I was eager to try the Urus Cigs after browsing their website. It seemed to have a lot of good options and the designed looked clean, crisp, and inviting. Urus Cigs offers two basic starter kit options. The regular starter kits are $34.99 and include one battery, three cartridges, and a USB charger. The premium starter kits are $44.99 and include one battery, three tobacco or menthol cartridges, a pack of 5 flavored cartridges, a USB charger, and a wall adapter. The premium kit is definitely the way to go in terms of value.
When I received my Urus Cig, the first thing I noticed was the pack itself. They come in a thin, hard pack. The packaging isn’t really sealed and the back slides right off, which is a little concerning if it was sold in stores. When you open it, there is a coupon for 30 percent off cartridge purchases. The case is a nice, lightweight, slim size. It’s a little taller than a pack of regular cigarettes, but could be compared to the size of a pack of 100’s so it’s not too big. The pack itself isn’t a charger, but just a carrying case.
Each cartridge has the little green leaf pull off sticker so you know it’s new. The cartridges come in a typical yellow and speckled white dot design so they look pretty much like an analog cigarette. The battery was very hard and stiff. There was nothing natural about it and it felt plastic in my hand. The tip is a gray color that lights up red when in use.
When I took my first drag, nothing happened. After a few seconds of trying to get it work, I realized the battery had another sticker on it that I didn’t notice. That was pretty inconvenient, but once I figured it out, I removed it and screwed the e-cig back together. At that point, it worked immediately. It had a sweet tobacco taste and seemed to draw easily. It did need a little priming, but once it gets going, it’s got decent vapor production. I would say the Urus Cig is comparable to the vapor production from South Beach Smoke or V2 Cigs.
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The 18mg has a pretty good throat hit. Unfortunately, the more I used the tobacco cartridge, the less I liked it. The sweetness was a little too overbearing after a few minutes and I just thought it wasn’t the best taste in general. After about five minutes with my Urus Cig tobacco cartridge, I decided to move on and try some of the other cartridge flavors I had ordered.
Next, I tried the cherry Urus Cig flavor cartridge. It was definitely not like any other cherry e-cig flavor I’ve tasted in the past. It has a stronger throat hit than most cherry flavors, but the taste is more medicinal or chemical than average and I really didn’t like it. The vapor production was also reduced on this particular flavor. When I got done with this cartridge, I was putting it up and I noticed that I could seal it back up and you couldn’t even tell it had been used. This is a definite concern as you don’t really know if your cartridges are new and if you aren’t careful, you could get them mixed up.
Moving on, I also tried the Apple Delight cartridge. This one had a strange aftertaste. It was similar to a green apple jolly rancher, but it had a weird coffee taste intertwined. I’m not sure if that was intentional or if it was just kind of contaminated with a coffee flavoring, but I was overall really disappointed in this cartridge and didn’t like it at all.
I tossed the apple cartridge quickly and moved on to menthol. So far, I had been really disappointed in the Urus Cig flavors, but you can’t mess up menthol, right? This one had a sticker that said 18mg. I personally like it when cartridges are clearly labeled with flavor and nicotine strength, but it was the only cartridge I received from Urus Cig that had this sticker. I thought that was really strange.
On one hand, it’s good to have them labeled, but I didn’t like how it was stuck on the cartridge close to the threads because it was inconvenient to have to remove it before I could screw the cartridge in place. As far as taste, it was similar to a mint candy. I liked the flavor of this one overall, but it was pretty minty so a typical menthol smoker might not like it if they prefer a more authentic menthol or don’t like a peppermint taste.
The last cartridge I tried was a coffee flavor. It did taste like coffee, but the vapor production was definitely less than other flavors.
Overall, the Urus e-cig is a good quality product, but the flavors really need some work. They are definitely not among the best on the market and some of them were actually really unpleasant. I think Urus Cig has a lot of potential though! If they could improve their cartridge flavors, this e-cig could quickly rise to one of my preferred brands. For now, I’d have to rank it as below average.
- Cool Slim Case
- Nice Cartridges Flavors
- Limited Kit Range
- Short Warranty