UPDATE: Janaury 14th, 2013 – Today Vape Dudes e Juice has earned 9 Spinfuel Choice Awards for their Excellence in eLiquid Artistry. With more than 200 total flavors, Spinfuel only began to scratch the surface in a review of their product line. We are hoping to bring you further reviews of the various flavors in 2013. For more information about the Spinfuel Choice Awards, click here.
Vape Dudes e Juice Review – July 27, 2012
Of all the brands of American Made eJuice that we have been reviewing for our “July is eJuice Month” celebration (a now yearly event!) Vape Dudes offers more flavors than any of them, including a “flavorless” eJuice. (Up to 200 today) Now, normally that could very well stand as one heck of an accomplishment in and of itself but when you hear that each bottle of eJuice sold by Vape Dudes is made by hand, never in batches, well, it becomes the stuff of legends. “How in the world do they do it?” As it turns out, they do it very well indeed.
Vape Dudes is a young company owned and operated by Chris Snuffer and Jennifer Zeares. Only a couple of years old Vape Dudes has managed to grow at an amazing speed. With sales as far away as Australia and Hungary, as well as online sales and multiple resellers in Texas and the Midwest, Vape Dudes continues this fast pace without any signs of slowing down.
Does this incredible growth rate affect the quality of the eJuice? Certainly not. In fact, our experience with Vape Dudes suggests that their ability to maintain consistency and quality has never been better. This review was not the first time we had sampled Vape Dudes eJuice, so we had a preconceived idea of what qualities to expect and they did not disappoint. Several of Vape Dudes flavors were still in rotation among some of our team members and as such, they were familiar with some of the flavors submitted for review.
Vape Dudes offers their eLiquid in a variety of blends, from 100% PG to 100% VG and just about every combination in between. Nicotine levels (including zero) are 6, 11, 16, and 24MG. You have the option of adding a touch of “extra flavor”, which we think is a great idea for those heavily into certain flavors. (John, for instance, is crazy about coconut and banana and would probably opt for extra flavoring in blends that included one or the other).
We should also note that Vape Dudes uses a “Point System” that allows their customers to earn points for purchases. These points can be used to get free stuff. What’s really nice about this is that is with their pricing structure you’re not paying any extra to make up for the point system, so this is a real, honest way to earn free stuff.
Pricing: Pricing is excellent for an American Made juice; Vape Dudes offers a 10ML size for $6.49 and a 30ML size for $17.49.
For this review we are sampling a total of 21 flavors. The team consisted of John Manzione, lead writer this time out, along with Tom McBride, Jason Little, Chelsey Laney, and Lisa Johnston.
The hardware used in this review were the ProVape ProVari, Vapor King Storm 2.0, NicStick’s eGo-T, Johnson Creek VEA makes a return visit, and Halo G6 and Element batteries. 510 and KR808 Cartomizers, Cartridges, and Vape Dudes own Texas Tuff Tanks, along with DCT’s from Totally Wicked and Apollo eCigs.
Point System: We rated our experience as follows: (Keep in mind that our scores on based on what we think of the flavor, and if it is accurately described. However, our taste buds weigh heavier on the score than an accurate description)
- 5 Stars – It doesn’t get any better. I LOVE it.
- 4 Stars – Good stuff. Would vape again.
- 3 Stars – Average quality, okay taste.
- 2 Stars – Not horrible, but not very good.
- 1 Star – I think I’d rather smoke an analog.
- 0 Stars – Someone call Poison Control!
Time: The team spent 72 consecutive hours with Vape Dudes eLiquid.
Initial Impressions: (Characteristics) – Vape Dudes eJuice is very clean, clear, and fresh. No aftertaste and no “base” taste that plagues many prefilled branded eCigs. All flavors produced top-notch vapor (all blends were 50%PG/50%VG at 24MG) and the throat hits were all splendid. Some flavors stuck out more than others (see below) but on the whole, each flavor was accurately described by Vape Dudes and enjoyed by the entire team. Some scored higher than others, but this was based on specific likes and dislikes of the team. The vast majority scored extremely well, and each member of the team had their favorites. Vape Dudes is highly recommended.
Review Process: Once the 72 hours expired all notes were handed into the lead writer, where they were read and collated. The 3-hour meeting is captured below in truncated, narrative excerpts.
The flavors listed below are in no certain order… we just picked them randomly, out of a hat (well, a box really).
And So It Begins…
Cinnamon Roll (Award Winners) 50/50 – Vape Dudes described this as, well, a Cinnamon Roll. Did the Team agree?
John: 5 Stars – I used to have a problem with Cinnabon, in that whenever I passed one I stopped and fed the craving. That’s why I topped out at 265 pounds and had to move to Florida for my health (I’m much better now thanks). So, I said a little prayer before trying this one. The last thing I needed was to get hooked again. I mean they do have 2 of have them in town. I gave this flavor a 5 star rating because it really delivers the flavor of a cinnamon roll. Scary but delicious.
Tom: 5 Stars - You know me and sweet vapes; I didn’t rate this one as high as I could have. Still, they nailed the flavor of a real cinnamon roll. Too sweet for me to make this a regular.
Chelsey: 5 Stars – I could vape this every night after dinner and every late-night snack. A great desert vape; tasted the cinnamon roll every time. Delicious!
Lisa: 3 Stars – While I thought they did a great job delivering the taste of a real cinnamon roll I didn’t really like it. But, to be fair, I don’t eat cinnamon anything, so there’s that.
Jason: 5 Stars – A cinnamon vape! I really liked it a lot, but it’s not an everyday vape so I can’t give it my maximum rating. Accurate taste though!
Mocha Java Drizzle 50/50 – Vape Dudes doesn’t go overboard with their descriptions of the flavors they offer. “Chocolate Caramel Coffee” – And the Team said!
John: 4 Stars – While I think this is a good flavor I’m not in love with it. I could taste the coffee and the chocolate, but not so much the caramel.
Tom: 4 Stars – I agree. It lacks something, the caramel I think. Once again a little too sweet for me.
Chelsey: 5 Stars – This is one people have to try! I loved it. Just the right amount of chocolate, caramel and coffee in this marvelous blend. Gimme more!
Lisa: 5 Stars – Some coffee blends just hit home, and this is one of them. I tasted more caramel than chocolate, go figure.
Jason: 5 Stars – Sometimes a flavor can get confusing, and sometimes they hit it on the head. Vape Dudes hit this one on the head, a perfect combination. Pleasantly surprised.
Ice Ice 50/50 - Clean menthol. Someone should offer to write poetic descriptions for these flavors. Vape Dudes doesn’t offer much here other than letting us know it’s a cool vape. The team said:
John: 3.5 Stars – Not crazy about menthol, and this is a very cool menthol. Too cool for me.
Tom: 3 Stars - No, this one had way too much menthol for me. No tobacco menthol, just menthol. But at least it wasn’t syrupy.
Chelsey: 5 Stars – A very cool, very clean, smooth on the draw menthol. I loved it.
Lisa: 4 Stars – A good, clean, smooth menthol flavor. I expected it to be somewhat harsh. It wasn’t.
Jason: 3 Stars – Too cool for me. But ya know what? People that love these cool menthol flavors are going to love this one.
Shades of Grey 50/50 – This is an “earl grey” flavor, light and definitely not sweet. What did the team think?
John: 5 Stars – Hit it out of the park! Never did I think a tea-flavored vape would be any good. This was awesome in so many ways.
Tom: 5 Stars – Incredible, and right up my alley. Although I am a tobacco guy, this tea flavor was beautiful. Earl Grey? Indeed.
Chelsey: 3.5 Stars – For every reason you guys loved it, non-sweet, tea flavored, dry, this isn’t it for me. I didn’t like it.
Lisa: 4 Stars – Tea flavored vapes must be new because this is the first one I’ve seen. I liked it. Would I by it? Maybe once. For people looking for something different, try this one!
Jason: 3 Stars – I definitely tasted the tea, which is why I didn’t care for it. This is one of those flavors that will appeal to a certain type, not everyone.
(Award Winner)Key Lime Pie – A Key Lime Pie flavor. The team was not split on this one.
John: 5 Stars – Lime! I loved it before and I loved it here. Lime is a great flavor to vape. Key Lime Pie in every drag.
Tom: 5 Stars – Lime is a good flavor, and it’s not too sweet. I loved this one. There is something about lime that makes a semi-sweet, semi-tart vape that’s just right.
Chelsey: 5 Stars – I just had a slice of Key Lime Pie a couple of weeks ago and I adored it. This has the exact same taste. Vaped very true to the flavor too!
Lisa: 5 Stars – I think we all agree about Lime being a nice flavor for vaping. I enjoyed Key Lime Pie a lot. This will go into my rotation.
Jason: 5 Stars – Key Lime Pie was my last flavor to vape because I wanted to save any fruity ones for last. As it turned out it was also one of my favorites. These guys know what they are doing, and they do it well.
RB Float 50/50 – (Naturals Line) 100% Natural Flavoring (made in the USA) – 100% Kosher, USP Grade Vegetable Glycerin (made in the USA) – 100% Kosher, USP Grade Propylene Glycol (made in the USA). Nicotine sourced from tobacco leaves hand picked in California (Made in the USA). Root Beer Float. Well Team?
John: 4 Stars – Root Beer is a good flavor to vape, when it’s smooth, rich, and doesn’t feel harsh on the throat. This is a flavor that can cause you to experience heartburn or indigestion. Seriously. Thankfully Vape Dudes has made a really smooth RB Float. I liked it and it didn’t cause any discomfort.
Tom: 3.5 Stars – Sweet, a little too sweet. I agree with John, some flavors, RB among them, can give you heartburn. That sucks! This one did not so I’m happy about that. For me it was too sweet.
Chelsey: 4 Stars – Yes, it is sweet but it’s not too sweet for me. The Root Beer was rich and smooth, with just a hint of vanilla ice cream (or vanilla anyway). I liked it.
Lisa: 5 Stars – Not only was RB Float very reminiscent of an old fashioned Root Beer Float; it also produced plumes of vapor that was impressive. A good throat hit. An all-around great vape!
Jason: 4 Stars – Root Beer is an awesome flavor and when used properly it can reach greatness. While this had a lot of root beer flavor it didn’t reach greatness status. Hey, not all of them can. I certainly did enjoy it though.
(Award Winner)Island Coconut 50/50 (Naturals Line) – Vape Dudes tells us “all natural goodness of the coconut into our Naturals Island Coconut. Skip the vacay and get swept away with a bottle today.” How did the team feel?
John: 5 Stars – I love to vape coconut flavored eJuice. I’m always trying different concoctions looking for the best one. Have I found it with Island Coconut? Until something better comes along, YES! I loved this vape like it was my own. So coconut-ty, so rich, so…excellent!
Tom: 5 Stars – A rich, smooth, vape with tons of vapor and a great throat. It has everything you want in a great vape. I would, and have, vaped Island Coconut for hours on end. Beautiful job! And, while sweet it wasn’t candy sweet. Island Coconut has a nice coconut sweetness.
Chelsey: 5 Stars – Without a doubt an awesome flavor! This blend has just the right amount of coconut with subtle hints of other island fruit, like pineapple. Not a Pina Colada, better than that!
Lisa: 5 Stars – Speaking of Pina Colada, Island Coconut was better than the traditional Pina Colada. More coconut means more richness. Even the vapor was thicker and the throat hit was pleasant. Perfection!
Jason: 5 Stars – A vape we can all agree on, this is a clean sweep 5 Star vape. As it should be. Island Coconut is nearly a perfect “tropical island” vape. I wonder if this is a huge seller or does the customer base choose the Pina Colada, which I agree is good, but this is better.
Buttery Nipple 50/50 – A mix of butterscotch and cream. A popular flavor with Vape Dudes customers, but how did it relate to our team?
John: – 4 Stars – If you like butterscotch this is your flavor. I loved the vapor production, the throat hit was light but effective, and it had a good sweetness to it. My only problem is butterscotch is not one of my favorite flavors on anything. I certainly enjoyed vaping it, but I don’t think I would put it into my rotation.