Another updated re-chargeable kit – The Vype eStick – A further improvement?
It seems Vype are releasing new e cigarette kits in pretty quick succession recently with the latest being the Vype eStick.
The first review we carried out was of the Vype Disposable, their first e cig.
The second was the Vype Reload which addressed the need for a rechargeable battery and was a definite improvement.
With the resources of BAT behind them I would expect them to get the product spot on.
The Vype ePen 3 is the latest review and the best of the vype range.
What we are looking at today is the new kit that looks to offer an improved vaping experience all round. Read on for our hands on Vype eStick review.
In the box / Presentation
Vype do presentation very well, there has obviously been considerable care taken on this front. The eStick comes in a very tidy case that contains the following:
- 1 x Rechargeable battery
- Portable Charging Case
- 3 x Cartomisers
- USB Charger
The signature style of Vype is to keep a realistic look and feel to their electronic cigarette and that is something they do very well indeed.
The look and size of the e cig is pretty much identical to a cig with the weight, while heavier, being the nearest you are going to get to the real thing.
There are two colour options, black & white, the former of course won’t quite have the same aesthetic effect.
With the small size comes impaired performance (when compared with other e cig brands) but this really doesn’t and shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Remember the battery is contained in the main body of the e cig which is of course very small.
It does react well when taking a drag so no problem on that front although there is a small issue I found which I will cover below in the ‘Vapour/Flavour’ section.
So I mentioned the poor battery life, now lets look at the portable charging case (PCC) that does help somewhat with this problem.
PCC functionality and Performance
This is of course where the real improvement comes into play with the introduction of a PCC.
In short a PCC allows you to charge a battery when you are on the move as well as carry around spare cartomiser refills.
The previous Vype Reload e cig required the batteries to be charged directly via a USB outlet.
The same slick looks of the case have been kept although this is slightly bigger due to the addition of the battery in the pack.
It also feels solid but is still highly portable sliding in and out of pockets and bags with ease.
I have use a fair few PCC’s of all shapes and sizes but this is different to others I have come across in the way that the batteries are charged.
To charge the battery in the Vype PCC you simply slot the battery, tip down, into the charging slot and close the lid.
A blue ring light will illuminate around the e cig to indicate a charge is underway and one to four lights will illuminate on the front of the pack to let you know how much power the actual pack has left. The PCC worked perfectly.
One thing I will say though is be sure to get into a routine of keeping the case fully charged!
Also when you have finished using the e cig just pop it back on charge. This should make sure the e cig battery is always charged.
Spare / Replacement batteries
This is where things are let down somewhat. For some reason Vype don’t sell (at the time of writing) spare batteries on their own.
The only option you have is to buy a brand new starter kit. The kit itself isn’t badly priced but if all you need is a battery the full kit is overkill. Not to mention wasteful in terms of product.
This is an area that I personally think needs addressing.
Overall – The Vype batteries are very close in looks and size to a real e cigarette and while this results in poor battery life the new PCC does go some way to remedy this. The PCC functions very well and looks great.
The big downfall for me is that there is no option to buy spare batteries. If your battery dies you have to buy a full kit which is not a great way to go.
Vapour / Flavour
The Vype eStick kit has three Tobacco flavoured ‘eTips’ (12.5mg nicotine) included in the pack. No choice in the flavour you start with but for most smokers trying e cigarettes for the first time the flavour should be fine.
In terms of looks the refill tips are available on white or black to match your choice of battery colour.
They also have the effect of being a soft tip filter that the majority of other e ig brands don’t have.
Again this adds to the familiarity of a cigarette. If you prefer the orange flecked filter design you have the option of buying the older Reload cartridges. For me personally the white is just fine.
I tried all of the flavours available, Cherry, Blended Tobacco and Crisp Mint.
- I found the tobacco to be a very good version and gave a decent throat hit and OK vapour volume.
- The Cherry was also very good, there wasn’t the overly sweet flavour you can sometimes get, this is a dark cherry that has deeper cherry flavour. I found this very easy to vape all day.
- The Crisp Mint gave a nice subtle mint aftertaste that worked well with a nice thoat hit, good flavour and vapour volume.
My favourite from the three on offer? I would say the Cherry would be my go to flavour. Of course tastes differ for everyone so you may well think differently.
If you do let me know in the review section below.
I had an issue with both the Tobacco and Cherry flavours in that when taking a drag the draw was very airy and required primer drags to get it going. There is a way to rectify this, if you cover one of the holes where the cartridge attaches to the battery this tightens up the draw. It’s just not ideal when you have to so this. I didn’t have any of these issues though with the Crisp Mint cartridge though so maybe it was just the cartridges I received.
Regarding the life of the refills, this is difficult to gauge due to the fact that everyone vapes differently. I personally found the life to be just OK. The size of the refills are tiny and when comparing to the results you get from the likes of Green Smoke and Jacvapour there is really no comparison, the latter two last a lot longer.
- Quality Vype e-liquids are made in lab conditions within the UK.
- Refills When it comes to replacing the eTips Vype has them available in a pack of 4. This is far better value than the price they were previously but is still, in terms of refill life/price, some way behind the other brands previously mentioned. Vype do also offer a free pack when you buy 5 so that’s the way to go if you don’t mind buying in bulk.
Overall – The flavours are very good, providing plenty of vapour. Some could argue at the lack of flavours but I think for Vype’s target customer three is plenty.
Prices have improved, the only real downside I experienced was an airy draw but this can be rectified easily enough.
I for any reason you are not happy with the Vype eStick you can return within 14 days for your money back.
Vype are available through a free phone number (UK), email and are also active on Facebook and Twitter.
There are currently (that I could see) no Vype discount codes available. If and when we come across any they will be posted here.
Overall Vype eStick Review Verdict
The Vype eStick has a lot going for it and as an e cig package is definitely an improvement on their previous offerings but with the resources of BAT behind them I would expect nothing less.
For me it isn’t near however, being the best e cig in the UK. Here is a simple breakdown of the good and not so good points I found.
- Realistic looks and size when comparing to a cigarette (Can be very important for smokers making the switch)
- Portable Charging case works very well and looks great
- All the flavours are very good (for my taste buds at least!)
- Well suited for light – moderate smokers
- Starter kit price is good
Not so good
- Cannot buy replacement batteries – Need to buy a whole new starter kit
- Due to their size, refill eTips don’t last as long as other e cigarette brands available
- I had some issues with ‘airy draws’ with two of the flavours
- No option to buy different nicotine strengths. Something I think is important for those wishing to cut down on nicotine intake
- Heavy smokers may still struggle with the life of the refills, they may find they are using a large quantity.
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