The Cig-Alike Comes of Age
When I first started vaping there weren’t many choices in an e-cigarette. While they all looked like a traditional cigarette, the more “advanced” cig-alikes had only 2 parts – the cartridge (filter) and the battery. This was actually a big improvement from the earlier ecigs because the wick and atomizer were now built into the cartridge. The top ecig companies offered a wide range of cartridge flavors, but only a few had any merit. What’s more, the cartridges were not designed for adding your own e-liquid.
Thanks to the huge popularity of ecigarettes and innovative designers, the industry quickly met the demands for a more powerful smoking alternative. Larger vaping devices that had bigger batteries and refillable e-liquid tanks hit the market. They attracted intermediate and advanced vapers who wanted greater cloud production, and fuller flavor, but vapers who preferred the feel of a traditional cigarette, or a long, slim style, still had only one style option.
Vaporfi’s Express series is today’s state-of-the-art cig-alike. It’s elegant, powerful and very versatile. While it’s not the only slim-style ecig on the market, it’s made by Vaporfi, known for superior vaping products. E-Cig regulations are on the horizon, but today you still have to buy from the most trustworthy, well-established vendors. Vaporfi, part of International Vapor Group has been around since 2009 and I know they have a great reputation for high-quality, safe vaping products.
Forget Complicated Vaporizers
Not every vaper, especially those just starting out, wants to spend hours learning how to vape an ecig. Mod devices may give you scores of options to customize your vape, and they do deliver greater flavor and cloud production, but there’s a trade-off. You have to follow the directions carefully and they can be a pain to maintain. They’re also more expensive and can be confusing to operate. Some models are also pretty heavy and feel nothing like a traditional cigarette in your hand.
If you want to keep things simple, and need the portability of a slim vape pen, the Vaporfi Express is the perfect vaping device….and you can choose your cartridge style.
What’s in the Kit?
The Express Basic Kit comes with 2 batteries (one long, one short), a wall charger, a USB charger and an instruction booklet. You then finish your kit by buying one of the three cartridges styles. You can complete your kit with a portable charging case which is a handy accessory.
What’s Your Style?…Cartridges or Mini Tank?
The pre-filled cartridges are the easiest to use as you just charge your battery, screw on the cartridge and vape. These carts come in 2 tobacco flavors, Menthol, Cherry, Vanilla, and Chocolate. Not a very extensive selection, but then again, vapers often move on to the refillable cartridges and tanks and Vaporfi offers thousands of flavor combinations from which to choose.
Fill Your Own
The blank cartridge and mini-clear Cartomizer tank are both refillable. I prefer the mini-clear as it’s sleeker and I can easily see how much e-juice is left in the tank. The only downside is that they have to be replaced every month or so, and you can’t use Max VG e-liquid. The thick vegetable glycerin ratio to the propylene glycol is too thick for such a slim cartridge/tank.
Flavor and Vapor Production
I rate the flavor and vapor production level “VG” – Very Good…(not to be confused with Vegetable Glycerin). Drugstore ecigs and those from the hundreds of mystery brand ecigs that are flooding the market will never come close to the quality you’ll get from this excellent beginner e-cigarette. Because both the long and short battery is automatic, I recommend that you take slow full draws to get the most flavor and vapor. (You can purchase a long battery with a manual activation button separately).
The Express is a great little ecig, but if you decide you don’t like it, or if you want a more advanced vaporizer, you can easily get a refund or an exchange from Vaporfi (less shipping costs) – 100% guaranteed for 30 days.
In a Nutshell
If you are new to vaping, or if you prefer the feel of a cigarette over a heavier vaping device, I recommend the Vaporfi Express. It’s uncomplicated, easy to set up, reliable, and it’s sold by a highly respected ecig company. They also have a rewards club so if you continue to use their products you’re “rewarded” with additional savings on all future purchases.
- Slim, stylish and very easy to use.
- Good for both beginner vapers and anyone who wants non-bulky, portability in an ecig.
- Sold by a reputable vapor company
- Money back within 30 days if you don’t like it.
- The Express Basic Kit is inexpensive.
- The refillable cartridge and mini-tank clearomizer are easy to use with any flavor and brand of e-liquid.
- Cartridges are not included in the Basic Kit.
- You can’t use High VG eliquids in the cartridge or mini tank Clearomizers.
- You can’t choose either a manual or automatic battery with the kit; the manual style is sold separately.
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