If you have been using E cigarettes for any length of time you will probably have heard about White Cloud E Cigarettes, you will also probably have noticed their high prices. The White Cloud Cirrus 3 E Cigarette is the most expensive E cigarette on the market – costing a whopping $290 – this is a fact that they seem to be very proud of, but are they worth all that money?
I really wanted to give the White Cloud a try and see if it was worth the extra cost and see if it was the best electronic cigarette, but I didn’t want to spend a huge amount of money on it – I’ve spent enough on E cigarettes as it is – so I sent them an E-mail to see if I could get a bit of a discount in return for a review on E Cigarettes Buy, to my amazement they offered to send me a sample kit free of charge! So that was a few months ago, I’ve had plenty of time to give their top of the range Cirrus 3 E cigarette a good run out.
The first thing that I noticed when my Cirrus 3 arrived was the really high quality packaging that it all comes in, they certainly don’t skimp on their packing. Inside the box the batteries are well secured in nicely cut out foam and everything, while tightly packed, is easy to get out.
The batteries that come with the new Cirrus 3 are the biggest selling and marketing point for White Cloud, they are the smallest and lightest E cigarette batteries available right now. This might not sound that it means all that much, but it really does change how the device feels in your hand, between your fingers and in your mouth. It is a lot closer to feeling like a tobacco cigarette than any other E cigarette I’ve used. Being smaller and lighter doesn’t effect the life of the battery all that much either, I’ve managed to get roughly the same life out of my WC battery as I get out of my larger V2 Cigs battery. There is some really smart stuff going on inside the Cirrus 3. So out of a single charge I get about 200 puffs, which is the average I get from electronic cigarettes.
In the White Cloud starter kit you get 3 batteries, all of these fit into the carry case that WC offer, so you can carry them around all day, no problem. This will give enough smoking time to even the heaviest smokers among us.
Once you have used all of the power out of your batteries it will take just over an hour to charge each one via USB on your computer. This is pretty quick, most others take 1.5 hours or more to charge. Quite impressive
The White Cloud SmoothDraw cartridges have been talked about quite a lot as many people consider them to be the best on the market. WC have put a lot of effort into making them drag real easy, taste great and produce good vapor.
There are 8 flavors of SmoothDraw cartridge to choose from, these are –
Tobacco, Menthol, Vanilla, Espresso, Strawberry, Clove, Chocolate and Kick flavor
All of these are pretty self explanatory except for “Kick” flavor, which is cinnamon with a hint of honey, sadly this flavor was released just after I got my Cirrus 3, so I have been unable to test it, but it does sound very nice!
Of all the flavors that I tried I think vanilla has got to be my favorite, it has got a nice sweet taste to it, but it isn’t overly sweet and sickening like some other vanilla cartridges I’ve used. Overall, the flavors are really very good, there isn’t a bad one in the bunch, I cant say that for many other brands.
You also have a wide choice of nicotine strengths for your cartridges with White Cloud, 6 in all, ranging from nicotine free to full strength and up to double extra strength! So literally every type of smoker is catered for, light smokers to very, very heavy smokers.
The vapor production is probably where the Cirrus 3 is at its weakest. To be honest there there isn’t a lot of vapor, even when you take a primer puff to warm up the atomizer and then take a long drag there isn’t a lot made. The vapor is also quite inconsistent, some cartridges would create what I would class as average amounts of vapor while others would produce next to none, I’ve no idea why this is, I guess its just inconsistency.
The throat hit when you drag is really good though, you really do feel the vapor hit your throat with each inhale of a full strength cartridge, the hit is even bigger when using the Extra strength carts.
One thing I didn’t expect with this E cigarette is nicotine liquid leaking out of the cartridge into my mouth, but sadly this happened to me on a number of occasions. If this has never happened to you count yourself lucky, because the taste of this liquid terrible! It was so bad in fact it put me off using my Cirrus 3 for quite a while, but I decided I had to give it another try. So after a bit of experimenting I found that I would only get liquid in my mouth if I took a strong, sharp drag, if I take long, gentle drags there isn’t an issue. These gentle drags are not a problem because the SmoothDraw cartridges are super easy to drag from there is really no effort needed to get a good nicotine hit. Though I have to say, I wouldn’t expect this from a product that costs more than double the cost of its competitors.
Considering how much the Cirrus 3 starter kit costs, and that you get almost 2 packs worth of smoking out of a single cartridge, the price of the SmoothDraw refills is actually very good. For $19.95 you get 5 refills, so that works out to 10 packs of cigarettes at under $2 each. Great value for money, better than many of the lower priced competitors.
Amazingly in the Cirrus 3 starter kit you don’t get the carry case that they offer. For almost $300 you would think that you would get their $20 carry case. Anyway, if you are going to buy the Cirrus 3 I strongly recommend that you buy a case for it, not just to make it easier to carry your E cigarette around with you, but these cases are probably the nicest E cigarette cases on the market. They have a nice soft, leathery exterior and a well finished interior too, they look and feel really nice! Well worth the $20 that they cost.
As you will have read there are some things that need to be amended with the Cirrus 3, the leaky cartridges is the main thing. While there is a way round the problem I don’t want to be consciously cautious when I’m smoking, the cheaper brands manage to overcome this issue, The Safe Cig for example has the “catcher” to stop liquid leaking into the users mouth, so im sure White Cloud can make something similar.
The other thing is the vapor production, I was given the impression that vapor production was going to be great, but in reality it was well below many of the lower price competitors, Green Smoke and V2 Cigs in particular.
So, do I think you should spend $290 on the White Cloud Cirrus 3? Not really, I think the Cirrus 3 could be great, fantastic even, the flavors are excellent, the cartridges last for ages and the small size makes is feel a lot more like a regular cigarette than the other brands on the market, but I just don’t think its worth twice what the most expensive V2 kit costs. Even if the vapor levels were on par with V2 and the cartridges didn’t leak, I still don’t think it is a product that would be twice as good as the competition, it would only marginally better, if it was better at all. So in my honest opinion you should save your money buy the V2, which is almost perfect and costs a great deal less.
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