SMOK Mag Kit Review: The Most Comfortable Vape to Hold


by Thanush Poulsen

Updated: September 8, 2021

SMOK Mag 225W desktop

Review Score: 86/100

Price Range:
92 x 65 x 30 mm
18650 / 21700 / 20700
Power Range:
Works with:
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  • Good ergonomics
  • Well-built with high-quality materials
  • Accurate power rating


  • Lack of vaping outputs (power curve, bypass)

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.

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.

SMOK Mag 225W desktop

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.

What’s Inside

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.

SMOK-MAG kit review image

  • 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 Controls

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.

Smok G-Priv desktop

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.

Competing Devices


Scar P3 80w Pod Colors

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

GeekVape Aegis X desktop

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

Smok Mag
Dimensions: 92 x 65 x 30 mm
Power Range: 6-225 watts
Batery: 18650 / 21700 / 20700
Temperature Range: 200-600 F
Material: Durable zinc alloy construction
Modes: 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

Have you used a SMOK Mag device before? What is the most comfortable vape you’ve ever used? Let us know in the comments section below.

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.

Published: December 13, 2017Updated: September 8, 2021

Thanush Poulsen

Being a regular Sweden student, I discovered innovative ways of living healthier. And with my very first e-cigarette, I’ve got obsessed with all things digital. So vaping collided my interests in electronics, science, and health. I enjoy bringing people into the world of vaping through my reviews, guides, and best-of lists.


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30 comments on “SMOK Mag Kit Review: The Most Comfortable Vape to Hold

  • FrenchFry

    November 16, 2020 at 8:52 am

    I think you are so wrong about the score you gave on the design of this device. It looks cool, but the functionality sucks. The batteries are at the bottom of the “gun handle” and the button that kicks them out is really close to the trigger – easily hit by accident. In addition, if you set it on a cold surface, the metal contracts. When you pick it up, boom – out pops the battery EVERY TIME. I would give it 50/100 on design.

    • James Bickford

      November 18, 2020 at 7:00 am

      Hi FrenchFry, thanks for writing in, all the things you mentioned about the SMOK Mag are also it’s best points, for me, at least. Yes, you could hit the release button accidentally, but that’s not the mod’s fault. That’s the way it was designed. We never had an accidental discharge of the batteries after it was left on any kind of surface (hot or cold), but it could happen, again, the mod isn’t at fault for the way metal contracts when its cold. We still stand by the score we gave it and hope you give the Mag a second chance. Thanks again, and happy vaping!

  • Tony D.

    October 17, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    I’ve had my Smok Mag for about 6 months. I loved it when I first got it…it hit well, the settings are easy, it was easy & comfortable to hold, etc. It was one of the best mod’s I had ever owned…or so I thought. After a few months, one of the batteries would die so much faster than the other, so I found myself replacing one of the batteries 2 or 3 times a day, then 5 or 6 times a day. I also noticed that the battery clip was no longer staying in all the way into the mod. The clip would click into the device, but it wouldn’t stay in all the way as it previously did. That issue just got worse, quickly and now one side of the clip sticks out at least a 1/4″ and the entire mod literally turns off every time after I hit it. I have to power it up every single time I use it. I assume the dead battery issue, and possibly the power issue, has something to do with the batteries not having a secure connection to the terminals inside the mod, but whatever it is, it really pisses me off! Not once have I dropped the mod, or have done anything that might damage it…it’s just garbage. The price is not at all worth the few positives that I listed above & I will never buy another Smok mod again. Smok seems to all about glitz & gimmicky bullshit…not reliability. This isn’t the first Smok device that I’ll end up taking a hammer to! I have a Sigelei that I bought over 4 years ago when I first started vaping & it still operates and hits as well as the day I bought it. I use that as my back-up device when pieces of shit, like my Mag, go tits up on me. It’s big, ugly & boxy, but it’s reliable as hell and never lets me down. Do your research, ask around and buy something that you’re going to be happy with…NOT the Smok Mag!!!

  • Master Keaf

    October 6, 2018 at 11:17 am

    New to vaping. I like guns. This is my first vape. I like it. It’s simple and just works. It’s a bit heavy like mentioned but very comfortable in your hand. No complaints so far.

  • Todd

    September 16, 2018 at 2:46 am

    bought this a few months ago and like everyone else, I was getting leaks in the TFV12 tank like crazy. After repeated attempts at replacing coils and seals (8 different coils), the local vape shop owner told me to “try switching to a different mod”. Holy crap, that did it! I put the TFV12 on my backup FUCHAI mod and NOT LEAKS!

    Shop owner said he’s had numerous issues with the Mag 225 mod itself and inconsistent wattage which he’s seen is the most common causor of the tank leaks. F

  • Brian

    August 25, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Just bought one loving it

  • steve

    August 18, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Don’t buy it ,Here is why .If you set your vape down this mod will will go to high watts 240 and fry your coil just by setting it down on face . It will change wattage and no way to lock wattage only, only lock whole mod witch is a pain in the will burn up a lot of coils !Wattage adjust buttons stick out to far ,if buttons were flush this would be a great mod .

  • Jeffrey

    July 18, 2018 at 9:33 am

    My smok mag kit shows volt too low and dont fire up…how can i fix it?

  • Kevin M

    June 17, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I just got my mod 2 weeks ago and the thing leaks like a siv. I’ve tried replacing the coils, tightening as much as possible. nothing works. Any ideas?

    • Lance

      July 1, 2018 at 1:43 am

      When you add juice are you closing off the air flow? If not when you open up the top it loses its seal and can leak. Other ideas I have are that you’re putting the juice in the wrong place or the coil isn’t tightened properly to one or both places it screws
      In. Hope this helps.

    • Filip

      July 16, 2018 at 7:03 am

      I had the same issue with my Prince Stick Baby – I called the shop and they said it’s one of their most common issues but can be VERY easily fixed by simply upping your VG ratio in the juice you’re using. So instead of using my 50/50 juice I picked up some 70VG/30PG and have had 0 leaking issues since.

      Hope this helps 🙂

    • Alex

      August 17, 2018 at 7:56 am

      Check all orings as one might be torn.

    • Cameron Burnett

      September 2, 2018 at 7:04 am

      Try replacing the seals on the tank, in the box it comes in theres a little bag with spare seals try that

  • Mel

    May 25, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    I’m really sad. I love this mod so much. It had a lot of cool features but it is extremely fragile. I carried it inside with my phone in my hand behing it and I guess I squeezed it just a little too hard because it fractured the internal screen. I cannot read the screen at all. It looks as if I dropped it on a rock but I have not dropped it or knocked it over even once.

  • Jeremy Thompson

    April 24, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    The two stars is because the prince tank is awesome. If the whole mod was as awesome as the prince tank I would get this a five-star. I bought the ‘SmokTech® Mag Kit’, from a authorized dealer in my town, because it was pistol grip and had the little clip for the batteries that I thought was really cool. The clip ended up being a problem. After awhile it wouldn’t make a good connection and the mod kept cutting off by itself. Sometimes it will cut off while I was hitting it. It took about three months. I’ve never dropped my mod, but it does have scratches because it sits in my tool bag. Because of the scratches I was told that the warranty would not be honored. I’m going back to Vaporesso, because the OMNI is better, and so is customer service.

  • Cody Burrows

    March 4, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Why does screen say no atomizer and how do I fix

    • Kaitlyn

      May 21, 2018 at 9:44 am

      Your coil isn’t sitting right in the tank. Pull it out, clean the connection, replace. Try again.

  • Jon

    February 20, 2018 at 12:36 am

    The screwdriver is in case your mod’s screws loosen up.

  • Dave Johnson

    February 19, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Battery won’t stay in the right place in the vape so it very rarely works if anyone knows anything ab this or how to fix this pls let me know

  • Christopher Aitchison

    January 14, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Hi can u tell me what the screwdriver is for? I cant for the life of me figure it out im loving the mod like you not a gun fan but just holdin it my hand really comfy easy to use

    • Sarah

      February 20, 2018 at 2:11 am

      It’s for adjusting / tightening the flower shaped battery release button.

    • aa

      February 24, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      to tighten the mag release button

    • pjone

      February 26, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      It’s for tightening the mag release button (silver flower shaped button)

    • Amanda P

      April 20, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Unscrew the button, so you could input your batteries

    • Darlene Tibbetts

      June 15, 2018 at 5:32 am

      The screwdriver is for tightening the screw in the battery release. It also fits the other screws.

    • Jason

      July 24, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      Its t ok tighten the release button fo rd the batteries

    • Alex

      August 17, 2018 at 7:55 am

      For tightening the flower button if it starts loosening. The button to release the battery case.

  • Jason robnett

    December 16, 2017 at 4:41 am

    How do you adjust the ohms on mag 225

    • Aaron Myers

      April 18, 2018 at 6:17 am

      Simply press battery release button, leave batteries out for ten seconds. Reinstall batteries, turn on, press trigger once,a screen will appear with ohms selection. Select buttons located below screen.

    • Amanda P

      April 20, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      Place it On lock and hold
      Down big button n little button