I think it should probably be taken as a given that I am biased writing this post.
However, I have yet to taste a disposable electronic cigarette that I have found personally satisfying.
I’ve tried several.
When Tescos brought out the 10 Motives electronic cigarette, I thought I’d try one. I bought one, and headed to the cafe for a nice coffee and a vape. Unfortunately, I found it very unsatisfying. I didn’t like the taste at all, and I had to drag very hard to get any sort of hit. (In fairness, I tried one, which could have been a dud, and other people have said that they think they were okay.)
We’ve also had several samples made for ourselves, with a view to selling them to pubs, but we’ve never been happy with them; the taste, the draw, the nicotine hit.
There’s also the Ryan Air electronic cigarette. I got excited when it was first released back in 2009, but a researcher friend who had tried it emailed us saying:
there is no sensory feedback of any kind…no feeling of anything coming out
of the tube you are sucking on, no exhalation after, no change in the device…even a
color change would help…no way to differentiate it from sucking on a plain empty cardboard tube. It seems just like a pacifier.
The challenges of producing a disposable e-cigarette
There seem to be challenges in producing a good disposable electronic cigarette.
Perhaps chief amongst them is the battery. The lithium batteries supplied with regular electronic cigarette kits need a good initial charge, and the strength of the charge of the battery can effect the quantity of the vapour.
There’s also budget. Supermarkets demand huge margins, AND 90 days or more credit, which means low production costs. (We’ve been approached by supermarkets, but have turned them down for this reason.) As soon as you cut down on the cost of production, you lose quality. It’s also difficult to produce a disposable electronic cigarette to the budget requirements which meet UK trading standards.
(When Jean and Mike from ecigarettedirect were in China, one factory owner told them:
I can produce an electronic cigarette for any price you want – but you won’t get the quality!)
We sent off a couple of disposables to test. CAM VIP tested it with two new users, both of whom choose our smoker’s halo electronic cigarette kit over a disposable. (See the review here on the CAM VIP website.) Steve, who has a blog writing electronic cigarette reviews, thought that it wasn’t really fair to compare disposable electronic cigarettes against a full kit, and that the bar should be set lower for the devices.
What do you think of disposables?
I’ve tried numerous samples, and a supermarket disposable, but I haven’t tried all disposables, and I hear that some of the ones in America are getting quite good.
So I’d like to know what you think.
Have you tried one? Was it any good? And could they spread the word about electronic cigarettes – or put people off for life?
Image credit: Top image from Steve’s Vaping World
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