Here’s our picks for the best e-cigarette brands of 2014. Our team reviews each e-cig brand extensively, comparing them to each other, and we hope we’ve made your search for the best product for you as simple and straight forward as possible.
Before We Get Into Our Brands Analysis…
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Further on we also cover our picks for the best tank systems for anyone looking up more advanced devices (such as your basic eGo style battery) to take their vaping to the next level.
We have our top 10 chart for 2014 below, for mini cigs, also known as cigalikes, which resemble the shape and size of an actual tobacco cigarette, with links to our reviews, coupons, and the official website of each brand.
Further you’ll see our tank chart, followed by more in depth details on our top picks, as well as some more general info about e-cigs.
Here are some of the electronic cigarette brands we’ve reviewed here at sbicouncil.org:
Amazing E Liquid Pens
Looking for a more advanced device? South Beach Smoke has just released a fully customizable line of vaporizer pens, and that is just one part of their vaporizer line they have launched.
Best E Cig Tank Systems
Taking things to the next level and looking for the top tank systems out there?
We’ve reviewed a TON of e-cigarette brands and e-tailers, and a couple of them stand out for us.
If you are looking for a more advanced vaping device, you will want to check out the brand VaporFi. These guys have a sick selection of eGo-style and variable voltage batteries, and and incredible selection of e-juice, with way over 20,000 possible flavor mixes with their customizable blends.
They also have what are called cigalikes, which are about the size of real tobacco cigarettes. They basically have something for everyone at all levels.
Visit them at http://vaporzone.com
and if you want to save cash on your purchase, use our VaporZone discount here.
First and foremost we love their flavors, especially their red flavor for you Marlboro smokers. They have a nice flavor selection (not too many), and we enjoy most all of their flavors, including menthol, chocolate, coffee and things like their special or seasonal flavors such as pumpkin spice or cola.
This the the brand we highly recommend, especially for someone new to or just considering electronic cigarettes, as they are our pick to the closest to the real thing. And for anyone looking to try another brand, check ‘em out. They have some awesome extras, such as e-liquid to refill your own cartridges, mini tanks, and the EX batteries are perfect if you want a more powerful battery.
Official Website: http://v2cigs.com
Use one of our V2 Cigs coupons here for all purchases and save some money!
You can’t go wrong with either of these two companies. Look over to the right for more of our electronic cigarette reviews, as well as vape shops.
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South Beach Smoke has announced their new Air, as well as the addition of custom blend e-liquids:
The smokeless cigarette industry is booming, and with so many brands, there are tons of different opinions about which are the best electric cigarettes.
Here are the best features of our picks for the 5 top e-cigs, as honestly, if you select any of these, you can’t go wrong.
These recommendations are for analogue style mini cigs, which resemble an actual cigarette, as pictured here.
1. Best Flavor:
V2 Cigs – Their site: http://v2cigs.com
Looking for something like the real thing? Give V2 a try, especially their red flavor!
Use one of our V2 coupons here and save some money on your purchase!
2. Best Battery:
Short Halo Manual Battery
Their site: http://halocigs.com
This is an outstanding, yet simple brand, we love them, and for tobacco flavor lovers, you must try theirs, check out their sampler pack of tobacco flavors!
3. Longest Battery Life:
South Beach Smoke – Their site: http://southbeachsmoke.com
Use our South Beach discount here for purchases!
4. Thickest Vapor:
Green Smoke – Their site: http://greensmoke.com
Use one of our Green Smoke coupons here and save money!
Bull Smoke – Their site: http://bullsmoke.com
The best price just got better – use the Bull Smoke coupon here!
If you like savings, bookmark our electronic cigarette coupons page here for future purchases.
Advanced E Cigs
If you want an advanced e-cig, such as a variable voltage battery or tank system, look no further than Vapor Fi.
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Their selection and quality is pristine, and we feel there’s no competition here!
Their site: http://vaporzone.com
Use our VaporZone discount here for all hardware!
There are tons of review sites exploding on the internet, just as this industry is exploding, and we decided to try to keep this list pertinent, and to the point.
E cig reviews feature several areas important to e smokers. They touch on information to new customers (people who have switched from traditional smokes), cartridges and flavors, batteries, style, and starter kits.
There are usually accessories to look through as well, but these are the basics. Each company has its own gimmick, and it helps to be able to distinguish what those gimmicks are before starting.
That being said, there are some definite distinguishing factors with certain brands, especially things like taste, closely followed by aspects such as battery life, functionality, as well as aesthetics.
How can you go from smoking traditional cigarettes to smoking an e-cigarette and know which brand to select? Not long ago there were just a few choices and now there are several. The following are some tips for choosing the best e cigarettes for your taste and expectations.
This might sound like an environmentally unfriendly suggestion, but perhaps the best, thriftiest way to select an electronic cigarette brand is to purchase an assortment of disposable e cigs. Most manufacturers make them. They come in singles or packs, but the single is probably what you want.
These cigs are exactly the same as rechargeable, reusable cigarettes except that they are ready to use. A battery and flavor/nicotine cartridge is already included. Once the cigarette is finished you throw it away.
The only other way to enjoy this kind of variety with minimal outlay is to ask friends who smoke e cigs if you can try theirs. Disposable e-cigs typically last as long as a couple of packs of regular cigarettes. Sharing a puff or two is not a lot to ask.
Maybe the flavors of several cigs are much the same. They feel the same between your fingers and work in the same way. What else can you look for? Consider battery life.
Rechargeable batteries can last a year or more each, but some hold their charge longer than others. Also, certain brands of electronic smokes sell long-life super-charged batteries which provide even more power for longer periods between charging.
There is a direct correlation between battery size and power. Certain brands are designed to look heftier. They last longer too. Sometimes a slimmer version of a battery is marketed for a female audience, and these products are less powerful than standard-sized batteries.
As a rule of thumb, the larger and thicker the battery of your e-cigarette is, the more powerful it’s vapor will be and the longer it will be able to be used between charges.
In case you are unclear about where the battery goes, the entire bottom portion of your e cig is a battery. The top part carries the cartridge, atomizer, and mouth piece.
Ordinary cigarettes pose numerous disadvantages, one of them being their complete lack of flair compared with some e cig brands. A number of brands are notable for perpetuating the old-fashioned appearance of roll-ups with their choices of yellow, white, and orange.
Others distinguish themselves by adding color to black items, or going further to make their batteries and upper cig portions bright colored sticks of shiny loveliness. Shades like yellow-jacket, lime, emerald, pink, deep purple, and champagne might make you wonder why someone did not come up with these devices earlier.
With these trendy varieties is also the opportunity to mix colors. Top and bottom portions screw together, so you can add a purple battery to a champagne top. Buy an assortment and play around.
In Favor of Flavor
Over-the-counter cigarettes with their various deathly toxins delivered only one smell — yuck. While manufacturers tried to mask the smell and flavor by choosing different types of tobacco or adding menthol, there was no way to disguise the nasty aroma or the power of a second-hand cloud to result in coughing and gagging from the uninitiated.
Electronic smoking is another affair entirely. The toxins are supposedly gone. At least the white puff of vapor looks clean and smells good. Now you can taste and smell tobacco, menthol, or a gourmet flavor unheard of before. You could never have enjoyed specialist selections as a smoker of old-style cigs, but cartridges today come in chocolate, peppermint, peach, and pina colada varieties.
During your search and experimentation with disposables maybe you discover two or three cigs which stand out for their taste and aroma, but which one is the right one? Be aware that certain brands are known for the smooth and consistent provision of vapor and flavor right to the end of a cartridge. Reviews of some brands might include warnings of decreasing intensity over time.
Another question is whether you want the option to refill cartridges or not. Depending on the opinions you read, this can be a good or a bad thing. Expect it to be a mixed blessing. There is a greater chance of refillable cartridges leaking, but probably only if they are not sealed correctly or are used for too long. What you gain by choosing this method is greater savings and fewer additions to local landfills.
Are e cigs green? Do they light up when you smoke?
First of all, e cigs are all greener than regular cigarettes. If one firm advertises its environmental friendliness as though it is greener than the rest, test that suggestion by reading more about it. Unless they have invented biodegradable batteries, the most they can offer is a recycling program, although that is a step in the right direction.
Generally speaking, e-smoking is better for the environment. Scientists cannot tabulate the effects on nature of butts being dropped on the ground, at least not with certainty.
They can say that e cigs are also more pleasant in the environment, with no smells or ash. In fact, e cigs are not classified the same as traditional cigarettes and can be used in some places where smoking is banned, at least for now, as regulators are clamping down on it.
The grey, lethal-looking cloud created by smoking a burning ember is absent. Nothing burns in an e cig: nicotine is heated. This is true of all e cigs by definition.
Certain companies market their products to men. They offer a few color choices, but they either make a cig look like an old-fashioned rollup or are they lack vibrancy. Older smokers who dislike the idea of a lime green product might choose these.
One of the biggest issues you have after flavor when switching is battery power. If an electronic product cannot keep its charge long enough or the battery only gives 100 puffs, that could be a bit of maintenance.
Battery power is affected by size. If you want a sleek-looking mini e-cig with a slim profile, you get less power. It is still decent, but you should expect to use it less or charge it more. Bigger batteries obviously have more juice in them and go on longer.
Most kits come with different battery sizes, and some companies, such as South Beach, carry a substantially larger battery that has a much longer life.
Just about every company creates a starter kit. This is a selection of everything you need to get started. If she were to buy each piece separately, the consumer would pay more than if she bought them as a package. Every company makes this different in some way. Certain ones simplify the issue by creating two versions of the same package. Others add one or two items to sweeten the deal on increasingly bigger, more expensive kits.
A number of firms such as V2 and South Beach offer the option of a Power Cig as a taste-testing idea. Try this, with its USB connection, and find out what it feels like to smoke vapor instead of tobacco smoke. If you like the way it feels and are impressed by the company, buy the basic starter kit which does not include a Power Cig.
Kits usually come with a number of flavor cartridges, a USB adaptor, wall charger, and one or two batteries.
Flavors and Nicotine
You know there is power in their battery. Colors suit your personality. Now you have to try a brand’s flavors to be sure this is the right product.
This is for most people the most important factor, and it typically trumps the price, just like with analogues where most people will splurge for Newports or Marlboros over something close that is cheaper.
Each manufacturer carries at least two, possibly as many as four types of tobacco. Versions like Turkish Tobacco are common, and there is often one to simulate the flavor of unfiltered cigarettes. Menthol is also a typical option.
Gourmet flavors are usually part of the menu too. They sound like assorted candies: cherry, peach, pina colada, passion fruit, and grape. Coffee, mocha, mint chocolate, and vanilla are a few others. If you like menthol but want a change, try mint tea or peppermint.
You probably smoke mostly for the nicotine, and this is an ingredient inside of the cartridges to refill your e cigs. Choose from a low dose to 2.4%, or even 4.5% in the case of NJOY, or try to wean from nicotine with 0% if you want to cut back.
Read customer impressions of vapor strength. Some products are consistent, while there is a tapering effect from others.
E-cig mods are a pretty vast category that is growing like crazy, and is left a bit open for interpretation. Pictured to the right is something that looks like it could come out of NASA, but it is an upgraded battery, and the battery features a variable voltage option.
A modded cig like this serves the same function as a standard sized e cig, just with much more horsepower and battery longevity.
There are different sized tanks, and other upgraded batteries, many of them are known as an eGo-style battery.
A combination of a tank and an upgraded battery is typically the next big step for anyone looking to get a modded, more powerful cig that lasts longer, and as a nice gateway to the world of mods, which is a lifestyle and hobby for lots of vapers out there.