After trying out Pure Cig’s two different e-cig kits last night for the first time, I had a revelation. The world of electronic cigarettes is a world of 2’s.
- There are two mainstream models: two and three piece and their cartomizers and atomizers.
- There are automatic and manual switches, vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol, beginning newbies and modding veterans.
- But the most important duality is the divergence of two common goals among e-smokers, the defining split in the culture.
- We have those traditional e-smokers looking for an e-cig that fills the hole where tobacco smoking once lived, in all of it’s aesthetic glory.
- … Hovered behind them, pulling massive puffs from their custom vaporizers, are the e-smokers who care about nothing more than getting the most badass throat hit, appearances be damned.
You’re probably wondering what this has to do with anything, and especially what it has to do with Pure Cigs two kit options that I started talking about at the beginning. Let me explain: after experimenting with Pure Cig’s Standard Kits (I had the Starter version) and their XL Solo Kit, I felt that I had finally found a brand that bridged all those gaps.
Pure Cigs: One Company, Two Universes
No other brand has taken the sort of dual-kit approach that Pure Cigs has going on right now. They are offering two types of kits; the Standard Kits and the XL Solo kit. The first is a visual masterpiece that emulates real cigarettes almost too well, I was confronted in a Starbucks for smoking indoors at one point! And the second kit, the XL Solo, is pure performance. It runs forever, hits the throat hard and has a USB pass-through. It’s awesome. This double kit system is great for us e-smoker’s because not only can we choose between the two products as usual, but we can have both and use PureCig’s line of accessories universally!
The standard two-piece product, found in the Starter and Deluxe Kits, has probably the most traditionally cigarette design and packaging that I’ve ever seen in a e-cig kit. Their cartomizers have that classic orange-with-white-specks color scheme that is used on almost every brand of tobacco cigarettes, and the batteries come in the off-white color to match them and create a tobacco cigarette clone (though you can get black too). The carrying case has dimensions very similar to a pack of cigarettes and sports a flashy blue on black color scheme that sort of reminds me of Djarum Clove Cigarette packs from my teenage years. The size is just right and the quality, while nothing groundbreaking, is definitely good. This kit option is dead-on for beginning smokers looking for an introductory experience and a smooth transition from tobacco, though it doesn’t really stand out from similar products.
The Bargain Performance Kit
Now let’s talk about that XL Solo Kit. At the surprising price of $39.99, I fell in love with this device. The exact model is unknown, but it’s some sort of 510 model with the three pieces and everything. This device looks nothing like the Standard Kit’s devices, it’s a whole different world; a world of incomparable performance. It has an incredibly long lasting batter that runs circles around most batteries that I’ve used; this was already enough to make the XL Solo worth it’s price tag. But Pure Cigs had to pile it on; they also threw in a USB Passthrough and charger, dual-coil cartomizers and a battery level indicator that really makes using this device into a powerful user experience at a bargain basement price. However I was a little miffed that they couldn’t even include a wall charger with the XL Solo, USB charging is nice but wall charging is just safer and faster overall. Any veteran smoker looking for a top-of-the-line battery, super vapor fullness and a bunch of useful extras should definitely not overlook Pure Cigs XL Solo Kit.
Specs and Overview
PureCigs Overall: Flavors and Accessories
PureCigs has as solid a line-up of flavors as anyone, they’ve got 6 flavors: Tobacco, Menthol, Virginia, Nutty, Vanilla, Cherry, and Risque. I tried the Menthol and it was a pretty god flavor. In terms of strengths, this brand is kind of lacking; they don’t even put their cartridge strengths, of which they only have three, in the commonly accepted mg form. They use the percentage of nicotine per e-liquid in the cartridge and have these strengths: 1.1%, 1.6%, and 2.4%. It’s hard to believe they don’t offer a 0% option, not to mention that they are throwing off beginners who haven’t learned about e-liquid contents yet. In terms of accessories, one item stands out; their XL Battery. This baby has an insane 650 mAH and packs almost all possible voltage into each puff. Besides that it is a pretty standard collection of items.
Standard and Deluxe Kits
Price: $69.99 and $89.99
These kits are looking pretty much to contain something a kr808d style model of e-cig; it’s that model that 2-piece e-cigs exclusively are sold as today. They are mini and don’t hold much of a charge, but they’ll definitely give that comfortable tobacco cigarette feel that many beginners are looking for. The Standard Kit comes with 2 batteries, 2 light flavor cartridges, 2 full flavor cartridges, a USB Charger, Wall Charger and that cigarette pack-looking carrying case. Overall the specs on these kits are looking to be right along the market average for similar devices, but the price tag is a bit high for the contents of the kits. Most Standard Starter Kits with kr808d models are below the $60 mark, so it’s a wonder why Pure Cigs didn’t follow along.
XL Solo Kit
The XL Solo contains a machine that seems to be some sort of 510 model; characterized by the XL, dual-coil cartridge and big ol’ battery. That battery puts out what must be a very-near 4v charge, but more impressively is it’s 650mAH (a measure of battery capacity) that allows this device to run so much longer than other products that seem to skate around 250mAH on average. Once you add in the Pure XL’s manual switch into the equation, you’re looking at superpowered vapor plumes rolling out of your mouth. The battery on this baby had me puffing away for a day and a half; I’d estimate around 700 huge puffs were had. Pure Cigs claims that it can charge fully using the included USB charger due to an internal charger, this is an interesting idea though I’m still nervous to risk my computer’s life by charging over USB. But USB is not all bad, the USB passthrough was really useful; it allows you to smoke at full power while your device charges! But when I wasn’t using the passthrough, I really liked the battery indicator light included on the device; it was much nicer to see that the battery was low than to taste the burnt vapor or suck like a vacuum on a drained device. Oh and I totally forgot to mention that the battery has a lock button that makes sure you don’t accidentally turn it on in your pocket, conserving even more battery life! The specs on the XL Solo kit by PureCigs are definitely original; I would have to rank this device as a pleasant surprise and a competitor in the crazy 510-model market.
What I Liked
While the entry kits didn’t particularly stand out from the massive crowd of kr808d model e-cigs that are crowding the market, they did have one impressive quality: their likeness to tobacco cigarettes. They are not only almost exactly the same size, but they look just like them and I’m sure that sits well with newer and traditionalist smokers.
The blue on black case with their logo in the center really represents the futuristic side of e-cig smoking and it’s definitely a conversation starter when you whip it out in public and start puffing (before you get yelled at for smoking because the device looks like a tobacco cigarette).
XL Solo Kit
The Battery Life
The PureCig’s XL model touts that 650 mAH measurement proudly, and they should. The life of this device compared to their Standard Kit is almost three times longer. And it’s not like you’re sacrificing vapor fullness for battery life, the manual switch and double-coil atomizer really packed a punch that surprised me.
Everything Else About the Battery: Lights and Switches
Not only does it last forever, but the PureCig XL has the courtesy to let you know when it needs a quick recharge! The indicator light goes from green to yellow to red as the battery loses charge, preventing you from having to play the guessing game of whether the battery is dead or not. Plus it has that feature that really puts 510 model e-cigs into a class of their own: the manual power switch! The manual control over your puffs is a feature that every veteran e-smoker has come to know and expect from performance devices like this. As if the XL battery weren’t enough power for you to keep going all day, the lock button really gives you control over when your device is using up charge and conserves an already amazing battery life.
E-Cigs: USB Plug and Play?
I love USB passthrough accessories! There’s something special about being able to puff away without being concerned about your battery life. PureCig definitely thought ahead by including this accessory in the XL Solo kit. I’m pretty sure this is the only kit I’ve seen that’s extremely budget-conscious and still manages to include the pass-through. One thing though, the kit doesn’t come with a wall charger so you will have to use your iPhone or iPad USB wall charger and just hook it up to that if you don’t want to hook up to your computer directly.
$39.99 for a fully functional 510 model e-cigarette kit is definitely a happy occasion for this reviewer. In terms of battery life to dollars spent ratio, the XL Solo kit is far and away the tops in the industry.
Just Two Gripes I Have
I was upset to have to throw down almost $70 for quite honestly an average kr808d starter kit, this will definitely drive beginners toward other brands.
No wall charger in the XL Solo kit? It seems like it would have been a small investment to throw in a cheap USB wall adapter bought in bulk from overseas. The kit certainly won’t work well for older smokers who don’t have adapters for iPhones and Kindles sitting around, and aren’t those people the hardcore e-cig users that are supposed to love the performance of this kit in the first place?
Full Rating Overview for PureCigs Brand
Technology, Quality and Design
Standard and Deluxe Starter Kits: 6/10
XL Solo Kit: 9/10
The two entry kits are very lifelike, and I definitely enjoyed the tobacco-esque design, but they don’t make any advances or include any new features that challenge the market to improve so those two kits are stuck with a 6.
The XL Solo kit, on the other hand, really keeps up with a crowded field of 3-part e-cigs and gets a 9 here. The device is of utmost quality and that two-coil atomizer reminds me why the 510 model is such a great device.
Standard and Deluxe Starter Kits: 7/10
XL Solo Kit: 10/10
The market-leading battery is simply one of the greatest features I’ve come across in my reviews. The indicator light, lock button, internal charger and manual light really challenge the rest of the e-cig field to make e-cigarettes that last longer and have optimum functionality. The XL battery is full of features and always full of charge. If you’re looking for a device that won’t quit on you, the PureCigs XL Solo kit is definitely a nice option.
The two entry kits are tiny machines but they hold their own in battery life. As I used them on the go, I never ran out or felt frustrated by a short battery life so there’s nothing much to say here.
While they have some nice-tasting flavors for sale in their store, their cartridges come up short in nicotine strength selection and organization. I myself knew what 1.1% nicotine means when I purchase a cartridge, but for beginner smokers that are trying to find that perfect strength, this will be hard to decipher. And I still don’t understand why they couldn’t manufacture a 0% nicotine strength cartridge for those trying to quit nicotine, they have a device that eases the transition by feeling like tobacco cigarettes but no 0mg strength?? I wonder if PureCigs has a suggestion box…
The charging case for the entry kits is really cool, it comes with the Deluxe kit and offers the fashionable design of the PureCigs container with charging power inside. I definitely could get used to a case like theirs. But the real deal-breaker for me for PureCig’s accessories was the USB pass through that comes with the XL kit; the ability to vaporize while your device is charging means that you can literally smoke any time you please.
In the end, I was a happy customer of the PureCigs brand. The XL Solo is going to be in my personal collection from now on and I’ll know that I will never run out of battery in a bad situation. This device is great for any smoker that loves functionality and the innovative features really catapault PureCigs into the contender’s ring for 510 model e-cigs. Even the entry kits were a nice little mini-style reminder of my tobacco smoking days. PureCigs did a good job with these dual kits that serve all types of e-smokers, this reviewer gives them a thumbs up.