Sky Cig in Action
Sky Cig Review – Is This An E-Cigarette Worth Buying?
Update: Skycig is no more – They have re-branded to Blu E Cigs
Sky Cig are one of the bigger UK based electronic cigarette suppliers that on the surface appear to be on a par with the big companies you see in the USA. They are also touted by many different electronic cigarette review sites to be the best available in the UK.
I was intrigued….so I was straight over to their website to by myself a shiny new Sky Cig starter kit! Lets take a closer look at the product.
I placed my order on a Saturday and my package arrived on the Wednesday so a good start there.
What you get is a quality magnetic flap box, similar to Green Smoke, inside is the USB charger, wall charger and the rechargeable carry case that contains the two batteries.
You will also have a small box containing your cartomizers.
The e cigarette hard-case case itself (the one that looks like a cig packet) has a quality soft feel to it and also allows you to carry one full electronic cigarette, charge your extra battery and carry 5 spare cartridges at the same time.
There is very little chance you will run out of power and be stuck for a smoke with this package!
First impressions, yeah… I’m liking the Skycig.
Ok, time to fire it up and see what it’s like!
In your kit you will receive 2 batteries as standard, perfect for rotating your batteries.
The actual charging process works different to that of the E-Lites. With the Sky Cig you charge the actual cigarette case which then in turn charges your e-cig battery.
This is a definite plus point over the E-Lites in that you can give your battery a charge whilst your out and about without the need to plug it into a main power source. The likelihood of you getting caught short, in a smoking kind of way, is greatly reduced!
What I really like about the Sky Cig batteries is the sizes, out of all the brands reviewed so far they are the closest to the the size of a real cigarette, with the cartomizer attached they are very similar in size to the real thing.
The battery is very responsive, produces a decent amount of vapour for the size and on the model I have the tip light is orange. According to the website they are lithium ion batteries that will last for about 1 hour when fully charged, remember the battery only activates when you inhale.
The only thing I found that was a bit annoying is that the battery can be a little too responsive. There were a few occasions I found the battery igniting just by moving the Skycig about too quickly.
UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that they have addressed this issue with the batteries and no longer have this problem.
Overall 3.5/5 – It did perform well but keep in mind that due to the size of the batteries they will need charging on a more regular basis, or if you are a heavy smoker a ‘VERY’ regular basis. This is somewhat helped by the PCC however.
As mentioned on briefly before, the vapour that the Sky Cig produces is good, for such a small battery (in comparison to other brands) it really does the trick.
Their cartomisers, per pack of 5 are pricey although discounts are available for multiple purchases. Sky Cig also claim that the new cartomisers are the equivalent to 250 puffs/drags.
I actually counted how many drags I got from one of their cartos (I’m not normally this sad) and got between 140-150 drags.
Now, this is by no means a scientific test as everyone has different vaping techniques but I don’t think I’m far off normal!
So, with that in mind the already pricey cartridges do not seem that good value especially when compared to other e cig brands and products.
In the starter kit they supply you with 5 sample cartridges of all the e cig flavours they produce.
I tried them all and without going into full graphic detail here what i thought: Vanilla (not having it, should be left to ice cream). Cherry (surprisingly good actually, tastes like cherries! For some reason i didn’t think it would??).
Menthol (i used to have the odd real menthol cig at one time and this does a good job of it, nice flavour but not much of a throat hit).
The remaining two are the tobacco flavours, which are the Marlboro and the Classic Tobacco. These two flavours are quite similar to one another with the Marlboro maybe having a slightly fuller flavour, both give a nice ‘throat hit’ which i like.
I actually got an aftertaste that reminded me of the coffee flavoured chocolates you used to get in a box of Roses!
That could just be me having a strange sense of taste though, still not sure if I like it though.
I used to smoke Marlboro lights and it didn’t take me on some nostalgic Marlboro smoking trip, so if you are expecting them to taste exactly like the real thing you may be disappointed. In fact there are no e-cigs that i have tasted that taste exactly like the real thing, I don’t necessarily think that’s such a bad thing though!
When you try new flavours and this new way of delivering your nicotine hit it can be strange at first but stick with it and you will be thankful you did!
Just keep one thing in mind, the flavours really are a personal preference, I’m not claiming to be right or wrong just letting you know what worked out best for me.
Overall – 3.5/5 – I preferred the classic tobacco and Cherry. Good throat hit, good vapour and the flavour was decent enough once I got used to it. If you like a menthol flavour then I found these to be good. They are on the expensive side though and don’t last as long as stated.
SKy Cig Starter Kits
Sky Cig only offer one electronic cigarette kit which does, to be fair, include everything you need to give it a go and get started.
At the time of writing you get the Skycig rechargeable case, 2 batteries, 5 cartomisers (5 flavours) and 2 chargers. You will also get full instructions on how to operate the e-cigarette.
They also include a coupon for 15% off your next order.
Sky Cig offer a 30 day “No Questions Asked” money back guarantee if you are not happy with your electronic cigarette starter kit for any reason. This all sounds great but there are a few things you need to keep in mind, one of them being a “processing and restocking fee”.
So if you are buying the Skycig to give it a try and hoping to get all your money back you may be disappointed.
They also have a limited 30 day and 1 year warranty. In short, the batteries and vapourisers are classed as consumable items and will be covered by their 30 day warranty and the wall adaptor, USB chargers and charging pack are covered with their 1 year warranty.
For full up to details though you will need to check their website.
The Skycig company makes a point of saying that they are very much focused on providing an exceptional customer service.
So, I thought I would test out their response times and see both how quick and how helpful they are. I sent them an email claiming I had a problem with my battery not working properly and asked them what I should do.
The email was responded to in 92 minutes which, in my eyes, is a rapid response by anyone’s standards. They also gave me good instructions to solve the problem and offered to replaced the battery if none of what they suggested worked. The tone of the service rep was good as well, felt like they actually did give a shit!
Its worth noting that their website also has an in depth QnA section that covers most questions.
The only thing that I did find strange was the lack of a contact phone number and contact form on their website.
This could be a problem if there are any issues and you need to contact them quickly, in the future it would be good to see a phone number on site!
Overall – Sky Cig customer service was good via email but they need contact by phone.
Summary – Are Sky Cig Electronic Cigarettes Recommended?
Overall I have got to say the Sky Cig electronic cigarette is a decent product for beginners, even though they only have a small offering they really do try and focus on making what they do have a good product.
It’s not perfect by any means but for those new to e cigs its a decent place to start if you want an electronic cigarette the same size as a cigarette, which for some smokers is important, the only other brand we have reviewed that does this size is the ROK kit.
The vapour volume is good across the range of flavours and the e-cigarette case is quality.
There were a few downsides for me, the first being the battery life, I know there is a PCC that comes with the SKYCIG starter kit but even so the batteries run out quickly and you really have to be on top of your charging to be sure you have a battery you can use at all times.If this is going to be an issue then I would highly recommend going for a vape pen starter kit or for even bigger battery life a vape mod starter kit.
Second is lack of a phone number, the only way you can get hold of SKYCIG is via email at the moment. Last is that although they claim their cartomisers last for 250 ‘puffs’ the one I tested lasted between 140-150 puffs, they are also expensive for the amount of time they last.
What I would say is that this is an OK option if you really want an electronic cigarette that is the same size as a cigarette, if this isn’t something that is so much of a big deal to you then better options are available .
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