- Starter Kit Cost: £21.99
- Battery Cost: £8.50
- Cartridge Cost: £1.79 – £2.20
- Money Back Guarantee: None found
- Charger Options: USB, Wall, Car, EU
- Cartridge Life: *Website not clear * I found approx. 8 – 10 cigarettes
- Battery Life: *Website doesn’t state* I found approx. 6 – 8 cigarettes
- Free Delivery: Over £39.99
I’m not usually a fan of these traditional looking e-cigarettes but I’d recently ordered some e-liquid from ECigaretteDirect so I thought I would add the Smoker’s Halo Starter Kit in for good measure to see how they faired against some of the other brands I’ve tried. Did I like them? I guess you’ll find out if you keep reading the Halo Starter Kit review!
The first thing you’ll notice about ECigaretteDirect is that they have actually been featured on the financial website of the year – thisismoney.co.uk. Not just that, they’ve also been featured in a load of newspapers, TV channels and magazines include Cosmopolitan, The Sun, BBC One, The Mail and Sky News. Not that they are boasting or anything… 😉
Halo Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit – £21.99
For £21.99 you’ll bag yourself 2 batteries, the USB charger, ten cartridge refills, the manual so you know how to work it, free First Class shipping, and a one year warranty.
It’s not a bad kit and to be honest, it’s not a bad price. If you have a look around at the other bands that offer these traditional two-piece delights, most of them are a bit more expensive than this… For example, I paid £39.99 for the Magicig Starter Kit and although you get three batteries rather than two, six cartridge refills rather than ten, and there’s a car charger thrown in for good measure.
REDCIG also offer a similar starter kit to the Smoker’s Halo one, and for their £24.99 kit you will get two batteries, four cartridge refills, plus a five-pack free (if you buy through the link on the review) and the charger.
As you can see, that little Halo Kit isn’t such a bad price!
As I’ve mentioned, these traditional looking e-cigs don’t really float my boat but the one thing I did like about the Smoker’s Halo kit is that the e-cig is not made from cheap plastic. Instead it has been created with a steel sleeve which prevents against melting bits, overheating bits, and proves to be slightly durable for the clumsiest of e-cig smokers… AKA me.
It doesn’t tell you on the website what mAh capacity battery this kit includes but I reckon it’s probably a 180mah… It lasted me for around three and a half hours before it conked out, and that seems to be pretty much the same as other kits that offer the 180mAh batteries.
You can buy new spare batteries for £8.50 which again, isn’t a bad rice, but different colours have different costs. Black, white, burgundy and silver, for example, are £8.50 but if you want the white battery with the blue LED tip, you’re going to be paying £8.99 instead.
Included in the kit are 10 cartridge refills but you don’t get to choose which flavours or strengths which is a bit of a bummer. 5 of them are high strength, and 5 of them are medium strength and they say the ten cartridges are the equivalent to 1,000 puffs on regular cigarettes. You get about 20-25 puffs to a genuine ciggie, so ten cartridges equals 40 cigarettes. Essentially, what they are saying is that you will get about four cigarettes worth out of each cartridge. That can’t be right, surely?
When using it, I got a good few hours use out of it before the cartridge need replacing. I reckon you’d probably need two cartridges per day to get you through as an ‘average’ 20-a-day smoker. That’s about average among most e-cig two-piece designs to be fair.
You have a few options with the cartridge refills. Available in 0.6%, 1.2%, 1.8%, and 2.4%, you have the High Capacity refills and these will cost you £10.99 for a pack of five. The ‘Regular’ refills are £8.99 for a pack of five and honestly, I don’t think I really noticed the difference. I don’t even think the High Capacity ones actually lasted that much longer than the regular ones… Maybe there was something I missed?!
Flavour-wise, you’re pretty limited to be honest. Menthol, Tobacco, Vanilla, Cherry and Chocolate were the only ones I found. These flavours would do me as I don’t really like to play around too much with the various flavour options, but for someone looking for something else; something like the other e-cig brands offer like South Beach Smoke or REDCIG, you’ll be disappointed here.
I didn’t find the flavours to be too bad, although the taste died down quite a fair bit before the actually puff ran out. I found myself wondering where the flavour had gone only after a couple of hours of puffing and for me, that just wasn’t good enough. Who wants to be smoking something that just tastes like air?
Throat Hit & Vapour
Vapour-wise, it wasn’t bad. I’d say it was comparable to the other brands, if a little lacking. However, the strong vapour didn’t last for that long and just like the flavours, I found that a couple of hours of usage really dulled down the amount of vapour you got. It’s like you only get a couple of hours of full capacity out of the cartridge refills and then there isn’t enough bang to keep it going.
Throat hit wasn’t bad either. I went with the 2.4% stuff as that’s what I would have gone for elsewhere and although toward the end of the battery life I found the throat hit died down quite a bit, the first few hours of use was satisfying enough to calm my cravings.
One of the best things about ECigaretteDirect is that they also stock e-liquids, and there’s a whole bunch of delights to explore! Lemon Sherbet was one that seemed to get a lot of attention from the people I showed the website to, and American Red was a really decent tobacco blend that I particularly enjoyed. Champagne wasn’t as nice as you’d think… Just so you know.
At £5.99 for 15ml, these aren’t badly priced, and you’ll find that a 15ml bottle will last for a couple of weeks if you are refilling your own cartridges.
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Why Should You Buy Smoker’s Halo Starter Kit?
You get everything you need for a pretty decent price with this e-cigarette starter kit and although there were a few things that I didn’t like about them, they are simple enough to use, and sturdily enough built to deal with any beginner in the world of vaping.
You will want to get some e-liquid to refill these cartridges as the original pre-filled ones don’t pack much of a punch, but there’s plenty of e-liquids available on the ECigaretteDirect website to keep things interesting. There’s a weird and wonderful range to enjoy, that’s for sure!
Great value for money and a decent e-cigarette, it was only the cartridge refills that let the side down and once you had filled them with your own liquids, it was a much easier ride.
Bearing everything in mind, I have decided to rate the ECigaretteDirect Smoker’s Halo e-cigarette with 3 stars out of 5. Not bad, but definitely room for a bit of improvement!