SMOK T-Priv 220W Review
Brought forth the newest addition to the powerful line-up of intelligent SMOK br&ed vaping devices comes the new SMOK T-Priv VV/VW box mod starter kit, a furious mix that combines the highly unique T-Priv box mod & the incredibly performing Big Baby Beast tank.
The SMOK T-Priv features a stunning design that incorporates nine colorful LED strips that are fully customizable & synchronized to the stealth firing bar. Along with an automatic OLED display that offers rich data feedback, intelligent atomizer recognition among a slew of vital safety features, the T-Priv box mod is all that & more. Navigating its advanced menu system, you’ll have options to adjust its maximum power up to 220 watts, while its temperature control suite offers support for Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, & Stainless Steel heat elements. A hinged battery cover conceals a dual 18650 battery bay & a micro-USB port is equipped for charging & future firmware upgrades.
Design & Build Quality
The SMOK T-Priv is not the most innovative vaporizer, as far as features go. It does have all the options you would expect on a modern high-power mod, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Luckily, it does manage to st& out thanks to a cool design. I don’t know how to best describe it, so I’m just going to say that if Optimus Prime or any of his Autobots buddies were vapers, they’d probably be using something like the T-Priv. It just looks like something out of the Transformers, & I wouldn’t be surprised if SMOK used the popular franchise as inspiration.
The mod itself measures 86.6 x 48.1 x 32 mm, which puts it in the middle-sized mod category. That said, this thing has quite the girth, & because of its box-like shape, it’s nowhere near as comfortable in the h& as some of SMOK’s other dual-18650 devices, like the Alien 220w mod, or the new SMOK GX2/4. I prefer the rounded edges of those two mods to the classic box-like shape of the T-Priv, but I know a lot of people who prefer this rugged squarish shape. Ultimately it’s a matter of taste.
To be honest, back when devices like the SMOK X Cube 2, & H-Priv were launched, I was a big fan of the box look myself, but the the company went & spoiled me with the ergonomically-perfect Alien, & I just haven’t been as satisfied of the classic box mod since. So it’s kind of their weakness that I don’t like the general design of the T-Priv as I otherwise would have.
Anyway, moving on, probably the most unique design point of the T-Priv 220W mod are the cutouts of the metal body on three of its sides. They are a big portion of what gives this thing its Transformers-like look, but there’s more to them than that. When the device is switched off, the cutouts only reveal a white plastic casing below but press the fire bar once it’s on, & you’ll see the cutouts come alive with color.
Just like the SMOK X Cube 2, the main feature of the new T-Priv is the customizable LED light show. People who don’t like bells & whistles on their vaping gear simply call this feature a gimmick, & I guess that sort of right about that since it doesn’t improve the overall vaping experience at all. On the flip side, a lot of people like making the mod their own, & showing it off to their peers, & this feature allows them to do just that. I’m a big fan of it, &, in all honesty, this is THE thing that makes the T-Priv special, so if you’re not into this sort of thing, there are a tone of better mods out there.
SMOK has pretty much replaced the classic power button with a side firing switch, or firing bar, on virtually all its mods, & the T-Priv 220W is no different. This is an excellent firing switch, especially when compared to that of the older SMOK H-Priv, which worked great, but made a weird clunking sound when you pressed it. This bar doesn’t wobble at all, & it makes a very discrete clicking noise when you press it.
The “up” & “down” buttons are on the opposite side of the firing bar, very near the top, to make incidental presses as unlikely as possible. They work very well, but they are a bit loose & tend to rattle a bit when you shake the mod. It’s not a big deal, though.
True to its X Cube 2 roots, the T-Priv has a top facing OLED display, with a clever cutout that includes atomizers up to 25 mm in diameter without having to lose screen space. The display is not as beautiful as that of the Alien or SMOK GX2/4, in my opinion, but if you like the traditional style display, like that of the H-Priv, you’ll find this very similar. It’s almost bright by default, but you can make it even more so in the menu.
The 510 connection is very reliable, & I have to mention that SMOK has been very consistent with its connections throughout the years. Virtually any atomizer up to 25 mm in diameter will sit flush on this device, & you don’t have to worry about anything not making contact correctly, or the pin not having enough of a throw to it.
Finally, the bottom-placed battery door is very similar to that of the SMOK Alien 220W, or the newer iJoy Captain PD270. It’s very sturdy, & easy to open & close. All you have to do is press down on it & slide it outwards, to open it, & press it back down & press it in, to close. It has polarity markings on the inside, & if you somehow miss those, the bottom of the battery compartment is also marked with two large “plus” & “minus” icons.
Overall, the T-Priv has a fascinating design definitely unlike anything I’ve ever used before, but, as we all know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So, if you like metallic, Transformers-inspired gadgets that happen to light up in a variety of colors, you’ll probably love this mod, If not, there are plenty of other dual-battery vaporizers you can choose from.
Flash & Substance?
If you’re getting impatient, let me cut to the chase: The SMOK T PRIV vapes well. With 220 watts of advanced power listed on the box, I’m thrilled to report that this mod fired exactly at this point, with no noticeable increase in heat anywhere on the aluminum frame, & no misfires or warnings. While it consumes a lot of battery power at this wattage, volume vapers looking for a few high-powered puffs should have no problems pushing the T PRIV.
Under more typical use in wattage mode, the T-PRIV performed as well as the Alien, with smooth, uninterrupted puffs at a wide range of outputs. There is virtually no ramp-up time, even on ultra-low-resistance builds, & I noticed no power heads or drops when chain vaping.
When applying the included Big Baby sub-ohm tank, performance was great all around. We don’t need to review the tank again, but it should be mentioned that SMOK has become quite good at bundling its multiple tanks with appropriate devices, & this combination is no exception. Unlike so many “kits” that seem designed to promote another proprietary coil system, this package looks & performs very well together.
Unfortunately, I encountered a few hiccups when changing to temperature control. While 99% of my time in TC was enjoyable, there were three separate instances of the mod r&omly jumping out of temperature control & back into wattage, which could become serious if you’re not paying attention. It’s not unusual that a mod does this occasionally, but it is the first time I faced such an issue using a SMOK product.
Without an ounce of hype or hyperbole, the T PRIV has the valid battery life of any high-wattage, dual-18650 device I’ve seen. After more than five hours of testing, chain vaping & – yes – playing with the color light show, I still had full power to carry me through an twilight in my friend’s yard, where there was no lack of vaping on my part.
When the cells began to get a slight low on the indicators, the mod maintained to operate as if they were fresh. You should never let your battery levels drop too low, but I’m confident the T-PRIV would have given me another half hour or so when other mods might have now tapped out. Make no blunder; the T-PRIV will be a frequent companion on long road trips or getaways.
How Does The SMOK T-Priv & TFV8 Big Baby Tank Perform?
As I have mentioned in previous reviews, two 18650 batteries in a mod equals roughly 150-160w maximum. Yeah ok, I know the 220w will be a pulsed output, but for me, I don’t enjoy my vaping when I can feel the device pulse the wattage. & to be honest, do you need 220w to achieve a great vape!!? Rant over 😉
Using the mod is very simple & straight forward. Five click of the firing bar turns the device ‘ON’ also also to ‘Lock’ the device. To enter the menu system, it’s three clicks of the bar. The menu has five main options
The ‘Mode’ menu enables you to select between either Wattage or Temperature modes. Wattage & Temp are relatively self-explanatory & similar to many other devices.
Temperature control also includes self-adjustable TCR’s for each coil selection. Memory mode which was included on previous SMOK devices has now been removed from the menu options which is slightly disappointing as this was a very h&y little feature.
Maybe we will see its return in future firmware updates!!
The ‘Puff’ menu provides the option to reset the puff counter & to also restrict the number of puff take on the device. I’m not sure as to the reason why you would need a function like this, but it’s there if you should need it!
The ‘Colour’ option is a new feature to traditional SMOK menu system. In this menu, you have several options which allow the customisation of the LED lights in the body of the mod. ‘Colour,’ ‘Style’ & ‘Switch.’
I’ll be honest & say that this isn’t my thing at all. I don’t what my device to light up & flash different colours, but that’s just my personal preference!
The ‘Settings’ menu has some useful feature which includes a screen timeout setting, Screen Lock, Screen Contrast setting, Screen Rotation, Stealth Mode, Atomizer Ohms adjustment & Download Link for firmware upgrading.
The fourth & final menu ‘Power’ provide the function to turn the device ‘OFF.’ Unfortunately, powering down the instrument can only be done using this list operate as the usual five clicks for ‘OFF’ has been replaced by the ‘LOCK DEVICE’ feature.
Both ‘VW’ & ‘TC’ preformed exactly as expected & are both relatively easy to setup & adjust to suit individual vaping styles. Both modes are provided with different outputs options of ‘Max,’ ‘Min,’ ‘Hard,’ ‘Norm,’ & ‘Soft’ allowing you to fine tune your vaping experience.
Overall, the performance of the T-Priv didn’t fail. Visually it’s very pleasing to the eye whichever of the 14 colour option you choose. Ergonomically, its rounded edges & firing bar make this device very comfortable & easy to use.
What I Liked
I enjoyed using the T-Priv & Big Baby Tank. It was easy to setup & use. Menu navigation was intuitive making it simple to switch between different modes.
Refilling the TFV8 Big Baby tank, same its smaller sibling, could be achieved easily & very quickly with little or no mess involved.
No leaking & more importantly no spit-back from any of the stock coils.
Aesthetically, the T-Priv & the TFV8 Big Baby tank make for a great looking combination.
What I Dislike
I have no real major issue with the T-Priv. Yeah the LED lights are a bit of a gimmick, but at least they can be turned off, so maybe this is a subjective con on my part! But overall there was nothing that I disliked about the SMOK T-Priv 220w TC Kit.
Final Review Verdict
Another great kit from SMOK slightly marred by gimmicky LED lighting!
- The SMOK G Priv / TFV8 Big Baby tank view great as a pair
- Excellent all round Performance
- No leaking or spitback from the stock coils
- Upgradable Firmware
- OLED screen prone to coverage of e-liquid (Subjective)
- Gimmicky LED lights (Subjective)
SMOK T PRIV REVIEW CONCLUSION
I am not excited about considering the SMOK T-PRIV. Not because I expected the worst, but rather because I fully expected this to be “another SMOK mod” with the same menus, functions & performance.
But the T-PRIV’s combination of flash & function comes together in an oddly beautiful way. Other than a few minor slips with temperature control, the T-PRIV did everything I asked of it, with battery time to spare. For the initial time since its “Alien invasion” I feel SMOK has produced a worthy successor to that throne.
No, it’s not ideal. The control buttons could be stronger. The screen is a little short. The device’s unique idea might not appeal to some. & something this broad should accommodate 30mm atomizers.
Valid reviews, to be sure. But somehow, it still feels as if I’m splitting hairs. The kit’s performance & value offered for this price of $59.95 at Vapor Authority– ‘s hard to argue. & I’m certainly not going to try.
To deliver the ideal pairing, the SMOK Big Baby Beast tank rests atop sporting a 24.5mm dia with a large 5mL e-juice capacity. This stainless steel & glass constructed tank offers all the right features to complete the experience, such as a top fill design, dual adjustable airflow control, a delrin ultra-wide drip tip, & the use of the patented baby turbo engines coil structure, which can support up to 100 watts of vaping power. The SMOK T-Priv starter kit is an excellent box mod for those that want an aggressive, quality vape experience.
SMOK T-PRIV Mod: B+
SMOK Big Baby Beast sub-ohm tank: A (reviewed here)
SMOK T-PRIV Kit: A-
SMOK T PRIV SPECS & FEATURES
1 x TFV8 Big Baby Tank
1 x T-PRIV Mod
1 x USB cable
1 x V8 Baby Q2 0.4-ohm dual coil head (pre-installed)
1 x spare parts
1 x V8 Baby T8 0.15-ohm octuple coil head
1 x replacement glass tube
1 x user manual
SMOK T-PRIV Mod
Voltage Range: 0.5V – 9.0V
Net Weight: 210g
Power Range: 6W – 220W
Resistance Range: 0.1-3 ohm (VW) / 0.06 – 3-ohm (TC)
Temperature Range: 200℉ – 600℉ / 100℃ – 315℃
SMOK TFV8 Big Baby
Material: Stainless Steel
Net Weight: 60g
The SMOK T-Priv starter kit is currently priced at $72.95