Mr. Smiley E-Cig Kit is an electronic cigarette that you can use again and again. The first e-cig I reviewed, the AER Disposable E-Cig, was as the title implies a disposable e-cig that was destined for the trash can once the liquid within had all been vaporized. Not so with the Mr. Smiley E-Cig Kit because this little guy is built to last. I picked my kit up from Super Fun Cave, but beware it doesn’t come pre-filled and you’ll need to pick up a Mr. Smiley Relaxation E-Liquid along with it, or another liquid made for e-cigs. I wasn’t sure on which flavor of e-liquid to pick, so I went with a personal favorite, vanilla.
The hard plastic packaging this kit is in is relatively easy to open thanks to the perforated backing, and thorough instructions are also on the back of the package. I’m really thankful for the instructions too, assembling the Mr. Smiley E-Cig isn’t the most complicated task, but it’s not exactly intuitive either. There are three pieces to the kit – the battery tipped with the indicator light, the heating coil and filter cartridge, and finally the USB charger. The battery screws into the USB charger, and then you can plug it right into your computer.
According to the instructions, Mr. Smiley E-Cig needs to be charged for four hours before you use it for the first time, but after only an hour the red light turned green on the USB charger, indicating the battery was fully charged. The instructions are pretty insistent that you wait four hours the very first time, so I do just in case, but on average it won’t take that long to recharge. The package suggests you normally recharge it for 2 hours.
Adding e-liquid into the cartomizer (the part that looks like the filter) is pretty easy, but I felt a little unsure at first. It was hard to tell if the liquid was actually going inside, but pressing the cap back on funneled it in. Still, a small bit dripped down, but barely any. It was a bit slow going, but not too bad, and the vanilla scent was pleasant. After filling it, I completely assembled it and took my first drag. The tip of the e-cig glowed bright red and voila! I exhaled a sweet vanilla vapor which vanished into the air. You really have to close your eyes and think of this as a cigarette to make it work, just sucking doesn’t work, you have to really inhale. Once you figure it out though it becomes second nature.
The flavor was subtle, it didn’t linger on my tongue and the air was completely scentless within seconds. I continued relaxing and puffing on the Mr. Smiley E-Cig for a few minutes and every puff was as smooth as the first one. The e-liquid is better than you’d expect, it has a rather relaxing quality that I’d thank the tryptophan for. It didn’t tire me out, but a rather fine calm settled over me, which interestingly enough I didn’t even notice until someone else pointed out how much I’d calmed down.
In terms of taste, the vanilla scent far outweighs the tropical flavor of the AER Disposable E-Cig, although the other flavors of the AER are probably better. The overall size is also smaller than the AER had been. Top that off with the ability to recharge this e-cig, and this Mr. Smiley E-Cig Kit easily beats the AER Disposable E-Cig, at least in this reviewer’s opinion. I look forward to giving some of the other e-liquid flavors a try. If you’re looking for a replacement for your cigarette smoking habit, or you just want to smoke inside for once, Mr. Smiley E-Cig Kit is a really great value.
Smoke-free vapor e-cig
Vanilla e-liquid flavor was quite nice
Rechargeable and reusable
One bottle of e-liquid lasts awhile
May be a bit tricky to figure out at first
Mr. Smiley E-Cig Kit does not come with an e-liquid