Quick summary: The powerful throat hit and big smoke clouds brought Green Smoke right to the top of our rankings; they’re our best e-cig for menthol smokers and right near the top of the list for everyone else looking to buy electronic cigarettes. And they’ve just announced big price cuts on kits and batteries.
Attention, menthol smokers. Green Smoke is an e-cigarette made just for you. Actually, there are a number of great flavors of Green Smoke that will appeal to just about everyone, but their “menthol ice” flavor is what really appealed to us – a strong menthol taste somewhere between Newport and Kool. Their other flavors are also very good: Red Label (thick and satisfying, close to the taste of a Marlboro Red), Tobacco Gold (a rich, sweet mixture of flavors), and Absolute Tobacco (almost like a pipe tobacco). They also have three “novelty” flavors: Smooth Chocolate, Mocha Mist, and Vanilla Dreams.
We tested the Green Smoke pro kit which came with two white batteries, one long and one short, which screw into the “cartomizer” (the cartridge that creates the vapor) in their two-part design. It also had a wall charger, a car adapter and a USB cigarette; that allowed us to smoke one while charging the other, or smoke whenever we wanted at our desk with the USB cigarette connected to our computer. The charges lasted the equivalent of about a pack, and the cartridges lasted a little longer than some of the competition, between a pack and a pack-and-a-half worth of smoking time. The wall charger was of a more convenient design than some of the others we’ve tested, a definitely plus.
Green Smoke produced a strong hit and huge smoke clouds, at or near the top of the list of the e-cigarettes we’ve reviewed. The exhales definitely passed our “smoke ring” test. They also have the strongest nicotine cartridges we’ve seen, ranging all the way up to 24mg. (There are also full flavor, light, ultra-light and zero nicotine levels available.)
We liked the design of Green Smoke models, with a two-piece design; they actually pioneered the simpler approach which eliminated the need for messy mixing and refilling with e-liquid, and in our opinion, it’s the only way to “vape.” There is a shut-off safety feature, limiting your inhales to about five seconds, but that’s probably more than enough for most people.
They’ve also now released eight designer batteries, made to “match” the colors of the various cart flavors. For example, there’s a cool blue swirl to match the blue menthol ice cartomizer, a paisley pattern to match red label, a brown travel motif to match chocolate, and so on. It’s a nice way to make a fashion statement when you’re vaping.
We felt that like the other top-rated brands on the market, GreenSmoke e-cigs look, taste, and feel almost exactly like a real cigarette with a strong, deep sensations on inhalation, a tip that glows bright when inhaling, and the huge clouds on exhaling. The price per cartomizer is lower than much of the competition, as well, making them a very good value. The strength, menthol and big smoke clouds pulled Green Smoke just about even at the top of our ratings, and made them our definite choice for menthol smokers.
Update 12/27: Green Smoke has just cut the price of their starter kits by about $30 apiece, the price of their batteries by about $10 apiece, and added a carrying kit standard to all kits. We believe that makes a great product even better.
PRICE: Starter kits from $59.97-169.97. (Note: price comparisons are difficult because each company includes different products in their kits.) Use the code “disc10-26721” for a 10% discount on all Green Smoke purchases over $100, or “disc5-26721″ for a 5% discount on purchases under $100. (Note: the availability of discount codes for our visitors has no effect, pro or con, on our reviews.)