Blu Cigs Premium Starter Pack Gets a Makeover – Now Available On-Line!
Blu ECigs is one the most recognizable electronic cigarette companies not only because it’s been around since May of 2009, but because their signature e-cig blue tip and popular charger pack have been well publicized by celebrities in TV commercials. Products are sold in selected retail stores as well as on-line.
If you don’t know by now, blu ECigs was the first electronic cigarette company to be purchased by a large U.S. tobacco company. In 2012, Lorillard, makers of Newport and Kent Cigarettes smelled the vapor (so to speak) and purchased the company for a healthy $135 Million. It has since been sold to Imperial Tobacco.
I’ve tried blu ECigs twice; several years ago and soon after the Lorillard sale. I don’t know if Lorillard had anything to do with it, but the product improved with the Premium100 line of Starter Kits and more recently, the new Charger Pack. Back in October of ’13 I reported that Blu’s kit was overpriced (and it was). The latest version, called Blu Plus Rechargeable Kit has just gone up in price from $34.99 to $42.99. Compared to other brands of cig-alike starter kits, that’s quite high.
Here’s what you get:
- 1 x blu PLUS+ Rechargeable Pack
- USB charging cable
- 2 x blu PLUS+™ batteries
- 3 x Classic Tobacco blu PLUS+ Tanks (2.4% nicotine)
You used to be able to choose your cartridge flavor when you bought a kit, but that’s no longer possible. If you would rather vape another flavor you have to purchase additional cartridges.
Blu ECigs Original Starter Kit was only available in retail stores, but the new Starter Kit is now available online.
True to blu
Blu ECigs were one of the first to introduce a charger case. It still looks like a pack of cigarettes. You need to charge both the case and your rechargeable battery before you can start vaping. Of course you don’t have to use the charger case, but if you want your batteries to last more than an hour, I highly recommended you do so.
You will experience a bit more vapor and less recharging than in the earlier model, but by cig-a-like standards, (ecigs that look like cigarettes), the product is still gives you average vapor production and average tasting cartomizers.
All blu starter packs and batteries last for about 80-100 puffs before requiring a full recharge. Blu’s batteries should last for 250-300 puffs, but expect to change the cartridge before the battery needs charging.
You get about 200 puffs (depending on your vaping habits), with the blu Starter pack, the blu Original, and blu Premium cartridges. That’s not quite 1 pack of traditional cigarettes.
The blu cartridges will give you approximately 300 puffs depending on your vaping habits.
Regarding flavors….there are currently 2 Tobacco flavors; 1 Menthol flavor, Strawberry, Blueberry, Vanilla, Mint Chocolate, Glacier Mint, Caramel, and Berry Cobbler. (flavor selections can change).
All flavors, tend to be on the sweet side, which is the norm with e-liquids made with vegetable glycerine as the main ingredient. Still, it’s unclear according to the ingredients listed on blu’s website whether your cartridge contains both Vegetable Glycerin or a combination of Propylene-Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin.
Blu calls its e-liquid “smoke juice” and it is custom-made in the United States by Johnson Creek Smoke Juice. They use both domestic and imported ingredients.
Blu ECigs no longer promises a 30 day money back guarantee, but it has a 1-year warranty. There is free shipping; however, it may take up to 2 weeks for orders to be shipped and blu does not claim responsibility for lost USPS packages.
The customer service has been reported as lacking both by ECigarette Forum reviewers and the US Better Business Bureau, with 157 Complaints received (and resolved) within the past 3 years.
According to BBB rating factors, blu ECigs are Rated “A” mainly because of the length of time the business has been operating. It’s interesting to note that blu ECigs have a higher rate of complaints than other e-cig companies with slightly lower ratings.
- Signature blu Tip
- Charging Pack
- Poor customer service and delivery time
- Very expensive for what you get
- Flavors not as good as other traditional e-cig brands
Best E-Cigarette Guide’s Rating for Blu – 7.5
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