Vuse E-Cigarette Review
Do you remember when Blu cigarettes were a really big deal a few years back? That’s because they had a major marketing campaign and not because they were the best thing out on the market.
The same thing is happening with Vuse from RJ Vapor. This electronic cigarette is getting a marketing push that is placing it just about everywhere in the public’s consciousness. It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without seeing it advertised. For those who remember Blu eCigs, this may be bringing back familiar feelings about an overhyped product that doesn’t quite deliver. Is that the case with Vuse? We’ll let you know in our review below.
What You Get
A lot of people get swayed by price points and the extras that manufacturers throw in for the basic kit. We don’t think is the most important information when it comes to reviewing any eCig, but a lot of people are going to get turned away by the price before they ever give the product a fair assessment. The first thing a lot of people what to know is how much it will cost them and what they are getting for that cost.
The Vuse is selling for ~$10.00. At that price, you get a very basic starter kit that includes the eCig, the charger and a flavor cartridge. It’s not much, but you shouldn’t expect much at that price point. The cost of additional cartridges, different flavors and other such items you are going to need later is priced equally low.[contentblock id=2]
The low price point shouldn’t necessarily be a warning sign that the quality is low. You have to remember that this is coming from a big tobacco company. They are looking to edge out their competitors, and they are doing it on a retail level. That’s right, you can buy all the Vuse products through retail stores, and the catch is that they are only available in physical stores. You won’t find the manufacturer selling them online.
Now you can find plenty of other people trying to make a buck with them online, but you don’t always know if you are getting reliable products or not. You don’t know how much they have been used, how reliable the seller is and if you are getting the real deal. As cheap as these are, there are knockoffs out there that are even cheaper. So if you plan to buy yours online to save a few bucks and enjoy some convenience, then do be careful.
One thing to note about the e-liquid in the cartridges is that it is all high quality stuff. It is actually food-grade glycerin being used in place of very cheap liquid that would be more in line with the price point. It’s not that making great glycerin is expensive, but it isn’t easy to do, and it takes a certain level of commitment that we haven’t seen from a lot of other electronic cigarette companies. The company is advertising their e-liquid as some of the best stuff out there, and after a careful analysis of what they put in them, we can say that is an easy claim to back up.
This eCig comes with an LED light. The light will change color to tell you different statuses. It is usually a pleasant white, but it will start to flash if there isn’t much more e-liquid in the tank.
The light will flash more frequently if you need to trade out the cartridge with a new one.
And if the battery is running low, the light will change from white to red., indicating it needs to charge.
Now this feature is pretty common for pen vapes like this one, but not very common for this price point. It is another nice addition to a compelling, yet inexpensive package.
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The Vuse is advertised as a product that produces perfect puffs every time. That’s a bold statement in an industry where a lot of eCigs and vaporizers make for some pleasant and tasty puffs on the first go, but lose their flavor over the vaping session. As you get to the bottom of the barrel, so to speak, they become bland or burnt. It has to do with the quality of the vapor and how the device is heating up the liquid.
The advertising seems to be spot on in that regard. We tried the Vuse out and found that it delivers its flavor consistently throughout the entire vaping session and even down to the dregs of the tank. You can still get that great flavor no matter how low your tank is getting.
What did bug us though is that the throat hit is uncommonly strong. There must be a ton of nicotine in the contents to provide a throat hit that is so powerful. Now that makes for a wonderful experience, especially to long-time smokers or vapers who are used to strong hits and actually want that from their vaping. But for people who only smoke occasionally or who are trying to transition away from smoking and vaping entirely, this may be the wrong choice. There is simply too much nicotine content in this to recommend it to everyone.
The flavors are quite good- at least the ones we tried. They all provided a soft, natural taste that was never too chemical for our liking. Many e-liquids create a vapor taste that feels like something that was cooked up in a laboratory, but this tastes like the real deal, even if it isn’t particularly strong. It’s not an overpowering taste, and that is a positive in our book.
Battery life is decent on this eCig. On about an hour of charge, you can get a few hours of battery use. That may not sound great, but for an electronic cigarette it is above average. What’s not great are reports that batteries stop working after a while. We keep seeing these complaints pop up, and our solution is just to buy a new battery. They are cheap, so it’s not a big deal if you get a faulty one.
The batteries may not be the best, but the overall quality on this product is pretty great, especially when you consider the price tag. You wouldn’t expect much for a $10 eCig, but the Vuse certainly delivers its money’s worth. The eCig itself is light yet sturdy. The cartridges are not some of the cheap ones we are used to getting in these low-priced eCigs. Instead, they seem to be of reasonable quality.
There is actually nothing about the Vuse that screams super high quality (save for maybe the e-liquid contents) but that’s fine at this price point. You are not just getting what you pay for, but a bit more.
The Vuse is not a revolution for the industry. That much is apparent. Its advertising heralds that it is as much better than the competition, and if that competition is just considering the products in the same price bracket, then that is true. If it takes in the larger market, then you do have a lot of better options. The Vuse is great for its price point; there is no denying that. But it can’t really compare to a lot of better options out there.
Still, if you just want something cheap and of decent quality, then you can’t really go wrong with the Vuse. It is well made and inexpensive, so it will do in a pinch. But if you plan to vape for years to come, then you probably want something better.
While the Vuse seems cheap on first glance, buying refills at $3 a pop and replacing the battery every so often adds up. You will probably need to replace the eCig itself after a short while as well. All of that means that it can be troublesome and may not be as cheap as it initially seems.
- Great price point
- Excellent throat hit
- Lasting taste, all the way through the cartridge
- Good battery life
- Batteries tend to malfunction
- Only available in retail stores
The Vuse is something of an experiment, but a costly one if it doesn’t work out for the manufacturer. Other tobacco companies have stuck their toe into the eCig pool before, and it usually doesn’t result in a quality product. This one seems different, but it still is not one of the best options out there.
That said, you can’t really go wrong with the price point. If you think the Vuse could be for you and you just need a cheap eCig fix, then it is a good investment. Even if you end up hating it, you haven’t lost very much money.
To counter that though, if you already have a good eCig that you are happy with, then there is no need to give that up for the Vuse. It’s not doing anything extraordinary that is worth a look to long-time eCig users.
Vuse Electronic Cigarette
QSC Rating: 77/100 by Quit Smoking Community