Fifty-One is a brand of Vapor Corp. Vapor Corp produces 4 different brands of electronic cigarettes.(I believe Smoke51 is a company affiliated in one way shape or form to Smoking Everywhere, Inc, however, I’m not 100% sure and will be continuing to dig deeper because I cannot make the connection indefinitely on the surface. During my continued research I would love to get some feedback via comments or submissions via our Contact Us page.) I have personally had some pretty bad experiences with Smoking Everywhere, LLC as a company and have read and heard similar complaints to my own. This is not to say they have a terrible product, however what they do have is TERRIBLE customer service. Smoking Everywhere and/or Smoke51 is the first e-cigarette I saw in person at my local mall. When you see someone smoking in your mall it is usually a distributor of (Smoking Everywhere) Vapor Corp. There are some other brands that have tried the mall advertising method, like The Safe Cig (which is a much better company), however, most will find the overhead the companies must pass on to us (the customers) is much higher than if ordered online with just a bit of patience 😉 ! I will say that if there is or isn’t a correlation between Smoke51.com and Smoking Everywhere, Inc, I have heard some bad things about Smoke51 as a standalone brand as well. Not about their product, but more about their ability to pay distributors and/or marketing program providers their rightfully earned commissions. It appears the fundamental problem for Smoke51 is representation. The vendors at the mall are not members of the company and offer little knowledge or support for the e cigarettes they are selling.
Ok on to the product!
Smoke51 is also officially the first e-cigarette brand I have seen in gas stations in my local city Madison, WI. After asking the clerk how often they sell a kit, he stated “Not very.” I explained to him it’s due to nobody understanding what it is (because there’s no one using it for people to see) and a combination of too high of prices. This is a smaller kit consisting of usually one battery and two or three cartridges with built in atomizers and NO CHARGER. These are categorized as “Disposable” E-cigarettes, when the battery dies, you junk it, literally. These kits are also sometimes found under the brand name “Krave.” The Krave disposable line has expanded and there are many more options available online than in the stores at a much lower price. If you buy online you’ll get a bit more bang for your buck, but STAY AWAY from the “FREE Trials” by Smoke51/Smoking Everywhere affiliated companies. Here’s a little tip: take a look at the images of the products posted in this review and at the Smoke51.com website and study them. If you are considering a free trial and the packaging even looks remotely similar, or any part of the products for that matter, BEWARE. I have gotten literally THOUSANDS of emails from customers who are furious because their credit cards are being billed repeatedly without their permission and most importantly because there is virtually NO WAY TO CANCEL except for doing a chargeback (which can take 6 months to get settled) or canceling your credit or debit card all together.
Anyways, back to the product at hand. As of June 2010, there are a number of different kits you can purchase from Smoke51.com. When I compare their e-cigarettes to another brand, I compare them to NJOY, they smoke very similarly, cartridges last about the same and cost about the same. I’ve used the Smoke51 DUO kit off and on for about two weeks and it’s not a bad product. (I have yet to have someone on the team try out the TRIO. I will post an update when this happens, or better yet, leave the reviewing up to you, my readers! :))
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The Trio is the model found in most gas stations, malls, and other brick and mortar vendors. The disappointing fact is that the Trio is overpriced in these establishments and it does not live up to the quality and performance of the Duo. The Smoke51 Trio is the size of Blu and puts out less vapor. Stay away from the Trio and get the Duo instead, you will thank us later.
The original Smoke51 Fifty-One DUO™ Starter kit comes with 2 cartridges of the customer’s choice with built in atomizers (a.k.a. Cartomizers), 2 batteries (I believe you can opt to get the long or short batteries), a standard wall charger, an instruction manual and a Smoke51 members card. This e-cigarette is a two piece model similar in look/design (not functionality) to The Safe Cig ($79.95 + 5% off) or Green Smoke ($139.00 + 10% off). Tip: When buying a kit with so few cartridges I suggest picking up a at least another 5 pack of cartridges or you’ll be without anything to vaporize or “smoke” for a few days or a week after you use up the 2 included cartomizers in a day or two. This kit’s priced at $149.95, but if you use the coupon code that Smoke51 provided me (which is the reason I decided to post a review for them, in lieu of all the complaints) you’ll SAVE 30 PERCENT OFF YOUR ORDER, that’s one HE*L of a coupon! (51% OFF available on the coupons page!) Click on any of the links to Smoke51 and enter enter this coupon > when checking out. NOTE: apparently the coupon code will only work in sync with a visit coming directly from this site. So it’s not a coupon you can write down and save for another time like some of the others I have available (well, unless you come here to click the link first before …).
They also have a similar kit on special right now for $79.95 called the Fifty-One Duo™ Express Kit, normally $109.95, which includes:
- 1 x DUO™ Rechargeable Lithium Ion ‘Cigarette’ Battery
- 2 x All-in-One disposable Atomized Cartridge/Filters (Original / 6mg)
- 1 x USB Charger
- 1 x Fifty-One™ Carrying Case (your choice of color)
Smoke51 also has another style of kits called the TRIO. They include:
- 1 x TRIO™ Rechargeable Lithium Ion ‘Cigarette’ Battery
- 1 x Reusable Atomizer
- 5+1 (6) x Cartridge/Filters (Original / 11mg)
- 1 x Standard Wall Outlet Charger with Power Cable
- 1 x Club 51 Membership Card
- 1 x TRIO™ Electronic Cigarette Instructional User Manual
Cost: $99.95 ($69.97 with coupon code).
The TRIO is Smoke51’s version of the three-piece style e-cig. The three piece e-cigarettes are advantageous when it comes to the price of the refill cartridges. You can get 6 carts for $9.95 ($6.97 with coupon code) as opposed to $14.95 for 5 cartomizers for the DUO™ two-piece model. There is also a Trio starter kit with 2 batteries for an additional $29.95 (or approx $20 with coupon).
A third option is to order the Trio with a colored battery. These kits are the same as the kit above but also feature a colored battery available in Silver, Pink, Gold, Blue and Black.
Both styles of Smoke51 cartridges are available in two flavors: Menthol & Tobacco Strengths: DUO Style Cartomizers: 8mg, 6mg, 4mg, and 0mg TRIO Style Cartridges: 18mg, 14mg, and 11mg When Smoke51 offered our readers a 30% off coupon they preached to me that they are under new management and have new policies that separate them from their past issues with customer service and malfunctioning products. Visitors have reported that their experiences online have been far superior to the stores and they saved substantial amounts over store prices with our coupons. The mall stores are beginning to disappear as Smoke51 rebuilds their name and ensures higher quality customer service. We advise our readers to stay away from Kiosks and gas stations as the warranty may not carry through from Smoke51. If the store goes out of business, you will be out of luck. Smoke51 is expanding to bring new products as the court case against the FDA has been wildly successful. E-Cigarettes are no longer classified as drug delivery devices and Smoke 51 is capitalizing on this news. Please post your experiences with the company as we are eager to determine if they can back up their latest claim!
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- New Batteries Good Quality
- Big Brand Support
- Out-of-Date Products
- Very Expensive