The Magic Mist has an interesting approach to the e-cigarette business. The company started out with aftermarket pre-filled cartomizers compatible with most popular electronic cigarette brands. Recently, the company has branched out into e-cigarette batteries and starter kits with the same approach. They offer a number of different models compatible with the big brands. Read the rest of the Magic Mist ecig starter kit review to find out how well they work (and maybe you might win one for yourself).
What’s in the box:
The starter kits come in two varieties: an express kit for people looking to augment their existing brand-name gear or try out the company’s offerings, and a deluxe kit which is your typical starter kit.
The Express Kit includes:
- 1 280 mAh battery
- 2 cartomizers (1 tobacco and 1 menthol)
- 1 USB charger
Stepping up to the Deluxe Kit will get you:
- 1 280 mAh battery
- 1 350 mAh battery
- 10 cartomizers in tobacco or menthol
- 1 USB charger
- 1 AC adapter
Normally, somewhere in this section, I talk about standards. However, with these kits you pick which standard you want by way of selecting a compatible brand. The Magic Mist sent me their Vertigo version which is compatible with V2 Cigs (one of my favorites) and a number of other popular (and more expensive) brands.
I’ve actually reviewed a number of kits using this standard. Personally I think it is an excellent choice for this type of e-cigarette. They just seem to perform better than other models like the 510. Of course when it comes to options for accessories, nothing holds a candle to the 510 based ecigs.
I’ll talk a little more about why I have preferences for certain standards in a bit. For now, let’s focus on what the gear looks like.
The standard battery is of course smaller and is a little bigger than a 100 cigarette. The XL battery is naturally larger and quite a bit longer than a traditional cigarette, though not as unruly as it might sound. The extra battery capacity is worth it.
The Magic Mist batteries are black and feature the company’s logo in green and blue at the battery connector end. The other end has a stripe and the model name (Vertigo in my case) emblazoned in script.
The light at the end illuminates with a blue light when you puff. I am always happy when I see electronic cigarettes that use a color other than red or orange at the tip. These are electronic, there’s no reason for them to look like they are on fire!
One of the things that make the V2s my favorite is their use of a slightly higher voltage battery. The higher power battery provides a little more and warmer vapor than some of the other lines.
Because these are automatic batteries, I can’t hook up any test equipment, but it just seems that the vapor is a little cooler in this ecig. Similarly, there’s a touch less vapor as well.
Vapor production isn’t bad by any means, it’s just not as plentiful as some other models I’ve tried. I have no complaints at all in the throat hit department, the vapor had a good weight to it as well if that makes any sense at all.
Battery life will vary depending on how (and how much) you use this e-cigarette. I am a very heavy vaper and got over 2 and a half hours on the big battery. Normal people can probably double that figure.
Flavor is one of the things I don’t like about the Magic Mist. The tobacco flavor is mild and not at all unpleasant, and I like the flavor itself. The problem I have is that’s the only flavor option beyond menthol.
The Magic Mist is one of those companies that elected to focus on producing only traditional cigarette flavors. I can’t fault anyone for taking that approach. It’s particularly useful for those making the move from cigarettes.
As a vaper who hasn’t smoked a traditional cigarette in well over a year, most tobacco flavors don’t really float my boat any more. Many of the compatible brands TMM is competing with have flavor choices. I think they should join the ranks of those competitors and offer a wider flavor range.
The company does offer its cartridges in several nicotine strengths from 0 – 24mg.
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Popular aftermarket e-cigarette refill cartridge maker The Magic Mist has expanded into batteries and starter kits. Like their cartridges, the batteries are available in a number of different options to match the big-brand e-cigarettes. The batteries offer some nice features like a blue LED and can often be cheaper than their name brand counterparts. Performance is acceptable, but not mind-blowing. Visit The Magic Mist to check out their compatible models.
- Compatible with many popular brands
- Less expensive compared to the name brands (especially with the coupon code below)
- Blue LEDs
- Good battery life
- Average performance
- Only available in traditional and menthol
Product name: Magic Mist Kits (Express and Deluxe)
Available From: The Magic Mist
Price: $17.97 – $54.95
Coupon: use code TasteTheMagic for 15% off your first order
Still reading? Good. The company sent me an extra Express Kit to give away to one of my readers. That could be you. If you’d like the kit, leave a comment (only one, please). I’ll pick a random comment next week (August 1st, 2012) and send the kit to that person. Heck, I’ll even throw in a gently used Deluxe kit minus a couple cartos if you win and you want it.
Disclosure: The Magic Mist sent these kits for review (and giveaway), I feature affiliate links for The Magic Mist.