The VapeOnly Arcus is a funky little vape pen and one designed for the vaping beginners market.
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.
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 coordinate
- 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.
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?
The addition of different coloured ‘O’ rings is a nice touch.
The micro USB port is featured on the reverse side of the battery so you can stand the device upright when 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.
- Further reading: Best E-Liquids UK
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.
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.
Like most entry devices the Arcus has a very tight draw even with both airflow holes fully open.
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