Green Smoke is one of the most familiar brands in the electronic cigarette industry, and I avoided them for exactly that reason until recently. I simply didn’t think there was any way the Green Smoke electronic cigarette could live up to the hype or justify the price, which is substantially more than that of another KR-808 electronic cigarette I like, the Halo G6. I finally relented and asked Green Smoke if they wouldn’t mind sending a sample. I’m sorry I waited so long.
Green Smoke Review First Impressions
Upon opening my Green Smoke review kit, the first thing that struck me was the terrific amount of polish in every aspect. The kit comes in a nice looking, durable box and includes various paperwork such as a printed manual, a Green Smoke membership card, warranty information and a coupon for a discount on your second purchase. All of the components have a matching white textured casing and are made from a durable plastic that I believe would resist damage well over time. The batteries are of similar quality; each has a beautiful glossy coat that doesn’t look like it would chip or peel easily.
The batteries arrive with a slightly less than full charge, so you can screw a cartomizer on and start puffing right away if you like, which I did immediately upon opening the kit. Amazed, I looked at my wife and said, did you see that vapor cloud? I had never seen something so impressive come out of such a small electronic cigarette. This was certainly a surprise.
Which starter kits does Green Smoke offer?
The Everything Kit
Quick and Affordable
Our Most Basic Kit
Out of the available kits, I think that the Pro Kit is a solid value, particularly because I always recommend having at least two batteries for your electronic cigarette. The Love Birds Kit is also a good choice if you are switching to electronic cigarettes with your wife or husband, as it’s essentially two Pro Kits with an 8-percent discount.
Green Smoke Cartomizers
The Green Smoke cartomizers have some of the best packagings I’ve seen because each cartomizer has multiple lines of defense against evaporation, leaking and flavor loss. The outer package is made from stiff card stock and wrapped in plastic. When you open the package, you’ll find a foil-backed blister pack holding the five cartomizers. Push a cartomizer through the blister pack, and you’ll find a sticker covering the cartomizers top hole as well as a silicone stopper covering the bottom hole. Needless to say, nothing is going to escape from these cartomizers in shipping.
My review kit included a five-pack of the Tobacco Gold flavor, as well as a five-flavor Variety Pack consisting of Green, Smokes Absolute Tobacco, Red Label Tobacco, Menthol Ice, Vanilla Dreams and Mocha Mist flavors. The Variety Pack is an excellent item to include in your first purchase since it gives you an opportunity to try five of Green Smokes flavors, and I highly recommend the Tobacco Gold flavor as well; with a rich tobacco backbone as well as notes of almond and coffee with heavy cream, it was my favorite of the six flavors included with my Green Smoke kit. When it’s time to replenish your supply of cartomizers, the base price is $16.99 per five-pack. However, if you purchase between four and seven packs, the price drops to $15.29 each. If you buy eight or more packages, the price drops to $13.59 each. So, it pays to buy in quantity.
Green Smoke Pro Kit
Green Smoke refers to its cartomizers by the trademark FlavorMax, which I initially dismissed as marketing hype. However, after trying them, I have to say that I was incorrect. Green Smokes cartomizers are more richly flavored than the other pre-filled cartomizers I’ve tried to date, which is exactly what you want with a smaller electronic cigarette. I was also quite impressed with all of the flavors. The intense flavor of Green Smokes cartomizers may have something to do with a greater concentration of flavoring used in the manufacturing process, or the cartomizer may be a lower resistance than other companies cartomizers, which would result in a higher power level in watts.
I was able to get an average of about 200 puffs out of each cartomizer before replacing it. Although this falls short of Green Smokes 360 puff estimate, I do tend to take long puffs lasting several seconds, and I replaced each cartomizer when the flavor intensity began to drop I probably could have used them longer. I usually expect a pre-filled cartomizer to last around 100-150 puffs, so I find the performance of the Green Smoke cartomizers impressive either way. The vapor is voluminous, thick and full of flavor.
Green Smoke Battery Performance
My Green Smoke review kit included two batteries: a short battery measuring 3 7/8 when paired with a cartomizer and an extended battery measuring 4 1/2. For comparison’s sake, a king-sized cigarette measures about 3 5/16. Both batteries have a slightly glossy surface that feels nice in hand and should be resistant to wear. I have to say that the batteries made reviewing the Green Smoke electronic cigarette a real pleasure because they have exactly the right sensitivity level. I recently considered the Vapage Pocket Pack, and I found that I had to pull quite firmly on the Vapage electronic cigarette to get the battery to engage. Considering the Green Smoke electronic cigarette, I was immediately struck by how easy it was to use; it was a reminder that not all e-cigarette batteries are created equal. Also, the terminals appear gold-plated, which is a nice touch that I haven’t seen before.
While testing the Green Smoke electronic cigarette for this review, I was able to get an average of 139 puffs out of the small battery and 213 puffs out of the extended battery. The little battery charged from my computers USB port in 161 minutes, and the extended battery charged in 241 minutes.
Green Smoke Review The Bottom Line
Although it may be difficult to stomach the $129.99 cost of the Green Smoke Pro Kit when other companies charge half as much for electronic cigarette starter kits with similar components, the fact is that the higher cost is largely justified. Among small electronic cigarettes, I don’t know of any other products that perform as well as the ones from Green Smoke. If you’re looking for something similar in shape and size to a real cigarette and can afford the price, the Green Smoke electronic cigarette offers the best performance available in this size range.
Green Smoke Review Conclusion
If you’ve never used an electronic cigarette before, you’ll quickly learn that vapor production and great flavor are everything. Real cigarettes manage to produce an enormous amount of smoke in spite of their small size and to make your switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes a successful one, you want something that creates a similar sensation in the mouth, throat, and lungs. I used to think that you couldn’t buy a small electronic cigarette without compromising some of that feeling of satisfaction, but the Green Smoke electronic cigarette has proved me wrong. It may be more expensive than some other electronic cigarettes, but if you want something that has the same shape and size as a real cigarette but doesn’t compromise on flavor and satisfaction, the Green Smoke electronic cigarette is the product to buy