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KITS VS. DISPOSABLES

New to e-cigarettes? You might be asking yourself, “which is better: kits or disposables?” Let’s take a look…

Disposables or re-chargeable electronic cigarettes?

When choosing between an e-cigarette kit and disposables, think what's more important to you – value or convenience?

Kits, or re-chargeable e-cigs, offer amazing cost savings and versatility. Disposable ecigs are a quick and easy option where you don't have to worry about charging. They cost less in the short term too. The blu™ Starter Kit brings together the advantages of both products.

Costs

On average, smokers can save anywhere between 57% and 92% by switching from cigarettes to blu e-cigs. But the amount you save varies between blu e-cig kits and blu disposable e-cigs. Here’s how:

Cost comparison of e-cigarette kits vs. disposable e-cigs
Tobacco cigarettes blu kits blu Disposables
Cartridges
(Starter & Premium Kits)
E-Liquids
(Pro Kit)

Average cost of a pack of 20 cigarettes in the UK:

£7.71

(Based on 25 top-selling brands as published on tesco.com in April 2014.)

Cost per blu cartridge refill:

£5.99 ÷ 3 = £1.99

(Based on three blu cartridge refills per pack with maximum multi-buy discount.)

Cost of a blu e-liquid bottle:

£4.99

Cost of a single blu disposable:

£5.99

Average number of cigarettes consumed per day by smokers in the UK:

13

(Based on ash.org.uk survey published July 2012.)

Cigarette equivalency per blu cartridge refill on average:

Approximately 30 cigarettes

(According to manufacturer-tested specifications based on factory "machine puff test" results.)

Cigarette equivalency per blu e-liquid bottle on average:

Approximately 150 cigarettes

(According to manufacturer-tested specifications based on factory "machine puff test" results.)

Cigarette equivalency per blu disposable on average:

Approximately 40 cigarettes

(According to manufacturer-tested specifications based on factory "machine puff test" results.)

Average cost per cigarette:

£7.71 ÷ 20 cigarettes = £0.39

Single cigarette equivalency cost of a blu cartridge:

£1.99 ÷ 30 = £0.07

Single cigarette equivalency cost of a blu e-liquid bottle:

£4.99 ÷ 150 = £0.03

Single cigarette equivalency cost of a blu disposable:

£5.99 ÷ 40 = £0.15

Average number of cigarettes consumed per month:
(365 days ÷ 12 months = 30.416 days/month):

13 cigarettes × 30.416 days = 395.41 cigarettes

Average monthly cost of cigarettes:

395.41 cigarettes × £0.39 = £154.21 1

Average monthly cost:


395.41 cigarettes × £0.07 = £27.68 2

Average monthly cost:


395.41 cigarettes × £0.03 = £11.86 2

Average monthly cost:


395.41 cigarettes × £0.15 = £59.31 4

Average annual cost of smoking cigarettes:

£154.21 × 12 months
= £1850.52 1

Average annual cost (after first year) 3 :

£27.68 × 12 months
= £332.16 2

Average annual cost (after first year) 3 :

£11.86 × 12 months
= £142.322

Average annual cost:


£59.31 × 12 months
= £711.724

Cost comparison overview
blu Kits blu Disposables Cigarettes
E-Liquids Cartridges
Per year £142.322,3 £332.162,3 £711.72 4 £1850.52 1
Per month £11.86 2,3 £27.68 2,3 £59.31 4 £154.21 1
Per week £2.742,3 £6.392,3 £13.694 £35.591
Per day £0.39 2,3 £0.91 2,3 £1.95 4 £5.07 1

1This figure represents an average only and does not include taxes or incidental cigarette smoking costs like lighters, ash trays, possible fines for smoking in prohibited areas, etc.
2This figure represents an average only and does not include taxes or incidental blu usage costs like extra batteries, adaptors, spare chargers, etc.
3The cost of blu kits and refills is slightly higher in the first year to account for the purchase of your kit; the additional cost depends on how many sample cartridges are included in your kit.
4This figure represents an average only and does not include taxes.

Advantages of e-cigarette kits

S o long term, e-cigarette kits offer better value for money than disposable e-cigs. Here are some other advantages of electronic cigarette kits compared with disposables. They’re:

  • More environmentally friendly – the battery is rechargeable and there’s less product packaging waste
  • Available in a wider variety of flavours
  • More versatile – you choose the e-cigarette kit which best suits your need

If you want a small, discreet device that feels like a traditional cigarette, you’ll find our blu batteries – like the ones with our Premium Kit and Starter Kit – to be just what you’re looking for. The battery and cartridge together (when fully assembled) is smaller than a disposable, so it’s more cigarette like.

You get more choice of flavours and nicotine strengths too. Small enough to fit in your pocket, kit cases carry your spare cartridges, accessories and batteries all together – so you always have back-ups ready with you.

With the blu Premium Kit you can charge on the go. So you can always have one battery charging while the other is in use – a big advantage as you don’t need to worry about finding a shop to buy a battery.

If you’re looking for a bigger e-cig with extra battery life and better vapour production, the blu Pro Kit is for you. You can go around 900 puffs between charges.

blu Kits




Advantages of disposable e-cigs

Single-use or disposable e-cigarettes are popular because they're easy to use and you can pick them up and enjoy like you would tobacco cigs. You simply buy, enjoy until finished and then bin when done. Easy. Here are more advantages of using disposable e-cigs over kits.

  • A lower upfront cost
  • Smaller packs are easier to carry around
  • Lasts longer than a standard battery with cartridge (Starter and Premium Kit)
  • There’s no need to buy chargers
  • You can buy them in shops across the country and use right away

blu Disposables




Using a kit AND disposables

Using kits and disposables is great way to enjoy the best of both worlds. For example, you could use a kit at home or work then use disposables on nights out or travelling. That way, you don’t have to worry about charging.

Disposables are easy to pick up while out. Just like cigarettes, you go into your local shop, grab a pack and you're ready to go. And they’re great for commuters and travellers who don't want the hassle of charging. Kits are ideal for long-term vapers who want to save money and enjoy more flavours.

Similarities between disposable and re-chargeable e-cigarettes

Disposable and re-chargeable e-cigs work a similar way. Here’s how…

  • Top section: cartridge/clearomiser
    The cartridge or clearomiser contains “e-liquid”. Within this liquid are USP (pharmaceutical) grade nicotine and USP grade propylene glycol (PG). (NRG flavour is also available nicotine free). When you take a draw, the atomiser located at the bottom of the cartridge/clearomiser heats the liquid and mixes it with air to produce flavoured vapour. This vapour passes through a channel in the centre of the cartridge/clearomiser and out the mouthpiece.
  • Bottom section: battery
    The battery is the part that activates the atomiser to heat the e-liquid when you take a draw. As you puff, the LED tip lights up.

Differences between blu Disposable and re-chargeable e-cigarettes

Re-chargeables – blu kits
  • Two piece design – battery and cartridge/clearomiser unscrew from each other
  • Starter and Premium Kit batteries are smaller for easy carrying. Pro Kit batteries are much bigger to last longer between charges
  • You can re-charge your batteries
  • Cartridge refills in the Starter and Premium Kit are small enough to carry in a case. Clearomisers for Pro Kits are bigger, containing enough liquid to last longer between refills
  • Available in a variety of nicotine strengths
  • Available in a wide variety of flavours
Single-use – blu Disposables:
  • One piece design – does not unscrew
  • The battery is larger than the Starter and Premium Kit to last longer for a single use
  • Single-use battery that does not recharge
  • The cartridge section is larger than the Starter and Premium Kit to contain more liquid
  • Only available in 18mg nicotine strength – and 0mg NRG flavour
  • Available in limited flavours

blu Disposable e-cigs

You can buy blu disposable electronic cigarettes on this website and from retailers across the UK. Use our stockist locator to find a shop that sells blu Disposables near you. You can find out what they stock by clicking on the pins on the map to display shop details. We can't guarantee all stockists will carry blu Disposables, so maybe check they’ve got what you want before you go.

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