Published: 31st Dec 2012
This is a review of the Volcano Inferno starter kit purchased from http://www.volcano-ecigs.co.uk/
Volcano are a Hawaii based electronic cigarette manufacturer and retailer which was established in 2009 and due to growth have now expanded their operations to Southeast Asian and more recently UK shores.
But are Volcano's products smoking hot? Let's find out how their most popular performance electronic cigarette perfoms.
In terms of customisation, you have the widest choice of battery colours I have seen with, Blue, Pink, Red and Silver available. They also offer the choice of over 15 flavours of e-liquid each available in 4 different strengths of nicotine.
Presentation box / packaging
The presentation box is cardboard with the top part black and the bottom base part in the colour you have selected for your battery. A nice little touch. The box has only the Inferno branding on the top with no other details stated.
I was a little concerned regarding how long it would take to ship the product as I didn't know whether it would be posted from Hawaii, but thankfully it wasn't and arrived within 3 working days.
The Inferno starter kit includes two batteries which are 650mah and 900mah. As shown in the pictures, I opted for the blue version, which is a really nice deep metallic blue. The batteries also have some raised design details on them including the 'Inferno' branding towards the base. It looks and feels like a well made quality product. Both batteries are operated manually via the typical button press functionality. The product also incorporates the now common disable feature, which is activated by pressing the button quickly 5 times.
In terms of charging, both batteries have the pass through feature which allows charging via a mini USB socket which is located underneath the silver cap at the base which requires you to unscrew it. The great thing about pass through functionality is that they allow you to use the product whilst charging, which is handy if you have forgotten to charge the batteries. The batteries can also be charged via the typical approach by screwing the other USB style charger to the thread at the top end of the battery. I was finding the 650 mah battery was lasting approximately 5hrs and the 'huge' 900mah one lasting well over a day. In terms of charging time, both batteries were taking about 90 mins from dead.
The switch on the Inferno performed well activating consistently with each draw. No problems here at all.
Ok, this is where the Inferno is slightly different to the e cigarettes I have reviewed to date. This is due to the Tube tank which is different than the tank models I have used. Firstly you fill a cartomizer in the usual way and then insert it about three quarters of the way into the Tube tank. Then add more e-liquid into the tank until its about half full and push the cartomizer in as far as it will go. There is a small hole in the cartomizer which draws in e-liquid from the tank, keeping it saturated inside. The drip tip (mouthpiece) is then attached to the top of the unit.
To attach the Tube tank to the battery, you need to first ensure the metal ring which comes with the kit is attached to the battery over the thread section. The Tube tank is then screwed to the battery. One of my issues with this was that it didn't feel that sturdy when attached and you could continue to screw the tank without it tightening fully. It was just a little fiddly. When assembled the Inferno looks pretty radical, at first I didn't know whether to vape it or play it like a flute!
However, in terms of vaping performance the Inferno performed well, producing loads of vapour with a serious throat kick. I opted for the tobacco flavour which was nice but not my favourite.
Written by Rob Patrick
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The Inferno was a solid performer and was a joy to vape on, however I found the Tube tank a little fiddly to set up and would therefore not recommend this product for newbies. But if you are a more experienced vaper and are looking for a performance e cigarette which kicks out thick clouds of vapour and lasts all day long, then the Inferno is definitely worth a closer look.