Hey guys, thanks for checking out my V2 electronic cigarette review (one of the most popular e-cigarette brands today) . The guys at V2 sent me the Ultimate Kit which I believe is the most expensive and comprehensive starter kit available ($159.95).
In a nutshell, the V2 e-cig Ultimate kit comes with the standard sized V2 starter kit along with an extra e-cigarette battery and 25 flavored cartridges (cartomizers) of different e-liquid nicotine strengths (check out the link for a quick overview). It is definitely an overkill I think but I’m not complaining. This kit will definitely fill all your needs if you’ve never used e-cigarettes before and want an easy way to get started.
What I Received For This V2 E-cigarette Review
I received more flavors on top of what’s available in the Ultimate kit from the guys at V2 for review purposes. However, if you are going to buy this package, here’s what you’ll get:
- 1 metal charging case (to charge your batteries whilst in your pocket)
- 1 standard metal carrying case
- 1 car charger so you can charge whilst on the go
- 1 V2 Power-cig (a wired “pass-through” battery that connects to USB – the cord is not removable)
- 25 pre-filled flavored cartridges (you can choose your own nicotine strength and flavors during the checkout process)
- 3 V2 e-cig batteries (either manual or automatic batteries, you can choose)
- 1 USB charger
- 1 wall adaptor
Here is what the pass-through wired battery looks like. Plug this into your USB port of your computer and vape without needing to charge the sucker.
Looks, Style & Weight
There is nothing flashy-looking about the V2′s. They utilize the KR808D-1 batteries, similar to the Halo G6 electronic cigarettes I reviewed, and they are extremely light.
The Ultimate kit I received for this V2 e-cigarette review contained 3 battery styles: a super-long black manual battery, a stainless steel standard length auto, and finally a white standard length auto.
What I think was cool and different about the V2 electronic cigarettes is that they color code their cartridges with different colors for different flavors, so you can easily identify them. With other brands of e-cigarettes, the cartomizers (cartridges) are all the same color so if you have a few lying around, it can be difficult to differentiate them (I do this with the sniff method – ).
As I am writing this V2 e-cigarette review, it is late afternoon and I am vaping away on one of the standard length e-cigarettes (measuring 11 cm in length), and the battery is still going strong. I started using this fully charged battery in the morning so it has been going for about 5 hours now. I’m sure it will require another charge soon but 5 hours is already pushing the limits of a battery of this size. So thumbs up to that!
All the V2 batteries come with the usual LED light at the tip that lights up when you either take a drag (from the automatic) or press the button to fire up the atomizer (manual battery). The short batteries came with a blue colored LED while the super-long one has a red LED.
Takes about an hour or so to bring these batteries to a maximum charge, and while you’re charging, the LED blinks intermittently.
No Battery Cut-off?
I have been trying to take super long drags from both the manual and automatic batteries of the V2 but surprisingly, there is no cut-off. Normally, with other brands of e-cigarettes of this nature, the atomizer automatically shuts off at around 5 seconds or so.
I’m pleased to say that the V2 e-cigarettes aren’t like this. I was able to take huge lungfuls of vapor in, and I like that. Automatic cut-off batteries are a safety feature I think, but I find them more annoying than anything, especially when I’m looking to get a huge nicotine hit.
Review of the E-liquid Flavors
I might say this now but if you have watched and read my other reviews, you’ll get used to the fact that I do change my mind about e-liquid flavors periodically. Everyone has a different preference and one person’s can change as time goes by. You either get sick of a particular flavor or you start acquiring the taste for another. Get used to that.
As of this moment, here are my list of favorite V2 juices:
- Peppermint (this one is my absolute favorite for flavor and vapor)
- Cola (cinnamon flavor)
- Cherry (quite pleasant to me)
And the flavors I didn’t like:
- Coffee (this was the horrible flavor I spoke of earlier)
- Vanilla (tastes like a chemical vanilla – not so nice)
- Red (this flavor is reminiscent of Marlboro Red’s I think, I’m just not a fan of pure tobacco flavors when it comes to vaping – I like them sweet).
Do They Taste Like Real Cigarettes?
This is a complicated one to answer. In short, “no” they do not taste exactly like real cigarettes, they taste better. When people ask me what electronic cigarettes taste like, my answer is always, “they taste so much better, that’s why I could quit smoking so easily” – and that’s the truth.
Most premium e-cigarettes are going to taste tons better than tobacco cigarettes unless you buy a cheap and nasty disposable e-cig from a gas station or something – stay away from those! Cheap electronic cigarettes just do not perform well nor do they taste good.
Vapor & Performance
In terms of throat hit, these flavors together with the cartomizer, deliver consistent performance time and time again. The throat hits are solid and vapor production is very good for such a slim electronic cigarette. View my video review below to check out the vapor production.
About Buying V2 E-liquid Cartridges
V2 flavored cartridges (cartomizers) all come already pre-filled with e-liquid so that new users to e-cigs do not have to toy around with refilling and making a mess of things. This is a good thing for those of you who want to buy e-cigarettes just to get your nicotine fix and be done with it.
As for myself, I like experimenting with tons of different e-liquids from different vendors and not be limited to one. Do note though, that I have spent a lot of money and treat vaping as a hobby, but you might not have the same intentions. I think I’ve already spent upwards of about $1000 by now on electronic cigarette gear and juices.
Can You Refill the Cartridges?
Yes, you can, by removing the rubber tip at the tip of the cartomizer, but that would require you to purchase bottles of juice from elsewhere. Also, mixing other flavors into your used carts isn’t a good move, it just spoils the flavor. The V2 shop actually sells blank cartridges for you to use with your own flavors, should you choose to do it that way.
If your aim is to quit smoking and to improve your health, just stick to the pre-filled V2 cartridges, that’s my advice. It’s just hassle-free.
If you look on the V2 website, you’ll see that the price of a single box of 5 cartridges will cost you $12.95. But I suggest you buy in bulk (like the 20-pack or 40-pack) as the cartridges become significantly cheaper.
Again, choose a range of different flavors when you order so you can better decide for yourself which flavors you like, and which you absolutely hate.
How Long Does a V2 Cartridge Last?
I would say that if you’re a moderate smoker like myself, 1 cartomizer will last you the entire day. If you are a heavy smoker, or a chain smoker, you might require 2 carts per day. My guess is that each of these cartridges is equivalent to about 15 or 17 analogue tobacco cigarettes (so like half a pack).
To conclude this review, I’d say that the V2 electronic cigarettes are extremely good value for money for the beginner who’s aim is just to quit smoking. They are definitely a great, hassle-free starting point for newcomers who have never used electronic cigarettes before. You’ll get solid performance from these e-cigarettes and with the Ultimate Kit, you’ll have everything you need without having to purchase extra equipment.
In addition, the V2 e-juice flavors are one of the better ones out there. Although the Halo e-cigarette brand e-liquids do taste better, the V2 juices are runners up and they do vape a lot nicer than a lot of the other e-cig brands out there. Thumbs up from me!
Thanks for checking out my V2 e-cigarette review. To check out their prices and other V2 starter kits, visit their website (link below):