The Apollo Variable Voltage (VV) eGo battery is the latest incarnation of the ever popular eGo electronic cigarette. At first glance, you maybe mistaken for thinking its just a pimped up eGo Twist, but I’m happy to say, you’d be wrong! Visually, yes, they have a lot in common, both are eGo’s after all, and both feature variable voltage, however when you delve deeper into the spec, the eGo VV is an entirely different beast. Its been refined, improved upon and honed to a level that is much more user friendly than the eGo Twist ever was.
The Apollo eGo VV simply caters to the needs of users in a way no other eGo has done previously. Its a revelation.
I’ve been using an Apollo Stainless Steel VV Vtube and Apollo eGo Superior kit for the past ten months and been more than happy with their performance, but as a gadget freak, I was intrigued by the eGo VV – its a best of both worlds device – variable voltage and eGo sleekness rolled into one. I had to get one!
Today, I’ll be testing another e-liquid from Liberro’s Liquid Purity range: Venetian Cherry. I know from fellow vapers that Cherry is a very popular flavour and as I’ve been on a bit of a vape tasting spree these past few weeks, I couldn’t wait any longer to experience the fruity delights that this one conjoured up.
Just for the record, I’ll be using a High 1.8% (18mg) nicotine strength, PG (Propylene Glycol) 10ml sample bottle of Venetian Cherry. Referring to the Liberro website, I see that 1.8%/PG is currently the only option. Rest assured, I recently heard from the owners that they will be releasing more strength combinations in due course – so keep checking back for updates.
When I used to smoke cigarettes I’d occasionally buy a pack of menthol cigarettes, not very often, just now and then. I can’t say they were a favourite, just a change from the bland smoky taste that most smokers experience after a while.
Anyway, I never really found the menthol flavour had the same sort of “hit” as a regular stick. Similarly, when I started vaping I never really got into menthol scene, so I thought it high time I tested out a bottle of Liberro’s Liquid Purity Eskimo e-liquid, to see if my tastes had changed over the years!
As with all Liberro’s Purity range they are made with pharmaceutical grade nicotine (barring the 0%/0mg, of course) and the finest flavourings, all manufactured here in the UK by Decadent Vapours exclusively for Liberro.
A few years ago I was in the United States for the 4th of July celebrations. A true slice of Americana – a day long family barbeque and many desserts to choose from, plus of course, a beer or two (or three!). It was a typical Floridian day – hot and humid – so I delved into the cooling properties of Key Lime ice cream!
I haven’t had it since. So when a sample bottle of Liberro’s Key Lime Delight arrived I was keen to rekindle those memories.
As a traditional tobacco e-liquid vaper I’m not exactly renowned for experimenting with “exotic” flavours, apart from when I first started vaping back in 2008. Then I would try anything and everything. At one stage I even blended my own concoctions, mixing unflavoured 36mg nicotine juice, with supermarket food flavourings and added Glycerin BP from the local pharmacy.
Happy days or not?
I recall I had a few successes, but alas more failures! One blend I was quite fond of was my homemade “coffee”. A touch on the bland side it still ranked up there with my finest creations. As time went by I ditched my homemade brews and got stuck in a proverbial “tobacco” rut.
Today I’ll be sampling the delights of Liquid Purity available exclusively from Liberro, a name you can trust for quality (ISO9001 accredited) and customer service – I should know I’ve purchased quite a few liquids and e-cig bits from them since 2008 (back when they were known as e-cigs.co.uk).
I recently received six 10ml sample bottles (various flavours), all High, 1.8% nicotine (or 18mg in old money).
I’ll start off with an interesting take on a semi traditional tobacco flavour called Knightsbridge.
Personally speaking of all the Apollo tobacco flavour e-liquids I’ve tried recently its somewhat ironic that my favourite is the one left till last! And funnily enough its just the regular “Tobacco” at that.
All the juices reviewed so far have been 24mg (extra high) strength and no change here. It ticks all the boxes not too strong, nor too weak and the ideal choice for throat hit and average nicotine needs.
Opening up the childproof cap, the aroma is less striking than RY4 and definitely less pungent than Sahara. Its decidedly tobacco (sounds stupid I know considering it is tobacco flavour), but it really does have a whiff of fresh tobacco leaves. There is a sweet edge to it, but not overpowering from a scent perspective.
Visually, it has a lemony hue and is slightly thinner than both the RY4 and Sahara e-liquids. Again it’s a Propylene Glycol (PG) based juice with added Glycerin. Its very well suited for use in a clearomizer as thicker juices tend to restrict the internal wicks absorption rate. This juice seems to flow effortlessly and produces plenty of thick vapour as a result.
When I received a bottle of 24mg strength Sahara e-liquid from Apollo Ecigs the first thing that struck me was the colour. Its significantly darker than most tobacco juices – a deep earthy reddish orange. And even before I opened the childproof cap I could smell the contents quite easily. This is what I would describe as a “robust” e-liquid. It conjures up a middle eastern cafe – strong espresso and flavourful tobacco pipes. Its aptly named.
Prior to vaping I like to give new juices the “sniff” test (don’t we all?!). This is, as Apollo rightly describes it: “bold”. It has a hint of burnt caramel, somewhat spicy on the nose and characteristically cigar-like – more so than a regular tobacco e-liquid. Prior to testing I actually thought Sahara would be akin to Camel but it isn’t – there is no nuttiness whatsoever.
What can be said about the eGo e-cigarette that hasn’t been said before? When the eGo was launched it quickly revolutionized the vaping scene much in the same way as the 510 atomizer destroyed the good old 910. The eGo pretty much swept away all other conventional e-cig designs and still dominates the starter segment of the market. No wonder really – up till this point ecigs were unreliable, inconsistent and often frustrating.
This was the e-cigarette to be seen with. Its sleek lines, cool manual button and long life battery made it an overnight success perfectly at home in the hands of veterans and beginners alike. Its small dimensions meant you could slip it in a pocket, head out for the day with no worries. With the advent of cartomizers, tank systems and clearomizers things just kept getting better (no need to even carry a bottle of juice anymore).
The Apollo CE4 is the latest generation of refillable clearomizers and having used one for a while I can confirm it blows previous versions out of the water!
In my experience using clearomizers has always been a bit of a disaster. In fact the last time I tried a CE3 more than three out of the five I purchased had major leaking and wicking issues. So I was really interested to see how the Apollo CE4 (sometimes referred to as the Stardust) would perform.
Visually it’s a really nicely designed bit of kit. Its almost a shame it’s a “disposable” item – no time for sentimentality though! Lets take a closer look.