Smok seems to have gone into overdrive recently with the release of a number of mods and kits and the SMOK G80 kit is a bit of an eye catcher to say the least.
As the name suggests it maxes out at 80 watts and is a compact single 18650 device topped with the flavoursome Spirals tank.
So How Does it Vape?
It comes in a variety of matchy matchy colour combinations and is both stylish and compact.
So how does this vaping style warrior rate it and most importantly of all…how does it vape?
Let’s take a closer look and see if this is one of the best small vape mods we have recently tested..
As always my thoughts and opinions are my own.
Inside the Box
- 1x G80 MOD
- 1x Spirals Tank – 2ml version
- 1x 0.6ohm dual core (pre-installed)
- 1x 0.3ohm dual core
- 1x Replacement glass tube
- 1x USB cable
- 1x User Manual
Smok G80 Kit Specs
- Wattage Output Range: 6-80W
- Voltage Output Range: 0.8-9V
- Min Atomizer Resistance: 0.06ohm
- Temperature Range: 200-600F
- Supports Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Heating Elements
- OLED Display
- Oversized Firing Mechanism
- Side Adjustment Buttons
- Puff Monitoring System
- 12 Seconds Cut-Off
- Short Circuit Protection
- Over-Heat Protection
- Low Battery Warning
- Micro USB Port
- 510 Connection
- Dimensions: 75.5mm by 38.5mm by 26.5mm
- Requires single 18650 battery [not included]
Available colours: Silver – Black and Red – Black and Green and Gold and Black
Smok Spirals Tank Specs
- 2mL Juice Capacity
- 22mm Diameter
- Threaded Top-Fill Method
- 0.6ohm Spirals Dual Core – rated for 18 to 35W
- 0.3ohm Spirals Dual Core – rated for 20 to 45W
- Stainless Steel Construction Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
- Quad Adjustable Bottom Airflow
- Elongated Drip Tip
- 510 Connection
A Spirals tank RBA is available but not included in the kit.
The Smok G80 mod is a pocket friendly compact device that I have to say looks very classy.
It features a large fire button and extremely easy to read OLED screen which shows the usual readings – wattage – temp – ohm reading – battery indicator – voltage and the puff counter.
The menu is your typical Smok style including your Min-Norm-Soft-Hard-Max settings and various modes and to get to the menu you’ll need to click the fire button three times.
Access to the battery compartment is interesting as you need to pull the base away from mod – more on that later.
The SMOK Spiral tank is classed as a flavour chaser and comes with a pre-installed 0.6ohm dual core coil and a 0.3ohm dual core coil.
Smok says this is a starter kit and to some extent I tend to agree given the Spirals tank despite being sub ohm can be used as a reasonable mouth to lung [MTL] tank by turning the wattage down and setting the airflow to your personal preference.
Closed half way and the draw is tight to say the least and even fully open it isn’t what you’d call airy.
OK let’s see how we get this kit working.
Smok G80 Kit Quick Start Guide
- You will need an 18650 battery [not included].
- X5 clicks to turn the mod on
- X3 clicks to enter the menu
- Use up and down buttons to scroll through the menu
- Fire and down button together switches between temp and wattage mode
- Power and up button selects between Min-Norm-Soft-Hard-Max modes in wattage and temp in temperature
- Fast click power button x5 to lock and unlock the screen
- Hold fire button for 5 seconds to power off
- All settings saved automatically
Spirals Tank Quick Start Guide
- Take the tank apart – unscrew the coil and prime it – this means drizzle a tiny amount of juice on any exposed cotton
- This is also how you replace your coils and they can be replaced without emptying with about half a tank of juice
- Unscrew the mouthpiece and fill with e-liquid through the x2 juice fill ports
- Leave it to stand for at least 10 minutes to properly wick and soak up all the e-liquid
Design and Build Quality
Let’s start with the G80 mod and right off the bat I have to say design wise this looks great – especially with the matching Spirals tank – indeed I felt as though I should be wearing a suit whilst vaping this!
The overall build of the mod is nothing spectacular but it feels sturdy in the hand.
The key issue here is the battery compartment and in particular the magnets.
Hold this kit upside down and chances are the battery housing is going to be left in your hand whilst the rest falls off.
Just how many times you’re likely to vape upside down is down to you but the fact is those magnets are not strong at all.
There’s battery venting at the base of the device as well as the USB port – which is for any future firmware upgrades.
You can of course charge your battery via this too – but as always it is advisable to use an external charger.
The large fire button is good however the bumpiness of the up and down buttons felt on my soft fingers and thumbs as a little too jagged – if they’d used a rocker style rather than buttons that may have felt and looked better.
The large OLED screen is crisp and clear enough to see even on that few sunny days we had here in the UK recently and any Smok users will immediately be familiar with the menu layout.
You can see the full review of the Spirals tank by our own Ratamahatta who rated it highly.
The tank has a lovely simple design however I have found the threading on the top cap a little crunchy when you come to take it off and on to fill.
How Does the Smok G80 Kit Perform?
The G80 can fire up to 80 watts [maybe!] however the Spirals tank maxes out at 45watts which technically means you should get a lot of use out of this as a kit before having to swap your batteries – and this is indeed the case.
At a steady 35 watts I got around 6.5 hours of sub ohm vaping – it was just the tiny tank that needed refilling every half an hour or so!
However with the wattage down to 18 watts – the airflow holes slightly closed and using the Aspire Nautilus 2 I got two full days out of the single 18650 battery and a decent MTL vape too.
Further Reading: The Difference Between Mouth To Lung (MTL & Direct To Lung (DTL) Vaping.
Given I’ve used a lot of Goon style drip tips recently I did find I instinctively invented a kind of MTL-DTL style of vaping when at the higher wattage and with higher VG juice.
I can see why the Spirals tank is loved by the flavour chasers – I got fantastic taste from both low and high nicotine juices though obviously whilst not so many clouds you get a decent amount.
Using the mod is what it is – a Smok product and it does exactly what you want it to do without any fuss.
I still haven’t got myself some wire to set up an old atty for the temp test so my trusty old Innokin Slipstream was used and I had no dry hits whatsoever – running on an almost bone dry coil.
Overall I was impressed with the battery life and the tank is most definitely one for the flavour chasers out there.
I used both coils and found little if any difference in the flavour both being good – however and as you might expect there was marked improvement in clouds with the higher wattage coil.
What I Like
It’s a great looking set up and definitely one to vape on whilst wearing your Sunday best particularly the silver version I received.
I love the large OLED screen and the larger fire button which is nicely clicky.
The menu is your typical Smok style and easy enough to maneuver around.
Battery life is good and the tank gives a great flavour with coils that seem to be lasting well.
What I Don’t Like
The battery door is a bit of a pain – if the magnets were a little stronger you’d feel a little more confident.
But like I said how many of us are going to vape holding it upside down?
Whilst I like the fire button I really don’t like the up and down buttons – far too knobbly – but then as we’ve established I do have soft girly hands 😉
Final Review Verdict
It was only after writing the meat of this review I popped onto the Smok website and can see from the photos this is being marketed as a kind of ‘gentlemen’s accessory’.
Given it’s all about Political Correctness these days I guess I’ll add that it will make a very nice ladies accessory too.
In other words this looks like something a business man [or woman] would whip out and vape on – it does look very stylish.
That’s not to say you couldn’t vape on it down the building site or in the pub – it just looks ‘smart’.
[I’ll shut up now – vape it wherever you like or however you’re dressed lol]
Vaping on it is the same as any of the Smok mods out there so nothing earth shattering or ground breaking – though the tank does give a lovely flavour profile.
And hey at 80 watts max – there are plenty of nice little tanks and RDAs that will fit nicely on it if you want to power up.
All in all I like them paired as a kit and on their own and I certainly wouldn’t put you off buying it particularly if you’re off to a garden party or wedding this summer 😉
Have you used or would you buy the SMOK G80 kit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
- Full kit
- 80 watts
- Stylish compact design
- Good flavour tank
- Great battery life
- Choice of colour combos
- Battery door magnets not so strong