The eGo e-cigarette, originally developed by Joye/Janty and now manufactured by a variety of Chinese companies, is among the most popular of all e-cigarette models. No matter who your favorite e-cigarette vendor is, it’s likely that they carry some variation of the eGo. Some of the other names for the eGo e-cigarette include the Riva, the KGO, the Tornado and the Inferno.
eGo E-Cigarette: Types
The two most common types of eGo e-cigarettes are the regular eGo — which includes an atomizer for cartridges or dripping — and the eGo-T, which includes removable tanks to feed liquid to the heating coil. The atomizer for the eGo-T is usually called a “tank atomizer” or “tankomizer.” If you buy the eGo e-cigarette, you are free to experiment with both liquid delivery systems as the battery is the same. The eGo uses the most common type of attachment threading, making it compatible with any e-cigarette atomizer or cartomizer designed for L88B, 510 or 306 e-cigarettes.
eGo E-Cigarette: Pros and Cons
The eGo e-cigarette is popular because it offers a good combination of flexibility, size and battery life. It works with all of the most common e-cigarette attachments, typically offers a battery capacity up to about 1000 mAh and has a relatively small size compared to other e-cigarettes with high battery capacities. The eGo also has the needed battery capacity to handle low-resistance atomizers, which simulate high-voltage e-cigarettes at lower voltage levels. Small e-cigarette batteries can’t use low-resistance atomizers without reliability problems.
On the other hand, the size of the eGo may be a drawback if you’d prefer to have an e-cigarette that looks like a real cigarette. Some people are more comfortable switching from real cigarettes to an e-cigarette that looks and feels the same, which the eGo definitely does not. Also, the eGo is not available with an automatic battery that turns the heating coil on automatically when you inhale; you have to hold a button down each time you puff.
eGo-T E-Cigarette: Pros and Cons
The eGo-T tank system is an attempt to create an e-cigarette with the same convenience and low cost for refills as the older e-cigarettes with disposable cartridges while avoiding the leaking and poor vapor production inherent in cartridges. Each pack of refill tanks usually costs just a few dollars, and you can easily pop the bottom of a tank off and add more liquid when it is empty. The quantity of vapor that the eGo-T tank system creates is very close to what you would get from a standard atomizer with a hollow drip tip.
On the other hand, an eGo-T tankomizer has about the same expected lifespan as a standard atomizer: about one month. After that, you’ll need to buy a replacement, and tankomizers usually cost at least $5.00 more than standard atomizers. In addition, because the heating coil is located at the bottom of the tankomizer and travels through a long plastic channel before reaching your mouth, you may find the vapor produced by an eGo-T to be less flavorful than what you would get with a cartomizer or standard atomizer and drip tip. However, it is important to remember that because all eGo batteries have the same threading, you can use any attachment you like with your eGo e-cigarette — so feel free to try everything.
eGo E-Cigarette: Kits and Prices
Just about every vendor offers an eGo e-cigarette kit, but I’ve had especially good experiences with Halo, Choice 7′s and Smokeless Delite. All three companies produce their e-liquids in the United States, so you can expect some really nice flavors regardless of the company you purchase from. Although I might say that I have a slight preference for Halo’s tobacco liquids from Choice 7′s excels in the fruit flavor department, you can use e-liquids from any company with your eGo e-cigarette.
These three eGo e-cigarette kits differ slightly in their included hardware. The Halo Triton has the benefit of being available in a wide variety of different colors, while the Choice 7′s and Smokeless Delite kits are available in black only. The Halo Triton and Smokeless Delite eGo e-cigarette both include clear e-liquid tanks, while the Choice 7′s offering features a special “hybrid” cartridge with a wide mouth for easy filling. The Choice 7′s kit also includes more e-liquid, and both of the Choice 7′s battery have USB ports allowing you to continue using them while they charge. The Halo Triton has a variable-voltage battery available, allowing you to increase the vapor production of your e-cigarette if you like. However, the Triton starter kit includes no e-liquid.
Virgin Vapor Easy E-Cigarette Kit ($14.99): Includes one battery, one e-liquid cartridge, USB charger and sample of organic e-liquid. Available in seven colors.
Halo Triton Kit ($64.99): Includes two batteries, two empty tanks, atomizer cone, USB and wall chargers. Available in 11 colors.
Choice 7′s Hybrid Kit ($99.95): Includes two batteries with USB pass-through, two empty hybrid cartridges, atomizer cone, USB and wall chargers, two bottles of e-liquid.
Smokeless Delite eGo-T Kit ($29.95): Includes two batteries, two tank atomizers, USB and wall chargers, carrying case.
This article was updated in May 2014.