Green Smoke – Read Before You Buy

GreenSmoke is one of the oldest companies in the market, if not the oldest. They have been recently bought by Altria Group Inc., the maker of Marlboro. I can honestly say that this is a clever move by Altria, because they are entering the market with acquisition of one of the the most popular brands (according to many users). Certainly, they want to have the best brands both in the regular smoking and vaping (which is a term for e-cig smoking) industry. While, I am not sure how this will influence the future of this new industry, I may say that is a major advantage to have a Fortune 500 company in the market. This will raise standards and increase competition for which the end result is better product for the customer. But enough background info, lets get onto the review.

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I heard about e-cigarettes, for the first time, eight years ago when I was researching smoking alternatives. There were not as many sites on the topic back then, and there was not much information as today. There had been few brands (much less than now) and I did not know which one to choose. I decided to go with GreenSmoke because they were offering (and still offering) 30-day-money-back guarantee. So I ordered the “Starter kit”(now it is called Pro Kit).

When it arrived after two days I was blown away. I couldn’t believe that the technology had advanced so much. There was no ash and no fire. The throat hit was there, and the flavors were awesome and realistic. The vapor volume was huge, as you can see from the video here:

Ever since then I have been follower of this company and their products. The company has evolved rapidly over a span of a few years to produce one of the most advanced products in its field with a number of technologies that will be useful to you as they have been useful to me:

Real smoking experience:
Throat hit, flavor and huge vapor volume provide real and unique smoking experience. There are few companies on the market that have the technology to create it, and it is the most wanted thing. That is why we buy e-cigs, don’t we?

Exceptional battery life (around 6-7 hours for regular smokers):
I like to be able to vape throughout the day whenever I want without the need to recharge the battery first. In addition, the Pro Kit comes with two batteries and carrying case, so in case you use up the battery you can detach it, attach the other and continue vaping. The number of puffs per battery charge for normal usage is around three hundred and something.

Built-in sensor that activates the e-cig whenever you want to take a puff:
This is awesome. You don’t have to hold a button while taking a puff, or press a button to activate the system (in order to heat up the e-liquid inside) before you take a puff. Pretty neat, isn’t it?

Comes in simple two-part designs:
For the mouth bit they have a FlavorMax Cartomiser; that is an integrated cartridge and atomizer. This ensures ease of use and a unique flavor blend. It is fitted with several layers of protection against leakage, evaporation and loss of flavor. The long enduring battery ensures smooth and consistent puffing experience. The other part is the battery which comes in nine different designs.

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The exclusive line of flavors include: AbsoluteTobacco, Red Label, Tobacco Gold, Menthol Ice, Mocha Mist, Vanilla Dreams, Smooth Chocolate and Mountain Clove. All come in five nicotine levels: 0%, 0.6%, 1.2%, 1.8%, 2.4%. Each one is unique and I like all of them, AbsoluteTobacco being my favourite, because it comes the closest to real cigarette. I guess this would be the only area in which I am not satisfied completely and that is them not offering more flavors. But as long as each of what they offer is unique and tasty (which takes time for them to develop), then I have no complaints.

What’s inside the cartomizer?
Inside the cartomizer is a e-liquid which is a vaporizing solution mix of: vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), flavorings and nicotine .  However this list is subject to change without prior notice. Ask the company to get the latest list of the ingredients inside.

The company offers six kit varieties – the Pro, Ultimate, Disposable 6-pack, Express, Essentials and Love Birds Kit – each styled in accordance with the preference of users.

The Kit
The Pro kit is the most sought-after kit. The kit includes three batteries, 10 cartridges, 1 USB charger, 1 USB plus an AC adapter, car charger along with a user guide. Deluxe carrying case is included in the kit, leather or sparkling case are not included in the kit, but are available for purchase.
There is a cheaper version of the Pro kit and that is the Express kit, which consists of: 2 batteries, 5 cartridges, 1 USB charger and wall charger and standard carrying case.

If you are couple you may save more if you buy the Love Birds Kit, which is basically the same as the Pro Kit, but double the stuff for lower price.

There are also disposable models available (and are cheaper) but these are not same as the standard models in the starter kits offered, and do not give you the same experience, so don’t order them if you want to just try Green Smoke.

In addition, you can customize the kits by choosing the design you want, the nicotine level and flavor. Also, there are plenty of accessories available for all sorts of different purposes.

Prices on starter kits :

Kit Price
Pro $99.97
Ultimate $129.97
Express Kit $59.97
Love Birds $169.97
Essentials $50
Disposables 6-pack $59.97

Here is the comparison of the contents (click on image for larger version):

With frequent discounts offered your pocket pinch is reduced to a great extent. Coupled with their loyalty system you save even more!

Apart from the ability to order any time online, you can also enrol into their Auto-Shipping system, which is a subscription that you can cancel, change or pause at any time, where you will be supplied every number of weeks or month (your choice) with fresh set of cartomizers (again your choice of the number). Thus, you will never have to worry of running out of cartomizers.
Pretty convenient, isn’t it?

In addition, the company has recently introduced recycling program, which allows you to send used cartridges to them and receive loyalty points in return, which you can use to buy anything you like from their online store. The shipping for this as well as for anything else is paid for by the company.

If you are using another brand then you can get the Essentials Kit for free. All you need to do is send a copy of the competitor’s invoice or take a picture of yourself with the kit of the another company and send it to them. I am not aware of any other company having such offer. More information about this can be found here.

You do not have to take my word for it and instead you could try it yourself without worrying that you have spent money for the wrong product. If you don’t like it later on (within 30 days), simple mail back the product to them and they will refund you (return shipping is free). No questions asked!

I’ve talked a lot about the features, but how about any problems? Well I’ve had few with several batteries in the last five years. The went dead after several puffs. I had emailed the customer support and they sent me new ones, without charging me anything as part of some kind of warranty (I don’t care much about that).

You can visit the official GreenSmoke site and save 20% with this coupon by clicking here.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask by posting in the comment section below.