Vapor Couture Review
Vapor Couture is the female-friendly imprint of V2 Cigs, and whilst the vapor production is in line with what you’d expect from the main brand, almost everything else is a disappointment. The style may appeal, but the substance is lacking.
- Stylish e-cig with fashionable accessories
- Great vapor production – rivaling V2 itself
- First e-cigarette brand for women
- Charges quickly
- Warranty good for five battery replacements
- Poor battery-life
- Limited range of flavors
- “Matching” battery & cartridge is questionable
Bottom LineThe female-centric imprint of V2 packs the same vapor production, but the similarities basically end there. The limited flavor selection is disappointing, the “fashionable” style is ripped straight from a Louis Vuitton handbag and the battery life is inadequate. Vapor and some faux-trendiness; nothing compared to V2 Cigs.
Vapor Couture: Our Expert Review
The Deluxe Starter Kit comes with two automatic batteries, two five-packs of flavor cartridges, USB charger, wall adapter, clutch bag and charm bracelet. Is it all superficial nonsense, or has Vapor Couture managed to blend fashion and e-cigs into something bigger than the sum of its parts?
Packaging and Design
The Vapor Couture Deluxe Starter Kit is mainly contained within a sturdy box complete with magnetic closing clasp. It’s enveloped within a white cardboard sleeve, which bears the gold Louis Vuitton-esque logo and the accompanying pattern. Underneath this, the purple box contains two slim-line e-cig batteries and two boxes of flavor cartridges. The USB charger, wall adapter and accessories come loose, the former two crammed into a branded box. The Starter Kit creates the stylish feel right from the start, although you may be left wondering how they haven’t been sued by Louis Vuitton for the blatantly copied design.
The e-cigarettes themselves are slim-line, two-piece models with a light-up crystal design for the tip. With style a paramount concern, the batteries are available in White Signature (the “signature” being the Louis Vuitton-style logo pattern), Deep Purple, Brushed Platinum and Rose Gold. The cartridges are also available in these colors, meaning you can match up your battery to your cartridges or create combinations of different styles as you choose. Although this sounds elegant and stylish, in practice it doesn’t always work out. The White Signature cartridges actually have a grey, faded background which contrasts fairly sharply with the crisp white battery. The pattern also looks like it’s been partially rubbed off, so you’re left feeling like you have a premium e-cig battery with a knock-off, market stall cartridge. The term “matching” could only be used fairly loosely.
You get the same four nicotine levels as you do with V2 in the Vapor Couture flavors, Zero, Light (6mg), Medium (12mg) and Full (18mg). As with V2, a 24mg option would have been useful for heavier smokers, but it isn’t likely to cause much of an issue. For smokers who consume more than 20 a day, however, a stronger option would have been ideal.
Flavors and Vapor
The vapor production is without a doubt the best element of the Vapor Couture e-cig. It’s made by V2, and the density and volume of vapor is equivalent to the more established brand. With a couple of priming puffs, you can expect levels of vapor easily comparable to a tobacco cigarette. You get a good throat-hit too, so from the vapor point of view it mimics the feeling of smoking very well. Even without the introductory puffs to heat the liquid, you get more than enough vapor to satisfy you.
The flavor profile is unfortunately much worse. With only four cartridge flavors available (with two more coming soon), there isn’t very much variety – especially considering the fact that two of them are tobacco flavors. The Rodeo Diva is an American tobacco, reminiscent of American-style tobacco blends, and it’s somewhat comparable to the V2 Red cartridge. The Bomb Shell, Turkish-style blend has a strong flavor, which may be good for dedicated Turkish tobacco lovers, but I found it too unpleasant to even vape for the equivalent of a single cigarette. The stand-out flavor for me was Fresh Mint – a menthol flavor that isn’t overpowering to vape. The Passion Fruit was promising but not robust enough in taste.
The slim-line design of the battery is its undoing, because it means you’ll need to charge it more often than you might like. It lasts between three and seven hours depending on the level of use, according to the manual, but in practice it runs out after around four hours of moderate to heavy use. If you’re going out to work, I’d advise taking a spare battery along with you. Charging is relatively quick, but the pen-drive style charger (which would have been better with a wire, like on the V2 charger) seems almost hastily-constructed, without as much as a hole for the LED light. Instead, the charger glows red from the internal light, switching to blue when the battery is refilled. It works as expected, though, screw in the battery and plug into a USB port until it’s done.
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