- Starter Kit Price: £9.99 *Promo*
- Battery Cost: £8.00 (or 2 for £12)
- Cartridge Cost: £1.80 – £2.50
- Money Back Guarantee: None Found
- Charger Options: USB, Wall
- Cartridge Life: *40 Cigarettes * I found approx. 20-30 cigarettes
- Battery Life: *Website doesn’t state* I found approx. 4-5 hours
As you’ll probably already be aware, I’m not the biggest fan of cigalikes, so it takes a lot to persuade me to start using them, rather than the tank-style vaporisers I’ve become quite accustomed to. However, when a friend suggested I try this brand for the purposes of adding a Smoko review to the site (as he quite liked them and felt I should give them a chance), I decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised.
This is the second time I have come back to Smoko electronic cigarettes, and not only have I found them to be very reliable e-cigs, I have also found them to be great value for money too. The fact that I’ve got a great Smoko discount code helps too! 😉
I have never had a Smoko e-cig break on me. I’ve only ever had one cartridge not working on arrival (that was the elusive Roast Chicken flavour that I STILL haven’t tried!), and that’s the only concern I’ve ever had with them. Although they probably aren’t all that great for those that are already used to smoking tanks (although they do offer a vaporiser – see the review here: Smoko V-Style Vaporiser), these are the perfect e-cig for those that want to make the change from regular cigarettes to their electronic counterparts.
Let’s find out more in my Smoko review:
Limited Edition Smoko Starter Pack – £9.99
*RRP £25, get it for £9.99 with this link and Smoko discount code: SMOKO999
You get one hell of a start kit for just £9.99, let me tell you that. Firstly, you get the battery. Then you get a couple of cartridge refills. Add on the USB charger and most people would be happy, but with Smoko, you even get the designer inspired metal tin to carry it all in.
Not only is this tin incredibly handy, but it also makes for the perfect gift to persuade someone to finally quit smoking this year! Plus, at £9.99, it’s hardly breaking the bank, is it?
Before you click on ‘Checkout’, there are a couple of things you may want to know. Firstly, one battery is never going to be enough, so you’ll probably want to add another one on (£8), but if you’re going to do that, you may as well add two extra batteries on (get two for £12).
You’re going to get really frustrated with just one battery. What are you going to use when this one is charging up?
Plus Smoko offer vaporisers now, so you have the option to move up to the bigger tank-style e-cigs if you want to, and their e-liquid isn’t all bad!
I had already tried a couple of the Smoko cartridge refills, but this time, I got treated to all of what the brand has to offer. Let’s take a closer look:
It’s not overly strong considering it’s 2.4% nicotine, but it does have a nice taste to it. There is almost an vanilla-like aftertaste with it, but it’s definitely not unpleasant. It has a smooth vaping experience, and it’s not so harsh that it hurts your throat. Plus, unlike other cigalikes I’ve tried (*cough* OKCigs *cough*), it doesn’t have a weird, nasty plastic taste.
I personally think the menthol cartridge refill offer by Smoko tasted like those Halls Soothers for sore throat sweets that come in the black packet. Almost like a eucalyptus-mint, just like Airways chewing gum, except not quite as strong. I can’t stand those things.
The only one that stills comes in a filter-looking (orange) cartridge refill, (they all did once, but Smoko has livened up their packaging), the banana one has a very strong smell to it, one that you can smell before you’ve ever opened the packaging.
It’s not as strong as it smells. You can taste the banana in the refill, but only at first. After a couple of puffs, you almost get used to it, and you can’t really taste the banana anymore.
Strawberry Breeze (16mg)
I was quite excited for this Smoko flavour, but I was a bit disappointed by it, if I’m honest. It’s a bit lacklustre, and could do with a bit more oomph. Just like the banana, it’s not one that stays with you for a long time, and after a couple of puffs, I got bored and moved on to the next flavour.
It smells nice, just like the banana did, but the actual taste is too diluted and watered-down. It’s like what strawberry juice would taste like if it had been diluted with a gallon of water.
Virginia Rolling (24mg)
I would imagine this would was designed for the roll-up cigarette smokers out there, so I expected it to be a much stronger, gruffer smoke than the Original (tobacco) flavour would have offered. It definitely offers more throat hit than the other tobacco flavour, and it DOES have a gruffer, harsher smoke!
This one packed the biggest punch as far as the flavours were concerned, and vaping with this was almost exactly the same as eating a Granny Smith apple. It seemed to last longer flavour-wise than the Banana and Strawberry Breeze, and if you’re looking for something refreshing for summer, I’d definitely go with this Smoko beauty!
Coffee Buzz (16mg)
Actually containing caffeine, this isn’t one that you’ll want to smoke before you go to bed, but mid-afternoon when you’re craving a mini energy boost, it’s definitely one to try!
Right, if you like really strong coffee, you might like this one. I didn’t. It has a weird burnt coffee-bean taste to it and I’ll be honest, it’s not pleasant.
Sorry Smoko, but this just doesn’t taste like coffee.
I really wasn’t looking forward to this one. You’ll understand if you’ve ever gotten more than a little tipsy on one too many glasses of this. It doesn’t really taste so much Absinthe, as aniseed. It took me back to a time when I was still at school, sneakily stealing drips and drabs of Ouzo out of my mother’s alcohol cupboard.
That’s exactly what the Absinthe cartridge refill tastes like – Ouzo!
I don’t really know what ‘Havana’ is meant to taste like, but I assumed it would be some sort of cigar-taste. Strangely, I think this one tasted a little like beer, and when I asked Dan to try it also, he agreed with me.
It’s not an unpleasant taste. It has an aftertaste much like the one of Corona beer, if that makes sense?
Cola Buzz (16mg)
Another one with caffeine in, so definitely not one to use right before bed, the Cola Buzz cartridge didn’t work! 🙁
The light at the end of the battery lit up, and I could hear something working when I inhaled, but no hit or vapour got to my mouth. Luckily, after getting in touch with their incredibly friendly customer services guys, they sent me out a couple of replacements, and I can happily announce that Cola Buzz actually tastes like cola!
You know how those cola bottles sweets taste? That’s exactly what this Smoko flavour tastes like, and I must admit, it became one of my favourites. Mostly because I love retro sweets…
Honestly, though – this one is a nice flavour. Plus it’s got caffeine in it, so it’s great for a mid-afternoon boost! Smoking and caffeine in one. Score!
The cartridges are said to last for around 40 cigarettes each, which would suggest that the average 20-a-day smoker would get through one cartridge every two days. I didn’t get quite this much usage out of it, but I do have a habit of chain-puffing on my e-cigs, and I’d probably suggest I got around 20 – 30 cigarettes out of a full refill. One cartridge lasted me roughly one day before I got that familiar burning taste.
You can buy cartridge refills in packs of five. I’m going to mark them up on this for the purposes of this Smoko review, as most other places I’ve seen that offer cartridge refills, will sneakily only put three in a box. The Vype ePen is a prime example of this. (But that’s just another reason why the e-cig got the worst review!)
The more you buy, the cheaper it gets, as is the theme around most e-cigarette brands.
You can buy a pack of five cartridges for £12.50, which works out at £2.50 per cartridge.
You can buy four packs of five cartridges for £10 each, which works out at £2.00 per cartridge.
You can buy ten packs of five cartridges for £9 each, which works out at £1.80 per cartridge.
Just to put that into a little perspective for you, your current £10 a day habit could be costing you as little as £1.80 per day, and that’s if you even go through the cartridges that often!
*Little note – you CAN refill your Smoko cartridges (although the e-cig companies themselves frown at this!), but it will void any warranty.
The old kit that I got last time contained very dull, simple batteries that were incredibly similar to the ones I got in my Elites Electronic Cigarettes starter kit. It would appear that this is one of the areas they have improved, and you can get different coloured batteries now – gold and silver, as well as white.
Not just changing the look of them, they feel as if they have been improved a lot.
The old ones were durable, but these ones are durable AND they look good! Winning! Plus, they last a decent length of time considering these are only small cigalikes. It doesn’t seem to say anywhere what mAh they are, but I’ll ask around and get back to you on that.
I got the battery out of the box at 6pm once I had gotten home from work, and I was still using it at 10pm that night when I went to bed. In fact, I managed to get a fairly impressive 4/5 hours out of it straight out of the box. That’s quite impressive for such a little two-piece design!
The worst thing about this battery is that the end glows a really bright blue colour. It’s really off-putting. I’m not sure why this one bugs me but it seems to be overly bright. Maybe it’s just me?
New batteries will set you back £8, but you can get two for £12. Even better than this, you can get the Smoko Power Pack which gives you THREE batteries, a mains adapter, and a USB charger for just £25. Buying all of these things separately would set you back £40. Just saying…
Customer Service & Extras
The guys that work here couldn’t do enough for me when I called up with a query about my order. The delivery was prompt, my questions handled and answered to my satisfaction, and in short, I’d say my buying experience was a very pleasant one. Saying that, so was my smoking experience.
When one of my cartridges broke, they were very quick to respond to my emails, and sent out a replacement almost immediately. In fact, they did that twice. I wasn’t on hold for hours, I wasn’t passed through to a billion different departments – just nice and simple, and straight to the point. Sorry your cartridge didn’t work, let me take your details, one will be sent out to you as soon as possible.
5/5 stars for customer service, Smoko. Well done!
Smoko has a few pretty outstanding features which I feel deserve a mention. As well as spot on customer service, they will also PAY you to leave a mini Smoko review on any of their products. You will bag £0.25 in credit for writing said review on any of the Smoko cartridges, batteries, starter kits, or accessories that you buy from the website.
Not just that, but if your family and friends want to try a Smoko starter kit, they can for FREE! They just need to pay £4.95 for postage, but with the Smoko Refer-a-Friend scheme, they’ll get the starter kit, and you’ll get £5 worth of credit to spend on the website. Winning!
That’s pretty outstanding to be honest. It’s definitely a better scheme than I’ve seen from other e-cigarette brands!
One more thing – if you order by 3pm, they will send your goodies out on the same day, and you’ll get free shipping on all orders over £40.
Pretty impressive features if you ask me.
Are Smoko E-Cigarettes The Best E-Cigarettes?
Honestly, I really enjoyed using Smoko. I hadn’t used one of the older two-piece classics in a while, and it actually made a refreshing change to handle something smaller than the larger tanks and personal vaporisers I had been using. When you compare Smoko in size to things like JacVapour and the Vapouriz Fuse, they are definitely more convenient if you’re looking for something small and discreet.
If you’re a beginner to the world of e-cigarettes, or just fancy a refreshing change from the larger varieties, Smoko is definitely a brand I’d recommend. Not only does it vape really well, but the battery seems to last forever for such a small little thing, and it doesn’t take all that long to charge either. Plenty of vapour and enough throat hit ticked a couple of extra boxes for me and to be fair, their prices seem to be in line with many of the other bigger UK brands. In some cases, they even work out cheaper. Don’t forget, there are those Smoko discount codes you can use too. Just saying.
Great value for money too!
I’d rate Smoko E-Cigarettes with a respectable 4.5 stars out of 5.
I’m eager to find out if the tank and personal vaporisers faired just as well but for now, I’d say this was one of the best e-cigarettes on the market. You’ll need to keep an eye for my further Smoko reviews! Plus I’m still in love with the funky little tin!
Well done Smoko! Good job!
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