SMOK Mag 225W Kit Review: The Pistol Grip Box Mod


by Thanush Poulsen

Updated: December 10, 2020

SMOK Mag 225W desktop

Review Score: 86/100

Price Range:
18650 / 21700 / 20700
Max Output:
Resistance range:
Works with:
  • Eliquids icon


  • Design/Looks
  • Build
  • Easy to use


  • Gun design
  • Pretty big device

Starting Price: $ 74.99

I got to give it up to SMOK for designing their new SMOK Mag 225W box mod in the mould of the most obvious thing you should model your box mod on – a pistol-grip. It makes sense, doesn’t it? What other piece of modern machinery also needs to keep in mind the way it is held by its user, and needs to make sure that it is comfortable and portable to be carried around?

The answer to that question becomes clear once you lay your eyes on the Mag 225W. Not only is the source of SMOKTech’s inspiration evident from the product title of the Mag 225W, but again, there’s no mistaking what the designers at SMOKTech wanted to recreate with the Mag 225W.

The form of the Mag most definitely resembles the grip of a modern pistol, with the Mag’s firing button right where the trigger would be on a real gun. And taking the gun-design even further, SMOK included a unique flower-shaped mechanism right next to the trigger button that unlocks the bottom-loading battery door.

SMOK Mag 225W desktop

You press the button and the battery doors pop open, revealing the box where you load your two 18650 batteries into and then pop back into your SMOK mod. Similar to what? Yes, like loading the cartridge of a real gun.

The entire mod, however, is covered by a high-definition OLED screen, which I must say, SMOK has become the master of recently. Their screens and the information displayed on them are always bright and crisp.

Another area in which SMOK has proven itself of late has been in the awesomeness of their tanks and coils, and by “awesomeness” I don’t only mean how well they work, but just their real size and cloud-making potential.

The Mag, being a high-powered box mod, of course, comes with the TFV12 Prince sub-ohm tank, and two coil options that appeal to both the cloud-chaser in all of use, but also flavor fiends.

Box of the Mag

Here’s what you’ll find inside your SMOK Mag 225W kit:

  • One Mag mod
  • One TFV12 Prince tank
  • One V12-Q4 0.4ohm quadruple coil
  • One V12-T10 0.12ohm decuple coil
  • One spare glass tube
  • One USB charging/upgrade cable
  • One instruction booklet
  • One screwdriver
  • One bag of spare parts

Made Ready To Shoot That Vapor

So, yeah, the SMOK Mag 225W looks like a gun. That is the first thing that hits you over the head, like the butt of a gun, about the SMOK Mag 225W. That and the fact that the SMOK Mag 225W is rather heavy.

It comes in at a brawny 265g, and that’s without adding the batteries or the tank. Plus the fact that the entire outer casing of the Mag is a zinc alloy, it was most assuredly going to be packing on the pounds. But the extra weight and heft of the Mag are not to its detriment.

For a machine this powerful and designed to look like a killing implement you would expect it to be a little heavier than most. The other notable feature of the Mag is the OLED screen that takes up most of the rest of the mod. SMOK usually hits it out of the park when it comes to the OLED displays that rival most HDTV’s in their clarity and brightness and that is the case with the Mag.

The 510 connection at the top of the device is spring-loaded and although its diameter measures 28mm, it can easily and comfortably accommodate a tank even 30mm in diameter. The trigger on the Mag 225W fires beautifully, and it is only one of the many gun-like features on the Mag that make it a dream to handle.

The designers at SMOKTech have displayed an astonishing amount of vigor in fine-tuning the smallest details on the Mag’s outer design. There are curves and textured grips galore. Each side of the mod features a thumb-groove so even southpaw vapers can feel at ease when holding the mod.

At the top right of the OLED screen, you’ll see the other feature of the Mag that mimics a gun – the release button for the battery box. When you press down (hard, it doesn’t release easily) on the button, the bottom-loading battery door pops open and spits out the battery clip, which then lets you install two 18650 batteries.

Embedded within the OLED screen are two up/down selector buttons, and beneath those buttons you’ll also find your USB charging port. Battery vent holes can be found along the spine of the device, as well as running underneath the 510 connection.

Now, I already reviewed the TFV12 Cloud Beast King sub-ohm tank, and the Prince version doesn’t seem to be much removed from its royal father. It does have a more substantial e-juice capacity at an enormous 8ml, which can be added to the tank if you install the separate convex glass tube that raises the capacity from 5ml to 8ml. There’s also a convenient release button on the outer part of the top cap that ensures an easier time of filling the tank.

SMOK-MAG kit review image

How To Fire It Up

The SMOK Mag 225W sports a new chipset in its insides only I don’t know exactly what this new chipset adds to the SMOK Mag’s bag of tricks. All the vaping and output modes are the same ones available on most other SMOK mods like temperature and wattage control, and memory mode.

So regarding vaping styles, there’s not much innovation in the SMOK Mag 225W. Apart from that, though, the SMOK does feature a very straightforward interface. The reduced amount of vaping modes inversely makes the Mag that much easier to use.

You press the firing button five times to turn the device on, and then you’ll see the main menu display on the OLED screen. The main menu reads out all your essential vaping information like wattage, coil resistance, voltage, vaping timer, and voltage.

Three additional clicks of the firing button let you access a new menu from the three vaping modes: temperature mode, wattage mode, and memory mode. And one thing I did notice about using the SMOK Mag 225W was how responsive all the buttons were. There was no waiting or holding of buttons to access a specific adjustable feature.

Bang Bang I Vaped You Down

The TFV12 Prince sub-ohm tank came installed with a V12-Q4, which was a coil option that was available with the TFV12 Cloud Beast King and it was the best coil to pair with that tank, in my opinion. I didn’t expect the performance to be that much different with the Prince version of this sub-ohm tank and it wasn’t.

I slapped on the bubble tank to the Prince to get an extra e-juice boost, and I filled it up with some Banana Cream Pie from the Vape Dudes. I left the mod in its default wattage mod, and kept the Q4 close to the top of its recommended wattage range of between 40-80W, at 70W. The flavor was awesome, and the vapor relatively warm and pleasing to taste.

Switching out the coil for the ten-coiled vaping monster, the V12-T10 coil did bring me higher up the cloud-making ladder. But since the maximum wattage output on the T10 is only 110W, it wasn’t possible to go all the way to 225W.

But, after vaping with the two stock coil options, there was no need to get to that level of power output. Both coils worked amazingly, and I got more than enough satisfaction for my taste buds as well as witnessing the birth of several cloud monsters.

The SMOK Mag 225W vs. Others: That Was Close

When it came time to make a comparison, I thought about one high-wattage device that I reviewed recently that I really liked, the Aspire Speeder. It doesn’t get all the way to 225W, but I only vaped on the SMOK Mag at close to 110W, so I wasn’t looking to make a power comparison.

The Speeder, despite its catchy title, is somewhat dour and lifeless regarding its design. It’s all-black, and colorless like it was going to a funeral. But, underneath all that seriousness, there was a serious, cloud-making device.

The A3 and A5 coils that came in the Speeder kit were some of the best coils I’ve ever had the pleasure of vaping on; they delivered amazing cloud quality, in both flavor and size. But for cloud size and cloud taste, it is hard to beat the V12-Q4.

It’s four coils, and spacious airflow slots made it a great flavor and cloud producer. And paired with the Mag’s high-wattage capabilities, the two together made sweet vaping music. This compare is a tough one, so I’m going to have to get superficial.

I liked the Aspire Speeder’s performance, but its look and design did not make me think of “speed” or a fast-moving device of any sort; I thought more of donkey’s behind. The Mag, while obviously modeled on a gun grip, is not just a “mod that looks like a gun.”

The model was the right one to follow, and the ergonomic design is beautifully done, well-detailed, and makes the Mag a perfect mod in terms of durability and functionality. The Mag wins this one just on the merits of its attractive but also utilitarian design.

SMOK Mag 225W Specifications

Dimensions: 91.5x67x38mm
Max Output: 100W
Batery: 18650 / 21700 / 20700
Resistance range: 0.1-2.5ohm
OLED display: 0.66in.
Temperature range: 200-600°F
Works with: E-juices

Pros and Cons

What’s So Special About It

  • Design/Looks
  • Build
  • Easy to use

Any Cons?

  • Gun design


It would be easy to be put-off by the Mag’s look and design. I know I was, initially. But when I held the device in my hand, all my doubts just vanished. It made perfect sense. The grip felt great, and the zinc alloy construction gave it a reassuring heft.

Gun design

I’m not a huge fan of guns (as you could probably tell). What that has to do with the SMOK Mag 225W mod kit? So, this con isn’t a “con” in the sense that it was something about the device’s performance or functionality. It’s incredibly subjective on my part, but it hit me hard enough that I felt I had to mention it.


The Mag’s build is more functional than attractive. I wouldn’t call it the greatest-looking device, but in terms of quality and knowing that the mod will last and perform well, then the Mag has that and more.

Easy to use

The Mag has a simple interface, and the lack of different vaping modes means there’s no confusion over finding the best modes for you and adjusting it to your specific tastes.

Yes Or No

The SMOK Mag 225W kit is a step-up for SMOK, who’s had some notable misfires in the past. Their recent devices, however, seem to have righted their path and shone some much needed positive light on the SMOKTech brand.

I was impressed by the pistol-grip design that I thought would just be ridiculous. But the feeling was believing, and just from the first few moments of holding the mod convinced me that this was the way to go. It was a natural choice.

The OLED screen was another highlight and yet another thing that SMOKTech is always getting right. The Prince tank and the V12-Q4 coil made thick, beautiful clouds and the taste of my Banana Cream Pie was on point.

Published: December 13, 2017Updated: December 10, 2020

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 225W Kit Review: The Pistol Grip Box Mod

  • 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