Vapestick review – Is This an E-Cigarette Worth Buying?
I’m not familiar with Vapestick’s product, but I have known them. The products have been on sale in Harrods, Argos, Costco, and most recently; Tesco.
There aren’t many reviews for Vapestick’s products so for this Vapestick review I decided to buy their Classic Starter Kit; which cost me £13.99 and only took a few days to deliver.
Review updated on 30.09.2014!
First impressions: Looks promising. The presentation quality of the packaging
and branding is very professional. Vapestick Classic Starter Kit includes:
- Rechargeable batteries x2
- 2x cartomisers
- USB charger
- Instruction Manual
- 1x flip-top box.
Again, the Vapestick ‘looks the part’ with the branding published along the side with a nice. The feel of the product is smooth, and sleek to the touch.
The battery is responsive to the draw (inhale), and the draw was smooth, too. However, with all smaller E-Cigarettes, the total battery life is reduced and will need recharging on a regular basis. The battery should, according to Vapestick, last around 6—7 hours when recharged.
It’s a shame that this product didn’t come with a portable charging case. As detailed in my SKYCIG report, portable charging cases allow the user to recharge the batteries when on the move. Vapestick do have a portable charging case, though; it’s sold separately (£14.99 without Posting & Packaging). This accessory, in my opinion, is essential for E-Cigarettes. If you need PCC, you can simply order Full XL starter kit for £29.99, which is really good deal.
If you’re regularly on the move then you may want to find a more durable battery. If you’ve got access to a power outlet then you need not worry since you can charge the device via the wall or USB adapter.
You will receive 2 cartridges with Classic kit or 5 with Full XL kit. In my opinion, 2 cartridges will be enough for the beginning. Vapestick claim that 1 cartridges will last around 100 puffs; this is a realistic count when compared to other companies.
One of the major differences Vapestick has when it comes to their cartridges is that they have a separate atomiser where the majority of other leading electronic cigarette brands have moved away from this kind of ‘3 piece’ design to the easier ‘2 piece’.
2 years ago Vapestick offered “3-piece” design, however, now they offer traditional “2-piece” design, because it is much easier to use. In my opinion “3-piece” design was pretty pointless.
The refill cartridges come in a nice package. (check out pic on the right). The cartridges are sealed to keep them fresh, which is a bonus. The bottle in the Classic Starter Kit comes with 2 cartridges (original flavour with 1.8% nicotine strength.).
However, Vapestick offer more flavours and nicotine strengths for Full XL starter kit:
All flavours are available with different nicotine strength (0%, 1.1%, 1.8% and 2.4%)
The refill cartridges are screwed onto the battery. When the cartridge was first attached, I found than I had to take a few primer drags to get the cartridge to heat the liquid before it produced decent amount of vapour.
The original tobacco flavour taste similar across the range of other E-Cigarette’s tobacco flavours, they also produce a suitable amount of vapour. Also the ‘throat hit’ is pretty good.
The menthol flavour wasn’t very good compared to the versions of other E-Cigarette brands, though this could be the result of the atomiser—I used a tobacco-flavoured cartridge before testing the menthol, so there was a lingering flavour.
However, apple, vanilla and cherry flavours were really good. I also got a decent vapour production from these cartridges.
Vapestick have 4 available options:
Single Classic Starter Kit (I used this one for testing):
- 1 battery (150mAh),
- 2x cartomisers,
- 1x USB charged,
- flip-top box and instructions
- Price: £13.99
Single XL Starter Kit:
- 1 battery (180mAh),
- 2x cartomisers,
- 1x USB charged.
- Price: £13.99
Full XL Starter Kit:
- 2x batteries (180mAh),
- PCC (personal charging case),
- 5x cartomisers (various flavours and nicotine strengths available)
- 1x USB charger for PCC,
- 1x USB charger for E-Cigarette battery,
- 1x user manual,
- Price: £29.99
MAX Kit (EGO style e-cigarettes):
- 2x batteries(650mAh),
- 6x cartomisers,
- 1x usb charger,
- 1x wall plug,
- 1x carry pouch,
- 1x user manual.
- Price: £19.99 – £34.99.
Also Vapestick offers various disposable kits.
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VAPESTICK® offers a 30 days ‘no-hassle’ Returns Policy for all products purchased from our on-line store at vapestick.co.uk.
“If any product purchased directly from our on-line store has any kind of fault, simply return it to us with a covering letter and we will replace it, or provide you with a full refund, including the cost of your original postage. Please note that this Returns Policy does not apply to VAPESTICK products that were purchased elsewhere.”— Vapestick Guarantee.
From the purchase date, you may return the non-faulty device within 1 week, for faulty, 1 month (30 days), but please ensure you read carefully through their policy.
There’s various ways to contact with Vapestick’s customer service. They’ve got a no-charge phone-number, Facebook and Twitter page, and also via their support channel on their website (the main form of contact.) I have heard from other sources that they are quick to respond to any queries or problems, so everything is good on this this front.
The quality of package presentation, website accessibility, and flavour ranges, and also vapour volume; are good.
However, the ‘3-piece’ design (Battery, Atomiser, and a ‘plug-in’ refill cartridge) aren’t for me.
In my opinion it is great, that Vapestick finally changed their design to ‘2-piece’ design. As I said before, for this review I used Classic starter kit, but I recommend to check out Full XL kit or MAX kit, because these starter kits come with more useful options. Full XL contains PCC and 2.5x more cartridges than Classic kit. MAX kit will be a great choice, if you are looking for a powerful EGO-type e-cigarette. If you begin with this product I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
But when all-said-and-done; E-Cigarettes are designed to wean you away from regular cigarettes. Any E-Cigarette is better than none (if you’re a smoker.)