E-Cigarette Reviews: Our Testing Methodology

With the proliferation of low-quality e-cigarette reviews today, it can be difficult for a new e-smoker to know who to trust. Since these websites market their content exclusively to people who people who haven’t tried e-cigarettes yet, you wouldn’t know whether the review that you based your purchase on was trustworthy until after you’ve already bought your first e-cigarette. This problem is an epidemic in the e-cigarette industry and something that our news writer Vapegrl recently wrote about on her website. It’s far easier to use “black hat” tactics to propel a website to the top of search engine rankings than it is to write great content and allow a website’s audience to grow naturally.

So, if you’ve found eCig One in spite of the spam, we believe that you’ve taken a good first step in finding some of the best e-cigarette reviews on the Internet. We’d like to take this opportunity to explain our testing methodology and describe some of the features that we believe a great e-cigarette should — or shouldn’t — have.

Note: Scroll down to the end of this article for a brief list of the best e-cigarette brands that eCig One has ever reviewed!

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Warranty Policies

In the early days of the e-cigarette industry, it was common for companies to offer virtually no guarantees except that their products wouldn’t be dead on arrival. If you bought an e-cigarette and didn’t like it, that was your problem. That way of doing business is hardly acceptable in most industries, but with little competition e-cigarette companies were free to do what they liked. The e-cigarette industry is much more mature now, and companies have realized that they need to serve their customers better to keep their loyalty. When we write our e-cigarette reviews, we pay special attention to whether the companies behind the products offer money-back guarantees as well as lengthy warranties. Some of our favorite e-cigarette companies guarantee their products for life as long as a purchase of refill cartridges or e-liquid has been made in the last few months.

Clear Contact Information

One current trend that we hate is the tendency of smaller companies to make themselves as difficult as possible to contact while directing their customers to support forums when they need help. Creating a forum can help foster a sense of community around a product. If you had a product that didn’t work, though, would you rather get an answer from other customers or the company that sold you the product in the first place? We believe that e-cigarette companies should be accountable for the products they sell. If you’re thinking about buying an e-cigarette and can’t find a clear “Contact” link on the website with an email address, mailing address and phone number, take your business elsewhere.

Value for Money

Many e-cigarette companies tend to offer similar packages: an “Express Kit” for around $25, a “Standard Kit” for about $60 and a “Deluxe Kit” for $100 or more. What you actually receive in these kits can differ greatly, though, and in meaningful ways. At the same price point, different starter kits may include more batteries, up to twice as many refill cartridges and different options for charging your batteries, such as a wall charger, car charger or portable charging case. If you’re curious, our e-cigarette review writer Jack Keenan breaks down his ideal e-cigarette kit elsewhere on this website.

High-Quality E-Liquids

Every trustworthy website specializing in e-cigarette reviews is certain to speak highly of the virtues of American-made e-liquids. In truth, Chinese e-liquids can be just as good, but American e-liquids tend to exhibit less “chemical” tastes and show more creativity in flavor design. Whether you buy American- or Chinese-made, look for a company that is transparent about the ingredients in its e-liquids and conducts regular lab tests for quality. If you use an e-cigarette with refill cartridges, make sure those cartridges are newly produced and preferably sealed in foil; liquid tends to evaporate from cartridges that have been sitting on the shelves for a while, and they always taste awful.

Avoidance of Scam Tactics

If you’ve read about this industry at all, you’re probably at least a bit familiar with the free e-cigarette scam. If you aren’t, though, it’s time to learn that very few items advertised as “free” in the e-cigarette industry actually are. Here’s how the scam works: you sign up for an e-cigarette kit and provide your credit card details to pay a small shipping fee. Buried in the small print, however, is a statement explaining that by accepting the free e-cigarette, you agree to pay a grossly inflated price for the kit after 30 days as well as a recurring monthly charge for refill cartridges. We don’t discuss these companies at all in our e-cigarette reviews because we feel that they give the industry a bad name. We suggest that you avoid them at all costs.

E-Cigarette Reviews: Our Top E-Cigarette Brands

VaporFi

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With a varied product lineup that’s as appropriate for newbies as it is for experienced e-smokers, VaporFi is the best e-cigarette company currently in business. We love the fact that VaporFi continually updates its products to keep pace with the latest technology trends. We also love the thoughtful selection of accessories for each starter kit. Depending on the features of the e-cigarette or tank that you buy, you can expect to receive plenty of extra coils, screws, o-rings and organic cotton wicks with your VaporFi e-cigarette. If you’ve never used an e-cigarette before, we suggest starting with the VaporFi Pro 3.

NJOY

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One of the oldest e-cigarette companies in the United States, NJOY was the company that successfully sued the FDA in 2010 to legalize the sale of e-cigarettes as tobacco alternatives. NJOY remains proudly independent of Big Tobacco and continues to stretch the limits of what’s possible with an e-cigarette that’s still small enough to stock on convenience store shelves. NJOY’s latest product — the Convenience Vaping System — combines the convenience of pre-filled tanks with the longer battery life and superior vapor production that people expect from larger e-cigarettes.

V2 Cigs

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In case you haven’t heard, V2 Cigs has been living large since their complete product overhaul in 2012. Among American e-cigarette companies, our research has shown that V2 consistently receives more than half of all total web traffic — not a small feat considering the level of competition they receive from e-cigarette companies bought out by Big Tobacco. V2 Cigs does so many of the little things right that it’s impossible to list all of them in such a small space. From the publicly available lab tests, to the foil sealed cartridges, to the lifetime warranty, V2 Cigs consistently outranks all other companies as the best e-cigarette for beginners.

South Beach Smoke

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If the V2 Cigs starter kit doesn’t quite do it for you, take a look at South Beach Smoke as a lower priced alternative. Like V2, South Beach Smoke offers a lifetime warranty on all products. To take advantage of the warranty, though, you need to enroll in the South Beach Smoke home delivery program. The benefit of joining the home delivery program is that you save 20 percent on all cartridge purchases and 10 percent on all e-liquid purchases until you cancel — and you can cancel whenever you like. South Beach Smoke’s Deluxe Starter Kit is just $19.99.

Vapor4Life

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If you’ve considered the other e-cigarettes for beginners and nothing seems to fit your needs, you need to take a look at Vapor4Life. With its large five-volt batteries, the Vapor4Life e-cigarette looks a little more like a cigar than a tobacco cigarette. It produces a lot more vapor than a small e-cigarette would, but the pre-filled cartridges mean that it’s just as easy to use. Each cartridge has a silicone tip to encourage chomping and holds about as much e-liquid as 3-4 typical e-cigarette cartridges.

Halo Cigs

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Halo’s American-made e-liquids are legendary in the e-smoking community and easy to recommend for anyone who loves tobacco flavors. Halo offers no less than 12 tobacco flavors and four menthol flavors, and no two taste exactly alike. Couple this with the fact that the Halo Triton is a workhorse of an e-cigarette ideal for e-smokers who are ready to upgrade from their first starter kits, and Halo is a no-brainer recommendation.

Volcano

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Halo does tobacco flavors like no one else, but they haven’t quite licked menthol e-liquids like Volcano has. Volcano’s Menthol Burst delivers the strongest blast of menthol we’ve ever experienced in an e-liquid and couples it with a smooth, neutral flavor that our entire staff finds delightful. What’s more, the company’s selection of tropical flavors is ever-growing and certain to please e-smokers who enjoy sweeter e-liquids — and all of Volcano’s liquids are American-made. Our favorite e-cigarette in Volcano’s lineup is the Inferno, which is a bit nicer looking and more feature-rich than the Halo Triton. On the downside, the Inferno also costs $15.00 more than the Triton.

ProVape

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ProVape is a company that, for most e-smokers, needs no introduction. The company’s variable-voltage ProVari e-cigarette, though expensive, is an absolute beast in terms of vapor production and build quality — and unlike competing variable-voltage e-cigarettes, it actually reaches its maximum output of six volts instead of sagging when the battery is partially drained. If vapor production and USA-made quality are your top priorities as an e-smoker, ProVape is the only brand you should buy.