Our Vype Disposable review a few months back provided some mixed reactions from us from, we enjoyed the flavour but ultimately it was expensive for a disposable e cigarette that didn’t last that long.
Vype Reloaded – Does the rechargeable Vype make for an improved vaping experience?
Fast forward a few months and Vype have released a rechargeable version of their e cigarette that should eradicate the issue of the poor e cig life. Or does it?
We popped on over to the Vype website and purchased the Vype Reload Regular kit, read on for our review.
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In the box / Presentation
The Vype Reload is really well presented in a simple display carton that contains the following:
- 2 x Rechargeable batteries
- Flip top carry casse
- 2 x Cartomisers
- USB Charger
Vype are trying to make the switch for smokers as easy as possible, in this wemean they are keeping the look and feel as realistic as possible with their Vype e cig design.
The battery has the familiar ringed body, red glowing tip and even feels quite light weight (for an e cigarette) in the hand.
They have certainly achieved the realistic look they were going for and is the most realistic looking ‘cig-a-like’ I have tried.
The battery performance itself is a game of two halves. On the one hand it reacts well when taking a drag but on the other the battery life is very poor.
Does that come as a surprise? No definitely not, this is after all one of the smallest e cig batteries currently available and battery life is of course the first thing to suffer when e cigs are made this small.
This is obviously the reason why they made an alternative to their disposable e cigarette, once that ran out of power the only option was to throw it away and start again which would prove to be quite an expensive practice in the long run.
At least with the Vype Reload you can recharge the battery to use again.
This does make this a more viable option when compared with the disposable but issues still remain.
The battery life does still pose a problem despite the ability to recharge. I found I was having to recharge after around an hour of use.
The problem comes if you are away from a computer/laptop for lengthy periods of time as you need to use the USB port to charge your e cig.
There are of course two batteries that you can keep in the carry case but even then both of them will run out fairly quickly depending on how much you vape.
For light smokers switching to e cigs you may just about get away with it but moderate/heavy smokers making the switch are going to have a real problem.
If however you are just using this at home or in the office while near or using a computer then you can rotate your batteries or even just put the battery back on to charge in between using it.
When it comes to buying replacement batteries there is no option on the site (at the time of writing) that I can see where you can buy them.
This just leaves buying the starter kit again which I would say isn’t ideal but with the price of the cartomisers it may just be a more economical option as the starter kit includes 2 cartomiser refills and two batteries.
Overall – Vype is the most realistic looking ‘cig-a-like’ e cigarette available on the market but the small size does effect the longevity of the batteries. Moderate to heavy smokers will find they are running out of power on an all to regular basis.
Vapour / Flavour
The Vype Reload starter kit comes with two Classic Regular flavoured cartomisers, this is the only option with the kit but when buying cartomiser refills separately you can choose from Bold (16.8mg nicotine), Regular (11.3mg nicotine) and Menthol (11.4mg nicotine).
My first impression when I took the e cig out of the packaging was that these are the smallest cartomisers I have ever come across!
They really are tiny!
They have kept on with the cig-a-like theme with the refills not only looking like a filter with the speckled finish but also featuring a ‘soft filter’.
The cartomiser does have movement in it for sure but it is on the firm side so don’t expect it to be as soft as a cigarette.
The fitting differs from other e cigs as well. Most e cig brands require you to screw the cartomiser into the battery, with Vype they have what I can only describe as a bayonet fitting that you get with light bulbs. Push it in and turn to the right to secure the cartomiser in place, works well I must admit.
Vype use Ecopure e-liquid (made by the company behind Intellicig e cigarettes) in their e cigs which is no bad thing, I personally really like their tobacco and menthol flavours and they produce a good amount of vapour as well.
The good thing about Ecopure is that their ingredients are sourced in the EU and are manufactured in Bioscience labs in Manchester University. The e-liquid is also produced in batches that is certified and traceable.
So I really have no issues with the flavour, vapour production and the fact that the e-liquid is produced in a professional and clean environment is a definite plus. But does this mean that they have knocked this one out of the park?
Well…. no not quite.
As mentioned before these are the smallest cartomisers I have ever come across in an e cig, they are about an inch long.
My first thought was that these are going to last about 5 minutes! And although I may be exaggerating a little there the life of the refills is very poor.
Referring to the Vype website again they do state a life of around 250 puffs (in lab testing) but this is way off the mark for normal vapers.
In my testing, not in a lab, I got around 90-100 puffs before the flavour started to diminish and the vapour started to dry up.
Disappointing but AGAIN I didn’t expect anything more due to the size of the cartomisers. It does all depend on how you vape and you may indeed get more ‘puffs’ out of your e cig, I would love to know how long your cartomisers lasted so please leave a comment below and let me know.
When coming to buy replacement cartomisers they are sold in packs of two. This is I found was the most disappointing thing of all as they are very expensive. They do offer discounts for bulk purchases but the best deal will see you forking out for 5 packs which is just 10 cartomisers in total.
It would be a lot easier to swallow if they provided at least 5 in a pack or better still just increase the capacity of the cartomisers so they last longer. I realise this would mean making the carry case a touch longer as well but as it stands at the minute they just don’t last long enough.
Overall – I really like the ECOpure flavours and the vapour volume produced is also good. The size of the cartomiser refills however are tiny. This of course means that they run empty very quickly.
This may not be a huge problem if the price to buy replacement refills wasn’t so high but unfortunately they are.
Vype offer a 14 day return on their electronic cigarettes.
Vype are available through a free phone number (UK), email and are also active on Facebook and Twitter.
The Vype Reload for me have missed an opportunity somewhere along the line here. The product itself from the presentation of the packaging, carry case and the e cig itself is very good quality, certainly looks the part.
The ECOpure e-liquid is definitely one of the better tasting tobacco flavoured e-liquids I have tried in pre-filled cartomisers. So where did it go wrong?
Unfortunately with a cig-a-like e cigarette that is the same size as a cigarette, you have to compromise somewhere. The Vype Reload has compromised on the life of both the battery and the cartomiser.
The battery could, I guess, be forgiven to an extent but the cartomiser refills really don’t last long enough. I was getting around 90-100 puffs before they started to fade out. Forgivable if the cartomisers were priced to accommodate this.
The only thing that would make this a viable option would be to include more cartomisers in their standard packs, at least 5 but to keep up with what other brands offer then it would need to be around the 7-10 mark.
Vype would also do very well to introduce a portable charging case, or what is better known as a PCC.
With the small size of their batteries and cartomisers they could come up with a unique cool looking case that would not only help solve the battery issue but would also allow for more cartomisers to be carried around with you.
So to sum up…. If you are a moderate to heavy smoker then you may struggle to make this work long term due to both the life and price of the cartomisers, you would be more suited to a vape pen or if you still insist on a cig-a-like then choose between Vapour2 Cigs and the ePuffer Magnum Snaps.
If however you are an occasional/light smoker that will only use an e cig intermittently throughout the day or even the week then this could do a job for you.