Can The SMOK M80 Plus Improve Over Previous SMOK Box Mods?
The SMOK M80 Plus is the latest, massively upgraded box mod from SMOK, offering a wealth of features combined with a built in 4400mAh dual 18650 LiPo battery configuration and 80 watts of power. On paper, the specs for the SMOK M80 Plus read like an absolute dream!
Three modes of operation are included in the package here your standard wattage mode, mechanical mode and for the first time from SMOK, temperature control is available too! Do all these functions provide the complete all in one package however?
Whats In The Box?
The SMOK M80 Plus comes packaged in a small compact box bearing the SMOK branding, and inside is
- SMOK M80 Plus mod
- Micro USB cable
- ego/510 connector
- Instruction manual
The SMOK M80 Plus is also available in four colours black, silver, grey and gold.
The battery is a fixed dual LiPo 18650 battery configuration that provides 4400 mAh of battery power, and each of those batteries are rated to 35A, so can easily handle the stresses provided by running the SMOK M80 Plus at high wattage.
The SMOK M80 Plus is very solidly built. A lot smaller than I expected it to be too, it is a very compact box mod. The finish is excellent, as you would expect from SMOK, and my unit has barely picked up any scratches in the time I have been using it. The 22mm 510 connector has been flawless and the small screen is clear and concise. Buttons on the side of the mod have been a little clicky and rattly however.
Although solidly built, the SMOK M80 Plus does have some pretty sharp edges which can feel a little uncomfortable in the hand, and I can’t seem to get it to sit in the palm of my hand comfortably at times, but these are only small issues.
- 80 watts of power
- Built in 4400 mAh LiPo batteries
- micro USB charging
- Intelligent OLED display
- 510 Threaded
- 22mm width so atomisers sit flush
- Dimensions 85 x 55 x 22mm
- Temperature control option operates at 200-900F
- Mechanical mod mode
- 174g weight
- Short circuit protection
- Overdischarge protection
- Reset button
- Vent holes at base of the mod
- Resistances from 0.13ohms supported
Temparature Control Function
For the first time with a SMOK release temperature control is supported with the SMOK M80 Plus, so hopefully no more dry hits! You will need to use an atomiser with a compatible Ni200 build to take advantage of this option.
To set your SMOK M80 Plus into temperature control you need to select Temp Mode through the first menu option, then scroll to the fourth menu option to adjust your temperature to your desired setting. Setting your temperature is easy, you have a range of 200-900F and it increases in increments of 10F.
You then select your power setting as you would normally and this is down to taste. I opted with 420F as from research this is the burning point of cotton, the SMOK M80 Plus has performed very well with no dry hits experienced for me during use in this mode and apart from a slightly slow ramp up time, the vape has been excellent.
You can limit your coil temperature right up to an astounding 900F, which is the highest I have ever seen from any temperature controlled mod. I tried it for the purposes of this review for a couple of puffs but the vape at this level was far too hot, even for me!
How Does The SMOK M80 Plus Perform?
Very pleased to report that in my time spent with the SMOK M80 Plus it has performed really well, and I haven’t had any major issues to report with it. There is indeed all you need from the SMOK M80 Plus included in the package here!
The menu is a lot easier to use this time around as well, and a lot more responsive. You still turn the mod on with the standard 5 click button press, and 5 clicks will lock the device but not turn it off.
It seems a lot easier to unlock however this time around, there has been no issues for me in unlocking the device. The menu functions are still accessed by clicking the power button three times, and the SMOK M80 Plus offers the most menu options out of any SMOK release yet.
The first function offers you the choice of selecting between wattage mode, mechanical mode or the vaunted new temperature control mode. Wattage mode will allow you the option of selecting the power output to be between a massive 6-80 watts of power!
Temperature control mode will allow you to utilize the temperature control mode which I have gone into detail about above. Mech mode essentially allows the SMOK M80 Plus to function like a mechanical mod, although the safety features are still present so it isn’t a true mechanical device.
Remaining menu options are an intelligent puff counter, you can actually set a limit of how many puffs per day you can take from the SMOK M80 Plus if you wish to do so. The next menu option is a time and date setting, where you can adjust the date and time display (this is displayed when pressing the fire button when the device is locked), the next menu option allows you to adjust the temperature limit and the final menu option is where you turn the device off.
Battery life has been excellent, I have got easily a couple of days solid use from it when running it in both standard power mode and in temperature control, and it really puts out the power when you crank it up to the 70-80W range. Pleasingly the battery seems to charge up very quickly via micro USB as well.
The batteries are two fixed 18650 LiPo batteries with a safe amp limit of 35A. Being fixed, these are obviously not interchangeable unless you have an extremely good knowledge of electronics!
Temperature control functions very well though the coils do seem to ramp up a little slower when in this mode compared to other temperature controlled devices out there. I mainly use temperature control to avoid dry hits and I’m pleased to report I didn’t encounter a single dry hit when using the device.
Annoyingly, the ‘Power Reduced’ issue I encountered with the SMOK XPRO BT50 and SMOK M65 is still present, and it still limits the power output to 30 watts, although this only rears its ugly head when you have less than 25% battery remaining, so it hasn’t been much of an issue as I just plug in and recharge when I hit this.
Previously, I had panned the SMOK XPRO BT50 and to be really honest I wasn’t that excited about the arrival of the M80 Plus. It has surprised me though, a very well performing mod with small form factor, great battery life, loads of power and temperature control included in the package at a cheap price.
A few annoying niggles here and there but I’m pleased to report nothing serious, and the M80 Plus is actually a really good little mod that functions exceedingly well and is definitely well worth the investment. Well done SMOK!
- 4400mAh battery gives great battery life
- Temperature control function works really well
- Small form factor, it’s much smaller than I expected
- 80W of power, this mod is very powerful!
- Battery charges up to full power quickly
- Chock full of functions
The Not So Good
- The dreaded ‘power reduced’ issue is still present albeit only now when you have 25% battery remaining
- Box design has some really sharp edges to it
- Not the most ergonomic design, I can’t seem to get it to sit in my hand comfortably!
- Menu system is still going to confuse some users
- Very rattly buttons