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Hangsen Stars and Stripes Cola Review

Hangsen Stars and Stripes Cola Review

This juice is from the Hangsen Stars and Stripes selection, it’s a little more expensive than the standard juices. It’s described as a blue cola, I guess this means Pepsi though they just can’t say it for obvious reasons.

 

For the sake of transparency – I received a free sample from S&Heaven, they asked me to review a number of their juices as they’re seeking independent feedback for their customers to read. It’s a mix of PG and VG (ratio not stated) @ 12mg nicotine strength. The review was done using the iclear 30s with a 2.1ohm coil head powered by the iTaste MVP 2.0.

 

A note on their packaging literature

Before I get down to discussing the juice, I want to take a moment to talk about the literature on the packaging. The bottles come in a card box and for the most part everything is sensibly labelled with all the relevant warnings and information.  What I really like is the warning that it may contain traces of nuts, that’s excellent information to include.

 

On the side of the box it reads – This bottle (30ml @12mg nicotine) is equivalent to 600 tobacco cigarettes.  Hmmm, now I smoked 120 a week and I vape on average 30ml per week, common sense tells me this is pure nonsense, but then I’m not qualified to state this in any official capacity. With that in mind, I put the question to Dr. Farsalinos on Twitter and he very kindly took the time to respond. Here’s what he had to say – Simply ridiculous.

 

Simply put, this is false information. It’s misleading for newbies but there’s also a real danger that policy makers could unwittingly find this information. Imagine this information was used as a basis for decisions regarding regulatory framework (on nicotine levels and restrictions). Now you might think that’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s often a case of if the manufacturer says it, then it must be true. Look at how European regulation played out and you have a case in point. E-Cig companies should be backing up all their claims with data, and I’d love to see the data that brought them to this conclusion. Rant over and on with the review…

 

Flavor and Taste

Strangely enough, in all these years of vaping this is my first cola. When I started out the major brands were the likes of Dekang, Hangsen, Joyetech and the choice of really quality flavors was quite limited. If you read reviews of the original standard Dekang cola you’ll understand why I’ve generally avoided standard cola flavored juices. There’s no question Hangsen have upped their game with this cola.

From the bottle it smells exactly like cola. Because of this I didn’t have the patience to steep! On the inhale it’s everything you’d hope for from a good cola vape. It’s balanced in that it’s a light and refreshing vape without being too sickly sweet. A perfect all day vape as far as I’m concerned. On the exhale it moves to more of an earthy and peppery cola taste. I did notice an occasional light twang in the aftertaste but I suspect this is purely down to my impatience and the lack of steeping.

 

So does it taste like Pepsi? Kind of, but for me it’s more like any number of light cola flavored candy. Things like Cola bottles, cola popsicles and cola carambars all spring to mind when I’m vaping. All tasty cola treats and the juice tastes every bit as good them.

 

Throat Hit

If you prefer a mild vape this may not be a juice for you. It’s a savage throat hit, even @ 12mg. It’s as sharp as it is strong on the Adam’s apple. If you like a mild vape I’d advise testing out a sample at 6mg.

 

Vapor Production

I’m not sure what the base ratio is but judging from the throat and vapor production it’s a safe guess that it’s mostly PG. Vapor production is decent but it doesn’t leave a thick fog like a 50/50 base will. It leaves behind a very light scent of cola candy. A great juice for when you have to ninja vape.

 

Device Longevity

For a sweet juice I’m quite frankly amazed by the mileage you get from a coil head, I vaped 25ml with little loss in vapor quality. This juice will appeal to folks who hate changing their e-cig parts all too often. It’s super friendly on coils.

 

Conclusion

Hats off to Hangsen on a fine cola flavor, even if it is more like candy cola it still tastes great, especially on the inhale. The only downside is the slight peppery twang I mentioned on the exhale but steeping should resolve this. Even though I get it sometimes, this didn’t stop me from vaping through the entire bottle in little to no time. I’m getting more with my next order and this time I’ll steep it. I’ll update the review once I do the pepsi challenge all over again. :)

UPDATE:

So i bought another bottle of this myself because I was so impressed with it, one week on I’ve  just put in another order for two more bottles and this is officially my new all day vape. I disciplined myself and gave it a good week of steeping and I’m delighted to report that the peppery twang I mentioned has all but mellowed out. On higher voltage and wattage settings it can creep back in every now and again but on low settings (3.3-3.7 volts and 6-7 watts) it’s a really mellow and smooth cola flavor. At almost half the price of my usual premium brands this is a real gem from Hangsen imo and I can’t recommend it enough.

 

 

Where To Buy

Europe

S&Heaven ( Use discount code ELIQUIDZ for 5% off orders)

This juice is from the Hangsen Stars and Stripes selection, it's a little more expensive than the standard juices. It’s described as a blue cola, I guess this means Pepsi though they just can’t say it for obvious reasons.   For the sake of transparency - I received a free sample from S&Heaven, they asked me to review a number of their juices as they’re seeking independent feedback for their customers to read. It’s a mix of PG and VG (ratio not stated) @ 12mg nicotine strength. The review was done using the iclear 30s with a 2.1ohm coil head…

Review Overview

Flavor and Taste
Throat Hit
Vapor Production
Device Longevity

Summary : A finely balanced cola candy vape.

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3 comments

  1. Awesome review :). Have tried 2 different colas thus far, neither worth writing home about. When you steep, how long do you steep for? What criteria do you use? Lid off..? Dark press? Cool place, I’d love to hear / read a step by step guide on steeping

  2. Thanks for the kind words Karl. :)

    Steeping is pretty much like everything else to do with vaping, highly subjective. There’s a couple of ways you can steep. I’ll get that guide up for you very soon, but for now here’s my advice.

    Yes absolutely, a warm and dark place with cap off works great. The best thing to do is test your juice every 1-2 days. You should notice tiny variations in taste and sometimes appearance, it’s really a case of trial and error until you find that perfect sweet spot with each one. I know some people steep juices like M&P Tobacco Haze for as long as 2 weeks. Another might potentially lose some appeal after that amount of steeping. Some juices never get any better and some are great straight out of the bottle.

    If your first impression of any juice is that something tastes off or strange in anyway, you should always try steeping before giving up on it. Then there’s the device you’re using to consider in all of it too.

    I have to admit I was taken by surprise with this juice, I didn’t think I’d like it. Cola seems to be a bit like cherry in that they can be tough to find good ones. Great juice and much cheaper than most premium brands, China are catching up with their flavors it seems. Dekang launched a new premium range too and supposedly their cola is a massive improvement on their old one.

  3. As promised a concise explanation and guide to steeping eliquid, though ignore my previous advice, the cap should remain on.

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