Green Smoke Review
Green Smoke has produced one of the best e-cigs on the market today, with excellent vapor production, a varied and enjoyable flavor selection, substantial battery life and a wide selection of nicotine levels.
- Rich falvors
- Loads of vapor
- Triple-sealed cartridges
- New longer lasting cartridges
- Intuitive, sturdy design
- First to introduce a two-piece cartomizer
- Ample battery life
- Plenty of options for nicotine levels
- Outstanding customer service
- Could benefit from more flavor options
Bottom LineGreen Smoke is without a doubt one of the best electronic cigarette manufacturers on the market today. The e-cig has sturdy construction, a well-executed flavor profile, ample vapor production, plenty of nicotine levels and a cigarette-like design. If you choose Green Smoke, you’ll have pretty much nothing to complain about.
Green Smoke: Our Expert Review
E-cigarettes can only serve as a replacement to tobacco cigarettes if they accurately emulate the smoking experience. Without a substantial amount of vapor from each puff and the aesthetic similarity, you’ll feel like you’re smoking a toy – a nicotine-dispensing novelty that could never convince you to ditch the tar-filled alternative. Green Smoke is one of the most respected e-cigarette producers around the world, and they’ve amassed countless positive reviews for their two-piece, cigarette-like designs and thick, robust flavors. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be, or just empty hype?
Founded in late 2008 in Miami, FL, Green Smoke is one of America’s oldest brands of e-cig. Sam Capuano noticed the huge gulf between the still-lucrative cigarette industry and the widespread “No Smoking” signs and legislation relegating smokers to standing outside in an effort to get their nicotine. Spurred on by the early e-cigarette designs, he became determined to help cigarettes “go electric” through innovation and a tireless dedication to customer service. Working with scientists and tech-wizards, he turned his dream into a reality. Now, Green Smoke has been enjoyed by 3.5 million vapers and shows no signs of slowing down.
The Pro Kit ($99.97) offers a long and short battery, ten cartomizers, a USB charger, wall adapter, in-car charger, deluxe carrying case and a USB-powered e-cig. If you’re looking for something cheaper – the Express Kit ($59.97) is a more stripped-down version, without the in-car charger and short battery you get in the Pro Kit and coming with just five cartomizers to keep the price low.
Packaging & Design
The box for the Pro Kit is stylish, sleek and proudly green, with a magnetic closing clasp and a two tier interior. It’s sturdy, so there’s no worry of any of your vital pieces of equipment being damaged in transit or storage. The top tier cradles the long and short batteries, and stores the (frankly, rarely – if ever – needed) instruction manual. In the box’s underbelly, you’ll find the USB charger, which is easy to use (just screw the battery in and plug it in) and fits comfortably into the plug and car adapters. The USB cigarette has a wire extending from the tip, which is unusual at first glance but it’s soon forgotten when your main batteries are charging and it comes to using it.
The e-cigarette itself is expertly designed, with simple screw-on cartridges which leave just a thin golden band separating it from the battery. Design-wise, they’ve opted for the faux-paper rings and a generally cigarette-like look, with the tobacco cartridges in particular looking like cigarette butts. However, they’ve added a line of designer batteries with some more unique and colorful designs if you’re looking for something to vape which will make you stand out. Aside from the design, all of the batteries from Green Smoke are automatics, which work just like a regular cigarette.
It’s pretty lightweight, and although you might notice the difference in weight and size when you first switch from analogues, the entire experience is very authentic indeed. The tip is green, but glows a pleasing red-amber on inhalation, fading in and out gradually just like a tobacco cig would. One of the most impressive aspects of the design is that the air-flow holes are actually at the top of the battery – not between the battery and cartridge – which gives a flush and stylish appearance without impacting on the functioning of the e-cig.
Green Smoke cartridges are available in five different strengths. The most nicotine-heavy option has a concentration of 24 mg (Strong), going down to 18 mg (Full), 12 mg (Light), 6 mg (Ultra-Light) and Zero, which is self-explanatory. After using the Full cartridges for the length of time I’d have smoked an ordinary cigarette, I had my first nicotine rush since my very first cigarette. The Light cartridges will be plenty for many smokers, and there are ample options for cutting down or for the heaviest nicotine consumers. No complaints at all in this department – every vaper’s needs are well catered for.
Flavors & Vapor
This is the area which really separates Green Smoke from the pack. Whereas the cheaper brands of e-cig will give you a reasonably satisfying hit of vapor, the dense clouds you get from a Green Smoke e-cig genuinely invite comparison with the tar-filled, combustible alternative. Since all of the batteries are automatic, you might expect a reduced vapor volume if you don’t take a couple of introductory puffs first (to prime the atomizer), but for Green Smoke this really wasn’t necessary – it was consistently satisfying. In comparison to V2 Cigs, there is probably slightly less vapor per puff here, but the difference is so miniscule it’s genuinely difficult to call. Needless to say, you won’t be disappointed.
The flavors are also well-crafted and arguably amongst the best in the industry. The latest innovation from Green Smoke is the FlavorMax cartomizer, designed (as the name suggests) to maximize the flavor and additionally aiming to offer up to 360 puffs per cartridge. There are three varieties of tobacco flavor, Absolute Tobacco, Tobacco Gold and Red Label Tobacco (which is modeled after Marlboro Red), as well as the creatively named Mocha Mist, Menthol Ice, Vanilla Dreams, Mountain Clove and Smooth Chocolate. Green Smoke undoubtedly offers plenty of options for cartomizer, although there is no e-liquid available.
Generally speaking, the flavors you get through Green Smoke are excellently executed; robust and accurate across the board. When it comes to tobacco emulations, the Red Label packs more of a punch, the Gold has a tint of sweetness and the Absolute is much smoother. Choosing between these is a matter of preference, but for me the butterscotch element to the Gold gives it the edge – for the overall experience, however, not the accuracy to the tobacco taste (which is extremely difficult to replicate without burning something). The Menthol Ice is pretty hard-hitting, even a little too much so at first, but you soon become accustomed to vaping it. From the sweet flavors, the Smooth Chocolate is the crowning achievement, being mellow on the whole but brought to life with subtle hints of cocoa. The only real complaint about the flavors is that we’d love to see more of them, because the options currently on offer are excellent overall!
The battery life on the Green Smoke cigarettes is great, and the long one will last moderate to heavy users around a day without requiring re-charging.
According to the marketing, the shorter battery lasts for around 200 puffs, and the longer one stretches this to around 275, but these figures are always quoted under ideal conditions. The main thing is whether or not a single charge can take you through a day of work, and Green Smoke passes this test unless you’re a chain vaper. Even then, with the Pro Kit you’ll have a spare battery, a handy case to keep it in and a plug-in USB option in case both of your main batteries are charging. Thanks to these extras, you’ll never be without the nicotine you’re looking for! There may be other brands with pen-sized batteries that last a little longer (White Cloud’s Cirrus 3X comes to mind), but Green Smoke’s offering is unlikely to disappoint.
Manufacturing and Warranty
As if the gilded threading didn’t give this away, the Green Smoke e-cig is exceptionally well manufactured. All of their manufacturing facilities are certified to an internationally-recognized standard and everything that goes out to customers has already passed through a veritable gauntlet of tests. Their batteries are put through airflow and safety tests before being shipped out, and everything Green Smoke produce comes from American engineers and developers. Throughout our extensive testing, we encountered no issues with the batteries or cartomizers whatsoever, and the build quality is unquestionable. One even survived being accidentally dropped into a glass of wine; after drying out, the battery functioned perfectly again.
The e-liquid you’ll find in your cartomizers has also been through a wide range of tests. Using internationally-recognized third party labs, the Green Smoke team put every batch of their e-liquid through rigorous chemical assessment to guarantee a consistent level of nicotine and ensure that there are no impurities. Everything they send out to you has passed this test comfortably, and they’re so confident that they offer batch reports on the specific pack of cartomizers you receive. Simply find the batch number from the bottom of your box, enter it into the form on their site and your full report will be sent to your chosen email address.
There is plenty of cover in the event that you’re dissatisfied or if you’re unlucky enough to receive a defective electrical component. First off, Green Smoke offer a 30 day money-back guarantee, so if you’re not satisfied, simply return your kit within 30 days and you’ll receive a full refund. In addition, a lifetime warranty is available, which offers hassle-free replacements within the first year of purchase. After a year, you’re still covered for up to three more replacements, but on the additional condition that you’ve made a purchase of cartridges within the past three months (as you surely will have done if you’re still using Green Smoke). Of course, the warranty doesn’t cover you if you’ve modified or otherwise misused your e-cig in any way. The limitation on the numbers of replacements might not be ideal, but it ensures the system isn’t abused and you’re extremely unlikely to reach the limit. Since everything is tested before being shipped, the chances you’ll receive even one defective battery are very slim indeed.
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