Vapebox Review – Updated!
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- Three subscriptions to choose from, two for juice only and one if you want to add hardware.
- Excellent curation system for both e-juices and hardware.
- Plenty of big-name brands in the line-up.
- A well-personalized service.
- Simple sign up process.
- Great value for money – $60 for 75 ml or more of juice and two pieces of hardware/accessories.
- Four choices of nicotine level (0, 3, 6 and 12 mg/ml).
- Cancel or skip a month anytime.
- Option for high-VG juices.
- International shipping is available.
- Shipping is extra – between $4 and $6, depending on your box.
- Only one subscription option with hardware/accessories.
Vapebox Review – Updated!
E-juice subscription services are an excellent way to explore new flavors and find new all-day vapes. Basic e-juice subscription services offer a selection of e-liquids sent to your door each month, tailored to suit your preferences. If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of e-juice companies on the market, these services make navigating it a breeze. The problem is if you want more than just e-juice, finding something suitable can be really difficult. Some services offer hardware as a paid add-on, but is there a subscription out there for vapers looking for a mod or an RDA in amidst their monthly selection of juices? Our updated Vapebox review takes a look at a service designed with those vapers in mind.
How Vapebox Works
Like most vaping subscription services, Vapebox ships out a selection of goodies based on your preferences. There are three subscription plans available, based on how much juice you want and whether you want hardware and accessories in your box.
The options are:
- Sampler plan: 45 ml or more of e-juice each month in three or more bottles, for $20 per month. Shipping to the U.S. is $4.
- Juice Lovers’ plan: 75 ml or more of e-juice in four or more bottles, for $32 per month. Shipping to the U.S. is $5.
- Enthusiast plan: Like the Juice Lovers’ option with 1 to 2 pieces of hardware or accessories included, for $60 per month. Shipping is $6.
After deciding which box you want – we’ve tested the Enthusiast plan – you simply create an account, then you’re ready to get going. Your first box is billed right away, and then you’re billed on the same date each month from then onwards. The service works on a month-to-month basis, and you can skip a month or cancel your subscription whenever you like.
The first step is telling Vapebox what juices, mods and atomizers you prefer so they can tailor the contents of your box to suit your preferences. For juices, you need to select at least three options from candy, fruits, cereal, coffee, baked goods, custards, creams, tea and menthol, and you can also select some specific flavors (e.g. cucumber, pear or bourbon) that you don’t like and want to avoid. You can also select your nicotine level (between 0, 3, 6 and 12 mg/ml) and whether you prefer high-VG juices.
After indicating your level of experience with vaping (“a little,” “some” or “very experienced”), you choose what type of atomizer you prefer (rebuildable drippers, rebuildable tanks or standard tanks) and the type of mod you use (mechanical, regulated or hybrid), with options to choose as many as you like. The last option is whether you’re open to trying new things – if you choose this, you’ll get occasional surprises of things that are off your palate.
You then select your box, enter your shipping and payment details, then you’re ready to go ahead and sign up. You get a chance to review everything before you accept, so you can check you haven’t made a mistake or anything like that.
Vapebox works with tons of different brands, including Aspire, Beantown Vapor, Brother’s Reserve, Charlie’s Chalk Dust, Congrevape, Cosmic Fog, Eleaf, Fa-Q, Flawless, GeekVape, Innokin, Joyetech, Kanger, Mad Hatter Juice, Nick’s Blissful Brews, P.O.E.T., Pioneer4You, Sigelei, Smok, Teleos, The Milkman and many others. Needless to say, there are plenty of options for both devices and juices that could be included with your box.
The Box: What You Get
So when you’ve been through the sign-up process and received your first box, what do you get? For our Vapebox review, we’ve tested out the Enthusiast box, but the basics of how the box is presented and what you receive is the same regardless of your subscription.
The boxes have been redesigned since we first reviewed the service, and now are all-white, with “Vapebox” printed on the top and the logo on the front face. The front section flips open and the box opens up like a chest, revealing your box of goodies inside.
The first thing you’ll notice is a white, folded piece of card containing your personal “Menu” for the month. Zamplebox offers something similar to this – it’s a list of the juices in your box, with a description of the flavor, the VG percentage, nicotine level and the retail price, and a description and retail price for any hardware or accessories included. There’s also a note from the Vapebox team about your box. This all may not sound very impressive, but it’s a really nice touch that helps your box feel personalized and pulls the whole offering together.
Below the menu, all of your juices and hardware are nestled in a bed of shredded brown paper. Depending on what’s included, things might be a bit cramped, but everything sits in there nicely and you can dig through and check out your juices and gear.
Overall, the presentation and packaging from Vapebox is excellent. It doesn’t do anything extravagant, but it gets the job done with an understated style.
The Juices and Gear: How Was the Curation?
Now you’ve learned about the basics of what Vapebox offers, it’s time to get onto the important stuff. What’s in the box? Since the service is all about offering devices and juices to suit your preferences, it makes sense to tell you mine. I’m a “very experienced” vaper who builds (I selected both RDAs and RTAs) and generally likes sweeter flavors. Fruits, baked goods, creams, custards and stuff like that. I said I prefer higher-VG, and listed menthols and teas as flavors I wanted to avoid. And I’m open to trying new things, but that didn’t come up in this month’s box.
So here’s a run-down of what the box contained, how good it was and how well it matches my preferences:
Batch 01 by Tinted Brew Liquid Co.
This is a coconut almond cookie and bourbon e-juice, and right off the bat I was excited to try it because it sounds like just my sort of flavor. The juice is excellent, too, with a pleasant amount of sweetness and plenty of character from the almond and bourbon. It’s an all-day vape for me, and one I’ll definitely be picking up another bottle of.
Flex by Mighty Vapors
This is a mixture of green and red apples, offering a fairly straight-up fruity flavor. It may sound simple, but it works really well – the apple is robust and the flavor is almost candy-sweet. The result is a juice that goes down very easily, and it’s another great match for my tastes from Vapebox.
Milk and Honey by Cosmic Fog
This is another excellent fit for my preferences, with marshmallows, sweet milk and honey. It’s a delicious juice, with a fairly gentle flavor thanks to the focus on marshmallows and milk, but the honey provides a punchy sweetness that carries the flavor into all day vape territory.
Hoops by Alpha Vape
This is a blend of cantaloupe, honeydew, pear and cream, offering another sweetened, fruity flavor that suits my palate well. You clearly detect the melon, pear and cantaloupe. An almost candy-like sweetness envelops them, helping the whole thing go down really smoothly. A beautiful e-juice, and a great inclusion from Vapebox.
Nobunaga Mini by Tendou Vapor
This is a three-post mini RDA, included because I said I use RDAs. The RDA is a great addition to the box, and while it’s somewhat limited by its size – with no split center post for easier multi-coil building – it’s definitely a solid RDA. It performs excellently with a wide variety of builds and manages to do it all in a compact package. There are some downsides, but all in all it’s a welcome addition to the Vapebox.
GeekVape Tool Kit
This is an accessory I got with my box. It’s a little fabric pouch containing five precision screwdrivers – two Phillips head, two flat head and one hex key – a sturdy pair of wire clippers, some pliers, some fold-out scissors and a set of tweezers. As an extra, this is really useful. Before, I had everything (aside from the hex key screwdriver) bought separately, but the tools in the kit are high-quality and the holder is very handy for when you’re taking your rebuildable out of the house.
On the whole, the latest Vapebox offered a varied and well-curated selection of vaping gear. From the excellent e-liquids through to the great RDA and the really useful building kit, everything included was a great match for my preferences.
Overall Thoughts on Vapebox
Like in previous Vapeboxes, there was one juice in this one – Batch 01 by Tinted Brew – that I absolutely loved. To me, this is a key advantage of subscription services. Although I enjoyed every juice in the box, finding one “I can’t believe I’ve never tried this – I need more!” e-juice in a box is precisely why you choose a subscription service. You get to discover things you may have never tried otherwise, and if you find something you absolutely love, the box has done its job.
Of course, the curation was great all-round, which really makes the whole thing even better. You can enjoy every single flavor. Even if you don’t, you can rate what you’ve received to help them match your preferences even better in future. This means your choices will keep getting better the longer you’re with them.
A final thing deserving specific praise in this box is the tool kit from GeekVape. When I tried out Vapebox last time, I received a Vapesox mod holder and a pair of ceramic-tipped tweezers. Both of these were great, but the tool kit is a step above. As a long-time rebuilder, I already had pretty much everything in the kit, but it’s in such a convenient package that I’ve switched to using those. It’s the sort of extra that I wouldn’t have picked up otherwise, but now I’m really happy to have. Again, this is exactly the sort of thing you’re looking for from a subscription service.
Overall, Vapebox did an excellent job with curation, for the juices, hardware and the accessories. When you consider the retail price of the box – $105 – it’s clear that it’s a fantastic deal well-worth considering.
Vapebox is one of the best subscription services on the market. With improvements to the service over the past year, what they have to offer keeps getting better and better, and your juice and hardware choices are now carefully tailored to your preferences rather than being a bit of a “juice of the month” type deal. If you’re looking for some great new e-juices to try and want some occasional mods, tanks, atomizers or other bits of hardware alongside it, Vapebox is the way to go. Even for juice-lovers, their new curation system puts them right up there with the best in the field.