The 808 starter kit and disposables.
When the folks over at EonSmoke hit me up about reviewing their product I was put off a little at first by the prospect of reviewing this kit. It is, of course, a beginner style kit featuring 808 threaded batteries and cartomizers. What did really interest me about their product, however, was their disposable line. These are the smaller "king size" e-cigs that do not feature a rechargeable battery. They come in a small plastic case so you can use them and put them back in your pocket. This makes them a really nice option for the smoker that needs an e-cig to get them through a night at the bar or a social situation where smoking is not allowed or frowned upon. So I decided to check out there product, and here is what I found.
The following products being reviewed were not purchased by me. They were sent to me free of charge by EonSmoke for the purpose of reviewing the product. All opinions expressed here are my opinions based on using the product. I have received no payment or product other than what is featured here in this review from the manufacturer.
Originally I thought that I would just be receiving the disposables, but here is what was sent to me to review.
- The economy starter kit (menthol).
- 4 packs of cartridges (Tobacco, Menthol, President, and Frost).
- 3 disposable e-cigs (Tobacco, Menthol, and President).
The Rechargeable Kit
I have to start somewhere, so let's start with the kit. This is a standard 808 battery and cartomizer. This makes it, of course, interchangeable with other 808 batteries that I have. I point this out only because I used the cartos on a V2 battery while the Eon battery was charging, and based on this comparison I believe the Eon battery is regulated probably at 3.7 volts.
The battery life for me (as a heavy vaper) was about 3 1/2 hours. This is pretty much standard for this type of battery. I didn't measure the charge time as this would require pretty much steadily watching it to see when it was done. The cartomizer lasted me about 6 hour. I compared this against a V2 cartomizer that I had, and the Eon actually outlasted the V2 by nearly a half hour for me.
The throat hit and vapor production were similar across the board for me. The throat hit was good, and the vapor production was above average for this type of device. I am not sure what the pg/vg ratio is, but I assume there has to be some vg in there to get the vapor level that I got but not much for the throat hit to be that solid. On both accounts, they are certainly above average when compared to their direct competition.
- This is the typical starter kit tobacco. I don't mean anything offensive by that, as it is done for a reason. No matter what brand of cigarette you smoked you will vape this and think "cigarette." On that level it does it's job. It is a blend of different tobacco styles, and it is average.
- Again, a typical starter kit menthol. Cool to the throat and short on tobacco flavoring. This is an area that many e-cig companies fall short on, and this menthol flavor is in that boat. Good, but nothing to write home about.
- This is a distinct tobacco. Here is where EonSmoke really breaks away from the typical and "expected." I am an experienced vaper who has vaped more than his fair share of e-liquids. This is a solid, uniquely American tobacco flavor that I would vape on a regular basis. This was the best tobacco flavor I have ever experienced from a beginner type kit.
- Much like the tobacco flavor, this offering is an average e-cig menthol. Nothing great, but not bad either.
- This flavor is outstanding. If EonSmoke were to start selling their liquids separate from the cartos, I would probably buy a bottle of this. It is a very good menthol tobacco that reminded me very much of a Salem cigarette. This is the best menthol liquid that I have tried to date. I was surprised to find it in an 808 carto.
Final thoughts on the rechargeable:
There are a couple of areas where EonSmoke really distinguished itself. The Frost flavor being one of them, but also having a liquid that goes as high as 30mg of nicotine. This is a bit strong for me as I typically vape 18mg, and it is rare to find this strength in an entry level kit like this. All in all I would put EonSmoke at the higher end of the "Cig-A-Like" kits. You could pay more to do a lot worse. They are certainly better than their most direct competitors of gas station e-cigs like the Mistic, Metro, Blu, and Fin. There are better 808 kits out there, but their Frost and President flavors are going to be hard to beat in this market.
Hey, this is rare. I won't have to bother you with the flavors on these as they use the same liquids in the disposables as they do in the rechargeable units. That is rare in this field.
Conceptually I love these disposables. They look and feel like a real cigarette. They are extremely portable and can be easily "stealth vaped." In reality I get frustrated with the battery life. While this particular model has a larger battery than its Njoy counterpart, it is still a little on the short end. I got 2 hours of chain vaping out of it during a football game. This means that the average heavy smoker out there can expect 2 to 4 hours out of it. Average to social smokers might get closer to 5 or 6 hours. Either way, it could be a pricey habit.
Final Thoughts on EonSmoke Disposable:
These are perfect for the smoker who finds himself in a social setting where he can't smoke. Be it a trip to the bar or car pooling with non smokers, this e-cig does an exceptional job of simulating a real smoke both in size and shape, and coming in a strength of 30mg, in satisfaction. The battery life is still a bit disappointing, but it does beat its closest competitors in Swisher and Njoy Kings. The price tag places it a bit out of reach for an "every day vaper" but it is a great alternative for the smoker who needs to get through a non smoking situation. This is the best disposable that I have tried to date.