This NJOY review will take a look at their NPRO mini electronic cigarette model. Like I said in the last review of the NCIG model, NJOY reviews are mixed but still tend to be more on the positive side. The same holds true for the NPRO model.
I don’t want to go into all the same details about this U.S. company, but if you want those details, they are at the beginning of my last NJOY review of the NCIG model.
The NJOY NCIG is a fairly good mini electronic cigarette with about the same amount of occasional vaporizer and battery failures many brands experience.
There may be a disproportionate number of complaints about NJOY out there due to the fact that more people are buying this brand in the states. In the end NJOY’s customer service is good and includes a warranty which may compensate for any problems you may experience.
- Manufacturer / Supplier: NJOY
- Country: U.S.A.
- Model: NPRO
- Style: Mini
- Starter Kit Price: $79.99
- Cartridge Price (10-Pack): $13.33* (if you buy 2 and get 1 free on auto refill program)
- Number of flavors: 5
- Nicotine Levels Offered: High, Medium, Low, Zero
- Nicotine Solution for Dripping: No
- Warranty: Yes (and 30-day money back guarantee)
Starter Kit Contents:
The NJOY NPRO mini electronic cigarette, battery charger, 2 lithium batteries, 5 assorted nicotine cartridges (tobacco flavored 1 x low, 2 x medium, 2 x high), instruction manual, wallet info card.
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- Ratings and Score:
- Batteries and Charger: 4.0
- Atomizer: 3.0
- Cartridges: 3.5
- Construction / Quality: 4.0
- Cost: 3.5
- Overall: 3.6 (Above Average)
Cartridge Rating = 3.5
Cartridges come 10 in a pack. Four levels of nicotine concentration are offered: high (18mg), medium (12mg), low (6mg) and zero (0mg). Cartridge flavors offered at the time of this review are tobacco, menthol, vanilla, strawberry, and apple.
Each cartridge is supposed to last as long as 10 traditional cigarettes, but again this will depend on individual smoking habits. The “high” cartridge does contain 18mg for those who want a nicotine hit stronger than light cigarettes.
The biggest factors driving the above average score in this NJOY review is the 18mg of nicotine offered at the “high” level and the above average tobacco flavored cartridges.
If the number of flavors offered were greater and / or there were a nicotine solution sold for dripping it would deserve an excellent score in this area, but at least NJOY is consistent offering the same flavors for all levels.
Atomizer Rating = 3.0
Like the NCIG model this NJOY review revealed that the NPRO atomizer is also a 2-hole design with a hard draw.
The smoke vapor output is slightly lower than other mini electronic cigarette models tested but the nicotine hit is better with plenty of throat sensation from the 18mg cartridge.
During this NJOY review I noticed that there is a difference smoking this mini as compared to the NCIG pen-style.
You can feel more heat from the vaporizer and the vapor is slightly warmer I would say closer to smoking a regular cigarette with less smoke than both regular cigarettes and even the NCIG model.
The taste is also slightly different between say a tobacco flavored cartridge as opposed to the NCIG tobacco cartridge. I think this is due to the atomizer being closer to the nicotine solution in the cartridge or the solution formulation is somehow different.
Again, this isn’t a bad thing. For purposes of this NJOY review I would say that the taste difference is ever slightly closer to a real cigarette.
There seem to be a lot less complaints on the internet regarding atomizer failures for NPRO but this could just be because the NCIG model has been out longer.
I have heard you can buy replacements for this part over the phone since they aren’t on the website, but I haven’t needed to do this.
Batteries & Charger Rating = 4.0
The tip on the battery has an orange light on the tip that lights up when taking a drag. Two batteries are included with the starter kit so you will have another battery to use while the other is charging.
A DC car adapter can be purchased separately so that the charger can be used in a car, but does not come with the starter kit. Recharging the NPRO batteries takes about 45 min or less for the first charge and a little over 1 hour after being fully discharged.
The batteries for the NPRO model are very good. They should last almost a day form most smokers. This is a slightly longer than other minis.
I have only heard minor complaints of batteries starting to not hold a charge somewhat prematurely, but almost nothing about batteries being DOA.
The battery rating suffers a little only because of the realistic orange tip. Unfortunately it looks too realistic slowly glowing on and off as you take a drag just like a real cigarette!
Some bars and restaurants may still struggling with this since many smoking bans are just starting to take effect. They have enough problems policing smokers as it is without the added confusion of electronic cigarettes might bring.
At the time of writing this NJOY review most people do not know that smoking bans do not affect electronic cigarettes.
It would still be helpful if the company gave its customers an option of purchasing a battery with a different colored light in the tip. Until then, cover your tip with your hand!
Construction / Quality Rating = 4.0
There isn’t much to the NPRO as it is very small, but the components do seem to be decent quality.
The refill cartridges fit very snug which seems like a problem at first. After using a couple cartridges however, a little bit of nicotine solution will get on the outside part of the atomizer that makes contact with the replacement cartridges.
Even after wiping the solution off thoroughly the outside of the atomizer becomes lubricated and the cartridges go on easier yet still snug. If it was not for the extra snug fit in the beginning one might have to worry about cartridges slipping off after getting solution on the outside of the atomizer.
So, the cartridge may fit extra snug at first, but you will find later that this is actually a good design.
As I write this NJOY review the NPRO is offered in four different colors black, white, burgundy and silver. The finish on the white, burgundy and silver is a very glossy almost lacquered finish that is very high quality and extremely durable.
The black graphite battery has a matte finish that is the same as the NCIG black so it may be a little less durable. After some careless handling of my black NCIG I did manage to chip a fleck of paint off. I am a little more careful now.
Cost Rating = 3.5
The cost of the NPRO seems a little high at first. Similar models are cheaper, but when you factor in the customer service, 1 year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee it seems like a better deal.
Like the NCIG the NPRO comes with an assortment of nicotine strengths which saves the customer money deciding which strength will be best for them.
At the time of this NJOY review refill cartridges are slightly overpriced compared to other brands even if you are on the automatic refill program. On the automatic refill program cartridges are buy 2 and get the 3rd free.
Style and Extra Features
The NPRO mini is fairly stylish as it is offered in 4 different colors including black, white, burgundy and silver. The black has a matte graphite like finish while the other three colors are high gloss.
There is a very small band of gold where the battery and atomizer make contact which ads a bit of style. The cartridge colors are only sold in beige and do look a bit “off” next to all the battery colors even white.
The cartridge color is supposed to resemble the filter of a regular cigarette but it is not orange enough in color.
One bonus is that since the atomizer doesn’t have any exposed finish, one can simply buy a different color battery and change the color of their NPRO.
There are no other features with this mini electronic cigarette other than the wallet card that comes with it. This wallet card will be very important to keep with you especially if you opt for the white model.
The wallet card is meant to be shown to people who have questions regarding the legality of the product in smoking bans. I guess the idea is that if something is in writing people tend to believe it more