South Beach Smoke is a typical electronic cigarette for those who are ready to give up the nasty smell of tobacco cigarettes, but still want to have the same look and feel that they are accustomed to. The company offers both two and three-piece electronic cigarette models. The “Deluxe” two part model is more expensive but delivers a cleaner taste since the atomizer is replaced with each new cartridge. In the “Premium” three-piece model the atomizer stays with the battery meaning that you will sometimes taste a previous flavor or have a stale taste left from your last cartridge. Since the models each require cartridges that are specific to the model, the “Deluxe” two-piece model is worth the initial investment.
South Beach Smoke offers five flavors and four strengths in both the premium and deluxe models (remember the deluxe is the higher-end choice). The Tobacco and Menthol flavors are the obvious choices when you want to experience the same taste that you are used to with traditional cigarettes, but Cherry, Vanilla, and Chocolate are options as well. The Chocolate is surprisingly delicious, although the taste makes it seem like something different than an actual cigarette. This left me with the desire to puff on the Tobacco-flavored cartridge soon after.
The South Beach Smoke is easy to use and there is no on/off switch to remember. This “inhale to activate” method helps save battery life (which is not very long). While saving battery power is important, it also causes the first drag to be a waste of time if you are expecting to taste anything. After a few puffs you will notice a much better vapor intake.
The strength options are helpful if you want to use electronic cigarettes to help reduce your dependence on nicotine without going through annoying side effects from withdrawal. The cartridges are different depending on the starter kit that you choose. The Premium cartridges were leaky when they were moved around outside of the case. Both types of cartridges are sold in 15-packs. The Deluxe cartridges are the equivalent of about two packs of cigarettes, while the Premium cartridges are equal to only one pack of cigarettes. While the Deluxe cartridges cost more, you get what you pay for.
Having the refill packages sold in larger quantities makes the cost larger, but you will save on shipping costs buying several at one time. When you buy your starter kit you have the option of becoming a member of the South Beach Smoke home delivery program which will keep your refills coming each month at a reduced cost. If you aren’t ready for that kind of commitment, you can choose to order refills as you go. The membership program also entitles you to a lifetime warranty.
The standard packaging that comes with the basic starter kit is…just that – basic. There are other options that provide more accessories including a nicer-looking carrying case. If you are searching for a basic electronic cigarette for a small initial investment, South Beach Smoke is a good value.