Smok Tech Review
A couple of years ago, Smok Tech was known more for its mechanical mods designed after other devices from various brands. Slowly but surely, the company started designing unique mods that are beautiful and perform well. Today, Smok Tech has shed its old persona as a copier of mods and has established itself as one of the top mod manufacturers.
Smok Tech has recently released a smattering of products that are affordable and highly sought after. From tanks to box mods, beginners and advanced users alike are sure to find a setup that suits their vaping habits.
First Contender: The Smok X Cube II ($113.92)
The company’s flagship device, the Smok X Cube II is the successor of the X Cube BT 50. Just like its predecessor, the X Cube II can be paired with your smartphone via Bluetooth, where one can adjust settings without fiddling with the device. While some feel this feature is more gimmicky than useful, we found that adjusting settings on our phone while the mod is in our pocket is a feature more mods should adapt.
The kit comes with one X Cube II, a choice of one Arctic Tank, TFV4 Tank, or Smok TCT Tank, one charger, two 18650 batteries, one USB cable, and an instruction manual. Having a choice of tanks is a good move by Smok, and any of the three will serve you just fine. For our kit, we chose the TFV4, which was released at the same time as the X Cube II. The tank itself is easy to use, and we were able to produce huge plumes of vapor while keeping the taste of the e-juice intact. However, be advised that the TFV4 is not a tank for beginners.
The device itself is easy to use, with two buttons on top for adjusting temperature/voltage/wattage. To fire the device, instead of a button the device uses a firing bar. This may seem odd, but it makes sense in that we did not have to feel around for the button. Instead, we just squeeze the device to fire.
Overall, the Smok X Cube II is a worthy successor of the X Cube BT 50, one that is well worth the cost. Especially if you consider the more than triple the wattage limit. The Bluetooth feature works perfectly and makes for easy adjusting even when the device is in our pocket. The TFV4 is a fantastic tank, though if you are a beginner, you might find the Smok TCT Tank easier to use.
Second Place: X Cube Mini 75 TC Mod ($49.95)
For those who find the Smok X Cube II a little too large for comfort, the Smok X Cube Mini 75W TC Mod may be right up your alley. Using just one 18650 battery, which essentially halves the size compared to the X Cube II, the X Cube Mini still packs a punch, capable of putting out up to 75 watts of power.
The Mini also has Bluetooth features, and like its big brother, it works flawlessly. When we do not need the 160 watts of power of the X Cube II, the 75 watts offered by the mini is more than sufficient. When we prefer flavor over clouds, we rarely go past 30 watts.
We find the Mini stacks up well against Smok’s flagship device. While the max power output is lower, the smaller size more than makes up for it. If you do not need 160 watts and want something smaller, you cannot go wrong with the X Cube Mini. It is essentially the same device, though smaller and less powerful. For flavor seekers who want to dabble in cloud chasing, this box mod fits the bill perfectly.
One of the best tanks: Smok VCT Pro Tank ($21.95)
The problem with most tanks is that when it is paired with a mechanical mod or a high wattage device, flavors tend to taste burnt. With the Smok VCT Pro Tank, we found this is not the case. Designed specifically for high wattage vaping, the VCT Pro Tank features two large air holes that produce massive clouds of vapor.
If you are like us who sometimes feel too lazy to build coils, the VCT Pro Tank utilizes swappable coil heads that can be purchased separately. This eliminates the time spent fiddling with coils and wicks, giving us more time to vape.
The tank itself can hold up to 5mcls of e-juice, which is more than enough for a day’s worth of vaping. However, if you tend to cloud chase and chain vape, 5mls will not be enough to last the morning. We were able to make a full tank last a day and a half by vaping at 30 watts with our coils measuring at 0.5 ohms. A higher wattage will, of course, go through e-juice faster so your mileage may vary.
As for performance, the VCT Pro Tank works as advertised. The taste is there while the clouds produced can rival most atomizers. If you are looking for a hassle-free tank that can satisfy the cloud chaser and flavor seeker in you, the VCT Pro Tank is a sure bet.
Smok Tech has come a long way since it first came out in the market. With a plethora of high-performing devices in its stable of products, it looks like the brand is out to conquer the vaping world. Its fine aesthetic sensibilities combined with excellent performance and tough builds make Smok Tech one of the brands to look out for this year.
Affordable yet matching in quality with more expensive brands, Smok Tech is making a statement. Quality for less has never been this good.