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July 6, 2013

Bedford Slims Review


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With the e-cigarette rapidly becoming a mature product, it’s only going to become more difficult for new companies to break into the market and really make an impact over a wide geographic area. For many of the new e-cigarette companies that launch over the next year, the future will be local, not national. However, there may yet be room for a few companies to break through, and that’s what Brooklyn-based Bedford Slims is trying to do. Recently, a reader emailed to ask for my opinion on the Bedford Slims e-cigarette. Although the brand had existed since 2010, I had to admit that I’d never heard of them. I asked Bedford Slims if they had any review samples available, and within a few days I had a nice little Bedford Slims review kit waiting for me.

Bedford Slims Review

About Bedford Slims

The first thing you’ll notice about the Bedford Slims e-cigarette is the handlebar mustache iconography; it’s on everything, from the battery charger to the tip of the battery itself. People’s feelings regarding the mustache logo may differ. Some might think it’s a couple of years out of date, while others will find it cute. I thought the whole package had a bit of a “barbershop” feel to it, which I kind of liked. What I wasn’t so sure about, though, was the extremely colorful battery included in my Bedford Slims review kit. I love the fact that the Bedford Slims company is working with local Brooklyn artists to design limited-edition batteries, but the Joshua Williams battery is a little too “Miami Vice” for me. Thankfully, a more muted “Cloud” battery by Aimee Wilder and a plain stainless steel battery are also available.

Across the board, the prices at the Bedford Slims website are quite affordable. The least expensive starter kit is just $12.00, although you’ll need to add a $10.00 USB charger to make the battery reusable. Full starter kits are $36.00 for a kit with one battery or $45.00 for two. Refill cartridges cost $13.00 for packs of five. The cartridge threading is KR-808, which means that you’ll be able to use your Bedford Slims batteries with refill cartridges sold by a wide variety of companies. You may not want to, though. As it turns out, the flavors offered by Bedford Slims are quite unique and special.

Bedford Slims Review

My Bedford Slims e-cigarette kit included samples of the company’s Tobacco, Clove and Dark Roast flavors along with a limited edition flavor called Birch Beer that I’m unable to find on the website. (UPDATE: This flavor is now called “Root” and is available on the website.) Of these, the Birch Beer flavor was by far my favorite. It’s actually one of the best soda-flavored e-liquids I’ve ever had the privilege to try. I also really enjoyed the Clove flavor. The herbal, peppery, slightly sweet flavor profiles of the Birch Beer and Clove refill cartridges perfectly encapsulate the “old world” feel that the Bedford Slims company is trying to capture with their e-cigarettes, in my opinion. I find the Tobacco flavor a bit more run-of-the-mill; it probably won’t make you forget your favorite cigarette. If the quality of the Clove and Birch Beer “small batch” e-liquids is any indication, though, I bet the Turkish Cut and Southern Tobacco flavors will provide much better experiences than the original Bedford Slims Tobacco flavor.

If I had to compare Bedford Slims to other e-cigarette brands, I’d have to say that the quality of their refill flavors is much higher than average — especially for a company that sells pre-filled cartomizers. Normally, to taste flavors this great from an e-cigarette, you’d need to buy your own cartomizers and fill them yourself with the e-liquid of your choice. The reality of the e-cigarette industry is that it is extremely difficult to fill thousands of cartomizers with USA-made e-liquids, so only a few do it. Most of the time, US-based e-cigarette vendors buy their pre-filled cartomizers from manufacturers in China and the taste suffers a little as a result. If you’re looking for a flavor that is entirely unique, Bedford Slims is a brand deserving of your consideration.

Bedford Slims Review: The Pros

  • Tasty refill flavors with an herbal, old-world theme
  • Affordable prices
  • Some kits support local artists

Bedford Slims Review: The Cons

  • Mustache iconography and artist-designed batteries may not be for everyone

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