a couple of downsides for me, first is the kit only comes with one battery, if you are going to go for this FreshCig starter Kit then I would recommend buying an extra battery, if not immediately then straight after you have tried and decided that the product is for you.
Second is there is no PCC option available which I always find to be a really useful bit of kit even if it is just an option at a later date.
If you buy this kit it should be treated as a tester kit and you should expect to add accessories/items to it if you find it is for you.
One good thing to note as well is that Freshcig offer free delivery on all products, which I haven’t seen from any other e cig brand to date, saves a few more pennies!
Are there better e cigs out there? Yes there is.
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