Safe Cig Review
The Safe Cig is no more, but it was still a pretty solid offering. The vapor production and nicotine levels are good, but the smaller Micro battery is way too short to use at length. It’s better to look elsewhere.
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- Well-executed flavors
- Good battery life
- Responsive battery
- Good vapor production
- Temporarily not doing business – need to find a converter or alternative supply of cartridges
- Only tobacco and menthol flavors available
- Micro battery has a particularly short life
Bottom LineSafe Cig may be effectively extinct, but their e-cig still packs a punch in terms of vapor, nicotine content and battery life. There are only two flavors, though, and the Micro size battery has a mayfly’s lifespan. You could pick one up for cheap, but realistically it’s better to look elsewhere.
Safe Cig Review: Our Expert Opinion
Note: Safe Cig is no longer available as they have closed down operations permanently. But there are plenty of other top rated e-cigs you can try from leading brands such as VaporFi, NJOY, V2, and Green Smoke.
Safe Cig is known as the company which introduced e-cigs into the mainstream in America, but now the story has turned sour. The website mysteriously went down in early 2013, prompting much speculation about the fate of the Safe Cig. Co-founder Rob Deak explains what happened to the company in a revealing blog post, documenting the harsh corporate takeover orchestrated by director James Cameron’s brother John. The blog post makes for a truly horrendous read, as Cameron makes cushy positions on an ever-expanding board of directors, who are either out-and-out con artists lacking the decency to at least show their face in the office or so incompetent that they could bankrupt Microsoft within one financial year. A couple of sneaky contract clauses later and the once family-owned company became majority-owned by the brother of a celebrity and his bunch of shady, overpaid executives.
The Safe Cig isn't dead yet, but as the dispute continues, things aren't looking good. For vapers, though, the Safe Cig has such a positive reputation that even second-hand units make an appealing option. The brand focuses on tobacco flavors, but with the cigarette-style design, micro-sized starter kits and responsive batteries, it could be well-worth picking up for a bargain price. You can get adapters to use V2 cartridges with your Safe Cig battery, and the new, independent brand Seminole E-Cigs is manufactured by the original Safe Cig team, offering basically the same product line.
The Original Safe Cig Pro Kit comes with two automatic batteries, wall charger, USB charger and two cartridge refills. The Micro Pro Kit is essentially the same, except with three cartridges and three smaller automatic batteries. If you pick up one used, it could still serve as the product you’re looking for to kick the tobacco habit.
Packaging and Design
The Safe Cig Starter Kits come in small, thin boxes which pull open from the top rather than swinging open like the majority of e-cig kits. The branding is simplistic, with the Safe Cig name and logo banded across the front, alongside an image of the e-cig. Both kits are primarily white, with deep blue adornments on the Original and a fierce red for the Micro. Inside, the batteries and cartridges sit in an upper layer of molded plastic. Underneath you’ll find the USB charger and wall adapter, pressed comfortably into a later of relevantly-colored foam.
The e-cig itself is two-piece in design, with the cartridge screwing securely into the battery end, with the “male” end of the connection on the cartridge. The Original is around the standard pen size you’d expect from an e-cig, whereas the smaller Micro is comparable to the size of a tobacco cigarette. Both have the same style, with white batteries complete with faux rings, the “s” logo towards the top and plastic tips that light up an amber-orange on inhalation. The cartridges for the Original are beige colored and have butt-like flecks of yellow for a realistic appearance; for the Micro, they’re plain white.
Safe Cig offers six different nicotine levels: 0mg, 6mg, 11mg, 14mg, 18mg and 24mg. This offers more selection in terms of nicotine content than leading brands such as V2 Cigs and Green Smoke. The strongest level is great for heavy smokers (over 20 cigs per day), and the small gaps between the levels in the middle make it great for anybody hoping to gradually reduce their consumption.
Flavors and Vapor
The vapor production from the Safe Cig is hard to fault. After a few priming puffs, you’re rewarded with thick streams of white vapor, curling and twisting into the air in a convincing replication of the sensation of smoking. It might not be quite up there with the vapor-producing might of V2 Cigs and Green Smoke, but you definitely won’t be disappointed with the Safe Cig . The draw is smooth, but this comes at the expense of a strong throat hit. You still get something, but the higher nicotine levels are better for the smoke-like feel.
Safe Cig is an unusual manufacturer, as it only offers tobacco flavors and Menthol. They’re based in California, where there is an ongoing legal battle regarding sweet or fruity flavors. Overall, the flavors are extremely well executed, with some of the best tobacco flavors on the market. There are eleven tobacco flavors from around the world, including Turkish, Brazilian, Madagascar, Mandalay and Macedonian, as well as Classic, Traditional and Menthol cartridges. The subtle differences between them are extremely impressive, with the Macedonian, Turkish and Royale blends being particularly enjoyable. Out of the tobacco options, the Brazilian is the strangest, boasting an unusual fruity sweetness in underpinning the tobacco. The Menthol is well-executed, crisp and perfectly balanced. It’s a great selection, but taking the chance to offer sweet and fruity flavors while they’re still technically available in California would have added some much-needed diversity.
The battery of the Safe Cig is extremely responsive, giving a good hit of vapor even without the priming puffs. The Original lasts comfortably through a day of vaping, and takes around two hours to charge. The Micro functions just as well, but its life is much shorter owing to its reduced size. Where the Original can last you through a day of vaping or four to six hours of heavy use, the Micro will be drained in around 10 cigarettes’ worth of vaping, or a couple of hours of heavy use. It could be better, but you’re unlikely to have any problems with the life of the Safe Cig battery. The charger is the pen-drive style, which leaves a little to be desired in terms of design but gets the job done.