The SMOK Mag is a dual-18650 device that features a unique gun-style grip with a side-release latch that ejects the battery magazine like the magazine for a real gun. The new SMOK Mag is an update to the older model that was released a few years ago. The latest version features an upgraded chipset that allows the vape to reach a high-power output of 225W. There are also several new vaping outputs like the temperature control suite and a memory mode, all controlled by the side-facing, high-definition OLED that features in-screen control buttons.
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A Closer Look at the SMOK Mag 225W
The SMOK Mag has the distinction of being one of the few vapes that features a gun-grip design that makes it one of the most comfortable vapes to hold. A vaper’s hand can fit perfectly around the entire device and have everything from the well-placed trigger/firing button and the side OLED within reach (the vape also comes in a version for left-handed vapers).
All in all, the Mag, by itself, measures a little less than 90mm in height, so it strikes the right balance between heft and compactness. In keeping with the gun-grip design, the Mag also features a push-button that releases the magazine with the batteries from under the device, like the release for a gun magazine.
Users install their two 18650s into the cartridge and then insert it back into the vape. It’s an ingenious design feature and makes reloading the batteries much more straightforward. The design also eliminates any battery rattle as the magazine stays firmly in place. SMOK even includes a small screwdriver so users can tighten (or loosen) the push-button if it ever becomes too loose or too tight.
Apart from the gun-like features, the Mag also features a side OLED with built-in, rocker-style control buttons so users can set their vape to their preferred settings. The OLED is one update, as the original Mag had a small OLED on the outer lip of the 510-plate rather than on the side.
The SMOK Mag Kit includes one of SMOK’s best sub-ohm tanks, the TFV12 Prince tank. In addition, two accompanying coils are best suited for the device’s abilities like wattage and temperature control mode.
- One x SMOK MAG Grip 225W
- One x TFV12 Prince V2 Tank
- One x V12 Prince-Q4 0.4ohm Quadruple Coil
- One x V12 Prince-T10 0.12ohm Decuple Coil
- One x MicroUSB Cable
- One x Spare Glass Tube
- One x Spare Parts Bag
- User Manual
The Look and Feel of the Device
The entire Smok Mag features the same build components as most heavy-duty devices. The vape features a zinc-alloy build, but with plastic elements throughout that give the device a good mix of heavy and lightweight. But the area where the mod shines the most is its ergonomics.
All essential components like the trigger/firing button are well-placed to provide maximum comfort and accessibility. For example, users can firmly place their hands around the grip and press the firing trigger with their fingers without moving their hands. The same goes for the OLED and the rocker-style buttons, although users may have to let go more easily input their settings.
The OLED is one of the brightest and easily legible screens that SMOK has come out with since the ProColor. All the variables are easily visible and give users an improved interface to change their settings or navigate between the menu options. Aside from the left-handed options for southpaws, the vape also comes in 25 different paint jobs, giving it even more versatility.
How Long Does It Last?
The Mag is a dual-18650 device, and even though some earlier versions upgraded their battery configurations to 20700 and 21700, this new Mag sticks with the original design. The battery type and the vast power range make this vape more long-lasting than any single-battery device.
For how long the battery life lasts, the answer lies with how often and at what wattage level users will vape. The device has a wattage range of between 6-225W, which gives users a wide range to play around with. It can also reach a high temperature of 600F, which is standard for most temperature control devices.
As for vaping outputs, the Mag has a bare-bones package that gives users only wattage, temperature control, and a memory mode, which lets users save their preferred settings onto the chipset and lets them use it whenever they engage that mode. Two full batteries on minimal settings with the proper coils inside could allow the vape to run for weeks without recharging.
The menu system for the Mag resembles a lot of other menus for SMOK mods like the ProColor and G-Priv, so anyone with experience using those mods should not find it hard to control the Mag. The trigger button also acts as the selector button so users can easily choose their settings. The trigger is also the main power button, and clicking it fives time activates the device.
Once on, the device has the standard readout for its current mode (wattage, temperature, or memory) and the readouts for voltage, ohms reader, puff counter, and timer. There are two separate battery indicators as well. There are also secondary menus where users can choose the color of the digits even though the entire back screen is black.
The Mag is ideal for cloud production and sub-ohm vaping with the two sub-ohm coils in the package. The 28mm wide 510-connection allows for many different types of tanks and atomizers to be attached so users can play around with their coil types and their coil builds. The high wattage output maybe a little too much for most vapers, but the chipset lets users fine-tune their vaping experience in both wattage and temperature control mode.
Any high VG e-juice would be ideal for the coil and tank combination. The TFV12 has a reputation for being a cloud-chucker, so vapers should use a high VG e-juice for the device, whether it is with pre-made coils or their coil builds. In addition, the Prince tank has an easy-to-use top-fill method that gives vapers more flexibility to fill their tanks.
The Prince also comes with an extender glass that gives it up to 8ml of e-juice capacity, which makes it match the overall power and ability of the mod itself. The Prince also features a top-airflow control ring that gives excellent airflow control and cuts down on the possibility of any leakage.
What SMOK Vape is The Best?
SMOK has been in the vaping business for a long time. They have always upped their game in terms of design and innovation. It is hard to say which of their extensive catalog is the best SMOK device. Many people love the Mag series, while others are still fans of the original Alien series.
But some vapers prefer the more advanced SMOK mods like the G-Priv and ProColor, which gave users a new SMOK device. But SMOK had branched out in recent years to embrace more discreet devices, which is when they released devices like the Nord and the RPM40, which have been hit for the company when they were released.
SMOK Mag P3
The SMOK Mag P3 is another mod in the Mag series that differs from the Mag 225W. The P3 has a larger OLED that takes up most of the side, which is much bigger than the screen on the Mag 225W. The screen is also a touchscreen, which is a new feat for this type of mod. The P3 is also a dual-18650 device and can reach a maximum wattage output of 230W, slightly more than other Mag devices. The P3 also has a less-pronounced trigger mechanism, which is more streamlined than other devices. The P3 also includes the new IQ-M chipset that gives it more vaping outputs than any other mod in the series.
GeekVape Aegis X
The GeekVape Aegis X is another in the line of mods from GeekVape that features an indestructible exterior that is waterproof and shock-resistant. The Aegis X is a dual-18650 device that can reach as high as 200W. It also features the AS 2.0 chipset that gives it a full temperature control suite and bypass mode. The exterior features ergonomic design elements like a leatherback pad and a smooth finish on its zinc-alloy exterior. The device uses a 2.4” OLED screen to control its settings and has a three-button control panel.
Smok Mag Specifications
|92 x 65 x 30 mm
|18650 / 21700 / 20700
|Durable zinc alloy construction
|Precision memory modes
Pros & Cons
- Good ergonomics
- Well-built with high-quality materials
- Accurate power rating
- Easy-to-use with good controls
- Good flavor and vapor production from the coils
- Lack of vaping outputs (power curve, bypass)
Conclusion: SMOK Mag Kit Review: Get a Grip on This Device
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The SMOK Mag 225W is just the latest entry in the Mag series of mods that features new updates to the original model. For example, the Mag has a more extended trigger that protrudes out more so users can more easily use it and grip it when in use. In addition, the device is riddled with vent holes throughout the build to give the batteries some ventilation and make it more ergonomic.
The clip-release button is fully adjustable and lets users decide how tight or loose they want the button to be. The entire device has a good build down to the big and bright screen and should be familiar to users of other SMOK mods. The menu system is easy to control, and the wide top half of the device is perfect to use with many different-sized tanks or atomizers.