Originally Posted by Reason4rhyme
Thanks for the comparison and review. Can you say how long ago you had this blu as well as if it was the premium pack... That's what we have and it works wonderfully, the only "awkward" clouds as you describe them seem to be one or two at the end, but ONLY with the disposable blu. The one we got flashes the light 15 times when its out to tell you it needs a charge. It's working beautifully so far although i admit we've only had it less than a week.
Edit: AND LOL kailey! I have never heard of someone getting addicted to blowing huge e-cigwithout having the meth
association first. Maybe it's just a cloud thang??
Absolutely, at the time I first bought my Blu I was on my 416th attempt to quick my pack/2 pack a day habit I'd nursed for about 6 years.
I had the starter pack, the one that comes with 2 batteries, 40(?) cartridges in various flavors, a wall charger, the Blu charging pack, and 1 atomizer (I bought an extra too). It worked WONDERFULLY
for about 5 months. Then one of my atomizers seemed to go out, this is where the "awkward" puffs, that, for me had been just the last 2 or 3 as well, started to creep into the 20-30 puff range.
I swapped atomizers, but both had been used about equally, and inside of a week it was acting just like the other one. My batteries, which used to last for 2 hours of constant joyful puffing, could barely make it 20 minutes without requiring a recharge. I realized I couldn't use the Blu charging pack to hold them when I was on the go, as the slightest jostle caused the atomizer to kick on. This left me, on far too many occasions, opening my freshly charged pack to find both of my batteries, that should have been at full power, dead or very close to it.
I bought a few extra batteries, and a few atomizers, a couple more cartridges, and this is where the disappointment really set in. The new batteries were a little longer than the previous ones. Apparently they'd changed their design, maybe improved their battery life? The new batteries were barely working with the old atomizers, and of the new ones, only one consistently turned on when I puffed. One battery, I discovered, just didn't work. Thankfully they sent me a replacement and a few bonus cartridges ASAP (good customer service, I'll never badmouth their support staff, you can actually get a PERSON on the phone when you call!) and I broke into them.
At the 6 or 7 month mark this was how my Blu looked:
1. Charging pack - never used. On one car ride, it bumped around a bit and activated the battery so much it burnt out an atomizer, one of the good ones too! I couldn't use it for fear of draining or even breaking my remaining working batteries.
2. Atomizers - 4 of them. 1 required the sucking power of a Bissell. 2 were broken. The last worked wonderfully--every 3rd puff.
3. Batteries - 6. 2 completely dead. 2 that lasted 15 minutes MAX. 1 that only worked when blown into (how useless). 1 that would last 30 minutes, but seemed to disagree with the 1 working but difficult atomizer.
4. Cartridges - This was the real killer. I had so many cartridges. SO MANY. And I had literally NO IDEA which ones still had juice in them. The continual malfunctioning of the batteries and atomizers, and continual frequent charging, had me thoroughly confused as to whether the battery was dead, the atomizer wasn't working, or the cartridge was out. Basically I wound up pitching about 10 full cartridges in all.
I gathered everything up and pitched it in the dumpster all at once and ordered my ProSmoke, which has its anomalies too, but really delivered a more consistent and enjoyable experience. Not more enjoyable than the Blu overall, I just mean to say that for the first 4 months of both e-cigs (barring the break-in period of the PS) they were both about equally enjoyable. Blu has the best tasting cartridges of course, but at the 5, 6, even 7 month mark, my PS (now with a second battery and second atomizer, and only on my second batch of cartridges :V it is amazing how long they last) was still going strong. Surely its battery life had shrunk from an impressive 4 hour constant marathon chain-smoking endurance, but it still lasted about 3 hours.
The PS is a lot less prone to being activated by waving it around or blowing near it as well. I found that the Blu, if exposed to ANY movement, will almost always turn on, and that is killing your battery life and wasting your nicotine
Everything said, I would definitely say that your best bet for Blu is to use whatever comes in the starter kit, and ONLY that. Order cartridges, but no spare batteries or atomizers, and just wait until you start seeing your performance dip. When it does, go ahead and just buy another starter kit. It seems like when all of the parts are packed and shipped together, they work together. Blu, I think, is pretty regularly working to improve its stock, and if you order, say, a battery that has recently been updated or redesigned, and you slap your older model atomizer into it, it might not work as well. This is really speculation, but if I went back to Blu, I'd only use batteries with atomizers that were ordered simultaneously.