BLU Plus eCigs Review
Since 2009 BLU has consistently kept ahead of the pack with new features. Some of the most notable are better batteries, new sleek portable charging packs, better cartridges and even a social connection feature on their portable charging packs to find other Blu smokers around you. So we have read all the hype, seen the ads and now BLU is in almost every corner mini-mart and gas station. Does Blu really hold up to the competition? Lets see….
BLU batteries are as thick as a regular cigarette. They are a bit heavier, of course, but size-wise, they are almost the same size. You’ll get about four or five hours worth of general use out of the Blu Cigs electronic cigarette when it is at full charge. Perhaps it was perfect engineering or sheer luck, but that is about how long their nicotine cartridge tends to last before it starts to loose its flavor and kick. If you are a heavy smoker, then you may only experience about 2 hours per battery.
Sadly, there have been many comments online about the batteries not fully charging after a few months of use. We experienced the same problem with some of the batteries we were testing. Blu does constantly strive for quality so that issue may have been resolved by now, or not. The one good thing is BLU stands behind the batteries and will exchange them under warranty for up to a year. But during the exchange you may find yourself wishing you had a few spare batteries to hold you over! BLU is a great brand to begin enjoying an eCig instead of tobacco, but you will probably look for a larger type system after 6-8 months of use because of the regular battery replacements.
BLU offers a portable charging pack which will charge your ecig batteries while on the go. This charging pack contains its own super-battery which can recharge your smaller ecig batteries several times before it needs recharged. There is also a social feature you can get which will alert you if anyone else nearby has a similar BLU ecig system and their social charging pack with them. Kind of like the Facebook for ecigs, it will “poke” you if a fellow BLU smoker is nearby (about 50ft reach). It could be a nice way to break the ice with a potential next date when you are in the club.
While only speculation on our part, the charging pack always having a charge on a battery might be causing a “memory effect” with the batteries and thus the low performance after several months of use. This has been noted in cell phone batteries which too have similar batteries and will degrade if always left on charge. The great feature of the charging pack always keeping a battery charged and ready just might be the culprit of why some folks experience battery issues after a few months. It is noted to remove the battery from the charging slot after it is charged, but let’s face it….who really watches it that close? As humanly expected, all of us left the battery on charge in the pack overnight several times while reviewing the product.
Blu makes it very easy to have a charged battery at all times with their portable charging pack. But the problems with SOME batteries not lasting the long term can be a frustrating experience with exchanges and additional costs to have a few spares handy during the exchange.
Blu cigs offers fourteen different flavor cartridges. They are great tasting while providing a good nicotine hit like a real cigarette. For our review we had the opportunity to try the Classic Tobacco and the Peach Schnapps flavors.
The Blu Classic tobacco is one of the closest tasting cartridges to the ‘real thing’ that we have experienced. Just the right amount of flavoring and a hint of sweetness made this flavor a quick favorite among our testing panel. The cartridge was full flavored and produced a good volume of vapor when smoked. If Blu offered this flavor in an eLiquid refill I bet they would sell like mad for use in other ecig systems.
Peach Schnapps is a very unique flavor not typically found among the hundreds of ecig brands. With only seven flavor offerings by Blu we figured this flavor had to be really exceptional to be on the list….and we were right! The Blu Peach Schnapps was fantastic! Loaded with natural peach flavoring and hints of spice really makes this cartridge stand out from the crowd. There was no bitter aftertaste and the flavor was consistent for the entire life of the cartridge. Normally you do not smell the apor from an ecig unless you are right on top of it and its a flavor like coffee or vanilla. But with this cartridge there was a residual sweet peach scent in the air while vaping. That could could easily turn a few heads just wondering if you had some peach flavored gum you weren’t sharing!
The strengths you will find include 2.4%, 1.2% and some are available with zero nicotine. The ingredients are basic and listed on every cartridge package. That is good because you don’t want a bunch of unknown chemicals in your ecig cartridge. Ingredients like Vegetable Glycerin, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Distilled Water, Citric Acid which are all very common ingredients found in products we consume/use almost everyday.
One cartridge is equal to about 1.2 to 2 packs of traditional tobacco cigarettes and sells for about $5 per cartridge.
The Blu PLUS electronic cigarette provides an exceptional smooth draw. When nicotine tanks/cartridges cost more than most other brands, one expects superb quality. Blu SHINES in that aspect!! The flavors are really pleasing and the throat hit is what you would expect and want from an ecig. In fact, we have only seen that kind of flavor and throat hit in the larger vape-pens so Blu is definitely doing something right.
The support staff at BLU cigs is very attentive to it’s customers needs. Being a company based in the USA, you can be assured that support hours are convenient to your schedule. BLU is one of the few companies that are available on the weekends for support. While they do not have a direct email for support, they do have live chat and a contact form on their website for support.
Toll free number: 1-888-207-4588
Open 7 days a week, 7 a.m.–11 p.m. EST
To make a warranty claim you have to complete a RMA form online. Replacements are processed in about 1-2 weeks. Because we did experience some issues with the batteries after many weeks of use, we did file a claim for a replacement. New batteries arrived in about 9 days and worked great. The only downside is if those are your only batteries being sent back then you are stuck without a working ecig until you new ones arrive. Note that practically every company handles warranty exchanges the same way. The point being you should invest in extra batteries when buying BLU because at least one battery replacement will probably occur within the first year of use.
Overall we had a good experience with Blu support and their warranty exchange program. Should you experience any problems with your Blu cig the folks at Blu will help you.
Blu offers a really nice starter package for $42.99 (10/2016 price) which includes 2 batteries, wall charger, usb charger, the portable charging case/pack with social features, and a 5-pack of cartridges in your choice of flavors.
Blu cartridges run $14.99 per 3-pack.
Unfortunately the Blu cartridges cost more than other brands. Choosing the BLU Cigs brand over another brand is going to come down to your personal preference in wanting the premium flavors and their brand name. While Blu Cigs are competitive in price for the starter kits, they are slightly more expensive to operate. But even at $5 per cartridge, you are still less than a pack of cigarettes per cartridge.
If you have not heard of BLU Cigs then you must not own a television! This brand has taken the world by storm with TV and magazine ads everywhere. Blu was one of the first ecig brands that we reviewed back in 2009. Since then there have been many changes to the industry and Blu has adapted every time to be a leader.
Their ecigs and vaporizers are top-notch systems which are priced right in line to be competitive with all the other brands. The overall cost to operate is a bit more, but with that comes some really superb flavors as well as high-capacity nicotine tanks which outlast most of the competition. That in perspective makes it almost a wash for the additional cost, but it does have to be noted in the review due to the price of each high-capacity cartridge.
I really liked the convenience of the portable charging pack that came with the BLU. Many ecig companies give you an ecig package and then you need a case to carry it around. Then other accessories to charge. Blu makes it easy to charge your batteries while on the go without plugging anything into a USB. The only time I needed to plug anything in was to simply charge the BLU charging pack. Very nice!
Blu stands behind their products and is quick to provide assistance when needed. Warranty exchange for a battery went smoothly, but I had to complete a form online to process a return. With the extended support hours and weekend availability, you can rest assured that Blu is there to help after the sale.
Peach-a-licious! I really enjoyed the Peach Schnapps cartridge by Blu cigs.
It was the perfect stress reliever at work to sit there and vape on one of my favorite drinks! A couple of co-workers noticed the awesome aroma and I had to share. Looks like two more potential customers for Blu after sampling mine!
Blu offers a nice starter kit with everything you need to start vaping. Unfortunately you are paying more money for the kit and cartridges than what other companies have to offer. The Blu cartridges are excellent tasting and that alone could be worth the extra money to go Blu if you don’t mind paying a bit more for premium flavors.