Blu Electronic Cigarettes Review
If you’re looking to switch to a smokeless lifestyle, Blu Cigs is one of the best transition products around. Blu e-cigs mimic the look, feel and taste of cigarettes to provide smokers with the same satisfying experience, without the physical, social and environmental effects associated with tobacco.
Three things make Blu Cigs stand out among its peers – 1) 100% US-made smoke juice from Johnson Creek, 2) the revolutionary Blu Pack, and 3) more than 80,000 retail outlets.
Made exclusively for Blu Ecigs, Johnson Creek’s smoke juice is formulated from ingredients that are 100% US-made. Each batch of e-liquid is mixed by hand in a tightly controlled Wisconsin facility. Not only does Blu Cigs taste great – it’s also safe for you because it does not contain propylene glycol.
Blue Cigs has taken ecig design to another level by introducing the Blu Pack. This proprietary mobile battery charger looks exactly like a flip-top cigarette pack, with interior slots for storing flavor cartridges and charging your spare battery on the go.
While most premium ecig brands can only be purchased online, Blu Electronic Cigarettes has made its products available in more than 80,000 retail outlets across all states. And with the new social feature of the Blu Pack, you get instant notification whenever a retailer is within 50 feet.
Pros and Cons
- Looks, feels and tastes like real cigarettes
- Flip-top charging case
- American-made Johnson Creek smoke juice
- Rich flavors and great throat hit
- Excellent battery responsiveness
- Blu Pack social features
- Highly rewarding loyalty program
- Available in more than 80,000 retail outlets
- 1-year warranty
- Subpar vapor volume
- Below average battery life
- No car charger
- No e-liquid refill option
- Expensive starter kits
Full Blu Cigs Review
The number of American smokers who have tried e-cigarettes doubled from 10% in 2010 to about 21% in 2011. E-cigs may be the hottest thing in town but many smokers are still hesitant to make the switch because the idea of “vaping” seems unnatural.
Blu Cigs has done a good job of replicating the smoking experience that you hardly notice the difference when vaping. The ecig itself, the vapor, the taste, the inhaling motion, and even the packaging are very realistic. The Blu Pack is crumple-resistant so they’re actually better than flip-top boxes at protecting your pack of smokes from accidental damage and exposure to the elements.
With new social features added to the Blu Pack, you can easily find Blu electronic cigarette retailers and other Blu users near you, giving you the perfect ice-breaking opportunity or the chance to replenish your supply of Blu while you’re out and about.
Blu has a very good loyalty program that rewards customers with points every time they shop. These points can be exchanged for discounts or free products from the rewards catalog.
Packaging and Style
While most e-cigarette companies like v2 are busy trying to create every possible battery color, Blu Cigs keeps it classy with solid black or white, wrapped with a thin gold band and styled with a sleek Blu logo.
All Blu starter kits come with a portable charging case called the Blu Pack. Inside each pack are seven slots – five to store your cartridges, one to hold your spare battery, and one for charging your drained battery. The inside of the pack is clearly labeled with easy-to-read icons to help keep everything organized.
Blu Packs are highly durable. The exterior is resistant to breakdown and chemical leakage, and the interior is lined with a hygienic material called Santoprene.
The pack will vibrate and flash whenever another Blu user or retail location is within 50 feet. It also uses a micro USB connection that allows users to store and share Facebook or Twitter information in the pack. If you don’t want to use the social features of your Blu Pack, you can easily turn it off.
The three Blu ecig models – Original, Premium, and Premium 100 – come with their own starter kit bundled with two batteries, a USB charger, a wall adapter, a Blu Pack, and five cartomizers in your choice of flavor and nicotine strength.
Blue ecigs also offers disposable electronic cigarettes. Equivalent to 400 puffs or a pack-and-a-half of traditional cigarettes, these disposable ecigs are compact and ready to use right out of the package. No charging or assembly required.
Flavor and Vapor
Cartridges are filled with e-liquid developed by Johnson Creek. The formula is mixed by hand in a Wisconsin facility using 100% US-made vegetable glycerin (USP-grade), citric acid, distilled water, nicotine, and natural and artificial flavors. Unlike most e-liquid, Johnson Creek does not use propylene glycol in its smoke juice.
Although they lack in flavor variety, it more than makes up for in taste. They are one of the best in the business when it comes to flavor, with tobacco, menthol, vanilla and fruit choices that are sure to blow your mind.
The original Blu Cigs flavor, Classic Tobacco, is a proprietary blend of Burley and Brightleaf tobaccos. Flue-cured Cavendish is added to bring out the natural sweetness.
Cool, refreshing, and striking yet subdued, Magnificent Menthol cartridges deliver an aromatic, sub-zero surge of icy-cold tranquility. Peppermint, spearmint, and natural menthol crystals invigorate as they calm and revitalize as they soothe.
Vivid Vanilla combines the complex floral aroma of Tahitian vanilla with the rich, velvety flavor of Madagascar Bourbon vanilla. Expertly cured to ideal moisture levels with just a hint of sweetness, Vivid Vanilla captures the allure and pure essence of one of nature’s most beguiling flavors.
A burst of Black Cherry swaddled in Maraschino undertones and blended with the dark mahogany blush of juicy Bing cherries, Cherry Crush is tantalizingly tangy, potent, and punchy.
With a warm, inviting aroma and an unmistakable coffee bean taste, Java Jolt evokes the laidback rhythm of coffee house culture and quaint sidewalk cafés. Always good to the last drop, Java Jolt is pure robust e-cigarette flavor that any discerning coffee connoisseur will love.
With every puff of Piña Colada, you’ll encounter a wave of Cayenne pineapple and silky-smooth coconut milk flavoring that’s pure paradise. Flood your mouth with a tasty concoction that evokes your best memories of the tropics.
Aromatically pleasing and delightfully sweet, Peach Schnapps is a non-alcoholic overture of sun-ripened Clingstone peaches and spice flavorings blended with the distinct taste of distilled spirits.
Original and Premium cartridges last about 250 puffs while Premium 100 cartomizers produce around 320 puffs.
The mouthpiece of each Blu flavor cartridge is covered with a silicone tip to prevent leakage. One-hole intake allows for maximized draw and resistance for a real cigarette feel.
Because Johnson Creek uses vegetable glycerin instead of propylene glycol, the vapor from Blu ecigs is slightly inferior when compared to other ecig brands.
Cartridges are available in four nicotine concentrations:
- Full-flavored: 13-16mg
- Light: 9-12mg
- Ultra Light: 6-8mg
- Non-Nicotine: 0mg
Disposable Blu e-cigs are available in 20-24mg (Classic Tobacco) and 17-24mg (Magnificent Menthol) strengths.
Battery Life and Charging
Blu currently only makes automatic batteries, which are perfect for first-time vapers. Manual ecigs require the push of a button to activate the vapor, which can be strange and annoying to smokers. With automatic ecigs, you simply take a puff and exhale – just like with regular cigarettes.
Original and Premium batteries are designed in the exact dimensions as a regular cigarette. The extended capacity Premium 100 batteries are slightly longer.
Blu ecigs are incredibly light and easy to hold between your fingers. They are also among the most responsive batteries on the market today – you don’t have to draw very hard to get the vapor flowing.
The downside is poor battery life. While other mini ecigs can produce at least 160 puffs on a single charge, you can only pull around 80 to 100 puffs from a Blu e-cigarette. Premium 100 batteries have a puff count of 150 – significantly lower than the 300-500 puffs delivered by other long batteries.
As a result of this lackluster performance, Blu users have to charge their batteries several times during the day. This is where the Blu Pack becomes extremely handy. A fully charged pack can replenish the power in your Blu battery up to six times. Always carry two batteries in your Blu Pack so you always have a fully-charged ecig when the other one drains out.
Charging is very convenient – just drop your ecigs into the slots and close the flap, no need to unscrew the battery from the cartridge. The charging case has two triple-light indicators on the side, one for case charging (blue) and another for battery charging (red). The pack connects easily to any standard wall outlet or USB port, giving you two convenient recharging options.
If you are at home or in the office, you can charge your Blu batteries through a computer USB port or wall outlet and save your Blu Pack for outdoor use. Unlike most ecig brands, Blu Cigs does not offer car charging options.
Blu Ecigs Value
If you’re looking for the most affordable way to try e-cigarettes, Blue Cigs may not be your best option. The cheapest starter kit from Blu is around $70 before Blu cig coupons.
After this one-time investment, there is nothing else to buy except refill cartridges. Your Blu ecigs are covered by a 12-month warranty so you don’t have to worry about getting new batteries for an entire year.
Each Blu ecig flavor cartridge is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes, and depending on how many flavor packs you purchase at one time, you can get them for as little as $1.92 per cartridge. Create an online account to be eligible for loyalty points which you can later exchange for free or discounted cartridges and accessories.
If you are currently spending $5 for a pack of cigarettes, switching can save you $22 every week, $93 every month, or over $1100 every year!
Blu Cigs has a very comprehensive blog page where you’ll find everything you need to know about their brand and the latest in electronic cigarette technology. Read through the FAQs, company news and updates, battery maintenance tips, smoke juice info, and an in-depth reference for those who are new to the world of e-cigarettes. If you still have questions, you can contact Blu by phone, email or live online chat.
All products are covered by a one-year warranty and come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Blu Cigs also provides free shipping on orders over $100.
The rewards program lets you bring home freebies and enjoy huge discounts at the online store. Buy any Blu starter kit and get 350 points. Every 5-pack cartridge box, battery, Blu Pack, or charger you purchase gives you 50 points. Without spending a dime, you can earn 25 points by creating an account, 10 points for voting in community polls, and 25 points for subscribing to the Blu Cigs newsletter.
With a minimum of 150 points, you can already enjoy a 10% discount on your next cartridge or accessory purchase. Redeem 1200 points to get five cartridges for free, or 7000 points to own a new starter kit at no cost.
About Blu Electronic Cigarettes
Blu Cigs was founded by Jason Healy in 2009. Deviating from the typical screw-in charging construction, Blu Cigs created the proprietary Blu Pack that ensures optimum battery performance and lets users charge their ecigs on the go.
Blu’s partnership with Johnson Creek has resulted in the best vapor flavors in the industry today.
Blu has been featured on various television commercials and programs, as well as music videos. Blu e-cigs recently made an appearance in the sci-fi short film “Plurality”.
In April 2012, Lorillard acquired Blu Cigs for $135 million, marking the first foray by Big Tobacco into the rapidly growing electronic cigarette sector. Lorillard is the company behind the Newport, Kent, True, Maverick, and Old Gold brands.
Blu electronic cigarettes headquarters is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and has been a BBB Accredited Business since August 2010.
About Johnson Creek Enterprises
Located in Hartland, Wisconsin, Johnson Creek Enterprises was founded in 2008 with a single mission: to improve the taste of e-liquid. The company’s proprietary formula called Smoke Juice is distinct for its superior quality and flavor made from seven FDA-approved ingredients.
Johnson Creek’s smoke juice guarantees that the complete line of Blu products always meets the highest benchmarks of quality and satisfaction. Johnson Creek is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company and has been a BBB Accredited Business since June 2009.
If you are serious about switching to electronic cigarettes, Blu Cigs is the perfect way to get started. It mimics the way you smoke and delivers the same satisfying flavor and vapor, without the harmful effects and high price of tobacco cigarettes.
Carrying all your ecig gear around can be inconvenient. But with the revolutionary Blu Pack, you can organize your batteries and cartridges in a portable charging case that you can easily slip down your pocket like a flip-top pack.
Blu Cigs flavors from Johnson Creek are definitely top-notch. And you know they are safe for you because they do not contain propylene glycol, a controversial ingredient used by almost all ecig manufacturers.
Blu Cigs can definitely use some major improvements on two aspects – vapor volume and puff-per-charge count. I’m not sure what Blu can do about the vapor since its e-liquid has a vegetable glycerin base, but the lithium ion technology can certainly be tweaked so users don’t have to keep charging their batteries every two hours.
Say goodbye to secondhand smoke, teeth stains, and cigarette butts. Start a healthier and greener lifestyle today with Blu Cigs.