Gas station e-cigs exposed
I realize this is not the go-to device for the ECA family or the seasoned vaper, but for one in transition, I must make a comment on what these devices really are.
My life has been crazy the past four years, but the last year it really took a turn for the worse. I was living in the UAE, working for a company and got word my mother went into the hospital. She died three weeks later. I moved back to the US a few months later only to find my family unhinged. The last year in specific has been rough. I have moved seven times in the past four years and already twice over the past year and will need to move this June once again. Crazy right?
All of this change has led me to lose Internet at home (thank you Public Library). In fact, I am living on such a tight budget here in WA State that I only heat one room. It was 42 inside my place yesterday morning. Not whining, life is what it is, but this has directly impacted my juice supply. Maybe this is why I am so upset when I have to run to a gas station for that emergency e-cig and spend way too much money for a product that simply doesn’t even come close to that advertised.
I have next to me a Lotus e-cig. The flavor is cherry and that is a stretch…I hate wondering what the actual flavor really is. On a recent road trip, I did purchase another brand that really tasted good. There was no doubt about the flavor, almost too sweet.
This device looks great. It is the size of an analog, light weight with very low nic levels and sweet flavors. It fits perfectly anywhere, easy to use, just take it out and puff. The market is youth, there is no doubt about this. At two local smoke shops recently, both clerks said they almost exclusively sell these devices to “kids” which meant 18 and over or whatever the minimum age requirement is through the college years.
I am not complaining about the low nic levels or flavors (there is no sustained flavor after the first day) but the battery life and price. This thing should cost about $3. If this was the case, no review here. But it was not $3…it was almost $11. That is way too much for this thing…way too much!
Forget my being out of work, living off savings, scrounging…$11 for this device is simply a rip off!
I have tried several of these and every one of them acted the same. Flavor hit was decent the first hour or so. Then things go downhill and fast!
The first device lasted four hours. Yes, 4 as in 2+2=4. Seriously…four hours! The second and third lasted about a day. These seem to last for a “night out” at best. The hit is decent for the first 20 puffs and then diminishes quickly. At puff 50 it is mildly flavored air. At 75 you are near the end. The little battery light at the tip is half its original illumination.
Not that I really reflect…I don’t think I ever got to 75 puffs on any of these devices.
Who knows how long the shelf life is on these cheap batteries. But if you bought three of these devices, you are in the E-GO price range. With a little effort, you could get a decent kit for around $35 or so.
I write in hopes someone who is floating and buying these things will get a decent PV, and hopefully be in better position than me to get a decent supply of juice. I also am trying to get these smaller suppliers to buy better devices like the Mistic or another that lasts much longer.
When “smokers” laugh at e-cigs they think these cheap devices are what the e-cig devices are ALL like. Most here know better. Now when I walk into a gas station, I suggest a few brands to the manager that will make a better impact to build their e-cig market. If the first impression is poor, why come back? Better to make a first impression that keeps one off analogs that hopefully will lead to an Internet search and hopefully here to ECA.
For those who have had success with that “over-the-counter” e-cig, please make comment. I like the Mistic and feel it is in a class by itself over the Lotus types. What is your go-to if you get stuck traveling?