ROK Jet Black Mini Electronic Cigarette
After previously reviewing the ROK Original starter kit and finding it to be good and the ROK Star e cig, which we thought was excellent we were looking forward to having a closer look at the Jet Black starter kit .
For disclosure purposes, we did receive this e cig free of charge from ROK Universal for the purposes of this review but as always our opinions are our own and we will be true with our recommendations.
This kit is aimed at the style conscious e cigarette users amongst us with a new PPC design. But is it enough of an improvement to make this kit stand out in the crowded mini e cig marketplace? Lets find out…
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In the box / Presentation
The ROK Jet Black looks like a quality setup as soon as you get to the packaging.
The outer box is branded really well and the whole look is in keeping with their ROK Star e cigarette package.
Inside the box you will find the following neatly presented:
- Jet Black Portable Charging Case
- 2 E Cig Batteries (140mAh)
- 2 Cartomisers (One Medium 1.1% Nicotine & One Strong 1.6% Nicotine
- USB Charging Lead
- Instruction Manual
PCC & Battery/Responsiveness
In the ROK Original kit the batteries were smaller in both size and power, coming in at just 90 mAh. This of course effected the amount of vaping time you got from each battery.
With the Jet Black, ROK have kept the width of the batteries the same but increased the length by about 1 cm which in turn has added more juice to the batteries, they now come in at 140 mAh which is a big improvement for the size of the battery. Don’t get me wrong they are still amongst some of the smallest batteries available so don’t worry about them being too big.
Looks wise they are keeping to the ‘cig-a-like’ approach which is perfect for new vapers making the switch over from tobacco cigarettes.
Now the batteries are definite improvement, the switch is good meaning the battery doesn’t activate randomly with movement or wind.
The battery life is also better than the Original kits due to the slight increase in size/capacity, having said that they are still not the best available in terms of the amount of time they will last before needing a re-charge but that isn’t so much of an issue as we have the Portable Charging Case or PCC as it is know for short.
This is where the Jet Black really does jump way ahead of the original kit as although there was a PCC and it did a job it wasn’t exactly the best looking thing I have seen!
The Jet Black PCC really does look slick, it has a glossy finish, slips in and out of the pocket with ease, has a smooth opening mechanism that is activated by sliding the front of the case and it works very well.
There is also a power button and display on the front of the pack that sits flush, kind of like what you would find on a Samsung LCD TV.
Charging The PCC/Batteries
The case itself, once fully charged, will re-charge your batteries up-to 5 times before the case itself needs charging.
This is done by using the USB cable to plug the case into a USB port on your computer.
Charging the batteries in the PCC is nice and easy as well, just place one of the battery stems into the left side slot.
Close the lid and press power button down for 5 seconds, this will show a red light that indicate the battery is charging. Once fully charged the light will turn green and your e cigarette is ready to vape.
You can also check how much power you have left on your PCC by pressing the power button twice, this will show a number of white dot lights indicating the charge on your pack. 5 lights = a fully charged PCC.
The only downside for me with the Jet Black PCC is that it feels a little bit plasticy in the hand, might be an obvious thing as it is made of plastic! But nevertheless it lets it lets it down just a touch.
The batteries have a great quality feel and I found them to work very well with no major problems. The only slight downside is still the length of time the batteries last but you have to expect this with mini e cig batteries this size.
The good thing however is that you can charge the batteries on the move with the PCC, which by the way looks and works a treat, again there is a slight downside in which I found the case to be a bit plasticy.
Vapour / Flavour
The kit comes with just two tobacco flavored cartomisers, one medium and one strong.
Although tastes do differ from person to person I found the tobacco flavour to be quite good, it provides a rich tasting flavour that also gives a decent throat hit. The cartomisers lasted me around 120 drags with each of my drags being around the 3 second mark so the 40 cigs claim does seem a little over the top.
This is however always a tricky area when it comes to e cigarettes, most brands base their information on the amount of time it takes to smoke a normal cigarette which is around 10-12 one and a half second drags.
So in my case it should really equate to approx 24 cigarettes if that is taken into account.
Anyway, like I said it is always a tough one to work out and even if they are being optimistic with the amount of cigarettes it still offers very good value for money.
When it comes to vapour volume ROK does a decent job, while it doesn’t quite hit the volume produced by the likes of the Epuffer Magnum it won’t leave you feeling disappointed.
There are also a few other e liquid flavour selections available that you might find appealing, I haven’t personally tried any of these as of yet but you can choose from Mountain Menthol, which is available in 2 nicotine strengths, coffee, cherry and vanilla.
The latter 3 however are only available in one strength and that is the strong.
It would be nice here to see ROK offering a taster pack of 5 cartomisers, it could be an expensive mistake if you find the flavour isn’t for you.
The tobacco flavour is decent as is the vapour volume, neither are the best I have tried but you won’t feel let down with what you get. The cartomisers didn’t quite last the “40 cigarettes” stated on the ROK website but they still represent good value for money overall. The only downside for me is the expense in trying out the flavoured cartomisers, this could put some people off trying the different flavours out.
ROK offer a 7 day return, this is on unopened/unused product. As always check their website for upto date terms!
I find that this is a strong point and they have been both responsive and helpful. They can be contacted via telephone and e-mail. They are also active on Twitter.
The VapeROK discount code ECIGCLICK10 can be used to give you 10% off all purchases.
Overall – If you skipped through everything!
I found the Jet Black starter kit to be an improvement in terms of battery life and PCC appearance and functionality compared to their ‘Original starter kit’ and with only a small difference in price I would definitely go for the ROK Jet Black Kit if you were looking to choose between the two.
I found the tobacco cartomisers to give both decent flavour, vapour volume and throat hit. The only downside really id that this kit only comes with 2 cartomisers so if you try them and like them you will need to re-order a new pack of cartomiser straight away to avoid running out completely.
As mentioned above the PCC looks great with it’s glossy finish and works very well too. The only downside for me personally is that it does feel a touch on the cheap side with its all plastic finish.
This is definitely targeted to those new to vaping that are looking for their e cig to resemble a tobacco cigarette. This may be about an inch longer than a cig but the diameter and looks are very similar.
With its solid performance you won’t be disappointed with the ROK Jet Black electronic cigarette.