Does this Little Pocket Rocket Pack a Punch?

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Introduction to the V8 Kit by SMOK

Smok appear to have gotten some stick after the release of their latest mod [the Skyhook] but personally I had my vaping eye on this chunky little monkey.

The Smok Stick V8 kit is the latest pen-style sub ohm device from one of the most popular vape companies out there.

So is the V8 kit living up to my expectations?

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Or am I gonna stick it straight into the back of my vape cupboard?

Let’s get a closer look:

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In the Box

The kit comes in the usual black box covered with the lava/volcanic Smok image sleeve with all the useful info on the back.

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  • 1 x Stick V8 Battery (3000mAh)
  • 1x TFV8 Big Baby Tank 24.5mm
  • 1x V8 Baby M2 Core 0.15ohm
  • 1x V8 Baby M2 core 0.25ohm
  • 1x USB
  • 1x Manual
  • 1x Vape Band
  • 1x Spare parts

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First up a quick word about the coils.

The x2 ‘stock coils’ do not have any wattage numbers engraved on them – which I thought was a bit weird.

However Smok says the Baby M2 coils are specifically designed for the V8 stick battery as it pumps out a consistent 20amps discharge – on the coils are the words Direct Output.

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They do have Ohm readings on them and the kit I received showed 0.15ohm and 0.25ohm respectively.

Despite searching Smok’s website and trawling the net – I cannot find what wattage the V8 Stick can pump out though the consensus from reviewers is ‘around 50watts’.

This is an unregulated mod which means as the voltage drops so will the power [wattage].

Checkout our complete guide Electrickery – A Guide to Volts, Ohms and Resistence in Ecigs to fully understand what this means.

big baby beast coils

You’ll be pleased to know all the coils for the TFV8 Baby Beast are indeed compatible.

Key Features

The battery is an absolute gem coming in at 3000mAh – this will last you most of the day and power pretty much anything you care to put on it.

There’s no screen or settings to worry about – just charge – vape and go.

big baby beast tank fill

The simple swivel top-fill TFV8 Big Baby tank is quite simply awesome. You get clouds that just keep coming whilst the flavour profile is in a word superb.

It’s a 5ml tank and can be a juice guzzler – but hey what do you expect it might be a baby but it’s a bloody beast!!!

The main key features here has to be ease of use – from filling to swapping out the coil and of course just hitting that fire button and vaping – this is indeed a simple to use device.

Smok V8 Stick Battery Specs

  • Dimensions: 24.5*75mm
  • 3000mAh Battery Capacity
  • Voltage Range: 3.4V – 4.2V
  • LED Battery Life Indicator
  • Stainless Steel Construction
  • Stainless Steel 510 Threads
  • Spring Loaded 510 Pin
  • Micro USB Port (Charging)

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TFV8 Big Baby Specs

  • Dimensions: 56*24.5mm
  • 5.0mL Tank Capacity
  • Stainless Steel Construction
  • Glass Tank Section
  • Dual Cyclops Adjustable Airflow
  • Top Fill System
  • Wide Bore Delrin Drip Tip
  • Swivel Action Top Fill

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Safety Aspects

  • 8 second shut off
  • Low resistance protection
  • Short circuit protection
  • Low voltage protection

Note: there’s the tiniest hole on the base which I assume is battery venting – can’t see any others.

Design and Build Quality

Build wise it’s everything you’d expect from Smok.

The connections are clean and buttery smooth with the huge bottom airflow ring having a pretty good resistance when turning – it won’t budge a millimetre in your pocket that’s for sure.

Design wise it is a cracker and very similar to Smok’s Brit One and Vape Pen 22.

It’s chunky and chubby and is the perfect pocket or bag mod.

I received the black version and it really does look like a top end mod.

It also comes in stainless steel and the most gorgeous Rainbow colour.

Being a bit of a ‘posey big girls blouse’ I mentioned to Jonny I’d love to get my hands on the jazzy rainbow one – mainly to impress my neighbours Andrew and Mark – lovely fellows 🙂

Reviewers can’t be choosers and it was the black one I received – and to be honest it does look bloody good.

The charge port is high on the side with a little LED ‘dot’ that lets you know when it’s fully charged and you can pass-through vape [vape whilst charging].

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The fire button is nicely ‘clicky’ and flashes x4 times every time you puff and if it flashes 15 times it means your voltage is below 3.3v so time to charge.

That’s it really – apart from the Smok logo one side and the Stick V8 writing on the other it’s refreshingly uncluttered.

I have to say the Big Baby looks very smart on it – so do my Aspire Cleito and Atlantis Evo tanks

How Does Smok Stick V8 Perform?

Oh boy have I enjoyed reviewing this beauty!!!

The battery seems to go on forever and that tank is a just crazy!

Crazy in a good way that is lol.

You get clouds that last for ever [and ever]and the flavour is sensational.

V8 Baby M2 Core .0.25 ohm dual coil gave me a superb vape – I’d say it was cool but edging towards luke warm and the flavour was a revelation – stunning.

As soon as I vaped on the 0.15ohm things got a whole lot more fun!!!

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This is an absolute monster – it’s a cloud chucking demon and then some – WOW!

Taste wise if I’m honest there was just the slightest and I mean slightest dip in the flavour I was expecting – just a tad but something to bare in mind.

It’s a sturdy device that I reckon could take some knocks and it fits nicely in the hand and feels just heavy enough.

Smok are marketing this as a ‘starter kit’.

I would NOT recommend this to a new vaper just beginning – if anything it’s a starter kit for those wanting to get into sub ohm vaping.

Saying that – experienced sub ohm vapers will find it a pleasure to use and it is perfect for out and about vaping.

SMOK V8 Video Review – See The Device In Action

What I Like

The majority of us like a vape device we can charge – fill and go not worrying about settings and the rest of it – and the Smok Stick V8 does just that and does it very well indeed.

The battery is a monster – forget the Duracell bunny – this bugger is that bunny on steroids and then some.

Oh my Lord the tank!

I missed out on all the TFV8 Cloud Beast family as at the time it wasn’t really something I was interested in – but how times change lol.

What I will say now that I’m more experienced [I know it doesn’t show lol] is I really must get my hands on one because if they are better than the baby then I don’t know what I’ve been missing.

Easy fill – easy coil change – crazy clouds and superb flavour – what more do we need?

What I Don’t Like

I’m a little stumped if I’m honest – there’s really not a lot to not like.

I’ve had no leakage no problems with the coils – it fires every single tank I’ve put on the battery instantly and seems to last forever.

Maybe – just maybe the tank is a little noisy on the inhale both fully open and closed off – but hey that’s really looking for issues that aren’t really there!

Final Review Verdict

I’ll keep this simple.

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This is the best sub ohm pen-style device I’ve had the pleasure to review.

And NO I am not paid to say that 😉

The battery is incredible – the tank is mind-blowingly good and together they are a match made in heaven – it’s as simple as that.

Pros

  • Simple to use
  • Amazing battery power
  • Smart design
  • Awesome tank

Cons

  • Noisy??? [who cares haha]

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Neil H
I began vaping over 5 years ago and found it easy to give up a 40 per day roll-up habit! Current set-up : Yosta Livepor 160w + Augvape Merlin RTA - JacVapour DNA 75 + Nautilus 2 for MTL - RX200S + Doge III or Merlin Mini on desktop when working - others at a whim :) A former journalist, I'm now a freelance copywriter - blogger and author. I'm an Army veteran - love dogs - camping - traveling and never happier than with a good book on a beach.

34 COMMENTS

  1. I have has many mods, boxes, tube style, and mechanical. The V8 stick is amazing. Its simple because there is no screen and it has no flaws imo. I use my Troll V2 RDA on it with a .3 ohm build and it chucks clouds incredibly. Vapes for a day or even TWO if I dont chain vape. I find this incredible seeing most two battery mods with 3000 mah batteries die in the same amount of time. This V8 stick really works wonders. PS, check out my vaping YouTube channel if you don’t mind @UC Vapers. Thanks!

  2. I’ve had mine a little over a week and it’s been leaking ejuice out ot the adjustable air flow holes. I called the place where I bought it and they said when the coil gets soaked with ejuice it will leak because it has nowhere else to go. They told me to change the coil. I’ve tried 2 different coils and it still leaks.

  3. I have the SMOK stick V8 3000mah battery. Bought this at my local vape shop brand new. Charged it for the first time no problem, the second time I charged it (mind you I’ve used it for quite a bit before the second charge, a full day give or take off and on) it seems to be a lot hotter than it was my first charge.

    The output on my charger is 0.5 v – 1.0 a. I feel naive for asking considering there is power running through it so a bit of heat may be expected.

    It’s gotten fairly hot though. I would like to avoid messing up my battery.

    • Hi Heather,

      The output of your adaptor/charger sounds fine. Is the battery still hot when you are actually vaping or just charging?

      If it’s just warm and not hot to touch then it should be OK.

      But.. It may be worth touching base with support@smoktech.com to see what they have to say Heather.

  4. Hey guys I have the smok v8 pen in rainbow it’s such an amazing e cig only got it yesterday and I’m in love but the coils are hard to find.

  5. Can I use any coil from the big baby beast family on this device? or do I have to stick with one of the two stocks? I’m asking because the rest of the big baby beast coils don’t say “Direct output” on them”

  6. My battery wont charge! I’ve got a brand new coil in there and that doesn’t help. When I press the button it blinks 4 times and that’s it. I can’t take a hit and when I plug it in, it won’t charge! I’ve used multiple chargers, so that’s not the problem! HELP! I’ve only had this vape for 3 weeks!

    • Hi Angela,

      Is there a certain colour the light flashes?

      This sounds like it could be a short. This is usually caused by the following:

      – Faulty coil (this can happen sometimes unfortunately) – Try a new coil to see if this is the casuse.
      – Debris/ejuice/dirt on the connections – Try cleaning the threaded connection on the battery and the thread on the tank. Can use a dry Q tip or kitchen towel for this.

      Try the above Angela and let us know how you get on. It may also be worth shooting over an email over to support@smoktech.com in the meantime as well.

    • I don’t know if you resolved this but mine straight out of the box was doing the thing. If the tank is screwed on to tight it doesn’t work. I keep mine just screwed on. Gently turn till it stops then I unscrew it just a little bit. Hope that helps and makes sense.

  7. I refer my learned gentleman to the comment I made on Feb 17th where after some thought I mention the longevity of the coils.

    Cheers.

  8. I’m finding I bought my v8 stick yesterday and put some 70 30 juice fanta menthol in and after 30 puffs or so I found that the coil has started to taste burning and I don’t know why ? Any recommend what’s best juice to use for this device as I also have a smok alien with a coelito 120 tank that runs a dream thanks

    • Hi Lee,

      Are you vaping quite a bit when this happens (chain vaping)?

      Different e-liquids can effect different coils in various ways. It sounds like the juice may have something in that is building up gunk on your coils or it may be too thick and not wicking quick enough to keep up with your vaping. The latter shouldn’t really be an issue with these coils though.

      Without being too elusive there isn’t really any best juice to use with the V8 or any sub ohm tank. The PG/VG mix you have should be fine so can only think it’s what they have used for flavouring.

      I personally like Dinner Lady Lemon Tart and Bake Sale Purple Wedding Cake. Both of which have worked well in a number of tanks.

      Or.. You may just have a dodgy coil, which can happen.

      Sorry I couldn’t be more help Lee!

  9. I have been the proud owner of a Smok Stick for a week and can find no fault with it. It vapes my other Baby Beast tanks just as good with the standard coils.
    I think what I love most is the fact that it is not so bulky as other mods with similar vaping power, the only thing I don’t like is the fact that the design (being a closed battery) does not allow for having a charged battery on standby for quick changing.
    I have been looking online to buy the mod only so that I can power my other baby beast tanks, but so far I can see only kits for sale. If you know where I can find mod only, please let me know.

    • Good to hear it’s working well for you Jaco!

      I’ve never seen these batteries available separately. I’m 99% sure from what I’ve seen (as you have) that you can’t buy them on their own.

      You can never have enough TFV8 tank though hey 🙂

  10. I just bought my first major league ecig the Smok Stick v8 after using a starter ecig the Curve 2 for a year. I tell you what – What a device. So simple, easy to use and what a cloud of smoke you can produce. I highly recommend this device.

  11. I’m not huge on vaping but my boyfriend got me this about a month ago and I gotta say I really do love it! My only complaint is I can’t ever close the top after I fill up my tank. I have no problem sliding it open but I can’t for the life of me close it. Does anyone else have this problem?

    • Hey Jen, good to hear your kind of getting on with it 🙂

      Have you tried pushing down a little and closing at the same time? I know it sounds simple but I seem to remember on one of the first tanks with this type of top mechanism that worked for me.

      Let me know how your getting on!

  12. Wattage.
    The wattage @ 3.7 volts with the .25 ohm coil is 54.8w
    And with the fitted .15 ohm coil is wait for it…

    A staggering 91.3watts

    • and at 91.3w, 3.7v and 0.15ohms you will be pulling 24.67Amps from the battery that is stated on smoks website to be rated for 20 Amps.

      This is the part that worries me about this device, I’m not sure how “unregulated” it is, If, for instance you use that 0.15ohm coil at full charge (4.2v) that would be hitting at 117.6w and 28A assuming 100% efficiency and no power regulation….

      I want to take the plunge on this, but that’s just SCARY. There must be some hard limitation built in but without the facts from the manufacturer I don’t know whether that coil is truly safe to use for a chain vaper like myself. the 0.25ohm coil should be completely fine though, maybe I could just rock that one for a little under 17A @ 4.2v

  13. Great review. with regards to smok coils my vape 22 only lasted a few days. What other coils could you recomened apart from building my own? Thanks

  14. I managed a week on both coils – switching between both daily – whilst I did my review. To be honest I did put that down to the fact it was the only device I was using – and I was testing both coils with a gloopy 80/20 e-liquid. However now I come to think about it using the stock coils for half a day each for just a week before they need changing DOES seem a little annoying.
    I’ve just tried both stock coils again and whilst there’s no burning the taste is pretty flat.
    I believe the baby tank coils fit the big baby so I shall be investing in some of those as like you I love the device.
    I have noticed a few stock coils [from other companies] can be a little shall we say ‘dodgy’ – hopefully your new coils will help ‘cos this is a great piece of kit 😉

  15. I have had this mod/device for about 2 weeks and love it, HOWEVER, both m2 coils lasted about 3 days. For each day I vaped about 1.5 tanks worth of juice a day which is nothing. I barely use it through the day and get some nasty burned tasting hits. I wonder if those coils are just duds. I purchased a normal x4 coil and will test that shortly to see if it has the same issue. No leaking whatsoever. Other than the 2 coils that came in the box kick ass mod/device.

    • Yeah 3 days and 4.4 ml of juice total does seem a little on the short side for coil lifespan.

      It has been known (although not experienced it with SMOK) for stock coils that come with the kit to be an issue so *could* be duds.

      let us know how you get on with the other coils, be interesting to hear!

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