The SMOK RPM80 Pro review, and I’m almost certain the original SMOK RPM40 Pro pod mod was the first of its kind that I saw available on the market.
Shortly after, the VooPoo Vinci was released – and since then its been nothing but pod mods, every manufacturer and his dog has released a pod mod.
Its becoming extremely difficult to choose which one is the best, or which one is right for you.
I still stand by my predictions that we will soon see huge pod mods, capable of 200 watts and housing two 18650 or even 21700 batteries.
So all we can do is take a good look at the two latest pod mod offerings by SMOK and leave you to decide which is best for you.
What Can We Expect From The SMOK RPM80 Pro?
The SMOK RPM80 and RPM80 Pro are in essence the same thing, with the only difference being that the Pro can house a single 18650 battery, whereas the RPM80 has a 3000mAh internal rechargeable battery.
The RPM80 isn’t just a carbon copy of the RPM40 but supersized, its been pretty much re-designed completely and the only resemblance to the RMP40 is the screen, but even the actual display is a little different.
Both kits come with 2 pods, the RPM and the RGC. Although the RPM Pod is different to the pod used in the RPM40, the coils are still compatible along with the RBA – result!
Now offering up to 80 watts, the SMOK RPM80 Pro looks to have everything going for it right?
So let’s crack on with the SMOK RPM80 Pro review and see what this kit is all about.
This kit was sent to me free of charge for the purpose of review.
All views and opinions are solely those of my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of others.
Inside the Box
- 1 x RPM80 Device
- 1 x 5.0ml RPM Pod (2.0ml TPD)
- 1 x 5.0ml RGC Pod (2.0ml TPD)
- 1 x 0.4Ω Mesh RPM Coil (Best 25w)
- 1 x 0.17Ω Conical Mesh RGC Coil (40-80w)
- 1 x Warranty Card
- 1 x User manual
- 1 x Micro USB Cable
- 2 x Warning Cards
- 1 X Scratch to win card (Didn’t win)
Smok RPM80 Pro Specs and Features
- Size: 118×26×31.5
- Battery: Single 18650
- E-Liquid Capacity: 5.0ml (TPD Version 2.0ml)
- Output Wattage: 80w
- Suitable Resistance: 0.1Ω-3.0Ω
- Airflow – Adjustable on the RGC Pod/Coil
- Charging: Max 2A charge via Micro USB
- Available colours: Black Stab wood | Red Stab wood | Fluid Gold | Fluid Blue | Black & White | 7-Colour | Black Carbon
Design and Build Quality
I was sent the Black Carbon Fibre colour variation of the Smok RPM80 Pro and in all honesty its been really nicely done.
The carbon effect is glossy and doesn’t feel lie a cheap sticker by any means.
SMOK RPM80 Pro – The Pods
Both pods are almost identical in their style and shape, with the only real difference being the airflow adjustment on the base of the RGC pods.
Viewing your e-liquid level isn’t too bad thanks to the pod being lightly smoked, as apposed to some pods which are almost a solid black.
The drip-tips at the top of the pods CANNOT be removed which is a little shame, I’m not too sure why they couldn’t have made it a 510 adaptor so you can use your own or swap them out if they get damaged.
The Smok RPM80 Pro Device
The RPM80 Pro and RPM80 internal battery edition are pretty much the same with regards to their design and build quality. The top of the RPM80 Pro has 2 large magnets to hod the pod in position, and works very well.
At the face of the device is a large airflow slot, which I feel is in a bit of a silly position as when thumb firing, its possible to cover the airflow slot when vaping.
The fire button and up/down buttons click nicely and although the up/down are joined together, it doesn’t make it difficult to click one of the other.
The display is fairly bright, and very clear, however, the display isn’t as bright as the RPM40! Very odd.
At the base is your battery compartment which you ‘push and slide’ to open. However, its not spring loaded, which for me is always annoying as it just feels like a weak flappy door.
I also have a little issue with push-sliding a door across a battery terminal. It’s a little rough forcing metal across metal when batteries are involved.
You can charge the device via the micro USB port located below the adjustment buttons. As always I recommend charging your 18650 batteries externally whenever you can.
SMOK RPM80 Pod Mod In the Hand
Weight wise there isn’t much difference between the RPM80 Pro and the internal battery version, and they’re only a little bit heavier than the original RPM40.
The device feels good especially as a thumb firer as your fingers wrap comfortably around the curved Carbon Fibre end of the device.
How To Fill the SMOK RPM80 Pod Mod</h3
To fill the pod with e-liquid you can do so without removing the pod from the RPM80 itself.
Here’s what to do:
- Lift the rubber lid on the top of the Pod
- Gently fill with e-liquid slowly as its easy to blast too much in too quick and over-spill
- Re-fit the rubber lid
- Allow the coil to absorb the e-liquid for a while before vaping
I strongly suggest giving the coils 5-10 minutes rest time to allow the coils to fully saturate in e-liquid – known as priming your coils.
You can prime your coils to save on waiting time by simply adding a few drops to the cotton a number of times.
But either way I’d still leave the coil to fully saturate for a while.
SMOK RPM80 Pod Mod Display Functions
The 0.96in colour screen is very easy to navigate, in fact there really isn’t much to worry about considering this is a wattage only device.
Here’s the info:
- Fire Button 5 Clicks – Device On/Off
- Fire + Right Button = Display Colour Change
- Fire + Left Button = Puff Count reset
- Left + Right Button = Lock/Unlock Wattage Setting
- Fire Button 3 Clicks – Lock/Unlock Fire Button
How Does the SMOK RPM80 Pod Mod Perform?
During my testing I’ve been vaping on Just Juice Apple & Pear On Ice, however I mostly used Element’s Premium Dripper Series – Pink Lemonade.
I’ve specifically used this range because its an 80VG 20PG mix, meaning the e-liquid is thicker and I really want to see if the wicking can keep up with a slightly thicker e-liquid.
Read more: VG VS PG In E Liquid: All You Need To Know
SMOK RPM80 Pod Mod – Flavour and Clouds
The 0.4Ω RPM Coil (25w)
So I’ve tried out the 0.4Ω mesh coil before, with my Smok RP40 Review and it performed very well, oddly enough on the RPM40 I enjoyed it more at 34w as opposed to the maximum 25w recommended.
This time however, I’ve been more than happy at the recommended wattage of 25w.
I’m guessing this might be because you get much better power output from a single 18650 battery in comparison to the internal battery in the RPM40 – so performance is much better.
And the flavour is just as good. The flavour comes through beautifully and the cloud is not far off what you get from a sub-ohm tank, only a little less dense – impressive.
The 0.17Ω RGC Mesh Coil (40-70w)
At the minimum recommended 40 watts, with the airflow wide open,the 0.17Ω mesh coil isn’t really packing enough of a punch.
Bump that up to 65w, leaving the airflow open and you’ll enjoy a thicker cloud, and very good flavour. But its not a huge difference in flavour compared to the RPM coil, maybe a little better.
The RGC coil is certainly more of a cloud-chasing coil for sure.
When I first picked up the RPM80 Pro, I immediately installed the RGC pod with the 0.17Ω coil as I’ve previously tested out the RPM coil, along with the RBA deck.
Right off the bat, the flavour and performance was top notch, literally no break-in time – very good.
SMOK RPM80 Pod Mod Airflow
So the RPM Pod has no airflow, so I was excited to test out the RGC for its Airflow Control Ring positioned at the base of the pod.
And yes it does make a difference to the restriction, but its still not enough to delivery a Mouth-To-Lung vape.
In fact even with the airflow shut off as much as possible, its not exactly a very restrictive DTL vape, its just ‘quite’ restrictive.
But regardless of which pod you plan to enjoy, the airflow is smooth wherever you set it, maybe a little tunnel-like when wide open on the RGC Pod but more than acceptable.
SMOK RPM80 Pro Battery Life
Unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to test out the RPM80 internal battery version of this device, so I cant comment on how the battery performs on that particular model.
But the SMOK RPM80 Pro, with its 18650 battery last very well, especially with the RPM coil, at 25w you’ll happily enjoy 2 days battery life.
That’ll change once you pop in the RGC Pod and vape at 65w on the 0.17Ω mesh coil, but it still lasts quite a while.
I’ve found myself replacing the battery by the time I get home from work. So 2 batteries a day will be more than enough for the average vaper,
SMOK RPM80 Pro – Under-Powered?
I’ve mentioned before that I feel 80w from a single 18650 battery may be a little too much, its certainly a lot of strain on a single battery if you plan on vaping at 80 watts all day. You wont get much life and could effect the battery long term.
However there is a noticeable difference in output between 60w, 70w and 80w. So it fair to say the RPM80 Pro device itself is keeping up with the wattage setting you select.
Does the SMOK RPM80 Pro Leak?
In a word, Yes. The problem can now be put down to push-fit coils.
The RGC Pod has shown barely any leaks at the base of the pod, however the RPM pod leaks pretty badly!
It’s not going to leak much over a few hours, but overnight, I strongly recommend removing the pod from the device and maybe even leaving upside down.
- Well constructed
- Looks good and feels nice
- Pods click in perfectly
- Great flavour from both Pods/Coils
- Can use RPM RBA Deck
- Power Output is good
- Airflow adjustment on RGC for more restrictive DTL
- Clear, Simple display and Function.
- Leaky push-fit coils
- Cant use own drip-tip
- Display is dimmer than RPM40
- Battery door feels weak
- Airflow adjustment doesn’t allow for MTL
Final Review Verdict
As more and more pod mods are released, its actually becoming easier to pick out faults. Generally all the pod mods Ive tested have performed well, with only really personal preferences making the difference in my opinion.
And the SMOK RPM80 Pro is no different. It performs excellently and although I’ve experienced some leaking, the device works great and flavour is very good.
The airflow adjustment got me excited but I’m left disappointed as the SMOK RPM range is still not able to describe itself as an AIO Pod Mod. For those looking for an MTL vape, along with a decent cloud chucking DTL vape from the device as well – look elsewhere.
There’s a number of features that I look at when trying out a device, and for something to score highly, it needs to meet certain demands.
Would this device be long lasting and still work 3, 6 or even 12 months from now?
I’m impressed with the build quality of the SMOK RPM80 Pro, even the carbon sticker is well done and feels nice on the hand. Thanks to the 18650 battery, the device will last well.
And even with the 3000mAh Smok RPM80 device, I have no doubt the capacity is decent enough to last 12 months.
Does this device deliver the flavour, vapour and general experience I require, in order to be enjoyed?
Absolutely. Very good flavour and vapour production for a nice Direct-To-Lung vape.
Is this device versatile to suit a new vaper, and an experienced one a like?
I really wouldn’t recommend this to a new vaper as it still cant offer a nice tight MTL draw.
But for someone making the next step, or in need of a small, compact 80w device for going out and about – The SMOK RPM80 Pro will do you proud.
Have you bought the SMOK RPM80 Pro pod mod kit?
Or have you given it a try?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.