About Cue Vapor System
Cue Vapor System is an electronic vaporizer that claims to simplify and streamline the entire process of what has colloquially become known as “vaping.” Unlike many traditional vapes and e-cigarettes, there is no need to swap out coils and other parts when using the device, and the 5ml cartridges (which are required to use the device) are said to last many users an entire day or more.
The Cue comes in six different colors; white, black, blue, pink, red, and orange. The product comes with a 1500 mAh internal battery, which the company states will last users anywhere from a day to a week or more, depending on individual usage habits.
The makers of the product claim that it represents a combination of the ease-of-use that comes with disposable vapes, and the power and satisfaction you typically find with higher-powered “mod” devices, albeit without all the extra work. In order to determine if this is truly what you can expect from using the Cue, let’s take a closer look at how it’s supposed to work below.
How the Cue Vapor Works
At a glance, the Cue operates similarly to other vaporizers, heating up essential oils but not actually combusting them. Instead, they are boiled, causing them to release a vapor containing the active ingredients that you then inhale.
Cue’s novel approach, however, centers around the fact that it utilizes first party cartridges instead of the bottles of “e-liquid” found in seemingly countless varieties in stores and online nationwide. The company claims that this means less hassle for users, due to the elimination of cracks, leaks, and other issues commonly associated with vaporizers.
These cartridges contain 5ml of liquid each, which the manufacturer claims will last users anywhere from one day to a week or more, depending on how often you use the device. They recommend removing the cartridge throughout the day to check its level using the see-through construction.
Understanding the Differences Between Vaporizers and Cigarettes
Vaporizers have become incredibly popular over the last decade as an effective alternative to cigarettes, leading many former smokers to become full-time “vapers” instead. One of the largest reasons for this change is undoubtedly the subtle societal shift away from cigarette use being the norm, which itself has been spurred on by enhanced scientific clarity in recent years as to the numerous adverse effects tobacco exhibits on human health.
Having said this, much is still unknown about the long-term safety of vaporizer products like the Cue, though new data is coming out at a steady pace. The Mayo Clinic puts it bluntly: “There’s no scientific evidence that using e-cigarettes is safe.”
They go on to mention some other potential dangers about the devices and the chemicals they contain: “Researchers have found that some e-cigarettes have nicotine amounts that are very different from what's on the label. In addition, some flavoring agents and other additives have been shown to be toxic.”
In addition, the long-term effects of inhaling vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol and other additives commonly found in e-liquids are still largely unknown to science. For this reason, both the FDA and the American Heart Association have issued warnings about the potential health risks associated with these products.
But what about their role in helping smokers quit? Although e-cigarettes have long been touted as an effective method of quitting smoking, WebMD, the FDA and the Mayo Clinic all agree that there isn’t any definitive evidence supporting this to be true in all situations. For the most part, evidence of their use in cessation is still quite anecdotal, from the sound of things.
So, what does all of this mean for you? In short, vaporizer devices might not be completely healthy in the long run, nor are they a proven way to quit smoking for good. In terms of the Cue specifically, there’s the potential for nicotine addiction–though the company does offer nicotine-free options, to be fair.
The main factor of concern is the inclusion of both vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol in the company’s cartridges, because again, long-term data on these chemicals remains inconclusive.
Despite all of the above, there’s growing evidence supporting the claim that they are at least healthier than their tobacco-filled predecessors. Of course, with something that kills seven million people a year–half of all of its users–that can still be viewed as fairly significant.
Cue Vapor Pricing & Return Policy
Cue Vapor is currently sold by the manufacturer online for $29.99. This “starter pack” includes the following items:
- Cue device
- Smooth Tobacco cartridge in 3mg nicotine
- Deluxe carry case
- 3 ft. USB cable
- Dual-port car charger
- Your choice of one 3mg nicotine cartridge
It can also be purchased a la carte for $19.99. Shipping is free for standard ground, or $19.00 for rushed service.
Individual replacement cartridges will run you $6.99 each, or $31.99 for a five-flavor discovery pack. There are currently four different categories of flavors available, including tobacco, fruit, mint, and dessert. There were ten total flavors available on the website as of this writing:
- Smooth tobacco
- Menthol tobacco
- Apple tobacco
- Peach tobacco
- Full tobacco
- Berry smooth
- Creamy mint
- Chocolate banana
- Vanilla cream
- Fresh melon
Each of these flavors are available in three different nicotine concentrations; 0mg, 3mg, and 6mg.
The product’s website does not seem to list a written return policy, so we reached out to customer service during our research for clarification. We were told that all orders include a 60-day money-back guarantee, less shipping costs. You’ll be required to pay return shipping to get the product back to the manufacturer. To initiate a return, you’ll need to call customer service at 800-377-7709.
Cue Vapor vs. the Competition
As mentioned earlier on, vaporizer products have been commonplace in the US and abroad for several years now, and as a result, there are hundreds of different models available both online and in-stores today.
Despite this, it seems as though the vast majority of these products are not “closed systems” like the Cue Vapor–meaning that you can use any flavor e-liquid instead of just pre-packaged cartridges. Only a few others–like the Europa, for instance–utilize similar proprietary e-liquid delivery methods.
If you’re searching for the right vaporizer for your needs, it can be all-too-easy to feel a bit intimidated and even overwhelmed by the sheer variety of products and technologies available today. Because of this, here are a few things to keep in mind going into a potential purchase:
- Determine what level of involvement you are looking for. Closed systems like the Cue seem like they might be ideal for those new to vaping in general, or for those who simply don’t want to mess with coils, cleaning, leaks and other little quirks that come along with “mod” devices and more specialized vaping devices.
- Consider the long-term investment required. With a standard vaporizer, you can use just about any bottle of e-liquid out there, and many are available in bulk online and in-stores in an impressive variety of flavors and nicotine levels. With a system like the Cue, you’ll be limited to the in-house flavors and quantities, and because the company states that the 5ml cartridges may only last a day or so depending on usage, you’re looking at a potential $7/day fee in operating costs alone.
- Always be mindful of the risks. As we mentioned above, much is still to be learned about the potential for adverse effects that come along with using a vaporizer. Because there are still many unanswered questions, we’d recommend speaking with your doctor directly before making a purchase.
Final Thoughts on Cue Vapor
Bringing everything that we’ve learned about the Cue Vapor System together, we still have a few lingering thoughts that we feel are worth discussing.
On the one hand, the Cue seems like a simple, user-friendly way to break into vaping, especially if you’ve never had any experience with it in the past, or are looking for something a bit more hands-off than the “mod” culture that seems to be prevalent in the wider vaping industry.
On the other, using a closed system that can cost you as much as $7 per day in e-liquid may be cost-prohibitive for many. This is especially true for those looking to quit smoking for financial reasons.
Painted against the backdrop of the warnings issued by the American Heart Association and the FDA, as consumers ourselves, we’d likely feel more comfortable speaking with a doctor before making a purchase, especially if we were just getting started with vaporizers. This is especially true considering that the Cue Vapor System includes options containing nicotine, which is an addictive substance.
Despite these concerns, the Cue Vapor System looks like a solid device for those looking to begin vaping with minimal overhead. If you choose to try it out, you’ll be able to take advantage of the 60-day money-back guarantee, should you decide it’s not for you in the end.
3 out 7 people found this review helpful
I quit smoking for three years and started vaping. It took a few starts but eventually, it took hold. I need people to know, however, that the claims of being able to vape in places you can't smoke is completely false! For unknown reasons, most places that prohibit smoking, prohibit vaping too. I feel it's totally insane, but that's just the way it is.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
6 out 6 people found this review helpful
So far so good
I regularly use vaporizers, and I mix my own liquids, wrap my own coils, etc. I saw this product in the store two days ago when I was picking up some coffee, read a little about it online, and thought I’d give it a shot, as a backup for my normal vape mod. The starter kit comes with one cartridge and is the lowest nicotine level they offer aside from zero. I typically use 6mg. So I opened the package, plugged the unit up to charge, to find it already fully charged. I opened and installed my cartridge, turned on the unit, started drawing and hit the button...
Now, I like the flavor of the smooth tobacco juice that comes with it; it’s a clean mess-free (so far) vape device. I am interested to see how long the tank lasts. Personally, I think they should make the tank refillable and sell bottles of juice. This is a nice little vape for a backup, or for an occasional vaper. But I would not consider it to be my main device as it is.
For what it is, I do like this device so far.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend