Blu Cigs E-Cigarette Review
Price: $69.95 - $89.95
Nicotine Levels: 4
Cartomizer Price (5 Pack): $12.00
Warranty: 1 year
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Blu Cigs has been at the forefront of the e-cigarette industry ever since the company was established, a few years back. They are constantly coming up with innovative features that challenge other premium brands to keep up and make them a top competitor for the title of best electronic cigarette.
On a more personal note, I think I should mention the first e-cigarette I have ever tried was made by this company, so that makes this Blu Cigs review very special to me. Having shared that, I can assure you it won’t affect my objectivity in any way.
I think it’s safe to say Blu Cigs offers the most stylish starter kits in the business. Their cigarette pack-imitating charging case, the minimalist logo and the inspired choice of colors, all come together to form a truly elegant package that’s sure to grab attention in any social circle. For this review of the new Blu Cigs e-cigarette, I played around with the popular Premium Starter Kit which consisted of:
- 2 Blu batteries
- 1 wall charger
- 1 USB charger
- 5 cartridges in the strength and flavors of your choice
- 1 Premium e-cigarette pack with Social Features
Blu have made some really interesting changes over the last year, but what surprises me is they still decided not to throw in a car charger. Sure, their smart pack allows you to charge e-cigarettes on the go, but that itself needs a charge every once in a while, and a handy car charger often proves to be the best backup. Let’s hope they’ll throw in that much-needed accessory in the near future.
Otherwise the Blu Premium starter kit is as slick as can be. Whether you go for the white or the black pack, you’ll end up with a stylish gadget that will pass as a high-tech fashion accessory, just like the iPod or iPhone. And when I say high-tech that’s exactly what I mean, since Blu Cigs has focused most of its efforts towards this aspect of their product. The cigarette-pack-like carry case doubles as a portable charging unit for your electronic cigarette and more advanced still, as a social ice-breaker.
The smart pack fits up to five cartomizers and will also charge your spare battery on the go. Indicators on the side of the pack display how much juice the charging unit has left, as well as the power level of the battery inside. Blu Cigs was the first to introduce mobile charging kits, a feature that has since been adopted by other premium e-cigarette brands. But the company’s latest innovation is by far the coolest – its Social Feature. The new Blu Smart Packs has been fitted with technology that makes it vibrate whenever another Blu smoker is in a 50 meter radius. Also the Blu logo lights up letting you know there’s conversation to be made with another e-cigarette user. You have to admit that’s a pretty cool ice-breaker.
But what beginner vapers love most about Blu is its super-mini electronic cigarette, the size of an analog cigarette. It’s one of the shortest models available today, so if you’re looking for something small that doesn’t make you look silly when you use it, the Blu is perfect.
One of the things Blu tried to improve when it launched its new line of products last year, was battery life. Many customers just weren’t happy with the power it delivered and the hassle of having to charge it so often. So the company came up with a new series of Lithium Ion batteries hoping to appease their customers. But, after testing their new device, I can’t say I’m impressed with its performance.
While the new Blu battery looks very good, and is almost as light as a real cigarette, in terms of performance it’s far from perfect. To be honest, a heavy smoker could probably go through one of these babies in little over an hour, and since the charge time is considerably longer, it could become a problem. A light smoker, however, will most likely be satisfied with Blu’s new e-cigarette batteries.
One has to take into consideration that Blu Cigs’ popularity has a lot to do with the natural look of their devices. There aren’t a lot of electronic cigarettes out there that look so much like real cigarettes, but that comes at some expense, and in this case, it’s battery life. Still, they’ve come up with a better alternative for smokers who expect more power, in the form of the new Premium 100 Batteries, the electronic version of the regular 100s cigarettes. They are a little longer but also have a considerably longer battery life.
The Blu Cigs e-cigarette was among the most sensitive devices we have ever tested, offering a satisfying vapor volume with every light draw. If you’ve ever tried one of those cheap, no-name e-cigarettes, you probably know how hard you have to draw to get the thinnest cloud of vapor released, but that just isn’t the case with Blu. While this can be considered a quality of this e-cigarette, it’s also one of its most well-known faults. The Blu is activated so easily it’s sometimes triggered by loud noises, bums or shakes. That, of course, translates into an even lower battery life.
In terms of sheer vapor volume, I would rank Blu Cigs as an average-good e-cigarette that is more than capable of satisfying the needs of someone who is just stepping into the world of e-smoking, provided they give this little device a chance. More experienced users would be better off going for the Premium 100 starter kit, as it has considerably more power and delivers a stronger throat hit.
Blu Cigs has partnered with Johnson Creek, a company known to produce some of the finest e-cigarette juice in the world, and is now proud to be one of the few brands to offer e-liquid made from 100% American ingredients. They’ve also opted for vegetable glycerin instead of propylene glycol and put even the most paranoid e-smoker’s fears to rest.
We here at Electronic Cigarette Review congratulate Blu on all their efforts to improve the quality of their flavors, but I for one can’t say i’m the biggest fan of their range of cartomizers. Blu Cigs has a range of seven flavors: Classic Tobacco, Magnificent Menthol, Java Jolt (coffee), Vivid vanilla, Cherry Crush, Pina Colada, Peach Schnapps.
I really don’ know what they were thinking when they added the last two, but I’m sure there were some market studies conducted before they were launched. Maybe those more adventurous of you will appreciate them, but for a classic tobacco guy like me, they’re close to heresy. I was quite pleased with the tobacco flavor and the menthol, but because they’re made from 100% vegetable glycerin, they aren’t as strong as other flavors from the competition.
- stylish quality packaging
- size comparable to an analog cigarette
- Social Features smart pack
- Johnson Creek 100% American flavors
- easy draw
- limited battery life
- average vapor production
- sensitive batteries activate randomly
- price is on the steep side for the package