JAC Vapour SMOK Prospect E-Pipe Review
The product is activated by a ‘firing button’ on the top of the device - which was a nice touch, in my opinion.
JAC Vapour SMOK Prospect E-Pipe Review
JAC Vapour has been on the scene since 2010 – when the director, Andy Logan, was shown an E-cigarette in the US and immediately recognized its potential. It’s been said that he literally set up the business upon his return form that trip – and that’s when JAC Vapour was born.
He initially set the company up with the goal of offering high quality, yet affordable e-cigarettes to smokers who were on the lookout for a real alternative – and the company hasn’t looked back since.
I’ve done quite a bit of writing about different JAC Vapour products, and have yet to be disappointed – so naturally, I was excited to write about the SMOK Prospect E-pipe.[print_responsive_slider_plus_lightbox id=”3″]
This product is, according to JAC Vapour, “a reliable and great looking pipe mod, which offers plenty of flexibility.” It’s also said to be great at mimicking the traditional design of a real pipe – but is it a product that offers real value for the money?
Here’s what I found out over the course of my research.
Pros and Cons
Here are the basic pros and cons that we discovered about the SMOK Prospect E-pipe over the course of our research.
- This pipe is well made, heavy-duty, and well-suited to everyday use
- It produces a pretty substantial amount of vapour
- It works very well. The firing button is natural and seems to do the job quite nicely
- The product definitely looks interesting. You’ll turn heads if you go out to the club with it—that’s for sure
- It really looks and feels nice
- It doesn’t really come with any kind of a stand, and it won’t stand upright on its base if you have a tank screwed onto the stem – which is a bit of an annoyance
- Without instructions, it’s difficult to figure out how to use the small, enclosed circuit board/wafer chip
- The flavour is nice – though it wouldn’t hurt if it was a bit more flavourful
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What’s in the starter kit?
The SMOK Prospect kit that we reviewed came with the Prospect mod itself, a charger, a small circuit board/wafer chip, and an 18350 battery.
The battery that we received with the kit was a JAC Vapour brand IMR18350, 3.7V, 750mAh high drain rechargeable lithium battery. Of course, this battery doesn’t usually come with the Prospect mod kit – but it is available as an extra.
The charger that came with the kit (again, it needs to be bought separately) was a SMOK USB charger. This charger was incredibly nice. It had an aluminum body and seemed very well made. It will actually hold batteries ranging from the 18350 all the way up to the 650 – which is nice if you tend to keep a lot of different batteries around the house for your different vaping products.
One very interesting thing about the firing button is that it’s not spring loaded. It’s actually magnetic – which is not only less likely to malfunction, but also very cool in and of itself! Fewer moving parts makes for a longer-lasting product – so kudos to the company for adding this feature.
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This product comes with pretty standard 510 eGo threading – so finding/adding/using attachments shouldn’t be too difficult. This should allow you to use a pretty wide range of different atomizers and/or tanks with the pipe – which is always nice (though it is recommended that you don’t go lower than .6 ohms on the coil, as it can tend to drain the battery rather quickly).
What we think of this kit
The SMOK Prospect E-pipe will definitely turn heads if you take it out to the club or to the bar – though probably in a good way. It’s a bit of a novelty item, as it really isn’t quite as powerful as some other eGos on the market today – but that doesn’t really take away from the uniqueness of the product as a whole. It’s really a nice pipe that produces a good flavour and a pretty substantial amount of vapour.
It’s built well and seems capable of withstanding the rigors of daily use – which is definitely an upside. We were a bit disappointed to find that the battery doesn’t last that long (only a couple of hours), and it would also be nice if there were some kind of light indicators built into it. As it is, it’s impossible to know when it’s running low on power until it shuts down – so that was a bit disappointing.
On the flipside, it’s nice to be able to use different types of tanks and atomizers. The 510 threading makes this possible, and gives you more options for control over the quality and flavour of your vape.
All in all, it’s definitely safe to say that this product would make a nice addition to almost anyone’s collection – especially if they tend to be an analog pipe enthusiast.
Appearance and Feel
The appearance of the box that the product came in was very nice. It was black with embossed silver writing, and seemed very classy.
The pipe itself was also very attractive. It was sleek and shiny, and seemed well-made without being too heavy or cumbersome. It actually felt and looked like a real pipe – which was a nice touch. Realism is always nice with a product like this.
It’s actually made of chromed brass – so don’t be surprised to find that it does feel a little bit heavier than a wooden pipe. The clean, shiny finish is attractive though. I definitely wouldn’t have a problem carrying this pipe with me or using it out in public.
The product is activated by a ‘firing button’ on the top of the device – which was a nice touch, in my opinion. I think that this makes it a bit more believable, and helps it to feel more like a ‘real pipe’ than a mechanical mod.
The response on the button is nice, and it seems well-made. I really don’t think there would be any kind of danger with it breaking or getting damaged – so that’s always a good thing. The pipe itself also fits nicely in the palm of the hand – making it easy and natural to use.
The battery area is also vented for safety – which is definitely a good thing.
One thing that we found to be a bit strange was the fact that there were no instructions in the box that we received – which wasn’t a big deal, though I do find myself wondering if JAC Vapour usually sends instructions for this product, or if this is a normal thing for them.
Another thing that’s a little bit annoying is the fact that it won’t stand up on its base once you get a stem on it. When you add a tank, it gets side heavy and just falls over. You can stand it up in the box, but you’re probably not going to be able to use the base unless you disconnect the stem – which isn’t a huge deal – just a little bit inconvenient.
It was also a bit disappointing that you can’t order a stand for this pipe on the website. It would have been nice to be able to get something like this to go with the pipe as like an accessory – but if you want something like that, you’re going to need to buy it from somewhere other than JAC Vapour.
As it turned out, using the pipe wasn’t quite as straightforward as it seemed at first either. There is a small circuit-board type wafer chip that comes with it that needs to be stuck to the battery a certain way before it’s inserted – and this might cause some confusion for some people if the product doesn’t usually come with instructions.
Thankfully, we were able to figure out how to use it – but it did take a bit of doing.
Additional recommended products from this company
I definitely can’t talk about JAC Vapour without recommending their E-liquids. They offer a wide variety of different flavours and options, so make sure to check that out if you’re looking for a new vape or brand of liquid.
JAC Vapour also offers a wide range of different types of starter kits. For a quality eGo kit, you should also check out the Series-E products.