SMOK ALIEN KIT VI REVIEW

FIRST IMPRESSION OUT OF THE BOX:

Wow! For a dual 18650 mod, this thing is pretty compact. Not only that, but Smok included a matching Baby Beast tank. The first tier of the box has this gorgeous mod in it, pull the ribbon to unveil the second tier where you will find all your accessories, manuals, and coils. I know basically every Vapor out there owns an Alien mod, some even own more than one. For some reason, I just never got around to getting one. So glad I have this one for review.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX:

  • One SMOK Alien 220W TC Box Mod
  • One SMOK TFV8 Baby Beast Tank
    • One V8 Baby Q2 Coil Head
    • One V8 Baby T8 Coil Head
  • USB Charging Cable
  • Replacement Parts and Glass
  • User Manual
  • 2 vape bands
  • Screen protector
  • Warranty card
  • Battery safety card

Very solid complete kit. All you need are some high-drain batteries to get started. They even included a screen protector which is a really nice touch.

Smok Alien Kit VI Review

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:

THE MOD:

Of course, at the top of the mod, we have the stainless steel 510 pin. The threading is stainless steel and it is very smooth. The pin itself is gold plated. It has a very strong spring to it with a short but firm throw to it. All of my atomizers sit flush on it. In the four corners of the top plate of the mod, there are 4-star screws.

The side opposite of the screen has some branding on it that is not subtle but it’s not obnoxious either. There is a carbon fiber sticker with lettering that says Alien 220w TC. The sticker is made of high-quality and actually has some nice texture to it. It does not feel cheap at all.

Smok Alien Kit VI Review

On both narrow sides of the mod, they kind of look the same. However, one side houses a firing bar while the other side looks like a firing bar but really is just another side of the mod. Smok has become famous for its firing bar and there’s a good reason for that. This is an extremely comfortable mod to hold and vape. The firing bar on my mod was mounted solidly with no rattle or wiggle to it. It fires very easily when pressed at the top of the bar. The further down you move on the bar, the harder it gets to press. The bar is extremely easy to find and you will not be searching for a way to fire this mod.

Let’s face it, this is an extremely popular mod. One of the things that made it as popular as it is is the form factor. This is a comfortable mod that can be taken almost anywhere. Along with its form factor, the Alien screen is what set it apart from everything else in the industry. The screen is just loaded with all kinds of information. On the screen you will see wattage, temperature, mode, preheat, battery meter, volts, homes, aunts, PCB, puffs, and your puff duration. Like I said, more than enough information for the average Vapor to digest the screen has a nice clear font with adjustable brightness. The font can seem rather small especially to older vapers. It can also be tough to see in some outdoor conditions. On both sides above the screen and carbon fiber sticker, there is some venting.

Located below the screen we have the plus minus buttons. The plus minus buttons have a trapezoid shape to them. They are clicky, responsive and very well done. One thing I did not like about the plus minus buttons is the physical location of the minus button is actually higher than the plus button. To most people this would seem counterintuitive, I know it did for me. It did take some getting used to but I got over it rather quickly. The charge/update port is located below the plus minus buttons.It is horizontally mounted but it is mounted on an angle. I guess this was done so the port would work better with the flow and lines of the mod.

Smok Alien Kit VI Review

The battery door is one of the most solid battery doors I have seen on a mod like this. Push in and pull out to open the battery door. Push down and in to close it. It seals up very tight and has no wiggle or looseness to it at all. On the back of the door, there are button style contacts and you have the battery orientation clearly marked. There is some venting present period inside the battery door. There are clear battery orientation markings as well. All the batteries I use fit nice and snug with no battery rattle at all.

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THE TANK:

The tank included in this kit is the Baby Beast tank it measures 22 x 53 mm. It has a 3ml capacity. One of the nice things about the Smok family of tanks is the coil selection and the baby Beast is no different. Included in the kit, you get a .15 ohm coil and a .4 ohm coil. The .15 ohm coil can be vaped as high as 70 watts but is best between 45 and 60 watts. The .4 ohm coil can be Vaped as high as 80 watts but is best between 55 and 65 last. There is no RBA section in the kit even though Smok makes one and sells it separately. I truly believe that all manufacturers should include an RBA section especially if it is made for the kit. To charge the customer separately is just not right.

Smok Alien Kit VI Review

While I do love the Baby Beast tank, I can’t help but feel that Smok should have included a bigger tank with a 220-watt mod. I know the Baby Beast is a tried and true tank that is very popular and it deserves all the praise it gets. I just would have preferred a bigger tank, something along the lines of a TFV8 or TFV12. The Alien mod is more than capable of handling a tank of that size. The Baby Beast does have a nice wide bore Delrin drip tip that attaches to a top cap that swings out for the top fill system. O’rings hold the glass in place and they are nice and beefy so you should not get any leaks. The Baby Beast coils screw directly into the chimney section of the tank. This shortened chimney drastically improves the flavor of the Baby Beast tank. Make no mistake about it, this is not a mouth to lung tank. Even if you cut down the airflow all the way, the best you will be able to do is get a restricted lung hit.

THE LOOK, FEEL, AND GENERAL AESTHETICS OF THE MOD:

I really like the form factor of this Alien kit. It feels great in the hand and the tank Smok provided matches beautifully to the mod. This is a small dual battery mod that is extremely comfortable to hold in the hand. Now, I know that Smok has had issues with the paint on early versions of the Alien. I spoke to Smok and they assured me those paint issues are a thing of the past. I am normally pretty rough on my mods and so far my Alien has held up pretty well. I am not the type of vapor that babies his mods. I take them everywhere with me and I vape them all the time. So far, I have yet to see any paint chipping or flaking off my Alien mod. Overall, this is a very pocketable mod that is more than capable of satisfying most vapers.

Smok Alien Kit VI Review

THE BOARD:

Of course, the heartbeat of this kit is the extremely popular Alien chipset. In power mode, it vapes beautifully. TC, unfortunately, is another story. While Smok has never really been known as a TC company, I do expect their TC to be at least passable. Unfortunately, right now, the TC on the Alien kit is barely passable. I hope Smok corrects this in an update but I can only review what is put in front of me. It’s kind of a shame because this is really a groundbreaking mod that was a game changer for a long time. It deserves a better standing in the TC world than the one that it actually has.

THE MENU SYSTEM:

The Alien menu system will be very familiar to you if you own a Smok mod.

  • 5 clicks turns it on
  • Once it is on, 5 clicks locks it, 5 clicks unlocks it
  • 3 Clicks gets you into the menu system
  • In the menu system a long click makes your selection or you can use the +/- buttons
  • Menu settings include Mode, Puffs, Settings, and Power

Once in the mode setting, you can select the type of wire you want, the wattage, and the TCR. The puffs setting allows you to keep track of the puffs you take and even set a limit for yourself. The settings mode lets you adjust the screen time, screen lock, contrast, and adjust your ohms if need be. The Power setting lets the vaper shut the mod off.

Smok Alien Kit VI Review

HOW DOES IT VAPE?

Like I said earlier, this kit vapes great in power mode. TC mode, unfortunately, leaves a lot to be desired. I do like taking this mod out with me because of the battery life and compact size. This is just a great form factor. I actually feel bad that it took me this long to experience an Alien mod. Many other companies have tried to copy Smok’s firing bar and form factor. While some of them come close, nothing beats the real thing. This is a nice mod and tank combination that will and has appealed to an extremely large cross section of the vaping community.

CONCLUSION:

I love the way this kit feels in my hand. I love the tank that it comes with and I love the form factor of the mod. This mod is in my daily rotation. That alone says a lot about the performance of this kit. I have a ton of mods to choose from on a daily basis. For some reason, I always find myself looking for my Alien. It’s that good of a kit and now I understand why it is been as popular as it is.

I really enjoy the fact that this kit is so complete. A vaper can purchase this kit along with a quality set of 18650 batteries and a bottle of juice and get to vaping right away. This kit is for someone who’s had a mod for a while and is looking to upgrade with a better tank and a higher wattage mod. Because of the plethora of colors that are available, this is also a great mod for collectors. It’s also a great mod for the budget-conscious vapor that’s looking for a great form factor along with a stellar performance. Whatever reason you pick to justify why you own an Alien kit, and there are many, one thing is for sure you just can’t go wrong with this kit.

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SMOK Stick X8 Review

SMOK Stick X8
Pen kit with a great tank
SMOK Stick X8 is one of the best vape pens we tested in 2017. It delivers amazing clouds and flavor and the battery packs enough power to last you a full day. If you also consider the affordable price tag, it’s definitely a best buy in this category.

The SMOK Stick X8 is like a breath of fresh air in an industry flooded with vape pens. This high power device is specifically designed for clouds and the new X-Baby sub ohm tank is a great improvement over its predecessor. Packed with a 3000mAh battery this bad boy is bound to give you an incredible vaping experience and no matter where you go.

WHAT YOU GET INSIDE THE BOX

Available in six different color the SMOK Stick X8 comes packed in a volcano themed cardboard presentation box. Inside you will find the battery, the X-Baby tank with an M2 0.25 Ohm coil already fitted, a spare X4 0.13 Ohm coil, a micro-USB charging cable, a bag of spares, a vape band and the user manual.

DESIGN AND MAIN FEATURES

SMOK Stick X8 side view

With a height of 85mm and a diameter of 24.5mm the battery is very portable. It’s powered by an internal 3000mAh cell and it gets fully charged in less than 4h. With a single button to operate the SMOK Stick X8 is very easy to use and it’s intended mainly for beginners looking to sub ohm. An LED indicator light surrounding the fire button will also tell you when it’s time to recharge the battery or when there’s a problem with the atomizer.

Power output depends on the coil you’re using and it ranges between 30W – 45W. That’s more than enough for big flavorful clouds and it also ensures the battery will last you a full day. As always, battery life tends to get better depending on the resistance of the coil you’re using. For instance we noticed more than 1h extra when using the 0.25 Ohm coil, as opposed to the 0.13 Ohm version.

The spring loaded 510 connector is plated with 24K gold and the battery also comes with several safety features such as low resistance protection, short circuit protection and low voltage protection.

THE ALL NEW X-BABY TANK

The X-Baby tank you get with the SMOK Stick X8 kit is a big improvement over the V8 Baby and it has top airflow and top fill. Total capacity if 4.0ml and it comes with a wide bore Delrin mouthpiece measuring 8.5mm. This prevents your lips from getting hot and it feels very comfortable. SMOK has even included a spare fill gasket as well as spare O-rings for the tank but no extra glass tube.SMOK Stick X8 tank

The 0.25 Ohm coil gives good flavor and a cooler vape, while the 0.13 Ohm coil is intended for max clouds. We didn’t notice any flooding or dry hits and we mostly used high VG juices during our tests. We do recommend the 0.25 Ohm coils for first timers though.

PERFORMANCE AND FINAL WORDS

In terms of performance the SMOK Stick X8 is one of the best vape pens we tested in 2017. It delivers amazing clouds and flavor and the battery packs enough power to last you a full day. If you also consider the affordable price tag, it’s definitely a best buy in this category.

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SMOK H-PRIV Kit review

SMOK H-PRIV Kit

Designed to be small, sleek yet immensely powerful thanks to its max output of 220 watts, the H-PRIV is a new kit from SMOK featuring the SMOK H-PRIV 220W TC box mod and the SMOK Micro TFV4, a smaller version of the outstanding TFV4 that was first found as part of the SMOK Micro One Kit.

It has been built to fit ergonomically in hand, with a large red trigger style fire button at the side that is easy to locate and operate. A clear OLED screen is located at the top of the unit, and a magnetic battery door cover is used, combined with a solid zinc alloy construction to make for a small, robust and very powerful unit. Let’s see how the H-PRIV stacks up…

Specs

SMOK H-PRIV 220w TC:

  • 91mm x 55mm x 25mm dimensions
  • 6w-220w wattage range
  • Resistance range 0.1ohm-3.0ohm (wattage mode)
  • Resistance range 0.06ohm-3ohm (temperature control mode)
  • Temperature range 200-600F/ 100-315C
  • Voltage output range 0.35-8V
  • Zinc Alloy construction
  • Trigger style firing button
  • Magnetic sliding battery door cover
  • Requires 2 18650 batteries
  • 24k Gold Positive & Negative Battery Contact Terminals
  • Top OLED Screen
  • Adjustable Initial Resistance
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Intelligent atomiser recognition
  • Puff monitoring system
  • 12 second cut off
  • Short circuit protection
  • Over heating protection
  • Low battery warning

SMOK Micro TFV4:

  • 51mm height
  • 24.5mm width
  • 3.5ml capacity
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Glass tank section
  • Top filling
  • Adjustable airflow
  • Double layered drip tip

SMOK H-PRIV Kit

The SMOK H-PRIV Kit consists of the SMOK H-PRIV 220W TC box mod, and the SMOK Micro TFV4 sub ohm tank. That’s not all that is included in the kit however, as the kit is full of extras!

Alongside the SMOK H-PRIV 220w TC and the Micro TFV4 you also get a 0.3ohm Micro Fused Clapton core (pre installed with the Micro TFV4), a 0.25ohm Micro Stainless Steel Dual Core, a replacement XL glass tank section, tank extension adaptor, micro USB cable, user manual and finally a SMOK vape band. There’s an awesome amount of kit there, and easily enough to get you started off. You will however need to ensure you have two paired 18650 batteries that have a minimum continuous discharge rating of 25A.

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SMOK H-PRIV 220w TC

The SMOK H-PRIV 220w TC is the latest box mod from SMOK, following on from the X Cube series. Design wise, it does bear a resemblance to the X Cube, but it is smaller and features a large trigger style fire button, with thankfully no gimmicky LED this time around! It’s the perfect size to fit in your hand, and it has a clear OLED screen at the top of the unit along with the up and down buttons, and the spring loaded 510 connector. There is a new sliding magnetic battery cover found at the bottom of the unit, with 24K gold plated contacts, and this works like a dream.

Looks wise, I think it’s a big improvement on the bulky and unwieldy SMOK X Cube. The finish is far more attractive, and it’s also a more ergonomic device too, whilst being relatively light and very well made.

The OLED screen at the top of the unit features information such as current power output, battery level, resistance, puffs, voltage output and the current power boost setting. The power boost setting is a cool little feature that allows you to customize the ramp up time of your coil slightly, from soft, normal, hard, minimum and maximum. One odd thing I did find was a slight, but noticeable delay when pushing the power button to firing itself, even with the power boost setting at maximum!

There are tons of features present within the mod, accessible and adjustable through the deep menu system, which although feature rich can be a little confusing to use at first. You need to press the power button three times quickly then wait five seconds above the option you wish to select. You are presented with four options initially, mode enables you to switch between wattage, temperature control and memory mode followed by puffs which enables you to set a puff limit if you wish. You can also switch quickly between TC and VW by pressing power and up simultaneously, and holding down both up and down locks the device. The settings menu allows a huge wealth of customization, right down to setting the individual TCR for your preferred temperature control wire if you so wish. Finally, the final option is power which allows you to turn the mod on and off.

As with the name, you have 220W at your disposal, and a fully functional TC mode supporting the most popular wires such as Ni200, Titanium and Stainless Steel. A user customizable TCR is present to input the TCR of specific wires, and you can save a massive 16 power presents into the memory of the chip! You are able to fire resistances down to 0.1ohm in wattage mode and 0.06ohm in temperature control.

Safety features are built into the device. Alongside intelligent atomiser recognition, there is also a puff monitoring system, 12 second cut off, short circuit protection, overheating protection and low battery warning.

SMOK Micro TFV4

Included alongside the SMOK H-PRIV 220w TC is the SMOK TFV4 Micro. This is a micro version of the best selling TFV4 tank, manufactured from stainless steel with a Pyrex glass tank section and has a 2.5ml capacity as standard, or 3.5ml when you use the tank extension kit included within the box. You are able to fully strip down the Micro TFV4 for cleaning.

The swivel hinge and fill system that made the TFV4 such an easy tank to fill is present here. Simply slide the top cap open to reveal the filling ports, and it audibly clicks shut when you are done. There’s also a double layered drip tip present that protects against heat.

Airflow is adjusted via a smooth AFC ring at the base of the tank, whereby you can open up or close down four separate airflow holes. For such a small tank there is a ton of airflow present here, this is a very airy tank indeed.

You have two coils included with the Micro TFV4 tank. The Micro CLP2 Coil Core comes pre installed with the tank, and this is a 0.3ohm dual fused Clapton core with a recommended wattage range of 30-60w. Included as a spare in the kit is the Micro STC2 Coil Core, which is a 0.25ohm Stainless Steel dual core with a recommended wattage range of 30-60w. The Micro STC2 Coil Core can also be used in Temperature Control mode with the SMOK H-PRIV 220W TC. Other coils including an RBA coil are available to purchase separately.

Performance

I’ve already come across the Micro TFV4 tank, when I reviewed the SMOK Micro One kit, and the Micro TFV4 tank found here is exactly the same and supplied with the same coils. This is a very good little tank, and I prefer to run both the Micro CLP2 coil and Micro STC2 coils at the 50W mark. This gives me a lovely, warm vape with plenty of flavour, and coupled with the large airflow vapour production is outstanding. These micro coils may be small but they have absolutely no issues at all wicking high VG and thick juices, with no hint of a dry hit in sight.

Battery life is very good, however this is also dependent on the batteries that you choose to use, as the H-PRIV 220W TC does not come supplied with batteries. Running the Micro TFV4 with the Micro CLP2 at 50W with paired Sony VTC4’s easily gets me through a full day of heavy use, at higher wattages the battery life is shortened, however it still gives very decent lifespan.

You can even pair the new SMOK TFV8 with the SMOK H-PRIV 220W TC, if you really want to take advantage of the H-PRIV’s high wattage capabilities. As the H-PRIV is able to output up to 220W and fire resistances down to 0.1ohm in wattage mode, it’s perfectly compatible with SMOK’s latest cloud machine.

Conclusion

It’s a small kit, with big performance. The SMOK H-PRIV Kit is able to mix it with the best of them, being able to fire resistances down to 0.1ohm and output up to 220W, but it also offers great battery life too from the dual 18650 batteries, making it an ideal choice to take away on holiday or even to use as your main mod.

Not only is it powerful, it has great temperature control functionality too, which will please TC fans, and it’s a great little unit in hand that looks good and also offers pretty much everything you could need!

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SMOK STICK PRINCE VAPE PEN REVIEW

Full In-Depth SMOK Prince Stick Review

New vape pen introductions seem to be limited at the moment, which is a shame for all those vapers who love the ease and convenience of these types of e-cigs. But thankfully SMOK have not given up on these products just yet with the release of the SMOK Stick Prince! Featuring a 3000mAh battery and their new Prince tank this vape pen is nothing short of awesome, producing some of the best clouds we’ve seen and a matching smooth flavor. But is this one of the best vape pens on the market, or should we look elsewhere? We take a look to see.

Colors available for the Smok Stick Prince

Design

All vape pens are very similar in design, especially those produced by SMOK, it’s basically just a battery shaft with one button. Everything is automatic, so no setting voltage, wattage, resistance etc. Just fill your tank up and you’re all set to go! SMOK, however, have introduced their new flagship Prince tank to the product set, with a bulb look, and an intelligent led battery indicator, this pen looks slightly different.

The Stick Prince pens, as you would expect come in a variety of colors, and knowing SMOK, they will probably introduce much more over the coming months. Currently, you have the choice of black, red, blue, gold, purple, rainbow, green and of course stainless silver, but don’t expect your local vape shop to hold all the colors, it’s just not practical!

The Prince Tank

The full name is the TFV12 Prince Tank, which is an addition to their popular and top-selling TFV range.

The standard version holds 8ml and measures 63mm tall with a diameter of 28mm, making it a pretty big tank, at least with the amount of e-liquid it holds. This is thanks to the unique convex, bulb shape they have incorporated in the glass.

The EU version, however, had to remove this due to the TPD regulations limiting tanks to holding just 2ml.

The tank is a top fill device, incorporating they’re loved and patented locking system to avoid any accidental spills. The Prince tank is marketed as the baby of the famous Cloud Beast King, one of the best vapor producing tanks on the market.

SMOK have been clever here and basically designed the whole Stick Prince around this tank, meaning you get a beautifully made pen that was just meant to be, as opposed to a battery with a weird looking tank plopped on top!

Smok Prince Stick Starter kit box

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The Kit

  • 1 x 3000mAh Prince battery Stick
  • 1 x TFV12 Prince Tank
  • 2 x V12 M4 Coils (0.17ohm Quad Coil)
  • 1 x USB cable, instructions and spare parts

 

Performance

Now we all know vape pens are not going to perform as well as box mods where you can adjust the wattage as the coil slowly wares away, but for a simple to use e cig this pen is one of the best e-cigarette devices on the market.

With the 3000mAh battery, it pretty much lasts the day for a full-on vaper like us, it also features an intelligent LED light indicator system that informs you of the battery life. One big thing to note though, as you can’t adjust the voltage it’s probably best to stick with the M4 quad coils. Any coil with more would significantly reduce the amount of vapor due to the lack of power the SMOK Prince Stick has.

That aside, the performance is awesome, it just works really well. Beautiful flavor with huge amounts of clouds. Granted it’s not as good as the newer Smok Resa Stick vape pen, but it’s a close competitor!

To Conclude

If you like the look and simplicity of vape pens, then your simply going to love the Smok Stick Prince vape pen, it is one of the best e-cigs to quit smoking with and one that experts and intermediate vapers will also love for the convenience.

With the kit, you get the M4 Quad coils which work really well with the battery. If you want to try other coils bare in mind that the power produced by this pen might not match the same performance levels. Basically, stick with no more than quad coils!

Overall a great easy to use pen producing some of the best-tasting vapor available on the market, a strong recommendation from us!

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