I feel that this brand of the biggest and best e-cigarettes are a bit of a hidden gem. No one had ever heard of them until I accidentally came across an advert with their name on it on the internet. I was intrigued because I’m a bit of a nerd, and after a few minutes on the website, I decided to give it a closer look.
I’m planning on having a look at all of the starter kits available on the Freedom Cigarettes website, so for the purposes of this review, I’m just going to go with the i-Pack Pro – the one I’ve actually tried so far.
Going back to the Freedom Cigarettes review for the i-Pack Pro, and let’s have a closer look.
Starter Kit – iPack Pro
To be fair, the price tag is pretty hefty when you compare it to some of the other bargains I’ve been lucky enough to snap up like the eGo CE4 Shisha Pen which is only a couple of quid. Why not take a look at that review while you’re here?
Back to Freedom Cigarettes and the £64.99 will get you the Freedom i-Pack which acts as a carry case plus charging portal for your batteries. You’ll get two batteries too, plus a USB charger, five tobacco cartridges, a UK charger and a charger for the case too. Oh and throw in a six month warranty on the electrical’s too. That’s not such a bad deal, is it?
5 cartridge refills will set you back £12.99 which isn’t too bad when you consider that each cartridge is meant to last you for 35 cigarettes. That’s 175 cigarettes worth you’ll have out of that £12.99. When you consider that ‘regular’ cigarettes would have cost you between £60 to £70, you’re already saving yourself a small fortune.
When I actually used the cartridges, I wouldn’t exactly say that they would last you for 35 cigarettes. Perhaps 20 cigarettes, if that. I was pretty disappointed by how quick the flavours within the cartridges died, but if you are planning on refilling them with your own liquid, it doesn’t really matter too much. You must remember that this will void your warranty.
There are only four flavours available but when you consider that Freedom Cigarettes are a relatively new brand, they do enough to get you started. Most of the best e-cigarette companies out there started off small with only a couple of flavours on offer at first.
Original Tobacco, Original Menthol, Tobacco Lights, and Boutique Java Juice are what you can get. Basically, tobacco, light tobacco, menthol and coffee in easier terms to understand. The more you buy, the more you’ll save, so if you can afford to buy in bulk, it is well worth it.
To be honest, the flavours weren’t quite what I was expecting. I have tried some of the weird and wonderful when it comes to flavours of e-liquid and cartridges, but I’ve come to expect a certain standard. These Freedom Cigarette cartridges didn’t live up to that standard. The flavours weren’t quite as strong as I had hoped they might be, and they didn’t last all that long. You could probably get around 20 cigarettes worth when you first start smoking the cartridge, but the flavour will die down well before then and it all gets a bit bland… almost as if you are smoking air.
There are only three strength of cartridge available with Freedom Cigarettes at the moment but again, once they increase in popularity, no doubt they will add a few more to the mix. With Low (8mg), Medium (11mg), and High (16mg), you don’t have the greatest range of options, and they aren’t all that strong either. When you consider that some brands of e-cigarette out there offer strengths of 36mg and higher, Freedom Cigarettes doesn’t really compare in the long term…. Although they are a pretty decent brand to get started with.
Sadly, Freedom Cigarettes don’t offer e-liquid, but that’s not to say you can’t pop off the top of the i-Pack Pro cartridges and drip a bit of your own stuff in there to keep the flavour for longer… That’s what I did! 😉
A spare battery will cost you £9.99 and that’s if you’re lucky enough to catch them in stock. Every time I see to go on the website to pick up a spare, they don’t have any in stock for me to buy them.
The batteries are meant to last for around 300 puffs. When you consider that the average cigarette normally takes about 10-15 puffs to get through, one battery SHOULD be the equivalent of 20 cigarettes. This essentially means it should last you the whole day.
In reality, I only got about three or four hours at most out of each fully charged battery, and the more and longer you use it, the quicker that three or four hours will die down to two hours, and then eventually one. Now you do need to remember that you generally tend to smoke the e-cigarette more than you would ‘regular’ cigarettes, so you are going to get less use out of them, especially at first. Three hours isn’t enough for a long-term user of e-cigarettes though. As I’ve mentioned before, the Freedom Cigarettes i-Pack Pro Starter Kit is great for someone brand new to the world of e-cigarettes. If you’re already an experienced ‘vaper’, it’s going to be hardcore enough for you.
On top of the usual stuff that you would expect to see on the ‘accessories’ page of the biggest and best e-cigarettes (cartridges, spare batteries, etc) there are a few added extras that you can look at buying. You can get a car charger for just £6.99, and a wall charger is only £9.99. You can even buy spare charging carry cases (I love these!) for under £20.
Speaking of which, I feel that the charging case deserves a little mention of it’s own – as long as you remember to keep the case fully charged, you have you down portable charging unit for when you are out and about (or can’t be bothered to walk to the other side of the room to find the regular wall charger), and it even tells you with the little screen on the front how much battery your e-cig has left, as well as the case itself.
Do Freedom Cigarettes Work?
It’s a great starter kit for someone brand new to the world of e-cigarettes, but the Freedom Cigarettes i-Pack Pro doesn’t really offer enough to use them long term. I kept this kit for when I was travelling – it makes a great little spare for the car or for in your hand luggage, so it’s well worth buying (especially when they have those great special offers!).
Not enough strength, vapour or throat hit lets the side down for anyone looking to use these long term, and I found myself going through batteries quite quickly as well. I’m not saying they are cheaply made, I’m just saying there are some improvements that can be made…
Are Freedom Cigarettes The Best E-Cigs?
Not really. Sorry to disappoint you but there ARE bigger and better e-cigarettes out there that you can choose from. These are fairly cheap and quite cute to look at but they don’t really offer you enough to keep you off the ‘regular’ cigarettes long enough to consider yourself a non-smoker.
I’d give Freedom Cigarettes i-Pack Pro 3 stars out of 5. They are on their way to being one of the best e-cigs but they aren’t there yet. With a few improvements, I’d probably rate them better but for now, there’s not enough oomph to keep me running back for more.