A comparision review of the 801's
by, 04-03-2010 at 08:05 AM (704 Views)
My quest for the perfect 801 (otherwise known as: Searching for a PINK eciggie)
After two weeks of researching the 801, asking numerous questions, and pestering everyone I could; I finally decided to get them all. (save the 4072.. it tanked in the reviews) Seeing as most are compatible, it seemed a logical decision to make. Then I had to find the best deal for each model!
I ended up purchasing:
801 generic SLB kit (in PINK) from [URL="http://www.ecigsupply.com/Starter-Kits/Dse-801-Penstyle-Kit-p136.html"]Ecigsupply[/URL] (2 batts, 1 atty, 5 carts, charger)
Joye 302 basic kit from [URL="http://indyvaporshop.com/battery.html"]Indyvaporshop [/URL](it was supposed to be the basic kit, but because it was labeled incorrectly, and I thought I was getting the Joye, Mike was decent enough to honer the website error: 1 batt, 1 atty, 5 carts, charger)
BE112 from [URL="http://www.electroniccigarettesofhouston.com/Electronic-Cigarette-Parts-Accessories_c6.htm"]ElectroniccigarettesofHouston[/URL] (1 batt, 1 atty)
M201 from the [URL="http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/classifieds-swaps/"]classifieds[/URL] (3 batts, 3 attys, 20 carts, charger)
They all arrived the same day, so I had the pleasure of testing them all out simulanteously.
The best two performers were the Joye302 and the Pink SLB. (I may have been partial to the SLB because it was pink, but that still didn't save it in the end.)
M201: although it came with all the bells and whistles in a pretty black velvet lined box, and I have enough parts to last a good while, it is the one sitting as my last reserve. The draw on it is SO difficult, sucking on it makes my eyes pop out, and all vapor escapes through my nose before I have a chance to inhale. Although the flavor is good, it's hardly worth the effort.
The SLB from ecigsupply [I][U]was[/U][/I] one of my favorites. Besides the fact that it's PINK, and one of the only reasons I purchased from this store, the vapor production, flavor, TH, all performed much better than I expected from the generic brand. HOWEVER.. it was short lived. By day two I discovered the second battery was acting, well, wonky. It would not draw. At all. I tried charging it, the light was green. I tried it on a different atty. Still no. So I sucked on the battery end by itself, and it lit! Ok, so I tried it again, and still nothing. At this point I was quite stumped, and tried charging it, just for the heck of it. Several hours later, I tried again, drawing as hard as I possibly could, and got a teeny tiny flicker. OK.. so then it got worse. The customer service leaves a little to be desired (but that's a different post).... long story short, I've had to mail back the bad battery, and I am waiting to see if they will replace it. Bad for me. Bad for them also, because I decided not to place a second order, based on the CS (or lack thereof) that I received today. And.. today, the battery I have left is acting up. When it does work; The draw is easy, the flavor is very rich, and lots of vapor.. but I'm left wondering if I got a bad set, or if it's the brand. And I'm left with one pink batteryless atty.
BE112: has now taken the second spot. At first use- because it's manual, and I prefer automatic- I found it difficult to compare apples to organges. I like to dangle my PV from my teeth, or hang it in my lanyard for easy access. The little button on the side, and the fact that I can't just 'puff away' makes for a harder comparison. BUT, when I do push the little button, the vapor flows effortlessly into my mouth and rolls out of every little nook and cranny. Probably the easiest draw of the four. The vapor is plentiful, the flavors are enhanced, I can taste every little nuance in my juices (it's like tasting them all over again) and the nice little long carts I found in my stash, help to cut down on leakage (yes, folks.. ALL of the 801's leak.. but it's worth it!) The only thing I wasn't impressed with, on this model, was the construction. I ordered this one in silver, and it is so light, it felt cheap. As compared to the SLB, M201, Joye302.. this one feels almost half the weight. Add to that, it was shipped loose in a thinly padded envelope, and I feared I had gotten some cheap knock-off from a fly by night company. My fears were put to rest once I had a chance to use it.
Which leads to my favorite of the four
The Joye302 is around my neck until the battery dies. I love it so much, I placed a second order (from the same company.. can you tell, I'm loyal to those that believe CS is just as important as product) for 2 extra batts and 2 extra attys. The Joye is a heavier model, I love the way it feels in my hand. Substantial. With it's shiny black exterior, and thick gold band, it looks and feels like an expensive pen that one might covert at that lawyers office downtown. The draw is smooth and easy, like the BE112, and the vapor rolls out of my mouth and fills the air around my face. The flavor on the Joye is the most intense of the four. It's strong and subtle, all at the same time. Like music, the low undertones are strongest on the inhale and the high notes of the juice are strongest on the exhale. It's a beautiful piece of equipment! I plan on keeping this one close to my heart! (in my trusty little lanyard)
So that's my take on the 801's I received this week. I'm quite thankful to all that helped me choose, [I]and[/I] I'm happy to say the 801 model has lived up to my expectations. Now if I could just find it in pink...