Halo Torque 56 Pre-Filled G6 Cartomizer
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Strength: 18 mg
Price: $9.99 (Pack of five)
I’m very excited to report that I have a Halo G6 e-cig in my hands and ready to review. Although It’s going to be a few more days before I publish the full review, I can tell you that it looks like a really killer product. The starter kit came with a pack of cartomizers pre-filled with Halo’s Torque 56 e-liquid. Although I wasn’t planning on writing a separate review for the cartomizers, I really have to because I’ve been surprised by how much I liked them. First, though, a word about the packaging.
Little things make all the difference in creating a positive first impression with customers, and Halo has a better handle on that than just about any other e-cigarette company I have ever dealt with. Halo’s pre-filled cartomizers arrive with better protection than I’ve ever seen in a pack of pre-filled cartomizers; each pack is made from translucent plastic rather than card stock and is sealed with an adhesive strip for extra protection. In addition, the back of the pack clearly shows the flavor, nicotine level, expiration date and lot number. The cartomizers are also sealed on both sides with soft plastic stoppers. All in all, it’s a really classy and functional package. Each cartomizer holds about 1 ml of e-liquid, which should be around a full day’s supply — or a bit more — for most e-cigarette users.
When I wrote my original Torque 56 e-liquid review, I used a Volcano Inferno e-cigarette with a low-resistance atomizer. Although I liked the e-liquid, I picked up a few flavor notes I didn’t care for and rated it a bit lower than Freedom Juice, my all-time favorite Halo e-liquid. What I didn’t realize, however, was that I wasn’t using Torque 56 at the power level that really brings its flavor out. Using Halo’s G6 cartomizer, I found it to be a completely different experience. With the cartomizer, I’m getting a taste that reminds me very much of pipe tobacco along with a slightly sweet taste that reminds me perhaps of dark chocolate or sweetened espresso. I also think that I can still taste a note of the vanilla that I detected in my original review — and the cartomizer really makes these flavor notes sing. Instead of tasting burnt as they did with the low-resistance atomizer, they taste more subtle, more refined with the cartomizer. Although I couldn’t exactly call it a perfect replacement for an analog cigarette, it’s a nice rich, complex flavor that I think I could come back to again and again.
Although it’s just a standard-resistance cartomizer, Torque 56 is such a powerful e-liquid that the throat hit still comes through. I think that if I switched from analogs to electronic cigarettes today and these Torque 56 cartomizers were the first product I tried, I might be happy enough to just keep on vaping these and never try anything else. This e-liquid has a nice, full mouth feel and produces more than enough vapor to satisfy.
I’d also like to write a few words about the G6 cartomizer, although I’ll be discussing it in greater detail when I write my full review of Halo’s G6 e-cig. The G6 cartomizer uses a gauze filling rather than the tank-and-wick system that you see with the CE2 cartomizers that a lot of vendors are now carrying. While the CE2 cartomizers do produce a great deal of vapor, they also have a few major problems: they are a messy pain in the neck to fill, they tend to impart a plastic flavor to e-liquids and they have an unfortunate tendency to leak everywhere when placed on their side. The G6 cartomizer has none of these problems.
The G6 cartomizer has a soft tip that is easy to remove with a fingernail — many cartomizers require opening with a toothpick or other tool. Inside is a saturated cotton gauze filling that delivers e-liquid to the heating element. I’ve found that it works quite well; I’ve never had to wait for the filling to wick e-liquid to the heating element and can take a puff whenever I like. The cartomizer also produces a surprising amount of vapor — about the most I’ve ever seen from an e-cigarette that doesn’t have a low-resistance atomizer or high-voltage battery, in a package very close to the size of a real cigarette. You can refill the cartomizer from a bottle several times before discarding it if you like.
I’ve always said that the more an e-cigarette looks like a real cigarette, the worse it performs. Halo’s G6 e-cig may actually have proven me wrong. I’ll be posting my full review in the next few days.