Introduction: The Procolor & TFV8 Big Baby Tank by SMOK
Following swift on from their release of the T-Priv Kit, SMOK’s latest release, the Procolor 225w Kit, is currently being hailed by some as the successor to the extremely successful SMOK Alien 220 kit.
As with previous kit releases from SMOK, they have paired the Procolor up with the TFV8 Big Baby Tank which as I have mentioned before, I personally have enjoyed using ever since its pairing with the SMOK Alien mod.
In this review I will solely focus on the Procolor 225 TC mod as we have looked at the TFV8 Big Baby Tank in a number of previous reviews.
So can SMOK’s Procolor live up to the high regard achieved by their Alien mod! Let’s take a good look and see………..!!
What’s In The Box
- 1x SMOK ProColor Mod
- 1x TFV8 Big Baby Tank
- 1x V8 Baby-Q2 Dual Coils
- 1x V8 Baby-T8 Octuple Coils
- 1x Replacement Glass Tube
- 1x USB Cable
- 1x User Manual
- 1x Spare Parts
SMOK Procolor 225 TC Mod
- Dimensions: 85x46x29.5mm
- Wattage Range: 6W – 225W
- Temperature Range: 200°F – 600°F / 100°C – 315°C
- Resistance Range:
- 1Ω – 3.0Ω (VW Mode)
- 06Ω – 3.0Ω (TC Modes)
- Input Voltage: 6.4V – 9.0V
- Output Voltage: 0.5V – 9.0V
- Output Modes: VW, TC(Ti, Ni, SS), Memory
- Multicolor LED Light Band Border
- Large 1.3 Inch High Definition Color Display
- Micro USB Port (Charging & Upgrading)
- Firmware Upgradable
- Short Circuit Protection
- Overheating Protection
- Low Battery Warning
SMOK TFV8 Big Baby Tank
- Materials: Stainless Steel & Glass Construction
- Size: 24.5mm Diameter x 56mm High incl. Drip Tip
- Capacity: 5.0ml
- Connection: Standard 510 Threaded
- Dual adjustable Airflow Control
- Black Delrin Ultra Wide Drip Tip
Build Quality & Design
On initially unboxing the Smok Procolor I was somewhat surprised at how similar the device was to the Alien kit which I reviewed almost a year ago.
The shape and layout of the mod is incredibly similar to that of the Alien, right down to the position of the button at the bottom of the screen.
Even the SMOK trademark firing bar appeared to be similar. However one immediately noticeable difference was on picking the device up was it felt much more sturdy and robust to the Alien with a nice weighty feel about it, but it still felt very comfortable in the hand.
Another noticeable feature the Procolor has over the Alien is the LED lighting feature which we saw on the T-Priv, but this time there are 12 different colours to choose from and all of which can be customised through the mods menu system.
The SMOK Procolor is available in a massive range of 18 different colours options ensuring that there’s something there to suit most people’s tastes.
Like the T-Priv, I received the metallic purple colour kit which to be honest isn’t my favourite colour however the finish is of a great standard.
At the top of the mod, we have a press-fit spring loaded 510 connector with a brass pin. Attaching the TFV8 Big Baby and other atomizers was completely trouble free thanks to the threading on the 510 which was nice and smooth.
All vape RTA’s and RDA’s I attached sat completely flush with no annoying gaps.
The front face of the devices comprises of the OLED screen, the “+” & “-” buttons and a micro-USB port. The OLED screen has a clear and bright display and provides a wealth of information:-
- Battery life
- Wattage / Temperature (in °F or °C)
- Vape duration (in Seconds)
- Ohms and Volt
- Wattage Mode / Temp Mode
- Working Effect (Soft, Normal, etc) / Coil type (Ni, Ti, SS) / Memory Mode
- Puff Counter
Around the outer edge of the display screen there is a white border which somewhat resembling the outline of a shield. This houses all those funky LED’s I mentioned earlier which can be customised in respect of colour and effects.
The screen and menu interface of the Procolor have been giving a completely new look to that of the Alien mod. The Procolor now features a new colour OLED screen which can also be customised in respect of colour options. The menu system, while it feels familiar to previous SMOK devices and retains its relatively simple intuitiveness, appears very different aesthetically.
At the base of the OLED screen we have the “+” & “-” buttons which have the same metallic purple gloss finish as the mod. Both buttons are slightly raised from the face of the screen and are shaped to match the profile of the shield border of the screen. Both buttons were easy to use and provided a good positive click when pressed.
Below the “+” & “-“ buttons we also have a micro-USB port for charging and firmware upgrades. As I mentioned before, I would personally only use the USB for firmware upgrades and battery charging is best done externally in a suitably protected charger.
With regards to the Procolor firmware, when I initially received the kit the firmware on the device was version 1.0.2. And at the time of writing this review, there were no updates to the firmware.
Firing the mod is very similar the SMOK Alien, as one side of the mod has been fitted with a fire bar.
However the bar only operates when the top section is pressed. The bar was extremely easy to use and provided a good positive click when pressed.
In addition to firing the device, the fire-bar also provide navigation the Procolor’s menu system:-
- 5 click of bar turns the mod ‘ON’ / Locks & Unlocks the device when on
- 3 clicks of bar enters menu system
While in the Procolor’s menu system:-
- Short press of the Fire Bar scrolls through the menu options
- Long press of the Fire Bar selects a menu options
Menu options can be adjusted using the “+” & “-“ buttons
And finally, on the base of the mod we have a sliding battery cover. The inside face of the battery cover houses gold plated positive & negative terminals with battery installation markers (+) & (-). Opening and closing the battery door was very easy and the door remained in place without the assistance of any magnets or sliding clips, etc.
Overall the Procolor is constructed extremely well.
How Does The Procolor Mod by SMOK and TFV8 Big Baby Tank Perform?
Using the mod is very simple and straight forward. 5 click of the firing bar turns the device ‘ON’ and also to ‘Lock’ the device. To enter the menu system it’s 3 clicks of the bar. The menu has five main options
- Mode Setting
- Puff Counter
- Screen Colour Settings
- LED Colour & Effect Settings
The ‘Mode’ menu allows you to select between either Wattage or Temperature modes. Wattage and Temp are relatively self-explanatory and similar to many other SMOK devices.
Temperature control mode also includes adjustable TCR’ values for individual coil selection.
Memory mode which has now been included on the Procolor and incorporates a whooping 22 memory slots to configure and store your favourite and most used settings. A very handy little feature.
The ‘Puff’ menu provides the option to reset the puff counter and 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!
‘Screen Colour’ is a new feature which allows the user to adjust the colour of the text/graphics on the OLED screen. There are 6 different colours to choose (blue, purple, brown, red, white, and green). In addition to this there are also options to set the screens timeout and to lock the device after a given length of time.
The ‘LED Colour’ option is another feature which we recently saw on the T-Priv. In this menu you have several options which allow the customisation of the LED lights in the body of the mod. ‘Colour’, ‘Style’ and ‘Switch’. As I mentioned in the T-Priv review this isn’t my thing at all. I really don’t what my device to light up and flash different colours but that’s just my personal preference and thankfully this feature can be disabled!
The final menu on the Smok Procolor is the ‘Power’ menu, which provides the function to turn the device ‘OFF’. Unfortunately, powering down the device can only be done using this menu function as the standard 5 clicks for ‘OFF’ has been replaced by the ‘LOCK DEVICE’ feature.
Both ‘VW’ and ‘TC’ preformed exactly as expected and are both relatively easy to setup & adjust to suit individual vaping styles. ‘VW’ mode is provided with different outputs options of ‘Hard’, ‘Norm’, and ‘Soft’ allowing you to fine tune your vaping experience while ‘TC’ mode (Ti, Ni, SS) has the option to fine tune the ‘TCR’ value of each coil.
Overall, I really enjoyed the performance of the Procolor. Visually it’s very pleasing to the eye whichever of the 18 colour option you choose. Ergonomically, its rounded edges and firing bar make this device very comfortable and easy to use.
What I Liked
I enjoyed using the Procolor & Big Baby Tank. It was easy to setup and use. Menu navigation was intuitive making it simple to switch between different modes.
Refilling the TFV8 Big Baby tank could be achieved easily and very quickly with little or no mess involved.
No leaking and more importantly no spit-back from any of the stock coils.
Aesthetically, the Procolor and the TFV8 Big Baby tank make for a great looking combination.
What I Dislike
I have no real major issue with the Procolor 225 TC kit. The LED lights are a bit gimmicky but these can be turned off, so a subjective con on my part! But overall there was nothing that I disliked about the SMOK Procolor 225w TC Kit.
Final Review Verdict
The SMOK Procolor is another great kit and in this reviewers book a worthy successor to the Alien mod!
- The SMOK Procolor / TFV8 Big Baby tank look great as a pair
- Great all round Performance
- No leaking or spitback from the stock coils
- Upgradable Firmware
- Gimmicky LED lights (Subjective)