As stated in the other NJOY reviews I have posted, NJOY is one of the biggest electronic cigarette suppliers in the U.S. If you want to know a few more details about the company read the beginning of this NJOY review which is for their pen-style electronic cigarette.
This post will be a review of the NJOY NGAR electronic cigar. I don’t want to spend as much time summarizing in this review as I did the other NJOY reviews, but I will say that I think NJOY’s cigar is under-rated.
That’s right, I said UNDER rated. I do think more people are starting to used them or consider them now since the price has dropped and is now vastly cheaper than the other 2 options NJOY offers.
Also, the larger size of the NJOY cigar allows it to use replaceable batteries and larger nicotine cartridges.
While some may consider the larger size a drawback, the main drawback with this product is that the only cartridge flavors are tobacco and menthol.
NJOY Reviews (NGAR Electronic Cigar):
- Manufacturer / Supplier: NJOY
- Country: U.S.A.
- Model: NGAR
- Style: Cigar
- Starter Kit Price: $49.99
- Cartridge Price (5-Pack): $13.33* (if you buy 2 and get 1 free on auto refill program)
- Number of flavors: 2
- Nicotine Levels Offered: Regular, Light, Ultra Light, Zero
- Draw: Medium
- Warranty: Yes (and 30-day money back guarantee)
Starter Kit Contents:
The NJOY electronic cigar, battery charger, 2 lithium batteries, 2 nicotine cartridges (tobacco flavored 1 ea.: zero, regular), 2 protective tip covers, wallet info card
Poor 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 Excellent
- Ratings and Score:
- Batteries and Charger: 3.5
- Atomizer: 3.0
- Cartridges: 2.5
- Construction / Quality: 3.0
- Cost: 3.5
- Overall: 3.1 (Average)
Cartridge Rating = 2.5
NJOY cigar cartridges come 5 in a pack. Four levels of nicotine concentration are offered: regular, light, ultra light and zero (0mg). The only cartridge flavors the cigar model offers are tobacco and menthol.
As stated in the other NJOY Reviews the cigar tobacco flavor is very good though it does taste slightly different than the other 2 NJOY models. The NGAR tobacco flavor in fact taste more like a cigar as one would expect. The menthol is very strong.
The NJOY cigar 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.
I wish I could rate the cartridges higher for carrying more solution, but at The Electronic Cigarette Review we try to compare apples to apples and cigars to cigars and most cigars offer large refills just like the NJOY cigar.
The selection of cartridge flavors is below average compared to other models with only 2 flavors to choose. I don’t really know the exact concentration of nicotine in the cartridges because it seems that NJOY just changed their refill cartridges from high, medium, low and zero to regular, light, ultra light and zero and the nicotine hit does seem to be slightly reduced with the cigar model.
They also seemed to change the cartridge strengths that ship with the cigar starter kit because mine shipped with 2 medium strength refills and the NJOY web site now says that the starter kit includes a zero and a regular tobacco flavored cartridge.
I think most NJOY reviews for the NGAR model will rate the cartridges higher if NJOY expands the number of flavors offered, but at least they offer the same flavors for all nicotine levels even if they do NOT offer the same flavors for all models in the other NJOY reviews.
Atomizer Rating = 3.0
After a few primer puffs, the NJOY NGAR atomizer produces a lot of smoke so long as you don’t inhale. If you inhale the cigar smoke the exhale will contain little or no vapor.
This may be by design since one doesn’t usually inhale cigar smoke and may be more a function of the nicotine solution in the cartridge than the atomizer, but definitely worth mentioning in this review.
One drawback to the atomizer in the cigar is that I am not aware of a way you can remove the atomizer so that it can be replaced or cleaned. I didn’t let this affect the rating because other electric cigar brands I am testing seem to be the same way.
If a reader out there knows different please leave a comment. Looking into the chamber it seems there should be a way to remove the atomizer but I can’t figure it out.
Other than that the atomizer provides a medium draw that resembles the draw of a real cigar.
Batteries & Charger Rating = 3.5
As with most cigars the NGAR has a different charging system than most cigarette style electronic cigarettes. You access the replaceable and rechargeable 3.6 volt 360mAh lithium battery by screwing and unscrewing the tip. I have heard the batteries can be purchased from third parties for cheaper, but I did not confirm this and find a source.
The two batteries that come with the starter kit perform well having no problem getting the atomizer good and hot to vaporize the solution after a couple primer puffs.
Since there is no microcontroller or “smarts” in the battery to blink the LED to tell you when to recharge the battery you will need to wait until the vapor produced dwindles to an unacceptable level and then check the nicotine cartridge first to make sure that is OK before swapping the battery.
The NGAR charger is very compact and has a flip out plug that plugs directly into the wall. The drawback of this charger is that there is no way to charge the batteries in the car other than purchasing a pricy DC to AC inverter. Again this is typical of electronic cigar battery chargers so it doesn’t really affect the score in this or other reviews.
The good thing about this charger is that it is very simplistic and I haven’t experienced or heard anyone having problems with NJOY cigar chargers.
Construction / Quality Rating = 3.0
The NJOY NGAR is very fairly well constructed and very sturdy maybe even too sturdy. I think the tube is made out of stainless steel and it is quite heavy. You will not be dangling this cigar from your mouth unless you really chomp on the mouthpiece.
The mouthpiece does screw into the body so if you do chomp on it the body will not fall off.
The cigar has a wood grain finish that is NOT real wood but is a very durable laminate or paint on the metal body. After tons of mishandling there are no scratches in the finish or flaking of the “gold” trim. The wood grain flows all the way around the device with no discontinuities or seam.
Since the orange LED is not part of the battery it is screwed onto the end of the tube along with the diffuser lens which scatters the light coming from the LED to provide the illusion of a glowing ember on the tip while taking a drag.
Unlike the other electronic cigarette styles discussed in the other NJOY reviews the LED is mounted along the edge of the tube / cap and is not centered. This causes the light to be poorly diffused while taking a drag unless you look at it from specific angles.
Also the tip lights and shuts off immediately when taking a drag and does not glow brighter and dim slowly like the models in the other NJOY reviews.
Cost Rating = 3.5
The cost of the NJOY cigar starter kit was just lowered again in addition to previous price cuts. The NGAR is NJOY’s cheapest option to get started with electronic cigarettes if having a lot of flavors is not important to you.
Again, as stated in the other NJOY reviews, the NGAR refill cartridges are slightly overpriced compared to other cigar brands even if you are on the automatic refill program. Cigar cartridges are buy 2 and get the 3rd free on the automatic refill program.
Style and Extra Features
The NJOY cigar model is only offered in the wood grain finish with gold trim which is fairly attractive in my opinion but it is the only style option.
As stated in the other NJOY reviews the NGAR also comes with the double sided business card sized information card to help a person explain what NJOY is and why it is not affected by smoking bans.
Finally, the NJOY cigar also comes with 2 mouth piece covers which is good if you have it in your jacket pocket or purse for extended periods of time.