If you are looking for the best electronic cigarette or cigar or pipe for that matter you have come to the wrong place! What do I mean by that? Well, there isn’t one size that fits all or a best-all-around. It doesn’t exist.
If there was a superior model there wouldn’t be such a huge selection out there and there would only be 1 or 2 to choose from.
Thank god for so many choices because variety is the spice of life!
The first goal of this post is to discuss some of the things you may want to consider when deciding which best manufacturer and model to buy. The bottom line is you have to make a decision which is the best electronic cigarette for YOU.
The second goal of this post is to discuss what features I will be reviewing for each manufacturer and device and what I have decided as a scoring system for the reviews on this site. Maybe this rating system can help you decide if there is a “best” in each category.
So, lets get started..
Once you have decided to take the plunge and invest your dough there are 5 areas to consider:
- The model that suits you
- Batteries & Chargers
- Construction / Quality
- Style and Extra Features
Best Model for YOU
First, do you even want an electronic cigarette? Maybe a electric cigar or a pipe suits you better. Or, if you do want a cigarette style, do you want a ”pen-style” or a mini? The best electronic cigarette or cigar may be even one of the disposable styles that are now available.
Ratings will be based on comparisons to comparable models. For example: pen-styles will be compared to pen-styles, cigars will be compared to cigars and so on. It is important that comparisons are apples-to-apples!
The rating system for features that get a score will be as follows:
- Below Average
- Above Average
This area includes the three main components of electronic cigarettes starting with the battery and charger. You may want to consider how many times they can be charged, how long they hold a charge and if the starter kit comes with an extra battery.
Also, most batteries have an orange lighted tip on the end that glows while taking a drag on the device to more accurately simulate smoking. Some manufacturers / models offer now offer other tip colors such as blue. You may wan to consider this as some bars do not want to confuse other people into lighting up a real cigarette.
Batteries and chargers will be rated 1-5 for things like number of charges, lenth of charge and recharge time. I will probably have another field that indicates if non-standard tip colors are offered.
This component heats the air from the drag to a high temperature that vaporizes the liquid nicotine solution upon contact.
Since these components get very hot at times the atomizers from some manufacturers and models have been known to fail. Watch out! In some cases you will be covered by a warrenty if this happens in the first year. Most manufacturers do not sale spares separately though so you may have to buy a new starter kit when it is not covered.
Atomizers will be rated 1-5 for things like being covered by warranty, replaceable, and failure prone.
Electric cigarette cartridges get used up and replaced as needed. They come in various flavors and nicotine concentrations ranging from 0mg to about 18mg per cartridge.
In addition to listing the number of flavors offered I will also rate cartridges overall 1-5 for a particular model based on total number of flavors offered, number of nicotine levels, and rate higher for offerings of zero nicotine and higher nicotine levels above 18mg.
Do the individual components fit well together producing a final product that is sturdy and comfortably solid in the hand? Better individual components will probably result in a higher score in this area. The 1-5 rating system will be used to score construction and determine which is the best.
Prices fluctuate but I will try to list and keep the price of starter kits and cartridges up to date.
I will also rate cost on the 1-5 scale based on value or bang-for-your buck. Lets face it, you get what you pay for, or at least you should. So the best electronic cigarette in this catagory will have high ratings in every other category but at a lower cost than expected.
The best device in this category will need to avoid problems like chronic atomizer failure, batteries that need replaced too frequently and high cartridge prices.
Style and other Features
The best electronic cigarette in terms of style and other features will be a matter of opinion and preference among e cig smokers. There will be some editorial in each review discussing things like this but other than that and reading comments posted to each review, this is an area where you will have to decide what is best for you once again.
While there may not be a best electronic cigarette all around there will be some models that excel in one or more categories I have listed here. Once you have figured out which features are most important to you based on your smoking habits then pic a few models with high scores in those areas. Then buy what’s best for YOU!