Green Smoke Review 2013: 10% off Discount Code
Manufacturing the first-generation design of personal vaporizers (also known as PVs or e-cigs) and accessories, Green Smoke offers mini e-cigarettes for both the novice and the vaping enthusiast who prefers the slim design of the mini e-cig. Green Smoke was among the first e-cig companies to offer a monthly refill program that automatically ships a standing order of cartomizers to customers who never want to run out of a supply of cartos. This program is still available today.
The mini e-cigs made by Green Smoke are two-part E-9 threaded units, consisting of a battery that appears similar to the tobacco portion of a traditional cigarette, and a cartomizer, which is designed to look like the familiar filter tip of an analog cigarette. The end of the battery which, in a traditional cigarette, would be the end to light, is capped off with a small plastic covering that glows either green or red, thanks to a small, super bright led light encapsulated within. The light automatically glows when the battery is activated, indicating that the battery has been engaged and power is flowing through the unit. If the led flashes, that means the power is about to run out, and a tip that does not glow upon use indicates that power has completely drained from the unit.
Green Smoke offers its e-cigs in five different starter kits, in disposable units, as USB-powered devices, and as separate components. Individual batteries may be purchased, as may prepackaged cartridges in various flavors, a range of charging devices and adapters, carrying cases, tips and even a Green Smoke T-shirt!
All Green Smoke batteries are automatics, meaning that the battery is engaged by the user actively drawing in a puff. When no draw is inhaled, the battery is off by default. Removing the carto from the battery between uses is recommended to ensure longer battery life.
Batteries come in two lengths: the short “classic” length or the long “extra power” length. Either size is priced at about $25 per battery, with an offer to save a couple dollars if three or more units are purchased at once.
Short: 100mm (4″)
300+ puffs (equivalent to about 25 analog cigarettes) per full charge. This length is similar to the length of a standard/king analog cigarette
Long: 116mm (4.6″)
400+ puffs (about the same as 33 analog cigarettes) per full charge
The extra power of the long results in longer vaping between charges
The short batteries come in either white or pink, while long batteries come in white only. The color of the light-up led tip on the end of either size can be red or green.
Also for $25 is the USB-powered battery. It’s in a short length, but size truly doesn’t matter for this unit, since it constantly draws power through its 55″ long cord, ending in a USB connector that you can pop right into your laptop, wall adaptor or car adaptor for nonstop vaping power.
Green Smoke additionally has a collection of eight designer batteries, each emblazoned with a different unique design. These batteries are $30 each and available in short or long lengths. Tips for extending the life of your e-cig battery include charging the battery back up before it has completely run out of charge. Weakened batteries will produce a longer life if charged up to full without being allowed to drain completely dry first.
Removing the battery from the charger the moment the charger light turns green, indicating that the cycle has completed, will also increase the overall lifespan of your Green Smoke battery.
Cartridges & Liquids
Green Smoke was among the very first electronic e-cig companies to introduce cartomizers, or cartos: cartridges that hold e-juice and also contain a built-in atomizer that converts the liquid into a fine mist. When heated with the attached battery, the mist transforms into vapor.
Cartos come in nicotine strengths of 24, 18, 12, 6 and 0 mg/ml, and in a variety of flavors:
Absolute Tobacco – a bold, sweet natural tobacco taste
Tobacco Red Label – robust, woody cigarette tobacco flavor
Tobacco Gold – cigar-like blend of Burley, Oriental and Virginia tobacco flavors
* these flavors not available in California
Cartos ordered from Green Smoke are packaged in a new design known as FlavorMax, which has resulted in an extended lifespan for each carto, with a longevity equivalent to about 1.5 packs of analog cigarettes per carto.
If you order large quantities of cartos, or sign up for the automatic monthly carto delivery service, be sure to store the cartos on their sides. Cartos stored on end for extended periods of time may potentially result in leaks or liquid pooling in one end or the other.
Green Smoke does not offer e-juice separate from its pre-filled cartos. Users can refill empty cartos with their own juice, but doing so may void the company’s warranty. Check the details for yourself before refilling used cartos with your Green Smoke batteries.
The amount of vapor produced by Green Smoke e-cigs is comparable to other mini e-cigs, though many customers report achieving a high vapor volume through Green Smoke cartos and batteries. While the amount of vapor produced is not quite comparable to that of mid-level and mod-level personal vaporizers, as what is typically expected from mini e-cigs, this line provides a satisfying amount of vapor overall.
Better vapor production can be achieved by taking in a steady draw from the unit, inhaling the vapor deep into the throat to get that highly desirable “throat hit” sensation. Shallow, short draws won’t bring that about; nor will quickly drawn deep hits off the carto. Steady, even, measured draws tend to bring about the best success.
The fullness of vapor is directly related to the strength of the battery power, so a battery that is getting low on its charge will produce less vapor and also less flavor.
For the very best flavor and vapor production, use a fully-charged battery and keep another back up battery charged and ready to go. You can easily swap out your unfinished carto from a drained battery to a refreshed one.
Pricing and Value for the Money
Batteries a bit more expensive than some other manufacturer’s offerings, but Green Smoke batteries claim to provide a greater number of puffs per battery, so in the end, these might be cheaper than other companies’ batteries.
A good way to explore vaping is through the purchase and use of disposable e-cigs. Each convenient Green Smoke disposable is the equivalent of 1.5 packs of traditional cigarettes. Disposables are only offered with 18mg nicotine, in a choice of Absolute Tobacco or Menthol Ice flavors. 6 disposables sell for $60; individual disposables are not available through the website.
Folks wanting to dive right into vaping can choose from a variety of Green Smoke kits, ranging from $60 to $170. These kits all contain five or more cartos, one carrying case, and one or more of the following: battery, USB charger, wall charger, car adaptor and a USB-powered vaping device that can plug right into your laptop so you can vape away while browsing the web.
All kits purchased through Green Smoke’s website are shipped free!
Before ordering Green Smoke products, look around online to find codes and links for special discounts that are often available.
Representatives are available to assist customers Sunday through Thursday via a toll-free number and through live online chat on the company’s website. Customers can also contact Green Smoke via email, fax or even by sending a letter through snail mail.
Yes, Green Smoke’s customer service officially has Fridays and Saturdays off, but, the company has a heavy social network presence. So, in addition to reaching its customer service department through the usual methods of calling a toll-free number or engaging in an online chat with a company representative, customers can contact the company and interact with other Green Smoke customers directly through Facebook, Twitter and other outlets.
Although Green Smoke has a somewhat limited range of battery sizes and colors, a relatively short list of vaping flavors and prices that are not the lowest in the industry, this company seems to have its finger on the pulse of serving its customers. The ease with which users can contact the company and interact with other customers may be what helps drive this company to continued success even in an era where the mini e-cig no longer reigns supreme.
Pros & Cons
In addition to contacting the company through its website, Green Smoke’s heavy engagement in social media allows people to easily connect with the company through a variety of channels.
While the guarantee and warranty offers aren’t as comprehensive as they could be, they are, at least, available, which is more than some other e-cigarette companies offer.
All starter kits are shipped free, and other free shipping is occasionally offered as a promotion.
Orders are shipped Mondays through Fridays, and go out within two days of receiving a paid order.
For traditional smokers, the look of Green Smoke e-cigs feels reassuringly familiar, since they look very similar to analog cigarettes, right down to the battery’s “paper” covering and the faux cork “filter tip” of the cartomizer. This camouflage, the cartos’ tobacco flavors and the sensation of drawing in and exhaling vapor so closely mimics smoking that even longtime smokers find themselves unwittingly transitioning to e-cigs without much or any difficulty at all.
The very look of this company’s e-cigs that calm and reassure some smokers is what turns other people off from Green Smoke products: they look too much like traditional analog cigarettes. From an entirely different standpoint, the products do look so much like analog cigarettes that members of the public might mistakenly believe you are actually inhaling burning leaves (i.e., smoking a traditional cigarette).
A limited number of color combinations are offered for batteries and led tips; limited selection of vape flavors, too, with added restrictions for California purchasers. While the volume and flavor produced are comparable for the mini e-cig industry, they are not as intense as what might be achieved through mid-level and mod-level personal vaporizers.
Green Smoke offers a 30 day money back guarantee for any kit advertised on the company’s website and purchased through the website or via the company’s toll-free number. Kits must be returned in their original packaging, and must not be misused, damaged or broken.
Additionally, Green Smoke gives a lifetime limited warranty for its batteries purchased through the means noted above, and again, as long as the batteries haven’t been misused, damaged or broken. There are specifics within the warranty details that customers should make themselves aware of prior to making a purchase, including a requirement to make additional product purchases from Green Smoke in order to continue coverage of the warranty.