South Beach Smoke Reviews
The South Beach Smoke Deluxe kit features has received an update, though the packaging remains the same, employing a glossy black background with some luminescent graphics on the standard magnet flap box. The logo and graphics have the feel of South Beach, bringing to mind busy nightlife and leisure. I’ve never been a big fan of the SBS graphic design though I’m certain some will find it appealing right away. The box features a “New & Improved” sticker and on the inside, where it counts, it has received some real improvement.
The improvement to the battery here is big in terms of both performance and presentation. Their new battery is still a KR808D-2 like all previous SBS kits, responsive and long-lasting. And now it’s been modified to run at 4.2 volts, rather than the standard 3.7 or less of most e-cig batteries outside of mods. I didn’t run it through a volt meter to verify this but I didn’t feel the need to- the difference is extremely noticeable. It runs much hotter than previous SBS batteries and probably all other mini e-cig batteries, giving better vapor production and changing, sometimes improving the taste of the SBS cartomizers which I’ll elaborate on next. My only small gripe with the battery used here is that it’s a little wider and heavier than it needs to be but this comes with the benefit of longer battery life, roughly 3-4 hours here with heavy use. In terms of presentation, the new battery features a crystal red-lit LED which just looks really cool compared to the standard plastic cap LED cover of most e-cigs. They’ve also employed added their full logo on the side of the battery (it was previously just the “O” of “Smoke”) and it looks surprisingly good.
The cartomizers seem to be the same as they have been in the last couple versions of the kit but they are certainly improved by the increase in power with the SBS battery. The vapor production with South Beach Smoke has always been pretty good and now it’s moved into great. In terms of flavor, I found the SBS flavors to be certainly different and sometimes better using their new battery. Their tobacco flavor tastes much better at this higher voltage as does the menthol. The coffee and the vanilla were certainly changed by the higher voltage but I couldn’t say for sure that they were “better”. Most of the time, an increase in voltage running through the battery will bring the flavor of e-liquid “out” a little more and distinguish it. But the SBS flavors have always seemed a little bland to me, so I felt that the battery improvement here is still held back by the unimproved e-liquid, resulting in less than impressive flavor. Though if you haven’t liked SBS flavors before, this new battery really does change the flavor and may be an improvement, depending on your own tastes. For me, the tobacco is certainly a standout from the bunch.
Overall (Not An Average) 4/5
The South Beach Smoke Deluxe Kit has received some serious improvement to the battery. And a 4.2v battery in this class of product isn’t just unique- it’s unheard of. I have plenty of admiration for SBS in making strides to improve their product, especially in ways that other companies can’t or won’t. With some improvement to their flavors, this kit could be one of the best available and for right around $60, it’s still a good value as it is.