South Beach Smoke
Quick summary: South Beach Smoke is solidly in the competition for best electronic cigarette, and lands in our top three for its nice taste, good throat hit and strong electronics. There’s a good reason so many celebrities use them.
We first became aware of South Beach Smoke through the media, with a number of celebrities using them to vape. But when we got a chance to test their e-cigarette, we put aside the “hype” and were definitely impressed by the product, which has become one of our personal favorites.
The taste of South Beach was the first thing we noticed; it was one of the most pleasant tasting e-cigs we’ve tested, with the menthol, vanilla and peach particularly standing out. There was also a nice balance between smoothness and throat hit; the hit is noticeable but not overly strong. The vapor cloud wasn’t the biggest we’ve experienced, but it was close to the other top electronic cigarette brands we’ve reviewed. Cartridges come in ten flavors: three tobacco, menthol, peppermint, chocolate, vanilla, cherry, pina colada and peach. There are five nicotine strengths: strong (24mg), full (16mg), light (12mg), ultra light (6 mg) and no nicotine. All eliquid is made in the USA, unusual among the brands we’ve tested.
We tested the deluxe ultimate starter kit, which came with just about everything you would need for a great vaping experience: one standard battery and one longer extra-capacity battery, a USB charger, wall charger (not just an adapter, a full charger which was nice), a car adapter, a carrying case, a charging case to re-charge batteries while away from power sources, and 15 cartridges. It’s the most complete kit we’ve seen. There are several lower-level, less expensive kits available as well. Both battery and cartridge life were right around average, with charging time a little better than most. The e-cigarette is solid and well-built, right up there with our other best electronic cigarettes.
South Beach Smoke also has an optional auto-delivery program, so that you don’t have to worry about reordering every time you run low on cartridges; it’s not for everyone but we think it’s a nice choice for regular vapers who don’t want to accidentally run out. There’s a lifetime warranty as well.
South Beach narrowly missed out on our top ranking because we personally prefer a stronger throat hit, but it’s an excellent e-cigarette well worth trying.
Update 9/9: South Beach Smoke has added more value to a number of their starter kits. The deluxe starter kit and deluxe plus kit now come with 10 carts instead of 5, and the deluxe plus kit also has a USB power cig included. The deluxe ultimate kit now includes three batteries instead of two, a lanyard and power cig plus 20 carts instead of 15. and there’s a couples kit with two complete starter kits and two car adapters. An almost-dizzying assortment of choices to fit everyone’s needs.
PRICE: Starter kits range from $29.99 – $159.99 with sales held often. (Note: price comparisons are difficult because each company includes different products in their kits.) Click on any of our site links for a 10% discount on all starter kits, express kits and disposables. (Note: the availability of discount codes for our visitors has no effect, pro or con, on our reviews.)