The Smoko e cigarette is very much aimed at the new vaper making the switch from smoking. They are a UK based company that we first reviewed back in 2012. So definitely a company that knows what they are doing based on time in the market.
As mentioned, they are very much focused on the new vaper with just two products in their range. We recently carried out the SMOKO Vape Pen review and although it looks simple (which it is to use) it provided an excellent plug and play vape.
What Can We Expect From The SMOKO E Cigarette?
This is what the vaping world like to call a ‘cig-a-like’. Self explanatory really 🙂 They are small, cig shaped and while not for everyone definitely have a place and a job to do when it comes to making the switch from smoking.
So it’s all very simple. It comes in two parts, a battery and a refill cartridge. The latter of which houses the e-liquid. All you do is screw them together and you’re vaping.
This kit was sent to us free of charge for the purposes of review. As always our views are our own.
In The Box
The presentation packaging is solid and the branding clean. Inside we have the following:
- Metal carry case
- 2 Batteries (This will depend on the kit you purchased)
- 5 Cartomizers (This will depend on kit purchased)
- USB Charger
- Info card
Design and Build Quality
The Smoko e cigarette is designed to look like a real tobacco cigarette, or as near as you can get with a metal tube and cartridge.
It’s very good quality wise and feels solid in the hand. If you are used to holding a cigarette it may take a bit of getting used to the weight change but it won’t be noticeable after a few days of vaping.
There are no buttons to press, simply take a draw and the e cig does the rest. Easy stuff.
The kit includes a nice metal carry case that you can hold one battery, 2 refill cartridges and a USB charger. Nice touch that keeps things neat and tidy if taking out and about.
The only negative from me is subjective one. I’m not a huge fan of the big branding on the side. Not a big thing I know and you can also hold your finger over it if it bothers you. No.. Only me? Thought so! Moving on.
How Does The SMOKO E Cigarette Perform?
Not much to say here in terms of performance as this is a very basic vape, and I mean that in a good way. It’s incredibly simple to use. Remove a refill cartridge from the pack. Screw it onto a charged battery and it’s ready to vape straight away.
I can’t find any info on the battery capacity but from what I’d say is gentle/average use, I was vaping from 10am – 6pm before I found a recharge was needed.
This will of course change for you depending on how much you vape.
If you are a heavy smoke/vaper then you could expect battery life to be reduced by quite a bit. More on how to overcome that below.
Charging time is OK. Around 1.5-2 hours. Which brings me to my next important point!
What I always recommend with this type of e cigarette is to get at least two batteries and use them in rotation. This cannot be vaped whilst charging either so you will be thankful for that spare.
SMOKO do offer a kit with two batteries so no need to be hunting the site for spares.
SMOKO offer a 14 different flavours, five of which are tobacco/menthol. They vary in nic strength but all offer what would be a good strength to give a good nic hit to the ex-smokers. They are also made in the UK so comply with all current TPD regulations. Each refill cartridge comes wrapped and sealed with a ‘made on’ and use by date.
When buying refills they come in packs of 5. We will checking out a select few of their flavours.
Cherry! Full of succulent and sweet cherry flavours, this will become an instant best seller!
This is very much a straightforward cherry flavour. The flavour is subtle on the inhale but on the exhale is where the cherry flavour stands out. It does linger a few minutes after vaping.
It’s on the sweeter side rather than a ‘real berry’ flavour but still pretty good. Throat hit is smooth but you know it’s there and the vapour volume follows the same path.
Overall a good flavour, not one I’d personally vape all day but that’s personal preference and when testing e-liquids it really is a personal thing.
Our ever popular Mint Breeze flavour is a cool and refreshing celebration for your taste buds! A powerful hit and fresh flavour, if you smoke a menthol cigarette then this is the E-Cigarette flavour for you.
Again, this does what it says on the tin. Not overly ‘breezy’ as a vape, but there is that slight cooling sensation mixed in with the mint. It’s all on the subtle side so good for those that don’t want that full on menthol hit.
Our Original tobacco flavour E Cigarette Refills taste as close to a major brand of cigarette as you can get! With a hint of vanilla, the Original is our most popular flavour – bold, full-bodied and smooth tobacco flavours – what more could you ask for?
As a non tobacco vaper I’ve got to say this is a very easy vape for me. By that I mean that it’s not an in your face tobacco flavour, more of a ‘light’ version of a cigarette. I personally used to smoke Marlboro Lights so this sits well with me.
For me the tobacco is subtle and the vape smooth. If you are looking for something a little more robust then you’d likely be best off with their Virginia flavour or the Havana for the cigar smokers out there.
Rich, complex and with lots of depth, our Havana flavoured electronic cigarette refills are something really special. Reminiscent of the best in Cuban cigars, the taste is a blend of whole leaf Havana cigar, a subtle hint of cinnamon and smooth finish that you will find hard to put down.
Now and then, I like a sneaky cigar. This sends that all too familiar flavour rolling around the mouth and the exhale ensures it lingers for a few minutes.
If you are a cigar smoker or simply missing the odd cigar now and then since you switched to vaping then this is a very good version
Introducing our newest flavour – BLACK CURRANT! A sweet and fruity tasting e-cigarette. Black Currant with a hint of Blueberry – if you like something scrumptious and satisfying – for those who want different kind of vape!
This is more of a Blackcurrant Squash flavour rather than the sharpness of the real thing.
Not a bad thing, the slightly sweeter edge (not too sweet) makes it a very easy vape for me and one that I enjoyed. My personal favourite of the bunch although I am primarily a fruit flavoured vaper.
A sweet and delicious dessert tasting e-cigarette. Scrumptious and satisfying – for those who want different kind of vape!
As vanilla goes this is very realistic. There is a slight sweetness but not so much that it turns into a sickly vape. On the exhale we are left with a faint vanilla wafting around the tastebuds. A good version although not one I could personally vape all day. For the vanill fans out there it’s definitely worth a try.
A clean and refreshing flavour, our Menthol flavour E Cigarette refills are even better than the taste of a menthol cigarette. Each refill will leave you wanting more of this cool mint flavour, we think it’s the best in the market!
This is a menthol that doesn’t blow your socks off. In my book that’s a good thing. You still get that all familiar cooling and with the hint of tobacco coming through in the background it makes for a good alternative to the real thing.
The Smoko electronic cigarette was actually a nice little surprise that took me back to my early vaping days where I began with cig-a-likes.
Of course, this is aimed at the new vaper that still wants that familiar look and feel to a cigarette rather than a larger vape pen style kit or box mod.
It’s up there with the easiest e cigs to use so perfect for the no nonsense vaper. It’s also not bad on the price front either making it a low risk option to try.
Would I buy the Smoko E Cigarette again?
As someone who is quite far along in my vaping journey the answer would be no. But if I was a new vaper and this type of device ticked the boxes for me then the answer would be yes, without doubt.
Have you used, or did you buy the SMOKO e cig? We would love to hear your thoughts or questions in the comments below.