My E-Cig Review – Halo G6 vs. V2 cigs
(This review is intended for new e-cig users looking for an upgrade from store bought e-cigs
or e-cig vets looking for a quality cig-a-like k808)
After abstaining from traditional tobacco cigarettes for 3 months using an e-cigarette,
you may stop and ask yourself “Is this it?”
That’s how I felt after finally kicking the habit. I had bought just about every different
brand of e-cig you can buy off the shelf at a deli, corner store or 7-11. I liked and disliked certain things
about all of them, but at the end of the day I knew I needed something better.
Something of higher quality that would make me feel proud to be an electronic
cigarette user, and most importantly a product that I’d enjoy using for a very long time.
I did a little research and quickly heard about V2. V2 was everywhere, and I
mean everywhere. You could not make a google search for “the best e-cig” or
“electronic cigarette” without finding V2 highly rated at the top of many review
sites. Luckily for me, V2 had a 15% storewide sale and I also found a 15% discount
coupon through Chad at iknowecigs.com.
I ordered their cheapest starter kit, the express kit and a sampler pack of all their
different flavors. My grand total was somewhere around $30 and I had 11 freshly
filled cartomizers to boot. Not a bad deal. I couldn’t wait to get my package in the
mail, which I received only 3 days later.
Now if you’ve ever smoked an e-cig before, you may be familiar with this feeling.
I got my brand new V2 in the mail. Eagerly I ripped open the packaging, it didn’t
concern me much at first. I glossed over the instructions and fit a brand new
“Red” (Regular Tobacco) flavored cartomizer on the battery. I took a few long,
satisfying drags and thought “Man! Now this is vaping heaven!” That satisfying
feeling only lasted a few minutes until I began to try their other flavors.
What I noticed about the V2 cartomizers is that they all dramatically decreased
in flavor, vapor production and throat hit after a short period of time. The feeling
I got after taking a drag from a freshly used cartomizer disappeared in just a
about half an hour. Basically they all died out pretty fast and I went through 11
cartridges in a week, that’s twice what I usually vape. The flavors were Okay, but
nothing amazing. I really did enjoy Red, Mint Tea and especially Coffee, but coffee
is the only flavor I’d ever consider buying again. Most of them were too sweet,
too mild and tasted horrible once the eliquid began to run out.
So here is my overview of V2:
1. Price – Great IF you buy the express kit and receive a %30 discount through
storewide sales and a review site discount coupon code.
2. Battery – The quality of the battery is good and seems to have high output.
I’m not a fan of V2’s glossy finish and the logo will scratch off after just a
few days. The lifetime of the battery is solid and will accept any standard
KR808D-1 Cartomizer. This includes the Halo G6 Cartomizers which I will
3. Charging – The express kit comes with a standard USB charger and does
seem to charge pretty fast. The light may flicker but no complaints.
4. Cartomizers – This is where I feel V2 really let me down. I was very
disappointed that the quality of my cartomizers could not be guaranteed
because of the way they were sloppily packaged with scotch tape. The
differences in how long the flavors would last, vapor production and
throat hit was a problem. In addition, all of the V2 cartomizers will begin
to have that nasty burnt chemical taste once they begin to run out. Taste
is subjective, but I really wasn’t too impressed. Except for the Coffee. That
was delicious and I wish I got more.
5. Customer Service – V2 called me after I let them know how I angry I
was with their flavor sampler pack in an online IM conversation. The
customer service representative online would not give me the answers
to my questions, even if she knew them. She told me I had to speak to
the manager. Luckily, Kevin at V2 was a pretty cool guy. He explained to
me why the Sampler Pack is packaged differently from the rest of their
cartomizers, and apologized for not being able to do anything about it. This
didn’t change the fact that half of them were bad. After calming my nerves
he proceeded to tell me how good the rest of the V2 products were and
tried to get me to buy more from them. Smooth move.
Overall:V2 has a great battery with high voltage for a mini. I personally did not enjoy most of their flavors, as they lacked in vapor, throat hit and flavor. Sampling V2 was like opening a pack of skittles. You can basically expect that each flavor will somewhat resemble what its intended to mimic. I felt they lacked thought or complexity.
Now for Halo. I cannot say enough good things about Halo. Everything you hear or
read about them online is pretty much true. They are the real deal. They produce
their own American made e-liquid here in the U.S. and all of their cartomizers
are very high quality. This puts my mind at ease when I’m worrying about what
chemicals I’m vaping directly into my lungs that could have been added in a
manufacturing factory out in China. I’ve been to China, the food is great but the
air reeks of soot and smoke. In fact I haven’t had this thought since I started using
my brand new Halo G6. Let me tell you about it.
After feeling empty and frustrated with V2, I ordered my Halo G6 online and went
all out. I got their starter kit which came with two 78mm batteries, a wall adapter
and USB charger, two blank (unfilled) cartomizers and a 5pack of pre-filled
“Tribeca” flavored cartomizers. I also got a 5pack of unfilled “Low Resistance”
cartomizers and their E-liquid Tobacco Sample Pack to try their other flavors.
First thing about the Halo G6- it looks amazing from start to finish. The starter
kit comes in a rugged looking tin and the overall style and design of the e-cig is
sweet. The batteries are coated with a rubberized finish so that they won’t slip
out of your hand or roll off surfaces as easily. This also prevents damage and
scratches to the battery. The cartomizers I got all came in small 5pack sealed
plastic cases, which I find are great for carrying them around.
One nice thing about Halo is that they design their cartomizers to be refilled with
e-liquid. This means that you can explore the wonderful world of vaping and
all of its flavors buy buying bottles of smoke juice and refilling your cartomizers
over and over, instead of throwing them away as soon as they die on you. To
me, this seems more cost effective and adds to the enjoyment of vaping. I now
have one e-cig that I can use with virtually any e-liquid I’d want to try. The Halo
G6 cartomizers are designed with this in mind and deliver long lasting, satisfying
vapes over extended periods of time. And the burnt chemical taste that I got from
V2? It’s Non-existent with Halo.
The flavors of the halo e-liquids are some of the best I’ve ever tried. You can
definitely taste the difference between the rich smoothness of Halo and other
brands. Tribeca, Torque 56 and HX3 have become my three favorite flavors.
Halo G6 Overview:
1. Price – I dropped $80 to get started with Halo. That got me a starter kit, 12
cartomizers and 42ml’s of Halo’s e-liquid. In my opinion, it was definitely
worth it and still cheaper than what you’d pay for V2’s more complete kits.
2. Battery – The batteries I got from Halo are amazing. I love having one
manual and an automatic. After using them for a week, I have never
noticed a decrease in vapor production, flavor or throat hit. I’m a huge fan
of the rubberized finish and the overall quality is way above average.
3. Charging – Halo suggests you charge each battery for approximately 8
hours before initial use. After the initial charge, they are good to go and
recharge just like any other KR808D-1 type battery.
4. Cartomizers – Here is where Halo really shines for me. Their cartomizers
are designed to last and never feel like they’re running on fumes. You get
that satisfying fresh hit feeling with each drag. By refilling them with Halo’s
premium e-liquid none of them have ran out or gone bad after a week of
using them heavily. Vapor Production, Throat hit and Flavor are excellent
in all regards and consistent. The flavors themselves: I absolutely love the
Tribeca, which halo describes as having definitive tobacco undertones
with a semi-sweet top note that is reminiscent of RY4 and other treasured
tobacco blends. At first I didn’t know what RY4 meant until I looked it up,
but it didn’t matter because it tastes amazing. I also enjoyed their Torque
56, HX3 and Prime-15, but wasn’t a huge fan of Captain Jack or Midnight
Apple which were unique.
5. Customer Service – I asked halo about a question I had concerning their
manual battery. VaporVal offered to have the battery replaced with no
questions asked, and even provided free return shipping. I didn’t have to
because the battery turned out to work just fine after a days use. Still, their
dedication really shows.
Overall:Halo is so far the best mini e-cig that I've tried. Initially I thought V2 was the premier e-cig for newbie vapers, but I've found a much more complete and satisfying experience with Halo.
The "Infiniglow, flameguard and thermoflow" technology that they claim makes their e-cig top of the line is very noticeable. I get consistent, thick clouds of vapor from Halo and refilling the carts is a cinch. Their flavors are just amazing, many ECF'ers will confirm this.
All in all I would recommend the Halo G6 to a friend over V2. Some of that has to
do with my taste preferences, but I really appreciate the overall quality of Halo.
With that, best of luck and happy vaping!
I'd appreciate any comments, feedback and questions from you guys as this is my first e-cig review and I hope it helps someone.
Will add pictures to the thread soon!