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Blu Cigs Review

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(FIVE STARS)

Review

PLEASE NOTE: We are pleased to report that in January, 2011 Blu Cigs introduced a new two-piece design. In keeping with the latest advances in electronic cigarette technology, separate atomizers are no longer required and are now built into the flavor cartridge. The new cartridge/atomizers are fully compatible with all Blu Cigs cigarette-style batteries, chargers and accessories — a most positive development for Blu Cigs customers who purchased kits prior to the design change. We immediately ordered and tested the new cartridge/atomizers. In accordance with our policy of full disclosure, our review has been edited to reflect the current product. Pricing references and evaluation scores have been revised accordingly.

Upon opening our Blu Cigs delivery we were immediately impressed by the design and quality of the product, the accessories and the even the packaging, everything seemed well made and organized for easy access. We then opened the Classic Tobacco box, screwed the one of the cartridge/atomizers combination onto one of our two included batteries and took a few quick puffs.

The LED tip reacted with a pleasing blue light, and we immediately took note of how easy it was to draw on it. The vapor volume was decidedly average, but certainly within the acceptable range. A big plus was the actual cigarette. It was and is the smallest, lightest and easiest-to-hold electronic cigarette we have reviewed to date — and may we add — quite elegant with its polished exterior and distinctive blue LED tip.

Blu Cigs Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit photo.

The new Blu Cigs Starter Kit is available with your choice of four flavors (Classic Tobacco, Cherry Crush, Java Jolt, and Magnificent Menthol) and four Nicotine strengths (Non-Nicotine, Ultra Light, Light, and Full Flavored).

The Classic Tobacco flavor was certainly pleasant enough, but nearly all of us agreed that it tasted as much like vanilla as tobacco. Next, we tried a Cherry Crush cartridge/atomizer, using the spare battery. Nearly all agreed that this was a pleasing taste and not dissimilar to that from a pipe filled with cherry flavored tobacco. We found the Java Jolt filters to have a most excellent, rich coffee flavor. The Magnificent Menthol filter cartridge received decidedly mixed reviews, with some saying that it also tasted of vanilla almost as much as menthol. Vanilla is a known e-cigarette cartridge flavor additive used by many if not most electronic cigarette manufacturers.

The Blu Cigs Portable Battery Pack received kudos all around. Plugging it in and charging it allows you to use it as a cordless battery charger when you are away from home. Instead of screwing your Blu Cigs into the included USB or wall chargers, you simply screw it into the portable battery pack. Further, it is extremely convenient way to carry your electronic cigarettes and spare filters. Blu Cigs was the only brand we tested that offered this most useful option with its basic starter kit.

We estimated that including the $69.95 Starter Kit price, the cost to maintain a one-pack-per-day cigarette habit using Blu Cigs was $770.75 annually or $64.23 per month or $14.82 per week or $2.11 per day. We based our calculations on changing the atomizer after every 5 flavor cartridges. The starter kit is one of the lowest cost we've tested making the Blu Cigs a good value. However, in addition to the flavor cartridges, one must include the cost of atomizers and at $5.00 per atomizer you are effectively adding $1.00 to the cost of each filter which are very reasonably priced at $1.00 each.

Blu Cigs Testimonial by Susie T. of Charlotte, NC. The blu electronic cigarette is the first, and now only electronic cigarette I'll use. The flavor is intense, it's easy to use and carry around, and it's saving me a LOT of money. In three words: I love blu!”

— Susie T., Charlotte, NC

Compare the cost of Blu Cigs to traditional cigarettes and the same one-pack-per-day habit at $6.00 per pack or $2190.00 per year or $182.50 per month or $42.12 per week or $6.00 per day. The annual savings for such a smoker is $1419.25! This is of course before one tries to place a value on the damage done to your lungs and pulmonary system by tobacco cigarettes.

In summary, we found Blu Cigs electronic cigarettes to be compact, light weight, easy to use, elegant and an excellent value.

FINAL JUDGMENT: FIVE STARS and RECOMMENDED WITH CERTAIN RESERVATIONS for anyone interested in quitting their smoking habit, or just finding a healthier way to smoke. If you are not a "tobacco flavor" purist, this may well be the perfect e-cigarette for you. Add one additional star if you enjoy smoking flavored cigarettes. You'll certainly save money, and you might even save your own life. Try to put a price on that.

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Blu Cigs e-cigarette starter kit. Click to enlarge.

Blu Cigs Starter Kit retails for $69.95 before discounts and shipping is FREE. Please note that photo depicts the 2010 starter kit. Click to enlarge.

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Photo of new cartridge/atomizers from Blu Cigs.

New for 2012: Blu Cigs has introduced new flavor cartridges with built-in atomizers, joining the ranks leading, two-piece e-cigarette manufacturers.

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What's in the Box

  • 1 portable recharging pack, holds 5 cartridges and charges 1 battery
  • 2 electronic cigarette batteries
  • 1 wall charger
  • 1 USB charger
  • 5 cartridge/atomizers in your choice of flavor and Nicotine strength
  • 1 Blu Electronic Cigarette Quick Guide
  • 1 Blu Operators Manual
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Pros

  • Low cost/high value starter kit
  • Lightweight when compared to other brands
  • Smallest size of any electronic cigarette
  • Feels like a regular cigarette in your hand
  • Starter kit includes a convenient recharging carry pack
  • Favorable quantity discounts on cartrifge/atomizer refill orders
  • Free shipping
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • One-year limited warranty

Cons

  • Below-average vapor volume
  • "Classic Tobacco" and "Magnificent Menthol" flavors tasted of vanilla

Blu Cigs Coupon Code

  • Unfortunately, Blu Cigs has informed us that the company is not providing coupon codes or coupon codes at this time and will keep us apprised of the situation. Be assured that if and when Bluc Cigs discounts are once again made available, we will have them for you here.

PLEASE NOTE: ANY AND ALL PRICING LISTED ON THIS WEB SITE IS BEYOND THE CONTROL OF ITS OWNERS AND EDITORS AND IS SUBJECT TO INCREASE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. DISCOUNTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR WITHDRAWAL AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. WE WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU MAKE YOUR PURCHASES PROMPTLY TO DECREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF ANY INCREASE IN PRICE AND/OR CHANGE/REMOVAL OF ANY DISCOUNTS.

Blu Cigs has earned FIVE STARS and is RECOMMENDED WITH CERTAIN RESERVATIONS as a light, elegant, compact, easy-to-carry, reasonably-priced, tar-free alternative to traditional cigarettes.

 

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WARNING: Nicotine is known to be a highly addictive substance. If you are not currently a smoker, we advise you not to begin smoking. If you are a smoker, we advise you to quit smoking. If you cannot quit, we advise you to use tobacco alternative products like electronic cigarettes (also referred to as e-cigarettes or electric cigarettes) to help you quit. Please note that e-cigarettes are not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate or cure any condition or disease. You must be over the age of eighteen (18) to use or buy electric cigarettes. We advise you to consult your doctor before using e-cigarettes if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma, or if you have a demonstrated sensitivity or allergy to nicotine or inhalants.

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