|Scott reviewed blu cigs model 'Premium' on January 06 2012:|
OverallI'm actually really happy with my blu cigs so far, BUT I did a ton of research so I knew what to expect and what not to expect.
Value vs. Cost
I learned from my research that if you want your e-cig to look exactly like an analog cig, it's going to have adequate, but not great, vapor and battery life. That's just the limitations of a tiny battery. If you want great vapor and battery life, it's not going to look like a cigarette...it's gonna look like a big, chunky pen or screwdriver or whatever.
Knowing I wanted both, I bought two entry-level kits...an ego-t to use at home for great vapor and battery life and the original blu cig kit for when I leave the house.
First of all, if you're buying the original starter kit and you're near a Walgreens, that kit is cheaper there than from the blu cig website. Walgreens is selling the kit in Chicago for $59.99. They're also selling the disposables for $9.99 and the 5-pack of cartridges for $14.99. (Unfortunately, it looks like they (or blu cig) just raised the prices in time for people to quit. The price sticker on the shelf for the kit says $49.99 but it rings up as $59.99 and the disposables and cartridges went up a few bucks each as well.)
I bought a disposable first and got a $5 off coupon for the kit with my receipt. So the kit minus the $5 plus tax came to $60.69 and you get a $2 off coupon for cartridges. One thing to keep in mind is that, for whatever reason, the Walgreens in my area all seem to be sold out of the kit. I had to go to 6 different stores before I found one that had a kit in stock. Also, they all had the disposables in both flavors, but only half seemed to have the cartridges and only the one had the kit and they only had two left.
The charging/holder case is freaking brilliant. Despite what some are saying about the batteries, it's kind of moot with the case. I mean, you're not going to be smoking both batteries at the same time. So if you have to switch them out every couple of hours, what's the big deal. How long did your analog cigarette last? Certainly not 12-24 hrs. It lasted maybe 10 minutes and then you had to pull another one out of the pack and light it.
Same concept with the blu cig. You smoke one until the battery light blinks 30 times or whatever, take off the cartomizer, switch batteries, charge and smoke.
I just really got my kit, but I've be smoking/vaping 2-3 puffs every 5-7 minutes for the last 3 hrs and the battery and cartomizer aren't dead yet. The flavor is really good and the vapor is better than I expected.
I'm genuinely happy. I was using the disposables the last three days until I got my kit and no urge to go back to analog...and I have a full pack sitting on my desk. The fact that they seemingly carry the cartridges at Walgreens is a huge plus. For me, cigs, coffee, milk and toilet paper are things that you need too often to wait to get them through the mail. I'm sure I'll be buying my cartomizers online to save some money, but it's really nice to know that in a pinch, I can just hit the 24-hr Walgreens down the street and never risk going back to analog because the carts I ordered online aren't coming for 3 more days.