V2 Cigs Review

By Lindsay Fox Posted August 5, 2012

V2 Cigs has a lot to live up to. Their reputation is basically flawless, with droves and droves of reviewers reaching for the hyperbole and issuing full star-ratings at every conceivable opportunity. It’s widely regarded as the best e-cigarette you’ll find on the market, but you shouldn’t be sold on the hype alone. With so many options for e-cigarettes, V2 Cigs has to produce something genuinely spectacular to stand head and shoulders above the rest.

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Pros

  • Robust throat-hit
  • Cartridge quality assurance technology
  • Longest battery life in the industry
  • Excellent vapor production
  • Automatic & manual switch options
  • Cool battery color options like metallic blue
  • Refills & e-liquid available
  • Warranty covering up to five replacements

Cons

  • Other brands have a more cigarette-like appearance

Bottom Line

V2 Cigs should have included a higher nicotine level, and their warranty isn't quite what it seems. Now that’s over with, there is nothing to complain about. The vapor production, battery life, flavor selection and manufacturing quality are superb.
Price:$34.95

V2 Cigs Review: Editor's Opinion

Disclaimer: You must be of Legal Smoking Age to buy and/or use V2 Cigs products.

 

V2 Cigs was founded in Florida in 2009, making them one of the early players when the industry was first swelling in the United States. They’re proud of their reputation as America’s number one e-cig brand, and this is enough to make many newcomers consider the brand. With expanding worldwide distribution, they’re still pushing forward with the aim of becoming the go-to-e-cig for vapers around the world, boasting over $100 million in sales and 80 percent of their customers coming back for more. The reputation seems to be firmly backed up by the figures

 

The V2 Cigs Standard Kit ($59.95) comes with an automatic and a manual battery, USB Smart Charger, wall adapter and ten flavor cartridges. The V2 Ultimate Starter Kit ($149.95) ramps this up to 25 cartridges, and also throws in a car charger, a USB-powered battery, another battery, a metal carry case, a portable charging case and a lanyard. Either way, you get everything you need to start vaping, and you’re free to choose the lengths of your battery.

 

V2 Cigs Packaging and Design

 

The V2 Cigs Ultimate Starter Kit comes in a formidable box, clad in their sleek blue, grey and white branding. It’s well-constructed and sturdy, with a magnetic clasp to keep the lid tightly closed in transit. It feels a little like you’ve received a package from the future, with the sci-fi worthy “Your Life. Version 2.0” tagline sitting proudly alongside their logo on top of the box. Inside, a cardboard cover frames the three batteries, which are held firmly in place by a felt-covered plastic mold. Lifting it up reveals the assortment of accessories separated into compartments. On first glance, it’s hard not to be impressed.

 

V2 Cigs Ultimate Starter Kit

 

Their e-cigs feature the industry-standard cartomizer style cartridges, so the e-cigs are all two-piece. The KR-808D1 threading means that V2 Cigs is compatible with many brands such as Vapor4Life and Premium Vapes; pretty much the majority of cigarette-like e-cigs use the same threading. Aesthetically, they’ve gone against the convention of including faux-cigarette paper rings around their battery attachments, with options in sleek chrome, metallic blue and plain black or white. While this decision might not sit comfortably with smokers looking for a flawless emulation of the experience, it doesn’t take long to get accustomed to a more sci-fi like appearance. The pieces screw together nicely, leaving four thin gaps in the thin silver band for air-flow.

 

Overall, the construction is solid, and the distinctive branding is emblazoned on both the cartridges and the battery. The LED tip lights up and dissipates with your inhalation as you’d expect it to. To prevent you consuming too much nicotine the e-cig shuts off temporarily (shown with three LED blinks) if you take a drag of over 10 seconds in length. This may seem like something of an irritating limitation, but realistically you’ll very rarely (if ever) run into this in practice. Try inhaling for more than 10 seconds and see how well it goes; it’s obviously possible but far from comfortable.

 

Nicotine Levels

 

There are five options for the amount of nicotine in your V2 Cigs cartridge, Zero, Light (6mg), Medium (12mg), Full (18mg) and Strong (24mg). If you’re interested in gradually reducing your nicotine intake, this provides you with ample steps on your journey to freedom from nicotine addiction. The Full cartridges will provide plenty of nicotine for all but the heaviest smokers, for whom the additional 24mg option is beneficial. This is a fantastic extra from V2 – since the strongest option previously wasn’t available but was added to meet the needs of the heaviest smokers. On the other side of the nicotine spectrum, the Zero option is great for retaining the sensory experience when you’re free from nicotine.

 

V2 Flavors and Vapor

 

In terms of vapor production, V2Cigs is genuinely comparable to a tobacco cigarette, and it holds its weight with (and potentially even exceeds) the big hitters for vapor like Green Smoke. You create thick clouds of vapor, particularly if you use a manual battery or prime the automatic one with a couple of introductory puffs. The throat-hit is robust and satisfying, but it remains a smooth vape that won’t irritate you over time. As with most e-cigs, the vapor production tends to be a little better with the manual battery, but the trade-off is that it will generally need charging a little sooner.

 

Even if you’re a tobacco-smoker thinking about making the switch to vaping for the first time, you won’t be disappointed with the amount of vapor you get with V2 eCigs. As always, the cooler vapor means that the throat-hit won’t be quite the same, but the thick fog of vapor you produce will definitively satisfy your sensory cravings. For anybody that’s used other e-cigarettes before, the dense vapor is extremely impressive. Vapor production really is one area in which V2 Cigs stands head and shoulders above the rest.

 

V2’s flavor profile is extensive, with three tobacco blends (Red, Sahara and Congress), three minty varieties (Menthol, Peppermint and Mint Tea), several for your sweet tooth (Vanilla, Chocolate, Cherry, Cola, Cinnamon and Grape) and Coffee. They also have customization options if you put in a huge (100 cartridges or more) order of them – which opens up myriad other options for vapers interested in taste. The Custom Carts offer you simulations of many more cigarette brands with the addition of numerous desserts, fruits and cocktails.

 

The Camel-esque Sahara wins out over the Red blend for imitation of popular cigarette brands. It emphasizes the iconic elements of the Camel flavor, like a caricature you instantly recognize despite the exaggerated features. The other tobacco blend, Congress, is a potential favorite – reducing the decision between it and Sahara into the realms of personal preference. Menthol is the strongest minty variety, but the cool Peppermint is more pleasant to vape.

 

When we get to the fruitier and sweeter flavors, things get even more interesting. The Vanilla and Coffee cartridges are pretty standard e-cig flavors, and both are definitely enjoyable to vape – although the coffee could use a little more of a punch for my tastes. Vaping Cola is a bizarre experience, and although you’ll recognize the overall taste it’s more like the gummy cola bottles you find in candy stores than the drink. Out of these cartridges, the Cherry takes the prize for accuracy to the intended taste and the sheer depth and complexity of the flavor. Overall, it’s an excellent selection.

 

In addition, V2 Cigs now offers all flavors in e-liquid form too – which is great for anybody wanting the V2 flavor to go with their mod or eGo. You need to buy big (50 ml) bottles if you want 24mg juice, but 18mg is more than suitable for most smokers looking to make the switch. You can also use these e-liquids with your V2 battery with the addition of some blank cartridges or the clearomizers they’ve started to offer. Both of these require filling, but the clearomizers give the entire thing a more eGo-like appearance and allow you to quickly gauge how much liquid you have left. Regardless of the way you’d prefer to do things, these options from V2 really give you more choice in the way you vape.

 

Battery

 

The battery life on both the manual and automatic varieties is more than adequate, with the standard length offering around 200 puffs and the extra long withstanding around 300. This is plenty to keep you going throughout the day, the longer one being roughly equivalent to a 20 pack of cigarettes (based on 15 e-cig puffs per tobacco cig). As mentioned earlier, however, you can generally expect the manuals to drain around 25 percent more quickly than the automatics. The LED tip flashes fifteen times when it’s empty and you simply screw it in to the USB charger.

 

V2 Cigs Disposable e-cig

 

As is customary, the number of puffs per battery is under ideal conditions, but most vapers will get a day’s worth of use out of each charge – even if not 200 to 300 puffs. It’s better to take your spare battery out with you if you’re a heavy user, although if you have the long battery this is unlikely to be necessary. Plus, if you get the USB-powered e-cigarette and the portable charging case you’ll never be without something to vape. You’ll always have to take a little hit in the battery life department with a pen-size e-cig, but V2 Cigs keeps you well-covered through spares and accessories.

 

V2 Cigs Battery EX Series Review

 

The new V2 Cigs EX Series battery promises improved performance, with a larger capacity so you can vape for longer between charges and a unique battery level indicator, but is it really worth picking up?

 

V2 Cigs EX Battery Series review

 

The e-cigs V2 produces are targeted at the just-switching smoker, but the new V2 EX Series battery sees them trying to bridge the gap between first-generation and eGo-style devices a little; offering something a little more substantial but still retaining the simple, screw-in-and-vape style operation. This could mean the EX batteries are among the best cigarette-like options available, but only if they’ve managed to improve on their standard line of products. We put it to the test to find out if it’s a bold step forwards or just more of the same.

 

The all-new battery has a capacity of 280 mAh, and runs at 4.2 volts. It’s responsive, well-built and very long-lasting given its size. However, it must be said that the long battery from V2 does have a larger capacity of 350 mAh, and the EX doesn’t really offer much of an improvement over the standard length battery which provides 250 mAh. It’s slightly shorter than the long battery, but other than that the five tiny battery level indicators are the only definitive improvement. It’s a nice feature, but the EX Series battery is also more expensive than the long option, so it might not be the best option if lifespan is what matters to you.

 

V2 EX batteries

 

V2 Cigs claims it offers up to around 300 puffs, which is an exaggeration (it always is, but it’s particularly obvious in this case because the claimed puff-count for the long battery – with a 40 percent larger capacity – is “300+”). Realistically, you’ll get 200 to possibly around 250 puffs out of it on a full charge. In practice, it’s the sort of thing that can last you the whole day at work as long as you don’t chain vape. You get a constant visual reminder of how much battery is left through the five LEDs, so you’ll always know when it’s wise to take a spare with you anyway. In addition, charging is relatively quick too, taking around three hours over USB.

 

V2 Cigs EX battery

 

The EX Series battery performs extremely well, looks pretty cool and has a neat new feature in the battery level indicator, but it must be said that it doesn’t offer a great deal extra. The long battery is cheaper, also performs well and has a larger capacity, leaving the decision between the two quite difficult. If you want something slightly smaller in size that still performs extremely well, or if the battery level indicator is an absolute game-changer for you, then the EX batteries are definitely worth trying, but if you want maximum life-span at minimum cost, it’s probably better to go with the older, longer battery. However, the EX Series battery – consider on its own merits – is a great option for anyone wanting something cigarette-like but with a better battery life; it’s easily one of the best first-generation options available.

 

Manufacturing and Warranty

 

The quality of the manufacturing with V2 Cigs is something that can’t really be called into question. They engineer their own products in California and Florida, and every component goes through rigorous testing protocols before going on sale. Every assembly plant they use has to meet their stringent standards, and this level of care is evident when you screw together one of the e-cigs and have a puff. Everything fits together snugly and works perfectly; the batteries firing fiercely with every puff and charging comfortably. Little extras like the short wire on the charger (which makes it much less precarious than the pen-drive style options often provided) gives the impression that V2 really takes the customer into account.

 

An additional feature is the batch testing report which is available for free on cartridges and e-liquids. They chemically test all their e-liquids as part of their quality checks, and you can simply enter the batch number and email address to access your free PDF. This provides all the nitty gritty details, but the very fact that this service is offered reveals that they’re proud of the quality they offer and you’re liable to be impressed with the results.

 

V2 Cigs offers a lifetime warranty, but there are some limitations in place to prevent abuse of the system. It only covers five replacements, which isn’t ideal (on the off-chance that you actually receive a consecutive string of six defective units), but is unlikely to really pose an issue given the manufacturing quality of the products. The usual guidelines apply for replacements – you aren’t covered for consumable components, like cartridges, disposables or e-liquids – and you can’t claim if you’ve modified or otherwise misused your e-cig.

 

Some believe that the five-cartridge limitation renders this not a lifetime warranty, but the offer of five replacements for defective products doesn’t have an expiration date provided that you’ve made a purchase of cartridges or e-liquid within the last 90 days. This is pretty much guaranteed if you’re using V2 Cigs, so will last for life. The cap on the number of replacements you can have is an issue, but if you’d gotten even four defective units in a row from a single manufacturer it seems unlikely that you wouldn’t merely request a refund and choose somebody else anyway.

 

V2 Cigs Review, 4.3 out of 5 based on 35 ratings

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It’s actually very difficult to criticize the V2 Cigs offering. Yes, the “Lifetime” warranty is only good for five replacements, and maybe they could have included an extra nicotine level for heavier smokers, but neither of those things is integral to the e-cig. The full, thick vapor, realistic throat hit, quality of construction, depth of flavor, battery life and range of accessories they offer are pretty difficult to fault at all. Perhaps there is some element of personal taste involved – with Green Smoke’s more cigarette-like offering being a notable alternative – but V2 Cigs definitely lives up to the hype.

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    William English

    V2 Cigs has competent marketing. Their products are compare well to what is available from other vendors. It is easy to make purchases from their website. However, placing an order and paying for the product does not necessarily mean that you will receive your product.

    I ordered products from the V2 website that I have not received. I made repeated requests that they ship my products to no avail. Finally, I requested that they credit back to my card the money that they have taken from me. I have not had any success getting V2 Cigs to resolve the transaction.

    This was my third order with V2, and my last. This experience has made me regret any interaction with the company. I will also mention that they will not ship on the same day that you order. It makes no difference the time of day, they will hold your order from shipping for at least 24 hours before shipping.

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    KelseyS

    Cheaper than the real thing.

    I’ve bought over 10 e-cigs this year and none of them worked out for me. I kept reaching for my pack of cigarettes. I almost gave up on e-cigs altogether, until I did some research and found V2. I didn’t think much of them at first and thought they’d be just like the other 10 ecigs that failed me. But I gave them a shot anyway and I gotta say I’m pretty surprised! They make a lot of claims on their site (thickest vapor, best battery life, high quality e-liquids, etc) but I thought these were just for marketing. I’ve been using my V2 Ex for a couple of weeks and gotta say they’re not lying. It’s the best one i’ve tried so far. The flavors are really good and they have a few tobacco options for people like me who still enjoy the taste of tobacco. The vape is smooth and I get a lot of clouds from each hit. You can probably get better vapor production with a eGo or Mod but for a beginner type e-cig this is really good. On their site it says their coming out with a vaporizer in the summer so I’ll post another review once I get to try that.

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    DaveT

    PIck a mellow flavor

    This product is great for cutting down or quitting the real thing. When I ordered my starter kit I got the Sahara cartridges. Big mistake. I found I couldn’t hit it without coughing. Much harsher than a real cigarette. Why would I want that ? Order the flavor pack so you can find the flavor that’s right for you. Congress is my favorite. It’s not harsh on your throat and tastes like a good cigar. Menthol is good too. It’s all in what you like there’s quite a variety to chose from at V2

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    Donna Bray

    Well done, V2!

    I did quite a bit of intense research before I decided to choose an eCig brand. I’ve seen friends try over and over again with different eCig brands, only to give into frustration. I was more than a little skeptical that this “invention” was going to ever keep me from smoking, but I was too scared of the consequences not to try. Both my husband and I were heavy smokers for over 20 years and each of us has lost a parent due to cancer, and neither of us had been in any way successful in our attempts to quit smoking.
    I decided on V2 Cigs due to the glowing reviews across the web. Our first kit arrived April 1, 2011, and neither of us have smoked a tobacco cigarette since that day. Nearly three years ago and our lives (and health) have improved drastically. We still use V2 today. The financial cost compared to smoking regular cigarettes is pennies on the dollar, but all of that is nothing compared to knowing that I’m not going to succumb to lung cancer. If you’re going to take the leap, give V2 a try. Their customer service is phenomenal. You won’t be sorry.

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    Dan Ornsby

    I like v2 a lot. The batteries work great and vapor production is impressive. Their ultimate kit (which is the one I ordered) comes with bunch of accessories (carrying case, lanyards, chragers, etc) which can be useful down the road. Prices are OK. The only downside is they don’t have a lot of e-liquid flavors…would be nice to see some fruity or dessert flavors.

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    mikey

    overprices

    realfeel cigarettes much better and cheaper and last longer i dunno why anyone would use these

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    Joan J

    They keep improving

    Went to local smoke shop and they said it would be good to start with a disposable to see if I thought this was for me before I bought a kit. I got a Blu menthol. I still had analogs in the house and found that I only used the disposable when I didn’t want to go outside to smoke as even though everyone here smokes, we don’t do it in the house. As soon as the analogs were gone, I realized that these were a good replacement although they didn’t taste like an analog… they tasted better. I ended up with the V2 Ultimate kit and shared with my son. Love the passthru battery and the recharging case. The Menthol, Coffee, and Pumpkin Spice(seasonal) are really great. I have found that flavors are totally different with the clearomizers and you get more vapor and they open up a whole new world. I have become a flavor junkie. I get the clearomizers from Halo and love Halo’s Kringle’s Cure e juice and their Shamrock but V2 juices are great too and if they come out with more flavors that I think I would like, I would definitely give them a try. I get cartos from Halo too because of all the colors so I can keep track of which juice it is… a color coding system : ) V2 currently only offers cartos in white and to me that is boring. I ended up buying a second kit because I wanted a couple more batteries and was cheaper that way. So far, their customer service has been excellent and in a month I have from 1.8 nic down to 1.2 and think I will go lower with my next order of juice. I don’t know that I will ever be nicotine free but I guess only time will tell. After all, I was a 2+ pack a day smoker before the V2 and now I really don’t like being around anyone who smokes because they stink. I feel like apologizing to everyone in my life that I subjected to me when I was a smoker. To sum up my experience, I think V2 is as good as any out there and better than most and they keep getting better and expanding, customer service has been great so far and their price is more than competitive. Give it a try if you are on the fence and remember that you can send it back for full refund within the first 30 days.

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    James Hill

    Satisfied customer

    I’m a great fan of red and congress flavors and have been using them for over a year now. Shipping is very fast as I have always received products on time. And as it is cheaper than regular cigarettes i have nothing to complain about.

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    Gargi Saini

    Will save you money in the long run

    I like V2 cigs because it is very affordable. I don’t want to spend too much on ecigs because i’m trying to quit vaping altogether. So V2 seems to be a viable option right now. I have been using V2 ever since I switched to ecigs and i never had any problem with the product. I love their flavor options. My favorite is menthol 6mg and I think it is the best in the business and vanilla 0mg. Overall, all flavors are very good and they give you a very smooth draw and just the right amount of throat hit. I will say go for V2 it will save you a lot of money in the long run.

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    Bradley Peters

    The best thing about v2 is its throat hit which is really really strong and its excellent vapor production. I like the Peppermint and the Menthol flavor. On the whole, I found everything about V2 above my expectation. From its impressive packaging to its very friendly customer care service! They’re a really professional company.

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    Emma Martens

    After reading some of the reviews on the forums (most of which seemed positive), I decided to give v2 a try. I got my first kit three weeks ago and have been using it since. It’s pretty great actually!! It’s helped me cut down on smoking from one pack a day to around 3-4 sticks. Now I’m getting ready to upgrade to the eGo-style ecigs, which apparently perform a little better than the beginner models. Regardless, I think I’ll continue using my V2.

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    Murray Temple

    Since I switched to V2 I never had a desire to go back to analog. One week back I ordered my kit and along with that a 10 pack flavor sample. My favorite is the Vanilla and Coffee flavor. I loved their flavor so much so that i have ordered a whole bunch including Red and Congress! Since V2 is cheaper compared to the other brands I also ordered e-liquids which will last for quite a few days to come. I believe that you should make hay while the sun shines!!! :)

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    Jenna K. Thames

    I have tried almost all the flavors of V2 and my favorites are Red, Coffee and Vanilla. First time when I switched from tobacco cigarette to ecig, I wanted to experience the similar taste and feel that I’m used to. So I started with Congress. I think they have done a great job with all their tobacco flavors – congress, red and sahara.

    I also love their battery colors. Good product overall, reasonably priced compared to other stuff I’ve seen around.

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    Mila

    My experience has been “OKAY” so far. I still crave a cigarette in the morning or after lunch, but I guess my body hasn’t adapted to the e cigs yet. How long does it take to get used to these things? I like using them at work – I don’t have to go outside every hour for a smoke break, which saves me a ton of time. I just wish I didn’t have the cravings…

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    Samuel L Brown

    I had a very bad experience with another brand and I was about to give up on electronic cigarettes. But after trying v2, I’m starting to like ecigs all over again. My kit couldn’t have come at a better time. I promised myself that I wouldn’t smoke during the holidays and I’m damn glad I can keep my promise. Happy Holidays!!!

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    Taja Federica

    Currently I’m using V2 and I thought I will share my impressions of the brand. The thick vapor makes you feel like you are smoking a real cigarette. That’s what we want from an ecig right? I love the coffee flavor but sadly, it is mostly out of stock whenever i am ready to reorder. I heard good things about the menthol flavor, and I think I will give it a try. 6/10

    Coming to their battery life, I will happily give them a 9. Because they last longer compared to the other brand’s batteries I tried. Even though I vape too often, I still don’t have any complaints for the battery – they have lasted me an entire week. So, I’m very pleased with them. Shipping is also fast as the starter kit that I ordered arrived exactly after 5 days as they said.

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    Kelly Jessop

    I’m all for looks and V2 cigs are packaged so well that they indeed do look attractive. But does the packaging match the performance? I started my ecig journey with the V2 standard starter kit that comes with automatic e-cig battery, a manual battery, e-liquid flavor cartridges, USB ecig charger and a wall adapter. At first, I was not sure what to expect as it was the first product that i tried after quitting cigarette smoking. But, i have to admit v2 did its job very well. I have no complaints whatsoever about the product and I’m happy with it. Congress flavor has become my favorite as the vapor is very thick which I like, and it gives the taste of “refined American tobacco”.

    Have been using them for quite some time now and I will love to reorder.

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    Joel Grossman

    What I like about v2 is their product quality, affordability and variety of kits/flavors to choose from.

    The great thing about the V2 battery is that it has a very long life and once you fully charge the battery it will last the whole day (depends on how much you use it of course, but for a moderate vaper one day of charge should be reasonable). As far as flavors, I like V2Red the most, followed by coffee, vanilla and menthol.

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    Jessica

    It’s been quite some time now I have been using V2. I found that they are actually the closest to the real cig. I think first time ecig users should start with V2 because their batteries are strong enough to give you a good throat hit. As for the flavor, I did not like the minty varieties but loved the congress blends. I have yet to try the customization option. I think that will be great since I can get creative with my flavor. But for that you have to order in bulk which is why I’m waiting to split my bulk order with a few friends. Anyways, overall I will say V2 is a good buy, works great and delivers good performance. So I will give them a 5 star!

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    Jeremy Foster

    Waste of time!

    This goes for all of the “cig look a like” companies…they suck.. I made the mistake of buying a V2 starter kit for 60 bucks when I knew nothing about it, just wanting to quit smoking, after I got it I was like whattttttttt…..so I started looking online and went to a subreddit about e cigs, and then found out the real deal about ecigs. Not only are the products discussed on there 500% better , but they are 1000% cheaper…don’t get suckered into this bloodsucking company or any similiar companies like v2. In other words I wish I would have googled ecigs & reddit …… it wouldv’e saved me 60 bucks.

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