Menthol nicotine cartridges are one of the strongest cartridge flavors you can get for an electronic cigarette. The flavor is so powerful that it can actually taint your atomizer.
What do I mean when I say “taint?”
Well, I popped a menthol nicotine cartridge into a mini e-cig when I was doing research for one of my reviews. After only a couple drags I was eager to try another flavor so I popped in an apple cartridge and noticed that the first several drags tasted like menthol with a touch of apple!
I know you are thinking “Yuck!” Right? Well it wasn’t as bad as you might think at first because the menthol nicotine solution left in the atomizer and the chamber was real overpowering.
It wasn’t until 10 good strong drags or so later that it started to get gross. Then after probably 10-20 more drags the menthol flavor was almost gone.
It wasn’t until I almost finished smoking the apple cartridge that the taste left over from the menthol nicotine cartridge was completely gone. Other nicotine cartridge flavors also tend to linger to some very small extent, but no where near as much as menthol.
I noticed the problem was worse while doing research for an electric cigar review. I took 20 to 30 puffs, maybe more on a menthol nicotine cartridge in a cigar and then decided to try the tobacco flavor.
I have smoked almost 2 entire cigar cartridges now before the taste of the menthol nicotine cartridge has almost gone. Fortunately the combination of the menthol with the tobacco is pleasant yet still undesired.
So what is one to do? It depends on the style of electronic cigarette you smoke.
There may be a way to clean the menthol nicotine solution out of the atomizer and chamber, but until I have time to search the internet or experiment with a method to do this I would like to offer a few common sense suggestions.
If you only own a cigar your options are to either refrain from using menthol cartridges or buy a second unit to use when the urge to smoke menthol strikes you. I say this because I am not aware of an electric cigar model that allows you to replace the atomizer at this time.
Also, I don’t think trying to switch from the menthol nicotine cartridge will be an option with the cigar because once you smoke 2 or 3 entire cartridges there will be too much menthol nicotine solution soaked into the atomizer and chamber to get rid of it completely.
If you own a mini or pen-style electronic cigarette the easiest option may be to buy a separate atomizer for smoking menthol nicotine cartridges. Replacement atomizers are fairly economical depending on the brand of electronic cigarette you own and can be switched out very easily.
The bottom line is this is something that I think everyone new to smoking electronic cigarettes should be made aware of so that they have the best possible experience they can.
Menthol nicotine cartridges are popular because they are strong tasting like a real cigarette, but can be a menace if you intend to indulge in all the other flavors electronic cigarettes offer to a smoker.