- Starter Kit Price: £19.99 (Groupon deal offers FREE e-liquid – click link for more details)
- Battery Cost: £9.99
- E-Liquid Cost: £4.99 / 10ml
- Money Back Guarantee: None found
- Charger Options: USB, Car, Mains
- Battery Life: 3 / 4 hours
- Free Delivery: None found
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Recently, I decided to make use of a great Groupon deal for the Vapouriz Lumina that gave you the little starter kit plus FIVE bottles of e-liquid with FREE delivery for just £19.99.
Now, this is a brand that I have had a lot of luck with over the years and I’ve tried most of their e-cigarettes, as well as slowly making my way through their extensive list of e-liquids so I was pretty excited to try something smaller, thinner and more streamlined.
I’m a girl – we love it when things come in smaller sizes and as much as I love the Vapouriz Fuse, something thinner but still offering the same kind of power would suit me perfectly.
“Sleek. Powerful. Satisfying.”
Those were the words that first drew me in, I’ll be honest. I wanted something that offered the same kind of oomph that the Vapouriz Fuse had (my regular, every day e-cig), but in a smaller, sleeker make-up. A little more discreet, if you like.
I decided on the Vapouriz Lumina starter kit (although I got mine on Groupon with five free bottles of e-liquid and free shipping) because it was just as cheap as the Fuse, came in a groovy little box, and looked like it might be a bit thinner.
You can see what I thought in the Vapouriz Lumina Review…
Vapouriz Lumina Starter Kit – £19.99
On the website, the starter kit is £19.99 and that gives you one battery, one cartomiser, and the charger in one of three colours – Matte Black, Shiny Chrome, or Glossy Baby Pink. I went for Matte Black. As much as my inner girl was screaming out to get the pink one, I figured black would be better for the purposes of this review! 😉
The battery in the Lumina isn’t quite as powerful as the Fuse – this one gives you a 450mAh battery rather than the 650mAh battery you get with the Fuse.
Speaking of which…
Sleek with a nice finish, it’s a nice e-cig to smoke but that’s not all – the Vapouriz Lumina is well-engineered and solidly built…. Or so I thought.
I had read a few reviews online about the Lumina before I bought it and I won’t lie to you, there were some pretty bad ones out there. It seemed that people definitely didn’t think as highly of this e-cig as they did with the Fuse, and a few people had commented that within just a couple of weeks, the Lumina had broken for no apparent reason.
Day one with my Lumina went as well as expected – the battery lasted about three to four hours, and it took just under a couple of hours to charge. I did notice something annoying at this point – the green light stays lit on the battery the entire time it’s charging and it is very distracting, especially in a dark room.
The good news is that you know when it is done charging because it continuously flashes green. This isn’t a bad thing (although it is a bit annoying) as you shouldn’t be leaving your e-cig batteries on charge unattended or for long periods of time anyway.
**You can’t use the same charger for the Lumina and the Fuse. Check out the two batteries:**
It’s deceptively powerful – for such a small battery, it packs a pretty surprising amount of punch but sadly, it was pretty short-lived.
Day two came with my Vapouriz Lumina and things started to go downhill very quickly. Firstly, the top silver part of the battery (the part that would screw into a charger or cartomiser) seemed to come away from the battery tube itself, leaving a bare wire. I figured I could superglue the two parts back together which I did carefully, and for a few more hours, everything worked as it should do.
When the battery died, the light flashed a few times to indicate there was no power left, I went to plug it in and nothing happened. There were no flashing lights, no lights at all in fact, and it seemed that out of nowhere, the battery had died. When I tried to unscrew the battery from the charger to investigate, I discovered that not only had the silver top part of the battery came away again, but the wiring inside had snapped too. The e-cig was now pretty much as screwed as it was ever going to get. Bummer. I was enjoying that too.
I WILL buy a new battery for this e-cig but it won’t be for a few weeks. I’m quite disappointed by the standard of the build of this e-cig – from the outside it all looks good but on the inside, things seem a little shoddy. (Plus I have a new Jac Vapour e-cig -the 510, to try for you guys! Keep your eyes peeled for that review too!)
Anyway, long story short, the battery was completely destroyed on day two so I didn’t really get a chance to properly try out this e-cigarette. I didn’t expect to be quite as good as the Fuse but I did expect it to last a little longer than that. Sad face Vapouriz!
(Maybe I just had a bit of bad luck and got a dodgy battery? When I buy a new one and give it a whirl, I’ll come back and update this review.)
You can buy a spare 450mAh Vapouriz Lumina battery for £9.99 on the Vapouriz website.
Cartomisers / Tanks
Smaller and thinner than the 1.6ml capacity Fuse cartomisers, the Vapouriz Lumina ones are only 1.3ml so you will need to be prepared to refill this tank a little more often.
Just like the Fuse however, you can replace just the coils with the Lumina cartomisers, and you can buy a pack of five of those for £9.99. You can buy a brand new replacement cartomiser for £5.99. Sadly, I can’t comment on how long the coils or cartomisers last for as I only got two days worth of use out of the starter kit before the battery broke, but the two days that I did use it, I was impressed!
These are bottom coil cartomisers with no wick (although the replacement coils do have a small wick), and these generally tend to use more e-liquid than other styles. However, you don’t have the worry of getting e-liquid in your mouth when you try to refill it, and there tends to be fewer leaks too.
One thing I feel I should say at this point is that the heating element in the cartomiser can get rather warm with repeated use so if you are a chain-puffer on your days off like I can be, it might be worth getting a couple of cartomisers and alternating them to prevent them from overheating.
Throat Hit & Vapour
One thing I will say about this deceptively small electronic cigarette is that it can produce quite a bit of throat hit and vapour for something so diddy! I’ve tried the V2 Cigs mini tanks (same kind of style as the Vapouriz Lumina) and it didn’t produce quite as much vapour and throat hit as this one does, so for that, I award Vapouriz with a big gold star!
*Even the 0.6% e-liquid (which I ordered by accident) had enough of a throat hit to keep me relatively satisfied when smoking the Lumina – that says something all by itself!*
Rather than repeat myself talking about the various e-liquids, I’m going to direct you to the Vapouriz E-Liquid Review which is regularly updated with the various flavours and strengths I try along the way! Why not give it a read and let me what you thought about any that you have tried?
Check it out here:
Delivery & Customer Services
I haven’t as yet spoken to Vapouriz about the problem I had with the battery, but I’m pretty sure I would have voided any warranty I had when I superglued the two parts back together anyway. In the past I have had dealings with Vapouriz customer services and they have always been incredibly helpful and with broken stuff, replaced it relatively quickly. I would probably recommend trying this if you have a problem with your e-cigarette components, rather than trying to glue it back together like I stupidly did… Ooops!
Delivery starts at £3.99 for standard delivery, but you can always pay for a faster service if you need it. For just under £10, they’ll offer you the Saturday Guaranteed delivery so it if it’s urgent, you know it will be there FAST!
Is The Vapouriz Lumina The Best E-Cigarette?
I’m going to be honest, the Vapouriz Lumina was a very good e-cigarette for the two days worth of use I did manage to get out of it before the battery fell spectacularly to pieces. The throat hit and vapour production was impressive and I felt that it was a solidly-built e-cig. I like to think that the battery issue was a one-off and the second time around will prove to be a better experience for me. As always though, of course, I’ll be sure to come back and let you know when it happens!
For now, I can only rate the Vapouriz Lumina review with just 2.5 stars out of 5!
The first impressions were awesome but sadly, the battery just didn’t live up to expectations, breaking on the second day of use. Maybe trying a second battery will help raise my opinion? Sadly, two days of use isn’t enough – if the battery hadn’t broken, I’d be rating this e-cig much higher!
If you’re thinking of trying this e-cigarette and have been put off by reading the Vapouriz Lumina review, (sorry about that – I did promise to be honest!) why not check out the Vapouriz Fuse review – this one bagged itself five stars out of five! And I’m still using the same batteries, almost four months later!
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Why not check out the Vapouriz Lumina review video on YouTube: