Markten E-Cigarette Review – What’s Special About This Cig-a-like?


by James Bickford

Updated: November 5, 2021


Review Score: 86/100

Battery Capacity:
90 mAh
Number of Puffs:
Nicotine Level:
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  • Flavor quality
  • Easy to use
  • Good for beginners


  • The chargers cannot be used interchangeably
  • Vapor quality needs improvement

The MarkTen e-cigarette was among the first e-cigarette brands that were introduced into the North American market by tobacco giant Philip Morris. The brand appeared in retail stores around 2014 and was a mild success in the beginning.

The device followed the typical cig-a-like design, meaning it comprised a battery and a liquid cartridge that were screwed together. The e-cig function on draw-activation so users did not have to press any buttons or make any adjustments.

What is MarkTen?

The MarkTen e-cigarette was one of the first commercially available e-cigarette products introduced into the market by Philip Morris. The device consisted – as many early cig-a-likes did – of a battery section and a flavor cartridge that connected to the power device. The device was draw-activated and had no buttons or controls.

The MarkTen was not a disposable device. Every starter kit came with a USB charger to recharge the battery section. Users could recharge the batteries and buy new flavor cartridges that came in a variety of different flavors and strengths.

Markten has discontinued its work and is no longer providing its products online. Times change and some brands come replaced with new trends. Despite the convenience of the device, it was outsold and outperformed by the much more popular and stylish Juul, which Philip Morris purchased a major stake in 2018. Shortly after, Altria discontinued the MarkTen.

MarkTen Starter Kit

Each kit comes with a USB charger that you can connect to your computer or laptop. Cartridges for the MarkTen e-vapor come in two flavors: Classic Tobacco and Menthol.

So far, menthol has more positive reviews than classic tobacco, but it really depends on your personal taste. MarkTen lovers mostly appreciate the minty flavor that comes with the menthol cartridge.

There are two nicotine levels being offered in each flavor (less than 2.5% and 2.5% by weight) for the e-vapor. If you want to taste something else out of this basic e-cig kit, then you can consider making your own e-juice, or checking out other brands that can be refilled onto this kit’s cartridge.

MarkTen Build and Design Quality

The best feature of the product is its size and look. It very much looks like a real cigarette, which is something that beginners will love. It is also very lightweight and is very convenient to carry around in a pocket. It has pleasant packaging that resembles that of a real tobacco cigarette.

The MarkTen e-vapor has two major parts: the cartridge and the battery. The middle part where the two are screwed together has a silver ring that is similar to the customary design of tobacco cigarettes nowadays. The end tip lights up every time vapor is drawn, imitating a real lit-up cigarette.

The cartridge that comes with the kit is flavored, although MarkTen only offers two flavors at the moment. Each cartridge lasts for about two hours of continuous vaping, but some experienced vapers have discovered that the cartridge can be refilled with e-juice to make it last longer. Otherwise, you will need to replace the whole thing to continue using the device.

MarkTen advertised a ‘four draw’ technology, which turned out to be four holes instead of one at the end of the cartridge. Advanced users say that this feature did not make the vapor any better.

Battery Capacity

This kit has a 90 mAh battery that is about 40 mAh’s lower than the usual kits. A beginner who simply needs a taste of vaping will be satisfied with the MarkTen’s e-vapor and can plan to get about 30 minutes to an hour of continuous vaping with it after a full charge.

Vapor production, as expected, is not as good as with advanced vaping kits. In fact, a long draw of the MarkTen e-vapor produces less than half the vapor produced by other cig-a-like units from well-known brands. But again, those brands and units cost double the price of this kit so this is quite understandable.

How to Use MarkTen E-Cig

The MarkTen e-cigarette was very easy to use. Users simply had to assemble the battery and flavor cartridge and start puffing. Users could recharge the battery when it was time to while disposing of the flavor cartridge.

Competitors On The Market

VaporFi Express E-Cigarette Starter Kit

vaporfi express kit
The VaporFi Express e-cigarette starter kit has one important feature over the MarkTen, namely that the former is still available for purchase and the latter is not.

The VaporFi Express e-cigarette has the same build and design as the MarkTen as it uses a battery and flavor cartridge. The battery is also rechargeable and a USB charger is included in the starter kit.

However, the VaporFi batteries have a larger capacity of 180mAh and 280mAh, respectively. The kit only includes a single flavor – Tobacco – but comes in four different nicotine strengths.

SNAPS REV4 Rechargeable E-Cig

The Snaps Rev4 rechargeable e-cigarette from American e-cigarette manufacturer, ePuffer is an innovative product that is much more advanced than the MarkTen. Rather than using threading for the battery and cartridge section, the Snaps e-cigarette uses magnets so the two pieces stay securely in place.

Aside from that convenient design feature, the cartridges use airflow holes to create better vapor production. The battery is also larger in capacity than the MarkTen and VaporFi models, as it stands at 240mAh.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a Mark 10 cartridge last?

A cartridge could usually last up to the industry standard of 200+ puffs. The device used a 90mAh battery, which meant it had short battery life.

But as the battery could be recharged, users could ensure that their flavor cartridges were fully depleted before tossing them.

How do you charge a MarkTen e cig?

Charging this e-cigarette requires the user to detach the battery from the flavor cartridge and then attach it to the USB charger included in every starter kit. Users could then plug it into any compatible USB port. Charging the battery took only half an hour or 40 minutes.

Where can I find MarkTen XL electronic cigarettes?

The MarkTen line was discontinued in 2018 and they are no longer available for sale anywhere. There may be some places on the internet where users could find an old version of the e-cigarette, but they would have to do a lot of searching.

Why Consider MarkTen E-Cig?

Overall, it’s not really a disposable e-cig, hence the chargeable feature. But the price equates and even beats the disposable ones. And to top it off, it comes with a battery that can be reused and recharged, so this kit is not marked the lowest rate after all.

To conclude, the MarkTen brand serves as a convenient option for beginners, as well as intermediate users who are out of options and need a quick fix from the convenience store. Vaping with MarkTen’s e-cigs is the real deal in terms of style and discreetness; however, the flavor and vapor quality need improvement.

Published: March 1, 2015Updated: November 5, 2021

James Bickford

My way of understanding the significance of vaping came not only through the disruption of smoking but its effects on society as a whole. Now I bring people to vaping and bring vaping to people. I love using new gear, writing in-depth reviews and generally nerding out about vaping to like-minded people.


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69 comments on “Markten E-Cigarette Review – What’s Special About This Cig-a-like?

  • Kay

    March 16, 2022 at 1:37 am

    I loved the markten e cigarette why can I no longer get them I’m not a fab of the vap cigarettes

  • Cathy Snyder

    February 24, 2021 at 4:27 am

    I was wondering if you give out samples of the Mark ten. E cigarette.

    • VapingDaily

      February 26, 2021 at 1:42 am

      We’re sorry but we have no chance to do that as MarkTen is closed now.

  • Thomas

    October 6, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Where do I buy. Them?

    • James Bickford

      October 10, 2019 at 5:35 am

      They are no longer available online. You can try your luck in some be=rick and mortar shops.

  • Jessica

    April 28, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    This is the worst MARK TEN is by far the best ecig out there why are they being discontinued. I’m so upset I don’t like any of the others like I like the menthol Mark Tens Am I completely out of luck or any suggestions.

    • Jennifer

      May 6, 2019 at 4:54 am

      I. Agree with Jessica. I am looking for an alternative as well but not having any luck.

      • Jennifer

        May 6, 2019 at 4:57 am

        I will buy any Mark Ten Menthol Bold Cartridges. I used to have them autoshiped. Now what do we do???

  • Luis

    April 9, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Need coupons to try it out how do I get so.e

  • BobRutt

    April 9, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Looking for Mark 10 Classic Bold refill cartridges. Could use 10 refills.

  • B Mayor

    March 9, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    what happen to you guys tried all kinds of E cig but this is the best!!!!!!

  • Maire

    March 1, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Mark Ten are no longer being made – has any one tried something else that they would recommend?

    • Meshelle

      March 8, 2019 at 2:25 am

      Just tried Vibe. The cartridges on these last longer BUT the taste is lacking , at least in the menthol.

  • Jim

    September 17, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I have been using the Mark Ten Elite and I enjoy the Elite system. My problem is with the pods and the problems with the part of customer service where you’re transferred to if you tell them you coughed from one of the pods that tasted burnt. I have had leaking and bad tasting pods replaced in the past with no problems. Customer service told me to throw away the leaking and bad pods, the department they transferred me to said I had to send them back for them to be replaced. So they told me to throw them away, then told me I had to send them back. I own 9 batteries and they were quick to send me a return package and said they would write me a check when they received them. No attempt to keep me as a customer.

  • Judy Miller

    September 5, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    i started out with a Vapor King–how many years ago? 15 or so. Tried others, over the years.
    I really like the Mark 10. In my opinion and easiest to use and the best “taste”.

  • kyle

    August 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    i love this just dont like taste. It taste like marlborro menthol and i like newport : (

  • Robert

    August 13, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    I smoked a carton+ a week for years.. With the Mark 10 I go through 1 box of (2) cartridges a week..
    I have one battery plugged in while using the other battery and change it once or twice a day..

    Just like with a new brand of cigarettes, you need to “learn” to like it..
    and learn how to use it..
    One battery will not last all day..
    One cartridge should replace 6+ packs of cigs..

  • Wayne

    August 6, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Mark Ten has recently lowered their six-month guarantee down to three months. It doesn’t matter; they are lucky to take the third charge. Save your receipts; call them and ask for a refund or replacement. I’ve been doing it for several months. My next return will be for over $200.

  • Terry L Disney

    July 25, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    I have been using the Markten for about a month now, trying to quit completely and Markten is a great product. I have only used 1 cartridge of the summer fusion and I do not smoke anything but for 10-12 hours a day or longer; only hit off of it 2-3 times a day and found myself smoking even less cigarettes after I’m home! Great product and I won’t be trying any others again.

  • Neal

    July 21, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    I normally use a box mod but I purchased a Mark10 because the convenient store cashier offered me a coupon and it cost $2. I sometimes still crave the cigarette taste and I end up smoking so I also wanted to try it as an alternative to actually smoking when that happens. I found the review spot on but at least it beats actually smoking. Mark10 still has a lot of room for improvement though but it’s better than when it first came out.

  • Roland A.Bundy Sr.

    July 19, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Do you make a less nicotine refills.

  • Rebecca Papuyo

    July 18, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    I love my Mark10 I have used other ecigs and I like this one by far the best. Yes the battery has to be replaced due to a hard pull after so many uses but for the price its unbeatable. I keep several batteries on hand so I am never without one. I get coupons and that helps with the cost which is cheaper than cigarettes and doesn’t have that awful smell.

  • Amy

    July 16, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    The menthol version causes capillaries all over my body to burst, leaving me with petechiae and purpura. It took me months to figure out what was causing it. I switched to another brand and they went away. Then I tried them once more and they appeared, again, within a half an hour. I haven’t tried any other flavors because I don’t want to risk wasting my money if they all cause me the same issue.

  • P. Cusmano

    July 6, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    After trying just about every one of the cigarette look e cigs, i found Mystic to be the closest to the real thing, but getting cartridges is difficult, …i tried the mark10 XL because i got some very good coupons ..but even without the prices here for them are not bad.
    As a substitute cig its not bad at all, taste and draw good. Maybe im taking smaller hits, but a cartridge last me about 3-4 days
    Great help in my efforts to quit smoking
    Especially since i took a marker and colored the tip red lol.

  • Linda Weatherford

    June 18, 2018 at 8:21 am

    I have bought two packages of cartridges for the Mark10 that are dry straight out of the wrapper. The store won’t take them back because you can’t prove that you didn’t smoke them. I don’t like throwing my money away. Otherwise the cig isn’t bad.I won’t be buying them again.

  • Brad T

    June 17, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I was a pack a day (Marlboro Reds) smoker for 20 years and 3 months ago switched to Ecigs. After trying several brands I choose between MarkTen and Blu and decided to go MarkTen. I bought 2 of the starter kits and so have 2 batteries that I charge and alternate them every day. 1 battery lasts me all day and 1 thing of Nicotine juice lasts about a day and a half. I have not had one single problem of any kind with the MarkTens and they are great. I wish I would have switched to Ecigs years ago. MarkTen is a great brand

    • Tonya

      July 16, 2018 at 11:59 am

      The MarkTen is helping A LOT with quitting smoking – on day 3. Battery lasts all day, charge it at night – still on first juice pod. Wish I’d done this a while back. I was 20 years smoker, pack a day of lights.

    • Jim

      August 28, 2018 at 8:31 am

      That is pretty amuseing that you say that. I too have been a smoker for 20 years, mainly marlboro reds. I tried blu a few months back then tried the mark ten classic bold. Well now I dont smoke ciggs anymore. And I have never had a problem with the battery. We pretty much have the same story. I have a couple batteries I switch between and they last just fine, Cartridges usually last me about a day or so. Trying to quit all together but not smokeing real ciggs for now is a start.

  • Cathy

    June 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Yes you can refill the Mark Ten. Just take a paper clip into the holes and remove the cap. Just go to a smoke shop and buy the oil you want to use. Just put the cap back on and your set.

  • Courtney

    May 30, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    I have had to throw out many of the refill pods because they won’t work in any of my batteries. ( I have four units and I’ve cleaned them and have take. great care of them) definitely looking into getting a different vape. Every other pack of pods I get, atleast one of them doesn’t work. Rip off.

  • Shemiko Harris

    May 8, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    No matter what I try the mark ten battery wont charge and I have bought them several time s and still no charging. I really like them more than Vuse. But I have to consistently buy a new one because I wont charge.

  • Rodney Painter

    April 15, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Just bought 10 packs cartridges of menthol. Most of them don’t work. Fully charged 3 different batteries, still not working. Won’t buy these again

    • Claudette

      October 29, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      I think the whole system stinks. Using over a month, have to beat the cramp out of it, to get it to work, wasting money on carriages. Also using the elite on and have to play with the charging plug to get the light to come on. So over the whole thing. Going to another brand. I work for a convenient store will not recommend to my customers either. Bad product which isn’t worth my money. Totally dissatisfied with the waste of my money.

  • Heather DeGrand

    March 11, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Does anybody know if the MarkTen xl will take the regular cartridges?

  • Cookie

    February 26, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I like the mark 10 taste. I have used it to cut back cigs and it has worked. Im now getting ready to quit all together and get on patches.

  • Tom Robinson

    February 25, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Got a coupon for a kit, so I decided to try it. Classic flavor is horrible! Luckily the kit came with a $3 off coupon, so I got the Summer Fusion flavor the next day. It’s much better. Avoid the Classic flavor!!

  • Fred flintstone

    February 24, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    I have been smoking for may years and have just recently started smoking a mark ten for the price i only paid ruffly $7 for it and have had no problems i give it a rating of 4 stars just because of the battery lifespand other then that i can get usualy 3-4 days out of a cartrige

  • Craig parkins

    January 7, 2018 at 8:20 am

    I received the original MarkTen for free one night out at the bar and for a smoker I actually liked it, In my opinion for a menthol smoker it’s one of the best menthol e cigs I’ve had. My only complaint about it was the cartridge just didn’t last, they said it was equivalent to one pack of cigs but I was going thru 2 a day. So when the XL came out they said it was equivalent to 3 packs so I figured it would at least get me thru a day, wind up lasting close to 3 days. Needless to say I’m impressed with the XL and the fact that there’s not a lot of vapor doesn’t bother me at all.

  • Gina Weakley

    December 7, 2017 at 1:48 am

    My ecig is flashing like the battery is dead, but it’s not. Is the battery defective?

    • Esteban

      March 8, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      If the battery flashes like that (less than four times) it usually means the battery is getting hot and needs to cool off. This has happened to me when taking long drags repeatedly. Just either hit slower and softer or give it a minute or two to cool down.

    • Stephanie

      March 22, 2018 at 12:11 am

      OMG, seriously? Plug it in, DAH!

  • WhiskeyShooter

    December 4, 2017 at 12:42 am

    unlike the VUSE (cant seem to hack into it); already washed out & refilled the MTXL menthol cartridge 3x using the various hacks watched on the internet. not a cigarette smoker, using this $10 device to vape CBD. works great! let’s see how long i can keep re-using it before the cartomizer & battery finally get used up after many numerous (i hope) refills & re-charges.

  • Margaret Evans

    November 11, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    They need a longer battery life but the cartridges last a good while and have good flavor. Can I get some coupons to help me buy them?

  • Theresa

    October 27, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I like mine. So far. Summer Fusion taste like raspberry. I’ve ordered more flavors. From the MarkTen website. And it is easy to order from them now. I will have to sign for it.

  • Marcie

    October 26, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Battery only lasts for a few cartridge refills, after that it gets harder and harder to draw on so I have to buy a new starter kit every so often. Is there a way to clean the battery?

  • Susan

    October 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I have had a blu and a mark ten. Mark ten I can say I like much better it has a nicer draw and the battery last much longer on the mark ten

  • Joe

    September 22, 2017 at 8:19 am

    The juice cartridges can be refilled. Mark TEN is owned by Phillip Morris.

  • Melissa Adams

    September 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I have been trying e-cigs for over 4 years now and to b honest I like these. I got 3 coupons in the mail to get the kit for $1.00 and 2 sets of cartridges for a dollar a piece. So I decided to try it. I like them, very much. I don’t know who did this site but where ever u r getting your info from is wrong. First of all I have been on the same cartridge since Saturday at noon it’s now Wednesday morning. I still smoke cigs but this has helped me cut down to a half a pack right away. I would say with the amount of times i use it throughout the day
    I probally use it between 45 minutes and an hour throughout, considering u said a cartridge is only good for 2 hours. So I’ve been using the same cartridge approximately 3 hours not counting today. Also the kit is only 10 bucks and the cartridges r 6, which u get 2. I’m sure prices vary from state to state but that’s how much it is here in Maine. Also they have 4 flavors to chose from and the kind that comes in the kit IS NOT flavored. Also u CAN NOT refill these if u even managed to get the liquid in the little hole it’s just gonna leak out everywhere. Oh and another thing I charged it right when I got it I haven’t had to charge it yet, again it’s Wednesday I got it Saturday. Every e-cig I have gotten they only last a day. I think personally these r the best for these particular kinds. And it’s not disposable the cartridges r. Who r u people?? Where do u get your info??

    • Stephanie

      March 22, 2018 at 12:08 am

      Just an FYI since you don’t know any better, these pretty much suck! Don’t last, too long to charge, not nearly enough draw & the summer fusion is like inhaling air freshioner! YUCK! There are way better ones out there! U can get a vape for $30 & refill juice for $10. Those last MUCH longer & you get more for your money!

  • Mary Ann McKinney

    September 5, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I love this product. I don’t like messing around with juices and spillage and the size of it. My only complaint is that after so many uses the battery has to be replaced because the “draw” becomes harder and harder to suck. So after a couple of months I have to replace the whole thing. But as I said, all in all this fits my needs perfectly

  • John Little

    August 31, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Ive tried everything and this is the best buy FAR

    • Melissa Adams

      September 20, 2017 at 12:13 pm


    • Karen Hogencamp

      October 10, 2017 at 2:35 am

      I haven’t really tried any other e-cig, but I am VERY happy with the Mark Ten, especially with the coupons I’ve received. I may not be getting the most tobacco, but I am really trying to quit and this gives me the “feel” of a real cigarette and I like the Menthol flavor

    • Kandace

      October 30, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      Have you tried Vuse Vibe? Ive found them to be best!

      • Mike

        May 7, 2018 at 3:56 am

        There is a recall on vuse vibe

  • Marie Gonzalez

    June 24, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Does anyone know how to refill it

    • Mark McKarrion

      July 26, 2017 at 4:39 am

      You can’t refill it. Not only that, the battery does not last after about 10 recharges. This product is still designed to be a “consumable” like regular cigarettes, with a quickly dying battery and limited cartridges. I am currently digging to find out who owns MarkTen, because it smells like Big Tobacco to me. I will stick with my independent vape kit, because I can refill them with whatever juice I want, and the 80650 batteries last for days without recharging.

      • Claudette Valerie Carter

        August 25, 2017 at 9:37 pm

        What you do is buy a couple of singles you’ll have extra batteries.

      • Kirby

        October 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

        Marlboro owns Mark 10. They would rather you smoke their tobacco products, with all the crazy chemicals in it.

      • Jeff

        December 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm

        You can certainly refill them. It’s super easy too. Just use a curved paperclip to pull out the 4-hole plug and then remove the silicone ring. Now you have access to the fiber fill that will absorb the e-juice. Drip around the outside and let the fibers absorb the juice. Takes only a minute or so to do all this.

        • Cookie

          February 26, 2018 at 12:25 pm


        • J0n

          March 14, 2018 at 4:06 pm

          Please do not attempt this, these are methods that are extremely dangerous and can lead to SEVERE, DETRIMENTAL hazards. Previously, an e cigarette exploded (no brand name specified) and a gentleman lost his face because it’d been in use at that time

      • Cathy

        June 15, 2018 at 4:01 pm

        Yes you can

      • Bri

        September 7, 2018 at 4:58 am

        Marlboro makes the mark 10

    • Paula Jolet

      September 14, 2017 at 2:48 am

      There are videos on YouTube that explain how to refill the cartridge. It’s pretty easy.

    • Debbie

      October 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Yes take a Bobbie pin or something small and pop the top of the cartridge off. Then remove the little clear rubber seal. Next put your e-liquid in a drop at a time TIL it soaks in ( Be Careful Not To Overfill ). Replace the rubber seal and pop the top back on it. Your ready to go ? When it stops vaporizing just repeat the steps. You can do this several times before it gets clogged and you have to use a new filter. Hope this helps ?

    • Jeremy Harris

      December 19, 2017 at 1:19 am

      Yes sir. Take a small screwdriver and take off the cap that has the four holes in the cartridge. Next, remove the next small cap underneath. You will see the cotton wic in a circle with a hole in the center. Take your E-Juice and drop 4-5 drops on the wic (Not down the center hole. Finally, put it back together and BAM.. Refilled for about 40-50 hits 🙂

    • Hugh

      April 17, 2018 at 1:39 am

      You put a fork inside the whole it will stretch then pop off the rubber piece in it and then refill the rim

    • Kevin

      July 23, 2018 at 1:22 am

      Yes you pop the top off w a paperclip and the seal as well. Put a few drops in.. Boom done