E-Cig Review: V4L – Vapor4Life!

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A couple weeks ago I received another care package for review from Vapor4Life. I just love these folks 😉 It has been a while since I looked into their wears and they have some nifty new things going on there lately.

The first thing you see here is e-juice. They have been working hard over there to come up with some new cigar and tobacco flavors and here are the fruits of their labors. I used to be a cigar smoker – or maybe a better word is “taster”, before I officially turned to vaping instead, so I was excited to try the cigar juices. The first of the 3 I tried was LIGERO, which really is a type of leaf near the top of the plant which is supposed to give it a bit more flavor – a snappiness. That it does! The first thing you notice about this is it’s the lightest colored cigar liquid, and the smell. Ahhh, the smell is definitively a cigar. It doesn’t smell like a juice, you can actually smell a bit ‘o the ashtray in there 🙂 In a good way, of course. The taste is surprisingly good. Snappy. I have found that it seems like a bold cigar flavor is actually pretty hard to come by on the vaping world, but this really is a good one. A little bite at the end of this and not too dirty. Next up was the CUBANA BLEND, which is a bit darker than the LIGERO and has a fruitier nose from the bottle. Nice and smooth tasting like maybe a really good Dominican blend. There is a lot of flavor in there, fuller, sweeter base than the LIGERO. I really wasn’t expecting it to be quite as cigar tasting as it is and it actually made me cough 🙂 Again, this was a good thing, a really nice flavor here. Then there was the darkest of the 3. The MADURO. The MADURO in the cigar world, of course, is based mostly on having a very dark leaf wrapper. This sort of translated into a very deep flavor through the cigar, and, as it happens, into this juice as well. It’s a bit sweeter and darker smelling from the bottle and has just a bit more of that ashtray smell as well. The taste is pretty robust and deep as you would expect, all the way through both the inhale and exhale. There is none of that snappiness like in the LIGERO, just rich flavor and no surprises. Now I should mention here that all my samples were at 1.8% and considering I normally vape at .6% the fact that I coughed only briefly on the CUBANA BLEND should say something about how smooth and tasty these really are. In fact I have a buddy of mine who is still an avid cigar smoker and I cannot wait to get him to try these! The cool part about the cigar flavors is the announcement of the http://ecigarking.com website that V4L will be launching to feature all these. Word has it that there may be a kit with a Zeus, these juices and accessories available for your favorite cigar lover. The pics of the kit on the site look fantastic! Stay tuned on this one!

Before I go further, I should explain my testing process again as well. As you can see from the picture, my preference is to use cartomizers to do juice tastings with as I believe they give the best initial results. They provide a smooth and consistent flavor and burn. Also you may notice a little paper tape on the bottles and cartomizers and this is because I often try multiple flavors at a time and I don’t look anything up before writing down my notes, other than possibly the name of the juice. Often I just refer to them in my notes as whatever number is taped to the sample. It’s almost like a double blind juice tasting 🙂 For all these juices in this review I used 3 ohm boge cartomizers on a 5 volt V4L Vapor Zeus (with fantastic results btw).

The next 2 juices I believe are very significant because not only are they possibly the best cigarette flavors I have tasted from V4L, but these are (pretty sure) the flavors they are using in their new WOW line of electronic cigarette disposables. Now much like the cigar flavors I just talked about, these Smilin Tobacco and Smilin Tobacco Menthol juices also have that faint hint of ashtray going on in there (in a good way). This makes these the most realistic tobacco flavors I think I have come across, and something that I believe that will make new vapers most comfortable. These have a very believable tobacco base which kind of reminds me of some of those “roll your own” tins of tobacco. To me, this really tastes like the real deal. The menthol, I find to me tastes a little piney (if that is a word). Most menthols tend to be minty to me, but not this one. The taste is not bad at all though, and I commented to my wife that if I were to just be coming off analog cigs, this menthol would be the one I would go for.

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Now this brings me to the new WOW Vapor King line of disposables. These things are pretty nifty! I mentioned the flavor above, but the mechanics here need a little time too. These are as I mentioned a disposable line. The come in 2.6 and 3.6 mg nic, which is not for the feint of heart but perfect for long time smokers looking to get off analogs. You certainly are not going to vape one of these and still be craving nicotine. The filter end on these is squishy, like a real cig, which I find to be a really cool feature that I wish existed when I first started vaping. They look very much like analog smokes albeit slightly larger in diameter and have a green LED on the end (let’s not confuse us with those fire breathers any longer). The only thing I had on hand to compare sizes to was my remaining Newport Red 100ds that I keep around for size comparisons. The ecig is 9mm X 90mm compared to the real deal which was 7mm X 98mm. Pretty darned close! Each WOW Vapor King Disposable comes in a nice little half pack sized box with your vape and a nice little user manual. Once again, it bears mentioning that they taste great, they seem to work really well, and they should last you about a couple of packs worth of equivalent cigarette smoking.

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And now for the change that will become legendary! Vapor4Life is going to start releasing some product with a 510 connection instead of 808. The 2 they sent me for review were the 510 Vapor Zeus (Dual Mode) and the Dial A Volt (Auto XL). Of course they also sent me a couple Smileomizers for each to help in my assessment. That really is good thinking because NOTHING works as good on a Zeus or Dial A Volt better than a smileomizer.

The change between 808 and 510 on these devices amounts to the connector between the battery (device) and the atomizer (Smileomizer). On the 808 connection, the connector is male on the top of the battery and the reverse is true with 510 style. The connectors are different sizes as well and what’s most important is that right now, 510 connections are pretty much the industry standard. This means that if you went with the 510 version of these devices that you are able to use them with a wider range of atomizer heads from different vendors, AND you are also able to use 510 style Smilomizers on other vendors mods (batteries) without any fiddly adapters. As I mentioned, there is nothing that works better on these devices than a Smileomizer, however, for the adventurous, I have also enjoyed using an Aspire Et-s BDC on my 510 Dial A Volt and iClear 30s seems to work really well on the 510 Dual Mode Zeus, along with any 3 ohm cartomizer. Note here that you should be careful with the Zeus though because it puts out 5v, which is a bit high for some atomizer devices.

These two mods are FANTASTIC devices as I mentioned in previous reviews and that still holds true in the 510 versions. The knurling on the Dial A Volt’s knob makes for super control when selecting your voltage, which is still clearly marked as opposed to some other vendors versions of this device. The Vapor Zeus appears to have changed slightly from the 808 version I have. This one is about 3/4 inch longer than the 808 version (is it the new XL?) and has a slightly lighter colored wrapper, which still closely resembles a nice cigar 🙂 Of course, if cigar colored is not your thing, there are different colors to choose from and I particularly like the green color of my new Dial A Volt!

SO, where do you get one of these beastise you ask? Well, in an effort NOT to confuse the populace and those of you already familiar with Vapor4Life, they are starting a NEW website called WOWVapor which will contain everything 510 connector compatible. Right now, it looks like they only have their new disposables available on there but I would expect to see the 510 products soon because, hey, everyone needs a Vapor Zeus! 😉

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