Last updated on May 15th, 2020
Is the Ripstick Really One of the Best Closed System Pod Vapes?
Nictech, the makers of the Riptide Ripstick ultra-portable Pod Vape calls their device the “next generation in nicotine experience”.
I soon learned that this statement is not just flashy promotional bravado. The nic juices in the Ripstick’s pre-filled pods are like nothing I’ve experienced in any other pod vape.
Nictech uses a different formula of e-liquids – one that is tobacco free and benzoic acid free…and it tastes great.
The Ripstick device is also well designed – lightweight and very ergonomic. Just charge it, attach a pod and vape.
Disclosure: For the purpose of this review I received a complimentary Riptide Ripstick Bundle from International Vapor Products. As always, my comments and recommendations are my own.
Here Are My First Impressions of the RipTide Ripstick
- Ergonomic and Easy to Use
- Tobacco-Free Nicotine
- Benzoic Acid Free
- Battery Holds a Charge for Over a Day
- Pods Last for 1-2 Weeks
- Very Economically Priced
WHAT COULD BE BETTER?
- While no fault of Riptide, the FDA now limits all brands of closed pod vapes such as the Ripstick to Tobacco flavor. Only open pod, disposables and tank system vapes can offer fruit or sweet flavors.
- E-Juice Window is Large, But a Bit Hard to Read.
- You sometimes have to blow into the pod to get it going.
Tobacco Free Nicotine?
The original Riptide Ripstick Kit is called a “TFN Bundle”. It includes your vape pod pen and 2 pre-filled e-juice pods. TFN stands for Tobacco Free Nicotine.
With most e-liquids (including most nicotine salts) the nicotine is extracted from the tobacco leaf.
Methods of nicotine extraction vary – some require heat, others use cold extraction.
The nicotine is then added to the e-liquid.
Riptide Ripstick pods contain nicotine, but the formula does not contain any tobacco.
Riptide is Also Benzoic Acid Free
Traditionally, nicotine salt formulas include benzoic acid, a common food preservative. This additive keeps your vape from becoming too harsh.
The Ripstick gives you a flavorful vape (even at high nicotine levels) without the need for nic salts or benzoic acid. I found the taste to be smooth and flavorful.
Overall Design of the Riptide Ripstick Pod Vape
Weighing only 27 grams, and only 93mm in length, the Riptide Ripstick is ultra-portable and feels great in your hand. It has a smooth, rubberized coating and all edges (including the mouthpiece) are rounded. I much prefer it to cold metal pod vapes with sharp edges.
There are no activation buttons or temperature settings. You just charge the Battery, pop in your pre-filled NicTech pod and vape.
The original Ripstick Bundle comes in a compact box that includes:
(2) 380 mAh rechargeable batteries
(2) Bright Tobacco Flavored pods with a large 1.4 ml capacity.
(2) USB Charging Cables
(1) User Manual
More About the Pods
You can order your Ripstick pods with either 2.4% or 5.0% nicotine. Each pod holds 1.4mL of NicTech’s TFN unique e-juice.
Before you insert your pod into the battery you have to remove the mouthpiece plug at the top of the pod and the silicone cap at the bottom of the pod.
There is large e-juice window on the pod, but the dark color of the window makes it a bit difficult to see the level of your e-liquid. I suspect the color was chosen to blend with the overall design of the Ripstick.
Charging the Battery
The Riptide Ripstick battery comes about 30% charged, but it only takes about a half hour to get a full charge. You’ll know it’s ready when the white indicator light turns off.
I was able to vape about 2 days before my battery needed re-charging. That’s pretty good, since I did vape throughout the day. Of course, if you chain vape, you’ll deplete the charge faster.
How Does the Tobacco Free Nicotine and Absence of Benzoic Acid Affect the Taste?
I first tested the Bright Tobacco flavor at 2.4ml nicotine level and wondered whether the lack of benzoic acid would give me a harsh vape. 2.4ml always gives me too strong a vape. Well, I found it to be surprisingly smooth. The throat hit was a bit stronger on the 5% nicotine level flavors.
I understand how Nictech can omit benzoic acid from their e-liquids, but they don’t really tell you how they formulate their tobacco free nicotine. One can only speculate that the nicotine is extracted from a different plant base, or it is synthetic, (which is not uncommon).
In any case, the flavor was rich tasting and very smooth. The throat hit was a bit stronger on the 5% nicotine level flavors.
One pod didn’t fire, so I covered the mouthpiece with a napkin and blew into the back end of the pod. After doing that, it worked great. It’s best to take gentle puffs and wait at least 10 seconds in between puffs.
I have to say that my pod lasted almost 2 weeks.
The original RIPSTICK BUNDLE KIT is available WITH FREE SHIPPING.
Need An Extra Battery?
You can get the 380 mAh battery by ordering the Riptide Ripstick Black Battery Kit.
This is the Ripstick original, rechargeable, 380 mAh battery. Economical and ergonomic, this model includes a Micro-USB cable and sells for just $17.99.
Riptide flavor pods are not included in this kit and must be purchased separately.
NEW! Riptide G2 Bundle
Looking for a more powerful Ripstick kit? The newest edition to the Riptide lineup is the G2 Bundle. It is draw activated and it includes an internal 500 mAh battery that will give you a nice 10watts of power for fuller vapor and flavor.
You get 1 Battery and 1 Brightleaf Tobacco flavor Pod in either 2.4% or 5.0% NicTech strengths.
Your Type-C USB cable comes with the bundle.
This powerful vape kit is available WITH FREE SHIPPING.
Want the G2’s 500 mAh battery Capabilities Without the Pods?
Save now with the G2 Battery Kit. The kit, currently available for just $19.99, also includes the advanced USB-C type charger. As mentioned, Riptide flavor pods are not included in this kit and must be purchased separately.
The Ripstick surpasses all other disposable pod systems I’ve tried – including the JUUL. It is certainly less expensive. Right now you can get a kit bundle for under $21. Replacement pods are only $3.99.
THERE ARE 4 RIPTIDE PRODUCT KITS AVAILABLE
1 – TFN Bundle.It includes your vape pod pen with a 380 mAh battery and 2 pre-filled e-juice pods. TFN stands for Tobacco Free Nicotine.
2- Riptide Ripstick Black Battery Kit. This “kit” only includes the Ripstick original 380 mAh battery.
3- Riptide G2 Bundle. This Ripstick kit has a 500 mAh battery for more power, bigger clouds and fuller flavor.
4- Riptide Ripstick G2 TFN Battery Kit (no pods). You get the larger 500 mAh battery in this kit, but the kit does not include any flavor pods.
I found the RipTide Ripstick Pod Vape to be one of the most innovative closed system pod vapes to date. Beautifully designed, it delivers a satisfying, smooth vape that’s tobacco-free and benzoic acid-free.
The Riptide Ripstick wins hands down when it comes to flavor, e-juice formula, and price. It’s a ripping good vape.
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