Vapestick XL Review

  • Price: £42.99
  • Batteries: 2
  • Carts: 5
  • Discount: 10%
  • Length: 119mm
  • Money Back Guarantee: 7 Days
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Just as the name suggests the XL version of this product from Vapestick is a refinement of a previous version, the Classic. Although I had a number of reservations about the quality and performance of that original e-cig, the XL version – or certainly the XL starter kit under review – seems to offer an altogether improved vaping experience.Therefore, this review naturally takes as its starting point the particular kit on offer from Vapestick, but also attempts to look at it in the context of some of the other comparable brands.

Packaging and presentation

So, what’s in the box? It costs £42.99 (but there’s a 10% discount available when you’re buying online) and that doesn’t affect the 7-day money back guarantee offered by Vapestick.

In the event, I found the XL starter kit to come in a very attractive and sensible box, containing 2 batteries, 5 cartomisers, standard – and therefore familiar – chargers, and an instruction booklet.

Battery and its responsiveness

The battery used in an electronic cigarette is always a compromise between its capacity to store a charge and the size it therefore needs to be – the greater the storage, the bigger it is going to be.

As I’ve mentioned, Vapestick produce a Classic and an XL version of their electronic cigarette and, just as you’d imagine, the XL’s e-cigs are bigger than the Classic’s – thus allowing for a bigger battery, with a greater capacity for storing its charge. Vapestick ReviewJust in case the measurement means anything – if you’ve already used the smaller Classic version, for example – the batteries + cartomiser supplied with the XL Vapestick are 119mm long (somewhat longer than the dimensions of a conventional king-size cigarette).

As far as looks are concerned, it’s very much a question of personal taste, of course. In my sample pack, I chose the black ones and perhaps took a little exception to the size of the brand name on an otherwise sleek and attractive battery – other colours are available, in chrome and in white, though you still have the problem of a possibly oversized brand name along the length of the battery.

I suppose the real test of any e-cig battery, however, is its responsiveness when you draw on the device. In this respect, the Vapestick XL appeared to do well, developing a reasonably full-volume vapour without the need to “prime” it with initial drags.

In terms of performance, I reckon I got something around two hours of actual vaping – quite reasonable for this size and type of battery, so no grounds for complaint on that score.

The V Charger Case

Vapestick XL ReviewI especially liked the Portable Charging Case (PCC as you might otherwise know it) that came with this particular kit. Vapestick call it the V Charger Case, which is designed to let you keep one battery on charge whilst you are out and about.

The case has enough capacity to re-charge a battery about three times, which might be enough for moderate users of electronic cigarettes, but is probably less than some other PCCs. Where it definitely steals a march on other portable chargers, however, is in its slim and smooth design, slipping very neatly into your pocket.

To re-charge your battery, you simply need to slot it into the correct position and hold down a button on the front of the PCC. A display on the charger case then turns red and the battery itself begins to flash. Checking the status of the charging battery is then as simple as pressing the button to get a red display to indicate that it is still being charged or blue once it’s done.

Vapestick ReviewSlim and pocket-sized as the PCC is, it nevertheless has room to carry not just the re-charging battery but also one full, ready to use electronic cigarette and three spare cartomisers.

One thing you might not like – I certainly didn’t – about this otherwise excellent piece of kit is the very prominent, not to say garish, use of the brand name on it. I much prefer something a little more discreet, though this might simply be a particular foible of mine.

Overall, therefore I’d give the Vapestick XL a 4 out of 5 for battery performance, responsiveness and the well-designed portable charger. I could have done with a little less obvious branding on both batteries and the charging case – but I guess you can never have everything just so.

Flavour and vapour

The real proof of the pudding, of course, comes in the taste and volume of vapour you get from a Vapestick XL.

Vapestick ReviewJust as you might expect from a starter or sample kit, the product under review came with 5 cartomisers, offering five different nicotine strengths and flavours – three “tobacco” flavours called Original, Tobacco and Menthol (with 2.4%, 2.4% and 1.8% nicotine respectively), plus Cherry and Apple (both with a 1.8% nicotine level). I found this a good representative sample and a wide enough choice to settle on both a flavour and nicotine strength I could enjoy.

Your own favourites will, of course, be determined as a matter of personal taste, though personally I found the Original quite strong and favoured the Tobacco when it came to more conventional flavours, though the Menthol, Cherry and Apple all gave a smoothly satisfying taste, too.

Vapestick ReviewWhen you have settled on the best blend of flavour and nicotine strength for you, you can buy replacement cartomisers at £7.99 for a box of four (other brands might give you five carts for a similar price, so the Vapestick XL might prove a tad more expensive).

When you visit the Vapestick website, you’ll also see that you can take out a regular subscription for your e-cig supplies have them delivered straight to your door on a weekly, two-weekly, or monthly basis. Not only can such automatic ordering help you avoid the risk of unintentionally running out of your favourite vape, but you can also buy at an attractive 20% discount off the normal price.

If I have one quibble, then it’s that Vapestick don’t (yet) sell the e-liquids you could use to re-fill your own cartomisers. Admittedly, re-filling at home might not be something that new users will want to try, but it would be good if the option were there for more experienced users.

Starter kits

Although I was trying out the XL Starter Kit (£42.99), others come at different prices and levels:

Classic Starter Kit – £29.99;

Classic V Charger Case Kit (essentially the Classic, but with the addition of the PCC) – £39.99; and

MAX Electronic Cigarette – £44.99 (with a longer-life, greater-capacity battery for heavier vapers).

Guarantee/Warranty

Even if there is nothing wrong or faulty with your Vapesticks, you can still return them within 7 days of purchase; if the goods are faulty, you have up to 30 days in which to return them.

Customer service

Readily accessible via email, telephone (a UK free-phone number), Twitter and Facebook.

Discounts

Currently, you’ll find a 10% discount on all orders. As mentioned above, if you take out a regular subscription for your deliveries, you qualify for a 20% discount. Click here for the latest Vapestick discount code.

Overall

All in all, there’s probably not a lot more to be said. Vapestick seem to have ticked most of the right boxes in terms of battery performance and responsiveness, flavours and vapour. The portable charging case (PCC) is especially well-designed).

Vapestick XL Review, 2.7 out of 5 based on 5 ratings
 
8 Responses to “Vapestick XL Review”
USER REVIEWS

  1. rose s says:  
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    Price
    Flavor
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    Recommend?
    Pros
    used to like all but recent changes to cartomisers have ruined it for me
    Con
    change of taste to original cartomisers... now YUK.
    What cigarettes do you / did you smoke?
    roll ups
    How many did you smoke per day?
    40
    Do you still smoke? If so how many per day?
    no
    Bottom Line

    It worked well in the beginning for me to quit smoking roll ups, but i do not like flavoured, fruity etc just need tobacco replacement not a one of my 5 a day in an egig, i will now have to search out a different product or return to roll ups.

  2. Dave Townsend says:  
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    Overall
    Price
    Flavor
    Vapor Production
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    Customer Service
    Shipping Speed
    Recommend?
    Pros
    The taste of the tobacco
    Con
    See above - but sub-standard products and dreadful customer service
    What cigarettes do you / did you smoke?
    B&H
    How many did you smoke per day?
    20
    Do you still smoke? If so how many per day?
    No - use a vape from another company.
    Bottom Line

    Firstly I love the taste of the tobacco flavour in the cartridges and tanks BUT have had two breakages of tanks and also one that just leaked through my pocket – the case just doesn’t work and when I bought the larger battery it packed up after a week. The customer service is laughable and they wouldn’t let me speak to the MD who apparently doesn’t exist. Lastly I love the way they tell you on the phone that Vapestick is “rubbish” and you should try the other brand they promote which is more expensive – especially after you have spent a fortune stocking up on Vapestick.

  3. Ratings
    Overall
    Price
    Flavor
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    Recommend?
    Pros
    Slick exterior, taste, vapor production
    Con
    could feel more premium
    What cigarettes do you / did you smoke?
    How many did you smoke per day?
    3
    Do you still smoke? If so how many per day?
    quitting
    Bottom Line

    Would recommend to a friend

  4. Catriona Moore says:  
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    Pros
    It is great for vapour.
    Con
    The flavour is wrong,not clean tasting..I use your kit with Halo liquid.
    Bottom Line

    I love this product,it really is just like smoking-but,the flavour of the e.liquid & cartridges is not great.I use your kit,but,with Halo e.liquid,far superior in terms of taste,& it feels fresh..Improve the liquid & I couldn’t fault Vapestick.
    5hours later- Oh dear,just tried out my new advanced vaping system,it doesn’t work,just tastes burned & no puff!.

  5. Joost Visser says:  

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    Pros
    easy to use, never smoke a cig. ever since.
    Con
    most expensive way to vape, I vape more than I would smoke, caps are not the same as 25 cigs. more as 10/15
    Bottom Line

    The salesman want you to buy this because he wants you to buy new caps every week, refilling is cheaper (and vapes better)
    I allready spent more than 150 euro’s on the vapestick. I could have bought a mvp 2.0 with an nautilus mini and a lot of juice for that money……

  6. hello says:  
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    Recommend?
    Pros
    Looks and feels like a cigarette. And since I bought it, I have only smoked cigarettes very rarely.
    Con
    The taste! The first few puffs of the Vanilla-cartomizer (1,8) are ok. After that it starts to taste like burned plastic. Also the fluid leaks.
    Bottom Line

    The Vapestick vape-feeling comes very close to smoking. At the beginning I was really impressed. Maybe I was just lucky that the first few cartomizers were produced better than the ones I received later on. My second order consisted of cartomizers that taste ok on the first few puffs, but after that it starts to taste like burned plastic. And the cartomizers leak. When I take a puff, the liquid comes out which is disgusting. And it burns on the lip.

    I would not recommend Vapestick at the moment.

  7. Lisette says:  
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    Pros
    the taste, the looks and the nicotine levels.
    Con
    the (possible) toxic propyleneglycol
    Bottom Line

    I love this product, it’s much cleaner as other e-sigarettes. But i wonder how dangerous propyleneglycol is. (E1250) This ingredient can damaging your organs.
    But i think it’s better than a sigaret so i use it. But it’s something too look at and probably take it out of the product to make it cleaner and even better for your health.

    But all with all it’s a very good product.
    I hope that there will be some marihuana taste. and probably i’m not the only one.

    • Lisette says:  

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      and i love the box where i can charge the vapestick so i never have a reason to smoke a sigaret. 😀

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