- Starter Kit Price: £24.99
- Battery Cost: £15
- E-Liquid Cost: £4.99 / 10ml
- Money Back Guarantee: 14 Days for Refund (Unopened) / Faulty. (Doesn’t apply to e-liquid)
- Charger Options: USB, Wall, Car, EU
- Battery Life: 3 – 4 hours (350mAh)
- Free Delivery: Over £40 – £3.24 for UK Royal Mail First Class Service
- Discount Code: Use this link to get Smoko V-Style Vaporiser for £24.99
If you’ve been a follower of best-ecig.co.uk for a while, you may already have seen the Smoko review, featuring the cigalike that I actually liked enough to rate 4.5 stars out of 5. If you’re a beginner to the world of electronic cigarettes and vaping, Smoko is a very good brand to go with, offering the cigalike for when you get started, and the tank for when you need to upgrade.
Speaking of which, let’s take a closer look and investigate whether or not it lived up to expectations in the Smoko V-Style Vaporiser review!
Smoko V-Style Vaporiser Starter Kit – £24.99
The Smoko V-Style Vaporiser Starter Kit gives you a rechargeable battery, a tank, the USB charger, and the metal case to carry it all in – a similar one to the one you get with the Smoko cigalike.
You do not get e-liquid with your order, so remember to add that on if you don’t already have some at home.
There are kits that do offer e-liquid though – V-Style Vaporizer + 4 E-Liquids (1 Liquid Free) is £43.00 and you’ll get free shipping with that. Essentially, that would give you everything you need, minus a second or third battery perhaps, to keep you going for a good five or six weeks. Imagine all the money you’ll save on smoking. Just think of what you could do next week with an extra tenner every day!
The kit gives you a 320mAh battery, which would normally give you about three to four hours of ‘regular’ usage. They say on the website it will give you 330 puffs. If you imagine there are 20-25 puffs (on average) per cigarette, you’ll get about 16-20 cigarette’s worth of use out of it.
I would probably say that was a bit high – maybe 10-15 is more likely. But either way, for the size, the battery is impressive and lasts the distance.
It’s a lovely silver colour. It’s built pretty well too – its not cheap or plastic and in actual fact, I would compare it to the JacVapour 510, just with a smaller battery and tank. If you like the look and build of the JacVapour one, but didn’t need something quite that heavy-duty to warrant the price, the Smoko V-Style Vaporiser is a pretty decent compromise. In fact, over the course of writing this Smoko V-Style Vaporiser review, I’ve realised that it is very comparable to some of the more expensive models, just without all that cost.
You can buy a new battery for £15, which is a little on the expensive side considering it’s only 320mAh, but I always have discount codes, etc. on for the brand, so it’s well worth checking out the Discount Codes page before making your purchases. Bookmark it! 😉 Remember to check Facebook too. I always put the newest and exclusive discounts on there.
The battery takes two hours to charge, although I seemed to have a little trouble with charging it. I requested information from their customer services guys on whether or not the charger should flash or change colour when the battery had been fully re-juiced, and they told me that the surrounding of the button on the battery itself would be blue until it had finished charging, and then it would turn off. I didn’t notice this at all. When I plugged the battery into the charger, it would flash four or five times and then go off. There never seemed to be any indication that the battery had full charged again. Maybe I just got a duff charger? It DID charge, I just didn’t know when it had finished charging.
The other thing I feel I should mention is that the charger itself doesn’t have a logo. This is something that I feel should be evaluated. If, like me, you have a whole bunch of vape devices scattered around the house, you’ll probably have noticed that many of the chargers are interchangeable with various brands. However, the various brands will often have different voltages running through them. Using the wrong charger with the wrong battery is a very bad idea. How are you meant to know whether or not you are using the right charger, if there isn’t a logo or distinguishing marking on it? You’ve seen the scare stories – it’s a little thing, but I feel it is important.
Cartomisers / Tanks
The V-Style vaporiser tank that you get with the kit isn’t big, but it isn’t small. It’s one of those mid-way tanks that sort of suits any occasion, you know? Plus it looks great with the silver battery, so you don’t really mind getting it out in public and around friends. Everyone that I have used the Smoko V-Style Vaporiser around has said that it looks nice – even the non-vapers.
When I first pulled the kit out of the metal tin, I couldn’t work out whether or not the tank was filled from the top or the bottom, so make sure you read the instructions with ANY e-cigarette before using it.
In fact, I’ll save you the trouble – it fills from the bottom of the tank. Unscrew the tank from the battery, and then unscrew the metal part at the bottom of the tank – this will take the coil out. Yu are then free to fill with your e-liquid before piecing it back together.
The tank itself is a ‘sealed’ unit, which means it shouldn’t leak. The first time I filled it with e-liquid, it leaked…. Although that could have been a user error to be fair. I have a habit of not reading the instructions, much like many of you I would imagine.
Throat Hit & Vapour
I was using 2.4% Smoko e-liquid in my V-Style Vaporiser, and the throat hit and vapour wasn’t bad. I would normally smoke 1.8% so if you’re going with Smoko liquid too, maybe start higher and work your way down. You may find 1.8% strength might not quite be enough if you are an average to heavy smoker.
The vapour produced was decent. Not loads, but enough, if that makes sense? It’s quite discreet if you want to get away with stolen puffs at work or when you are out and about. At the same time, it’s satisfying enough to replace actual cigarettes. It’s like having the best of both worlds. Deeper inhales provide bigger plumes of vapour. Smaller, shallow inhales give you a little bit.
At the moment, I’ve only tried the one bottle of e-liquid from Smoko, and that’s Tobacco 2.4%. I have tried almost all of their flavours in cartridge form however, and you can find more information in the Smoko Review.
The Tobacco liquid I tried was a weird pinky colour which was a little off-putting, and it has a slight aftertaste of vanilla about it. It’s not unpleasant by any means. It’s just not your average, generic tobacco flavour, which I actually quite liked.
There are plenty of e-liquid flavours to pick from, and you can buy a 10ml bottles for £5.99. If you buy four bottles or more, you’ll get them for a fiver each.
There are a number of flavours you can get your hands on: Original Tobacco, Virginia Rolling, Menthol, Absinthe, Rhubarb & Custard, Black Cherry, Havana, Strawberry, Green Apple, Mango, Energy, and Bananarama.
They range from 1.6% to 2.4% dependant on flavour, which was quite annoying. It looks as if you can’t get all flavours in all strengths, and it also doesn’t look as if you can get any of the lower nicotine strengths or zero nicotine. I think the vaporiser is still relatively new on the other hand, so it might be a collection they are adding to bit by bit.
Delivery & Customer Service
Aside from the charger issue, I didn’t really have any problems with the Smoko V-Style Vaporiser so I didn’t really need to speak to their customer services. I did have a couple of issues with some of the Smoko cartridges I ordered for the last cigalike Smoko review, and when I did speak to them, they couldn’t have been more helpful.
Delivery has always been next day in my experience, and I would definitely call on Smoko if I needed a bottle of e-liquid pretty damn quick. You get free shipping on orders over £40 but I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much on the site. As I’ve mentioned before, First Class with Royal Mail is only £3.24, so it’s hardly breaking the bank.
Is the Smoko V-Style Vaporiser The Best E-Cigarette?
At the end of this Smoko V-Style Vaporiser review, I realised I actually did quite like it. It’s reliable and pretty sturdy too. I have a habit of throwing my e-cigs around (oops) and this one hasn’t broken yet. More fragile models like the Vapouriz Lumina tend to cost me a fortune with replacement parts, so to have something as durable as this is quite refreshing.
With a decent amount of somewhat variable throat hit and vapour (dependant on your inhale-style), its actually a very good all-rounder. It’s one that I got away with using at work, when my boss wasn’t looking. It’s also one I quite enjoyed using at home in front of the TV after dinner. Plus it looks good, and it doesn’t feel plastic.
The only thing I would suggest to them to make this Smoko V-Style Vaporiser review better rated is to stick a charger on the logo for safety reasons, and add a more varied mix of flavours and strengths for the e-liquid. Oh and maybe bring the price of the liquid down a tad.
Taking everything in considering, I’m going to rate this Smoko V-Style Vaporiser review with 4 stars out of 5. Very good priced all-rounder, but a few little tweaks needed!
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