The VapeOnly Arcus is a funky little vape pen and one designed for the vaping beginners market.vapeonly arcus review

Although saying that I took it out and about for an afternoon and quite enjoyed going back to mouth to lung style vaping for a few hours.

And when I say ‘little’ I mean tiny – this little guy is just 104mm long – or around 4inches in old money but more on that later.

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Vapeonly Arcus Vape Pen Kit

The Arcus is part of a growing stable of e-cig products from the relatively new Chinese vaping company Vape Only.

But can it match the best vape pens available?

Notice: This kit was received free of charge for the purposes of this review. As always, our views are our own.

In The Box

Vape Only have managed to pack a lot into such a small and attractively designed box:

  • Arcus battery 900mAh
  • 2 ml tank
  • 2 X coil heads – 1.5 and 1.0 respectively
  • Extra drip tip
  • USB charger
  • Collection of different coloured ‘O’rings to colour coordinatevapeonly arcus vape pen

Key Features

  • Size: 16.8 by 104mm
  • Voltage: 3.3 to 4.2 V
  • Wattage: 7 to 17 watts
  • Battery: 900 mAh

Build and Design Quality

The Vapeonly Arcus is really tiny and as light as the proverbial feather – quite surprising given it carries a 900 mAh battery.

The tube is stainless steel with added chrome plated brass. The tank is described as glass although, to be honest, if felt more like plastic.vape only arcus review

You can’t fault the design – the hourglass shape looks great however I guess it only brings a design element to the party as I can think of no other reason it would be that shape?vapeonly arcus tank

The addition of different coloured ‘O’ rings is a nice touch.arcus vape pen tank

The micro USB port is featured on the reverse side of the battery so you can stand the device upright when charging.vapeonly arcus charging

How Does The Arcus Perform?

It is what it is – an entry vape pen style e-cigarette.

I tried both an 18mg tobacco flavoured e-liquid and a 3mg fruit flavour – both a 70/30 VG and PG mix.

The Arcus at its lowest setting of 7 watts reminded me of the first time I smoked a proper ‘lite’ cigarette, little taste and barely any vapour to speak of.vapeonly arcus mini vape pen

However at the full 17W power and particularly with the tobacco flavoured e-juice it was extremely reminiscent of smoking with a good hit to the back of the throat and reasonable amount of taste.

Using a magnifying glass [these old eyes of mine lol] I could see the coil has the tiniest holes to suck in the vapour and I’m pretty sure this effects the taste and of course the vapour production.vapeonly arcus coil head

Like most entry devices the Arcus has a very tight draw even with both airflow holes fully open.arcus vape tank

Not a bad thing for newcomers to the vaping world but personally I like my draws much looser – as in vaping not my underwear 😉

What I Like

I couldn’t help but like the style – the hourglass does look kind of cool.

Its size will also be a draw to many new vapers – it’s perfect for so-called stealth vaping – however given it’s so small and light it could be extremely easy to misplace.

What I Don’t Like

Despite carrying a 900 mAh battery and after charging for 12 hours I barely managed an afternoon in a pub garden before I could tell the battery had drained.

Given there’s only one battery in the kit this could leave you device-less unless you are near a USB port.

Final Review Verdict

Fully charged the Arcus is genuinely a little pocket rocket that is a perfect entry device to vaping.

However out and about you’d need to stay close to a charge point!

The current price of around $20 makes it extremely competitive.

As I said at the start it is what it is and maybe as they say on the Apprentice its most glowing USP [unique selling point] has to be its size – weight and design.

Also, I didn’t get any flooding, leaks or dry hits when vaping the Arcus, which has to be a good thing.

However, I did lose it a few times as I can’t stress enough how small and light it is!


  • Nice design
  • Compact to say the least
  • Extremely light
  • Simple to use
  • No leaking


  • Top filling the e-liquid can be a little fiddly
  • Battery life not so good

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I have simpler vape tastes these days - I never leave home without a Caliburn G, a Vaporesso Luxe 40 or Innokin EQ FLTR and a CBD vape pen or bottle of CBD drops in my rucksack...or indeed an Aspire Nautilus Prime X in my pocket... At home I'll be using various mods topped with the GeekVape Zeus X RTA or the Signature Mods Mono SQ topped with the Augvape BTFC RDA... I'm a former journalist and now a writer and sometimes author... I'm ex Army - adore dogs and never happier than hiking over the hills or with a good book on a beach.


  1. Hi there can you tell me where I can by the plastic tip from the one where you vape through as mine has broken and I don’t know where to buy a spare from.

      • Hi Jonny. Can you tell me how I go about ordering s mouth top from you for my arcus vape and how muvh they cost. Many thanks. Hazel

        • Hi Hazel, we are just a blog and not a vape store so we do not sell any product.

          I provided a link to drip tips/mouthpieces in another reply to you. Check this out for pricing etc.



  2. I brought this arcus vape on the wk end can you reassure me that these are safe and will not explode. And what is the best way of avoiding this. But very happy with it.

    • Hi Hazel,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It’s important to follow some basic rules when charging your e cigarette.

      1: Use the charging device that was supplied with the product – So don’t use adaptors/plugs that are meant for something else. Just because a plug will fit in a USB port, it does not mean it is fully compatible.
      2: Never leave your battery charging over-night. This is recommended for all devices that have built in batteries, phones included. It’s recommended to charge any devices with batteries when you are around should anything happen. And try and charge on a hard surface.

      The above is applicable for all devices with batteries, not just e cigarettes.

      Most of the news stories you may have read regarding e cig explosions are down to 2 things.

      1: People incorrectly using devices known as mechanical mods. These have no in built protection so if they can be unsafe IF used incorrectly.
      2: One common story you may hear of ‘ecigs’ exploding in pockets is actually down to people carrying loose batteries around in their pockets. When batteries (any batteries) come into contact with loose metal objects such as keys/coins they can short and this in turn can cause them to set
      3: Using incorrect chargers/power adaptors that aren’t meant for use with the e cig they are charging.

      Exploding e cigs are quite a rare thing that just happen to get a lot of coverage in the newspapers. The e cig you have (as most do nowadays) has built in protections.

      I obviously can never say nothing will ever happen but it’s extremely unlikely if you use correct chargers. So don’t let it worry you too much but at the same time it’s good that you are asking the question 🙂




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