SMOK Alien 220W Kit Review
In-Depth SMOK Alien 220W Kit Review:
The SMOK Alien 220W Kit is the newest addition to a long series of top quality vaping products from Asian maker SMOK. From the time they introduced the common X-cube 2, a year ago, the corporation continues to be putting out fresh and innovative units one at a time, without compromising on quality. The Alien 220W kit offers a high-power mod with a maximum output of 220W together with the new Baby Beat Tank, which is the smaller version of the TFV8 Cloud Beast. Since the Baby Beat Tank had been reviewed click here, In this review, we’re likely to have a closer look at the SMOK Alien 220W mod and see how it performs and if it’s actually worth your money.
Design and Functions
The Alien 220W mod is undeniably the spotlight with this set. I can say that this device is probably their best looking one yet. Measuring 30mm in thickness, 44mm in length, and just 85mm tall, the Alien is remarkably compact. Design-wise, SMOK was inspired from other popular mods. Like the P4U iPV 6/6X mods and also the Siegelei 213. But the new flagship from SMOK has quite a lot of unique features that will help it to stand out from the rest of its competitors.
One of these attributes is the firing bar that SMOK has been employing on its mods as a substitute towards the basic power button. It was released on the X-Cube 2, and since then it became the standard design for SMOK. In my past reviews of SMOK devices using the firing bar such as the OSUB 40W, always raised the matter of unintended firing, either keeping it in a decent wallet or when holding the device. Although, simply locking the device might prevent it from occurring, but sometimes we tend to forget it. The firing bar on the Alien 220W requires a firm pressure to activate, so the odds of firing the device by mistake are really low. It might take a while to get used to it, but it does fix the accidental firing issue.
Another distinct feature of the Alien 220W that no other mod has. Is its large OLED screen that displays tons of useful information at the same time. You have the wattage or temperature setting, the selective SMOK vaping effect (Soft, Normal, Hard), the charge level of each 18650 battery, real-time voltage, the resistance of the atomizer, the amperage, the temperature of the internal motherboard of these devices, a puff counter, and, finally, a puff timer. Although this feature comes with the little drawback, making the display appear cluttered and confusing-at-first, but after you become accustomed to the placement of every field on the display, you’ll start to recognize and appreciate the availability of all this info at the press of a button.
Right under the huge display, you have a micro-USB for firmware upgrades, as well as two adjustable button interface. Take note, that the USB port cannot be used for charging, so you must consider getting an external battery charger. The two tiny adjustable buttons are constructed out from plastic and are stiff same as the firing bar. No annoying rattling, even if you shake hard.
The only CON of the Alien 220W that is worth mentioning is its battery door. After receiving it and open, I quickly realized that the doorway was unusually loose. But it all made sense once I inserted dual 18650 batteries, the wobbling effect disappears.
Here are the technical specifications of the Smok Alien Mod kit:
ALIEN 220 MOD
- Size: 85 mm (3.34 inches) tall by 44 mm (1.7 inches) wide and 28.4 mm (1.1 inches) thick
- The Smok Alien Power Range is from 1 W to 220 W
- Atomizer Resistance Range: 0.1Ω-3Ω (Variable Wattage) and 0.06Ω-2Ω (Temp Control)
- Temperature Control Vaping Range is 200℉ to 600℉ or for the Metric types 100℃ to 315℃
TFV8 BABY TANK
- Construction Material is Stainless Steel With Glass Tank
- Size: 22 mm diameter and 53 mm tall or 0.86-inch diameter by 2.1 inches tall
- The Weight Is 47 g
- Ejuice Capacity Is 3 ml
- 510 Threaded
I have been using the SMOK Alien kit for about two weeks now, and so far I haven’t encountered any major issues. The long firing delay that used to plague SMOK vaporizers is no more – I also noticed in my recent review of the OSUB 40W – it performs fantastic in wattage mode and appears to be very accurate, the same as other recently release SMOK mods.
Does it certainly go all the way up to 220W? Well, you can scroll all the way up to 220 watts with the adjustable buttons, but I really couldn’t tell you my experience. Since I never raise the bar over 90 watts my whole life. I just don’t see any sense of that much power.
The firing bar is stringent but very functional, so as the two adjustment buttons. I actually examined the short-circuit protection to check if it fires, and I got the warning message on the display the moment I squeezed the firing bar. The reverse battery protection works completely too, and you can find other safety features that I haven’t tested yet such as – weak battery protection, high battery voltage protection, low atomizer resistance protection, high atomizer resistance protection, system overheating protection, and low e-liquid protection for temperature control mode.
The Vape Guide Recommends the Alien 220W Kit for:
The SMOK Alien kit is actually a truly solid kit. The Alien 220W mod is probably the most compact in the dual-18650 mod category, the aesthetic look of the Alien 220W is outstanding in my opinion. The Baby Beast is a great addition to the large family of SMOK tanks, featuring a mess-free refill system, ample airflow control, and a wide variety of coil heads.