Cartridges Cost: $1.99
Cartridge Life: 150 - 400 Puffs
Battery Life: 300+ Puffs
Wall, USB, Car & PCP
- Top Rated by Users
- Best Cartridge Technology
- Great Value for Price
- Lack of different EX battery colors
- Lack of EX Flavors
- Cases Need To Be Purchased Separately
Through the years, we have watched V2 Cigs transform from a small company into one of the most well-known and highest rated electronic cigarette brands on the market. They are consistently rated #1 across most e-cig review sites, and have become my favorite brand for many reasons. V2 Cigs is always working to release new products that are not only innovative, but of the highest quality. They strive to incorporate the newest technology, while thoroughly testing each of their products to ensure that everything they sell is top-notch. When I tested and reviewed my first V2 Cigs Ultimate starter kit I was impressed, but I also saw room for improvement. I enjoyed the flavors, but the options were limited to Cowboy, Congress, Menthol, Coffee, Vanilla and Cherry. Now V2 offers 12 different flavors of classic cartridges, each with a unique batch report that you can view online. They also offer a wider range of starter kits now and they are much cheaper in price. I’d definitely recommend V2 Cigs to anyone looking for a quality starter kit for a reasonable price.
V2 Standard Kit:
The V2 Standard Kit is the perfect introduction to those looking to delve into the world of e-cigs. This kit gives you everything you need to start vaping and it’s extremely easy to use. This kit comes with 2 V2 Classic batteries, 10 V2 Classic Flavor Cartridges, 1 Wall Adapter, 1 Express Charger, and 1 V2 User’s Manual for $33.96 with our coupon code. This kit is great for beginners, because it’s really easy to put the e-cig together and begin using it. All you have to do is pop out one of the pre-filled flavor cartridges from its foil packaging, screw it onto the end of your battery, and you’re all set.
V2 Classic Batteries:
The V2 Classic batteries come in three different lengths: short, standard, and long. The short batteries are ideal for those who want their e-cig to be as small as possible, which comes in handy when storing it in your pocket or purse. The only downside to the short batteries is that they have a shorter battery life than compared to the standard and long batteries. The short batteries are available in white and stainless steel, but they’re only available as a manual style battery. With manual batteries, you have to press a button down in order to activate it. Some users may prefer their batteries to be hands-free, but the manual batteries do have their advantages. For instance, using a manual battery offers you more control over your device and also allows you to produce the thickest vapor.
If you opt for standard or long sized batteries, you have more color options and have the added advantage of being able to choose between manual and automatic batteries. The standard and long-sized batteries come in black, blue, pink, stainless steel, and white. In my opinion, the standard batteries are the perfect size. They’re compact enough to store in your pocket, yet big enough to hold a pretty hefty charge. Although the long batteries are pretty big (you probably wouldn’t be able to fit the entire thing in your pocket), they do last a lot longer between charges. On average, standard batteries last for around 200 puffs, while the long batteries last for approximately 300 puffs. When choosing your battery size, it’s best to think about whether you’d like your battery to be more compact or whether you want it to last for a longer period of time.
When choosing whether you want an automatic or manual style battery, think of how you’d prefer to use your new e-cig. Automatic batteries are easier to use and allow for better hands-free multi-tasking. I prefer to use my automatic batteries while driving or when I’m busy doing other tasks, since all you have to do is just inhale on the cartridge and the battery will activate itself. However, I do like the added control that manual style batteries offer. Automatic batteries shut off automatically after 10 seconds, which is why you have more control when using manual-style batteries. Although the automatic cut-off time is usually sufficient for normal smokers, heavier smokers may like the manual-style batteries since you’re able to inhale for a longer period of time. It’s all up to your personal preference, but if you can’t decide, you can always get one manual and one automatic battery to see which one you like the best.
V2 Classic Flavor Cartridges:
If you opt for a kit that uses V2’s classic Flavor Cartridges, it’s good to know what flavors and strengths they come in as well as how they work. The V2 classic Flavor Cartridges are filled with their proprietary e-liquid, which is a solution of propylene glycol, water, flavorings, and nicotine (or non-nicotine). Since there is an atomizer built-in to each cartridge, you never have to worry about cleaning or maintaining it, simply dispose of the cartridge when the vapor production becomes weak and it starts to taste a little burnt. Then attach a new cartridge and you’re ready to go. They may seem a little expensive when you first go to buy them, but you have to keep in mind that each cartridge lasts for around 150-200 puffs. That averages out to be equivalent to around 10 packs of cigarettes for each 5 pack of cartridges. The only downside I found to these cartridges is that to get the thickest vapor, you need to remember to prime your e-cig before use. To prime it, take a few strong puffs rapidly and then take a long, slow puff. By doing this, you’re heating up the e-liquid inside the cartridge to the right temperature, which will create a thicker vapor in subsequent puffs.
The classic V2 Flavor Cartridges come in packs of 5 for $9.95 or packs of 20 for $35.82. They come in a variety of flavors, including: V2 Red, Sahara, Congress, V2 Menthol, Peppermint, Green Tea Menthol, Grape, Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Vanilla, and V2 Cola. They are available in 6 different nicotine strengths: 0%, 0.6%, 1.2%, 1.8%, and 2.4%. I found the 2.4% cartridges to be too strong for me, so I usually go for a 1.2% or 1.8% formula. When it comes to taste, I found the V2 Red cartridges to be pretty similar to Marlboro Reds, the Sahara flavor to be similar to Camel cigarettes, and Congress to be similar to Parliaments. The V2 Menthol flavor tastes pretty similar to most menthol cigarettes, while Peppermint is sweeter and similar to Marlboro Smooths.
If you can’t decide which flavors to get, you can always purchase one of their sampler kits. The sampler kits are great because they allow you to try out a variety of flavors without committing to buying a pack of each one. The sampler kits come in 3 different types. The 6-flavor Specialty Sampler comes with their sweet-tasting flavors, which are Grape, Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Vanilla, and V2 Cola. The 6-flavor Tobacco/Menthol Sampler features the flavors V2 Red, Sahara, Congress, V2 Menthol, Peppermint, and Green Tea Menthol. If you can’t decide which one to get, they also offer a 12-Flavor Sampler, which comes with one of every flavor for under $20. To read more about their cartridges, click here.
V2 Standard E-Liquid Kit:
The V2 Standard E-Liquid Kit is a perfect introduction for those who want to use e-liquids. This kit comes with 2 classic batteries, 2 V2 Premium E-Liquid 25mL bottles, 1 pack of EX Blanks, 1 Wall Adapter, 1 Express Charger, and 1 User’s Manual for $50.96 with our coupon code. Like the Standard Kit, you’re able to choose 2 short, standard, or long batteries in your desired color and switch type (automatic or manual).
Instead of using pre-filled cartridges like the Standard Kit, the Standard E-Liquid Kit uses EX Blanks. EX Blanks are powerful clearomizers that perform like a tank, but with less maintenance. They come empty, so you’ll have to fill them yourself with the e-liquid of your choice. It’s really easy to fill them though, since all you have to do is unscrew the top and drip in your preferred e-liquid. There’s also a gauge on the side of it, which will let you know exactly how much e-liquid to put in it. Its clear design also lets you know exactly when your EX Blank needs re-filling.
Each EX Blank lasts for about 8-10 refills, which I think is a really good life span for a clearomizer. You’ll know it’s time to swap in a new one when the wicks inside of it turn a dark brown color, or when the taste and vapor production start to fade. I really like using the EX Blanks, because it gives you more of a tank feel and gives off a lot of vapor. They also allow you to try out a lot of different flavors and are compatible with the wide array of e-liquids that V2 offers on their website.
V2 Platinum E-Liquids:
V2 offers a variety of e-liquids for use with their EX Blanks. They offer a variety of flavors including Platinum Red, Sahara, Congress, Menthol, Peppermint, Green Tea Menthol, Grape, Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Vanilla, and Cola, available in strengths of 0%, 0.6%, 1.2%, 1.8%, and 2.4% nicotine. If you’re not sure which flavor to get, V2 has categorized each liquid by their “E-Liquid DNA”, which details the four main characteristics that most people look for in an e-liquid.
These four characteristics are: Throat Hit, Tobacco Taste, Sweetness, and PG/VG blend. Each e-liquid has its own E-Liquid DNA. If you’re looking for an e-liquid that will create a strong sensation on the back of your throat when you inhale, look for flavors with a high throat hit. If you’re looking for an e-liquid with a strong tobacco flavor, look for one with a high level of tobacco taste like Platinum Red, Sahara, or Congress. If you’re looking for an e-liquid that’s very sweet, try a flavor like Cherry, Grape, Vanilla, Chocolate, or Cola. If you want an e-liquid with more flavor, look for one with a high PG (propylene glycol) content. If you’re looking for more vapor payoff, e-liquids high in VG (vegetable glycerin) are the way to go. V2 offers E-Liquid DNA analysis for each e-liquid in their online store.
In addition to V2’s own e-liquids, they also sell XEO, Black Note, and Zig Zag e-liquids. XEO e-liquids are available in the flavors Tobacco Gold, Tobacco Honey, and Tobacco Red in 0.9% and 1.8% nicotine. Tobacco Gold and Tobacco Red contain more vegetable glycerin, meaning you’ll get more vapor payoff. Black Note e-liquids come in the flavors Prelude, Sonata, Adagio, Legato, Forte, Cadenza, and Bravura. Black Note uses tobacco blends that are curated in countries all over the world, and it shows. These e-liquids only come in tobacco flavors, so if you’re a fan of robust and unique e-liquids, Black Note is the line for you. Their Zig Zag e-liquids come in flavors of Mango, Island Breeze, Dragonberry, and Clove in a 1.8% nicotine blend. Although I wish they offered more variety when it comes to the amount in nicotine, these e-liquids taste awesome. I can easily vape each flavor all day long. For more information about each flavor’s E-Liquid DNA, head over to the V2 website.
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V2 Standard Kit- EX Series:
The V2 EX Standard Kit is great for those that want an e-cig that utilizes V2’s EX technology. This kit comes with 2 EX batteries, 10 V2 EX Flavor Cartridges, 1 Wall Adapter, 1 Express Charger, and 1 User’s Manual for $50.96 with our coupon code. One great thing about this kit is that even if you’ve previously purchased a classic Standard Kit, you can still use it with this kit. Both types of cartridges, as well as the chargers that come with both kits, are compatible with both types of batteries.
EX Batteries are currently available in Stainless Steel and are only available as an automatic style battery. In the past, V2 had a big selection of EX batteries, and I was disappointed that they now only offer one color option. Hopefully in the future V2 will introduce some new colors so we’ll be able to customize our kits a bit more. However, these batteries are a lot sleeker than the classic batteries and last for around 300 puffs. They look more visually appealing than the classic batteries because they come with a matching cover that is meant to slide onto the outside of the cartridge. Since the cartridge isn’t visible with this cover on, it makes the e-cig look streamlined and more attractive. Also, the cover is meant to maximize airflow, so it’s a good idea to keep it on in order to get the best use out of your device. Instead of having an LED that lights up on the end of the battery, the EX batteries have 5 small lights on the end that light up when it’s in use. These lights also double as a battery indicator, letting you know exactly when it’s time to re-charge. I really like this feature, because it allows you to know how much battery life you have left, whereas with the classic batteries, you won’t know until it’s too late.
V2 EX Cartridges:
When V2 introduced their EX batteries, they also introduced their new EX Cartridges. EX cartridges have a different internal structure that allows them to last for over 400 puffs, almost double that of their classic cartridges. Even though they last longer, they’re exactly the same size as their classic counterpart. V2 wanted to give the EX cartridges more of a “tank” experience, while ensuring that the flavor stays consistent from beginning to end. The EX cartridges feature a small window on the side of it, which allows you to see exactly how much e-liquid is left. Even though there is a small window, you never have to worry about messes due to its leak-proof construction. This air-tight seal also helps optimize air flow, so you can create thicker vapor without having to prime the cartridge.
V2’s EX Cartridges come in the flavors V2 Red, Sahara, Congress, V2 Menthol, Peppermint, and Green Tea Menthol in strengths of 0%, 0.6%, 1.2%, 1.8%, and 2.4%. If you can’t decide which flavor to get, V2 also offers an EX Flavor Sampler pack, which comes with one of each flavor.
When I first heard about the EX Cartridges, I was confused about which type of cartridge I should buy. I now know that the decision is completely up to you. The EX Cartridges and the classic V2 Flavor Cartridges are compatible with all V2 batteries, so you can use the EX cartridges even if you have a standard battery, and vice versa. However, each one has their pros and cons. While the EX cartridges may be the best value, the classic cartridges have the lowest price. The EX cartridges have the advantage of having an e-liquid gauge on the side so you can easily see how much life is left on the cartridge. It also allows you to get 50% more puffs off one cartridge and you never have to prime it before use. However, I really wish there were more flavor options to choose from. It would be nice to be able to purchase some of the fruity and sweet flavors in EX form.
The classic cartridges have the upside of more flavor options, as well as being available in limited edition flavors. For example, V2 launched 3 limited edition flavors last summer in the flavors Sambuca, Mojito, and Pina Colada, but they were only available as a classic cartridge. V2 is always creating new limited edition flavors, so keep your eyes peeled for the next batch.
V2 Standard E-Liquid Kit-EX Series:
If you’re looking for a powerful starter kit that uses e-liquids, the V2 Standard E-Liquid Kit – EX Series is for you. This kit comes with 2 EX batteries, 2 V2 Platinum E-liquid 25mL bottles, 1 pack of EX Blanks, 1 Wall Adapter, 1 Express Charger, and 1 User’s Manual for $62.00 with our coupon code. This was my favorite kit out of all 4 starter kit options. The EX batteries complement V2’s EX Blanks perfectly and I was really surprised with how much vapor it produces.
Even if you’re new to using e-liquids, you’ll have no problem operating and enjoying your new starter kit. All you have to do is unscrew the top of the EX Blank, drip in your e-liquid, screw on the top, and you’re ready to go. I wish the EX blanks were just a little bit bigger, but the size of them is enough to keep you going throughout the day without re-filling. The size of the EX Blanks make them perfectly portable, so you can still keep your e-cig in your pocket. I’ve also never encountered a problem with them leaking, which is a huge factor for me when choosing an e-cig. The long battery life of the EX batteries ensure that you’ll be vaping your favorite e-liquid all day without worrying about having to frequently re-charge.
If you’re looking for an e-cig that gives off a huge amount of vapor payoff, the V2 Power-Cig is the way to go. The V2 Power-Cig Kit comes with 1 V2 Power Cig and 1 5-pack of V2 Cartridges. The Power-Cig is available in white or black and is a manual-style battery. Since the Power-Cig is powered via a USB connection, it’s not subject to battery degradation, meaning you’ll get a consistent amount of thick vapor each time you puff on it. The Power-Cig gives off even more vapor than V2’s classic manual-style batteries, so be ready to make some serious vapor clouds while using it. The Power-Cig is perfect for those who spend a lot of time working at a desk or those who spend a lot of time in their car traveling.
V2 offers a variety of accessories to make your vaping experience even more enjoyable. They offer 3 different types of carrying cases to make sure that your e-cigs stay protected at all times. If you’re looking for a case that will protect your e-cigs and charge them at the same time, the V2 Portable Charging case is $49.95 and is available in white. It’s big enough to hold one battery and two cartridges or 2 batteries. Indicator lights tell you how much charge is left on the case and also provides an accurate reading of how charged your battery is. This case can charge up to 4 standard V2 batteries between charges, making it perfect for anyone on-the-go. This is my favorite carrying case, since I tend to always forget to bring my charger with me. With the Portable Charging Case, I never have to worry about my battery dying while I’m away from home.
V2 also offers 2 sizes of metal carrying cases, depending on which V2 batteries you own. The regular metal carrying case is available in Graphite for $19.95, and can hold 2 standard or short sized batteries and 2 flavor cartridges. The XL metal carrying case is available in Stainless Steel, Graphite, or White for $24.95. The XL case fits all sizes of V2 batteries and can store either 2 batteries and 3 flavor cartridges, or 3 batteries. You could even store one battery and 6 cartridges inside of it if you’re going on vacation. Both cases are super light-weight, which was something I was really impressed with. If you care about your V2 batteries and want to keep them protected, I’d definitely consider investing in one of their carrying cases.
V2 also offers a Soft Case for $19.95 and an iPhone Case for $12.95. If you’d prefer to hang your e-cig around your neck so it’s easily accessible, they have lanyards in black, blue, and red for $7.95 each. If you’re a super big fan of V2 and want the entire world to know, they also have 3 different styles of t-shirts ranging in price from $19.95-$29.95.
To elevate your e-liquid experience, V2 has created their V2 Pro line of vaporizers. These 3-in-1 vaporizers are able to vaporize your favorite e-liquids, loose leaf tobacco products, and waxes. They are available in two different models: the Series 3 and the Series 7. The Series 3 is smaller and more portable and retails for $59.99. The Series 7 is larger, features 3 different temperature settings, and has a longer battery life and starts at $169.99 for the kit. Although these devices are more advanced and more powerful than V2’s other starter kits, they’re very easy to use, which makes them perfect for both beginners and advanced vapers. To read our full V2 Pro Review, click here.
- Top Rated by Users
- Best Cartridge Technology
- Great Value for Price
- Lack of different EX battery colors
- Lack of EX Flavors
- Cases Need To Be Purchased Separately