South Beach Smoke Review
- Great Sales
- Variety of flavors
- Multiple battery options
- Limited Colors
South Beach Smoke has come a long way from building name recognition with their cig-a-like e-cigs to now pushing into the more advanced market of vaping. They created what some called one of the best cig-a-like e-cigs out there a few years ago per their customers and as that market has transitioned away, the vaporizers are what they are banking on to continue growing and stay competitive within the industry. They have continued to improve their cig-a-likes though over time and haven’t abandoned those. They basically offer 1 cig-a-like in multiple kits based on accessories, batteries, and cartridges you might want, they have a disposable e-cig, and now 4 vaporizers and a build your own vaporizer kit too. So we’ll look at their products and evaluate just how good they are these days.
First we’ll look at the cig-a-like kits. The newest kits have an orange corner so you can easily tell if you have the most updated kit. If not, I would recommend an upgrade! It is totally worth it. The newest South Beach Smoke cig-a-like product is the SuperMAX battery. It has higher voltage and lasts longer than previous batteries. The higher voltage also equals a lot more vapor. It is a noticeable difference if you are used to the older batteries. I was really surprised at what a huge difference it made in my overall vaping experience. As you may know, cig-a-likes aim to produce the same amount of vapor as you would get smoke from a traditional cigarette. The idea is to create a similar experience in look, feel, and taste. South Beach does a good job of this and while it’s not the absolute best cig-a-like we’ve used, it is battle tested and a great option.
Price wise they have become very competitive with the deluxe kits being 75% off. You can get the deluxe starter kit for $19.99 making it a great option to try out e-cigs without breaking the bank. In this kit you get 2 batteries with one of them being a longer high capacity battery and 10 cartridges, a wall charger, and a USB charger. So it is everything you need to get going and if you like the cartridges you’re saving way more than you would have spent on cigarettes without even getting refills. So we like that aspect of it a lot as this kit (and the other deluxe kits) ends up being the equivalent of paying $1.41 per pack of traditional cigarettes. If you want to add in a carrying case as well you can get the Deluxe Plus kit for $29.99 and it comes with a car charger too and everything in the normal deluxe kit as well. So $10 for a car charger and carrying case turns out to be a pretty decent deal as well if you’re going to use them. When you step up to the Ultimate Kit, you’re going to get everything in the Deluxe Plus kit along with a Personal Charging Case (PCC) that lets you charge your e-cigs on the go in a cigarette like box, a lanyard, an extra battery, and double the cartridges at 20 to start at the cost of $53.75. That will give you everything you could ever need to start using e-cigs and is a great option for anyone out there that wants to use South Beach Smoke for a while. It also pays itself back immediately with it being the equivalent of 28-32 packs according to their site (we rate it around 22-25 ourselves but that’s still big savings). The last option in the Deluxe range is the couples kit combo. This kit comes with 2 of everything in the Deluxe Kit plus 2 car chargers for $43.99. So again, this is priced great and ready to move.
Now that we’ve talked about what comes in each of the kits, lets get into some more details about them and their look, function, quality, and taste. The new batteries have a orange crystal tip instead of the old “cigarette like” ash on the end. I love the new orange crystal tip because it just steps up the style factor and makes South Beach look a little more sophisticated than previous models. The rest of the battery is white with the south beach logo small at the end. All of the cartridges are a hard material but are tan to give it that traditional cigarette look. While it’s heavier than a cigarette, it feels great in your hand for replacing analogs. So looks wise, this is a great option that will emulate the looks of a cigarette well for you.
The flavors offered by South Beach Smoke have grown over the years with their endeavors into e-liquid. However, with these kits you’ll be using pre-filled cartridges. While that costs more than e-liquid, there is less mess and hassle as you just pop on new cartridges and throw out or recycle the old ones. The e-liquid in these cartridges has been changed and it is made in the USA with a lot more flavor options available than a year ago. Here we go on the flavors available: watermelon, tobacco mint, orange mint, Frank’s lemon lime, double apple hookah, grape hookah, pina colada, golden tobacco, classic tobacco, peach, cherry, peppermint, chocolate, tobacco blue, menthol, and vanilla. This is by far one of the best ranges of flavors available for cig-a-likes and that sets South Beach Smoke apart from the competitors in this field. The flavors come in options from 0 to 24 mg meeting the needs of almost any smoker switching to vaping. While we do recommend lower nicotine levels for mods, you can go up to 24mg on a cig-a-like without much worry since the vapor isn’t the huge clouds like the advanced mods where you’re at sub-ohm levels. The cartridges are also identified in a nice way of having a small color band around them so your cartridges always match your battery. Some companies change the entire cartridge color and that can create a look you aren’t really going for as not everyone wants a full purple cartridge or whatever the color may be.
Now to the actual use part. When we use it, the most important things are if it meets your nicotine needs and if you can make it through a full day without recharging. Anyone hooked on nicotine knows why this is important. With South Beach Smoke it met the requirements of both. Going up to 24mg cartridges means even the heaviest smokers will have something to meet their needs. You can phase down over time and reduce your nicotine intake too down to zero which is awesome. As far as the throat hit, it is stronger based on the nicotine level, but it meets the standard at each level in our opinion. The 24mg can be a bit harsh if you aren’t a heavy smoker and we suggest most smokers switch to a middle of the pack level if they are new to e-cigs until they learn what is best for them. The vapor production was good but not great. So if you aren’t worried about blowing clouds of smoke everywhere, then this is a good fit for you. We can see the being ideal for offices or public areas too. The vapor production is right around the amount of smoke that you would get with each drag of a cigarette. The single long battery was lasting us a full day of use but this will depend on how much you vape. The good news is that every kit includes 2 batteries minimum so you will have enough charge to last you a full day or longer. If you get the Personal Charging Case, you might go a week without charging which is a great feature.
The other nice thing about the Personal Charging Case, or PCC, is that you can store your extra cartridges in there and have everything in one place while charging your battery. This is a digital case too that shows how much battery is left on an LED screen, has an exterior and interior light to use as a case light or flashlight, and features a 1000 mAh battery inside it. This is our favorite accessory from South Beach Smoke because of the aforementioned benefits, but they do offer some other ones worth looking at. The universal car adapter is a great thing to have for road trips or just when you’re on the go. You never want to run out of battery power when you’re on the go and this helps prevent that. It can charge your battery alone or even your portable charging case. So for a back-up option, it’s great to have because we all get lazy with charging things somethings. The last one to look at is the mini-clear cartomizers. This is an interesting option that allows you to use e-liquid with your deluxe kits. So you can choose from thousands of options in flavors while still using the same battery. This is great if you don’t like the flavors available or you want to start to get into the e-liquid side of things by transitioning with this.
South Beach Smoke is definitely one of the best cig-a-like brands I’ve tried. With the new SuperMAX batteries, you get a solid amount of vapor and a nice throat hit. It will vary a lot depending on the flavor you choose, but overall, I’ve been really happy my South Beach Smoke kit and accessories. Considering that they are using USA-made liquids in their cartridges and the new SuperMAX batteries are totally awesome, I think this brand is definitely a winner.
- Great Sales
- Variety of flavors
- Multiple battery options
- Limited Colors