Is SKE set to be the new Elf Bar? Here we put the SKE Crystal Bar range through it’s paces to see how this newcomer compares to the ever popular Elf Bar 600 and Geek Bar E600 ranges
Sikary, the company behind the SKE vape brand launched in 2013 in Shenzhen, China. In the years since, they have built themselves a reputation as one of the world's leading manufacturers of vape devices, and here we look at one of their recently launched product ranges, the SKE Crystal Disposable Vape Bars.
Whilst the SKE Crystal range may be fairly new to the UK vape market (the launch of their first crystal disposable was early in 2022), Sikary owns more than 180 Intellectual property rights for electronic cigarette core technology and they sell a wide variety of vape product ranges across the world. Although you might not have heard of them, they are actually a well-established international vape company whose focus remains firmly on product development of high-quality and high-performance vapes, with safety as a priority.
In the UK, the SKE branded disposable vape ranges include the increasingly popular SKE Crystal Bar, launched in summer 2022, and the new SKE Amare Crystal One, due to launch in 2023.
Designed for adult smokers to deliver a flavoursome vape and smooth nicotine hit, the SKE Crystal Bar is a non-rechargeable, disposable vape with an internal pre-filled tank containing 2ml of nic-salt based e liquid.
The high-quality crafted coloured body is housed in an attractive clear diamond-cut outer casing which resembles crystal in both appearance and texture. The packaging is reasonably attractive and for the most part made from a recyclable cardboard. Each vape is then contained in a sealed foil pack to preserve flavour and protect from outside elements until use.
SKE Crystal Bars are becoming a popular choice over alternative brands due to the wide array of flavours available - currently 40 in total. All the familiar flavours are included; Blue Razz Lemonade, Blueberry Sour Raspberry and Kiwi Passion Fruit Guava, as well as an impressive Tobacco flavour as a cigarette-taste alternative. At Vapourcore it became apparent very quickly after launch that the newer and more unique flavour blends such as Fizzy Cherry, Mint Mojito and Gummy Bear caught the eye of both staff and customers alike.
Whilst the SKE Crystal range gives a good opportunity to experiment with new flavours and expand taste choices, currently you are limited to a 20mg nicotine strength which may not be suitable for occasional smokers/vapers or those looking to reduce nicotine consumption within their brand of choice. It would be good to see lower 10mg and nicotine-free 0mg versions available in this range in the future to cater to all needs and preferences.
SKE Crystal Bars are UK legal products with all Product IDs listed on the MHRA website to show authenticity, the relevant TPD warnings, safety notices and flavour ingredients are clearly marked on the packaging with safety marks present and correct on each device.
Comparable products to the SKE Crystal Bars are the similarly styled alternative crystal vapes from brands including IVG, Vapes Bars and HIT. These ranges share the same diamond-cut crystal effect outer which does give an attractive and colourful finish to what would otherwise be a fairly basic, vertical, pen-style vape device. In comparison, from in-house analysis, the SKE flavours in generic flavours certainly hold their own against these competitor brand alternatives in all aspects of taste, build quality and battery longevity.
Whilst not personally a fan of overly sweet and fruity blends that most product names suggest, I sampled a few surprisingly enjoyable flavours within the SKE Crystal Bar range, I would recommend the Fresh Menthol Mojito, Menthol and the Blueberry Cherry Cranberry which whilst fruity, has slightly tart notes. With all of this choice I am confident that there will be a Crystal Bar flavour available to satisfy any taste.
In terms of popularity, my overall prediction is that, yes, the SKE crystal Bar has a very good chance of becoming the ‘next' Elf Bar. It is similar in both size and performance, lasts up to the promised 600 puffs, and is available in a wide array of interesting flavours (we currently stock 30 in total), including fruit blends, traditional Tobacco & Menthol options. This should ensure long-term satisfaction and loyalty to the brand for all adult vape customers.