This review is on the Blu Premium Starter Kit - Black. I purchased this kit after trying the disposable Blu electronic cigarette I purchased from my local drug store. I was very impressed with the disposable version so much; I wanted to give the starter kit a try. The website is here, blu cigs and the Premium kit was priced at 79.95.
The kit comes with:
1 New blu Premium pack with Social Features
2 Mini blu batteries
1 blu Premium wall charger
1 blu Premium USB charger
1 five-pack cartridges in the strength and flavor of your choice
I was recently informed by a reader that Blu does indeed offer the kits at Walgreens as well. I say "do indeed" because my local Walgreens here in South Florida are also listed as sellers of the kits, but they only sell the disposables. Me and a fellow vapor enthusiast searched 5 local Walgreens and came up empty. But, you may be in luck. Be sure to check the blu site to see if any local stores around you offer the kits if you are looking for one.
My first impressions of the site were great. They really understand the principle of “Less is more”. The simple style really shows off the elegant design they decided on. Of all the electronic cigarettes, this one has the greatest showmanship and catches everyone’s attention. Even from the name, Blu. Who thought of that? I thought it was a misspelling of blue. But, they defined that name. The PCC, with its simple mat finish, sturdy hinge design and drop-and-charge battery design, is the corner stone of this kit. Like I said, the best designed e-cig around, hands down. Everyone that has seen it, loves it.
The delivery options are great also, offering free USPS shipping as well as FedEx. I choose USPS and the package arrived in about 5-7 days. I am very happy with the option, if I need the cartomizers faster, I have the option in FedEx. I trust their commitment to customer satisfaction. That's my go-to option for 2nd day or over-night.
First, one of the best things about this kit is the PCC (Personal Charging Case). It is a solidly designed case, feeling sturdy and well crafted, not cheap like some others. The blue light that lights up on the front is just the right touch, not too flashy. The case has two battery indicators on the side, one for the case and one for the battery that the case is charging inside. I also like the fact you don’t have to screw the battery in to charge it. The case holds a complete e-cig and 5 cartridges along with the charging battery. There’s also a social feature that lets the case vibrate when near another Blu PCC, which they believe will help conversation about e-cigs. Not so sure how that will pane out, as I keep mine off. The batteries have not gone out on me at all. The charge and go like champs. I also love the fact they tell you who they choose for their e-liquids and why. And, I must admit, I'm a fan of Johnson Creek as well. And the fact this all comes at a price that matches most other sites, just a big plus.
The battery, even for such a short one, still lasts for about 1.5 hours with regular use. The responsiveness is really good also, probably too good. It goes off even if you put it in your mouth backwards and take a drag. But, this probably isn't a big deal if you keep it in the case. If you put it in your pocket, I’m pretty sure it’ll miss-fire by itself. I’m glad they chose to send a case with every kit. Also, the battery and cartridge is really small, about the size of a regular cigarette, which I know some ex-smokers will really enjoy.
The Flavor is great. The menthol is very good. I also enjoy the Java Jolt flavor a lot. Not as much as V2 cigs coffee flavor, but third best for sure. It has a smoky taste to it that’s unique. I enjoy Johnson Creek liquids a great deal, so that’s a no brainer win, win for me.
The Throat hit is where there is a serious flaw. I’m not sure why, since the disposable had a decent throat hit. Not amazing, but decent. These have none. Not even a bit. It has great resistance, so it feels like your taking a drag on a cig, but no… back of the throat punch that normal cigs give or other e-cigs for that matter. I’m not sure if it’s the battery of the flavor, cause I only got Java Jolt with the kit. Or of it's just the smaller batteries in the premium kit that have the lack of hit. I plan on testing the 100 pack to be sure, but the premium, zero on throat hit.
Vapor is a different story; this little guy has a ton of it. And I do mean a ton. It’s amazing the amount it produces, for any size. A plus for this part for sure, but it’s probably because the liquid is Vegetable Glycerin based, which seems to produce more vapor. I was very impressed with this part and so were my friends that I showed it off too. With the vapor letting you feel like a living chimney, a lot of smokers loved that one feature alone. To be honest, no one in this for-factor or even in the larger 2-piece kits matches its vapor pound-for-pound. Super job there.
Over all I recommend this kit a lot to soon-to-be ex-smokers. The kit really is a gateway into the e-cig world. Most ex-smokers I know started their journey here and never went back to regular cigarettes.