Fume Unlimited vs Elf Bar BC5000

This review will compare the Elf Bar BC5000 and the Fume Unlimited vapes. The Elf Bar BC5000 and the Fume UNLIMITED 7000 disposable devices are very popular. Each maintains parts of the United States in which they are the best seller. They are similarly sized devices, rechargeable, provide a long-lasting experience, and both have smaller batteries. That is where the similarities end. Each approached its juice flavor profile differently, so you must look closer than the name to find one-to-one flavor comparisons from each manufacturer.

Similarities Between the Disposable Vapes

  • They are both fully wrapped up closed disposable vape systems, so there is nothing to fall off or break.
  • Both are rechargeable via a Type-C charger. (Not included with either disposable vape)
  • Both have a Nicotine strength of 50mg (5%).
  • Both Elf Bar and Unlimited come with a large amount of vape juice (5000 and 7000 puffs, respectively).
  • They have similar small rectangular bodies with chimney stack mouthpieces.
  • Both have a lot of flavors to choose from.
  • Both have smooth easy-grip wrapping.
  • Both come in bright pastel colors.
  • Both supply a charging light on the bottom.

Vape Device Form Factor

The Elf Bar BC5000 vape is small, about the size of a business card, and about as thick as a dime. It is easy to palm and carry around while doing other things.  The rounded corners make the device feel comfortable and smooth in your hand.  Several can easily fit in your pocket or purse.  The Elf Bar is the more elegant looking of the two devices.

  • 5” tall x 1.5” wide .75” thick with a .5” oval drip tip protruding from the top.
  • Type-C charger on the bottom.
  • Airflow holes on the bottom.
  • Recharging light on the bottom.
  • Matted soft plastic wrapper. Available in several two-tone pastel colors.
  • Quiet Draw - Silent, smooth, and consistent.

The Fume Unlimited is slightly larger than the Elf Bar BC5000. It holds more vape juice but has a smaller battery capacity. Just a bit too large to easily palm, but the soft wrapping does help you hold onto the UNLIMITED better than the slightly slicker Elf Bar body.

  • 75” tall x 1.75” wide x .75” thick with a .5” tall cylindrical drip tip on the top.
  • Type-C charger on the side.
  • Airflow holes on the bottom.
  • Recharging light on the bottom.
  • Matted soft plastic wrapper. Available in several pastel colors.
  • Quiet Draw - Silent, smooth, and consistent.

Device Specifications

Elf Bar BC5000 Specs

  • Capacity: 13ml of Nic salt
  • Nicotine Strength: 5.0%
  • 5000 Puffs
  • Battery Capacity: 650mAh
  • Rechargeable (Cable not included)
  • Flavors: 38 between BC5000 and Limited-Edition Flavors
  • You can finish 5000 puffs in roughly 3 charges

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Fume Unlimited Specs

  • Capacity: 14ml of Nic Salt
  • Nicotine Strength: 5.0%
  • 7000 puffs
  • Battery Capacity: 400mAh
  • Rechargeable (Cable not included)
  • Flavors: 17 flavors
  • You can finish 7000 puffs in roughly 4 charges

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What Does That Mean to Vapers?

The Elf Bar vape, with its slightly larger battery capacity, will hold a charge slightly longer, requiring about three recharges before you will have expired all the 13ml of juice. The UNLIMITED has more vape juice but a smaller battery, so you will wind up charging it more often, requiring about four recharges before you exhaust all 14ml of e-Juice.

The size and shape of both devices are smallish rectangles with a ½” chimney stack mouthpiece on top. They hit very similarly, except the Elf Bar does allow a touch more air through. Because of the extra airflow, you can take a semi-DTL puff by allowing a little air on the sides of your mouth to make up for what the device will not allow via internal airflow. Elf Bar’s oval mouthpiece lends itself to hitting like this better than the circular-shaped mouthpiece on the Unlimited.
Something about the circular mouthpiece of the Unlimited makes you want to hit it like a straw and doesn’t easily lend itself to letting air in from the sides of your mouth.

Stress Test on Both Vapes

To understand how the devices could work on a bad day, to see if the vape juice is easily burnt when it is puffed repeatedly for a long time, and how it holds up after being dropped several times.

I like to take several of the hardest puffs the device will allow in a row to see if stressing the device changes the flavor, makes it hot, or produces any other unexpected result. Then I throw both devices on the ground to see which takes a pounding best. 

Elf Bar - I took about seven hard puffs off the Elf Bar one after another, stopping a few seconds, then hitting it again.   No matter how hard I tried to draw in more air (due to its tight draw and no airflow control slider) I received slightly less vapor than I would have liked.  ElfBar was designed so that it controlled my attempted hotboxing.  On the one hand, I couldn’t eke out stronger puffs, on the other hand, the vape juice didn’t burn, and the device didn’t overheat in any way despite my best effort. 

I only made it through four rounds of hardcore puffing before being overwhelmed by the vape juice flavoring. The Elf Bar device itself took abuse like a champ, with no overheating, no burnt juice taste, and no faulty behavior.  After four hard-earned lung fills, the Elf Bar flavor left an odd-tasting residual flavor in my mouth. Didn’t exactly make me want to puff more right then. I did the same treatment to the UNLIMITED disposable and got similar results. 

UNLIMITED - I tried hitting it with attitude. I pulled as hard as I could about ten times back-to-back to see if I could heat the device up or in any way overtax its system. I took the longest, hardest puffs the device would allow.  Besides getting a little lightheaded, nothing terrible happened to the Fume UNLIMITED disposable. Like the Elf Bar, the design of this device keeps you in check. The Fume has a more limited airflow than the Elf Bar, more vape juice, and a smaller battery, so something about that limits the puff to an average-sized draw. You can’t pull through more air than the device will allow.

Drop Test

Elf Bar – I dropped the ElfBar BC5000 from shoulder height ten times without issue.  It got scratched up, but even direct hits on the ground to the mouthpiece didn’t break it.  After that, I threw it on the ground five more times. It got a little more busted up this time around.  The bottom was a little loose, but I pushed it back on, and it vaped fine.

UNLIMITED – Five drops, and it was over.  After five drops from shoulder height, the UNLIMITED hit the ground on its corner and fell apart.  I got a good look at its innards. There was no pushing it back together; it was done.

Vape Flavor Comparison

I picked a few flavors both devices have in common to compare how each disposable vape approaches its juice flavor palate and how each device acts on the vape juice it is vaporizing. In general, the Elf Bar flavors were iced, candied fruit flavors. In general, Fume Unlimited provides more solo fruit flavors that taste like the fruit they are named after. For Example: If you prefer a sweet iced candied apple/grape to an authentic iced fruity grape flavor, you will enjoy the Elf Bar more than the Fume. Subsequently, if you prefer juicy, iced natural fruit flavors, you will prefer more of the Fume Unlimited flavors.

Black Ice Fume Unlimited

It tastes of blackberry and ice. You taste a semi-sweetened blackberry. It is not sweet blackberry nor overly iced, but it is flavorful and does taste pleasant. There is a medium amount of ice to compliment the blackberry, but the berry flavor is only lightly sweetened. It reminds me of a sugarless blackberry jam I tried once. It is not sweet, but it is flavorful. It is not minty tasting, but it is iced. The Black Ice Fume Unlimited is a unique flavor that will be someone’s favorite. If you enjoy ElfBar’s Blueberry Ice, you will find Black Ice a decent substitute in a pinch.

Blueberry Ice Elf Bar

You taste a semi-sweetened blueberry. It is not very sweet or icy, a perfect pairing for the Fume Unlimited Black Ice. I would have expected an Elf Bar Blueberry to be very candied, but not so this time.

Blueberry Mint Fume Unlimited

Blue Razz meets Cool Mint. Sweet yet tart fruit flavor with a superb minty finish. Both are not overly sweetened, and both have a lot of ice on the exhale. If you like the Elf Bar Blue Razz Ice, you will like the Blueberry Mint Fume Unlimited as well.

Blue Razz Ice Elf Bar

The Blue Razz Ice Elf Bar is blueberry, raspberry, and ice. This is also a less-sweetened, more-iced blue razz. It is like the Fume Unlimited’s Blueberry Mint, but a little sweeter on both the inhale and aftertaste on the tongue.

Cotton Candy Fume Unlimited

Tastes like fruit-flavored cotton candy. I see how they tried to accurately reproduce the flavor of cotton candy by not going overboard with the ice or candy flavor. This is one time it would be okay to go sweeter. I was surprised by how savory the taste was rather than the sweet I expected in the Cotton Candy Fume Unlimited.

Cotton Candy Elf Bar

Nailed it! Elf Bar does its candied flavors very well, and Cotton Candy is further proof. It is sweet but not overly icy. It tastes like cotton candy. Elf Bar wins this one, hands down.

Grape Ice Fume Unlimited

The grape flavor is not a sweet green grape, but a more sophisticated wine grape flavor wrapped in a healthy dose of ice. This flavor will remind you of other Grape Ices. It has the same taste, but maybe you want that in something with 7000 puffs in place of your old vape? In this case, the grape flavor is less fresh and fruity than their other fruit flavors, but it is a good grape flavor.

Sakura Grape Elf Bar

Again, like the Fume Unlimited, it is not a sweet grape but a more sophisticated Concord or wine grape with a healthy dose of ice. The puff is similar to the ElfBar and Fume versions of this flavor. I could vape them interchangeably.

Lush Ice Fume Unlimited

Sweet and icy watermelon. I liked the Lush Ice Fume Unlimited flavor from both collections, but ElfBar’s was sweeter and punchier. The ice is fine, but I could have used more watermelon in this watermelon-flavored vape.

Watermelon Ice Elf Bar

The Elf Bar Watermelon Ice version provided just a tad more pop and sweetness than the Fume Unlimited, and it was welcome to taste more of the sweet watermelon in the mix with the ice. Elf bar takes this one, but in a pinch, I could puff the UNLIMITED Lush Ice and only complain a little the whole time.

Mint Ice Fume Unlimited

A mentholated minty iced vape. The Mint Ice Fume Unlimited is cool and refreshing, minty, but not overpowering. It was just the right amount of an authentic mint. Fume went for an authentic mint flavor and pretty much nailed it. The flavor is good, but unfortunately, there is not enough of it (not strong enough). Accurate flavor and robust enough flavor are not the same things. I would typically prefer an authentic, fresh minty vape.

Sweet Menthol Elf Bar

Compared to Fume’s Mint Ice, the Elf Bar Sweet Menthol had a sweeter, candied mint flavoring. If you like candied menthol, the Elf Bar will float your boat; if you prefer a more accurate mint-flavored vape, you will want the Fume Mint Ice. In my opinion, the Sweet Menthol Elf Bar wins in a flavor comparison because, in the end, it is flavorful, mentholated, and sweet.

Peach Ice Fume Unlimited

You taste sweet peaches strongly with a medium amount of ice on both inhale and exhale. I think the Fume Peach Ice flavor is better than Elf Bar’s if you draw on it as hard as possible to get some juice cooking it tastes good. The Infinity by Fume actually cooks the juice better and gives a better puff, but the UNLIMITED doesn’t deliver as strong a puff as the Elf Bar. In the end, all things considered because it does at least deliver a strong puff, I prefer the Elf Bar for this flavor.

Peach Ice Elf Bar

This is a good-tasting peach ice. I taste peaches, sweetness and ice as expected. The device delivers the flavor well (like an Elf Bar does) so this round goes to the Elf Bar. If you cannot get this flavor at some point in the future the Fume Infinity actually delivers a very similar vape to the Elf Bar Peach Ice. The Infinity is not rechargeable and only delivers 3500 puffs, but in a pinch, it will get you by until your Elf Bar Peach Ice is back in stock.

Pina Colada Fume Unlimited

Coconut and pineapple flavors. A bit more pineapple in the mix makes it more of an iced pineapple flavor than a Pina Colada. I like the flavor and could vape it all day even though I don’t think it tastes like a Pina Colada flavor, it is still good fresh pineapple and coconut with ice. What’s not to love?

Strawberry Pina Colada Elf Bar

I was optimistic about this flavor because the Lost Mary Strawberry Pina Colada (by Elf Bar) is my new favorite vape. I bought two at once after reviewing it. The Elf Bar Strawberry Pina Coloda was disappointing by comparison.
On its own the Elf Bar Strawberry Pina Coloda is a fine vape with a nice sweet candied fruit taste. The UNLIMITED Pina Colada is also a fine tasting pineapple coconut flavored vape. However, if you ever taste the Lost Mary Pina Colada you will discover how underflavored and inaccurate both these vape flavors are (only by comparison as a Pina Colada).

Like I said before, both vapes taste fine. Each is undoubtedly many people’s favorite vape flavor and that’s awesome. Just never try the Lost Mary Strawberry Pina Colada and you won’t feel like you are missing a thing.

Purple Rain Fume Unlimited

A semi-sweet yet tart Raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry mixture. I had given this vape low marks in my last review, but after digging in further and dissecting the flavors they were going for it has earned some redemption. The fruit flavors are slightly fruity, but without enough berry sweetness you get much of what would have been underlying flavors pushed up front. There is some ice, but not nearly as much as in the Elf Bar Triple Berry. Both vapes taste similar and they were both going for a similar flavor. UNLIMITED nailed the fruit if only they had made them sweeter and added some ice to make it pop I would have enjoyed it more. In a pinch it would make an acceptable substitute for Elf Bar’s Triple Berry Ice, but you will appreciate when your Elf Bar gets back in stock.

Triple Berry Ice Elf Bar

This is supposed to be strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry, but I do not taste any of these fruit flavors individually. Together they mix into an icy sweet berry-related flavor. There is a slight touch of sweetness in the berry mix and medium ice on both the inhale and finish. This is not very sweet but is flavorful and would make an excellent candied substitute for UNLIMITED’s Purple Rain.

Rainbow Candy Fume Unlimited

I can taste the rainbow in this vape. Either device is equally tasty. This is a sweet candy-flavored fruity vape with medium ice. It is delicious, and I would vape this all day.

Rainbow Candy Elf Bar

This Rainbow Candy is more candy-flavored than UNLIMITED’s version. It took the flavor past sweet to almost artificial tasting. I vape this flavor and now can move between them for this flavor as stock permits.

Strawberry Mango Fume Unlimited

Fresh strawberry meets sweet mango. The two flavors combine so well that they seem to blend into a new sweet and slightly tart fruit flavor. Sometimes these less known flavor combinations (while accurate) may not taste as well as expected when combined. This was the opposite. I expected a weird pairing, and liked this new flavor. This was a good pairing.

Strawberry Mango Elf Bar

Similar in flavor to the UNLIMITED but more candied. In this case, I prefer the fruitier version of Strawberries and Mangoes that I get from the UNLIMITED device. Both are fine vapes, but the UNLIMITED pops more and the fresh fruit flavors combine better for me than the candied versions in the Elf Bar Strawberry Mango.

Strawberry Watermelon Fume Unlimited

Fresh and fruity strawberries meet sweet watermelon. Strawberry Watermelon Fume Unlimited has a perfect pairing; so sweet and tasty. The two fruit flavors blend wonderfully together. There is a medium amount of ice that makes the fruit flavors pop.

Strawberry Watermelon Elf Bar

Is every bit as sweet and tasty as the Fume Strawberry Watermelon. The devices hit slightly differently, but I could use the two vapes interchangeably if one or the other were out of stock.

In Summary

Both devices provide a decent MTL hit. With some work, you can get a semi-DTL from the Elf Bar. Elf Bar flavors, in general, are sweeter candied fruit flavors with a medium amount of ice on the exhale. A large vaping population loves the Elf Bar flavors and the way it puffs. An equally large number of vapers prefer the fresh juicy favors of the Fume UNLIMITED. There is no right or wrong here, just whatever you prefer.

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