Quick summary: The powerful throat hit and big smoke clouds brought Green Smoke right to the top two 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 made 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 four “novelty” flavors: Smooth Chocolate, Mocha Mist, Mountain Clove 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. There are the usual full flavor, light, ultra-light and zero nicotine levels available, plus extra-strong nicotine cartridges at a whopping 24mg.
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 also have 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 almost even at the top of our ratings, and made them our definite choice for menthol smokers.
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 “smokingsection” for a 10% discount on all Green Smoke purchases over $100, or 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.)