Everybody is always writing their "best of" articles on the internet. While that's all fine and dandy, what about the absolute duds? I think the sh*tty stuff should get their fair of the spotlight too! I mean let's be honest folks, for every great vape purchase there are at least a few absolute crap buys. Well have no fear Big J is here! I hope by sharing my list I can save just 1 vaper from having to endure the same letdown I had.
Worst Starter Kit
Smok Vape Pen 22:
So let's start with the Smok Vape Pen 22. Seemed like a pretty solid concept when I first got it. Nice and small, simple to use, great cloud and flavor. And then it came time to refill my tank. That my friends is when everything went horribly, horribly wrong. You see the major flaw with this device is the coil. The coil also acts as the chimney in this device (think Aspire Cleito coil) and it is threaded on both the top and bottom. The idea is you screw the coil into the base, slide the glass over top, then screw the top cap onto the top of the coil and seal everything together. That's great...except when you try to unscrew the top cap the coil has a tendency to come with it. When the coil is no longer screwed into the base you get a Niagara Falls of e-liquid gushing out the air holes of your device. But wait, there's more! The Vape Pen 22 is an all in one style device so you can't just go out and buy another tank, you're just stuck with it. And it's a damn shame too because I really liked this little guy. Like I said earlier, the size was great, battery life was good, cloud and flavor were great too. I'm sorry though, that coil issue just kills it for me. As an experienced vaper it annoys me, but image if you were a new vaper!
Joyetech's Ocular C:
Seriously Joyetech? Go sit in the corner and think about what you did. I don't even know what kind of trip you guys were on when you designed this mod. It's like you sat around brainstorming and decided to throw every option under the sun into this mod. It has so many features that it seems to be a little confused as to what it really is. It kind of like an iPod with features allowing it to play music and change the images on the home screen. It even has a headphone jack and a full touchscreen. Did I mention it also has a pedometer? You can can even link it to your phone for whatever reason and keep track of stuff that you don't really even care about. I did forget to mention that it's also a vape. It goes up to a whopping 150 watts with a 200 watt update soon to come! I mean I guess I get it, they were trying to be creative. But why do I need my vape to count my steps, show me pictures, and play music for me when my smartphone or iPod does all that for me? Just make the damn thing vape!
Worst Paint Job
Smok Alien 220:
Let me start off by saying this is a GREAT mod! The big letdown with this mod is the paint job. The paint on this thing tries to get off the device like Antifa running from the cops. I swear I can literally sit here and look at my Alien 220 and watch the paint fall off when the AC turns on. Smok did remedy this problem in some of the newer versions by offering the Alien 220 in a stainless steel finish. I guess if paint is the issue just get rid of the paint. That's some pretty solid logic I guess.
Worst E-liquid Flavor
As somewhat of a joke and somewhat out of my own sick curiosity, I ordered 3 flavors off the old interwebs that I thought would be interesting. Interesting is the best word I can use to describe them. Just remember, I suffered so you don't have to.
EC Blend's Crab Legs: Yep, that's right, there's a crab leg flavored e-liquid. I mentally prepared myself to puke upon tasting this e-liquid but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It did kinda taste like crab legs. Like a buttery, salty, crab leg. Think about that. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing but it was definitely one of the worst things I vaped in 2016.
EC Blend's Pizza Ria: I didn't have high hopes when the company themselves had several warnings posted on their site about the flavor. They recommend using a tank you never want to use again because it will never leave. They also recommend vaping it outdoors due to the fact the vapor may permanently soak into your carpets and furniture. Challenge accepted. The first hit I got nothing but garlic and yes, I coughed. I tried another couple puffs and took my taste buds on a horrible roller coaster ride of disgustingness. The vapor honestly smelled more like pizza than it tasted like pizza. FYI, I had pizza issues for a few weeks after trying this stuff.
EC Blend's Bacon: Who doesn't love bacon? Well I can say my affinity for bacon took a small hiatus after vaping this stuff. Again, it smelled like bacon but I can't really describe the taste as bacon. The flavor profile said it was a maple bacon but the mixture of the sweet and overpowering salt was just a train wreck. Not only did I cough but I gagged a bit on this one. Yep, your boy Big J almost blew chunks on this one.
Now in all fairness I must say that EC Blends clearly states that they are a NOVELTY e-liquid site and their flavors aren't for everybody. I tend to agree with them. I'm not mad at them though, why not make some off the wall flavors? Vaping is supposed to be fun and let's be real, who hasn't tried something they got handed after their friend says, "You gotta try this, it's disgusting!"