- Starter Kit Price: £17.99
- Battery Cost: £7.99 upwards
- E-Liquid Cost: £4.99 / 10ml or 5 for £15
- Charger Options: USB
- Battery Life: 5 – 6 hours (650mAh)
- Free Delivery: Free shipping on all orders.
You may have noticed that I was recently sent a wonderful little “surprise package” from Vape Direct, and in it were a number of kits. I tried and tested them all, making notes as I went, and just one of the kits I really enjoyed vaping with was this one. You can read all about it in this Vape Direct Trek Kit Review.
*The e-liquid in the back of this picture is Red Vape, and you can find more details on that here: Red Vape Eliquid Review
The Trek kit is an affordable and decent little kit – it’s designed to look good, thinner and longer than the Vape Direct Pioneer and Discovery models, and less bulky than the Voyage, which is designed for sub-ohm vaping. This Trek is for ‘regular’ vaping. It’s not for sub-ohm vaping.
For the most part, in my experience, the only real difference between a vape like this, and a vape like the Pioneer or Discovery model, is the way it looks and feels when you vape it. The tank for this one is glass rather than the plastic Discovery / Pioneer, and it’s of a better build. If we’re talking in terms of vape-evolution, you’d start off with the Pioneer, move up to the Discovery with the variable voltage battery, and this one would then be next – an upgrade if you like?
So … let’s take a closer look at it. Have you made yourself a cuppa? Vape at the ready?
Vape Direct Trek Kit Review
The Vape Direct Trek Kit is £17.99, which is about right for a kit of this standard. You can buy cheaper kits, but I’m not the biggest fan of those cheap and plastic tanks. I’d much rather pay an extra couple of quid for a glass one. For a start, they’re less likely to crack and break (in my experience), and secondly, I actually think they vape better. And taste better too. It’s like drinking a pint of beer out of a plastic tumbler. It’s just not the same. Feel free to shout back if you disagree with me.
You get the following contents in your kit:
- 1 x Trek battery – 650mAh, 4.2v, pen-style
- 1 x Glass tank
- 2 x 1.8-ohm coils (one pre-built, one as spare)
- 1 x USB charger
- 1 x spare mouthpiece
And it all comes wonderfully packaged in the cutest box. I think the packaging is important, and I really like the Vape Direct style of packaging – it’s simple, easy to read and understand, and does the trick. Nicely designed packaging is wonderful, but if you can’t easily read or see what the writing says on the box, I think it’s pretty pointless. Or is that just me?
For £17.99, it’s not a bad deal. Not if you’re in the market for a decent vaporiser that’s better than the plastic tanks you’ve had before, and you can also buy it in three colours – black, white, and silver. I went for the white, which is a sparkly, shimmery white. It’s not a ‘regular’ white. Dan said it was a little too ‘feminine’ for him. Just a heads-up.
I’ll get things kick-started with the battery. Firstly, turn it on with five quick-clicks. It’s a 650mAh battery, so this one would last around five to six hours of ‘regular’ vaping. That’s what I tend to find anyway, and by ‘regular’ vaping, I mean vaping as you would smoke. I’m more of a chain-puffer because I work from home and I can, but if you’re a working person who has mornings and lunch-breaks and post-dinner vape breaks, five to six hours is about right.
I DID get about four or five hours of pretty regular usage out of this battery at first. Obviously the more and longer you use it, the quicker it’ll die, much like any battery you buy, but to start with, this battery is very impressive. If you’re a ‘working person’ who can’t chain-puff like I do, I would imagine this vaporiser would actually last you the entire working day, just plugging it in at night. When it comes to charging it, it’s super quick, about an hour and a half. Of course, you could always just buy a second battery …
A spare 900mAh battery (which will give you 8-9 hours of use) is £8.99.
A spare 650mAh battery (which will give you 5-6 hours of use) is £7.99.
I’d probably go with the 900mAh when you consider it’s just an extra quid.
There is NO variable voltage option with the Vape Direct Trek battery (unlike the Discovery battery), but it’s a “pen”-style battery. As I said before, longer and thinner than the previous models – it’s a look-good kind of thing. It CAN be used as a pass-through too. This means you can have it plugged in and use it at the same time, not a great idea for all the time, but for emergencies that feature can come in rather handy.
Other features include quick-charge (that would explain the super-quick charging then), and also ‘overcharge protection’, which I imagine means if you *accidentally* leave it plugged in for longer than you should do, it won’t blow up. Despite that, the website very clearly states that you SHOULD NOT leave it plugged in for more than FOUR hours, and also never to leave the battery unattended when you’re charging it up. Good solid advice for any vaper, I think, regardless of what battery you’re using.
I love a glass tank. I really can’t stand vapes with plastic tanks, and I just think they make the entire vaporiser feel and look cheap. Plus, just as I mentioned before, I don’t like drinking out of plastic glasses or tumblers, so I don’t like vaping out of plastic vaporiser tanks. There … I think I’ve said it enough.
The tank comes with a 1.8-ohm coil installed, and it’s a bottom-fed coil too. To change the coil and / or refill the tank, you unscrew the bottom part of the tank, not the mouthpiece, and everything becomes clear from there really.
The tank feels like a good tank, and up until about a week before I started writing this review, it WAS a great tank. I had no leakage problems, it was easy enough to unscrew and refill / change the coil. It vaped well too, really well, a good and decent vape each time you use it. The only time I wouldn’t get a decent vape out of it was when the battery was running dead, and things would start to run really weak, and also when the coil needed changing. You can just tell when it needs changing because it starts to vape a little differently, like there’s a little bit of a pull or drag on it, if that makes sense?
So, the lack of leaking would show the anti-leakage system worked. That’s always a great sign … right?
Changing the subject to coils, and the coils on the Vape Direct Trek Kit *seem* to last me a really long time. I tend to only use tobacco-flavoured e-liquids in my vaporisers these days, so no thick and gloopy vanilla or menthol-style eliquids, and my coil lasted for a good three or four weeks before I got that bad taste in my mouth and needed to change it. I put the spare one in after that, and I used that for three weeks or so too.
In short, if you want a vaporiser that *doesn’t* burn through coils like they’re going out of fashion, the Vape Direct Trek Kit is definitely one to keep an eye out for. The replacement coils aren’t overly expensive to buy either – you can buy a pack of five for just £9.99. That’s pretty much the same price you’ll find most coils to be fair. You can also buy replacement tanks for £5.99 each.
Ooooh … WAIT! I’m not done yet. I’ve remembered one more cool thing about the Vape Direct Trek Kit – there’s a spare mouthpiece. You get the circular metal mouthpiece, as well as a plastic, shaped one. If you don’t like one, you just replace it with the other, giving you even more ways to appreciate vaping with it. Vape Direct really have thought of everything here.
The Bad News
Now … I had been using the Vape Direct Trek for a while before it broke on me. And that’s the bad news – it did break. For about a week I noticed that the vape always seemed greasy in my hands, and I originally put it down to me being a bit heavy-handed during the refilling process. I started to pay a little more attention, making sure I was refilling with liquid carefully and not making a mess, yet the tank still seemed to be tacky to the touch. I realised it had started leaking, although I couldn’t work out where the leakage was coming from.
About a week after that, I dropped the Vape Direct Trek kit on the laminate floor in my hallway. It was only from about two feet or so, but the glass tank smashed. The good news is that the break was clean – no glass all over the place to clean up. At least it didn’t shatter.
The bad news is that I now need to buy a new tank, although £5.99 isn’t exactly breaking the bank, is it?
Some of the other vaporisers from Vape Direct have been thrown around, accidentally obviously, and they’ve lasted much longer. I wouldn’t expect the plastic tanks on the Discovery or Pioneer kits to easily break admittedly, but the Voyage Sub Ohm Mini has been bashed around more times than I care to remember. I’m super clumsy. Throughout all the bumping and bashing though, it didn’t break, whereas the Vape Direct Trek model did, and only from a height of about two feet too.
With the leaking and the breaking combined, it would seem that the Trek model isn’t as durable as some of the other models, although I will withhold judgement too much until after I’ve tried a second tank. This was my favourite vape for a while – it became my every day vape along with the Voyage Sub Ohm Mini kit. I was SUPER SAD when it broke. I actually pulled the saddest of sad faces. Just ask Dan. But with a new tank soon to be on the way, I’m sure the problem will be resolved, and I’ll come back and let you know how I get on with it. I just hope the leaking doesn’t happen with the second tank. Because that would bust their anti-leakage system out the window …
Throat Hit & Vapour
I really, really enjoyed vaping with the Vape Direct Trek kit, and considering I don’t really like these older-style vaporisers these days, I still found myself using it on a daily basis. It’s discreet enough to get away with using in public, and the white shimmery effect on mine was really pretty. I know that’s not something a man would want to hear, but they do offer a silver and black option. I just liked the way this one looks. I’m a girl … what did you expect?
I found vaping with the Trek really smooth – it’s not hissy or gurgly, and it didn’t leak up until the last week when everything seemed to go wrong at once. It’s a decent, smooth and reliable vape. A good tobacco liquid tastes great in it, and it vapes well too, and I found that to be the case across the board and not just with Vape Direct liquids too. I used a number of different brands of e-liquid in this tank with no problems whatsoever – Red Vape, Zeus Juice, and Mist Eliquid included.
If you’re looking for vast plumes of clouds, this isn’t the vaporiser for you. This one is a regular vaporiser for a start, and it’s not overly powerful. Don’t get me wrong – it’s powerful enough to do the job you want it to, and it’s definitely a long-lasting battery, but it’s not the most complex of vaporisers. You can’t play around with variable voltages or watts or anything like that.
I used a number of different e-liquids in the tank for the purposes of this Vape Direct Trek kit review, and I didn’t come across any problems with any of them. You know how some liquids just don’t work with some coils or tanks properly? (I know, it’s weird) Well, I didn’t have any problems with any of the liquids I tried.
I have used a number of Vape Direct branded e-liquids, and I’m currently working on putting the review together for you. Keep your eyes peeled for that, or give the social media pages a cheeky like to keep yourself up to date with what I’m talking about.
Vape Direct Trek Kit – Conclusion
I really liked the Vape Direct Trek kit. Scrap that, I loved it. I used it all the time, and I really enjoyed using it too. I looked at ordering another battery and tank, so the fact that mine broke when it did wasn’t the biggest of deals. To be honest, I’m not so sure it wasn’t down to my heavy-handedness anyway, I just want to try it again and be a tad gentler with it a second time around to see if that leaking problem happens again … (Plus I bought five coils … I kinda need a tank for them to go in!)
I would definitely recommend the Trek kit to a beginner – it’s easy enough to understand that you could use this one right away, without trying any of the smaller, cheaper vaporisers / ecigs first. It works as a pass-through too, so you can have it charged up and still use it at the same time. I imagine this would be great for a beginner who doesn’t want to buy two batteries if they aren’t sure whether or not they’ll like it. Like a test vape, if that makes sense? Plus it’s under £18, and for a kit of this standard, that’s not a bad price at all.
Even with the leaking, I’d still rate the Vape Direct Trek Kit with 4 stars out of 5.
It’s affordable, and I’d been using the tank for some time before it started leaking and then broke. And it broke because I dropped it so … not exactly Vape Direct’s fault. It’s reliable (for the most part), and I really enjoyed vaping with it. So yes, I’d recommend it. Although I am trying again with a second tank, and I’ll be sure to come back and let you lovely folk know how I got on.