Let me start by saying that V2 is my 3rd and current brand of e-cig, the other two of which I intend to review as well(separate threads, eventually). This review is based off of two weeks with the brand(I will update if anything changes). It should also be known that in no way is this review of a bias perspective, and I still consider myself somewhat new to the world of vaping, so I believe this review will be helpful to those that are new to e-cigs, as my outlooks should prove quite easy to relate to or understand in that respect. Forgive my tendency to avoid short and sweet as well as my love of parenthesis. If you read this entire review, you like reading. If I missed an aspect of particular interest, ask away...
What I purchased: V2 standard starter kit-$79.95 current
Contents of kit: 1 automatic battery (no button, active upon drag)
1 manual battery (button, active upon press)
1 charger kit (usb charger and wall adapter)
10 atomized cartridges (cartomizers)
5 of V2's smoke for free discount cards
1 15% off coupon
Review of contents, in respective order..
Batteries and charger-9/10
NOTE: I went with the long option for both batts(140mm) Thanks to there being no choice in the matter of receiving 1 auto and 1 manual battery, I have concluded that I actually prefer the manual. As many say and one would assume, more control is granted to the user, resulting in the POSSIBILITY of the manual outlasting the auto, dependent on user "technique". The main advantage over the auto is the response time and the result (throat hit and vapor production). I don't think it affects the amount of flavor, but that could just be because the four V2 flavors I've had are quite potent anyways. (Good thing, imo)
Still, the auto battery is no slouch. Differences are minimal. They both have some weight to them which to me means they're sturdy and don't feel cheap. The stainless (blue LED) and blue (white LED) colors look sharp, and have a nice matte shine to them. V2 logo looks nice as well.
When working, I vape very often. Not to the extent that I would be considered a "chain vaper", but not just occasional either. The manual has lasted me an entire work day (10hrs) and still not died that night at home. When at home, I vape every 45min+/-, at 10min+/- sessions. (This may just be because my batteries are new. I will provide an update regarding batt stamina.) Still, I am very pleased with the longs.
Battery color options: white, black, stainless, blue, pink (limited).
Battery sizes: 110mm (shorty), 120mm (standard), 140mm (long)
Charge time(longs): around 4hrs, manual seems to take a bit longer, like 30min more. Drag cut-off time is 10 seconds.
As mentioned before, this review as of now is based off of two weeks with V2. The charger has shown no hints to being cheap. Feels solid, looks cool. Light is red w/blue strobe (6sec intervals) when charging, and blue when full.
NOTE: For my starter kit choice of two 5-packs, I went with V2 Red and Menthol, both 1.8% nic (Full). I ordered in advance a week later for a 5- pack of Sahara and Vanilla, 1.8% as well.
The four of these flavors, and perhaps all others, are PG dominant. Therefore they have a very similar TH to analogs (tobacco cigs), yet the vapor production is still plentiful (VG base is known for its typically great, sometimes ridiculous, vapor production). These are very important factors, especially when trying to wing yourself or someone else of reluctant nature off of analog, and it is undeniably satisfying to let out a massive storm of vapor. The site provides a full ingredient list for all flavors, which is nice for the concerned and curious.
The cartos do in fact average out to the equivalent of one pack of analogs. This statement is based off of how many cartos I went through over a period of 7 days, which was around 7 or 7½. On a negative note, I just had one of the Saharas burn out on me, which I was pretty sure was only about halfway finished. I have heard that this can be a regular occurrence, especially out of 20, but figured it was to be noted anyhow. At $2.70 a pack (factored assuming two 5-packs with 15% discount plus $5.00 shipping), I’m not too devastated.
My flavor impressions/opinions:
Menthol-4.5/5: Definitely my favorite of the five other menthols I have tried. I suppose it has a sort of toothpaste-like flavor, but hits and feels like a Newport. I was primarily a menthol smoker, and I think other menthol smokers would be quite pleased.
V2 Red-5/5: They compare it to a Marlboro Red-not so. The first time I tried it, I didn’t like it. Eventually however, this became one of my favorites. The only way I can describe the flavor is that it has a very slight chocolate-like after taste, but also has a sort of tobacco hint to it. Overall a sweet and syrup-ish (not overkill) flavor. I recommend to anyone.
Sahara-4/5: They compare it to a Camel-not so. This flavor is good, but not phenomenal. I will have no difficulties whatsoever in finishing them off, but may not buy them again. It may grow on me more, though. This flavor is similar to Red in that it has that syrup-like hint, but differs in its slightly perfume-ish (not bitter), dominate taste. I could see this flavor being a favorite for others. Many of my friends became interested in V2 because of this one.
Vanilla-4.5/5: Definitely vanilla. Also has a slight banana to it. This flavor is very easy on the taste buds. Hmmm….think how you’ve always wanted banana boat lotion to taste like it smells, and voila. The only reason this flavor doesn’t get a 5 is because I personally cannot vape it non-stop like the others, instead treating this one more like dessert.
I would feel ridiculous if I actually rated a user’s manual, haha. It makes for a good toilet read, I suppose. Smoke for free discount cards-10/10 I think these cards are a great marketing idea. Basically, you get five cards with a 15% discount code (your kit order #) to give to others. Not only is this yet another discount code (as limited as it may be), but when used, it also funds your V2 account with a $15 credit, meaning you could gain $75 in store credit. Quite clever indeed, as temporarily you are marketing V2 yourself!! Like I said above, my code is -Can’t hurt!
15% off coupon-10/10
Discounts never suck. In my experience, they are very easy to find in the market of e-cigs, and I would never make a purchase without finding one. It’s usually as simple as typing in “(insert brand) discount codes” in the search bar.
I have read about folks having some difficulties with V2 when it came to shipping, but didn’t know what to think because it is so hard to know whether or not you are reading a real review. Some competitors will create fake profiles and such, then bash other brands. My starter kit shipped as the site said it would and arrived exactly 5 days later, as also said. When it came time for me to order some more cartos in advance, I originally planned to order Congress and Sahara. The site has little colored squares located next to the item you are looking at, indicating availability thus shipping delay by color:
Green-“product will ship by next business day if ordered before 6PM EST.”
Orange-“this product will ship within 5 business days.”
A nifty little square, indeed. I decided to go with Vanilla instead of Congress (highly praised) because Congress had the orange status and I didn’t want to wait that long. I ordered them around 7pm on a Monday, so they didn’t ship that day (as said), but did ship Tuesday, and arrived Saturday. The reason shipping doesn’t get a 10 is due to the fact that the orange square exists. Maybe that isn’t a valid reason, as this also could be seen as a good sign, being that V2 is doing well enough to have trouble keeping up with demand. Regardless, if I want Congress then by God…anyhow.
Well, this concludes my initial review. I hope at least a few of you were able to read all the way through, and gain a better idea of what to expect from this brand. Thanks for your time.
Last edited by classwife; 05-28-2012 at 01:01 PM.
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I've used V2 before and I mostly agree with your review, they are a solid product. I guess the only thing I would add is the cartomizers that come with this kit are KR808's and they are refillable, so don't toss them out when your done, buy some liquid and refill them.
I tried the V2 and it was pretty decent for a mini. The only issue that I really had with them was the price. There's a kit that's just as good for about half of what you pay there. It was kind of hard to find that out when I first started because the V2 affiliates and people that were trying to push their coupon codes flooded the search results.
You are right about the affiliates and such (I hope you weren't implying that I'm one), though that goes for just about any other brand as well when it comes to the "mini". Very hard to find a trustworthy review for any brand, which is why I wrote one. I have heard very good things about the Volt, if that is what you refer to. When it comes to the price, I've had a "you get what you paid for" experience in comparison to the other two mini brands I've owned, seven if including others I've tried or seen friends vape (sometimes witnessing their entire life cycle).
Anyhow, any post of any nature regarding this brand could only help people new to vaping in their search for an e-cig. That's a win for me
Now, going into the world of a PV is another story entirely.
No, I wasn't suggesting that you were one, since you didn't post your code I was just saying that there are a lot of websites that are pushing the V2 and I question their motives (but I'm not questioning yours). I never even heard of the Volt until I found this forum, and I do think that the V2 was just as good in quality (for the 2 weeks I had it, anyway) but the price was too steep.
I am very pleased with my V2 experience. As a busy person, I don't do a lot of experimenting. And frankly the warranty on the batteries snared me. I like their Congress and Sahara and Grape. I figure that's enough for now. I'm sure I'll experiment further, but I'm just so thankful to be off cigs and comfortable. I tried every other method nothing worked. I think I have a hand mouth fixation or something. But I find their forum really helpful, not as big as this one, which I find really hard to find what I'm looking for. And just to say it again the warranty.
I've been informed about the V2 by my brother on October 22 and am a fulltime vaper now since yesterday, 10-11-12 (Dutch read)
I wrote a review page about it and mostly, how I came to vaping and how surprised I was to switch to e-cigs so easily after trying to quit smoking several times before.
It's way too long to copy here so be welcome to read my page
What I can review here is:
The batteries last approx a day (in my usage) as well as the cartomizers, they too last me approx a day.
The Carry case charger XL is VERY good ! I have used it to charge a battery 4 times now and it still isn't out of power !
The case is about the size of a pack of tabacco so for me not much difference, as I was a tabacco smoker, like some 25-30 a day !
And I made the switch from that much to 5 a day and the day after to 3 and 1 a day ending up with 1 puff only which I really disliked, all within a week to 10 days.
The flavours I like best are: Coffee, Congress and Mint and from the SmartCigs (I had those as my first carto's lent from my brother) also the Coffee, the Pharaoh, the Gold, Texas Red and Strawberry.
In fact, I think the Coffee, Texas Red and Gold are a bit simulair and assume the Red and Sahara from V2 will be like Texas Red and Pharaoh but will experience that soon as I will order those a next time.
I also am planning to purchase the liquid Congress as indeed these cartomizers are very easy to refill.
That's what disappoints me a little sofar, V2 doesn't have much liquids.
The supplier I get it from is in the UK and has more than V2 UK and also offers free shipping as of £ 75
So I have been calculating a bit ahead: buying a bulk cartridges of 100 at SmartCigs including p&p for me is more expensive than ordering the bulk of 80 cartridges from my chosen supplier as they send free of p&p Getting 100 seems less expensive but with the p&p it ends up being more per cartridge.
It's a minor difference of some € 0,07 per cartomizer but still, any difference is a difference...
I don't know if there are more V2 users in the Netherlands, I get the idea I'm somewhat alone in using this V2 but than again, maybe I haven't looked around enough to find more Dutchies vaping V2