You may have noticed by the title, this isn’t a traditional Impressions article. I picked up a no-name, no frills e-cigarette kit straight from China for five bucks (shipped) on Focalprice. I didn’t really buy it to write a review. I wanted to see if these things might have been a viable product to hand out to people who wanted to check out e-cigarettes.
|The image from Focalprice.com|
Some people carry around disposables for just that reason. My Freedom Smokes even has some disposables on clearance for a little under four dollars at the time this article was written. I went with the 5 dollar kit using the logic that if someone actually does try it and like e-cigarettes, they’d then have to buy and wait for a real e-cigarette kit to arrive.
During that wait, that’s more time the person has to keep smoking the analog cigarettes. Of course the fact that this kit only set me back a few bucks was also a key factor. I also liked that it came in a cigarette pack which would be friendly for new users. I mistakenly also thought this might have been a 306 kit based on the pictures on the site.
So what is it then?
Stuff from Focalprice is shipped straight from China so it took over two weeks for this thing to show up. Once I received the kit, I quickly discovered the e-cigarette did not use 306 threads which would have made it compatible with 510 gear. It was in fact, an M401 kit, which is the polar opposite of a 510. That was a little bit of a let down, but I figured for a 5 spot, who could complain.
|What could possibly go wrong?|
The packaging however, was true to the pictures on the site, and definitely belies this kit’s origin as a straight from China product. This kit probably wouldn’t make it too long if offered by a US-based vendor. If Phillip Morris didn’t sue the company for ripping off the Marlboro color scheme, the FDA would recall these things for the health claims right on the package.
Aside from the need for rebranding for the local market, this kit isn’t terribly different from the kit I spent six times as much on when I started vaping. Let’s go back to the traditional review format and do a what’s in the box segment.
What’s in the box
The no-name e-cigarette kit comes in what for all intents and purposes is an actual cigarette pack. Little die-cut foam inserts keeps all the stuff in place. I guess the pack does serve as a handy, if not flimsy carrying case. Inside that case you get:
- 1 m401 style automatic battery (red LED of course)
- 1 m401 style atmoizer
- 4 pre-filled cartridges (and 1 dummy cartridge on the atomizer)
- 1 USB charger
- 1 ability to brag about an ironic purchase like some kind of hipster
|Yes, yes it is.|
Performance is probably about average for this type of e-cigarette. That is to say, the vapor production is pretty anemic, although the vapor is fairly warm. Flavor as I mentioned is not unpleasant, but throat hit sadly lags behind flavor.