Disclaimer: Please note I received this electronic cigarette free of charge for the purpose of review. However, this review still reflects my true and honest opinion. It is important to remember that the vaping experience is subjective and will depend on the person and their PV setup and e-liquid choice.
Maker: Brother Union
Supplier: Brother Union Price: $69.99 Threading: 510 Battery Capacity: ~450 mAh
Atomizer Resistance: not stated
A recent post on UKVapers included a link to the video below describing a new electronic cigarette from a Chinese company called Brother Union. I was intrigued by the iDrink electronic cigarette and contacted the makers to ask some questions about it. At this point I was offered one for the purpose of review. I have now been using this pretty much exclusively for the last 5 days and must say I am actually pretty impressed.
A revolutionary new product?
The iDrink is marketed as a revolutionary new product in terms of electronic cigarettes, which it is from the point of view of mass market electronic cigarettes. However, if you are someone familiar with bottom fed box mods then it is not going to blow you away in terms of its originality. So what exactly is it? Well, in effect this is a bottom fed electronic cigarette that doesn’t require squonking (squeezing the feeder bottle to prime the atomizer!). Neatly packaged in an oval tube shape is an e-cig based on a custom made atomizer/cartomiser fed by a 3ml plastic bottle and powered by a replaceable 450 mAh battery. The unit also has 5 blue led’s to indicate the battery level that show through the silver plastic case when you inhale on the atomizer. The lid, covering the atomizer is held on with magnets and whilst this has not fallen off yet, it does feel like it could with an over zealous shake. Charging is done via a mini USB connection on the underside and the battery is fully charged within about an hour or so, in addition this can act as a pass-through when attached to a USB power source.
In the box I received the iDrink unit, a single atomizer, an empty feeder bottle, a battery, a micro-usb cable and a glossy instruction leaflet. The unit and packaging are clearly aimed at a younger “trendy” market and whilst on the whole it is appealing and well presented, I can’t help feeling that the plastic casing of the unit makes it feel a little cheaper than it should be; a polished or anodized metal case would be more appealing to the market for which it is intended.
So what is this like to use? Well, actually, it is really quite a good vape. Filling the 3ml bottle with e-liquid and giving it a few primer squeezes is all that is needed to use the unit once it is fully charged the first time. The unit has an automatic battery, which works very well. It is not accidentally activated by shaking, but has so far activated with every draw on the unit. Battery life is very acceptable for a 450 mah capacity. I have been using this unit as my PV when at work and it has lasted a full 10 hour day at the office before needing recharging. I also quite like the small size of the unit, it is easily conclealed within the palm of the hand meaning you can use it effectively in stealth vaping situations.
In order to gauge the performance of the atomizer that comes with the unit I have been vaping my current favourite e-liquid: Bananacake from Vapist’s Vapours. The iDrink atomizer stands up really well to 50/50 PG/VG liquid so far I have not had any issues with dry hits. In terms of flavour it does a fairly good job of retaining all the elements as I taste them when using a Vision eGo. The only difference is that the banana is slightly muted and the cake flavour is more apparent. Throathit is actually slightly stronger. However, where this atomizer really stands out is that it produces LOADS of vapour. For such a small unit the iDrink really produces a satisfying vape. The atomizer has not particularly dipped I perfomarmance despite about 10ml of liquid going through it. I have not taken it apart to find out what it really is like as it is the only one I have. The atomizer is specific to the unit with a number of small holes drilled near the base to feed the eliquid to the atomizer bridge. However, the fitting is a 510 fitting and a filled boge cartomizer works on this unit, which suggests that careful punching or slotting a cartomizer in the correct locations and it could be used with the feed bottle in the unit so you might not need to rely on buying the atomizers specific to the unit.
In a nutshell…
So what do I think of the unit? Overall it is a really good vape, I like the performance for a 450 mah battery and auto-draw. The fact it can hold 3ml of liquid means I can stick it in my pocket and go to work without having to worry about taking spare juice etc. I think that it is a great alternative to eGo style units for out and about but it would not become my only PV. The price for a unit is ok, but I feel it would be better value with the addition of an extra battery and atomizer in the pack. The main letdown for me is the “cheap” feel of the plastic case; revise this and I think Brother Union are on to a great thing. I do hope that a UK vendor picks these things up as I think that they can offer a good, hassle free daytime unit that is pocket friendly, but still packs a good punch.