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Nicotek Metro Review

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(THREE STARS)

Prologue

As NJOY has been a consistently popular e-cigarette, we were more than a bit surprised to receive the following e-mail from our NJOY retailer on Friday, July 1st of this year:

URGENT NEWS: As of today we will no longer be selling NJOY products. Instead we will be selling a new brand of electronic cigarette that IS COMPATIBLE with your existing device... Recently NJOY has made a policy decision which is to consolidate their online presence. As a result that means that we will no longer be allowed to offer NJOY products... We are proud to introduce you to the new line of electronic cigarettes we will be offering from here on out, METRO, by Nicotek...”

— Excerpts from NJOY e-mail of 7/1/11.

Review

The successor in interest to NJOY, one of our "Top 5" brands, we had high hopes for the Nicotek Metro Platinum Starter Kit and were pleased with its prompt delivery to our front door. We were immediately struck by the vertical box, and surprised at how efficiently it managed to hold two cigarette-style batteries, ten cartridge atomizers, a USB charger, an AC wall adaptor, a DC car adaptor, a carrying case and of course, the user manual. We unpacked our Nicotek Metro and immediately put it to the test.

Nicotek Metro Cartridge Atomizers photo 01.

Nicotek Metro cartridge/atomizers are priced at $19.95 for 6 and are available in Traditional and Menthol flavors as well as Nicotine levels of 0mg, 0.6mg, 1.2mg, and 1.8mg. The Platinum starter kit includes five 1.8mg and five 1.2mg cartridge atomizers in Traditional or Menthol flavor.

The cartridge/atomizers were double end-capped as well as shrink wrapped to maintain freshness, and labeled with the flavor type and Nicotine level on both the cartridge/atomizer and the wrapping — generally a good indicator of a quality product. We immediately grabbed one of the two included batteries and screwed on a Traditional Flavor, 1.8mg cartridge/atomizer. Hoping for the best, we took a long, slow drag and exhaled. We could not have been more disappointed.

The taste was familiar, but not pleasant, and the vapor volume was decidedly below average. We took another drag and exhaled. Same result. A third drag was all we needed to know that we were not pleased with the flavor. We decided to fully charge the battery and try again the next day, hoping that the vapor volume would be improved, but resigned to the idea that the flavor was fairly awful and reminiscent of lower-quality brands we had tested in the past.

The Nicotek Metro fared no better the next day. We unwrapped a brand-new cartridge atomizer, screwed it to our now fully-charge battery and took a deep drag. The vapor volume remained poor, and the taste, well it was still unpleasant. It was no NJOY — one of the best-tasting electronic cigarettes we have ever had the pleasure of smoking. By this time we'd had more than our fill of the Nicotek Metro and decided to repack the box. Extremely disappointed, we placed it in the bin with the rest of the rejects we had come across in our tests for the Top 5 Electronic Cigarettes.

Due to its distasteful flavor and poor vapor volume, and despite the fact that it includes ten cartridge/atomizers, we found the $74.95 Nicotek Metro Platinum Starter Kit (before discounts), to be a poor value.

We estimated that including the Nicotek Metro Economy Kit purchase, the cost to maintain a one-pack-per-day cigarette habit using Nicotek Metro was $1088.33 annually or $90.69 per month or $20.93 per week or $2.98 per day. When compared to the cost of tobacco 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 a Nicotek Metro user is $1,101.67.

In summary, we found Nicotek Metro to be a poor value owing to its unpleasant flavor and sub-standard vapor volume.

FINAL JUDGMENT: THREE STARS and NOT RECOMMENDED.

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Nicotek Metro Platinum e-cigarette starter kit. Click to enlarge.

Nicotek Metro Starter Kit retails for $74.95 before discounts. Click to enlarge.

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What's in the Box

  • 2 2¾” cigarette-style batteries
  • 1 Carrying Case
  • 1 USB charger
  • 1 AC wall charger adaptor
  • 1 DC car charger adaptor
  • 5 1.8mg cartridge/atomizers
  • 5 1.2mg cartridge/atomizers
  • 1 Nicotek Metro User Manual
  • One-year limited warranty

Pros

  • Carrying case included
  • Car adaptor included
  • 10 Cartridge/atomizers included
  • One-year limited warranty

Cons

  • Taste was less than pleasing
  • Low vapor volume
  • Shipping charges
  • No money-back guarantee

Nicotek Metro Coupon Code

  • First click the "Visit the Official Nicotek Metro Website" link below, and then enter 10PCT in the Coupon Code box at checkout to receive 10% OFF your Nicotek Metro order!

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.

Nicotek Metro has earned THREE STARS and is NOT RECOMMENDED.

 

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