Using the Fin e-Cigarette
Let me get this right out of the way. I am no fan of the 3-piece e-cigarette design. I find cartomizers to generally be much less messy, perform better and are simply easier to deal with than an atomizer and cartridge setup. I normally reserve atomizers for direct dripping (you can read more in my atomizers article). Since all Fins have automatic batteries, dripping isn’t exactly an option.
The atomizer itself is fairly decent. However, it’s a fairly high-voltage unit, with mine weighing in at a hefty 3.7Ω Between bolting that atomizer to a lower voltage battery like a 510 and using cartridges, I’m actually pretty surprised the Fin was about to output a fairly decent (albeit cool) vapor.
In case you’re wondering, strapping that atomizer to my ProVari and running it at 5v produces some pretty nice results!
As far as flavor goes, I thought the tobacco flavor wasn’t bad. It’s an understated tobacco flavor that’s fairly balanced. There wasn’t any sort of overpowering nutty flavor that is present in a lot of basic tobacco flavors. In general I found the flavor to be fairly mild and a little sweet. I didn’t try the menthol flavor.
The one thing I have to take exception to the most is the claim of equivalency on the packaging. Most big brands tend to exaggerate saying a cartomizer around 1ml in capacity is equivalent to a pack of smokes. Fin escalates that slightly by saying their cartridges are equal to 25 cigarettes (yet they hold half the e-liquid). In reality, 1ml is good for maybe 10 cigarettes if you stretch things a little.
The battery is a standard 510 style, so it probably weighs in at around 180mAh. This translates into 90 minutes to a couple of hours of run time for average users, 45 minutes or so for people like me. The stated charge time is around 2 hours. This makes an argument to get the kit with the 2 batteries.
Too Long; Didn’t Read
The Fin Electronic Cigarettes Lifestyle Kit comes in quite possibly the best packaging I’ve ever had the pleasure to unbox. The Fin gear itself is unique in that it’s one of the few e-cigarettes in this group that sticks to the three piece design. The use of a 306 atomizer helps improve the performance of an otherwise dated and inefficient method of vaporizing e-liquid. The result is a decent e-cigarette, but probably not the top performer in the category. They are available for purchase at FinCigs.com
- Fantastic storage case included with the Lifestyle kit
- Atomizers are top notch
- White LED on the battery
- Generally a good looking kit
- So-so performance
- No choice in flavors, strengths or batteries
- Low capacity cartridges
Product Name: Fin Electronic Cigarettes Starter/Lifestyle Kit
Available From: FinCigs
Price: $30 (standard kit) $60 (Lifestyle Kit)
Threading: 510 (with 306 atomizer)
Battery Capacity: ~180mAh
Atomizer Resistance: 3.7Ω
Disclosure: This product was provided to me by Fin for the purposes of review