I will be reviewing the Crown 7 electronic cigar in this post, but the other Crown 7 reviews on this site have included their “pen-style” simply known as the “traditional” and their new mini-electronic Crown 7 cigarette called “Hydro” in case you would like to also read those reviews.
As I mentioned in the other Crown 7 reviews, this company is a fairly large supplier of electronic cigarettes in the U.S. If you read the reviews on the traditional model there are some additional details about the company you may find interesting or useful to you.
Like pretty much every brand of electronic cigarettes out there, the Crown 7 electronic cigar provides an excellent value so more people are considering trying the e cig devices because startup cost is minimal and provide almost the same experience as the Crown 7 products in the other 2 reviews.
Crown 7 Reviews:
- Manufacturer / Supplier: Crown 7
- Country: U.S.A.
- Model: Cigar
- Style: Cigar
- Starter Kit Price: $54.95
- Cartridge Price (5-Pack): $10.00
- Number of flavors: 7
- Nicotine Levels Offered: High, Medium, Low, Zero
- Draw: Medium
- Warranty: Unknown
Starter Kit Contents:
The Crown 7 electronic cigar, battery charger, 2 lithium batteries, 2 nicotine cartridges, instruction manual, pocket holder / mouth-piece cover.
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- Ratings and Score:
- Batteries and Charger: 3.5
- Atomizer: 3.0
- Cartridges: 4.0
- Construction / Quality: 3.0
- Cost: 3.5
- Overall: 3.4 (Average)
Cartridge Rating = 4.0
There are 5 Crown 7 cartridges in a pack. Four levels of nicotine concentration are offered: high, medium, low and zero (0mg). There are 7 flavors offered at all nicotine levels and they are: tobacco, menthol, vanilla bean, espresso, untamed cherry, juicy grape, bursting melon.
The flavors are great although I do think they over-do marketing of fruity refills with words like, “juicy” and “bursting” a little more than is warranted. They taste good, but the flavoring is subtle.
Like brands in the other reviews, the Crown 7 refills carry a lot of nicotine solution that definitely lasts almost as long maybe a little longer than 3 packs of cigarettes, but this will depend on how you smoke it.
The selection of cartridge flavors for Crown 7 is very good compared to models in other reviews with 7 very popular flavors to choose. Also the nicotine hit this brand delivers seems to be a little better than other brands.
Atomizer Rating = 3.0
Like models in other reviews the Crown 7 atomizer produces lot of smoke so long as you don’t inhale. I am beginning to this is more by design for the cigar models. Basically, if you inhale the smoke, even very briefly, the exhale will contain little or no vapor.
One doesn’t usually inhale cigar smoke and this may even be more a function of the nicotine solution in the cartridge than the atomizer.
Again, like similar models in other reviews, the atomizer is build into the tube housing and I am not aware of a way you can remove the atomizer so that it can be replaced or cleaned.
Finally, the atomizer in this model requires a medium draw that resembles the draw of a real cigar.
Batteries & Charger Rating = 3.5
The Crown 7 cigar includes a slightly different charging system than products in the reviews, but is still roughly what you would expect to find in an electronic cigar.
The rechargeable 3.6 volt 360mAh lithium battery is accessed by screwing and unscrewing the tip. This is the type of battery that could be purchased from a third party but I have not found a source. If someone knows a good source please post a comment.
The batteries with the Crown 7 starter kit worked great and had no problem getting the atomizer warm and keeping the drag to a medium level after a couple primer puffs.
The Crown 7 also doesn’t have a microcontroller in the battery to blink the LED to tell you when to recharge the battery. You will need to wait until vapor production seems reduced and then check the nicotine cartridge to make sure it is still “juicy” before replacing the battery.
The Crown 7 charger is very similar to other models that plugs right into the wall. The drawback of this charger of course is there is no way to use it in a car. But, this is common of electronic cigar battery chargers and you can always buy enough extra batteries from if you can find them cheap from a third party.
One interesting thing to note is that I haven’t experienced or heard anyone having problems with these chargers in other reviews and internet chatter.
Construction / Quality Rating = 3.0
The Crown 7 is on the heavy side and I believe it is made out of stainless steel or another fairly solid metal. This makes it very difficult to dangle the cigar from your mouth, but there are even few mini e cigs in the other reviews that come close anyway.
This model has a very nice gloss black finish (probably paint) that seems to be the same color and finish as their pen-style e cig in the other Crown 7 reviews. I have seen other painted finishes that almost seem like lacquer that seems like it would be higher quality, but I didn’t experience any chipping or flaking after some mishandling.
The LED in the Crown 7 cigar is mounted along the edge of the tube / cap and is not centered. Since the tube of the body is so thick the light is scattered poorly while taking a drag unless you look at it from specific angles.
Also, like electronic cigars in other reviews, the tip lights and shuts off immediately when taking a drag and does not glow brighter and dim slowly like most electronic cigarettes.
Cost Rating = 3.5
The cost of the Crown 7 electronic cigar starter kit is the lowest when compared to the products in the other Crown 7 reviews, but not the cheapest when compared to other brands.
Cartridge prices are about average compared to other brands. Crown 7 does now offer a nicotine solution than can be used to “drip” the cigar cartridges when they get low, but it is only offered in regular flavor and high strength so it didn’t help the cost score.
Finally, since I fear that out of warranty atomizer failure could become a factor since you will probably have to replace the whole unit by purchasing another starter kit since I can’t see a way to just replace the atomizer in this model.
Style and Extra Features
As in the other Crown 7 reviews the electronic cigar is offered only in black with gold trim and is advertised as an “art-deco style.”
I find this style to be very classy, but I do have a slight problem with the end cap on the side that has the orange LED and diffuser lens. The lens that scatters the light from the LED is too cheap-looking and somewhat detracts from what is otherwise a very classy style.
The last interesting Crown 7 feature is a mouthpiece cover with a ball point pen style clip on the end. I find this to be a very nice feature that keeps your Crown 7 in place in your jacket pocket or purse. It also protects the mouth piece from dirt and seals in the moisture of the nicotine cartridge.