Smok Mag Kit Review

Smok Mag Kit Review

Smok Mag Kit

If you like that gun slinger-look and that pistol grip type of form factor, the Smok Mag should definitely be on your list. Form factor-wise, this is one of the best mods Smok has ever produced. Click the Buy Now button for the Lowest Price Guaranteed + FREE Shipping.

$84.95

First Impression Out Of The Box:

I’m not going to lie, from the moment I saw this mod, I couldn’t wait to try it. I really like that pistol grip type of form factor and up until now, I’ve actually never seen it in a regulated mod. All of those pistol grip types of mods with the dropout battery clip compartment have all been on Mech mods, as far as I know. This is the first time I’ve seen it done in a regulated mod.

Open the box of the Mag kit and I have to say that it is impressive. It’s sitting on the top tier of the box in a foam insert. As soon as you pull it out, it just feels beautiful in your hand. Pull out the foam insert and underneath, you will find a USB cable, all of your paperwork, some spares for the tank, a 2 ml spare glass, and the brand new TFV12 Prince tank. I’m going to put some batteries in the clip, load up the tank, and see how this thing actually vapes.

What’s In The Box:

  • One SMOK Mag 225W TC Box Mod
  • One SMOK TFV12 Prince Tank
  • One V12 Prince Q4 Coil Head
  • One V12 Prince T10 Coil Head
  • USB Charging Cable
  • Replacement Parts and Glass
  • User Manual

Smok Mag Kit Review

From Top To Bottom:

The Mod:

I give Smok a lot of credit for using a centered 510 pin on this mod. You can say what you want about the Smok mods but the one thing you have to give them credit for is they do listen to the consumer. The 510 on the Mag is no surprise. It is a quality 510 connection that most of us have come to expect from Smok. The 510 plate on it is a bit raised towards the back of the mod. I don’t know why the plate does not sit exactly flush but in all honesty, it really hasn’t been an issue. Aesthetically though, it is bothersome. All my atomizers have sat flush on this plate despite the fact that the back part of it has a significant raise compared to the front part of the plate. It’s probably because the top plate has a slight angle to it. I would have rather seen Smok make the whole top plate level so everything could sit nice and flush.

Smok Mag Kit Review

The Mag has a centered 510 connection and it will fit a 28 mm atomizer with no overhang. It does come with a 25 mm atomizer in the kit. 30 mm atomizers will have some overhang on the side but they really don’t look bad. Because of the overall size of the mod, it actually looks good with bigger atomizers.

The 510 plate is made out of stainless steel and it does give the top part of the mod a very clean look. The top part of the mod is held in place by five-star screws and on the side opposite of the fire button, it does taper down a little bit. There is also a little cutout on the top part of the mod that serves as a great thumb rest. The 510 pin itself is gold-plated and spring-loaded. It has a good spring to it and a really nice throw. The threading around it is very smooth and I have had no issues with any atomizers on this mod. The top side of the mod actually comes to a point and right underneath that point is where you will find the trigger-style fire button.

Smok Mag Kit Review

This has got to be one of the best, most comfortable, fire buttons I have ever used. As most of you know, I live in New York City and when I received this mod, we were going through quite a cold snap in the Big Apple. It was just brick outside. I have really come to appreciate this mod in the cold weather because of this fire button. This has got to be the easiest mod to operate with a set of winter gloves on. There’s no looking for the fire button, you just put this mod in your hand and pull the trigger. Even with gloves on, you get a really nice feel with this trigger button. I found the button to be clicky and responsive. It does have a little bit of softness to it but I think that because of the trigger shape, it almost has to have that bit of softness. Overall, it’s just a fantastic button.

Because of the unique shape of this mod, it really is hard to explain in writing. Instead of going over each side of the mod as I normally do, I’m going to attempt to describe the overall shape of the mod. The overall shape of the mod is exactly like a pistol grip. On the front of the mod towards the top of the screen, you will see some venting present. There is also that same amount of venting present on the opposite side of the mod. There is a carbon fiber sticker on the back that does a good job of breaking up all that paint on the backside of the mod. The sticker is inlaid but it looks to be of nice quality and so far, it has not peeled.

Smok Mag Kit Review

Towards the bottom of the back side of the mod, there is some Smok and Mag branding. Underneath the venting towards the top of the mod, there are some cutouts that your thumb fits into beautifully if you wrap your hand around the mod. Below the fire button is where the mod is cut out with a beautiful contour and you can rest your 3 fingers there while you are firing the mod. On the opposite side of the trigger side, there is also a nice contoured backside with a bunch of holes in a black plate that is held in place by two-star screws. I’m sure you will get a much better feel for this mod as you look at the pictures in this review. The bottom line is, it’s just shaped beautifully and it feels wonderful in your hand.

With the screen facing you, located right underneath the trigger fire button, is a battery clip release button. Simply press this button and the battery clip of the mod just drops out. It drops out much like the magazine of a gun would. With the battery clip out of the mod, you can install your batteries from the top of the clip. There are clear battery orientation markings on the clip.

Smok Mag Kit Review

It is a metal casing and it does have some plastic lining in the tubes, just in case one of your batteries wraps has a tear. Even so, you should always inspect your wraps before installing any batteries into any mod. If you look straight down the battery tubes, you will also see some clear battery indicator markings. In the middle of those markings, you will find two gold-plated, button-style battery contacts. Look inside the mod with the battery clip out, you will see two gold-plated, spring-loaded battery contacts. I have to say that the tray and the battery compartment are extremely well done. The tray is very easy to operate and the battery tray clips into the mod with no issues whatsoever. The battery clip, once clipped in, does not move and stays in there very solidly.

The release button for the battery tray has a nice firm spring to it and it really is the only part of the mod that has any type of silver on it. When I first saw this design, I thought that it was going to be too easy to press and accidentally drop your batteries out of the mod because it was so close to the trigger button. I was definitely wrong on that account. It has a very firm spring to it and you really have to give it a nice push in order to release the battery tray.

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The one-inch color OLED screen on the Mag mod is a screen we’ve seen on all of the newer Smok mods coming out. I like this one much better than the old Alien screen and I find it to be much easier to read. The overall layout is so much better. On the screen, you will be able to see a dual battery meter, puff counter in seconds, wattage, temperature, ohms, preheat, voltage, and a total amount puff counter. The screen is also customizable to a certain extent, meaning you can change the color of the font through the menu system. The font colors include blue, purple, green, red, orange and white. It’s a really nice screen and it does well in all lighting conditions.

Below the screen is where you will find the up and down buttons. They are both shaped like a diamond. The up button is on the right and the down button is on the left. They are the same color as the fire button and they do have a clicky feel to them. Unfortunately, the Mag mod does scroll in .1-watt increment. I really wish manufacturers would just start going with a 1-watt increment when it comes to scrolling. I really do not know any vapers that vape at 85.7 watts. Underneath the up and down buttons is where you will find the USB port. The USB port is for charging and firmware upgrades. The Mag mod charges at 2 amps.

Smok Mag Kit Review

The Tank:

The tank included in this mod is one of Smok’s newest tanks, it is the TFV12 Prince. I tend to think of this tank as a really nice compromise between the TFV12 Cloud Beast King and the Big Baby Beast. For me, it provides a vape that is right in the middle of those two tanks. It also takes its own family of coils that have been developed for the tank. Neither Baby Beast nor TFV12 Cloud Beast coils will fit in this tank. You get two different coils in this kit but there are four available as of this writing. I’m sure more are on the way.

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Starting at the top, we do have a beautiful cobra style drip tip. That’s what Smok is calling it because it has a pattern on it that looks like a snakeskin. In all reality, it’s just a dressed-up, proprietary Smok drip tip but I have to give them credit because it does look very nice and it matches up beautifully with the tank. It is also very comfortable and I have enjoyed using it.

The Prince tank has that slide out top fill feature that Smok has made famous. This one has a locking mechanism to it that I really like. Instead of pushing down and swinging the top cap out, on this version of Smok’s top fill, there is a button on the side that you press in order to release the top cap. Once the button is pressed, you can swing the top cap out and fill up your tank. I think this is a really nice improvement and it works really well.

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The top cap opens really wide and it reveals a white gasket. The gasket goes around your chimney and your fill port opening. The fill port opening is the size of a Tic Tac and it will accommodate most bottles including the bullnose type of juice bottles. You do have to be careful with the bullnose type of juice bottle but it is possible to fill the tank with them. You also get a spare gasket in your spare parts pack.

I decided to use the bubble glass that is included in the kit. With that glass section installed, you get a whopping 8 ml capacity. With the straight glass installed, the capacity drops down to a mind-numbing 2 mls. I have no idea why anyone would want to run that glass unless they absolutely have to. I understand it’s the whole TPD compliant thing but I find that glass on this tank be absolutely useless, especially since I don’t live in the EU.

Smok Mag Kit Review

The base of the tank is where the airflow is located. There are two cyclops-style airflow slots. They are fully adjustable. The airflow is very smooth and this is quite an airy tank. There is some knurling in between the airflow slots that help you get a grip of the AFC. The AFC does have stoppers on both ends and the action on it is very smooth. Make no mistake about it, this is a DL tank. There is no way to MTL this tank at all. This is for the people that like gobs of airflow and plenty of flavor. The base of the tank does measure 25 mm but with the bubble glass installed, the middle section will protrude slightly from the base.

Smok Mag Kit Review

The Mag does have an RBA section but unfortunately, Smok has decided, as it has in the past with a lot of it’s kits, not to include the RBA section. It is a separate purchase. I think Smok needs to really rethink this and start including the RBA section. I understand that their goal is to sell coils but to have an RBA section available as a separate purchase is just ridiculous. If I’m buying a kit, it needs to be included in the full kit.

Smok Mag Kit Review

Another thing I would like Smok and other manufacturers to stop doing is forcing us to purchase these ridiculous 2 ml capacity spare glass sections. Especially for vapers here in the States. Why do we have to be penalized because of the archaic laws in the EU. Why can’t they just make a kit that is for America only or non EU countries? I would have much rather had a spare bubble glass then this spare 2 ml glass. To be honest, the 2 ml glass is absolutely useless to me and even if I broke the bubble glass, I wouldn’t use it. It’s just not enough capacity and I have zero interest in ever using it.

The Coils:

  • V12 Prince-T10 Decuple Coil Head
    • 0.12 ohm
    • Patented Decuple Coil
    • 60 to 120W Range
    • 80 to 110W Recommended Range
  • V12 Prince-Q4 Quadruple Coil Head
    • 0.4 ohm
    • Patented Quadruple Coil
    • 40 to 100W
    • 60 to 80W Recommended Range

Smok Mag Kit Review

The first coil I tried was the Q4 coil. I like this coil and I did get a really nice vape off of it. I was also surprised at the coil longevity. I had this coil in there for well over two weeks and the flavor was actually really good all the way through. In fact, I probably chucked the coil with a little bit of life still left in it because I needed to move on to the second coil for my testing in this review. I really liked vaping this coil right around 65 watts. At that wattage, I get a nice, flavorful vape and the clouds weren’t bad either. At the lower end of the coil’s rating, the vape was definitely anemic and less flavorful. Towards the higher end of the spectrum for this coil, I didn’t feel like it kept up too well. At 80 watts, the vape was a little too hot for me and you could tell that the vape was also getting dry. I liked it right in the middle at around 65 – 70 watts. That is where I got a more saturated and flavorful vape.

Smok Mag Kit Review

The next coil I tried was the T10. This coil was definitely more my style of vaping. I like to vape right around 85 watts most of the time and this coil is perfect at that wattage. I get a really nice, saturated, flavorful, cloudy vape when I put it at this wattage. At 60 watts, the vape is okay but it’s definitely lacking some flavor and clouds at that wattage. I did push the coil up to the 100 watt-limit and while it did keep up beautifully, I just don’t like to vape that high. The vape was just a little too hot for my liking at 100 watts. I think the sweet spot for this coil is right around 85 watts. That is exactly where you will get the best compromise of clouds and flavor with this T10 coil. Out of the two coils included in the kit, this is definitely my favorite.

The Look, Feel, and General Aesthetics Of The Mod:

There’s just no two ways about it, this is one badass-looking kit. It comes in a ton of different colors and it just looks phenomenal. The form factor is fantastic and this is one of the most comfortable mods you will ever hold in your hand. It is a little bit on the heavy side but the awesome form factor more than makes up for the heft of this mod. The fire button is fantastic and I just think they did a bang-up job on this whole kit.

As far as being pocketable goes, this isn’t exactly the easiest carry. It is a big set up to haul around especially for a dual 18650 mod. I just don’t think Smok had a lot of choices when it came to slimming the mod down because of the form factor that they decided to go with. The truth of the matter is, it’s not going to be spending a lot of time in your pocket because it is actually so comfortable to hold, you’ll probably have it in your hand most of the time.

Smok Mag Kit Review

I know in the past, some Smok mods have had some paint issues. So far, I have had no issues with the paint job on the Mag mod. The paint has held up just beautifully and they did a bang-up job matching the paint on the tank to the paint on the mod. I have carried this mod around a lot in the past month and if there was going to be an issue with the paint, I would have definitely seen it. This paint is durable and the finish has held up beautifully.

The only issue with this mods form factor is the fact that it’s made for left-handed people. I guess China hasn’t gotten the memo that 90% of the world is actually right-handed. To Smok’s credit, they have come out with a right-handed version but I think it’s kind of ridiculous that that was not the first version that was released. It makes me feel like they were being a little shady by releasing the left-handed version first. It’s a cheeky way to get right handed people to buy both versions. I’m not a fan of that type of marketing and I really wish they just would have went ahead and released the right handed version first. Like I said, I’m not sure if it was an honest mistake or if it was a marketing ploy. I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on it being an honest mistake. Because in the past, when you look at most mod manufacturers, they do design a lot of mods with a left-handed slant to them. If it was a marketing ploy, that is just a poor way to do business.

The Board:

The proprietary board that Smok used in the Mag mod is one of their newest boards. When I first saw the screen, I was pretty excited to try it because I think it’s been awhile since Smok has come out with something different from that whole Alien type of chipset. I will go over it in more detail in this section but I can tell you right now that this chipset is a very much improved chipset when compared to the older one that they used in the Alien mods.

Smok Mag Kit Review

The Mag has a maximum wattage output of 225 watts and a maximum voltage of 9 volts. It has a full temperature control suite that includes and Ni, Ti, and SS. It has a temperature control range of 200 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. It can fire as low as .1 ohm in power mode and .05 ohms in TC mode. There is a TCR function available and the mod does have preheat settings that include soft, normal, and hard.

The Menu System:

  • Click the fire bar 5 times to turn the mod on and lock the mod.
  • Click the fire bar 3 times to enter the main menu system.
  • In the main menu system, click the fire bar quickly to advance in the menu system or hold the fire bar to advance in the sub menu system that you are currently in.
  • Once you find the screen that you want to adjust, you can use the up and down buttons to make those adjustments.

Smok Mag Kit Review

Really nothing new here as far as the menu system goes. If you have owned other Smok mods in the past, this one should be a breeze for you. The user interface is a little nicer and the screen is definitely a little cleaner but it’s pretty much the same menu system that most people have come to know and love from Smok. It is very easy to use and navigate.

How Does It Vape:

I find the Mag mod to be pretty accurate in power mode. I have little doubt that the Mag is doing the full 225 watts. I’ll say this, if it’s not, it’s close enough for me to not be able to tell the difference. I did vape it next to my triple battery DNA mod and I have to say that the Mag vaped just as hot as my DNA mod. If anything, the Mag may have been a bit cooler but I’m willing to bet that most vapers won’t be able to tell the difference.

TC on most Smok mods has always been suspect. In the past, the best case scenario is it was inconsistent and the worst case scenario was it just did not work. I reviewed quite a few of them in the past and the TC has just been terrible. While the TC on this mod is not up to DNA or Yihi standards, it’s definitely much improved over past Smok mods. I think Smok is starting to take TC a little bit more seriously and you can tell they put some effort into the TC on this chipset. It’s not the greatest or the smoothest TC out there but it definitely does TC and it does have dry burn protection. I still wouldn’t consider this a legitimate TC board but Smok is definitely taking steps to get better. The TC wasn’t really bad, it was just inconsistent but not nearly as inconsistent as it has been in the past. Even when it’s inconsistent, the TC it’s still better than not being able to do TC at all, which has been my past experience with most Smok mods.

What Would Make It better:

  • Initial Release Should Have Been Right Handed
  • Get Rid Of That 2 ml Spare Glass

There’s no doubt in my mind that this mod should have been released as a right-handed mod first. As I said before, I will give Smok the benefit of the doubt this time but going forward, I would really like to see them release the right-handed version of whatever mod they decide to produce first. If they do not, I will absolutely call them out on it.

Enough with these stupid 2 ml glass sections. People in America have no need for them and they do not want them. I think companies need to start making kits that are just for America or non-EU countries. I just don’t understand why the rest of the vaping world has to be penalized for the stupid laws of the EU.

Conclusion:

I’m going to go on record right now and tell you, form factor-wise, this is one of the best mods Smok has ever produced. In fact, it’s one of my favorite mods that Smok has ever produced. The chipset is much improved and this thing just feels great in your hand. I have always liked Smok’s line of Baby Beast tanks but I absolutely love this Prince tank. I always have a BB tank in my rotation until now, that spot has been filled with the Prince tank. I think it gives better flavor than the Baby Beast line of tanks but at the same time, I don’t have to run it at 125 watts like I do with a TFV12 Cloud Beast King. I love the tank and I absolutely love the way they matched it up to the mod.

The Mag kit has been in my daily rotation for some time now and it will continue to be in that rotation. I absolutely love the kit and I love the way it vapes. This one is definitely a keeper. I like the way they did the battery tray and I just love the overall form factor and performance of the kit as a whole. Go out and get yourself a Smok Mag kit and you will understand exactly what I am talking about. If you like that Gun Slinger-look and that pistol grip type of form factor, this one should definitely be on your list. The Smok Mag kit is DeucesJack approved.

Smok Mag Kit

If you like that gun slinger-look and that pistol grip type of form factor, the Smok Mag should definitely be on your list. Form factor-wise, this is one of the best mods Smok has ever produced. Click the Buy Now button for the Lowest Price Guaranteed + FREE Shipping.

$84.95

Update:

So, it looks like Smok is starting to listen to its customers. I just got back from ECC and I was surprised to see what was waiting for me at my door already delivered by DHL. Surprise, surprise, it was a right-handed Smok Mag mod. Everything on this mod is exactly the same as the original version. The only difference is when you trigger finger fire it in your right hand, the screen no longer faces your palm. Now, when you fire it in your right hand, the screen is facing outwards. This is probably the way it should have been designed in the first place and I immediately took my left-handed version and boxed it up. This design is so much better than the original.

My only complaint is, they put the plus button on the left side. The plus button definitely needs to be on the right side but in order to do that, they probably would have had to redo the whole board. I want to give Smok a ton of credit for facing up to and reacting to the criticism of the original Smok Mag mod. It’s nice to see a company listen to its consumers and actually take action. If you’re a right-hander, you’re definitely going to want to pick up this one even if you already own the left-handed version. It’s just a much better feel and I have been enjoying the Smok Mag mod all the more because of this change that they made.

Now, if we could only get other manufacturers to step away from the left-handed versions of the mods that they are making. There are way too many manufacturers that are making mods geared mostly towards left-handed vapers. I just don’t understand it because 90% of the world is right-handed. Hopefully, other manufacturers will follow Smok’s lead. Good on you, Smok!

Pros & Cons:

A note about Pros and Cons. These are my Pros and Cons. They are very subjective. What may be a pro to me could be a con to you and vice versa.

Pros of the Mod:
  • Nice 510
  • Color Screen
  • Screen Layout
  • No Rattles
  • Solid Battery Clip
  • Great Paint Job
  • Improved TC
  • Accurate In Wattage Mode
  • Easy Menu System
  • Feels Good In The Hand
  • Awesome Fire Trigger Button
  • Firmware Upgradeable
  • Charges Fast
  • Available In Lots Of Colors
  • Subtle Branding
  • Easiest Mod To Use With Winter Gloves On
  • Centered 510
  • Fits 28 mm Atomizers With No Overhang

Cons of the Mod:
  • Improve The TC Further
  • Should Have Originally Been Made For Right Handers
  • 510 Plate Does Not Sit Flush
  • Scrolls In .1 Watt Increments

Pros of the Tank:
  • Large Capacity
  • Awesome Coils
  • Top Fill
  • Push Button Locking Mechanism
  • Great Flavor
  • Really Nice Cloud Production
  • Nice Build Quality
  • Comfortable DT
  • Looks
  • Cobra DT
  • Paint On Tank Is High Quality

Cons of the Tank:
  • Proprietary DT
  • 2 ml Glass Is Useless
  • No RBA Section Included

Specs:

  • 6 to 225W Power Output
    • 0.5V to 9V
    • 0.1 to 3 ohm Atomizer Resistance Range
    • Three Setting Output Mode
      • Hard
      • Normal
      • Soft
    • Firmware Upgradeable
  • Temperature Control Output
    • Ni200 Nickel Support
    • Titanium Support
    • Stainless Steel Support
    • Adjustable Initial Resistance
    • Adjustable TCR
    • Preheat Capability
    • 200 to 600 degree Fahrenheit Output Range
    • 0.05 to 3.0 ohm Atomizer Resistance Range
  • 1″ Colorful OLED Screen
    • Vibrant Display Resolution
    • Icon Based Display Matrix
      • Highly Visible
      • Comprehensive Menu Settings and Adjustment
      • Full Display
      • Dual Battery Life Indicator
      • Menu Color Customizable
        • Blue
        • Purple
        • Orange
        • Red
        • White
        • Green
  • Innovative and Ergonomic Firing Mechanism
    • Comfortable and Easy to Use
    • Squeeze to Fire Operation
  • Bottom Ejecting Battery Bay Door
    • Flower-Shaped Button Ejects Battery Bay
    • Dual High Amperage 18650 Battery Powered
      • Sold Separately
    • Zinc Alloy and Carbon Fiber Paneling
    • Spring Loaded Internal Contacts
  • Zinc Alloy Chassis
  • Stainless Steel 510 Threading
    • Gold Plated 510 Contact
  • 92mm by 30mm by 65mm
  • 25mm Diameter Base
    • 28mm at Widest Point
  • Hinge and Lock Top Fill System
    • Swivels Open and Shut
    • Fill Port
  • 5ml Max Standard Capacity
  • 8ml Max Convex Glass Extension Capacity
  • SMOK V12 Prince Coil Family
    • V12 Prince-T10 Decuple Coil Head
      • 0.12 ohm
      • Patented Decuple Coil
      • 60 to 120W Range
      • 80 to 110W Recommended Range
    • V12 Prince-Q4 Quadruple Coil Head
      • 0.4 ohm
      • Patented Quadruple Coil
      • 40 to 100W
      • 60 to 80W Recommended Range
    • Compatible with Additional V12 Prince Coils
  • Dual Adjustable Air Slots
  • Stainless Steel and Glass Construction

Deuces Jack is a well-known member of the VapingUnderground forums where he quickly became respected for his honest opinions and willingness to help other members. He is now a regular content contributor for Vaping Insider. When he’s not vaping or unboxing the latest products for review, he can be found riding motorcycles close to his home in New York.

5 Comments
  1. Reply Dale April 3, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Me and my wife have one but unfortunately her battery tray release button disappeared and the mag will no longer lock please help

  2. Reply Beverly Kay Shearer-Merriam April 9, 2018 at 12:21 am

    My mag was only 3 months old and the tiny screw fell out of the battery box mod. I need help finding the size so i can replace it??

  3. Reply Allissa June 9, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Does anyone else have an issue with the screen not going into sleep mode? Mine stays lit all the time never goes black. So its killing my battery

  4. Reply Amanda Santomassino July 12, 2018 at 5:48 am

    I have a new mod and I seem to have locked my battery in. I can’t find anywhere that mentions this AND I CANT GET IT OUT!!! PLEASE HELP!!

  5. Reply FAX July 27, 2018 at 9:00 am

    I bouth a new one. But i forgot to buy the battery but is there any other normal battery that works on it

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