- Starter Kit Price: £17.99
- Battery Cost: Not Available
- E-Liquid Cost: Not Refillable
- Money Back Guarantee: None Found
- Charger Options: 14 Days (Unopened)
- Battery Life: Didn’t use for long enough to find out…
There seems to have been a lot of hype about the Vype ePen recently and I figured it was about time I made use of those great deals I keep telling you about and actually order one for myself. So I did.
Let’s take a peek at what I thought about this innovative new e-cigarette in the Vype ePen review…
Vype ePen Starter Kit – £17.99
It arrived promptly and I ripped open the cool little plastic casing it comes in, and for once, I felt the need to dig around for the instructions.
This isn’t your average, run of the mill e-cigarette. This was something brand new entirely! It neither looks like a conventional, regular cigarette, or any of the electronic cigarettes that I’d tried before and actually, I’d say this looks more like a bigger nicotine inhaler that would normally be used to help you quit smoking rather than an e-cig.
You have the battery. Then you have the mouthpiece end. That’s not all though – there’s the liquid cartridges which screw onto the battery but go beneath the mouthpiece, and then there’s the black tip which you take off and then later replace with a silicone guard for hygiene reasons. I must admit, it took me a few minutes to piece it all together so I would highly recommend reading the instructions properly before diving right on in.
With the starter kit, you get the Vype ePen itself, two cartridges, and a charger. The overall feel of the e-cig itself is quite nice. The black one that I ordered had a nice matte black finish to it and was very smooth to touch. It is much longer than it looked on the TV commercials – if you’re looking for something small and discreet, this probably isn’t the one for you.
You can pick from a few colours which is something at least – black, white, red, purple or blue.
I’m going to be honest with you here, I haven’t used the Vype ePen for long enough to allow the battery to run out yet. I have no idea how long it will last, or how long it takes to charge either. I’m trying to say this in the nicest way possible without being too brutal but I really didn’t like using it. Perhaps if you were a beginner to the world of e-cigarettes this one might work for you, but if you’ve tried a few of the other brands and had half decent luck with some of them, this one definitely won’t be the answer to your prayers. In fact, Dan said the same thing – it wasn’t enjoyable enough for him to use it to see how long the battery lasts. We both went back to our Jac Vapour 510 Twist and the Vype ePen hasn’t seen the light of day since…
You’ll apparently get 720 puffs out of a full battery charge on the lowest setting (there are two settings – high voltage and low voltage) but I don’t believe that for a moment. The battery on this is far too small to go as long as 28 cigarettes (if you assume the average cigarette is 20-25 puffs). If you go by what the website states, you’ll be using this for a day and a half if you are a 20-a-day smoker, but I find it very hard to believe the e-cig will last half of that.
As I’ve mentioned, the Vype ePen offers a variable voltage battery with just two settings – high and low. That’s all very good and well but nowhere on the website does it state what size the battery is, or what either of the two voltages actually are. If you wanted to progress further after making this your first e-cigarette, you’ll have a hard time as you will have had no idea what you have actually been using!
Oh and it doesn’t look like you can order replacement batteries for the Vype ePen either so if yours conks out, it would mean buying a brand new starter kit.
Things, so far, have not gone very well in this Vype ePen review, have they?
I got two tobacco flavoured cartridges in my Vype ePen starter kit, and what bizarre little cartridges they are indeed! To be fair, they have an advantage over the other regular two-piece designs as offered by the likes of Smoko and BLU Cigs – with the Vype you can see how much liquid is left in the cartridge, and there’s no filler fluff to burn out.
The disadvantage of this no-leak system they keep boasting about is that you CANNOT refill your own cartridges so constant use of this e-cig is going to start getting very costly indeed. Again, I didn’t use the ePen long enough for the cartridges to burn out, but I did try to pull it apart to see if it could be refilled to no avail. Two cartridges are said to give you 720 puffs, so one cartridge (or so the website states) is meant to be good for about 360 puffs and once again, I reckon this is probably a bit optimistic.
At £7.99 for three cartridges, available in just three flavours (or a variety pack) – Blended Tobacco, Crips Mint or Dark Cherry, things are going to start getting mighty expensive, especially if you consider that with most two-piece designs, you’ll be using between one and two cartridges per day… It would actually work out cheaper to smoke regular cigarettes!
Plus, unless you’re a fan of those three flavours, things are going to start getting very boring indeed. I know they are a relatively new company with a relatively new e-cig, but you’d have thought they would have come up with at least a few more flavours than that to keep things interesting, especially when you consider they are just small plastic cartridges filled with liquid, and there are a lot of different e-liquid flavours to pick from these days.
When I did try the Blended Tobacco cartridge, the taste wasn’t that pleasant. It was a bit too raspy and harsh for my liking and if I had never smoked an e-cigarette before, I probably would have been a bit put-off by how ‘raspy’ the inhale was. There’s nothing smooth about it, nothing pleasant, and nothing that tobacco-like about it. Sadly, I can’t speak of the other flavours and nor would I want to.
Once again, so far this Vype ePen review has been pretty disappointing.
Throat Hit & Vapour
You have two different strength voltages on the Vype ePen and the higher one should have given you a harsher smoke, while the lesser strength one gave you a smoother, more discreet smoke. Neither Dan or myself could notice any difference between the two.
With most variable voltage batteries (such as the Jac Vapour 510 Twist which has become my new favourite) you can tell the difference between the voltages very easily. Lower strength ones won’t give you as much throat hit or vapour, with the higher strength ones going the other way. This, as variable voltage batteries go, was pretty damn disappointing and I couldn’t really understand the need for the two options if you couldn’t tell the difference anyway.
The throat hit wasn’t nice. It was too raspy, too dry, too uncomfortable to smoke. I was a regular 20-25 a day smoker before, and I like a nice strong e-cig hit now, but the Vype ePen was too much for me. It’s almost like things haven’t quite been refined enough yet. Maybe in a couple of years with some more new technology they’ll get it right but for now, I wasn’t happy.
Delivery & Customer Services
I wouldn’t bother with their customer services mostly because I won’t be using the e-cig long enough to find fault with it. Within the first ten to fifteen puffs I had already gathered as much information I needed to decide whether or not I’d like it, and as you can probably tell from this Vype ePen review – I didn’t.
At the moment, there’s a promotion running on the Vype website so you’ll get FREE DELIVERY on the Vype ePen Starter Kit meaning that’s all you pay – £11.24 for the whole kit. To be fair, that’s not a bad price especially if you’re a fan of the product which so many people are. Although I’m not the only person who doesn’t like this e-cig, there are a lot of followers and if you take a peek at the comments below, you’ll get a good idea for what people think and are saying about it.
Is The Vype ePen The Best E-Cigarette?
Firstly, it’s too plastic and too cheap. It feels nice but it’s too bulky and big. It’s bigger than the Vapouriz Fuse and Jac Vapour 510 Twist that I’d been using, and I find them not only easier to hold, but also more comfortable.
Secondly, it’s not nice to smoke. It’s too harsh, there’s no real flavour, there’s no distinction between the two voltages, and you can’t refill your cartridges so things are going to get mighty expensive. If you’ve got loads of money, this gimmick might be worth it, but if you’re looking for something that will stop you smoking regular cigarettes, this probably isn’t the right e-cigarette for you.
Thirdly, it reminded Dan of a thermometer and now he’s said that, it kind of reminds me of one too. It doesn’t look right – it doesn’t look like something you would put in your mouth and inhale on, and above that, it tastes of plastic. Every puff I’ve taken has this weird plastic, non-tobacco like taste to it, and I genuinely don’t see the point. If you want something that you will actually use long-term, don’t waste your hard earned cash on this piece of crap!
The Vapouriz Fuse is the same price and so far, I’ve been using that one for about six months. I’ve had to replace the coils about three or four times during that period, and I’m still using all the same batteries (minus one that I lost). If you have a £20 budget for your next or first e-cig, don’t pay out for the Vype ePen, it’s really not worth it. Go for the Vapouriz Fuse and if you have a bit more cash to spare, I’d highly recommend going for the Jac Vapour 510 Twist with the variable voltage battery you will actually be able to tell the difference with.
Sorry Vype, I’m only going to give the ePen just one star out of five and I’ll be honest, I had a really hard time coming up with enough reasons to give it that one.
It’s not bad for someone like your Nan (that doesn’t know any better) but that’s about it. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone starting out with e-cigs because it’s unlike any other e-cig I’ve ever tried, plus it’s just not a viable option for the long term. I’m actually quite annoyed I wasted my money on it.
*I didn’t like the Vype ePen, but I really did like the Vype eTank instead. Plus, take a peek at the REVIEW*
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