Not long after my V2 Cigs arrived I also got my hands on the Apollo E Cigarette. While I absolutely love the V2 I had heard some good things about the Apollo as well, I love trying out new smokeless cigarettes so I thought I would splash out on one of these and see how it compared to my other smokeless cigs.
So a few days later my Apollo arrived and my first impressions were very promising, the packaging is perhaps the finest that I’ve seen in my time using smokeless/electronic cigarettes. The box has a lovely matt black finish to it and on the inside the foam is cut perfectly, looks great and everything fits inside it like a glove. It’s a lot more than I expected for my $70, that’s for sure.
The Apollo uses a 2 piece design the same as the Safe Cig and V2 so getting started it easy (this is a relatively new update according to their website, up until March 2011 they used a 3 piece design for this kit, it was a good choice making he change to 2 piece). When I screwed the cartridge onto the battery and took my first drag I was amazed at the throat hit I got, I opted for tobacco, high nicotine cartridges, and wow do you get a throat hit off of them, more than any other E cigarette I’ve tried, so much so that I wasn’t expecting it and nearly choked. It’s really impressive and a lot like smoking tobacco cigarettes again.
The tobacco flavor is very good too, this is something I found a lot of E cigarette companies struggling with, creating a genuine tasting tobacco flavor, but recently more companies are getting it close, Apollo are one of the better flavors I’ve tried, though there is an after taste with them that is a little funny tasting.
The one downside to smoking the Apollo E cigarette is the vapor it produces. Considering the massive throat hit I got I was expecting quite a bit more vapor, but this isn’t the case. While it isn’t poor it’s not great. Honestly though, I wouldn’t let that put you off too much because other than that it is a very genuine smoking experience.
What’s In The Kit
I went for the Standard Starter Kit, in this kit you will get 2 lithium batteries, USB and a wall charger, 5 nicotine cartridges of your choice and also a portable charging case. All of this comes for just $69.95 which really is a bargain. At this price the Apollo is huge competition for Blu Cigs whos starter kits cost exactly the same.
The Portable Charging Case
The portable charging case really is becoming an essential part of starter kits these days. Apollo have went down a similar route to Blu Cigs with their PCC, it looks just like a pack of cigarettes. Inside it you can fit 2 batteries and 5 cartridges, so if you are going away for the weekend you will have everything you need in this case. The case can charge up your E cigarette battery about 10 times before you need to recharge it, which it really quite impressive. All of this storage capacity and battery power come at a bit of a cost though, the case it quite bulky, its not something I like to carry around in my jeans all day. It’s almost twice as thick as the charging case you get with the V2 Cig. So for me the case is more suited to women who carry hand bags around with them, or even guys who have a backpack or satchel with them. If you just carry your E cig in your pocket then you will probably find this to be too big.
On the up-side the Apollo PCC does have more features than the pack that comes with the basic Blu Starter Kit. It has a LCD display on the front that shows you how much power is left in the cases battery and there is a red/greed light on the front of the case that lets you know when your E cigarette battery is charging or is fully charged. So that’s a nice touch.
Apollo Electronic Cigarettes come with a few flavors on offer, these are – Tobacco, Coffee, Menthol, Cherry and Vanilla. Sadly I only got the tobacco as I mentioned before but I am pretty happy with how this tastes. As for the other flavors, I’ve heard mixed reports, some people like them some don’t, so I guess its all down to personal preference.
I found that I got just less than one pack of cigarettes worth of smoking out of a single refill cartridge, so while that’s not the best, its not the worst either. A pack of 5 refills will cost you $12.50, so $2.50 per cart isn’t too bad. Though if you buy 11 packs (55 carts) you will only pay $10.50 for each one, that’s a better price.
Because the Apollo starter kit doesn’t cost a lot it means that their replacement parts don’t cost much either. While you do get 1 year warranty which will replace broken parts, after that is finished if you need a new battery or charger they are only going to cost you $9.99 each. Some other companies charge as much as $50 for a battery, so this is a really good price.
Should You Buy This Smokeless Cigarette?
This is a tough question to answer, it is a pretty decent smokeless cigarette, the packaging is nice, the batteries are nice to the touch, the throat hit is great and the charging case is pretty good too, but it really doesn’t come close to the V2 Cig, the only thing that is better on the Apollo is the big throat hit, but other than that I think the V2 is a better device.
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