The SMOK Fetch Pro kit it is the single 18650 battery equipped upgrade to the hugely successful Fetch Mini from last year.
It arrives shortly after the release of the RPM80 and RPM80 Pro pod kits.
Going Pro means the inclusion of an 18650 battery and what I would chose to describe as a “Super Pod”.
Whereas the RPM range of devices had at least some traditional pod form factor, the Fetch twins are breaking turf in All In One [AIO] territory.
What Can We Expect From The SMOK Fetch Pro Kit?
There’s a significant increase in the height of the Fetch Pro kit over its younger sibling, something to be expected given that it houses a single 18650 battery.
SMOK is renowned for releasing a multitude of coil variations, very often confusion reigns free, and they’re stacking up with their pod systems too.
As far as I can make out the coils of the RPM40, RPM80 and RPM80 Pro are compatible with the pods of the Fetch Pro so there are a few to choose from.
It looks like there are currently seven from the RPM range and two for the RGC pod, and for budding builders there’s also the option of an RBA section for both.
As I said, confusion reigns free when it comes to the wonderful world of SMOK coils lol.
We can expect this upgrade to be heavier than the Fetch Mini thanks to the external battery requirement. All dimensions have been widened but nothing as noticeable as that of the height.
The included coils are a bit more powerful than those found in your standard pod system.
I expect the 0.17 ohm coil to offer a fully blown direct lung vape while the 0.4 ohm to provide a semi restrictive one.
As for Mouth To Lung? Doesn’t that seem to be a thing of the past with AIO pod systems?
Anyway! I’m supposed to be answering questions, not asking them 🙂
Please note this review is based upon the experiences I have encountered with the SMOK Fetch Pro Kit, and they may differ from your own should you decide to take a leap of faith.
Inside the Box?
- Fetch Pro Device
- RPM Pod 4.3ml capacity (RPM mesh coil 0.4ohm pre installed)
- RGC Pod 4.0ml capacity (RGC conical mesh coil 0.17ohm)
- Type C USB cable
- User manual
- Battery safety card
- Warranty card
The SMOK Fetch Pro comes in a range of colours: Black, Green, Blue, Silver, Red and the one under review which is Orange.
The non EU (reviewed) version has been released with a 4.3ml capacity RPM Pod and a 4ml capacity RGC Pod.
All other packaged items remain the same with the TPD version with the exception of a 2ml capacity for both pods.
Specifications And Features
- Size 93.5 x 46 x 22mm
- Weight 102g (18650 battery not included)
- Input Voltage 3.3V – 4.2V
- Output Voltage 0.5V – 4.0V
- Resistance Range 0.1ohm – 2.5ohm
- Output Wattage 5W -80W
- Charging Voltage 5V
- Output Mode Watts
Quite a lot of things have changed over the Fetch Mini Kit – SMOK has gone all out with this upgrade.
- Both pods feature bottom adjustable airflow
- Dual channel direct airflow designed to optimise flavour
- Single 18650 battery supported allowing 5W – 80W output
- New RGC conical mesh 0.17ohm kanthal coil
- An upgraded RPM coil with more cotton and increased, wider airflow
- RPM pod is compatible with RPM80, RPM80 Pro and RPM40 coils
- Large side firing bar for better interaction
- Composite material with unique textures and a lustre finish
- Their first pod kit to offer fast type C charging
- A brand new user interface and core processing unit
Design And Build Quality
The SMOK Fetch Pro kit features some very nice contours around its edges, making the mod very comfortable to hold.
The finishing is immaculate with a groovy reflective quality that oozes appeal. The branding remains intact and the gold plated trim works perfectly with the orange theme.
On either side the large cycloptic air ingress channels place the emphasis on a more direct lung style of vaping.
The extended firing bar, highly characteristic of the iconic SMOK Alien mod makes a return.
I did notice that it only functions from around the centre up when testing with a single finger. Since your natural tendency will be to wrap your fingers around the upper part of the mod this ain’t no biggie.
Four internal magnets can be found in the base of the mod section, these lining up with those on the pods themselves. I tried shaking them out with moderate force and they were going nowhere!
When placing an 18650 battery within the sled and closing the hinged door, there was no rattle. Indeed the battery slipped in with ease and the mod now felt like a solid bit of kit.
There was no rattling from the menu rocker either, so all good stuff.
SMOK Fetch Pro – How To Install A Battery
- Slide open the battery door
- Place the 18650 battery up and into the device (Positive towards top)
- Close the battery door
SMOK Fetch Pro – Screen Display And Functions
The SMOK Fetch Pro is equipped with a bright 0.96 inch TFT screen.
The colours are clean and vivid, with pin sharp rounded text and numerals. The current power level (in watts) takes up plenty of real estate, the way it should be.
To operate the device do the following:
- Press the fire button five times to power on or to power off
- Press and hold the fire button to vape (10 second cut off)
- Quickly press the fire button three times to lock or unlock the device
- The left menu button will decrease the power output
- The right menu button will increase the power output
- Press the left and right buttons to lock / unlock the wattage
- Hold the fire and left menu button to clear the puff counter
- Hold the fire and right menu button to change the colour scheme
The pods are now side filling as opposed to the bottom fill of the SMOK Fetch Mini.
Both drip tips are removable in favour of your own 510’s but SMOK recommend that you stick with their own.
Although the pods have a tinted appearance the inner chimney is clearly visible. The main body appears to be made out of a toughened PCTG.
Both pods also allow for an adjustable bottom airflow so the potential to drill down to your desired vaping style is possible.
SMOK Fetch Pro – How To Change A Coil
It’s plug and play folks not rocket science lol:
- Pull up on the pod to release from the mod section
- Prise the existing coil down and out of pod
- Replace with a new coil
To make things even more “dummy like” it’s only possible to fit the coils one way, but do take your time when seating them inside the pod!
There’s plenty of space for 4ml of e liquid within the RGC pod, and even more inside the RPM with the none TPD edition.
How To Fill The Pod
- Gently pull back the silicone plug on the side of the pod
- Carefully administer e liquid into the exposed opening
- Replace the silicone plug ensuring a snug fit
- Position the Pod into the mod section
Take care not to overfill the pod, whilst at the same time ensure that you have filled enough to cover the wicking ports of the coil.
If this is a new coil let the pod sit for a good five to ten minutes to allow for adequate priming.
How Does The SMOK Fetch Pro Kit Perform?
SMOK Fetch Pro – RPM 0.4ohm Mesh Coil (25W)
SMOK recommend the coil be vaped at 25W so that’s the output I tested it at.
Of immediate value is the coils ability to chuck ‘dem clouds! Vapour is incredibly thick, with plenty of volume even when testing at around 10W.
With Full Airflow
There’s still a slight restriction at this setting but certainly a direct lung vape. The coolada steals the show with flavour production somewhat distant and muted.
While the vape is smooth, the airflow arrangement is demonstrating a degree of loudness. You’re not going to be stealth vaping anyway, given the insane cloud production! lol
Mid Airflow setting
To be honest, I didn’t notice much of a restriction here. A very similar vape experience to that of above.
Some sweetness from the mixed berries is allowed to filter through but once again, it’s really more about the coolada.
This has now become quite a loud vape during inhale but there’s little sign of turbulence.
Maximum Airflow Restriction
Curiously enough, you’re only going to achieve this with the AFC ring fully closed off. Proof, if needed that SMOK has designed this latest version of the Fetch as a DTL vaping set up.
While this is a very restrictive DTL hit, there’s little chance of being awarded a satisfying mouth to lung vape, because there’s always too much air circulating around within the chamber of the mod.
Flavour certainly improves with raspberry especially having a chance to come out and play. The rest of the berry profile never gets on the same field as the overriding coolada, unfortunately.
SMOK Fetch Pro Kit – RGC 0.17ohm Kanthal Conical Mesh Coil (40-80W)
I began my tests using Kai Juice Napple Creme freebase nicotine short fill bottle with a 70VG/30PG ratio.
With airflow wide open and running at the minimum recommended power output of 40W I instantly received a nasty throat irritation.
It must be noted that the juice was allowed to sit and prime for a good ten minutes prior to vaping. The presence of air bubbles within the pod also suggested that there were no wicking issues.
Flavour was compromised at this lower setting unsurprisingly enough but there were still traces of pineapple on the exhale.
Cloud production was on par with the 0.4ohm coil and very satisfying.
By lowering the wattage the throat burn subsided but at an obvious cost to the already muted flavour production.
At this point I also observed that the resistance of the coil was beginning to hop around spasmodically. It would shift from 0.17 to 0.15ohm without any clear pattern, without any logic.
I decided to lower the VG/PG ratio further by using Zeus Juice Dimpleberry, another freebase nicotine e-liquid.
With airflow once again wide open at 40W the burning sensation on the back of the throat was masked by the aniseed of the profile, yet still evident.
All very weird stuff! Any attempt at vaping from 50W upwards ended in complete disaster.
Generally speaking the flavour was wishy-washy and somewhat distant. At no point did I experience the dreaded burnt cotton taste associated with a dry hit.
Head scratching stuff!
It almost felt like an allergic reaction to the kanthal, and that’s something I’ve never experienced before!
At this point I gave up on the conical mesh coil. I wasn’t having any luck at standard liquid ratios and just as little using a 50VG/50PG mix.
The viscosity of both liquids should have been perfectly fine with a coil capable of such power.
There’s every chance that I may have just received a dud coil. For this reason it would be unfair to mark down points during the final scoring.
- Ergonomic design and not too heavy
- Clear, bright colour screen viewable in direct sunlight
- Comfortable 510 drip tip
- Easy to navigate menu functions
- Rock solid battery door and hinge mechanism
- Fantastic battery life using the 0.4ohm mesh coil (RPM pod)
- Zero battery rattle
- 0.4ohm coil feels slightly under powered and lacking in flavour property
- The possibility of over filling if not careful (subjective)
- Minor leaking from the bottom of both coils
- Too much airflow from dual intake channels
- Quite a loud vape using the 0.4ohm mesh coil (RPM pod)
Final Review Verdict
SMOK has done a super job at upgrading the look and appearance of the Fetch. The extra contouring and beveling is cleverly used to adapt to the space required for that 18650 battery.
I would suspect this is far from the last time we’re going to see this branding either.
SMOK Fetch Pro Kit Design Summary
There are a few things that I noted during the review process, however. Let’s get those out of the way first, shall we?
The position of the fill port on pod is not as high as it could’ve been. For this reason I initially suffered a few problems with the fill level and juice would leak back out.
So although side filling is convenient enough, just make sure to tilt the pod at a 45 degree angle when administering to avoid this issue.
..Think of pouring a glass of your favourite beer! lol
SMOK Fetch Pro Airflow Structure
At any given time there’s going to be a lot of airflow around the base of the pod due to those large dual air channels on either side. This makes the kit far more suited to a direct to / restrictive lung vaping experience despite both pods sporting AFC rings.
As tends to be the case with many “super pods” there’s very little chance of a satisfying MTL vape.
It was also the reason why the vape was actually quite loud, I feel.
SMOK Fetch Pro Menu Buttons
This one was another head scratcher until I figured out what was actually happening.
If you press and hold the left and right menu buttons when locking or unlocking the wattage you will find that the power output is randomly increased too!
There seems to be an over sensitive right menu button that if held too long will take on a mind of its own.
In order to combat this issue you need to make one quick stab at both menu buttons. So not technically a design fault but more of a Negative Neil if you can’t figure it out lol.
SMOK Fetch Pro Coil Performance
The flavour from the 0.4ohm mesh coil was a little bit dull and disappointing, cloud production was superb though.
The AFC ring, while quite stiff to adjust, wasn’t offering much diversity in airflow restriction, indeed it was hard to notice much difference while testing.
It just felt a little under-powered for my liking.
Overall a smooth, if loud vaping experience, shame about that dilution of flavour though.
Shame also about the 0.17ohm conical mesh coil. The AFC ring was very much more responsive. In the shortened length of time spent with it, airflow adjustment capabilities were spot on!
Always Look On The Vape Side Of Life
The SMOK Fetch Pro kit has been designed with ergonomics in mind. It fits perfectly in the palm of the hand and the dual air intake ports are always free of fingers or thumb.
The clear colour screen is easily viewed in direct sunlight, and there’s a no thrills set of menu functions tailor made for a pod system.
The screen also times out after 15 seconds of inactivity which always helps with overall battery performance.
You can also “round robin” the device if needs be.
It’s possible to replace the included 510 drip tip with one of your own, I personally had no issues with the one SMOK supply.
The battery door and hinge have given me no problems at the time of writing and is very easy to use. The battery sits within the mod as snug as you like and there’s zero battery rattle.
SMOK Fetch Pro – The Bodacious Battery
I managed to achieve 16 hours continuous use from the single 18650 battery using the 0.4ohm mesh coil at a constant 25W. During this time I amassed 335 puffs on the screen counter.
As much as I don’t recommend charging an external battery within a device, I gave it a go for the purposes of review – note: it’s al;ways best to use an external battery charger.
The fast type C charging wasn’t as efficient as expected. It took 1 hour 45 minutes. Further galvanizing the merits of a dedicated charging unit.
SMOK Fetch Pro Final Thoughts
I wish I could have given more detail about the conical mesh coil but the burning sensation to the back of the throat was becoming highly unpleasant.
As our very own Editor, Mr Neil Humber states, “You can only review what’s in front of you” and that’s very true.
The pod design is very good and the toughened PCTG body means they will last the course.
I favour the side filling system over bottom fill simply because there’s more space to get your fingers around the silicone stopper.
Once in contact with e liquid the stopper was relatively easy to use, certainly not as fiddly as many designs out there, so kudos for that!
Liquid levels were clearly visible through the tinted plastic.
Backwards compatibility with RPM40 and RPM80 coils is a major plus. It would be interesting to see how the MTL coils performed.
The option of an RBA section only helps to increase the appeal of this reliable, compact and battery efficient device.
Are you already vaping on the SMOK Fetch Pro kit or thinking of buying it?
Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!