We first came across Volcano e cigarettes a couple of years ago but as they were a US (Hawaii based) brand we decided to leave carrying out a review due to the possible costs with shipping and customs duties to get the product into the UK.
Volcano Electronic Cigarettes Arrive In Europe
So we were exited to find out that Volcano have branched out to supply their product to their European brothers and sisters!
For this vape pen review we received the Volcano Inferno kit and for the purpose of full disclosure we did receive this free of charge, as usual this will not effect our review of the product and all views are my own!
In The Box / Presentation
The Volcano Inferno comes in a very tidy, nicely branded presentation box.
In the packaging you will find:
2 Batteries (one 650 mAh & one 900 mAh)
1 Tube Tank with cartomiser & drip tip
5 Spare cartomisers
1 15ml bottle of e-liquid
1 Tube sock
1 Wall charger
1 USB charger
The Inferno starter kit comes with 2 manual batteries, one 3.7v 650 mAh and one 900 mAh.
The batteries are available in 5 different colour ways, black, silver, red, blue and pink so they are definitely looking at providing electronic cigarettes that suits the individual user.
We were sent the silver kit and I have to say it looks great, the batteries come in a smooth metallic finish with a raised snow drop type print at the top that gives a good area to grip.
The bottom of the battery has a screw cap that conceals the USB connection for charging purposes and there are also a couple of other nicely applied bits of branding that blend in well without being too in your face.
So it’s safe to say I am impressed with the quality and appearance of the Inferno but what about the performance?
The manual battery has the useful on\off function that is becoming pretty much standard with these types of battery. Five button presses to turn off and five more to turn back on. This works as well as would be expected.
The battery itself performed very well and help provide a nice smooth draw. As can be expected from both the batteries the amount of vaping time I was getting was also very good with the 650 mAh lasting me about around 6-7 hours and the 900 mAh was getting me through about 9.5 hours.
Now I’m not a heavy vaper by any means, more a moderate user, so for those that class themselves as heavy or for the chain vapers out there this is going to change (obviously).
Charging the batteries is a simple affair, pop the screw cap off the end of the battery, plug the USB lead into the end and connect to a USB port.
This is where the Inferno differs slightly from the likes of the JAC Vapour Series S17 and ROK Star in that you can actually continue to vape the device whilst charging so there is no excuse to reach out for that pack of cigs you have stuffed at the back of your draw for emergencies!
Overall 5/5- The batteries not only look good but also perform very well, even the heaviest vaper should get a full day vaping using both batteries. Other highlights include the standard on\off function and the ability to vape whilst charging the battery.
Vapour/Flavour/Tube Tank Setup
Volcano offer a 15ml bottle of e-liquid (or as they call it V-Liquid) with the Inferno Starter Kit.
You do get a choice as well so you aren’t just stuck with a standard tobacco flavour, their are 15 different flavours each available in either 0mg, 8mg, 16mg or 24mg nicotine strength. For this particular review we used the Tobacco Pure full flavoured (16mg) e-liquid which is made with actual tobacco leaves in a concentrate form.
As we all know e-liquid tastes vary from person to person and I had heard a lot of good review on this particular e-liquid over on the US Volcano website but for me the Tobacco Pure flavour was just OK, it’s not ‘un-vapeable’ by any means but it isn’t going to be one I will be using as my all day vape vape juice.
As far as vapour volume goes there was no problem here.
Tube Tank Setup
The inferno comes with the Tube Tank which differs from the Clear Tank that I have used with the Jacvapour VGO or the ROK Star which uses an atomiser and e-liquid chamber.
The Tube Tank is basically a 1.5ohm dual coil cartomiser that sits within the clear tank.
You fill the cartomiser as you would normally and pull this out of the tank slightly to allow you to fill the tank.
The e-liquid in the tube feeds through a small hole at the bottom of the cartomiser keeping the material inside saturated. Once the Tube Tank is 3/4 full the cartomiser is then pushed up so as to seal the tank and the mouthpiece is pushed into the cartomiser. Last but not least the whole thing is screwed into the battery!
If you haven’t used a setup like this before it is less complicated than I have probably made it out to be!
When the supplied the tube sock is placed in between the battery and the tube tank you end up with a good looking e cig. There was a slight issue I found with the complete setup, it didn’t feel completely solid and there was slight movement from the Tube Tank.
Now one thing not to do here is try and tighten the cartomiser into the battery too much, yup I made this mistake and I had to dismantle the whole Tube tank just to unscrew the cartomiser.
This, I have to say, was completely my own fault as Volcano do advise not to over tighten the cartomiser! The best thing to do here is screw the cartomiser in using the mouthpiece as this won’t let you over tighten like I did.
Overall 3.5/5- The Pure Tobacco flavour for me was just OK and despite the initial Tube Tank setup being a little fiddly and having a bit of movement when screwed into the battery it all worked very well.
There is not a lot wrong with the Volcano Inferno, it looks great, it has a quality feel to it and most importantly it performs very well.
There are a couple of things I wasn’t so keen on, first being the Pure Tobacco e-liquid.
While it was definitely vapeable it just didn’t do it for me and second I sometimes felt that there was a bit of movement with the Tube Tank when it was connected to the battery.
Neither of these would put me off recommending the product though.
The inferno would suit any level of e cig user and will ensure heavy vapers have enough battery power to see them through the day.
If you are have been searching for an e cigarette with a bigger capacity EGO type battery be sure to check out our V2 Pro Series 3 and Jacvapour Series S17 reviews for other options to compare.