Published: 14th Mar 2013
This a review of the VIP electronic cigarette standard starter kit.
VIP are a UK electronic cigarette provider based in Manchester of which have a growing presence in the retail sector. I spoke to the owner of 20 stores who said business was 'incredible' and the company are planning on continuing to invest by opening more outlets on the high street.
So are VIP's products worthy of the business they are generating? Let's find out.
I purchased the VIP Standard Starter Kit and whilst online there isn't the option to choose your e-liquid flavour, there was in the shop I bought mine in.
Presentation box / packaging
The box the VIP starter kit comes in is white cardboard and modelled on a 20 pack of traditional cigarettes box.
As you can see in the pictures, the battery has also been styled on a traditional cigarette being white in colour and having the immitation rings round the paper. In terms of the build quality and design, I would say lacks a little when compared to some of the other products like Green Smoke.
In terms of battery performance, it lasted me approx 2.5hrs which is not bad at all for a battery this size. However the issue with this starter kit is that you only get one battery and no personal charging case (PCC). So 2.5hrs is your maximum vaping time before a re-charge is required. Also, bear in mind that a full charge takes about 1.5hrs from a dead battery, so a newbie who wasn't aware of the implications of buying a kit without a spare battery or PCC would more than likely find themselves getting caught short when out and about.
Also, I did find that the battery didn't last as long the more I charged it.
The switch on the VIP product was pretty good, activating quickly when a draw was taken and ensuring for a smooth vape. No issues here.
The VIP is a two part product which is assembled by screwing the battery into the cartomizer. As you can see in the picture above, the material wrapped around the cartomizer is visible. I don't personally like the look of this and after a while, part of it came unstuck.
In terms of performance though the VIP produced alot of vapour with the switch ensuring each draw was smooth and pleasant. The 16mg tobacco flavour was ok, not one of my favourites but achieved a nice throat hit. The 24mg, was a little too harsh for me but this is obviously down to your own preference.
So all in the VIP performed pretty well, however it simply does not perform at the level of the http://the-best-electronic-cigarette.com/index.php/the-reviews/v1p-pcc-e-cigarette-starter-kit
Written by Rob Patrick
The VIP is a good cheap option for those just getting into e cigarettes
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The VIP standard starter kit is a good cheap option which performs relatively well, delivering decent vapour clouds and smooth draw. However, whilst it is pretty cheap it simply doesn't perform at the level of the Jacvapour V1P. If you also consider that the Jacvapour product has another battery, a personal charging case and 5 cartomizers, I know where I would spend my money.