Introduction – Mico Kit from SMOK
The SMOK Mico Kit is the latest pod creation to be released by Smok which, let’s face it, looks kinda familiar.It’s compact, square design is very reminiscent of the Mi Pod by Smoking Vapor. However, there are some differences which we’ll find out a little later on.
Powered by a 700 mah battery and featuring three different pods, it’s discreet and pocket friendly with an eye catching resin-esque design. I received the red version to try out but there are 7 other colour options to choose from.
I’ve been enjoying a throwback to mouth to lung (MTL) style vaping so will the Mico Kit join the other recent Smok successes or head straight for the shelf never to be vaped again?
Let’s find out!
This was sent to me by Smok for the purposes of this review – Thank you – and as always my thoughts and opinions are from my own testing of the device.
Inside The Box
- 1 x Mico Device
- 1 x Mico Pod (0.8 ohm mesh coil) (1.7ml)
- 1 x Mico Pod (1.0 ohm regular coil) (1.7ml)
- 1 x Lanyard
- 1 x USB Cable
- 1 x User Manual
Mico Pod Kit Specs
- Size : 56.3×46.5×14.8mm
- Weight : 65g
- Battery : 700mAh Internal
- Capacity : 1.7ml
- Output Power : 10 – 26W
- Material : Zinc Alloy
- Input Voltage : 3.3V – 4.4V
- Output Voltage : 3.0V – 4.0V
- Resistance Range : 0.6ohm – 2.0 ohm
- On / Off Switch
- E-Liquid Viewing Window
- Battery Life Indicator
- Available in 7 Colour Options (Prism Chrome, Black, Red, Prism Blue, Prism Gold, Prism Rainbow, Green
Quick Start Guide
- Plug in USB cable to charge
- LED when either vaping or charging will show green 70% +, orange 70 – 30% and red 30% or less
- LED turns off when fully charged
- To fill lift rubber seal
- Leave to sit for 5 minutes to ensure cotton is saturated
- Insert pod into device ( LED will flash to show it’s registered that a pod has been inserted
- Draw to activate – No fire button
Simplicity is probably the main key feature here. Fill, charge and vape, that’s it! Absolutely no messing about so the Mico Kit would be ideal for someone new to vaping.
It’s powered by an impressive 700mAh for a mod of its size and I’ve found I can get a good 4-5 hours of use from it before I’ve had to re-charge it. Even then, just about an hour and it’s back to green light and ready to go.
The pods are fillable with your own E-Liquid which is perfect and allows you to vape the flavours and nicotine strength you normally enjoy.
I’ve been using 6mg Spearmint liquid in the regular coil and 3mg Strawberry Jam in the mesh coil as the mesh seems to work better for me with lower nicotine.
There’s also a couple of safety features including the surprisingly handy on/off switch which gives you peace of mind when sticking the Mico in your pocket. It also features an automatic cut off which kicks in if you’re ‘drawing’ on it for more than 8 seconds.
Last thing, which I suppose is a key feature for some, is the lanyard. Super easy to install and adjust and means the Mico kit is always at hand. It’s also a pretty decent quality lanyard and doesn’t look likely to fray and fall apart any time soon.
Design and Build Quality
First things first, yes the Smok Mico Kit does strongly resemble the Mi Pod. Similar shape, size and pod style means you automatically see that the two are alike.
However, with the popularity of the Mi pod, you can’t really blame Smok for taking a leaf from Smoking Vapor’s book.
One thing I really love, that I think will really set this mod apart from the Mi, is the resin style design. All of the 7 colours are pretty eye catching and the colour coordinated zinc alloy housing really compliments the side panels.The mod itself is pretty sleek and stylish and feels like a dream in the hand. Although light, it’s not so light that it feels like it has no substance to it.
The mouthpiece on the pods themselves is also very comfortable to use.
The pods fit into the housing very easily and you can feel that there’s good tension on the little magnets holding it in place. I’ve certainly never had a pod come out of it’s own doing yet. The mouthpiece comes equipped with a little raised lip on either side which makes gripping the pod to remove and reinsert it really easy.
Another great design feature of the pods is that they state clearly which coil they house.
Smok have added a metal border around the base of the pod that has Smok on one side and either ‘Regular’ or ‘ Mesh’ on the other side making it super easy to know which is which.
The resin panels have a high gloss finish and the metal housing (on my particular model) is in a beautiful metallic red which has again been been coated to make it super shiney.
The little E-Liquid viewing window definitely comes in handy for keeping an eye on when you need to top up and saves you pulling out the whole pod every time just to check.
The USB charge port is located on the base of the mod which is a little inconvenient as I’m always worried tanks on their side will leak but there’s been no leaking incidents yet.
Overall, I’m really impressed with both design and build quality on the Mico Pod. It looks good and feels great. But how does it vape?
How does the Smok Mico Kit Perform?
Filling the pods couldn’t be easier. You pop the rubber seal, turn it slightly, fill it up and away you go. That being said, if you’ve got particularly large fingers and short nails then you may need to employ the use of some tweezers just to get a grip on the end of the rubber stopper.
As to the actual vaping experience? I’m impressed.
1.0Ohm Regular Pod
I began using the regular 1.0 ohm pod with some Spearmint in 6mg (70PG/30VG) from VPZ UK, which is my go to for mouth to lung (MTL) vaping. Instantly I noticed it’s a much airier draw than what I’m used to but a couple of pulls in I found my rhythm and really started to enjoy it.
Flavour and clouds were about average, maybe slightly above average from other pod systems I’ve tried.
0.8Ohm Mesh Coil Pod
Curious, I decided to fill up the mesh 0.8 ohm coil with some 20mg nic salt liquid from the Primal Asalted range. Big mistake. Way too strong for me and a hell of a throat kick that left me coughing.
I pretty quickly emptied the pod and filled up with my go-to Strawberry Jam from The Vapours Dozen in 3mg strength (70VG/30PG) and after a few painful pulls to clear out the nic salts, I was pleasantly surprised with pretty decent flavour and a surprising amount of cloud production.
The mesh coil definitely produces a more warm and dense vaping experience.
I also had a go at direct to lung hitting this coil and it works for short pulls but I’d definitely say this is a MTL kit.
There is also a 1.4Ohm Ceramic coil pod available which we didn’t receive for review.
One thing I will mention, you do need to ‘suck’ with a decent amount of force to activate the pod.
A couple of times I’ve been just a tad too gentle and the little LED hasn’t come on at all. That being said, you do get used to it pretty quickly and get into the habit of how to produce a nice vape experience.
As for coil life? I’ve been switching between both for a week now and neither have shown signs of decreased flavour or any hint of burning and believe me when I saw, other than charging, it’s rarely been out of my hand.
Battery life has exceeded expectations for me. I’ve been getting a solid 4-5 hours from full charge. Plus with it only taking about an hour to charge back up to full, you could easily use this for the whole day as your only mod. I’m still impressed that they’ve got a 700mAh battery into such a tiny little square.
I haven’t quite managed to experience the 8 second automatic cut off yet, I think that will take a vaper with much bigger lungs to truly test out.
- Super simple to use
- Gorgeous resin style design
- Very lightweight
- Refillable pods
- Comes with 2 X pods
- Choice of 3 pods
- Pretty quick charge time
- Decent flavour
- Decent vapour production
- No leaks
- Good price
- Filling could be fiddly for shorter nails
- Not the tightest MTL vape
- USB port is on the base
- You do have to draw quite hard to activate the pod
Final Review Verdict
Although the Smok Mico Kit is another pod mod kit in an already saturated market, I think this will prove to be quite popular.
With decent flavour and vapour production you’re already onto a winner. Add into that the good battery life from such a small device and the beautiful, sleek (even though not entirely original) design and I think we might see the Mico pod rivalling the likes of the Nord, an earlier pod kit from Smok that got rave reviews.
If you’re looking for a little day to day MTL pod system then I’d highly recommend getting your hands on one of these. I’ve already planned to buy a couple of SMOK Mico kits for other people and one in another colour for myself!